The Palos Verdes Peninsula lies just south of Redondo Beach and is where the RAT beach area ends and begins a gradual climb up the hillside of the peninsula. Local real estate agents and residents often refer to the area as "P.V." or "The Hill". Many homeowners enjoy vast ocean views with either Catalina Island views on the west side of the Peninsula or the Port of Los Angeles and Vincent Thomas Bridge views on the east side. There are numerous equestrian trails in the Palos Verdes area. Many residents own horse property and stable horses in the area.
Palos Verdes, or P.V., offers a great blend of a pastoral and coastal lifestyle. There are four cities in the Palos Verdes Peninsula with numerous real estate MLS sub-sections assigned. Real estate prices on the peninsula can range in the high $400,000's for entry level condos on the Rancho Palos Verdes side of the hill and reach into the mutli-millions for homes within the private, gated city of Rolling Hills. Public schools within the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District are ranked among the top in the nation and students have the choice of attending Palos Verdes High or Penninsula High.
Residents of Palos Verdes enjoy luxury shopping and destination dining as well as an active lifestyle in a community that embraces hiking, cycling, tennis, golf, scuba diving, kayaking, and horseback riding. Cycling enthusiasts are drawn to the challenge of the incline and gorgeous views along the west face of the Peninsula. The Palos Verdes Golf Club is a favorite destination for residents and visitors alike. Point Vicente with its iconic lighthouse attracts photography buffs and is a favorite whale watching spot in the South Bay. .
Palos Verdes is home to the famed Terranea Resort that attracts visitors from around the world and is a favorite "staycation" spot for residents of the South Bay.
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Leaving the beach cities area to the south and following Palos Verdes Blvd. as it climbs up the west side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes Estates opens up almost to a world unto itself. Moving past Malaga Canyon, suddenly the lots become much larger, with homes tucked back privately off the main road; some appearing as if they are attached to the cliffside. Rounding the bend, the Pacific Ocean presents jaw-dropping vistas as far as the eye can see. Homes in Palos Verdes Estates are subject to recorded deed restrictions that are governed by the Palos Verdes Homes Association and the Palos Verdes Art Jury helps to ensure homes in the area remain in compliance. The function of the Art Jury and the PVHA is to protect and preserve the natural beauty that makes Palos Verdes Estates so desirable.
Prospective home buyers in this area should familiarize themselves with the building specifications and restrictions that the Art Jury presides over, especially when planning a remodel or addition to a property. It is important to work with an established realtor that is well-versed in Palos Verdes real estate in order to best understand how to work within the guidelines of the PVHA.
Homes closest to where South Redondo Beach meets the Peninsula are located East of Palos Verdes Blvd. in what is known as the Valmonte area (MLS area 164). A small portion of this area encircles the historic Palos Verdes Golf Club and enjoy beautiful, open hillside and golf course views. Many residents seek Valmonte out for the larger lots and more pastoral setting, yet close proximity to South Redondo and favorite surf points close by.
Following Palos Verdes Drive West leads to Malaga Cove (163), a quaint and cozy section of the Peninsula that centers around Malaga Cove Plaza where many community events are often held. The historic Palos Verdes Beach Club is found overlooking the cove and the ocean below. Similar to Valmonte, Malaga Cove residents enjoy the best of both worlds, with conveniences located a few minutes away in South Redondo and South Torrance, yet still separated from the hustle and bustle of the beach cities below.
Just east of area 163, Malaga Cove, lots begin to head up towards the crest of the hill, this area is called Monte Malaga (area 162) and it lies primarily west of Granvia Altamira, east of the Del Sol fire road. Many homes here enjoy a special vantage point; capturing views of where the city lights suddenly go dark where they meet the ocean and sparkle like a necklace of diamonds at night, lending to what many realtors and locals have dubbed the "Queen's Necklace".
