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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
+1 310-458-4904
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Beautiful swimming pool-right on the beach

We spent the first half of the day at the swimming pool. It was beautiful with attentive life... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
OhioLove2travel007
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ohio
via mobile
Wonderful day outing

If for nothing else, one should visit the Annenberg to see and to swim in the beautiful pool that... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
LAVict0ria
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Los Angeles
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The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no membership required! With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, seasonal pool, classes for children and adults, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The Beach House grounds are open daily, including the playground, splash pad, beach area, courtyard, view deck, and volleyball courts. The site upon which the Beach House now sits was originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate, designed by architect Julia Morgan, featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms, three guest houses and an ornate marble swimming pool. Learn more about the Beach House history on a tour of the last remaining Guest House with a Santa Monica Conservancy docent. Classes for adults include yoga, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volleyball, and Synchronized Swimming. Children can to learn to swim, play beach volleyball, and beach soccer! Our historic pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer pool season, and requires an admission fee. Between October and May the pool is closed. We will occasionally open the pool on warm weather weekends or holidays.
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415 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1601
Santa Monica
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+1 310-458-4904
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the first half of the day at the swimming pool. It was beautiful with attentive life guards. They limit the number of passes sold per day so it’s not crowded. Plenty of beach chairs to go around. They allow you to bring food...More

1  Thank OhioLove2travel007
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

If for nothing else, one should visit the Annenberg to see and to swim in the beautiful pool that was designed by the architect Julia Morgan as part of the original beach house for Randolph Hearst. It's wonderful to spend time with family and friend...More

2  Thank LAVict0ria
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Attended an evening private party here and found it to be a very good venue for an event within relevant guest number parameters. We had maybe 70 or so. The main room is pleasant and has an excellent outside patio/terrace area. There is good on...More

1  Thank David G
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

love to stop and watch people on the bike/walking prominode and have a bite to eat at Back at the Beach and let kids play on the jungle gym and climbers

1  Thank amynjim
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Like having your own private beach club-on the oceanfront,pool,changing room. Get there early in the summer for parking. Took the grandkids and they had a blast.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We’ve driven by the Beach House for 20 years and never stopped! Took a tour of the Marion Davies Guest House and enjoyed the docent’s recounting of Hollywood history. Will return with a picnic when the weather is warmer.

2  Thank Devon S
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

You can eat inside or outside, sun or shade, with an excellent menu even if you want lunch foods at breakfast time. More than adequate parking. I've eaten here several times with friends, with never anything less than excellent. It's addictive!

1  Thank Charon666
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Grab a beach chair here, let your kids play in the pool or participate in the supervised activities, and read up on Marion Davies (who lived here), Randolph Hearst (who built the 22-room house for her), Julia Morgan (who designed the mansion and side buildings)....More

1  Thank dirkj0t
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

What a beautiful place that opens out onto the beach...WONDERFUL service and staff. Comfortable parking and the IDEAL location for a wedding, party and event of any kind. It does depend largely on the type of event, as to what room you choose to utilize,...More

1  Thank MsBunny2011
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Avoid the crowds of Santa Monica Pier or the crazyness of Venice Boardwalk. Grab a beach umbrella and a couple of chairs, bring your cooler or oder from the beachfront cafe. You'll enjoy the peaceful, easy access of this great beach with all of the...More

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pag1007
27 May 2018|
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Response from dirkj0t | Reviewed this property |
There are small lockers available, but I don't think a suitcase will fit. Shower and changing are there, but think beach, nothing fancy like in your gym.
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mmmaria63
27 August 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
I am a docent at the Beach House. We give tours at all times between 11 and 2. It lists tours only on the hour, but we try to accommodate everyone who comes in no matter what time when we are open. Even open Labor Day.
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William S
23 January 2017|
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Response from sunstonetours | Reviewed this property |
There are weddings all the time. Quite popular. So many different options available that would dictate the price. You would have to call the main office of t he Annenberg Beach House. I was working there today and a couple... More
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