Palos Verdes History

Palos Verdes (excerpts from The Palos Verdes Story by Delane Morgan)

There are many theories as to how the city came to be called Palos Verdes. According to W.W. Robinson, the author of Ranchos Become Cities, the name Palos Verdes originated in the Canada de los Palos Verdes, a valley shown on old maps, green with grass and willows, the valley was located between the present Sepulveda and Lomita Boulevards, east of Vermont and west of Figueroa (now intersected by the Harbor Freeway).

Palos Verdes is a historic Peninsula. Many of the names on the Peninsula recall its historic past. A certain mystique always belonged to the Palos Verdes Hills, but in 1922 the community of Palos Verdes was only a dream uninhabited except from some vegetable fields and the Japanese farmers who cultivated them and people who lived on ranches with their cattle. The Rancho de los Palos Verdes, originally owned by the Sepulveda family, was partitioned into seventeen portions at the conclusions of a law suit in 1882. The largest share, 16,000 acres which constituted the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was awarded to Jotham Bixby. In 1894, Harry Phillips became the Ranch Manager and thus first resident of the Peninsula. He brought farming to the Peninsula and planted many of the eucalyptus trees. The rural, farming community began to change in 1913 when the Bixby family sold the land to internationally known banker, Frank A. Vanderlip, Sr.

Born in Kane County, Illinois, Vanderlip became the president of National City Bank in New York in 1909 and by 1910, when he was 46 he was a millionaire. He was a man of vision; recognizing the strategic position of Palos Verdes- the only undeveloped section of coast in the center of a rapidly growing region, he dreamed of a magnificent residential city by the sea.

As early as 1914, architects were hired to draw up plans for its development but WWI prevented Vanderlip from carrying out his plans. The only achievement of the first few years was the building of the “Old Ranch Cottage” in 1916, now known as the “Cottage” and occupied by Vanderlip’s youngest son, John Mann Vanderlip.

Vanderlip planned to develop the area above Point Vicente lighthouse as an Italian hillside village to be occupied by craftsmen who would live, work, and sell their wares on different levels of the same building but the stock market crash prevented the fulfillment of Vanderlip’s dream.

When the Palos Verdes Project was planned, many civic needs were anticipated. Over 4,000 acres were reserved for parks and playgrounds, and two recreational areas were established in the new community, La Venta Inn and Palos Verdes Golf Club. In order to dispense news about the Project to the lot owners and subscribers, the mangers began to issue monthly bulletins. By the time the fifth issue of the Palos Verdes Bulletin was published in March 1925, each edition numbered 8300 copies, mailed to every state in the union and to foreign countries all over the world.

The roads in Palos Verdes were designed to fit the natural contours of the land. The men who laid out the roads sought the most beautiful use of the property in their charge. Reducing ugly cuts and fills provided better lots. In keeping with the principle that produced the use of curved roads, signs were strictly regulated. Billboards were not allowed. The street signs, chosen by the Art Jury, were suspended from a wooden standard, stained brown, with brackets of wrought iron. The signs were carved redwood with raised gilded letters. Business buildings were curtailed as to their use of signs.

The United States Government established a lighthouse on Point Vincente in 1875. The present structure was built in 1926 and the spelling of the name was revised to Vicente.  Before the days of the lighthouse, ships were warned away from rocks by huge fires built upon the point. Between Point Fermin and Point Vicente lies Portuguese Bend, a place that owes its name to its history.

in 1925, after two years of construction, Palos Verdes became a community. Residents were urged to trade in Palos Verdes, now that the new grocery and meat market had opened, and to encourage the early coming of the drug store, merchandise store, tailor, restaurant and other stores which were needed.

The Palos Verdes Transportation Company was established in 1925, operating buses between Redondo Beach and Malaga Cove Plaza. The buses carried Palos Verdes children to Redondo schools and later to the Palos Verdes school. The fare cost 10 cents to Redondo and 5 cents within the Estates. Children were charged half fare.

In 1925, the first Palos Verdes School Board was elected. The first Palos Verdes School opened September 8, 1925. Classes for twenty-four children were held in a room in the Gardner building until the Malaga Cove School Building was finally completed the following spring. The Malaga Cove School included three classrooms, a kindergarten, a principal’s office, and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 294.

