Fiora Aston Dishes On What Makes Santa Monica The Next Best Spot To Call Home

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Fiora Aston is a well respected, savvy professional of the Santa Monica real estate industry. With over 25 years of experience in the business, she has received several awards for her production and innovation. As a top agent in Los Angeles, Haute Residence caught up with Aston to discuss what makes Santa Monica a haute market.

The residential crowd is made up of…

People who want sophisticated neighbors who are laid back. People in Santa Monica value our broad ethnic, economic and social diversity. Your neighbors could be hard-working people with kids in our excellent public schools, retirees and empty nesters who enjoy living on their modest home on a grand lot, and movie producers, professional athletes, doctors and attorneys who live in grand estate properties, and entrepreneurs who cherish the new construction that is built right into our established 1920’s neighborhoods. Our progressive, upscale city along the shores of the Pacific Ocean brings all these people together in a “totally casual vibe” that fits our beach lifestyle.

The community vibe is…

Worldly sophistication + new economy urban + surfer casual + residential neighborhoods full of local character…and characters

The lifestyle offered is…

Upscale. Casual. Inclusive. Engaged. Progressive. Always “72 and Sunny”

The most popular building type you’ll find is…

Eclectic. Santa Monica has no singular look. But whether grand Craftsman estate, comfortable ’80’s condo, 1920’s California Mediterranean, 2018 new Cape Cod construction, 1940’s beach cottage or modern architectural homes, all the styles live together organically.

The average home price is…

$2,000,00 and up

The area’s greatest highlight is…

Santa Monica Public Libraries & Parks – Summer concerts, Farmer’s Markets, Author Readings, Town Halls, Dance recitals, public debates, meeting and study rooms open to all, and among the best publicly available technology in the country. The best dining and coffee spots in LA.

The area’s best driving-distance getaways are…

Malibu Surf Breaks – 15 minutes

Old Spanish Style Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country – 2 hours

Disneyland – 1 hour

Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead skiing, camping and hiking – 2 hours

Palm Springs. The greatest concentration of Midcentury Modern architecture, fine art, land-scaping, design and vintage shopping in the Nation. 1950’s Rat Pat glamour updated for the 21st century. Excellent spas and restaurants – 2 hours

Joshua Tree National Park – 3 hours

San Diego/Mexican border – 2.5 hours

Las Vegas – 4 hours

Monterey and Morro Bay – 5 hours

San Francisco – 6 hours

Yosemite National Park – 6 hours

Mammoth Mountain world-class skiing – 6 hours

Lake Tahoe world-class skiing – 10 hours

The best spot to dine fancy is…

Capo Restaurant – outstanding Tuscan steaks, house-made pasta, caviar, wine list

Michael’s Restauranticonic farm-to-table

Cassiaelevated, modern French-Vietnamese

Melisse – Two Michelin star French

Ivy at the Shore – Hollywood deal-makers

Elephanite –  Modern California Cuisine with ocean views

The best spot to find entertainment is…

The Broad Stage – modern dance, world music, opera, NatGeo Live in a brand new state of the art theatre

The best spot to go shopping is…

Montana Avenue – chic independent boutiques, groceries for vegans and carnivores, salons, yoga, Pilates, cafes & bakeries

The best place to tee off is…

Brentwood Country Club (membership)

Rancho Park (public)

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