Welcome to Palos Verdes Peninsula
A thriving collection of coastal cities at the southwest corner of Greater Los Angeles.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a landmass that juts into the Pacific Ocean at the southwest tip of Greater Los Angeles. The landmass contains a few major roads connecting its main residential communities: Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. Each of these hill cities commands breathtaking views, whether of the Pacific Ocean or Los Angeles. Not merely a residential area, the peninsula boasts a thriving, high-profit business district home to malls, upscale stores, and megastores. Families enjoy access to distinguished schools, equestrians love the network of horse trails, and anyone in the luxury market will appreciate the high-end properties in the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
What to Love
- A modern downtown brimming with business activity
- Exclusive world-class residential areas
- A top-rated API school district
- An eclectic and flourishing community
Settling on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is like having a winning ticket; the prize is the comfort and exclusivity of an iconic residential area. Each city that makes up the peninsula is an ideal destination, and together they are part of the hottest metropolitan area in LA.
The four residential communities fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Palos Verdes Estates faces northwest and shelters over 13,000 residents. Ranch Palos Verdes has the most residents and rests atop the bluffs of the peninsula. Rolling Hills is the scarcest neighborhood, a gated community with fewer than 2,000 people, and its neighbor, Rolling Hills Estates, treats its 8,000 residents to views of Torrance to the north.
Palos Verdes Estates has an exceedingly intriguing history, having been incorporated in 1939, making it the oldest of the four cities on the peninsula. A New York financier contracted the planned community to the famous Olmsted Brothers, designers of Central Park in New York City. Among other hallmark features, Palos Verdes Estates has winding roadways, neat walking paths, and an abundance of native trees; altogether, about a third of the community was and is permanent open space. The project survived the Great Depression and was completed in 1940.
The homes in the Palos Verdes Peninsula are an example of the sophistication and high value of the area, both residentially and socially. Some houses date back to the 19th century, usually designed in the styles of California Ranch or Spanish Haciendas. The Palos Verdes Peninsula stands as an unbeatable benchmark for the finest California has to offer.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In keeping with its rich historical past, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is full of historical locations worth admiring. One of these historical locations is Malaga Cove Plaza; the plaza is finely decorated in the purest Mediterranean Revival style, giving it a unique and picturesque touch that has made it an iconic place for residents. That’s where you can find Yellow Vase, a French-American cafe with a good food menu, baked goods, and flowers.
In a place as busy as the Palos Verdes Peninsula, comfort and relaxation are essential to support such a demanding lifestyle. To disconnect from the routine and get rid of stress, nothing better than a visit to Terranea Resort. This luxurious and exclusive retreat offers world-class care to provide a relaxing experience and help you free yourself from the stress and fatigue of routine. The resort is home to Nelson’s, a cliffside restaurant with a beautiful vantage point for sunsets and a fire pit for cool nights. Terranea Resort is world-renowned for its impressive oceanfront views that will make you feel close to the sea and the pleasant sea breeze of the Pacific.
Regarding fine dining, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has several high-end options to please even the most demanding palates. Creme De La Crepe is a restaurant that serves French haute cuisine dishes; here, you can taste some of the finest in the European country. The best of all? They have a cozy and intimate atmosphere that makes the evenings something magical. If you’re looking for a high-end option on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, look no further than Creme De La Crepe.
Things To Do
Golf enthusiasts have their meeting point at Palos Verdes Golf Club. This 18-hole golf course features top-notch facilities and picturesque ocean views to provide a world-class golf experience. You can come with your family, golf crew, or even alone to enjoy the best golf course in the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula. At Palos Verdes Golf Club, fun is always a hole-in-one!
Perhaps the signature area on the peninsula is Malaga Cove — an oasis for surfers, shoppers, and hikers. Malaga Cove Plaza is the area’s business hub and is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can patronize the quaint shops and cafes, then hike Bluff Cove Trail, a picturesque hiking area in the heart of Palos Verdes Estates. The trail winds through a rocky area where you can get stunning ocean views. This trail boasts breathtaking natural scenery and ends at Bluff Cove Beach, where you can lounge on the beach or even do a little scuba diving if you’re in the mood for more adventure.
Point Vicente Lighthouse watches over Point Vicente Park — a multipurpose recreational area with facilities for sand volleyball, tennis, barbeques, and dogs (a dog park). The two highlights of Point Vicente Park are the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration and whale season (you can sometimes see gray whales migrate to and from their breeding lagoon in Baja). Another beautiful sight is South Coast Botanical Garden — nearly a hundred acres with over 150,000 landscape plants and trees.