The cool thing about Santa Monica is that you’ve got pretty much everything you need in your immediate proximity. The not-so-cool thing, though, is that everyone knows that, and it seems like everyone’s always driving. If you’ve got a lengthy commute to a job at which you work normal hours, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with the sometimes crippling traffic.
Pro: Proximity to the Beach
If you’re living in Santa Monica, at least you don’t have to drive to the beach, so you don’t have to worry about that traffic or parking. This is something that citizens of inner LA can’t really say for themselves — as a matter of fact, those residents seem to sometimes forget they live on a coast. Being out on the edge, Santa Monica gets pretty quiet compared to LA, too, which a lot of people see as a positive thing.
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