Palos Verdes Peninsula – Rolling Hills

Palos Verdes Peninsula – Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills horse image

The City of Rolling Hills is a private, gated community located atop the hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It was incorporated in 1957, and still to this day Rolling Hills maintains a ranch style/equestrian environment with respect for native wildlife and natural surroundings.

Rolling Hills is called the smallest city on the Peninsula. The city is only 3 square miles, and 1,920 acres. The lot size average in the city is 2.7 acres. The population taken back in 2014, showed 1,906 residents.

The Homeowners Association zoning code strictly limits grading and disturbance of natural landscape in this area. You are only allowed to build on 35% of lot coverage with any surface whether structural, patio or paved areas.

Currently, there are 25 homes for sale in this area starting at $1,950,000 to $48,000,000 (highest priced single family home on the Peninsula). The smallest lot for sale in this area is a 32,550 square foot lot.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills.



Rolling Hills Estates – Ernie Howlett Park

Rolling Hills Estates – Ernie Howlett Park

Bob Tennis

The City of Rolling Hills Estates has two different attractions at Ernie Howlett Park located within the city limits.  Ernie Howlett Park is the home of the Rolling Hills Estates Tennis Club and the Equestrian Center.

This park is 35 acres and has four handball courts, multi-purpose athletic fields, a regulation basketball court, a sand volleyball court, picnic tables, barbecue pits, running track, bicycle path, and a variety of playground equipment.

Eight of the tennis courts are open to the public, with a nice patio and a refreshment center. This is also the home for the annual Tracy Austin Doubles Tennis Tournament. They also have private and group tennis lessons available.

There is also an Equestrian Center, which has three riding rings, a dressage area, grandstand and a multi use trail. This is the site of several large horse shows which draws hundereds of visitors. The center is available to rent for equestrian events.

For more information on the Equestrian Center call (310) 377-1577.

Photo courtesy of Ernie Howlett Park.

Palos Verdes Parks Located in Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Parks Located in Rolling Hills Estates

george f chandler park

Palos Verdes now has 9 parks that are located within Rolling Hills Estates city limits. They are Chandler Park, Chandler Preserve, Dapplegray Park, Ernie Howlett Park, Highridge Park, Pepper Wood Park, Silver Spur Park, Rockbluff Park & George F Canyon Nature Center.

George F Canyon Nature Center & Stein/Hale Nature Trail are located at the corner of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East. The center is jointly owned by the City of Rolling Hills Estates and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. The Nature Center provides the community with wonderful educational and recreational programs for all age groups. They also offer walking tours for school children, scout troops and other organizations. Within the last few years the center has opened itself up to a special Birthday Party Safari which is a great way to encourage children to learn more about the area that they live in.

The Center is open to the public on Fridays 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays 10-4 p.m.

The 36 acre preserve has some of the most pristine and beautiful canyons on the peninsula, and the trail is one mile long with interpretive signs, guideposts, benches, viewing decks and a drinking fountain. The entrance to the trails has an Information Kiosk that visitors can use to keep up with activities. You are allowed to walk or ride on horseback through the willow riparian and coastal sage habitats.

The trail is open everyday from dawn until dusk. The Nature Center is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, Ca. 90274.For further information call the Nature Center directly at (310)-547-0862.

Photo courtesy of the George F Canyon Nature Center.



Palos Verdes Peninsula’s – Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s – Rolling Hills Estates

city of rolling hills estates

The Palos Verdes Peninsula consists of four cities, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes & Rolling Hills.

The City of Rolling Hills Estates was incorporated on September 18, 1957. At that time the population was only 3,500, and the city had concerns over maintaining its rural atmosphere and equestrian lifestyle with bridle trails and vast open spaces. In 1959, the Montecillo, Chandler Quarry, Country Club Estates and northern Masongate areas were added to the city. Later between 1960-1966 they added the Peninsula Center, Harbor Sight, The Rancho, Rolling Hills Park Estates, Highridge, Hillcrest Manor & Meadows, Terraces and Cresta Verdes.

As we see these areas today, the 30 different neighborhoods make up their own Homeowner Associations to keep the community lifestyle to reflect each area.

It is considered to be the third largest city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It consists of 4.18 miles and there are quite a few of the lots that have 1/2 acre or more, and some areas are zoned equestrian. The city recognizes six parks, at least 25 acres of scenic trails and acres of open space. This area is often called the Heart of the Peninsula since it has the largest shopping and entertainment areas that contain the Peninsula Center, Promenade on the Peninsula and the Norris Theatre.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Peninsula’s four cities click here.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates. 




Aboutpv – Malaga Cove Library

Aboutpv – Malaga Cove library

Malaga Cove Library, Palos verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes Library District consists of several different library locations. In Palos Verdes Estates, there is the Malaga Cove library which is located in Malaga Cove just up from the Malaga Cove Plaza. It is a beautiful old Spanish styled building that sits on a hill amidst trees and has green lawns surrounding its entrance. This is a popular spot for photographers since there is a beautiful stone fountain at the base of the steps leading up to the library.  While enjoying this scenic location an occasional peacock may seen walking through the grounds.

