Pacific Palisades is a district within the city of LA, located between Brentwoodto the east, Malibu to the west, Santa Monica to the southeast, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. The area currently has about 27,000 residents. It is a very affluent and primarily residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, small (usually older) houses, condominiums, and apartments. It has a small central business district on Sunset Blvd.–consisting of restaurants, stores, banks, and offices–known as the “village.” It also includes some large parklands and many hiking trails.
History: In 1911, film director Thomas Ince created his Western film factory Inceville, which at its peak employed nearly 600 people. A decade later, the Rev. Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church bought the land; in 1922, Scott founded Pacific Palisades, envisioning an elaborate religious-intellectual commune. Believers snapped up choice lots and lived in tents during construction. By 1925, the Palisades had 100 homes. In one subdivision, streets were named for Methodist missionaries.
The tents eventually were replaced by cabins, then by bungalows, and ultimately by multimillion-dollar homes with priceless views. The most well-known landmark in the Palisades is J. Paul Getty’s Getty Villa. The museum erroneously claims that it is the Getty Villa of Malibu; however, it is a part of the Palisades, which is within the city of Los Angeles.
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