8.1 out of 10

Rancho Palos Verdes

Ranked 21st best city in California
33.753347505577 -118.367964465543
Great for
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Rancho Palos Verdes - Paradise Found"

Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to live. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is also one of the wealthiest communities in the country, as described in the Los Angeles Business Journal.. Rancho Palos Verdes has an extremely interesting history and was founded on the principle of maintaining the low density of development which was being threatened, and preserving as much of the beautiful open space as possible, which made Rancho Palos Verdes such a unique community. Rancho Palos Verdes consists of 13.5 square miles, with 7.5 miles of coastline. The City is the largest city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Residents enjoy almost perfect weather, cooled by the ocean breezes, one of the highest rated school districts in the state, and ocean and Catalina views from many parts of the city. Although a bit of a drive from local freeways ( ranging from 10 to 20 minutes ), most residents enjoy the more rural feeling of the city. Large areas of land have been set aside in a land conservancy providing many wonderful hiking trails.

Housing: Much of the housing in the city was constructed by tract home builders in the 1960's and 1970's, but many of these homes have been upgraded over the years. There are also newer developments in the Center of the City as well as newer large homes overlooking the Terranea Resort and just north of the Point Vicente lighthouse.

Neighborhoods:
Palos Verdes Drive East (Miraleste): (Multiple Listing Service ("MLS") Area 167 i This neighborhood on the eastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula is bordered by the City of Rolling Hills on the west, the Eastview area to the east, and the Mira Catalina area to the south (south of Crest Road). Although many of the homes here have large lots, the steep terrain restricts the useability of many yards. Many of the homes in this area have city and Harbor views. Palos Verdes Drive East is the main road through the center of the neighborhood. Many of the lots in this area are zoned for horses. Neighborhoods include Miraleste Hills, Colt Road, Coach Road, Bronco, Sunnyside Ridge, Rockinghorse and Roan Road.

Mira Catalina:( MLS Area 168 i) This area is between the Miraleste area and the Palos Verdes Drive South area, and is primarily accessed by the southern portion of Palos Verdes Drive East (south of Crest Road) until it ends at Palos Verdes Drive South. Many homes in this area enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and Catalina Island. Marymont College is located in the Mira Catalina neighborhood.

Palos Verdes Drive South: (MLS Area 169 ) This neighborhood stretches along the coastline from the border of San Pedro along Palos Verdes Drive South, including the Portuguese Bend area, north to Point Vicente Park and the western terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard. Palos Verdes Drive South is the principal road serving this area. Many of the homes in this area offer excellent ocean and Catalina views. The Portuguese Bend Club is in the center of this portion of the Peninsula, and is adjacent to the Portuguese Bend landslide moratorium area. Homes in the landslide area have restrictions on their ability to be expanded or renovated. The nearest shopping area for homes in the southern portion of this neighborhood is located in San Pedro. Golden Cove Center is located at the northern end at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Hawthorne and contains the Admiral Risty Restaurant, a Trader Joes market, a Montessori school, and many local services. The Wayfarers Chapel is also located in this area. Other neighborhoods include Abalone Cove, Ladera Linda, Vista Pacifica, Seacove, and Seabluff

Several condominium and townhouse projects are located in this area including the Ocean Terrace condominium project adjacent to the newly completed Trump National Golf Course at the southern end of the area, the Palos Verdes Bay Club condominiums and the Seahill and Coastsite townhomes, located just south of the new Terranea resort ( formerly Marineland/Long Point), and the Villa Capri townhomes located adjacent to the Golden Cove shopping center..

The wonderful, highly rated Terranea Resort is also located here on the former Marineland site overlooking Catalina and the cliffs, just south of the Point Vicente Lightrhouse. This resort has many fantastic restaurants and bars and provides a great place for out of town visitors to stay.

West Palos Verdes:( MLS Area 170) This area is just south of Palos Verdes Estates, and stretches south along the coastline along Palos Verdes Drive West to Hawthorne Boulevard. This area includes new luxury home developments such as Ocean Front Estates at the southern terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard. Many homes in this area enjoy excellent ocean and Catalina Island views. Neighborhoods include Lunada Pointe (adjacent to Palos Verdes Estates), Berry Hill, Point Vicente, Warmington Estates, and Oceanfront Estates.There are no condominium developments in this neighborhood.

