Palos Verdes Estates, located on the western side of the Peninsula, was incorporated in 1939. Approximately 13,700 residents reside in this city and enjoy remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles basin. Palos Verdes Estates offers activities that range from recreational sports such as hiking and golf to shopping at the two local commercial areas. Also located within city limits are many churches and a library. The city’s layout was designed by the Olmstead brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmstead Sr., who designed New York City’s Central Park. In this layout, 849 acres were designated as permanent parkland, so many of the properties enjoy unobstructed views all around. Visit www.pvestates.org for more community information.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Like Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes is a city that offers ocean and city views. With an approximate population of 42,000, this city is the largest on the Peninsula, and is a very desirable place to live. Along with being the most populated city, its incorporation in 1973 makes it the youngest one. Within city limits are a number of shopping centers including the Golden Cove Shopping Center and a large commercial strip along Western Avenue. Rancho Palos Verdes is also home to golf courses including the Trump National and Los Verdes Golf Courses. Located on the Peninsula’s southwest side, the city is home to many quiet coves and beaches protected by steep cliffs. Visit www.rpvca.gov for more information.
Rolling Hills Estates
Situated on the northern side of the Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates is home to approximately 8,000 residents. Along with hilly terrain lined with homes, the city has more than 25 miles of scenic trails and six parks. For those who have shopping on their minds, Rolling Hills Estates is home to the mile-long Peninsula Center shopping area which includes open-air shopping plazas featuring a state-of-the-art movie theater, an ice rink, specialty restaurants, name brand retailers, and local merchants. Visit www.ci.rolling-hills-estates.ca.us for more information.
Rolling Hills is the least populated and oldest city on the Peninsula. Incepted in 1936, the city is a private gated community of approximately 2,000 residents situated on 1,889 acres in the center of the Peninsula. Characteristic of Rolling Hills are the one-story ranch style homes and equestrian-based lifestyles present throughout. This private community has three gated and guarded entrances and no commerce or industry. Visit www.rolling-hills.org for more information.