A scenic sanctuary for nature lovers with a peaceful residential lifestyle
The western border of Rancho Palos Verdes faces the immense grandeur of the Pacific Ocean, and from its resting place on the bluffs of Palos Verdes Peninsula, this coastal city greets the sea with equal refulgence. Known for its peaceful environment, sprawling Mediterranean homes, and enviable views of Santa Catalina Island, Rancho Palos Verdes captures the hearts of its residents and visitors with its simplistic splendor.
One of the wealthiest zip codes in the nation and a veritable haven for equestrians and nature lovers are just some of the hallmarks that help to define Rancho Palos Verdes, which was founded with the intent of preserving the area’s immense radiance. Though the city wasn’t incorporated officially until 1973, it has a long history of luxury and conservation that dates back to the founding of the peninsula itself.
The red-tiled roofs and stucco walls of remarkable Mediterranean homes give Rancho Palos Verdes an island vibe, while their opulence lends an elevated sense of refinement to the area. However, mixed in with these larger houses are tons of single-family homes whose charming luxury appeals to families and retirees looking to settle into California’s laid-back coastal lifestyle.
With its incredible school system, quiet streets, and abundant housing options, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes makes a great place for families. Residents are close enough to commercial offerings not to feel separated from city living, yet the well-maintained natural surroundings keep the area relatively rural-feeling.
Recognizable name brands and local eats are the staples of Rancho Palos Verdes, and shops like Trader Joe’s, Target, and TJ Maxx ensure residents have everything they need to sufficiently meet their day-to-day needs, in addition to being able to access options for retail therapy. Several shopping pavilions and centers, such as The Promenade on the Peninsula, offer a combination of retail and dining to make a one-stop-shop location for residents to enjoy.
Popular restaurants in the area include venues such as Avenue Italy, an elegant Italian favorite where white table cloths and extensive lists of decadent old-world wines are just the tip of the iceberg. The simplicity of their authentic fare isn’t to be confused with a lack of exquisite flavor, and nightly specials are crafted with expertise.
A master of Californian cuisine, Nelson’s is nestled inside the glamorous Terranea Resort, boasting ocean-front patios right above the area’s famous sea coves. Catalina Kitchen is also located on-site at the resort and has spectacular views of Catalina Island and the sea. From their painstakingly-curated charcuterie and cheese board to the perfectly seared steaks, the meals at Catalina Kitchen are an homage to the great flavors of California.
When you’re not indulging in the deluxe spa treatments or dining at Terranea Resort, you’ll likely spend your time outdoors exploring the majesty of the peninsula. Rancho Palos Verdes is well-known for its splendorous parks and trails, architectural magnificence of locations like Wayfarers Chapel, and once-in-a-lifetime experience opportunities.
One of the biggest hits with visitors and even long-term residents is the opportunity to go whale watching at Point Vicente. At the Point Vicente Interpretive Center—a waterfront park—guests can view the spectacular migration of the Pacific gray whale from April through December. Another notable spot for catching incredible views of the Pacific is Del Cerro Park, whose flat and manicured grassy top is well-suited for picnics.
Hikers and those with a passion for tide pools and surreal beauty will want to check out Abalone Cove Park and its trail, which takes you through two beaches and several places perfect for spotting protective wildlife. Golfers can hit up the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles and play on the 7,242-yard luxury public golf course designed by Pete Dye & Donald J. Trump Signature Design.
Rancho Palos Verdes is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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