September 13th//Home Selling, Lifestyle, Real Estate

The Scientific Benefits of Living By The Sea


From Palos Verdes to Malibu and the Pacific Palisades, Partners Trust is lucky to represent some of the most serene and sought-after coastal communities in the entire country—yet what, if anything, do all of the homes in these areas have in common? According to new scientific studies, living by the ocean has a more prevailing impact on our senses than we initially imagined. In fact, recent research is demonstrating that the ocean inspires creative thinking, reduces anxiety and promotes compassionate thinking.

Standing at the forefront of the relationship between our brain waves and the calming waves of the ocean is scientist and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols who, in a recent article, reveals that an ocean’s sense of awe moves us from a “me” to a “we” perspective. “Awe and wonder and passion take over in water,” he shares, “There is a feeling of connection to others and something beyond the immediate.” Another study carried out by a trifecta of universities found that just being able to see the ocean contributes to wellbeing and lower stress levels.

Whether experienced in the form of never-ending waves or glassy pools, water is proving once again to be nature’s biggest gift. Here are five Partners Trust properties that take advantage of the healing powers of water.

3464 Sweetwater Mesa Road

Presiding over Malibu is this picturesque residence that not only boasts a pool and waterfall but expansive whitewater ocean views from every room.


238 19th Street

This Santa Monica contemporary features a sun-soaked pool deck and spa in addition to being a short drive from the sandy shores of Southern California.


218 Carroll Canal

This Venice rarity offers prime canal frontage, an extensive patio overlooking the water and beautiful ocean views.


23746 Malibu Road

Nowhere is a beach experience more in-demand than at this Malibu retreat, which presents a beachfront deck leading directly to the water’s edge—and, not to mention, a backyard replete with a pool and soothing water features.


17366 West Sunset 205B

This corner unit in Pacific Palisades affords all the benefits of living in an apartment community—multiple pools, spa, access to coastal trails—in addition to being located just moments from the beaches of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica.


To learn more about how our brain reacts to water, listen to one of Nichols’ many moving TEDX Talks or pick up a copy of his latest book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.


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