The California Moving
Manifest density is a Nineteenth Century American concept that suggested that the country move west to grow its power, influence and reach. The concept was used in the 1840's to justify war with Mexico. It wasn't much longer before the people making their way to the left coast of California found gold which started a rush of prospectors, developers and all sorts of commerce. Roll the tape forward to the post-World-War-II 1950s and the economic opportunities of California offered so much to middle class Americans that many moved from the urban powerhouses of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey as well as from Rust Belt, mid-western states like Ohio, Michigan, Eastern Pennsylvania and Illinois to sunny California.
Changes came quickly to California with so many post-war Boomers flowing into the state. While agriculture is still strong in the state today, acres and acres of fruit trees and other growth was replaced with urban sprawl. Once dominant cities like Hollywood spread into neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Trousdale Estates Bel Air, West Hollywood, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. These new neighborhoods showed a new lifestyle of amazing luxury perhaps only found in the most grand estates in Europe. Additionally, the modernist architecture movement had started with designers like Richard Neutra, Wallace Neff, A. Quincy Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright building important homes in the new money neighborhoods of Southern California.
While some of the most monied people in the world were coming to Beverly Hills to live a life of sun and fun, others were heading to the sand in the recently developed Malibu. This 28 mile stretch of sand was build out in the 1920s but really started booming in the 1950s with the development of the very famous Pacific Coast Highway. Boasting some of the most beautiful drives in the world, PCH as it is known, became a tourist destination as well as a place for the rich and famous to call home or often "second home" as those with the most money kept a city house somewhere near Hollywood like Beverly Hills, Hancock Park or Bel Air and then ran to the beach via Sunset Boulevard on the weekends for a little play time. They build homes right on the beach sandwiched between "California incline" cliffs and the raging Pacific ocean with some of the best designers in the world. Carbon Beach, Zuma Beach, Broad Beach and County Line only describe a few of the dozens of beaches that the well to do have built up. Serra Retreat is another inland Malibu, California neighborhood that hosts some of the most amazing homes one could ever hope to see. More modern neighborhoods like Malibu Colony brought in Beverly Hills like estates to the beach community. Today Billionaire's Beach (near Carbon Beach) hosts homes for the likes of Larry Ellison of Oracle and media mogul, David Geffen yet the masses still make their way down to the same sand that Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff patrolled in Baywatch.
No matter how you look at it, moving to California has been an American tradition for those looking to make a fast fortune, enjoy the amazingly gorgeous weather or for those looking to be a star. Beyond the pie in the sky dreams, California delivers with the seventh largest economy in the world (that's a state versus countries) that produces some of the finest wine in the world, all of the best movies in the world, tech companies like Facebook, Google and Apple. California is a wonderful place for people to end up living. It's the gateway to the Pacific and offers so much in terms of lifestyle, design, access and more. You will love it here.