Palos Verdes real estate is made up of several luxurious neighborhoods including, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, and Rancho Palos Verdes. With a plethora of communities and homes available, it is imperative to have a trusted and respected real estate professional guide you through the process. Whether you prefer a ranch with breathtaking views, a townhouse or condo along the Pacific Ocean, or an expansive estate just minutes from the putting green, there is something here for everyone and it would be the pleasure of local real estate agents Heidi and Frank to assist you. Not only are Heidi and Frank a top producing team with more than forty years combined real estate experience, they are local residents and natives who understand the intricacies and details of each neighborhood and community.
Palos Verdes Estates provides its residents with a number of opportunities for recreational and sporting activities. The City owns and maintains 382 acres of Parklands, 130 acres of shoreline preserve, a 3 mile equestrian trail, a 214 acre golf course, a tennis club, stable and beach and athletic club.
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.” The Lunada Bay Fountain, remodeled in 2008, is dedicated to the children, ‘La Fuente de los Ninos’, and marks the commercial entrance in Lunada Bay. A new park was recently completed across from the fountain. The park features small concerts throughout the summer months and a ‘Harvest Festival’ in the fall.
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. TheMalaga 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 and Athletic Club. It was completely refurbished in 1992 after Palos Verdes, in 1988, considered demolishing the Club, which had fallen into disrepair. A group of citizens proposed selling memberships to raise capital to remodel the Club, and the Club was reopened in 1992 as the Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club. City residents may use the club for the payment of a daily fee.
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 and are at the highest elevation in Palos Verdes Estates.
Palos Verdes High School is located across the street from the Pacific OCean in Palos Verdes Estates and is part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Known as the Sea Kings, Palos Verdes High School is known for its participation in the DARPA Grand Challenge (link), award-winning dramam program which represented the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, Live from 205, and the Cal-Nev-Ha KIWIN’s organization.
Palos Verdes Intermediate School is one of the three public middle schools in the PVP Unified School District. Located on Margate Intermediate School’s former campus, the school is nestled in the hills on Palos Verdes giving students a beautiful view of Lunada Bay and the Pacific Ocean. PVIS was formerly located at Palos Verdes High School’s campus before it reopened in 2002.
Chadwick School is an independent K-12 private school located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. The school is divided into 4 different schools by grade level- Village School (K-6), Middle School (7-8), Upper School (9-12), and International School (K-8). Through a Round Square Program, Chadwick offers students the opportunity to exchange with other school whom participate in this program. Community service plays a strong role in the students development. Students are required to participate in one of a selection of community service projects four times a month.
The Palos Verdes Ice Chalet is open to the public, offers figure skating and ice skating lessons, adult and youth ice hokey programs, pickup hockey, ice hockey clinics, broomball, and it a great option for birthday parties and events.
The Palos Verdes Art Center offers non-profit visual arts education, exhibition, and community service programs in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County. The center provides art classes and workshops, free exhibitions, cultural activities, and events for the Palos Verdes community.
The Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club is the perfect place for weddings, receptions, parties, and other special occasions. The Spanish style clubhouse has views of the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes hillside, and Los Angeles city lights. it offers its services for birthday parties, anniversaries, baby showers, etc. The Palos Verdes Golf Club was the second facility built in the Palos Verdes Project in 1924. It featured a 213 acre course- most with ocean views. Today the Golf and Country Club offers a challenging course and beautiful dining facilities. The land and facility belongs to the City and the Club is operated under a concession agreement with the City. The clubhouse is open to the public for lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Thursday night dining and Sunday morning brunch are also open to the public. Call for reservations (375-2533). City residents may apply for either a golf or social membership for a fee. The golf course is open to the public all day Mondays (except holidays) and specified hours throughout the week; call the pro-shop for availability (375-2759). It is open on weekends to guests of members.
Palos Verdes Tennis Club is located next to the Golf Club at 3303 Via Campesina, is also owned by the City and operated under a concession agreement with the City. There are 10 lighted and 2 unlighted courts and a clubhouse. Members have preference, but non-members may play for a fee when courts are available.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Transportation-The City of Palos Verdes Estates with its neighboring cities, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes and the unincorporated areas of the Peninsula, cooperate in providing local bus service within the Palos Verdes Peninsula through P.V. Transit buses. Contact the Peninsula Transit Authority at 544-7108 for information. Information, bus passes and tokens are also available at Palos Verdes Estates City Hall.
In addition to the bus fare, this local transit is subsidized by a 1/2 cent Los Angeles County Sales Tax. Transferring to MTA and Torrance buses is possible. Call 320-9442 for South Bay Transit information.
Real Estate in Palos Verdes
When considering the purchase or sale of Palos Verdes, CA real estate, what makes Palos Verdes so appealing is its unique character. Its unspoiled coastline and incredible natural beauty has both residents and visitors alike coming back year after year. With thousands of open acres of green space, hiking and biking trails, world-class golfing, and a plethora of activities and amenities, you will not be bored in Palos Verdes – unless you want to be! Palos Verdes real estate agents Heidi and Frank invite you to browse their website at your leisure and call with any questions you may have. They welcome the opportunity to work with you and to introduce you to this beautiful area.
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Palos Verdes City Profile
Palos Verdes Estates provides services to the public mandated by the California State Code. The City’s authorized legislative body is the City Council which consists of five residents elected at large on a non-partisan ballot for four year overlapping terms. Each year one member of the Council is selected by the Council to serve as Mayor and one as Mayor Pro Tempore.
Regular City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Council meets at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-agenda study session and closed session (as necessary). The regular agenda begins at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public may address Council by either notifying the City Clerk to place an item on the agenda 10 days in advance of the meeting date or speak under the “Communications from the Public” agenda item. State law requires all action items to be placed on an agenda and posted 72 hours in advance of decision-making.
