Palos Verdes Estates
Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) is a city in Los Angeles County, situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, along the Southern Californian coastline of the Pacific Ocean. The city was master-planned by the noted American landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. PVE is a high-class, upscale residential suburb of which 90% of all lots are restricted to one single family house. The four main communities of Palos Verdes Estates include Malaga Cove, Valmonte, Lunada Bay/Margate, and Montemalaga.
Palos Verdes Estates is under the guidelines of the Palos Verdes Homes Association and the Art Jury. The conditions and restrictions were carefully thought out to preserve the ocean, mountain, and park views, to increase the beauty of the landscape, and to ensure that every neighbor will not be damaged by unsightly or undesirable structures anywhere in PVE – including the maintenance of an open neighborhood without the jamming of one house up against another. The Art Jury protects the utopian landscape and future property values of the area. This jury monitors all building specifications and property changes to the developing peninsula. PVE homes exemplify the California style of architecture, characterized by stucco and adobe, light colors, and red tiled roofs.
Whether you’re walking or driving, Palos Verdes Estates exudes an Edenic vibe. Some gardens match Versailles in the precision of manicure; others resemble evergreen forests unsullied by human efforts. The hills and blufftop views are spectacular; Catalina Island and Queen’s Necklace views are some of the best.
Palos Verdes Estates Shoreline Preserve is a rocky beach and bluff top park between Lunada Bay and Bluff Cove that is owned and maintained by the city of Palos Verdes Estates. The grass park follows the uneven bluff edge along Paseo Del Mar. A path called the Blufftop Trail meanders through this park. Bluff Cove is a scenic rocky cove in Palos Verdes Estates, and it is popular for surfers. Like other coves in the area, there isn’t a wide sandy beach here. A hiking trail gradually descends the bluff south and ends at Bluff Cove. Part way down a steep trail branches off and descends to Flat Rock Point. Lunada Bay is a small bay or large cove, and It’s probably best known for surfing – although the conditions have to be just right and it’s not a novice surfer area.
The Palos Verdes Library District operates the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes Estates. During summertime, you will find family and friends gathered on blankets and beach chairs for the weekly, free concerts in the park; concerts are also held at Lunada Bay Park. Shopping and small businesses in Palos Verdes Estates are located at Malaga Cove Plaza and Lunada Bay.
Palos Verdes High School (PVHS), one of two high schools in the Palos Verdes Peninsula USD, is located in the Lunada Bay/Margate area of Palos Verdes Estates. High School students in all four cities have the choice to go to PVHS or PVPHS.