Country Club: (MLS Area 171 ) This area surrounds the Los Verdes Golf Course as well as an area to the east of Hawthorne Boulevard and south of Crest Road. The area below Hawthorne Boulevard and Crest Road is known as Monte Verde, and the area to the east of Hawthorne Boulevard is known as the the Monaco area. Other neighborhoods include Alta Vista, Condo and townhome developments in this area include Seagate and the Island View condos.The only commercial development in this area is a Ralphs Supermarket, which services the entire west side of Rancho Palos Verdes.

La Cresta: (MLS Area 172 ) This is a neighborhood with about half of the homes located in Rancho Palos Verdes (south of Crest Road just west of Rolling Hills, and the area to the east of Crenshaw Boulevard north of Crest to Silver Spur Road, as well as the Wallace Ranch Project at the intersection of Armaga Springs Road and Highridge Road), and most of the rest of the homes in this area are located in Rolling Hills Estates (in the area north of Crest road bordered by Hawthorne Blvd, Indian Valley Road and Highridge roads ). Many of the homes in this area are in newer developments such as Island View homes, Wallace Ranch, The Ranch as well as other neighborhoods such as Del Cerro.

Los Verdes: (MLS Area 173 ) This neighborhood is west of Hawthorne Blvd., south of Silver Spur Road, and north of Hess Park. The homes in this area are all single family residences, and terrace down the west side of the Peninsula, thus many of the homes have views.

Crest: (MLS Area 174 This area is in the center of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is bordered by Hawthorne Blvd on the east, Indian Valley and Armaga Springs roads on the south, Indian Peak road and Crenshaw Blvd on the east, Crest road on the south, and the area to the east of Highridge Road (south of Highridge Park and Armaga Springs Road, and north of Crest Road). Most of this area is located in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, but about 20% is located in the City of Rolling Hills Estates (including The Terraces project and the homes immediately on the east side of Highridge south of the Terraces project to Crest Road). Due to its location, most homes in this area do not have views. The homes in this area are primarily townhomes and condominium developments including the Ridgegate, Mira Verde, Armaga Springs, and Hillltop townhome developments, as well as a number of condominium buildings on Ravenspur Drive as well as condominiums on Peacock Ridge. This area has the highest concentration of multi-family units on the Peninsula.

Peninsula Center: (MLS Area 175 ) This neighborhood is immediately north of the Peninsula Center shopping district and is bordered by Hawthorne Boulevard and Silver Spur Road. A neighborhood at the northern part of this area is called the Blackhorse area and contains homes that are larger, newer and more expensive than the homes closer to Silver Spur Road. The area has three shopping areas, actually located in the City of Rolling Hills Estates, including the Promenade of the Peninsula regional mall, the Peninsula Center, and the Town and Country Shopping Center, which are all located to the south of Silver Spur Road. This neighborhood includes the commercial heart of the Peninsula. The Promenade of the Peninsulais a three level open air mall featuring a skating rink, movie theaters, restaurants, and shops. The other two shopping centers feature grocery stores, drug stores, and other shops. The main Public Library as well as the main Peninsula Post Office is located on Deep Valley Road, This road has a "village" feel to it, with several excellent restaurants, and several new developments are planned for the near future, including new office and senior housing . The Mall and other shopping centers and commercial areas bordered by Silver Spur Road between Hawthorne Blvd. and Crenshaw and Indian Peak Road are all within the boundaries of the City of Rolling Hills Estates. Silver Spur Road is the main road servicing this area, and includes most of the office development in the City.The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is also located here. The Norris presents many excellent plays and musicals during the entire year, several of which are local productions.

Silver Spur: (MLSArea 176 i) This area includes homes off of Silver Spur Road to the north of Hawthorne Boulevard until Montemalaga Drive, the borders of the City of Palos Verdes Estates on the north and west, and Hawthorne Blvd on the South.The homes in this area tend to be smaller and older than many of the other homes in Rancho Palos Verdes, and therefore tend to be more affordable. Neighborhoods include Grandview Estates. Peninsula High School is located in this area. Most of this area is located in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes except for Peninsula High School and some homes to the east of Silver Spur Road just before Montemalaga that are located in the City of Rolling Hills Estates.

Eastview: (MLS Area 177 This neighborhood is directly west of San Pedro at the eastern base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is generally bordered on the east by Western Avenue, except for a small area which extends east of Western Avenue along Toscanini Drive. Many of the homes in this area are only accessible from Western Avenue. Most of the homes in this area have an option of students either attending the Palos Verdes School District or the Los Angeles Unified School District .

