Welcome to Rancho Palos Verdes
The oceanside L.A. treasure bursts with magnificent estates and natural splendor
A dreamy landscape flush with coastal wildflowers and awe-inspiring vistas, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes rests in the southern swath of Los Angeles County. From its position pressed against the Pacific Ocean — atop the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula — this peaceful town maintains a well-balanced harmony between outdoorsy, laid-back fun, and high-end luxury.
Rancho Palos Verdes is an area of affluence, revered for its sprawling equestrian trails, impeccable country clubs, and resort-like homes. Though the city itself wasn’t incorporated until 1973, the Peninsula holds a long history that includes European exploration as early as 1542. Its residents have continued to uphold high standards for the city and prioritize the preservation of open space.
Charming single-family abodes and multi-million-dollar stunners are plentiful in Rancho Palos Verdes, including many dazzling jewel estates overlooking the white-capped waves of the Pacific and the peaks of Catalina Island. Styles can range from contemporary masterpieces to the sophisticated Mediterranean, whose red-tiled roofs give the city a breezy, island feel.
What to Love
- Unspoiled beaches and lookout points with 360-degree views
- Just an hour from the excitement and entertainment of Downtown Los Angeles
- Heightened sense of privacy
A little off the beaten path, Rancho Palos Verdes residents find that their day-to-day activity tends to be fairly quiet. Rather than hordes of tourists or a booming commercial scene, Rancho Palos Verdes makes a name for itself from the simplicity of its sheer beauty and grandeur, approachable yet upscale.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The go-to for shopping in Rancho Palos Verdes is the Peninsula Shopping Center, tucked away inland just minutes from the sea and several golf courses. In this trendy outdoor center, stores equipped to handle the everyday needs of residents, lifestyle facilities, and national brands have all set up shop.
Foodies will want to make a pilgrimage to Terranea Resort, where an absolute bounty of world-class restaurants awaits. Mar’sel, for example, elevates New American cuisine with fresh, innovative recipes and commanding ocean views. More casual and yet just as alluring, Nelson’s at Terranea sits high on the cliffs and reinvents traditional California Coastal fare.
Dine among groves of succulents and swaying palm trees at Catalina Kitchen, Terranea’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant known for its attractive outdoor dining. Just minutes from the resort, other buzzy restaurants abound, including Avenue Italy. Meticulously designed to emulate the warm, welcoming beauty of Italy, this authentic restaurant often features nightly music.
Things to Do
The Terranea Resort is a major attraction to those visiting and living within Rancho Palos Verdes, and not just for their collection of epic eats. Lodging in the Terranea is a chance to step into a meticulously cultivated heaven, rich with nature. Relaxing spa days, rounds of golf on the verdant fairways, canoe adventures, horseback riding, and even whale watching make up just a few of the experiences the resort offers for those staying.
Apart from the Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes has a great abundance of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve spans 1,400 incredible acres and is home to a striking variety of natural habitats. Hikers will fall in love with the endless vistas and challenging elevation changes here, while anyone searching for a smaller, easier excursion will want to relax at the Frank A. Vanderlip Park.
The Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Reserve is famous for its coastal trails and marine resources, including plenty of tide pools for exploring. Trails are just as enchanting here as they are in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, but the park’s 109 acres are far less daunting for less experienced hikers.
Rancho Palos Verdes is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Dapplegray Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Point Vicente Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school