Palos Verdes Tennis Club
The idea of having a tennis club in Palos Verdes was conceived in the late 1950′s when residents were interested in playing tennis and had no public courts. So in 1959, a small group of players started a phone campaign to get people to attend a meeting at Malaga School to discuss the possiblility of a tennis facility. In 1961 an agreement was formed between the City of Palos Verdes Estates and the Palos Verdes Tennis Club to build the courts with 150 prospective members contributing $350.each. Since there was difficulty in raising the funds, memberships were sold at that time to non-PVE residents.
In 1963 five courts and a small pro shop were opened. Three additional courts were built in 1965, and courts 9 & 10 were added in 1971. The last 2 courts were added in 1978. There are currently 12 courts with 10 being lighted.
Currently, there are 400 Palos Verdes Tennis Club members. The club celebrated it’s 50 anniversay in 2013. The tennis club is allowed to use the spacious main clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms.
Palos Verdes Tennis Club is located at 3303 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274. For more information about the Palos Verdes Tennis Club call (310) 373-6326 or for more information click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club
Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden
Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical garden developed over a sanitary landfill.
Amazingly at one time the Garden was covered by the Pacific Ocean. In the ocean there were a vast population of single cell algae called a diatoms. As they died they left behind a sediment know as crude distomite which has industrial uses for filtration as a stregthening component in building materials. During the early 1900′s the Dicalite Company began mining the earth and in 1944 the mine was sold. By 1956 the mine declined and the site was sold to the County of Los Angeles to become a sanitary landfill.
In 1961 a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young prevailed upon the County Board of Supervisorys to convert this site into a botanic garden. It was an experiment and in April 1961 the first major planting took place with over 40,000 donated trees, shrubs and other plans. Since then the collection has increased to more than 200,000 plantings.
It has come a log way, and today bursting with color and varied plant and wildlife the grounds are spectacular. There are at least 14 Clubs and Societies which are informed about specific plant varieties and have at least twelve flower shows annually. They have monthly lectures, classes, concerts and weddings that help fill the calendar seven days a week.
The gardens are open 364 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to preview is adults $9/seniors $6/Students $6/Children 5-12 $4/ and four and under are free.
The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Ca. 90274. For more information go to http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org or call (310) 544-1948.
Photo by Jeannie Mutrais courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Palos Verdes Estates – La Venta Inn
La Venta Inn is a historical landmark building that stood alone on the Peninsula hillside after it was built in 1923, at the cost of $17,000.
The Inn was first called “Clubhouse 764″ but later had a name changed to La Venta (the sale) to represent the location where potential land purchasers were brought up to purchase a piece of property. In 1924 they were given lunch or dinner then taken to a cottage outside to close the deal.
The building was designed by Pierpont and Walter Davis. The property was surrounded by rare and exotic plants to show prospective owners the varities that could be grown here on the peninsula. In the 1930′s early La Venta visitors were able to enjoy both meals and some even stayed in the few rooms that were available. It became the black tie restaurant and weekend retreat for many Hollywood stars.The Inn later was primarly an elegant place for local residents to dine and celebrate.
The first wedding was held in1925 and is known as one of the best location for wedding parties. It has a perfect location with Queen’s Necklace views of the coastline from Bluff Cove all the way around the bay to Malibu. The Inn is currently open for private parties only.
La Venta Inn is located at 796 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274.
Photo courtesy of La Venta Inn.
Terranea Resort’s – Nelson’s
Terranea Resort is considered one of the top tourist destinations in Southern California. As part of this great tourist destination, Nelson’s has been recognized as one of the top ten eco-friendly bars, and is the place to enjoy fresh California comfort cuisine, delicious microbrews and spectacular sunsets. Whether your looking for a view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse or Catalina Island, this Southern California find offers one of the most scenic locations in Palos Verdes to enjoy a meal or drink in a casual setting. Here you can watch the sunset by the patio fire pits, or relax inside and catch a sports event at the bar.
During the summer months you can even enjoy live music all the way up to Labor Day from Friday till Sunday’s. As an addition to the summer music series at Nelson’s, they will be having “Taimane”, the ukulele sensation from Hawaii, performing on August 26, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bluffs at Nelson’s. Taimane’s musical talent will amaze you along with her playing style and the energy she exudes from her performance.
Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort.
Palos Verdes Residents Property Vesting Choices
Palos Verdes buyers know to contact their attorneys or accountants when purchasing a home to inquire on how title should be held. Each homeowner is different and First American Title wants to remind buyers that title to real property in California may be held by individuals, either in Sole Ownership or in Co-ownership. Co-ownership of real property occurs when title is held by two or more persons. there are several variation as to how title may be held in each type of ownership. I will break down the examples of each:
Sole Ownership – may be described as ownership by an individuals or other entity capable of acquiring title. 1.Such as a single man or woman, an unmarried man or woman,or a widow or widower. 2. A married man or woman as his or her sole and separate property. 3. A domestic partner as his of her sole and separate property.
