Selecting the Right City for You on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Lynn Kim
  • 03/10/21

The Peninsula as a Whole

So you want to buy a home on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, but find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the different cities and micro-neighborhoods? Made up of four distinctive cities: Palos Verdes Estate, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Rolling Hills Estates, each community has its own unique qualities. This brief snapshot can help you quickly narrow down the ideal city that fits your needs and lifestyle.

Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Estates is made of up five different neighborhoods each with its own charm: Lunada Bay/Margate, Monte Malaga, Malaga Cove, Valmonte, and Palos Verdes Drive North. From great surf spots in Malaga Cove to palatial bluff-side estates in Lunada Bay, the city is great for families with kids of all ages due to the wonderful schools, small-town feel, and close proximity to both the Beach Club & Athletic Club and the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Besides a great place for families, anyone with a passion for outdoor activities and gorgeous sunsets will love living in Palos Verdes Estates.

Rolling Hills

Behind private, 24-hour patrolled gates, the city of Rolling Hills is the ideal spot for the equestrian lover, as well as families and individuals desiring privacy and exclusivity. Many residents enjoy ocean views, city views, and sometimes both. Meanwhile, larger properties offer more elbow room than other locations on ‘the hill’. With properties ranging from one to seven acres or larger, each property is equestrian zoned. Also behind the gates are twenty-three miles of private riding trails maintained by the Rolling Hills Community Association.

One item to note, while residents may do as they wish with their home interiors, the exterior style must meet the city requirements of being built in the ranch style, painted white, and one level, save for the basements and subterranean levels often included.

Rancho Palos Verdes

Some of the most incredible estates with views to match are also found in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes. With great schools, the city is a great area on the peninsula for families, retirees, and individuals seeking a relaxing place to live with lots of social activity nearby. Options for outdoor fun remain close-at-hand from the miles of hiking trails, various coves and tide pools along the coast, the exclusive Portuguese Bend Club, and the Los Verdes Golf Course. Likewise, the five-star resort Terranea and the Trump International Golf Course are also convenient. Rancho Palos Verdes includes the areas of Palos Verdes Drive East, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes Drive South, West Palos Verdes, Country Club, Los Verdes, and Eastview. Due to property lines for some homes the neighborhoods are known as La Cresta, Crest, Peninsula Center, and Silver Spur which are typically Rolling Hills Estates may also qualify as Rancho Palos Verdes.

Rolling Hills Estates

For those seeking the PV lifestyle but with modern conveniences close by, Rolling Hills Estates is the most suitable location. The commercial hub on ‘the hill’ includes the Promenade of the Peninsula, and Shops at Palos Verdes which offer a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Likewise, Rolling Hills Estates is the cultural center with the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, the Peninsula Symphony, and the South Coast Botanical Gardens. Rolling Hills Estates is also known for its large parks and equestrian stables. The area includes the neighborhoods known as La Cresta, Crest, Peninsula Center, and Silver Spur. Due to property lines for some homes in the neighborhoods known as Palos Verdes Drive East, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes Drive South, West Palos Verdes, Country Club, Los Verdes, and Eastview that are typically Rancho Palos Verdes, may also qualify as Rolling Hills Estates.

The thriving real estate climate in Palos Verdes offers buyers a variety of communities, price ranges, luxurious properties, and excellent schools both public and private. Lynn Kim will help each client quickly navigate the Peninsula’s seventeen MLS section with ease. To get help finding your perfect location please contact Lynn Kim for more information.

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