Several general provisions were written into the restrictions: “There shall not be any saloon, founder, brickyard, cemetery, asylum, gun powder or fertilizer factory, slaughter-house, tannery, oil refinery, or fish cannery.” Ninety percent of the lots were zoned for single-family dwellings, designated in Zone A. In addition, architectural restrictions were worked into the process. Requirements were established to provide enough space between dwellings and proper set-back from the street, varying with the lot from five to 60 feet. Trees over 20 feet were specified. Consultation with the Art Jury before building was required in order to assure the maintenance of certain minimum standards. The builders of Palos Verdes were building for permanence. Their dream of a better place to live influenced the development of the entire peninsula and made possible the beauty we see today.

Two recreational centers were established in the new community, La Venta Inn was built first in early 1923, and quickly became a popular spot for dining. Situated high on the hill, the Inn was a landmark visible for miles around. It was the designation of many sightseeing trips made by visitors to the Los Angeles area, and by residents of the Beach Cities, Hollywood, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Long Beach. Although some people chose to stay the night at the Inn, it could only accommodate a few overnight guests. The Palos Verdes Golf Club opened on November 15, 1924. The 213-acre golf course and golf park was highly rated and all but four holes had views of the ocean.

A marble fountain and statue of Neptune, the Roman god known as the King of the Sea, was installed in the Malaga Cove Plaza in 1930. The figure of Neptune was considered appropriately symbolic for the city by the sea. The fountain is a replica of the bronze fountain of Neptune in Bologna, Italy.

Despite the financial turmoil resulting from the Depression, many elements of daily life in Palos Verdes remained unchanged. Despite the scarcity of money, the forms of entertainment enjoyed remained the same. Because the residents of Palos Verdes loved their beautiful Peninsula, they had worked together to establish an ideal community. They had started with many built-in advantages, for which the designers of the Project were responsible: a community swimming pool, stables, a golf-course, landscaped parks, a plaza for shopping, a school, a homes association, and strict building restrictions. Gradually, they added many other facilities and institutions. By the late thirties, the residents of Palos Verdes had their own library and newspaper. Three schools, two public (Malaga Cove and Miraleste) and one private (Chadwick Seaside School), educated their children. A parent council had recently been organized within the public schools, and many parents also attended the family relations class conducted by the school district. The Post Office in Malaga Plaza was the social center of Palos Verdes.

Because of the strategic location of the Peninsula, many WWII soldiers were stationed here during the war. The largest military establishment was Fort McArthur at San Pedro.  Three smaller camps were located along the coast, one on Long Point, on on Resort Hill (Lunada Bay), and one at Bluff point (the crest of Montemalaga). The army hospitals received their share of attention from the women of Palos Verdes throughout the war. Red Cross Gray ladies frequented the Fort McArthur Hospital.

The Wayfarers’ Chapel, near Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes, sometimes referred to as the “Glass Church,” was built as a national monument to Swedenborg- one of Sweden’s most famous citizens.  In 1954, the 59-foot bell tower was erected, and in 1959 the library and museum building and the Cloister were constructed. A hillside near the chapel was contoured in steps and planted to form a natural amphitheater for the performance of Biblical plays. A garden was later planted with the flowering plants and trees mentioned in the Bible. With the building of Wayfarer’s Chapel, the early period of the modern history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula comes to a close. The 1950’s began a period of rapid real estate development that changed the course of history. In one year, 190 new residences were built in Palos Verdes Estates and 55 other building permits were issued. On the rest of the Peninsula, an average of 148 homes were under construction each month during that year. Following the Chapel’s construction was the opening of the Marineland in 1955, the establishment of the cities of Rolling Hills Estates in 1957 and Rancho Palos Verdes in 1978, after many years of debate the Portuguese Bend Landslide in 1956 and the Abalone Cove Landslide in 1978, the unification of the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District in 1960, and the continued explosive growth to the Peninsula that has led to a recent property evaluation of three billion dollars.

