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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
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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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Perfect Beach Day

My favorite spot to hangout with friends and my kids at the beach. Tips: Pre-pay for parking and arrive no later than 9AM.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Danilo Moura S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My favorite spot to hangout with friends and my kids at the beach. Tips: Pre-pay for parking and arrive no later than 9AM.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Lots to do, on the sand restaurant, playground for kids, walk up cafe for lattes and snacks, pool, water park, Marion Davies beach house tour, complex may be reserved for parties overlooking the ocean. Is great! There is parking approx $10. beach access, check for closing time. Lots of activities including book readings, yoga, water aerobics, tours, lectures and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

I absolutely recommend you spend time here if possible. The buildings are beautiful and the beachside location is spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Our son and his wife held their wedding on the terrace with the beach and ocean as the backdrop. The dining room inside was the perfect size for their reception. The staff was excellent and very friendly.

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Marion Davies was only 18 and a Zigfield girl when she met William Randolph Hearst. The photographs and electronic slide show and docent's knowledge made for a wonderful insight to this guest house where so many celebrities once stayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Love the restored house, the location & the exhibits. The pool is great. The event meeting rooms offer a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

We really enjoyed this little stop on our way to the Santa Monica Pier. Turns out, this was the best part of the day. For only $8 you can park and enjoy the Community House/Pool, restaurant and Marion Davies Guesthouse. The the old Hearst pool is just gorgeous! A docent gave us a free 30-minute tour of the historical landmark... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

I attended the birthday party for Marion Davies, (William R Hearst' mistress). Loved watching the old film footage, learned about the original home which was built right on the beach, and enjoyed the stroll down memory lane. My docent Renee, was very knowledgeable. She told me little secrets that might not be known to the general public about the parties... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

In the 1920s WR Hearst built a 100 room mansion on 16 beach lots for his companion Marion Davies. It was completed by Julia Morgan who did Hearst Castle. Shamefully it was torn down in the 50s but an original guest house remains and free tours are given by the Santa Monica Conservancy. Check the website. The new Annenberg Beach... More 

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