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Annenberg Community Beach House

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Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Phone Number: +1 310-458-4904
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8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The Beach House is a unique community destination, open to all, no...
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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Nice Place!!!

We happened upon this place while cycling, and what a cool place. Very clean and appealing. This would be a grat place for a big group get together like a family reunion or even... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We happened upon this place while cycling, and what a cool place. Very clean and appealing. This would be a grat place for a big group get together like a family reunion or even a wedding! AND right on the beach!!!

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Great place with a rich history. It started its life as a mansion that was built for Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst. (Also see info on San Simeon for more Hearst/Davies history.) It's so wonderful that this is a PUBLIC facility available to anyone. Very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Historic beach home brought up to date..............great pool,art activities,music events, etc. It offers a quiet place to view the ocean and people watch the bike path travelers. Former home of Marion Davies and Mr. Randolph Hearst.... the guest house remains of the original property. Tours available.....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Look this is not a gourmet restaurant. But if you want a simple burger or chicken salad, it is perhaps the only place on the coast where you can actually feel the crunch of sand under your feet LA does all it can to prevent us from actually walking on the sand. The stretch of perfectly groomed and totally unpoulated... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Like many L.A.-area attractions, the Annenberg Community Beach House has an interesting history. The beach house is the former estate of actress Marion Davies. She and William Randolph Hearst hosted numerous parties attended by Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo and other such celebrities. Today, the family-friendly oceanfront beach house is open to the public for playing on the beach and swimming... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If you want to go to the beach and not lug everything around...this is the place to go. You have to be there first thing though or you ain't getting parking here. You have beach, nice bathrooms, swimming pool (if you get reservations) & restaurant. This is a calmer version of Paradise Cove in Malibu but closer to LA! Park... More 

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San Diego, California
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Attended a kids birthday party here. We had the run of the place between the birthday tent setup on the sand, access to the beach and the pool. It has a private club feel but the public walks freely through there and that is also one of the best things. I had visited about 1 year early in another capacity... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We rented the facility for a large group function and the staff was great overall. They also catered in great food. Overall a great venue for a day at the beach!

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Lutherville,md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Attended a wedding at Sunset on the beach. The location was excellent and the house was beautiful. The back of the house has a porch which was used for the wedding and the stairs on each side to hold the bride and grooms close friends and family. Could not have been more perfect/

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It's a great place - seems like a private beach - beautiful pool for children and adults alike. Can spend the day there - visit The Marion Davies former home - William Randolph Hurst gave it to her. She had many famous visitors who spent time there. A little café is near the pool for burgers, salads etc. Wonderful, clean... More 

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