Palos Verdes Estates is a city in Southern California, and is also the oldest among the 4 cities of Palos Verdes Peninsula. This scenic city was incorporated on 20th December 1939, with its foundations were laid down by Frank A. Vanderlip, a financier from New York, in 1913. The original idea was to build a planned, residential community, and the renowned Olmsted Brothers were entrusted with the planning of the city. The construction for the first homes that make up today’s Palos Verdes Estates started with the onset of the 1920’s, before being finally incorporated in 1939.
With an area of 4.7774 sq mi, this city is one of the four in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with the other three located at close distances. Rolling Hills Estates is located 1.5 miles away, Rolling Hills is located at a distance of 1.9 miles, and Rancho Palos Verdes is 1.7 miles away. Other important cities around Palos Verdes Estates are Torrance, located about 2.1 miles to the northwest, Palos Verdes, which is 2.4 miles away, Hermosa Beach is 2.3 miles, Redondo Beach is 2.2 miles away, and so on. The eastern part of the city faces the Pacific Ocean and has a scattering of beaches and coves.
What Makes Palos Verdes Estates Unique?
The original planning of the city included a pre-requisite of leaving 28% of the overall area as open space. This, and the beautiful planning of the city, has ensured that the city looks exceptionally organized and exudes a scenic charm. The city has three major surf riding beaches, Haggerty’s, Lunada Bay, and Palos Verdes Bluff Cove Beach. The Golf Club is among the most challenging in California, and offers an 18-hole scenic golf course for games. The La Venta Inn is the oldest building in town, and it offers a great view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Apart from these, the Tennis Club, Malaga Cove Library, and the adjacent hiking tracks are great for enjoying outdoor activities.
Things To Do
Palos Verdes Estates offers many opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors. The Malaga Cove is known for its charming shopping plaza, and the distinctive Italian architecture has been used as setting for many advertisements. Other than this, visitors can go to the Promenade on the Peninsula mall for more shopping. There are numerous places to eat that offer local and foreign cuisines. Most of the restaurants are known for their great seafood and their ambiance.
The three surf riding beaches are perfect for a lazy afternoon. There are many well-maintained parks, and people can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, tennis, golf, or a simple walk on the tide pools along the cliffs. The South Coast Botanic Garden is another interesting place that showcases a vibrant collection of herbs and plants. The Lunada Bay has a small and great commercial district and a beautiful fountain. There is also a shipwreck in Palos Verdes Estates if you would like to simply perch on the water and rest. The Catalina Islands can be viewed on any clear day from the cliffs and can be visited to experience their scenic beauty.
Finally, Palos Verdes Estates offers a calm and scenic location to visit and to stay in, and is also among the safest places in Southern California.