Students generally attend school at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (located in Rolling Hills Estates) , Ridgecrest Intermediate School and Miraleste Intermediate School, and several local elementary schools, all part of the Palos Verdes Unified School System. There is an additional high school located in Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes High, and both high schools are California Distinquished Schools, with open enrollment to students on the Peninsula (they do not have enrollment boundaries). Palos Verdes HIgh has a unique class scheduling structure, called block scheduling, where students attend three extended periods each day, alternating with their other three classes each day. Peninsula High has a more traditional structure of the same periods for all classes each day. Palos Verdes Unified School District has some of the highest test scores in the state. For local school test scores, Click Here. There are also a number of excellent private schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Culture: Most of the cultural activities for the city are located in Rolling Hills Estates, adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes. These include the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, the Peninsula Symphony, and the PV Players. The Palos Verdes Art Center is located in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. For further information on Arts and Culture on the Peninsula

Sports, Parks and Recreation: Children in Rancho Palos Verdes play baseball in three little leagues ; Rolling Hills Little League (located in adjacent Rolling Hills), Silver Spur Little Leage (located in adjacent Rolling Hills Estates) , and the Lunada Bay Little League ( located in the adjacent Palos Verdes Estates) , Pony League baseball for 13 to 15 year olds, is available at Ernie Howlett park in Rolling Hills Estates, and George Allen Field in Palos Verdes Estates. AYSO Soccer leagues are active throughout the City. Girls softball is generally played on fields at various school locations There are also youth basketball leagues, and lacrosse leagues for intermediate schools.

Public Golf Facilities are available at Los Verdes Country Club. Los Verdes is a public golf course run by the County of Los Angeles. Trump National Golf Club is a public course which is planned to open in December 2005, and is located at the southern edge of Rancho Palos Verdes adjacent to San Pedro. There is also a 9 hoe golf course at the new Terranea Resort.

Rancho Palos Verdes has several large parks including Hesse Park and Ryan Park. Hesse Park, located on Hawthorn Boulevard, has 29 acres, 2 softball diamonds, soccer fields, running track, children's play area , community room, and restrooms. Hesse park is also where the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council and Planning Commission holds its public meetings.

Equestrian facilities are located in the City at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club, as well as the Palos Verdes Stables in Palos Verdes Estates, and Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. Private riding facilities are also available in Rolling Hills Estates.

Tennis may be played at the Peninsula Racquet Club, Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, the Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates, or at one of the excellent courts at Peninsula High. Tennis League play is available through the South Bay Marine League, which has teams at most of the private tennis clubs in the area as well as Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates

Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located near the southern terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard, just south on Palos Verdes Drive West. This Center is one of the best viewing points for the semiannual migration of whales along the California coast. The center was recently expanded and remodeled.

There are numerous hiking trails in the city, particularly at the Martingale Trailhead Park. The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy also conducts periodic nature walks.

The property tax rate for the fiscal year 2012-2013 is 1.082793% (computed by the standard 1.0% of the property's assessed valuation (in accordance with Proposition 13, a property's assessed valuation is the original purchase price, plus the cost of improvements, based on the value of permits pulled, plus an increase in valuation of 2% per year) plus additional tax rates for voted bonded indebtedness) plus direct assessments of approx. $700-$800 per parcel for such items as school parcel taxes, etc. and a storm drain user fee which is based on the amount of runoff to the sewer system that a property generates, that for an average size lot is approx. $86 per year.

Utility Tax: The City charges a utility tax on all utility bills (water, gas, electric and telephone bills) of 3%.

Police, Fire and Paramedic services are contracted with Los Angeles County with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Pros
  • Great Golf Course
  • Great Wedding Venue
  • Immaculate Setting
  • Excellent, award winning schools
  • Safe neighborhoods- Low crime
Cons
  • Far from the freeways
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Rancho Palos Verdes California- A modern day Mayberry"

