Discover the architecture of vintage and contemporary homes on our fall tour of historic Adelaide Drive. Enjoy spectacular ocean and hillside vistas as our docents lead you on the half-mile walking tour, stopping at 10 key points, including four gardens and two open homes at 130 and 518 Adelaide Drive, with stories of this premier neighborhood.

In the early 20th century, wealthy pioneer families built their coastal homes on Adelaide Drive. Today, five of these residences are still standing as designated landmarks. Current Adelaide residents include artist Don Bachardy, architect Frank Gehry, animator/cartoonist Matt Groening and author Mona Simpson.

The Norman Cottage at 518 Adelaide Drive appears both rustic and sophisticated. This 1925 French Norman Revival style home reflects the popularity of French architecture in America after World War I. The current owners bought the home in 1966 and did little remodeling until the

1994 earthquake caused severe damage to its chimney. Some interior rooms were reconfigured, but the house remains largely as it was nearly a century ago when, according to the current owners, silent screen star Anita Stewart called it home.

Today, Adelaide Drive retains much of the elegance of its early days, thanks to the work of property owners and preservationists who value its historic nature. However, nearby high-rise condominiums on Ocean Avenue remind us that, although change is inevitable, a balanced effort to preserve our historic heritage is also important.

Purchase tickets at

Advance purchase: $30 members / $35 general public

On the day of the tour: $40 members / $45 general public

Accompanied children under 12 years of age are free.

Check-in: 4th Street median between Adelaide Drive & San Vicente Boulevard

Submitted by the Santa Monica Conservancy

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