The communities of Palos Verdes Estates, Miraleste, Portuguese Bend, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Rancho Palos Verdes form the Palos Verdes Peninsula, an entity loved by all its residents. According to the consensus of opinion, the factors that brought families to Palos Verdes were the beauty of climate and scenery, the security of a planned and protected community, and the opportunity for simple outdoor pleasures. All of which are still true and offered in Palos Verdes today. A community based upon beauty, Palos Verdes Estates soon received a reputation as a paradise.

The Cities of Palos Verdes Estates

Lunada Bay, a small town along the West coast of Palos Verdes Estates, sits on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and the north western edge of the peninsula. Boasting a fountain and quaint, charming commercial district, Lunada Bay gives residents a local market, service station, shops, and restaurants. A larger shopping plaza was originally planned for the area that included an incline railway down the bluffs with bath houses at the beach. When the Great Depression happened, plans fell through and commercial lots were turned into residential ones. Now, streets with “plaza” after their name indicate a connection to the commercial district from the original master plan. A favorite among families, Lunada Bay is within walking instance of all three local schools- Lunada Bay Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, and Palos Verdes High School. The eastern section of Lunada Bay border Rancho Palos Verdes along Via Coronel and Via Castilla known as “University Subdivision.

Bluff Cove is a wide, sweeping bay surf spot in Palos Verdes. Located at Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Monte Mar, the Cove was popular with the redwood paddleboard crew of the 1930s. Also a marine preserve, it offers a rugged element unique to the L.A. surfing experience. Home to porpoises, seals, and sea otters the area generally keeps healthy kelp beds and wind chop to a minimum. The bulge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula blocks all but west and northwest swells creating usually small swells during this summer but several consistent winter breaks. The Cove has three main breaks- Little Reef (up to six feet on a medium to high tide), Middle’s (the main break with up to 12 feet), and Boneyard’s (scattered series of reeds at south end that break erratically, up to 15 feet).

Malaga Cove, located near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive West and Palos Verdes Drive North, is a region along the north shoreline of Palos Verdes Estates home to a shopping plaza and library built with Spanish Renaissance architecture in mind. The plaza, library, and original homes were built starting in the late 1920s. The Malaga Cove Library can be found one block uphill behind the plaza’s south side. The weekends bring a large flow of cyclists through Malaga Cove. One of Palos Verdes Estates’ notable landmarks is Neptune Fountain, donated to the city by the Palos Verdes Project, in Malaga Cove Plaza. The elaborate two-thirds scale replica of a bronze statue and fountain erected in Bologna, Italy in 1563, was donated to Palos Verdes Estates in 1930 by the Palos Verdes Project. The statue is thought to have been over 100 years old before it was brought to the City and was obtained from a villa courtyard outside Venice. The Palos Verdes Police Department, County Fire Station, and government offices are all located in Malaga Cove. Located next to Rat Beach is the Palos Verdes Beach Club. Built in 1930, the Club was remolded into a Mediterranean-styled favorite for Palos Verdes families.

Valmonte is an area located at the northern end of Palos Verdes Estates known as “The Grove,” for its dense eucalyptus tree growth. Situated between the border of the Palos Verdes Golf Course at the south and the Hollywood Riviera at the north, Valmonte presents prospective buyers with large and charming homes predominantly featuring Eastern traditional and Southern colonials styles. Prized for its convenient location, Valmonte offers easy access to the beaches, the Torrance financial and shoppings districts, and the 110 Freeway. The City of Palos Verdes Estates owns a horse stable located in Valmonte, operating under a concession agreement. Located at 4057 Via Opata, the stables offer riding lessons, trail rides, housekeeping for privately owned horses and a summer horse camp.

Montemalaga can be found above Lunada Bay and north of Rancho Palos Verdes near La Venta Inn. It has some of the largest homes on the Peninsula.  Montemalaga homes are at the highest elevation in Palos Verdes Estate.

 

Lunada Bay

Lunada Bay, a small town along the West coast of Palos Verdes Estates, sits on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and the north western edge of the peninsula. Boasting a fountain and quaint, charming commercial district, Lunada Bay gives residents a local market, service station, shops, and restaurants. A larger shopping plaza was originally planned for the area that included an incline railway down the bluffs with bath houses at the beach. When the Great Depression happened, plans fell through and commercial lots were turned into residential ones. Now, streets with “plaza” after their name indicate a connection to the commercial district from the original master plan. A favorite among families, Lunada Bay is within walking instance of all three local schools-Lunada Bay Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, and Palos Verdes High School. The eastern section of Lunada Bay border Rancho Palos Verdes along Via Coronel and Via Castilla known as “University Subdivision.”

