Santa Monica has a rich heritage and has become one of the most iconic beaches in California. With great schools and a huge tourist destination Santa Monica has a variety of vibrant shopping, artistry, international restaurants, residential, museums, architecture, and diversity that attract people of all ages. Architect Frank Gehry is one of the inspirations behind the original architecture in Santa Monica. A new metro system was just put in and now connects Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles
The western and northwestern border of Santa Monica, California is the 3-mile (4.8 km) stretch of Santa Monica Bay. On its other sides, the city is bordered by various districts of Los Angeles: the eastern border is Brentwood north of Wilshire Boulevard and West Los Angeles south of Wilshire, the northeastern border is generally San Vicente Boulevard up to the Riviera Country Club, the southwestern border is Venice Beach and the southern border is with West Los Angeles and Mar Vista.