Co-Ownership – title to property owned by two or more persons may be invested in the following forms: 1. Community Property , 2. Community Property with Right of Survivorship, 3. Joint Tenancy, 4. Tenancy in Common
Other ways of vesting title include: 1. Trustees of a Trust.
Photo courtesy of the Muliple Listing Service.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has been in existence since its founding in 1988, for the purpose of preserving undeveloped land as open space for historical, educational, ecological, recreational and scenic purposes. The Conservancy has been successful preserving the 1,600 acres of open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with the help of many volunteers..
The Conservancy’s vision is the creation and management of large blocks of natural open space where visitors may enjoy peaceful solitude, where children and adults can learn about the natural environment, and where native plants and animals can thrive.
The Conservancy hosts a full calendar of popular activities monthly with volunteer workdays, training programs for wildlife and trail repair, and special events throughout the year, including:
- Nature walks, bird walks, and night hikes on the preserves
- Special topic events and workshops
- Volunteer workdays on the trails and at the nursery
- Trail crew training for outdoor volunteers
- Environmental education programs at White Point Nature Education Center
- Family activities at George F Canyon Nature Center
To learn more about the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy go to www.pvplc.org.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
Palos Verdes Horseback Riding Stables
Palos Verdes offers many horseback riding opportunities here on the Peninsula. Besides having full care and riding club amenities, several local stables offer just plain riding opportunities.
Peter Weber Equestrian Center offers boarding and riding classes at it’s facilities. It also offers summer camps for different levels starting with a pony camp for the youngest enthusiasts.The center has access to 90 miles of manicured trails and is located at 26401 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. You can reach them at (310) 541-9476 or go to www.PWECENT.com for more information.
Palos Verdes Stables was established in 1926 it is home to over 87 privately owned horses and provides immediate access to miles of public trails. So whether you’re looking to improve your riding skills or simply want to board your horse this stable will meet your needs. Currently, they are running their summer horse camps with pony camps starting with kids as young as 4. Horseback riding is also available by calling (310) 378-3527. The stable is located at 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes Estates. Go to www.palosverdesstables.com for more information.
Wagon Wheel offers trail rides throughout the week. The one hour guided tour will take you through canyons lush with coastal chaparral habitat and continues on up to a sweeping panoramic view of the entire Los Angeles basin. For more experienced riders they recommend a two hour ride, which will take you over to Dapple Gray and Strawberry Lane. Reservations are required and they suggest you book at your earliest convenience. To schedule a ride call (310) 567-3582, or go to email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of Peter Weber Equestrian Center.
Palos Verdes Nature Preserves
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has preserved more than 1,600 acres of open spaces on the Peninsula since its founding in 1988. Going back to the original plan by the Olmsted Brothers to make sure that 28% of the Peninsula would remain open space, the spectacular views and precious habitat not only contribute to the quality of human life on the peninsula, but provide valuable refuges and wildlife corridors for animal and plant inhabitants.
The diverse topography of the Peninsula with its beaches and bluffs, steep slopes, canyons and ridgelines leads to its rich biodiversity. Native coastal sage scrub, grassland, cactus and riparian scrub grow alongside non-native annual grassland, exotic woodlands and large areas of disturbed vegetation. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy helps to shelter four at risk species: the El Segundo blue butterfly, the Palos Verdes blue butterfly, the Coastal California gnatcatcher and the cactus wren. They cultivate 60 different species of plants that are used in restoration projects that restore habitat critical to survival of these species at their native plant nurseries.
The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve takes in almost 1,400 acres with over 30 miles of trails through rolling hills, steep canyons and rock outcrops.The PVNP is made up of the following Reserves:
To see a map of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserves click here.
Photo courtesy of the White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District serves all four of the Peninsula cities, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills & Rolling Hills Estates. The student enrollment at this time is approximately 11,500 students. The Palos Verdes Peninsula school system consists of 2 early childhood education centers, 3 intermediate schools,10 elementary schools, 2 high schools and 1 continuation school.
The school district’s reputation for having a high quality education system attracts many families to this suburban area. PVPUSD schools continue to be recognized for outstanding achievement at the local, state and national level. Much of the designations are due to the parent and community involvement within the school system.
Like schools in other areas, in order to meet the challenges of keeping teachers, counselors, librarians and STEM programs, an outside funding organization is needed to raise funds. The Peninsula Education Foundation has been successful in raising $3.4 million last year to meet and support school programs. The strong PTA program also helps support and enrich school delivery systems.
To read more about the Palos Verdes Unified School District click here
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.