Filled with small frame cottages and upscale real estate in the shallow flat-bottomed little valley. Though not part of the city of Santa Monica itself, but part of the Santa Monica Post Office code 90402, Santa Monica Canyon is a misleadingly named adjacent neighborhood, facing out upon the Pacific Ocean. With winding roads and steep canyon walls these small enclave shares more with wooded Topanga Canyon than the city of Santa Monica. Santa Monica Canyon is part of the city of Los Angeles, and its Canyon Charter Elementary School is one of the most prestigious elementary schools in the LAUSD. The border between Santa Monica Canyon and the Pacific Palisades is Chautauqua Blvd.