Palos Verdes Real Estate Information

Palos Verdes Peninsula is located in Southwestern Los Angeles County and is the aggregate of four cities, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. A portion of San Pedro is also located on the peninsula. Mainly a bedroom community, Palos Verdes Peninsula has very few commercial interests in the neighborhood, with the exception of Rolling Hills, although it is known for sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from the Palos Verdes Hills, an excellent school district, and relatively upscale homes. The name “Palos Verdes” means “green trees” in Spanish and is though to be derived either from the indigenous “Palo Verde” trees in the area or its literal translation of “green forested area,” which perfectly matches the lush landscape of the peninsula. Originally found in 1542, it wasn’t until the 1784 Rancho de los Palos Verdes that the area began to see settlement.

In line with its reputation of expensive and privileged residents, Palos Verdes Peninsula has been used in a number of movies and television shows including MTV Beach House, Fox’s OC, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean series, and an assortment of advertisements. Donald Trump created the Trump National, an 18-hole golf course on the Ocean Trails cliff. In addition to these headline attractions, Palos Verdes Peninsula boasts a number of spectacular horse trails, several golf courses and country clubs, and even the popular Lunada Bay surfing spot. The South Coast Botanic Garden is a tranquil escape from everyday city life. Along the serene peninsula shoreline is Point Vicente Lighthouse, a historical landmark, and the dwindling remains of the Dominator, a freighter that ran aground in 1961.

Most commercial activity is concentrated in the city of Rolling Hills Estates on the peninsula. This area is home to the Promenade of the Peninsula that includes a megaplex movie complex, a spread of restaurants and eateries, and even an ice rink. Similar retail areas include The Village and the Peninsula Center. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is one of the highest scoring in California and boasts one of the highest percentage of students successfully completing the Advanced Placement exams in the United States.