Welcome to San Pedro
The historic and ever-evolving community is home to the country’s busiest port and endless picturesque views
One of the many unique enclaves within Los Angeles, the neighborhood of San Pedro is located snugly between Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, on the stunning southern portion of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Eclectic markets, nautical themes, ocean views, and a locally-driven mentality are all paired up with the small-town charm of the area, set apart from the typical busy L.A. dynamic.
San Pedro was originally its own city, and it wasn’t until 1909 that its residents chose to consolidate with Los Angeles. Now, San Pedro is known for containing a large portion of the Port of Los Angeles, an international trading epicenter. San Pedro retains its fishing-oriented roots and seafaring heart and has evolved into a thriving cruise port, as well.
Homes in San Pedro run the gamut from custom, modern new-builds, and well-appointed single-family homes, to well-appointed condominiums, early 20th century cottages, and hip Craftsmen. The rise in population has led to an increased need for housing, resulting in a large number of new, sophisticated townhomes tucked in gated communities and loaded with resort amenities.
What to Love
- Free trolley rides to the best attractions in the community
- Tons of historic sites and places of note to visit
- Waterfront living that’s perfect for boaters and ocean lovers
On sunny days in San Pedro — more than 3/4s of the year — the family-friendly shores like Cabrillo Beach are packed with happy swimmers and ocean lovers walking the sandy stretches. Calmer than many of its L.A. counterparts, this neighborhood is popular with people seeking a quieter life, all while keeping access to the energetic bustle of the city.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
In San Pedro, most of the shopping is found around South Pacific Avenue and West 6th. Eclectic local shops populate the commercial segments of the neighborhood, including clothing boutiques like The Coastline Shop and trendy music vendors such as JDC Record Store, established in 1977.
The nautical themes in San Pedro continue on in its bevy of restaurants, many of which are notable for their selection of fresh seafood caught right on the nearby shores. 22nd Street Landing, for instance, has a menu of award-winning, simple-yet-gourmet fare and gorgeous views of the Cabrillo Marina. The San Pedro Fish Market is revered for its exceptional shrimp tray, in particular, and carries one of the largest selections of seafood in the area.
Craving something a little more globally inspired? The Italian cuisine at Raffaello Ristorante is authentic and hearty, with sumptuous courses like the spaghetti al carbonara inspired by family recipes passed through four generations.
Things to Do
More than just its quirky shops and delectable eateries, San Pedro is ideal for those who appreciate the value of a scenic view. The neighborhood offers a prime setting to enjoy ocean sunsets at the LA Waterfront, which continues to blossom in new growth with the development of a promenade and shopping plaza.
Jaw-dropping cruise ships dock in the Port of Los Angeles here, and families flock to the learning-centered Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Close, too, is the Marine Mammal Care Center, a not-for-profit animal hospital and rehabilitation center serving as a testament to the community’s devotion to protecting the environment.
History buffs can traverse into the past via artifacts and educational information at the San Pedro Heritage Museum, as well as the Old Fire Station 36 Museum — the former of which is a leading force behind the conservation of the area’s historic buildings. At Averill Park, residents can find an escape from urban living and experience lush green expanses.
San Pedro is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Mary Star of the Sea Elementary, K-8, highly rated private elementary school
- Rolling Hills Prep, 6-12, highly accredited preparatory school ranked among the top in the entire state