Passing Bluff Cove along Palos Verdes Drive West is where MLS area 160, Lunada Bay/Margate begins and it ends south at Lunada Vista. Similar to the beach cities below, there is a tree-lined greenbelt walking path/jogging path that lies between the two one-way sections of PV Dr. W. Residents of this area enjoy the easy access to the lush, green parks and beltways, as well as the Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve area where one can enjoy beautiful day hikes and whale watching from the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Lunada Bay is also home to Palos Verdes High School, a beautiful campus that enjoys ocean views. The school district offices are located within the site of the former Malaga Cove Middle School which sits on the bluff just above the Palos Verdes Beach Club, and Montemalaga Elementary is also close by.
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There are approximately 700 homes within the privately gated city of Rolling Hills. All of the homes architectural style are ranch homes and all of the lots are zoned for keeping horses. Living within the city of Rolling Hills is very exclusive, as entering and leaving the city boundaries is closely monitored by gate access. Residents adhere to guidelines set forth by the Rolling Hills Community Association in order to preserve the special equestrian environment and the natural surroundings. There are nearly 30 miles of established bridle trails and the trails are maintained by the RHCA.
Your realtor must have a special annual pass in order to list or sell homes within the City of Rolling Hills.
MLS area 165, Palos Verdes Drive North includes all homes for sale within the City of Rolling Hills Estates. Most of the city is located the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, generally facing towards the City of Torrance. Similar to Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates is also a city that embraces the equestrian life, with numerous public horse trails leading throughout the city. The Peter Weber Equestrian Center is at the heart of this bucolic community. It is not uncommon to come to a stoplight and see a horse and rider waiting to use the cross walk.
Area 172 La Cresta includes two cities; some properties are within Rolling Hills Estates while others are in Rancho Palos Verdes. This area covers a wide berth of acreage on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, however there are only a handful of streets in this area as most of the lots line the hillsides. The Cresta Verde HOA community offers traditional modern styled townhomes built in the 1970s, many of which have ocean views. Because of how homes are situated in La Cresta, many offer both canyon and ocean views. A handful of properties in La Cresta enjoy ease of access to and also views of Highridge Park, which lies within the City of Rolling Hills Estates. The prestigious Wallace Ranch community of Rancho Palos Verdes is found in area 172. Many homes in the sought after Sea Breeze community capture impressive views of Catalina Island. .
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has the most MLS areas on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, numbering 11 different real estate zoned neighborhoods. On the southwest side, Area 169, Portugese Bend (Palos Verdes Drive South) runs east of Abalone Cove past the Trump National Golf Course and Terranea Resort to the Palos Verdes Shoreline Park. There are a small number of homes for sale in the Portugese Bend area, and they range from a handful of condos to estates within the Trump National Golf Club. Wayfarers Chapel, a popular wedding venue for it's natural beauty and ocean views, is a nearly all glass church located in area 169. It is truly an architectural work of art, designed by Lloyd Wright in the late 1940s. Locals and tourists alike enjoy searching for sealife in the many tidepools found at Abalone Cove.
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Palos Verdes Drive East (area 167) is also known as Miraleste. This real estate section is located on the east side of the hill, with many homes are perched high on lots offering gorgeous views of the Long Beach Harbor and Port of Los Angeles which is a beautiful spectacle of twinkling lights at night. Homes and lots run along either side of Palos Verdes Drive East and a good portion of the neighborhood is adjacent to the equestrian community of Rolling Hills. The Marymount California University campus, which offers degree A.A., Bachelors. and Masters programs, is located within this section of Rancho Palos Verdes.
Area 168, Mira Catalina is a quiet neighborhood of meandering streets on the far east side of the Peninsula that offers surprising ocean and Catalina Island views from many homes while at a fraction of the cost of homes in the Palos Verdes Estates area. Mira Catalina is where Palos Verdes meets the City of San Pedro. It meets the boundaries of the City of Rolling Hills to the north, the Miraleste area to the east and the Portugese Bend area. Homes perched on the hill can enjoy views of Trump National Golf Club, the ocean beyond, and the sparkling city lights at night. Homes to the east enjoy the proximity to the hiking trails at Friendship Park in neighboring San Pedro.