Malaga Cove Library was constructed in 1930 at the cost of $60,000. In 1995 it was placed on the National Historic Register. The interior still has the original furniture style with Spanish claw foot leather couches and old rustic tables. This multi level space also has an art gallery in the basement which has specialized art shows, and monthly book sales. During the summer this location is the site of weekly outdoor concerts for all to enjoy. There are also numerous special children’s programs offered here, and now they also offer passport services. (Call to schedule)

The Malaga Cove Library is located at 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 (310-377-9584 ext 551) and is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Estates Resident Handbook


Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club

Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club

palos verdes beach & athletic clubPalos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club was originally called the Palos Verdes Bathhouse and Beach Club and opened in 1930 as part of the original Palos Verdes Project. The architect Kirtland Cutter designed this landmark on the beach in Malaga Cove, and in 1939 the City of Palos Verdes took over ownership from the Palos Verdes Homes Association.

A fire in 1946 destroyed the upper level of the facility. It was left in disrepair until 1965 when it was renamed Rossler Pool in memory of H.F.B. Rossler the city’s first mayor who served for over 25 years. Once again In 1988 after the club had fallen into disrepair, a committee was established to rescue the pool and adjacent clubhouse. This group later became the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club Foundation (a nonprofit organization) was formed to help restore the facility. The community was called in to purchase memberships and restoration began. Today the current facilities include a 5 story clubhouse, a children’s pool, competition pool & fitness center.

The club membership is restricted to only Palos Verdes Estates residents, with 630 families currently registered and 270 on the waiting list. The club offers many programs for its members such as water aerobics swimming and fitness classes. It is also open to non-member Palos Verdes Estates residents, who can purchase day passes to use the pool, jacuzzis, locker rooms, sauna and steam room and the snack shack which operates during summer hours.

The Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club is located at 389 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club.


Aboutpv – Palos Verdes Surf Spots

Aboutpv – Palos Verdes Surf Spots


Palos Verdes has a very unique coastline which makes for some of the best surfing spots in the area. Some of the local surf spots in the area are: Avalanche, Indicator, Charlie’s, Cove, Dominator, Indicator, Boneyard, Exile’s, Haggarty’s, Lower’s, Middle’s, Pinnacle, Rat Beach, Rat Point, Pipe’s and many more.

Ski Jump and Boneyard are located at Bluff Cove which is said to be the first regularly surfed area followed by Haggarty’s and Lunada Bay. 

Surfing is big in Palos Verdes; with both our high schools having surf teams and several world class surfers have came from this area. Besides surfing in these coves, you will also find great areas with tide pools which can be accessed through these trails.

The area also is known for it’s clean waters.  Heal the Bay charts have come out every year for the past three years with A+ to A- clean water levels.  These are some of the highest and most consistent water level grades in the area.




Palos Verdes Estates – Lunada Bay Plaza

Palos Verdes Estates – Lunada Bay Plaza

Palos Verdes Estates has another beautiful plaza located within it’s boundaries known as Lunada Bay Plaza. The area has it’s own designation by a beautiful fountain called the Snelgrove Memorial Fountain located in the median of Yarmouth and Palos Verdes Drive West. The fountain received a much needed facelift in December of 2008, and now even curious passerbys actually get out to read the plaque which is located at the fountain and reads “Fuente de los Ninos” (fountain of the children). The fountain was dedicated to the memory of G.Brooks Snelgrove on May 22, 1965, and was a gift from about 250 neighborhood children. The childrens names are embedded in the foutain behind the original engineer for the Palos Verdes Project in 1923, and is remembered for his part in the Malaga Cove Plaza Neptune Fountain.

Today the Lunada Bay Plaza acts as the meeting place for the area and houses it’s summer concerts, Harvest Festival and Santa’s visits. Lunada Bay much like Malaga Cove, is also the home of great surfing areas with it’s high cliffs and protected coves.

Photo courtesy of Lunada Bay Homeowners Association


Palos Verdes Peninsula – Neighborhood Sales for 2016

Palos Verdes Peninsula – Neighborhood Sales for 2016

Palos Verdes real estate 2016 sales information

Palos Verdes neighborhoods sold home prices for 2016, are listed above in the statistics data sheet. This information is received though CRMLS solds criteria.

West Palos Verdes had the largest gain in average sale prices with Malaga Cove coming in second. Malaga Cove and Valmonte posted the largest gains in average square foot prices

Lunada Bay had the largest number of Palos Verdes homes sold.

The highest priced single family Palos Verdes home sold for $11,940,000 in Palos Verdes Estates, and the lowest priced home sold for $610,000 in the Eastview/Palos Verdes area.

Above chart courtesy of RE/MAX Estate Properties

Palos Verdes Estates – Malaga Cove Plaza

Palos Verdes Estates – Malaga Cove Plaza

Palos Verdes Estates’ Malaga Cove Plaza was built in 1925, and is the home of the famous Neptune’s Statue. The plaza consists of several buildings mimicking the old rustic Spanish Renaissance style with arches that stretch out along it’s walkways.

It is located at the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is a welcome stop when you are driving up the hill from the South Bay beach area. The plaza today consists of small retail stores, several banks, office buildings, Yellow Vase & Mama Terrano’s restaurants and the Malaga Cove Rancho Market which also includes a restaurant.

The fountain is a replica of one found in Bologna, Italy which is of the Roman god Neptune known as King of the Sea.  It was dedicated in 1930 and is the central point of the plaza. From here you can even walk down the hill to the ocean, or uphill a short block to the Malaga Cove Library.

The Palos Verdes Art Center also hosts a monthly Saturday Art Show on the greens in Malaga Cove Plaza from April through September from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Palos Verdes Estates.