Santa Monica CA homes and condominiums for lease. Santa Monica is a coastal city in western Los Angeles County. Santa Monica is 8.3 square miles and the 2000 census states population of 84,084 people. The residence enjoys a 3-mile beach. Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and agreeable weather it was a famous resort town by the early 20th century. Gentle stable residential living complemented by a robust city life with a major shopping center, Third Street Promenade, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Santa Monica is adjacent to Venice and Pacific Palisades, California. Major freeways are the Santa Monica and San Diego Freeway. Santa Monica School District is the city's K-12 public district. Santa Monica homes for sale inland and seaside. Santa Monica Real Estate History.