Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes


Palos Verdes is a collection of communities that make up a larger area known as the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Located 30 minutes south of LAX, the area commands breathtaking ocean and city views from almost everywhere on the peninsula. Palos Verdes is comprised of the neighborhoods of Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. Known simply as “PV” to locals, Palos Verdes houses some of the most expensive homes in the nation. The area was home to the Native American Tongva Tribe for thousands of years, and legend says that the Tongva Indians blessed Palos Verdes and called it “the most beautiful place on Earth.” In 1946, the property was given to Jose Delores Sepulveda as a Spanish land grant, and was named Rancho Palos Verdes, meaning “ranch of green sticks.” It was a working cattle ranch for many years.

Palos Verdes houses several horse trails that provide recreation for residents and visitors. The peninsula also boasts the South Coast Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, 87 acres of picturesque landscaping that showcases the marvelous, innovative, and constructive use of a former landfill. Point Vicente Park in Palos Verdes is a great place to watch the migration of grey whales each year. Locals and outsiders enjoy incredible surf spots in Palos Verdes, some of which have given rise to territorial disputes throughout the years. Palos Verdes is home to the Trump National Golf Course, and is close to the Fort MacArthur Military Museum in nearby San Pedro.

Children attend school at several distinguished campuses in Palos Verdes. The Palos Verdes Unified School District has one of the highest API scores in the state, and its students have some of the highest SAT scores in California as well. Families are served by three high schools, including Rancho Palos Verdes High, Palos Verdes High, and Rancho Del Mar High. Marymount College is also located on the peninsula. Palos Verdes has three public libraries, which offer services to the five neighborhoods. Palos Verdes’ Malaga Cove is the main place of business and commerce in the community, with other retail areas including Lunada Bay Place in Rolling Hills Estates. Residents can also find movie theaters and an ice rink in the Rolling Hills Estates area. Notable residents of Palos Verdes are musician James Taylor, tennis star Pete Sampras, and skating sensation Michelle Kwan.

Attractions include the Palos Verdes Drive, looping around the hilly peninsula; Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a historical museum; Point Vincent Park, to watch the gray whales; Marineland of the Pacific, former aquatic theme park; Wafers Chapel and Point Vicente Lighthouse, placed on the National Register of Historic Places; and Malaga Cove, a shopping plaza.




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