Bluff Cove is a wide, sweeping bay surf spot in Palos Verdes. Located at Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Monte Mar, the Cove was popular with the redwood paddleboard crew of the 1930s. Also a marine preserve, it offers a rugged element unique to the L.A. surfing experience. Home to porpoises, seals, and sea otters the area generally keeps healthy kelp beds and wind chop to a minimum. The bulge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula blocks all but west and northwest swells creating usually small swells during this summer but several consistent winter breaks. The Cove has three main breaks- Little Reef (up to six feet on a medium to high tide), Middle’s (the main break with up to 12 feet), and Boneyard’s (scattered series of reeds at south end that break erratically, up to 15 feet).

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate

Real Estate Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes, a coastal city located along the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is comprised of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. Renowned for its dramatic views from the Palos Verdes Hills, its high-ranking schools, extensive horse trails, and exquisite homes, this affluent bedroom community features some of the finest real estate in Southern California. If you are interested in purchasing real estate in the area, Palos Verdes has a plethora of luxurious and expansive homes for your selection. Local real estate professionals, Heidi and Frank, have an extensive knowledge you need when searching for real estate and they look forward to introducing you to this beautiful community.

Real Estate in Palos Verdes, CA

The South Bay is one of the most culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse areas in the United States, and the real estate in the area is no different. Whether you are considering a sprawling equestrian estate or a low-maintenance condominium, there is something for every type of buyer within Palos Verdes. Current market statistics suggest that the median single-family home value in the area is just over $1,060,000 with an average size of 1800-2400 square feet. In addition, you will find that most homes where constructed between 1960 and 1979, with many being renovated since that time.

To learn more about the areas in Palos Verdes, the school systems, or activities, please feel free to contact local real estate agents, Heidi and Frank today! They are ready to assist you with all your real estate needs and welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and business.

 

Rancho Palos Verdes Homes

Rancho Palos Verdes

The largest incorporated city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes real estate is home to over 45,000 residents who enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic cliffs and Pacific Ocean. Located about 30 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes provides a unique lifestyle away from the big city. With miles of trails, peacock sightings, city parks on the beach, and a plethora of amenities including, shopping and dining facilities, Rancho Palos Verdes is surrounded by rocky coves and pristine beaches and quickly becomes a haven for those who call the area home.

Real Estate Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The Rancho Palos Verdes real estate market consists of mainly single-family homes, with most considered luxury properties by national standards. Prices on single-family homes range in the mid $900,000’s, while homes with scenic views and luxurious upgrades can fetch price tags well into the multi-millions. There are also a handful of condominiums and townhouses available in Rancho Palos Verdes, with average prices falling between $700,000 and $900,000.

Specializing in the purchase and sale of residential real estate throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including Rolling Hills real estate, local real estate agents Heidi Mackenbach and Frank Fountain can help you secure the Rancho Palos Verdes home of your dreams. To learn more about the Rancho Palos Verdes real estate market, please feel free to contact them at your convenience. They look forward to hearing from you and to earning your trust and business.

Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Palos Verdes Homes for Sale

front of home, features circular driveway

Popular for families looking to escape the busyness of Los Angeles, Palos Verdes homes are located in one of the most picturesque areas of California and provide peace and serenity. Known for its beautiful natural surroundings, high-ranking schools, equestrian and hiking trails, and comfortable weather, this family-friendly community provides endless opportunities. Whether it is the equestrian lifestyle of Rolling Hills Estates that draws you, or the dramatic cliffs and beaches of Palos Verdes Estates, local real estate professionals, Heidi and Frank, stand ready to assist you with all your Palos Verdes real estate needs.

