Beaches & Towns near
Culver City, California

Santa Monica Bay looking south toward Palos Verdes          Malibu & Pacific Palisades
City of Santa Monica
Venice of America
Marina del Rey
Playa del Rey & Playa Vista
El Segundo / Manhattan / Hermosa / Redondo

'Culver City: My Home Town' Page


"There is no life east of P.C.H."


Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission [est. July 2003]
Los Angeles County [CA] Department of Beaches & Harbors

Heal The Bay [est. 1985]        Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy        Argonaut Newspaper - serving Santa Monica to Playa del Rey since 1971

Santa Monica Bay Paradise by the Sea book by Fred E. Basten  "Santa Monica Bay: Paradise By The Sea: A Pictorial History of Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga & Malibu" [1997]
by Fred E. Basten, Introduction by Carolyn See

Hennessey & Ingalls 10¼x10½ hardcover [5/2001] for $38.89
General Publng Group 10½x10½ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used


Venice Beach, California [est. 4 July 1905]

Venice [CA] Chamber of Commerce
Westland [dot] net's Venice History
Jeffrey Stanton's Venice History site at UCLA
Venice [CA] Historical Society
Venice Centennial 2005 [Summer]
Virtual Venice website
Venice - Abbott Kinney Branch of the L.A. City Public Library
Venice [CA] High School
Lincoln Blvd. [dot] com
Leo Malkin's Highway 61 Photography in Venice, California
Venice Magazine [est. 1988]: websitesubscription
Beyond Baroque - art/ideas space & bookstore [est. 1969]
"Venice: Lost and Found" 1-hour documentary
'Free Venice Beachhead' newspaper [est. 1968]
Word Theatre - live reading series at the Canal Club
Gold's Gym in Venice, California
J. Green Furniture in Venice, California
The Other Venice Film Festival [March 2004 = #1] in Venice, California
Helen K. Garber Photography
Blue 13 Dance Company in Venice, California
The Inn at Venice Beach
Cyber Venice portal
Grass Roots Venice [CA] Neighborhood Council
Pioneer French Baking Co. [est. 1908] in Venice, California
Venice Rose Hotel [est. 1908]

Venice Centennial Commemorative Postcards   "Venice, California: A Centennial Commemorative In
Postcards, 1905-2005" [2005] by Delores Hanney

Center For American Places 6¼x8¾ pb [10/2005] for $11.38
Venice Beach: California Carnivale  
"Venice Beach: California Carnivale" [2005] by Helen Kolikow Garber
Xlibris 8½x8½ pb [5/2005] for $26.65

The official commemorative book of the Venice Centennial 1905-2005 {website defunct}

Call Someplace Paradise book by Pat Hartman  "Call Someplace Paradise" [2000] by Pat Hartman
Xlibris 8½x5½ pb [6/2000] for $21.99
Xlibris 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2000] for $31.99
Remembering Muscle Beach book by Harold Zinkin   "Remembering Muscle Beach: Where Hard Bodies Began - Photographs & Memories" [1999]
by Harold Zinkin, with Bonnie Hearn (Hill)

Angel City Press 9½x9½ hardcover [6/99] out of print/used

C.J. Cole's listing of Venice restaurants
On the Waterfront Cafe on the Boardwalk
C & O Trattoria at Pacific & Washington
The Sidewalk Cafe [Flash only]
Figtree's Cafe [est. 1978] on the Boardwalk
Rose Cafe & Market [est. 1979]
Firehouse Restaurant [built 1902]
Amuse Café in Venice, CA
The Terrace Cafe in Venice, CA
The Chaya Brasserie in Venice, CA
Hinano's Burgers in Venice, CA
Beechwood Restaurant on Washington Blvd. in Venice, CA

Venice Whaler, at Washington Blvd. and the sand        Baja Cantina {Washington at Grand Canal}

Abbot Kinney Blvd. District Assn.
Joe's Restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA
Surfing Cowboys store on Abbot Kinney
Knock Knock - stationery/design
The Sculpture Gardens Gallery & Plant Shop on Abbot Kinney
Hal's Bar & Grill - food, art, jazz [est. 1987]
Equator Books - publisher & bookstore [est. 1998]
Jin Patisserie pastry boutique & tea garden
ZEFR and MovieClips are at 1621 Abbot Kinney Blvd.


Marina del Rey Area

Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey CA

Marina del Rey [CA] C.V.B.
Westchester-LAX / Marina del Rey Chamber of Commerce
Brennan's Pub on Lincoln [est.1972]
Marina del Rey [CA] Hotel
Marina Intl. Hotel & Bungalows
Bartels' Harley Davidson / Buell - motorcycles on Lincoln
Avidware LLC: Network Consultant
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names & Numbers in Marina del Rey, CA
California Cra-zee Wear - beach & surfing apparel in Marina del Rey, CA
Talentville, LLC networking website, 333 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey, CA
Marina del Rey [CA] Film Festival [Fall 2015 = #1]

California Yacht Club [est. 1922]
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club [est. 1941; merged 1999]
Del Rey Yacht Club [est. 1952]
MdR Boat Parade & Tournament of Lights [December]

Cafe del Rey
Killer Shrimp Restaurant & Bar [moved 9/2011], 4211 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey, CA
Harbor House Restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way { closed 2007? }
Uncle Darrow's Restaurant [est. 1994] in Marina del Rey, CA
Joni's Coffee Roaster Cafe, 552 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey, CA
C & O Cucina on Washington west of Lincoln

Villa Marina Marketplace
Panini Coffee & Cafe
Villa Marina Council H.O.A.

West End of Culver City, California
Maxwell's Cafe on Washington Blvd.
Mrs. Garcia's Mexican restaurant on Washington Blvd.
Garage Company motorcycles & gear [est. 1987]


Playa del Rey / Playa Vista, California
Playa del Rey
Playa del Rey History
Furama Hotel Los Angeles at Lincoln & Manchester
Cliff House in Playa del Rey [est. 1977]
The Inn at Playa del Rey [est. 1995]
Cantalini's Salerno Beach Restaurant
Chloe Restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA
The Shack restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA
La Marina Restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA
Señor G's Mexican Restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA
Caffé Pinguini Italian Restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA
Outlaws Restaurant in Playa del Rey, CA

The Ballona Wetlands
Ballona Wetlands Foundation
Friends of The Ballona Wetlands
West Bluffs Conservancy
"The Last Stand" - Ballona Wetlands documentary films

Playa Vista, California [ZIP code 90094]
Playa Vista Archaeological & Historical Info
Universal Integrated Systems - video conferencing
Electronic Arts Los Angeles
Playa Vista Branch of L.A. City Public Library [est. May 2004]
YouTube Space 41,000 sqft. production facility [est. 11/2012] in Playa Vista, California

Last Stand At Ballona Wetlands  "The Last Stand: Heroes At Ballona Wetlands" [indep 2004; rev 2008]
24-minute color documentary film about the folks who saved much wetlands acreage
in Los Angeles and Orange counties
bare credits at IMDb
Produced, written & co-directed by Sheila A. Laffey; co-directed by Todd Brunelle
Echo Mountain Prodns color DVD [12/2008] for $19.95

for an alternate view, see the
Working Minds ezine Issue #41 essay "Playa Vista" from March 2004




City of Santa Monica

City of Santa Monica, California     Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce     Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District     Santa Monica College

Downtown Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica Pier [est. 1909]
Big Dean's Oceanfront Café [est. 1903] next to Santa Monica Pier
Sunset Park Neighborhood
Santa Monica [CA] Museum of Art [est. 1984]
Bourget Bros. Building Materials [est. 1947]
The Keller Law Firm - estate planning specialists
The Tinder Box / Ed's Pipe Shop [est. 1928]
Harvelle's Blues Club [est. 1931]
Santa Monica Playhouse
Santa Monica Seafood Co. [est. 1939]
Hi De Ho Comics & Books [est. 1975] in Santa Monica, CA
Z.J. Boarding House surf/skate/ski [est. 1988]
W.I. Simonson Mercedes Benz [opened 1937; selling MBZ since 1957]
PhD Design
Rusty's Surf Ranch [est. 1993] on the SM Pier
Infiniti of Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica [CA] Nissan
True Car comparative shopping website [est. 2005] based in Santa Monica, CA
Saab of Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Fairmont Miramar Hotel [est. 1921], 101 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, California
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton [open 4/2017] at 5th and Colorado in Santa Monica, California

Montana Avenue shopping district

Santa Monica Place shopping mall [est. 1980]
ArcLight Cinemas #10 Santa Monica [12 screens; opened 11/2015] on top of Santa Monica Place Mall

