When you live in Palos Verdes, you’re not only treated to an exclusive, peaceful, and lushly green neighborhood atmosphere — you’re close to a number of smaller sub-neighborhoods, which gives the area a depth and variety that keeps life interesting. It’s like having one friendly and welcoming neighborhood with lots of small villages throughout.
Depending on which corner of Palos Verdes you live in, there are myriad architectural styles and neighborhood personalities to discover. There’s tranquil Lunada Bay and Margate, with their quiet country lanes showcasing Spanish, traditional, and modern homes. In Monte Malaga, in the hills above Malaga Cove and Lunada Bay, find Spanish and Italianate homes with signature red tile roofs. In Malaga Cove itself, there’s a sense of living in an Italian coastal village — the views of the coastline are spectacular, and there’s even an elaborate European-style fountain in the central plaza.
Out in the Rolling Hills Estates, find ranch-style homes with equestrian-friendly barns, stables, and riding rings. The West Palos Verdes area offers newer luxury home developments, many with ocean and Catalina Island views. And there’s more — from Silver Spur’s vintage 1950s homes overlooking the city’s twinkling lights to Valmont’s eucalyptus groves and trails winding around the country club.
What to Love
- Diversity of views and architectural styles
- Peaceful, country-like ambiance
- Countless outdoor activities
- Fantastic schools
Palos Verdes residents have a secret — their idyllic peninsula offers the very best of beach living and rural settings, a rich history, and all the amenities one might need. Sometimes overlooked by tourists and real estate seekers, this is an affluent beach community that is less crowded, offers shorter commute times, and boasts superb schools. What’s not to love?
Owing to the beautiful year-round weather, Palos Verdes residents love to get outside and go horseback riding, hiking, biking, and whale watching. They visit the historic Point Vicente Lighthouse, built-in 1926, dine at top-notch restaurants and enjoy peaceful moments overlooking Southern California’s bluffs, caves, beaches, and protected spaces. They rest easy knowing Los Angeles is at their fingertips, but that they’re far enough away to be in their own little world.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
For shopping, dining, and entertainment all in one stop, head to Promenade on the Peninsula, a favorite gathering spot in Palos Verdes. This mixed-use destination boasts an ice-skating rink, sunny and shaded seating, free covered parking, electric car charging stations, and more. There are smaller local plazas as well for a quick errand or bite to eat, including Peninsula Center, Malaga Cove Plaza, Lunada Bay Plaza, and Golden Cove Plaza. Truly, you’re never far from everything you need.
Jesse’s favorite, the Malaga Cove Ranch Market, is a deli, bakery, market, and wine and beer bar all at once. The family-owned shop is committed to quality, homemade cuisine prepared fresh every day, whether it’s banana bread or lasagna.
Or enjoy a long lunch at Catalina Kitchen at the Terranea Resort, a vibrant and modern eatery that boasts fabulous views of Catalina Island and the Pacific Coast. Known for their brunch, among other things (including a great wine list), this is the spot for Bananas Foster Pancakes and the famous CK Salad.
Things to Do
From the ocean to the hills, Palos Verdes showcases the best of California coastal living. Warm, sunny days draw residents outside to such favorite attractions as the South Coast Botanical Garden, “The Jewel of the Peninsula.” Wander the 87 acres of lush vegetation with more than 2,500 different plant species from Australia, the Mediterranean, southern Africa, and more. Birders, keep an eye out for more than 200 species of birds. There’s a small lake here, as well as individual gardens dedicated to roses, cacti, fuchsias, dahlias, and herbs.
Shop for your own farm-to-table cooking at the weekly Palos Verdes Farmers Market, where not only will you find fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, but also fresh seafood, hummus, kefir, handmade baskets, jewelry, and more.
Walk off your dining indulgences at the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, which is actually 12 separate reserves covering a total of approximately 1,400 acres. From the rolling hills, steep canyons, and rocky outcrops of the Portuguese Bend Reserve to the impressive coastal and estate views of Alta Vicente, there’s a trail for every ability level.
Just want to run the kids around at the park? Local favorites include Del Cerro Park, with its canyon and coastal headland views, and Bluff Cove, with its trail down to the beach, where you can walk the shoreline at low tide to various tide pools.
Finally, if you have out-of-town guests or simply need a staycation, the world-class Terranea Resort is in your backyard in Palos Verdes. With its four sparkling swimming pools overlooking the Pacific, private cabanas, family-friendly activities and amenities, fantastic food, and even a 140-foot water slide, it’s a true Southern California oasis.
Palos Verdes is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Montemalaga Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Palos Verdes Intermediate, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
- Palos Verdes High, 9-12, highly rated public high school