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Rancho Palos Verdes

Located atop the cliffs and hills of South Bay’s Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes is a popular suburb among affluent professionals from the Greater Los Angeles area. While it has a population of approximately 42,400, the city is still renowned for its expansive open spaces with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.


Rancho Palos Verdes gets its name from the Spanish phrase for “ranch of green sticks.” Historians presume that this name comes from the willows that grew abundantly in the northeastern section of the city’s Machado Lake.

The city was taken from a 16,000-acre portion of the Rancho de los Palos Verdes land grant that the United States received from Mexico. In 1913, New York-based banker Frank A. Vanderlip, through a consortium of investors, purchased the land from the Bixby family.

The resulting development gave birth to the master-planned luxury communities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. Rancho Palos Verdes was officially incorporated as a city in 1973, making it the youngest of the four Palos Verdes Peninsula cities.

Real Estate and Property Types

Luxurious waterfront homes headline the broad range of residential real estate in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Buyers will find plenty of 4- to 5-bedroom estates built in timeless Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial, and a variety of traditional and contemporary/custom styles. The market also boasts the occasional celebrity-owned property that adds a distinct allure to the local neighborhood.

Starter homes, condos, and townhouses are also available for first-time homebuyers who want to plant their roots in this highly sought-after South Bay community.

Living in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The Rancho Palos Verdes lifestyle combines the appeal of living atop breathtaking coastal hillsides, beautiful year-round weather conditions, and signature California luxury.

The city’s location treats its residents with exceptional views and access to the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs, which offer majestic views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby Santa Catalina Island.

Rancho Palos Verdes families have access to the excellent Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, which consistently ranks among the state’s and nation’s best public education providers.

Local highlights that must be in everyone’s travel lists include:

  • Point Vicente Interpretive Center
    This local community highlight offers a variety of recreational and learning opportunities including nature and cultural exhibits, picnic areas with waterfront views, hiking trails, and whale-watching events.
  • Point Vicente Lighthouse
    Built in 1926, this lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Run by the US Coast Guard, it is open for tours every second Saturday of the month.
  • Wayfarer’s Chapel
    Noted for its distinctive modern architecture, “The Glass Church” of Rancho Palos Verdes is a Lloyd Wright creation. Its unconventional beauty, matched with its picturesque oceanfront backdrop, makes the Chapel a popular choice for weddings.

Explore Rancho Palos Verdes real estate with 3 Leaf Realty

The home of your dreams might be waiting in Rancho Palos Verdes today. Explore this exciting Pacific Coast market with the real estate specialists of 3 Leaf Realty. Call 310-546-6300 or email [email protected] today.

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