The Annenberg Community Beach House (known locally as the Annenberg or the Beach House) is a free-to-the-public indoor/outdoor recreation and event facility located at Santa Monica State Beach. It sits on the former site of the 110-room mansion originally built by William Randolph Hearst in the 1930s for Marion Davies.
The site’s original guest house was restored and is mainly used for events or for public tours. What else is here? There is a newly built modern pool house with changing areas, a second floor view deck, a new event house (where weddings or an art gallery opening reception usually occurs), a splash pad that kids enjoy, a children’s playground, public restrooms, easily accessible beach rentals, and a cafe. There is also beautiful California native landscaping surrounding the facility, along with beach volleyball and tennis courts, for people to enjoy.
The Annenberg Foundation funded the restoration of the former mansion’s original tile and marble deck pool, which later opened to the public on a fee-for-entry basis in 2009. Local residents know that during the summers, the pool entry fee drops down to $1 on Mondays. The Annenberg is where you can find us on Mondays during the summers.
Here is the modern second floor deck in case you need a pool break.
There’s a community game room with ample board games and paperback books for visitors to borrow and enjoy.
Lastly, if you want to visit the beach, the Annenberg has a conveniently accessible public Boardwalk that will lead you right to the deep waters of the Santa Monica Bay.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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