Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House
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The Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest House, beach courts & fields, community & cultural events, historic pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Site hours change seasonally. Call or check our website annenbergbeachhouse.com to confirm hours of operation. The Beach House is also available to rent for private events and as a location for filming.
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Having grown up in the area, I was familiar with the history of this stretch of beach. As a youngster, I spent many a summer day near the original Marion Davies beach house, which later became the Sand and Sea Club.

I'd just finished reading a novelization of Marion Davies' life, so decided to visit on a Sunday. The guest house is once again open and free tours are given from Friday through Monday by knowledgeable docents.

The storied guest house has been beautifully and carefully restored. If you love antique tile bathrooms, you're in for a treat. We visited both floors, and heard about the life and times of those who had stayed there.
After the tour, there's an opportunity to view a film about the life of Miss Davies, which is quite interesting.

The complex includes gardens, an art gallery, a splash pad for all, community space, and activities for a fee, including a beautiful outdoor pool that dates back to the original complex. The beachfront cafe is open again, too. Best of all, entry to the park is free. And the Pacific Ocean is literally across the way. A nice day out for tourists or locals.
Written August 30, 2022
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Paul R
Santa Monica, CA27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
I am biased. I got married here. One of the happiest days of my life. So needless to say I highly recommend it for it's romantic oceanside location. But here's what most tourists don't know. It's the former home of actress Marion Davies, mistress to none other than tycoon William Randolph Hearst, whose architect built her mansion in the 1920s and which had 100 rooms and was bigger than most hotels. The mansion is long gone but the guest house remains -- which is just as big as a modern day mansion and open to the public. It contains historic photos of the original gargantuan mansion where all of Hollywood royalty -- including Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable -- used to visit and swim in the olympic sized swimming pool. The pool is still there and open to the public. Thanks to philanthropist Wallis Annenburg, who procured a 28 million dollar grant, it has now become one of the city's greatest landmarks, where everyday citizens can wax nostalgic, dine at the restaurant, play beach volleyball, swim in the pool, take in various art exhibits, host business conferences ... and recite your wedding vows.
Written April 28, 2017
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fred117
Seattle, WA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
Little known is this remaining piece of American History. The home of Marion Davies the mistress of William Randolph Hearst and last remaining structure of the Hearst estate in Santa Monica. Free tours are given by volunteer docents daily. It seems this is an overlooked resource.

Our tour guide was meticulous about the facts and history of the house and as we were the only ones to take the tour that day, she tailored her comments to our interests.

Beautifully restored and renovated to accommodate groups and meetings, its a hidden treasure of Santa Monica and I hope more people will take advantage of it.
Written March 8, 2016
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Melanie G
Santa Monica, CA2,725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
The Annenberg is an amazing place. It has extraordinary history to it, is right on the beach and is basically free. William Randolph Hearst and his famous actress mistress Marion Davies called this strand their home. The original guest/servants quarters survived as did the pool which have been lovingly restored. There is a modern building standing in the place where the grand manse once stood (55 bathrooms!) The original home was torn down years ago. G bless Annenberg who decided this should be a 'club' on the beach open to all. There is a fee for parking and pool (check website for details) but if you just pull your bike off the bike path there is no charge at all and you can just hang out, take a tour of the house, let the kids play in the small playground or grab a bite at BACK ON THE BEACH and watch the world by the sea go by. There is city WIFI here so if you are working on your next great novel...pull up a chair and research and write away. There is also a nice little boardwalk that extends toward the sea making it easier access. There are showers, etc. as well. Very civilized. They also rent out the spaces for special occasions and meetings and they offer classes like YOGA and Synchronized Swimming. All in all have to tip my hat to the Annenberg Foundation. They did the city and it's inhabitants and guests a real solid in making this happen.
Written March 12, 2013
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airbrush1212
Santa Monica, CA173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I know that sounds bad...but I am still wondering why the built this. There is a pool....very narrow and long and often filled with screaming children. The community house itself is reserved for events.
Written November 23, 2019
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sjmbdm
Santa Monica, CA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wonderful areas for children' play, good for adults too. Great facilities, programs and events. High quality.
Written August 16, 2019
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mauratravels1111
San Clemente, CA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Great location and ease of parking and high end way to to tan and eat at great restaurant on the beach ~ a little pricey but if you want VIP service and ease ~ this is a great way to go!
Written August 6, 2019
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Pam1751
Cathedral City, CA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Protected by The Santa Monica historical guardians, this inimitable landmark also has
tours of the Marion Davies Guest House-check for the schedule.
Written January 11, 2019
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GOSIA P
Los Angeles116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 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 and especially with children.
Written May 1, 2018
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philsman
Marina del Rey, CA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
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.
Written March 5, 2018
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