Aero Theatre [est. 1940] in Santa Monica, CA
planned ArcLight Cinemas #11 Fourth Street in Santa Monica [hoping to begin construction in 2016 or 2017]
A.M.C. Criterion 6 [open 1924, remodeled 1883, closed 2013], 1313 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA
A.M.C. Loews Broadway 4 [orig. El Miro Theater], 1441 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA
Laemmle's Monica Film Centre [est. 1970, rebuilt 1/2016], 1332 So. Second Street in Santa Monica, CA
A.M.C. Santa Monica 7 [open 1990], 1310 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA

The Jurassic Store: mineral & fossil gallery
Gorilla Nation Media
Jack's Jewelers [est. 1982] in Downtown Santa Monica
La Foto: darkroom rentals, lab & gallery
14 Below nightclub on Santa Monica Blvd.
The Santa Monica [CA] Music Center [est. 1939]
The Office: workspace/e-café [est. Feb 2004]
Segway Los Angeles - rentals & sales, 1431 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, CA  •  online sales via Amazon
Screenwriting Museum Project in Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica [CA] Film Festival [Feb 2015 = #10]

McCabe's Guitar Shop & concert venue

Chez Jay [est. 1959] in Santa Monica, CA
The Lobster [est. 1923; restored 1999] in Santa Monica, CA
Ye Olde King's Head Pub & Restaurant [est. 1974]
i Cugini {Italian} Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA {is closed}
Josie Restaurant on Pico in Santa Monica, CA
Sonny McLean's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA
Locanda del Lago Ristorante [est. 1991] on Montana
Union Restaurant & Bar, Downtown Santa Monica, CA
Bangkok West Thai Cuisine in Downtown Santa Monica, CA
Broadway Bar & Grill on the Promenade
Broadway Deli on the Promenade in Santa Monica, CA
JiRaffe Restaurant [est. 1996] in Santa Monica, CA
Blueberry Country Kitchen [ closed April 2005 ]
The Counter, 2901 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
Blue Plate Oysterette, 1355 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, CA
Blue Plate Restaurant, 1415 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA
Acadie Hand-Crafted French Crepes Catering, 2801 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
Novel Cafe {formerly Velocity Cafe}, 2127 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers [chain est. 1946] at Pico & Lincoln
Coogie's Cafe, 2906 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
still has the longtime daily 2+2+2 special and serves Apfel's brand coffee (9/2011)  Rae's Restaurant [diner est. 1958], 2901 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
BOA Steakhouse, 101 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA
Buddha's Belly Restaurant, 205 Broadway in Santa Monica, CA
Tender Greens, 201 Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, CA

Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier      Santa Monica Mirror newspaper

Santa Monica Daily Press      Santa Monica Pico Neighborhood Assn.

Main Street S.M.
Schatzi On Main [est. 1991]
La Vecchia Cucina restaurant on Main Street
The Victorian [built 1894; restored 1973]
World Cafe on Main Street [est. 1990]
Joe's Main Street Diner in Santa Monica, CA
The Galley [est. 1934] on Main Street
Angel City Bookstore & Gallery off Main Street
Library Ale House on Main Street
Röckenwagner Restaurant at Edgemar on Main Street

Vintage Postcard History Series Santa Monica California book by Marlin L. Heckman  "Santa Monica In Vintage Postcards" [2002]
by Marlin L. Heckman

Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [2002 edition] for $9.99
Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [4/2002] for $4.00
Early Santa Monica California book from Images of America  "Images of America: Early Santa Monica [California]" [2006]
by Louise B. Gabriel and the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [7/2006] for $18.38
Arcadia Publng 9½x6¾ hardcover [7/2006] for $27.99
Santa Monica Pier Century book by Jim Harris  "Santa Monica Pier: A Century of The Last Great Pleasure Pier" [2009]
by Jim Harris, Foreword by Robert Redford

Angel City Press 9x9 pb [2/2009] for $18.58
Angel City Press pb [3/2009] out of print/used
Santa Monica California 1950-2010 book from Images of America  "Images of America: Santa Monica [California], 1950-2010" [2011]
by Louise B. Gabriel and the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [6/2011] for $11.49
Arcadia Publng 9½x6¾ hardcover [6/2011] for $23.97


Up the Coast to Malibu

Gladstone's For Fish, on P.C.H. at Sunset Blvd.

