Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent Los Angeles suburban community located atop the dramatic seaside bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Palos Verdes Hills. The views here are spectacular, taking in a sweeping ocean vista and Santa Catalina Island. Rancho Palos Verdes is known as a whale-watching hotspot.
Real estate within Ranchos Palos Verdes offers dramatic ocean view estates and attractive homes built on hillsides and hilltops. Architectural styles are varied, incorporating European-style designs and contemporary masterpieces. The largest and most expensive properties tend to be those along the oceanfront bluffs. Promenade on the Peninsula
is Rancho Palos Verdes’ premier shopping and dining space. Situated within this 14-acre enclosed commercial space are Saks Fifth Avenue department store, Italian dining at Luna Rossa and Giorgio’s
, fresh seafood and signature shrimp trays at San Pedro Fish Market
, along with a variety of recognizable retailers and international restaurants. The five-star Terranea
resort has several upscale restaurants and bars, along with spa treatments and a nine-hole golf course set against breathtaking ocean scenery. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
combines 10,000 square feet of exhibition space covering the area’s natural and cultural history with one of the area’s best places to watch migrating Pacific gray whales. The center is surrounded by a sprawling seaside park; the 1920s Point Vicente Lighthouse
is nearby. Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
features quiet beaches and tidepools framed by soaring bluffs. Hiking trails connect the beaches to the bluff tops and provide captivating ocean views. Abalone Cove is one of 10 gorgeous natural spaces that together form the 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
. More verdant green space can be enjoyed at the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden
, which has more than 2,500 plant species.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has two highly ranked high schools. Newsweek named Palos Verdes Peninsula High School the 15th best high school in the country.