Homes For Sale in Palos Verdes

There are an abundance of activities found in the Palos Verdes region with golf and equestrian sports, shopping facilities and dining, and access to concerts, performing arts, and art exhibits from the Peninsula Symphony and the Norris Theatre of Performing Arts. If you are considering to purchase a Palos Verdes home, contact Heidi and Frank today. With over forty years of combined real estate experience and the backing of one of the largest, most successful brokerage firms in the area, Heidi and Frank have the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to ensure your real estate dreams are not only met, but also exceeded. Please use our website as a resource, and feel free to call with any questions.

Specializing in Palos Verdes homes for sale including, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, and the surrounding areas – working with the best is just a phone call away.

 

First-time Home Buyers

Are you first-time home buyer in Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, or the surrounding South Bay area?

Follow these tips from HGTV

Part 1: Evaluate your life and finances

Compare the pros and cons of renting versus buying

Create a Wish List

Calculate a monthly mortgage payment you can afford

Create a budget for monthly homeowner expenses

Research the market where you want to buy

Figure out how you will get a down payment and pay closing costs

Start off small

Know your rights as a homebuyer and borrower

Part 2: Shop for a Loan

Study your financial picture

Learn the basics

Shop for the best mortgage rate and loan terms

Get pre-approved

Look into programs that will save you cash

Research homebuyer assistance programs

Figure out the impact on your taxes

Arrange financing for the home you want to buy

Protect yourself

Part 3: Find a House

Choose a neighborhood, type of house, and style of house

Research online to see what’s available

Look for a Realtor that is right for you

Work with the Realtor and discuss what you are looking for and can afford

Narrow down your choices and see the houses again

Caluclate the home’s market value

Make an offer

Part 4: Close the Deal

Finalize the purchase and sale contract

Choose a title company that will research the title and coordinate the closing

Get an appraisal

Get a professional home inspection

Get homeowner’s insurance quotes and pay the premium

Consider home warranty coverage

Do a final walk-through of the house

Review each closing document carefully

Get to know the HOA

Plan your big move!

 

The Terranea Resort

Places to Visit in Palos Verdes: The Terranea Resort

The Terranea Resort, located on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, is a luxury 102-acre California oceanfront resort. The perfect place for family vacations or weddings, the hotel offers a 9-hole par 3 golf course, a 50,000 square foot Spa, three ocean-view pools, and eight restaurants, bars and cafes.

Infused with Mediterranean architecture, the hotel offers 582 rooms, including residential bungalows, casitas, and villas. Terranea is 20 miles away from the Los Angeles International and Long Beach Airports, 30 miles southwest of Downtown LA, and less than 45 minutes from cultural, sport, and entertainment attractions of Los Angeles and Orange County.

100 Terranea Way Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310)265-2800

 

 


 

15 Reasons We Are The Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, and Torrance Real Estate Agents for You!

15 Reasons We are the Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, and Torrance Real Estate Agents for You!

Do you need professional real estate representation in order to find a home in Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance or in another CA area? Are you thinking about selling your home in Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, or Torrance? If so, we can help meet all of your real estate needs whether you have residential real estate needs, commercial real estate needs, leasing needs, or income property needs.

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Redondo Beach Real Estate

Redondo Beach is one of the three Beach Cities in Los Angeles County located in the South Bay. As of 2010, there were 66,748 people living in Redondo Beach. An outgoing community, Redondo Beach is a mix of neighborhoods, people, and activities separate from the beach lifestyle. The main attraction in the city is the Municipal Pier and strand where you’ll see surfers year-round, bicyclists, skateboarders, runners, and pro volleyball players such as Kerri Walsh and Casey Jennings.

Redondo Beach is divided into North and South. South Redondo is home to the pier and harbor complex bordering Hermosa Beach with wide sandy beaches and a laid-back feel. It offers several close-knit neighborhoods. The Riviera Village gives locals a common area to eat, shop, and engage with one another. North Redondo is primarily inland. Mostly residential, it offers the South Bay Galleria Shopping Center and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center-home to the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities.

The Redondo Beach Unified School District offers nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. However, residents living in the 90278 zip code have the option of attending either Redondo Union High School or Mira Cost High School in Manhattan Beach.

Redondo Beach Real Estate

Redondo Beach communities are some of the most expensive places to live in the U.S. A three-bed, two bathroom home in South Redondo costs close to $1 million especially for properties close to the beach. Those with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean are sold for over $2 million. North Redondo homes average $900,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath.