Rancho Palos Verdes Homes for Sale

The Los Angeles County city of Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb just 40 minutes by car from Los Angeles. This breathtaking city is perched on top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula bluffs and the Palos Verdes Hills: Rancho Palos Verdes is known for its expansive cameras of the Pacific Ocean. The area was originally settled by Spanish explorers who purchased the land with a grant, and was largely uninhabited until the 1950’s when real estate development here began. Named after the Blue Palo Verde species of trees, Rancho Palos Verdes was incorporated in 1973 and today is home to a top notch school system, famous landmarks and priceless ocean views.

Rancho Palos Verdes Homes for Sale

Rancho Palos Verdes has several large employers servicing the community. Top employers in the city include the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (employing nearly 2,000 educators and support staff), the Terrenea Resort (a high-end hotel employing over 700 professionals), the Trump National Golf Club and Marymount College. The city is a great place for commuters to call home as it is in close proximity to both Los Angeles and Long Beach: public transportation to both cities is easy accessible for Rancho Palos Verdes residents.

The residents of Rancho Palos Verdes are served by the nationally recognized Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. The district is home to eleven elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was once ranked by The Washington Post as being the 8th best public or private high school in the United States and by Newsweek as being the 15th best (2010). The oceanside Palos Verdes High School has award winning academics, athletics and extracurricular activities for its students. The drama department was selected in 2009 to represent the United States at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival while a team of student engineers became the only high school students to participate in the DARPA Grand Challenge, a prize competition for driverless vehicles. The Chadwick School, in addition to two other private schools, also serve the students of Rancho Palos Verdes.

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes has fresh air and beautiful green spaces for its lucky residents: the city currently supports 17 public parks. Both hikers and equestrians appreciate the Martingale Trailhead Park, which features pleasantly landscaped trails, benches and a tri-level drinking fountain (for humans and their four-legged friends). Grandview Park has a grand view of Los Angeles and the coastline for residents to enjoy in addition to informal walking trails and acres of open space. The waterfront Founders Park is a scenic place to take a walk on one the paths, have a picnic lunch or rest in the gazebo. The Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is composed of 1,400 acres of green hills, canyons, rock formations and views of the ocean.

Residents who are partial to golf will quickly find themselves partial to the Trump National Golf Club, an absolutely stunning oceanfront course and clubhouse. Locals who love to shop will find that the Peninsula Shopping Center is up to par: it features a mix of fine shops and restaurants in addition to a weekly farmer’s market. The nearby Promenade on the Peninsula is home to many well-known stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Skaters can hit the ice at the Rancho Palos Verde Ice Chalet: the chalet offers everything from public skating and hockey to figure skating lessons. The South Coast Botanic Garden is a wonderful way to get away from it all without leaving home. This beautiful garden is blooming with over 150,000 fragrant plants and trees.

The Rancho Palos Verdes community gathers at several festive events throughout the year. The Wine & Beer Festival, held at the Trump National Golf Club, features world-class wineries and breweries, live entertainment and fine food vendors. The annual July 4th Independance Day Celebration in Rancho Palos Verde includes live entertainment, a petting zoo for kids, carnival rides, pie eating competitions and, of course, fireworks.

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