Dream Town: Pacific Palisades, California

With sweeping ocean views, it's easy to see why residents—including Hollywood's most elite celebrities—love calling the Palisades home.

A Step From the City
Photo: Jessica Sample

A Step From the City

Sunset Boulevard snakes up the Santa Monica Mountains, winding away from the Pacific Coast Highway. Among the wild-haired palms and tall evergreens, the small community of Pacific Palisades is tucked back into the landscape overlooking the water.

Just a 25-minute drive west of bustling Los Angeles, the roughly 27,000 residents here carve out a more laid-back existence than one naturally associates with nearby Hollywood. "We're a close neighborhood. It feels like a small town," says resident Judy Perr. In 2005, her husband, Tim, and his business partner (also a Palisades local) formed Pali Wine Co., a vino enterprise named after the community, with varietals inspired by their surroundings.

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