Palos Verdes Estates

The area is best known for its multitude of historic Spanish colonial houses and mansions.

Welcome to Palos Verdes Estates

The Peninsula’s oldest city, master-planned to take advantage of the majestic views from its rural, luxurious perch

The cragged promontory on the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula houses a master-planned city whose dazzling Spanish-style homes rest like gemstones among the area’s rural scenery. Jaw-dropping views of what natives call the Queen’s Necklace provide an unbelievably beautiful backdrop each night, as the shimmering, curved coast of the Santa Monica Bay blazes with diamond-like lights from the many luxury homes dotting its length. 

This affluent community comes from the brilliant mind of Fredrick Law Olmstead Jr., the son of the renowned Central Park designer, who planned the city with high luxury and scenic vistas at the forefront of his priorities. Incorporated in 1939, Palos Verdes Estates is the oldest city of the four contained on the peninsula and has taken great measures to preserve abundant open space and specify high standards for properties in the area.

Homes here span in age across the 20th and 21st centuries, but the area is best known for its multitude of historic Spanish colonial houses and mansions, whose red-tiled roofs and staggering old-world elegance have yet to fade. No matter how long a home has been around in Palos Verdes Estates, it's invariably packed with modern amenities and updates that allow it to suit modernity well.

What to Love

  • Fairytale views and luxury living in some of California’s most desirable homes
  • Rural scenery and a remarkable amount of preserved land
  • Under an hour from Los Angeles and surrounded by plentiful amenities in nearby towns
  • Excellent schools and educational opportunities

People & Lifestyle

Palos Verdes Estates is ideal for those who crave luxury that’s melded perfectly with natural splendor. The price points in this area can be steep, but understandably so when considering the spectacular homes and epic views. Family households make up the majority of the demographic here, though there’s a great mix of those with children and those without.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Everything you need to sustain your daily lifestyle can be easily found in Palos Verdes Estates or the surrounding communities. A much-loved local spot for gourmet groceries, freshly baked goods, deli products, and incredible pre-made meal options, The Malaga Cove Ranch Market also has a wonderful selection of wines and beers to pair with your meal.

For a quick but sumptuous cup of coffee or a high-quality espresso drink, residents meet up at The Cove Cafe, which additionally serves all-day breakfast options to accompany their drinks. To make dining out a fun experience for the whole family, you’ll want to check out Salsa Verdes. The dishes here are influenced by regions throughout the country of Mexico, making the most of the cuisine’s bold flavors and masterful cooking techniques. Salsa Verdes prides itself on fresh, hand-crafted meals that are never frozen or pre-made.

Things to Do

Palos Verdes Estates is a cornucopia of entertaining activities for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, surfers, equestrians, and anyone else who loves a good dose of idyllic Californian weather coupled with spectacular beauty. Whether it’s through a club or alone, Palos Verdes Estates ensures that its residents have ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. 

Particularly adored by surfers, almost every surf sport is available to experience in Palos Verdes Estates, in part thanks to its many beaches. Haggerty’s, which breaks at Malaga Cove, is a highly visited favorite among those practicing the sport. Other local spots for catching the best waves include Lunada Bay and Bluff Cove, the latter of which also has a great hiking trail. Equestrians are invited to use the PV Stables, built on 3.5 acres in 1926, as well as exploring the myriad of local trails.

Palos Verdes Estates is all about fostering a sense of community, and here, you’ll have your choice of clubs to join, including The Palos Verdes Golf Club, The Palos Verdes Tennis Club, and the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club. The spiritually-minded will find a welcoming home in The Neighborhood Church, and for those simply seeking neighborly camaraderie, there’s the quaint, old-fashioned 4th of July Celebration each year. Prefer to host your own event? La Venta Inn is a gorgeous wedding and event space that boasts enviable features and scenery.


Palos Verdes Estates is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, 9-12, #7 public high school in the entire state
  • Palos Verdes High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school
  • Point Vicente Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school





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