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Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes is a group of affluent cities found on the peninsula at the southern tip of the Santa Monica Bay. The area is known for its cliffside ocean­view estates and ranch-style homes that sit on acres of land — two things that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else in Los Angeles County. Many of the homes here are found in gated communities, which makes it ideal for families, or anyone wanting privacy (residents include many well-known entertainers, athletes, celebrity personalities, and business tycoons.)

With about 70,000 residents and over 16,000 acres, Palos Verdes is made up of five separate communities: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and a small unincorporated area located within the City of Rolling Hills known as Palos Verdes Peninsula. Palos Verdes gets its namesake from the Spanish name for the Indian term “Green Trees”. It is also referred to locally as “The Hill”, and is best known for its rolling topography, open space, beautiful estate-style homes, and breathtaking vistas of the ocean and city lights.

The first planners of The Hill decided early to limit development and keep as much open space protected from over­development, unlike what was going on throughout much of Los Angeles County. Located less than 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, it makes for a small commute for homeowners who want to enjoy the serene setting of an open countryside, yet still desire access to a major metropolis. The area is a big draw for those with families, as the public school system has some of the best API scores in the entire nation, not to mention an option for various esteemed private schools.

The area is also home to several prestigious golf courses, both private and public, some of which have been said to rival famed Pebble Beach in Northern California. The Terranea Resort, one of the finest ocean­front luxury resorts in the entire world, offers both locals and visitors an escape from the bustle of Los Angeles – it’s hard to believe you’re only minutes away from the big city.

The peninsula enjoys over 16 miles of pristine natural coastline and spectacular geography rarely found anywhere in the world. Equestrian estates, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and hidden beach coves combine to make Palos Verdes a heavenly retreat in the heart of Los Angeles.

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