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Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House Review

This beachfront property was originally developed in the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst as a palatial private residence and a gathering spot for Hollywood's megastars. In 1947 it was converted into a members-only beach club; the state of California bought and renamed the club in 1959, but it took the earthquake of 2004 for the state to reconceive of the property as a public place. With the help of the Annenberg foundation, it reopened as a community beach house in 2009. Feel like a millionaire lounging by the pool on one of the beachside chairs, or lunch at the café while enjoying uninterrupted ocean views. The house's Beach=Culture events series includes a variety of classes (yoga, beach volleyball), readings, and exhibits; check their Web site for the calendar.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA 90402 | Map It
  • Phone: 310/458–4904
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 8:30–5:30; Event House Gallery open Sat.-Mon., 10–4; Marion Davies Guest House open Sat. and Sun., 11–3; pool open 7 days June through August
  • Website:
  • Location: Santa Monica
Updated: 02-10-2011

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