Palos Verdes Peninsula’s – Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s – Rolling Hills Estates

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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 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.


Palos Verdes Estates – Oldest City on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

Palos Verdes Estates – Oldest City on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

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The City of Palos Verdes Estates, is the oldest of the four cities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and was incorporated December 20, 1939.

In 1913, New York financier Frank A. Vanderlip Sr, purchased the land from the Bixby family.  His idea was to build a planned residential community, and he called out the famous Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., who designed Central Park in New York City, to help lay out this new community. After designing roadways, hillsides and placement of trees, they decided that 28% of the land area should be restricted to building.

Vanderlip’s plans were changed after World War 1, since monies were harder to come by. The division of land started, and the first home construction of Spanish design started in the early 1920′s. In 1923 deed restrictions were imposed and the outlined provision for development was started and governed by the Palos Verdes Homes Association, which in turn were liable for taxes on the parkland.  Soon after the economic crash in 1929, the Palos Verdes Home Association owed taxes to Los Angeles county and concern that the parkland might have to be sold to pay back tax dollars owed, the city voted in 1929 for incorporation. The new city parklands, were deeded by the Homes Association in 1940.

Still to this day, Palos Verdes Estates city government has been trying to keep the vision of the original founders in preserving and protecting the natural assets of Palos Verdes Estates uniqueness.

Photo of Palos Verdes coastline, courtesy of the City of Palos Verdes Estates.

What Cities Makes Up the Palos Verdes Peninsula

What Cities Makes Up the Palos Verdes Peninsula

So did you know that the Palos Verdes Peninsula is actually made up of 4 different cities. They are Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates.  There are also 2 Los Angeles County areas on the Peninsula know as Westfield and Academy Hills.

The first city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to incorporate was Palos Verdes Estates. This city incorporated in 1939 and soon after the areas of Monte Malaga, Malaga Cove, Valmonte and Lunada Bay all added their unique charm to this area.

Rancho Palos Verdes was the last city on the Peninsula to incorporate in 1973, and is the largest city on the Peninsula.

Rolling Hills estates is the third largest city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  It has a very rural atmosphere and contains some of the largest lots with many areas zoned as equestrian.  It also has 6 city parks located within its area.

Rolling Hills is a privately gated equestrian community located on the scenic hills of the Peninsula.  It incorporated in 1957 and is the smallest city with most of its lots being over one acre.

To read my last article on AboutPV click here.

Photo courtesy of Ernie Howlett Park located in Rolling Hills Estates.




This is my new real estate listing in Rancho Palos Verdes which is being offered at $1,200,000. 27004 Grayslake Road, Rancho Palos Verdes just went on the Multiple Listing Service yesterday, and is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,442 square foot home in the desirable Silver Spur neighborhood.


This nicely remodeled one level home offers you both ocean and city light views from multiple rooms and patios. The quality finishes throughout the home include marble countertops, floors, fireplace and even a matching marble living room table.  Elegant crown mouldings, recessed lighting, dual pane windows and French doors help show the quality of this beautiful home.  Relax and enjoy the covered front and back porches with gardens which offer mulberries, pomegranates, persimmons, blood oranges, peaches plums and more. This home is located near the border of Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes on a corner cul-de-sac lot, convenient to shopping, golf, restaurants and award winning Palos Verdes schools.

To read more about my new listing please go to

Please stop by my Broker’s Open House on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.