Palos Verdes Estates Real Estate Information

Incorporated in 1939 and designed by the renowned city planner and architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Palos Verdes Estates is a city of 13,340 located on the Palos Verdes peninsula south of Los Angeles. The area was also one of the first communities in the United States to be masterplanned prior to construction. One of the most affluent areas in Los Angeles County and the nation, Forbes ranked the city as the 47th most expensive zip code and 81st richest neighborhood to live. As one of the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods in Southern California, an Art Jury must approve any exterior alteration to any physical structure in the area in order to protect the peaceful ambience of this secluded city. Interestingly, not a single traffic signal exists in the city. There is also a very limited range of commercial activity in the area, mostly limited to Malaga Cove and Lunada Bay.

Although its location on a peninsula brings in brisk ocean breezes at times, Palos Verdes Estates’ weather is quite typical of the rest of Southern California, with moderate temperatures year round, very little rainfall, and a comfortable climate for most of the year. Although Palos Verdes Estates’ Pacific coastline is mostly rocky and marked by towering cliffs, there are a few beaches that are unfrequented and often unvisited. A number of recreational parks are sprinkled around the city and the Palos Verdes Golf Course is just a few minutes away. The lack of commercial development in Palos Verdes Estates gives the community a cohesive bond, as evidenced through a number of cultural celebrations held throughout the area at various times throughout the year, the hallmark being the Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival that is shared with neighboring communities as well.

Palos Verdes Estates also boasts its own police department that serves the community exclusively, unlike the other four communities on the peninsula that utilize the services of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District serves the city well; in fact, the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was ranked eighth in the nation by the Washington Post. A very prestigious K-12 private school, Chadwick School, is also located in the city.