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The Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay coastal communities capture the essence of Southern California living. An array of recreational opportunities await residents, such as golf, tennis, equestrian trails and numerous beach activities. Downtown Los Angeles is within 30 minutes, and major corporations, airports, seaports and tourist attractions are all conveniently located.

General information on Palos Verdes
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Peninsula Education Foundation
Terranea Oceanfront Resort
Surf conditions at the local beaches
Current weather
Rolling Hills Country Club


Rolling Hills Preperatory
Rolling Hills Country Day School
Torrance Unified Schools

Rolling Hills

Incorporated in 1957, Rolling Hills only encompasses 1,900 acres within 3 square miles. Located inland, just west of Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills is the oldest city on the Peninsula and has the smallest population of approximately 2,000 residents. This exclusive city has only 3 entrance gates controlled by security guards. All Rolling Hills building sites have a minimum of 1 acre, but most sites have more than 2 acres. The area is noted for its sprawling, one-story ranch-style homes featuring tennis courts, pools, and riding facilities. For those equestrian lovers, there is a predominance of horse stables and corrals coupled with white fences and riding trails within the city.

City of Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills Estates

Substantially larger than Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates still enjoys a semi-rural setting. Along with Rolling Hills, the city is known for its “horse country.” There are about 57 miles of horse trails between the two cities. Incorporated in 1957, it has approximately 8,000 residents within 4.2 square miles of hilly terrain located on the northern side of the Peninsula. The city maintains six parks, a tennis club and riding stables. There are single-family dwellings and condominium developments within the city. The Peninsula’s main shopping mall, located in Rolling Hills Estates, recently underwent a major renovation.

City of Rolling Hills Estates

Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes, located on the Peninsula’s southwest side, is the newest and largest municipality, incorporated in 1973. Encompassing slightly more than 13.6 square miles, close to 42,000 residents reside in single family residences and multiple family dwellings. This is a city known for its majestic ocean and sunset views. The 7.5 square miles of outstanding coastline within the city features striking topography with quiet coves and beaches protected by steep cliffs. The Miraleste area of the city was established at the same time as Palos Verdes Estates with similar type homes of Mediterranean-style architecture and red tile roofs.

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Estates

Situated on the western side of the Peninsula, Palos Verdes Estates banks the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 13,500 residents. It is the oldest residential community on the Peninsula and was the first of the cities to be incorporated in 1939. The city possesses a solid resolution to protect its charming rural character. The city has dedicated 849 acres of permanent parkland. Thus, it enjoys the envious reputation as a garden suburb with beautiful pastoral settings. The Palos Verdes Homes Association is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the standards that apply to sites located within Palos Verdes Estates and Miraleste.

City of Palos Verdes Estates

Redondo Beach

Around the turn of the century, Redondo Beach proved a perfect deep water harbor and fast became an important part of the thriving Los Angeles area trade. Rail, sail and steamship lines served a thriving lumber and shipping business. Redondo Beach was also a popular resort stop providing recreation and rest for crowds of “inlanders”. The city incorporated on April 29, 1892 and, though eventually losing the shipping business to the Port of Los Angeles, continues to be a popular resort location, a thriving center of small and large businesses. The City of Redondo Beach holds many treasures including the ever popular Pier and International Boardwalk, Riviera Village, the beautiful King Harbor Marina, and much more.

City of Redondo Beach

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach was originally part of the ten-mile Ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo. In the year of 1900 a tract of fifteen hundred acres was purchased for $35.00 per acre from A. E. Pomroy, then owner of the greater part of Rancho Sausal Redondo. Messrs. Burbank and Baker, agents, bought this land for Sherman and Clark who organized and retained the controlling interest in the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company. In early days, Hermosa Beach like so many of its neighboring cities — Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance — was one vast sweep of rolling hills covered with fields of grain, mostly barley.

City of Hermosa Beach

Manhattan Beach

From the tree-lined downtown area located near the ocean beach where you can walk along the beautiful pier, to the intimate shopping of Manhattan Village Mall, and the variety of services and shops along Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach has it all — shopping, fun and relaxation in the world’s best year-round weather. Manhattan Beach, with its rich past, exciting present and promising future, is primarily a residential community. Making you feel at home is one of the things Manhattan Beach does best. With its small town living atmosphere, it will steal your heart, free your mind and warm your spirits.

City of Manhattan Beach