Surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is a secluded, pastoral area that feels removed from the rest of the South Bay. Because the area is elevated nearly 1200 feet above sea level, many homeowners enjoy views of city lights or ocean sunsets. Large home sites, winding streets, lots of trees, horse trails and gated communities contrast starkly to the nearby beach towns of the South Bay.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is divided into four cities, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates. Locals refer to the area as “The Peninsula”, “The Hill” or “PV”. Real estate prices range from $550,000 for a 2 bedroom condo to multi-million dollar estate homes on large equestrian lots. There is a price range for almost everyone who wants to live on the hill.
The Palos Verdes Unified School District serves all four cities. Top ranked schools are a big draw to many families who value a solid education. Public schools are consistently ranked 10 out of 10. The two high schools, Peninsula High School and Palos Verdes High School always make the list of “100 Best High Schools” in the country. Private schools located here include Chadwick, Rolling Hills Prep and Rolling Hills Country Day School offering rigorous academic programs.
Residents enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. The area offers hiking on the many ocean view trails through nature preserves filled with native flora and fauna. Cyclists are drawn to the hill for its challenging topography. Many areas are zoned for horses so equestrians have easy access to riding trails. Golfers have their pick of world-class courses including Los Verdes Golf Course, Palos Verdes Golf Club, Trump National Golf Course and Rolling Hills Country Club. Photography buffs will enjoy the scenic views of rocky coves, the Point Vicente lighthouse and the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Watching whales make their annual migration between the waters of Alaska and Baja California is a favorite of young and old.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula offers a quiet, verdant lifestyle removed from the bustle of the South Bay beach cities but has easy access to freeways with short commutes to downtown Los Angeles and the tech and aerospace centers of the Westside.
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