Welcome to Palos Verdes (including Lunada Bay)
A wealthy, private enclave with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean
Palos Verdes Estates is an affluent ocean-view community between Redondo Beach and San Pedro on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. Known for its large, expensive homes on large lots, Palos Verdes is one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. Many of the peninsula’s homes are of a Spanish or Mediterranean design and sit upon some of the most coveted real estate in the country. The Palos Verdes Peninsula has a fascinating history. Once buried beneath the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes features unique flora and fauna found only on the Channel Island archipelago.
What to Love
- Safe, quiet community
- Natural beauty & stunning views know as “The Queen’s necklace” of the Pacific Ocean
- Highest quality and top performing schools
While there is a lot to see and do in Palos Verdes, don't expect a bustling beach community besieged by throngs of tourists. Palos Verdes residents are secluded on their private estates and typically prefer outdoor activities such as local surfing spots, horseback riding, hiking, biking, and golfing. Palos Verdes may not get as many tourists as other nearby beach communities, but what it lacks in tourists, it more than makes up for the quality of life, and vacation feel that residents enjoy while living here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Many residents of Palos Verdes travel to nearby Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, or Redondo Beach for a bit of fun and excitement, but there are some things to do in Palos Verdes that don’t require locals to travel too far. The Palos Verdes Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates hosts theater troupes and performances in its outdoor pavilion amphitheater and magic and illusion shows, among other entertainment.
Palos Verdes has several noteworthy restaurants where you can have a delicious lunch or dinner. One such eatery is Salsa Verdes located on Palos Verdes Dr. West in Palos Verdes Estates. Salsa Verdes serves up traditional Mexican fare and is known for its popular pitchers of top-shelf margaritas. If you're in the mood for sushi, you're in luck. Black Bamboo Sushi, located in the heart of Palos Verdes Estates on Yarmouth Road, offers diners top-quality seafood, bento boxes, and lunch specials.
While you’re in Palos Verdes, you can do a little shopping to pick up some picnic provisions at Malaga Cove Ranch Market, located in Malaga Cove Plaza. There’s also a cute gift shop, Corners of the World, in the plaza.
Things to Do
One must-see attraction on your Palos Verdes to-do list is Neptune Fountain, located in Malaga Cove Plaza. The sculpture of King Neptune was created in the 17th century by an unknown artist. Copied from an original 16th-century bronze fountain, Neptune Fountain was imported from Italy by Arnoldo Adolfo di Segni in the late 1920s, where it still stands today, wowing visitors.
With some of the most pristine water in Southern California, it’s easy to see why residents and visitors to Palos Verdes spend a lot of time exploring its beaches. The Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve Beach is a rocky beach between Lunada Bay and Bluff Cove. There's a grassy, bluff-top park here where you can have a nice picnic and enjoy the view. Steep, rugged trails provide access to the beach below, but watch your step here and be cautious. Once you reach the beach below, adventurous souls are rewarded with some of the best tide pools California offers.
- Lunada Bay Elementary, grades K-5, has art programs, a STEM lab, fine arts, music, and enrichment classes
- Palos Verdes Intermediate School, grades 6-8, offers music and technology departments as well as a Cotillion program
- Palos Verdes High School, grades 9-12, ranks in the top five percent in California for graduation rates