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. 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 DepartmentCounty 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 theHollywood 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.


Malaga Cove

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.

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).

Portuguese Bend

Portuguese bend is a region with the largest area of natural vegetation remaining on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Once slated for development, the area is geologically unstable for building. The peninsula, which was an island on the Palos Verdes Hills as close similarities to the Channel Islands. The Portuguese Bend Landslide is a slow moving landslide located on the Palos Verdes Hills. The hills form an elongated dome that rises from sea level to altitudes more than 430 meters. The regional climate is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. The Portuguese Bend Club is a private beach colony featuring 94 homes with its occupants living alongside the Portuguese Bend Landslide. Once a favorite summer vacation spot with small cottages and homes in the 1940s, the area spans over 38 acres with a half mile of coastline. The Club noq offers its members a volleyball court, tennis court, playground equipment, picnic tables, and firepits. Prior to 1956, the club featured a dock and clubhouse, paddle tennis courts, and swimming pool. All were destroyed by the 260 acre landslide in 1956 triggered by L.A county road crews who were working on the an extension of Palos Verdes Drive West. About 100 homes were destroyed and 50 damaged along with the club house, restaurant, and pool.

Valmonte, Palos Verdes

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.

Manhattan Beach Real Estate

Manhattan beach real estate

Manhattan Beach is a beachfront city located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County. It has a population of 35,135. Located on the Pacific Ocean, Manhattan Beach is south of El Segundo and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach consists of 3.88 square miles and 2.1 miles of beachfront. It is located three miles south of Los Angeles International Airport.

Known as an affluent beach town, Manhattan Beach is commuting distance to Los Angeles and one of the most expensive coastal cities in the country.

The city has its own school system, The Manhattan Beach Unified School System consisting of five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The schools all rank high on state standardized tests. Manhattan Beach also has four private schools- American Martyrs Catholic School, Manhattan Academy, Montessori School of Manhattan Beach, and Journey of Faith Christian School.

Manhattan Beach is home to both beach and indoor volleyball. Along the two-mile walking and jogging path, which runs parallel to the bike path along the beach, are over 150 volleyball courts. The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is Manhattan Beach’s “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball.” It usually takes place every August and airs on national Television.

Throughout the city there are 11 parks giving the community 80 acres of parkland. A popular designation for exercise buffs, and frequented by players on the Los Angeles Lakers, is Sand Dune Park. Located off of Rosecrans Blvd, the park features a 100-foot high sand dune-a tough but great exercising spot. The three-acre park also includes a small fenced children’s play area, picnic facilities, and an open pavilion.

Manhattan Beach Real Estate

Real Estate in Manhattan Beach is exceptionally expensive when taking into consideration the lot size you receive. A half acre of land in Bel-Air is valued at $20 million where as a half acre of land on the Manhattan Beach Strand is valued at $35 million.

Informally, residents of Manhattan Beach have divided the city into distinct neighborhoods: The Village, Sand Section, Hill Section, Tree Section, Gas Lamp section, Manhattan Heights, East Manhattan Beach, Liberty Village, Poet’s Section, and El Porto. The Hill Section includes higher priced homes where many homeowners remodel the residences which are situated on steep hills with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The Sand Section is best known for its pockets of quiet neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. These multi-million dollar homes are located in line with the bike bath along the Strand.

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach Real Estate

Hermosa Beach is a beach-front city located in the South Bay of Los Angeles County and known as one of the three Beach Cities. Bordered by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Hermosa has a population of almost 20,000. The city extends about 15 blocks from east to west but 40 blocks from north to south with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle.

Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and around 55 degrees in the winter. It is most popular among residents and visitors for sunbathing, surfing, beach volleyball, and paddle boarding. There are three popular parks in Hermosa Beach including South Park, Cypress Park, and Valley Park all located on the western side of Valley Drive. There are three distinct neighborhoods of Hermosa Beach: the Sand Section which is located on the strand bordering the Pacific Ocean; the Valley Section-primarily hilly terrain; Hermosa East- flatter terrain and furthest from the beach. Home prices in Hermosa East tend be less expensive than homes for sale in the other two main Hermosa Beach areas.

The Hermosa Beach City School District has its own elementary school and middle school. High school residents of Hermosa Beach may attend school in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach.

For entertainment, Hermosa Beach offers many choices. The Hermosa Beach Playhouse, a 502 seat venue, is used for professional theatre productions, community theatre groups, dance recitals, film premieres, conferences, and amateur ventures. Also in Hermosa Beach is The Comedy and Magic Club. Part-owned by Jay Leno, who performs there regularly, the club offers various comedy acts sure to make you laugh. There are several restaurants and bars located on the Hermosa Pier.

Hermosa Beach Real Estate

The average 3-bed 2-bath Hermosa Beach home for sale sells for about $1.5 million. Properties near the beach sell for over $1.5 million and those with direct views of the Pacific Ocean can cost over $2 million. Homes located on The Strand sell between $3-10 million.

West of Pacific Coast Highway are several Condominiums mixed within the single-family homes and in some sections even dominate the number of single family residences. East of PCH the hills rise into upper middle class neighborhoods.

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