The West Palos Verdes area (170) is just west of the Los Verdes Golf Course, cutting off approximately at the Pointe Vicente Interpretative Center. A small shopping center services this side of the hill. Homes in this neighborhood run a few blocks in along either side of Palos Verdes Drive West. In the Oceanfront Estates neighborhood of area 170, there is found a small HOA of single family properties that overlook the ocean and are directly adjacent to the popular hiking and walking trails along the Vicente Bluffs. Many of these homes offer large, luxurious backyards that embrace panoramic ocean views. On the east side of PV Dr W are found more traditional single story homes, most of which have been renovated and updated throughout the years.
The Country Club area of Rancho Palos Verdes is a neighborhood that mainly circles the Los Verdes Golf Course which boasts the best ocean views in the entire state of California. Many of the homes in the Country Club area offer sweeping views of the hillsides and golf course. This area lies mostly west of Hawthorne Blvd., with a small section found east of Hawthorne Blvd. This section is highly sought after for views of the lush natural landscape, and ease of access to the golf course. Some of the finest homes in Rancho Palos Verdes are located within the Country Club area.
The Los Verdes area (173) mainly borders Palos Verdes Estates and generally lies west of Hawthorne Blvd. after passing through the Crest and Silver Spur neighborhoods.Many homes here can take advantage of splendid ocean views. This area hosts beautiful hiking trails and a large community park with picnic areas, sports fields and walking paths and trails. The Lunada Canyon Trail is a 2 mile trail frequented by locals and residents alike who enjoy wildflower hikes and birding. Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be leashed.
Homes found within the Crest (area 174) neighborhood are found west of the Vista del Norte Reserve area generally where Hawthorne Blvd. and High Ridge Rd. converge. You can imagine by its name that this area is on one of the high points of the Peninsula and can offer some incredible views. Most of the homes here were built in the late 1960s-early 1970s and can feature some great classic modern architecture and design influences. The Mesa Palos Verdes area is highly desirable for its proximity to parks, schools and daily conveniences at nearby shopping centers. The Vista Del Norte trailhead is accessed on the corner of Indian Peak Rd. and Norris Center Dr. and offers from great views of the Los Angeles Basin.
MLS area 175 Peninsula Center lies slightly east of Silver Spur Rd. and Hawthorne Blvd., cutting off at Crenshaw Blvd. to the east. Residents enjoy the conveinence of being located close to Chadwick School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, or Penn High. Also, homes in this area are close to Peninsula Shopping Center where restaurants, a variety of shopping and banking options are found. Premium shopping, dining and the local theatre are also within a short drive in the Peninsula Center area at the Promenade on the Peninsula, an outdoor concept mall. The local Farmer's Market is also held each week at the high school.
Just south of the Palos Verdes Golf Club is where homes for sale in the Silver Spur section (176)are found. Silver Spur is also situated to the east of area 162, Monte Malaga, bordering Palos Verdes Estates. Grandview Park is located within this neighborhood. Homes within Silver Spur section generally do no have ocean views, but typically have large yards and the area offers a great, traditional neighborhood feel. They average between 3 and 4 bedrooms and most were built in the late 1950s-early 1960s with appx. 1,500 sf footprints. Residents of Silver Spur enjoy being located within a short distance of the high school, local shopping and dining options, and main commuter routes both up and down the hill.
The Eastview area of Rancho Palos Verdes is the easternmost section of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, adjoining the borders of San Pedro. It is found mainly along Western Ave to where Western reaches Summerland Ave with a small portion East of Western located near Eastview Park. Some homes here can capture views of twinkling lights at the Port of Los Angeles and the ocean beyond. There is a mix of affordable condominium complexes and original homes. Properties here are sought after for their Palos Verdes Unified School District zoning, coupled with the affordability index offered by the Eastview location. There is plenty of convenient shopping, dining, and recreation available close to most homes within MLS area 177, and the ease of access to main commuter routes is an added benefit to living within Eastview.