Sunset Mesa is a neighborhood of approximately 500 homes nestled on a bluff overlooking Pacific Coast Highway between Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon.
It is part of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The homes originated in the early 1960’s when three separate builders, April, Consolidated, and DSD Development created 14 streets of homes. Mesa, translated as “table” in Spanish, describes this plateau carved into the cliff that offers beautiful ocean views. The first two developments were called Sunset Mesa, and the last one built in the mid 1960’s (coming up Coastline Dr.) was named Pacific Riviera. Eventually, the Sunset Mesa name won out as it is known by today.
The original builders developed the neighborhood with uninterrupted ocean views as their priority. Utility lines were placed underground, and low trimmed trees were planted. The first order of business was to establish Architectural Committees for those tracts to protect the planned ocean views. The Architectural Committees were merged into one to provide consistency, with conditions, covenants and restrictions (CC&R’s). Next, the Sunset Mesa Property Association (SMPOA) was established and given the authority to enforce the bylaws that govern the neighborhood.
Our world-famous neighbor, The Getty Villa Museum, provides a yearly free pass to the SMPOA members and guests. This benefit results from living next door to one of the most unique properties housing some of the valuable antiquities in existence.
With no through streets and no retail destinations, Sunset Mesa is known as extremely quiet and peaceful, and a real sense of community exists. The proximity to beach at the bottom of the hill provides a chance for easy recreation and enjoyment.