If you are looking for an ideal place to raise your kids. Where the schools are exceptional, the parks are plenty and the air is clean, this is the place for you. I reluctantly moved here 34 years ago and now I can't imagine living anywhere else. Located on the Pacific Ocean in the southern section of Los Angeles County, Rancho Palos Verdes has no industry and is located far from the freeways. Since it is situated off the beaten path, it's not well known in the Los Angeles area and the residents prefer it that way. Everywhere you drive in this hilly community you are treated to splendid views of the city below and the Pacific Ocean. When you first move here, your ears might pop when you drive down from "the hill", but after a while, that goes away for most people. Since the Palos Verdes Peninsula elevation is higher than the rest of the Los Angeles basin, we are frequently above the clouds and sometimes the smog that can be seen in the city below. This is a quiet, beautiful community known for it's extensive walking trails and good schools. It's a wonderful place to grow up since many kids who lived here in their childhood are returning to raise their families. Home prices in this upscale community start around $800,000 and go up to about $12,000,000. The average price is about $1,371,771. Condos start as low as $250,000. Single family house rentals start at $3000.
Pros
  • Safe neighborhoods- Low crime
  • Excellent, award winning schools
  • Temperate climate- Clean air
  • Great Golf Course
  • Great Wedding Venue
  • Immaculate Setting
Cons
  • Far from the freeways
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lots of Greenery, Greens, and Green"

Rancho Palos Verdes is the seaside city along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Palos Verdes Drive, the shoreline drag, takes the place of the Pacific Coast Highway through Palos Verdes, offering up the ocean views that the PCH claims on most other sections of the Pacific coast.

This is a highly affluent city though it skews just slightly younger than the hillside residents inland.

Many of the communities in Rancho Palos Verdes are joined together into seaside enclaves of layered streets with similar looking homes. There are lots of Mediterranean style homes packed together into planned communities—al very cleaned and well-organized, but lacking any real feeling of individuality to my mind. Like most things in Palos Verdes, everything is immaculate and beautifully maintained. And, of course, everything will cost you an arm and a leg.

There is no lack of entertainments for the residents who live in Rancho Palos Verdes. There are a number of very expensive restaurants that take advantage of the view to keep prices inflated and portions small. Mar’sel a Donald Trump restaurant, is a typical example. (Like all things Donald is a lot more about phony baloney image than actual value.) Actually, you are much better off heading up to Redondo Beach for food than sticking around in Palos Verdes.

One of the major features of this affluent area is the Los Verdes Golf Course. This sprawling facility offers amazing greens that overlook the ocean. Amazingly, for Palos Verdes, it’s a public course. Golf purists will find the course a touch beaten down from over use, but if you love a good view while you making your way to the next hole, then you will love this golf course.

For those looking for an amazing wedding venue, you might try the Wayfarer’s Chapel. The chapel is made of glass with redwood beams and is nestled in a woodland groove and garden right at the edge of the ocean. It is a stunningly beautiful spot to get married. The chapel is sponsored by the Swedenborgian Church and focuses on creating harmony between nature and spirituality. Another interesting footnote is that it was designed by the son of the famous architect Frank Llyod Wright.

On a personal note, I remember coming here as a child, and being amazed by its beauty. In fact, it was so beautiful that as an adult I thought that I must have just dreamt such a location. But a few years ago I went to a friend’s wedding here and rediscovered these beautiful grounds all over again.

A beautiful location but way overpriced.
Pros
  • Great Golf Course
  • Immaculate Setting
  • Great Wedding Venue
Cons
  • Very, Very Expensive
  • Poor Public Transportation
  • Monotonic Planned Neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Kathy Tyndall
Kathy Tyndall PRO Mar'sel is not a Trump owned property. It is located at the Terranea Resort which is approximately three miles from Trump International.
2yrs+
Pam Jensen
Pam Jensen PRO I've had the pleasure to dine at Mar'sel several times since it opened, and the food is excellent. This is a great restaurant for a special occasion meal. Yes, it's spendy, but sitting outside on a summer night, watching the moon rise over the sea, is priceless!
2yrs+
JayJ2
JayJ2 Rancho Palos Verde ,this is place for Child from the President ,Who can paid the rent of $ 3000 ????????????? And buying house of 800.000 ?????? WHO I have not bread in house and my child is hungry.
2yrs+
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Best Neighborhoods in Rancho Palos Verdes

1

Los Verdes

3.5/5
"Los Verdes"
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2

Lunada Pointe

3.5/5
"Country Club Area"
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3

Crest

3.5/5
"Crest"
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"West Palos Verdes-- Looks like a postcard."
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Unranked Neighborhoods in Rancho Palos Verdes

Eastview

3/5
"Eastview-- Least expensive area on the Peninsula"
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"Palos Verdes Drive East Area"
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La Cresta

3.5/5
"La Cresta"
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"Mira Catalina - Great Views"
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"Palos Verdes Drive South"
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"Peninsula Center"
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