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“Great location”

Annenberg Community Beach House
Ranked #17 of 104 things to do in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Arlington, VIrginia
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

You won't find a better location - on the beach. We had a business dinner there and the food was pretty good. Marion Davies guest house is next door but it isn't anything extraordinary. No attempt to provide period furnishings has been made.

Visited April 2013
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“History + Cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Few know about Annenberg Community Beach House - I've booked two groups into the Space and gone to enjoy it with friends - so have experienced both ways to enjoy this unique locale. The Miriam Davis-beach cottage is a cool remnant of Hollywood history -- if you've been to Hearst Castle, you need to see this place. The new, sleek building is awesome, the pool (also remains from Hearst days) is wonderful. There's a great beach restaurant in front of the property - go there on Sunday morning for Breakfast, dig your toes into the sand and remind your snow-bound friends how you're living the life in SoCal!

Visited March 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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527 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
“Public private club right in my 'backyard'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Monica, California
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“Fun place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Historic. Julia Morgan designed building and Historic pool. Great place for food at back at the beach!

Visited February 2013
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Pacific Palisades, CA
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“great day at the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

on th site of one of Santa Monica's former Gold Coast beach clubs Wallis Annenberg has made yet another wonderful contribution to her city by transforming the space into a public beach club which suits all generations. There is a good casual restaurant on the sand, many climb-able structures for the kids
a pool and lots of fun for all. There is also a party space with outdoor decks and ocean views. Happens to be in my neighborhood and we have taken advantage of it several times as well as attended a wedding there.
Thanks Wallis..good job
which is rentable for weddings, etc

Visited July 2012
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