Pacific Palisades [CA] Chamber of Commerce
Pacific Palisades [CA] Online
Palisades Post weekly newspaper [est. 1928]
Pacific Palisades [CA] Historical Society [est. 1972]
The Hidden Cafe in Pacific Palisades, California
Theatre Palisades [founded 1963, built 1988], 941 Temescal Canyon Road in Pacific Palisades, California

Topanga [CA] Online portal [est. 1995]
Topanga [CA] Historical Society
Froggy's Juice 'n Jolt Restaurant [opened 2003] in Downtown Topanga, California
Topanga [CA] Community House
Topanga [CA] Banjo & Fiddle & Folk Festival [est. 1961]
Topanga Days Country Fair [May 2004 = #31]
Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga, California

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum [est. 1951] in Topanga, California

official seal of the City of Malibu, California
Malibu [CA] Chamber of Commerce
Malibu [CA] History
Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon [built 1929] in Malibu, California
MalibuCity [dot] com portal
Malibu Times Magazine
Lazy J Ranch Camp [est. 1945] in Malibu Hills, California
Malibu Inn bar & restaurant in Malibu, California
Duke's Malibu [est. 1996] in Malibu, California
Malibu Film Festival [Sept 2004 = #5]
The Gray Whale restaurant, Point Dume/Zuma Beach [Malibu, California]
Geoffrey's Restaurant in Malibu, California
Moonshadows Restaurant in Malibu, California

Malibu / Century book by Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai  
"Malibu: A Century of Living By The Sea" [2005]
by Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai

Harry N. Abrams 12x10 hardcover [5/2005] for $31.50


Down the Coast
The Beach Reporter weekly newspaper [est. 1977]

seal of the City of El Segundo, California
City of El Segundo, California
El Segundo [CA] Chamber of Commerce
El Segundo [dot] net
Big John's Cafe [est. 1958] in El Segundo, California
Old Town Music Hall [est. 1968] in El Segundo, California
El Segundo [CA] Dunes & Prairie Restoration
TechEmpower {software solutions} in El Segundo, California
Performance Publishing Group in El Segundo, California
Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo, California
Unocal [Union Oil of California]
El Segundo Possibilities
Automobile Driving Museum [est. 2007] in El Segundo, California
CarsDirect.com / Internet Brands [est. 1998] is now headquartered in El Segundo, California
Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn stores [est. 2002] based in El Segundo, California

seal of the City of Manhattan Beach, California
City of Manhattan Beach, California [est. 1912]
Downtown Manhattan Beach [CA] Business & Professional Assn.
Manhattan Beach [CA] Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Beach [CA] Historical Society [est. 1977]
Pancho's Restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA
Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Manhattan Beach, CA
Pineapple Princess - treasures from tropical latitudes in Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Coffee Company on P.C.H. in Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach [CA] Brewing Co.
The Kettle 24-hour coffee shop in Manhattan Beach, CA
Hennessey's Tavern [est. 1976] in Manhattan Beach, CA
El Porto [Manhattan Beach, CA]: surf sitesurf webcam
Hotel Belamar {formerly Barnabey's} in Manhattan Beach, CA

Images of America Manhattan Beach California book by Jan Dennis  
"Images of America: Manhattan Beach (California)" [2001]
by Jan Dennis

Arcadia Publng 9x6½ pb [12/2001] for $19.18

seal of the City of Hermosa Beach, California [incorp. 1907]
City of Hermosa Beach, California [incorp. 1907]
Hermosa Beach [CA] Chamber of Commerce
The World Famous Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, CA
The Bottle Inn Ristorante in Hermosa Beach, CA
Fat Face Fenner's Fishack beach bar in Hermosa Beach, CA
Skooby's Hot Dogs on P.C.H. in Hermosa Beach, CA
Pointe 705 nightclub in Hermosa Beach, CA
Cafe Boogaloo [est. 1995] in Hermosa Beach, CA
Hermosa Beach [CA] Playhouse [est. 1998]
Cruz - vintage Hawaiiana in Hermosa Beach, CA

2500 Strand, Hermosa Beach  
"2500 Strand: Growing Up In Hermosa Beach, California,
During World War II - A Memoir" [2007]
by C. Scott Littleton

Red Pill Press PUB pb [12/2007] out of print/used
author's official booksite

seal of the City of Redondo Beach, California [incorp. 1892]
City of Redondo Beach, California [incorp. 1892]
Redondo Beach [CA] Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Redondo Beach [CA] Pier
Riviera Village, South Redondo Beach, CA
Fix Your Own Printer [dot] com in Redondo Beach, CA
romantic Gondola Amore service in Portofino Marina
South Bay Greek Festival [July]
A.S.A.P. Real Estate Appraisals in Redondo Beach, CA
Redondo Beach Lobster Festival [Sept]  [ Flash only ]

Postcard History Series Redondo Beach California book  
"Redondo Beach (California): A Postcard History" [2006]
by The Historical Commission of Redondo Beach

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [2/2006] for $13.59



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