The City’s general elections are held on the first Tuesday in March of odd numbered years. Vacancies and unexpired terms may be filled by appointment or special election. Council members serve without pay.
Council makes policy decisions which are implemented by the City Manager and City staff. City committees and commissions study issues and advise Council. Agendas for all regular meetings of the City’s committees, commissions, and the City Council are posted on the Channel 3 reader board; at the front of City Hall, and on the website at www.palosverdes.com/pve. City Council meeting agendas are available at the Malaga Cove Library on the Saturday before each Council meeting. Special and adjourned regular meetings are posted as required by law.
City Committees- Residents of the Palos Verdes Estates community have a history of active commitment to volunteer service. City Council appoints interested and qualified residents to both standing and ad hoc committees from time to time. Each committee reviews matters in its purview and advises the Council. Interested residents who would like to serve on a committee may submit resumes to the City Clerk. Openings are announced in the City Newsletter.
Ad hoc committees are appointed when a need arises. Ad hoc committees in past years have been the Financial Advisory, Cable, Insurance, PVE 60th Celebration, and Roessler Pool Restoration (culminating in the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club).
City Finances-The City Manager prepares an annual budget which is submitted to the City Council for approval. Regular audits of all City financial records are performed annually by a private, independent auditor.
Palos Verdes Estates is primarily a residential community, with minimal commercial tax base. From its incorporation until 1978, a significant portion of City revenues came from the property tax. Due to legislation and a change in the formula by the State Legislature in the late l970’s, only 11% of your County property tax dollar is returned to the City today.
In June of 1980, the City voters passed two parcel taxes to restore revenues and lost services. The Police, Fire/Paramedic parcel tax assessed each parcel annually to provide funds for Police, Fire/Paramedic services. The Streets and Parklands parcel tax assessed each parcel annually for street and parkland maintenance. These parcel taxes were submitted to city voters every four years for renewal until the Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment District was approved in 1991 and subsequently renewed in 1996. The City Council abolished both parcel taxes in 1991.
In 2001, City voters approved a fire and paramedic special tax which replaced the Assessment District. These proceeds pay for the Los Angeles County Fire and Paramedic Services contract. The City also has a utility tax which funds the City’s capital improvement program. This program includes major street repair and storm drain improvements.
Crime Prevention- Law enforcement in Palos Verdes Estates receives support from a very active Neighborhood Watch organization. The basis of Neighborhood Watch is simply neighbors cooperating to keep an eye on each others’ homes and to report any suspicious circumstances to the Police. Groups have been organized throughout the City. Meetings are held for neighbors to meet each other and hear speakers on crime prevention. Contact Palos Verdes Estates Neighborhood Watch, Inc. Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.
Operation Identification helps reduce burglary by encouraging the engraving of your valuables. You may borrow the engraving tool from the Police Department. The Police Department recommends that you keep an inventory with photographs or videos of those items not suitable for engraving.
The Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County provides fire protection and paramedic services to the City of Palos Verdes Estates by contract. In addition to its firefighting, rescue, and first aid duties, the County Fire Department makes fire prevention inspections; they also conduct fire safety programs in the schools.
The Palos Verdes Homes Association, founded in 1923, is a separate body from the City government. Prior to the founding of the City, the Homes Association provided many of the services of a city government. Since 1939 when the City was incorporated, the Homes Association has continued to enforce the deed restrictions on homes in Palos Verdes Estates. The Homes Association is located on the second floor of the annex to City Hall at 320 Palos Verdes Drive West. Questions regarding restrictions on a particular piece of property should be directed to them. Plans for building sites must be filed with the Homes Association for review by the Art Jury which is an architectural and site review panel under the supervision of the Homes Association Board of Directors.
To maintain the character of the City as set out in the City’s General Plan and to ensure that all development meets the legally adopted building standards, plans and specifications for all construction must be submitted to the Building Department before permits can be issued. The City requires that a building permit be issued prior to the construction, alteration, conversion or enlargement of any house or structure in the City. This requirement applies to the construction of any structure including garages, decks, patio covers, retaining walls, room additions, solar energy units, storage buildings, pools, spas, re-roofing and masonry structures including fences, walls and mailboxes. Electrical, plumbing or mechanical permits are also needed for installations of water heaters, garbage disposals, furnaces, yard wiring, et cetera. The City emphasizes that consultation with the City Building Department staff prior to undertaking any remodeling or construction project is highly desirable.
The City, through a strong code enforcement program seeks to maintain the high aesthetic standards historically adhered to in Palos Verdes Estates. With the adoption of a new ordinance in 1991, the Code Enforcement Officer may cite offenders for non-compliance of property maintenance standards (above) on the basis of Municipal Code 8.48 relating to nuisance abatement .
Palos Verdes Estates also enforces an anti-graffiti ordinance. Upon notification of the existence of graffiti, the City shall give notice to any property owner whose property displays graffiti. If the graffiti is not removed in 24 hours, the City shall have the right, at no expense to the property owner, to enter onto the property and remove the graffiti. If you are aware of any graffiti, call the Code Enforcement Officer.
Any resident or group wishing to beautify an area of public land is encouraged to submit plans to the City for approval. The group must underwrite the initial costs. Residents may donate the needed funds for the project to Palos Verdes Beautiful, a non-profit corporation, who will then finance the beautification. Call City Hall for more information. Street right-of-way includes islands, dividers, and strips of land between the curb or edge of pavement and the beginning of private property. It varies in depth depending on the individual street. Trees planted in this area are to be designated street trees.