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Palos Verdes Estates Neighborhood Information

Palos Verdes Estates is one of the most beautiful cities in the world to live. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is also one of the wealthiest communities in the country, as described in the Los Angeles Business Journal. Palos Verdes Estates has an extremely interesting history and it is one of the best examples of city planning and controlled growth of any small to medium sized city in the United States. Palos Verdes has only a limited number of entrances to the city, and many of the streets end at the city limits.Over 25% of the city's 4.75 square miles is zoned as permanent park land and is maintained in its natural state.  Much of this parkland is scattered throughout the city and provide natural areas between different clusters of homes.  Although there are some areas of the city with horse trails, none of the homes are zoned to maintain horses, and horses must be stabled at the Palos Verdes Stables or other privately owned stables in the area.

Detailed Street Map - Click Here for a detailed street map of Palos Verdes Estates which was created and donated to the city by Susan Tsutsumi, a professional cartographer and long time resident.

The following is a map of the Palos Verdes Peninsula divided up into neighborhoods as grouped in the Multiple Listing Service ("MLS"):

The City has several distinct areas, each having their own unique characteristics. 

Valmonte: (Area 164 in above map) A neighborhood on the eastern edge of the city (turn left when entering the city from Redondo Beach at the "Y"). This area is characterized by the lush canopy of eucalyptus trees, and the Palos Verdes Golf Club and Tennis Club which is in the center of the Valmonte area.

Palos Verdes Estates Entrance  Valmonte Tree Section 

Entrance to Palos Verdes Estates on Palos Verdes Drive 

Via Anita Valmonte Tree Section
                                                                               Via Anita in Valmonte ('The Grove")

This area also is where the riding stable is located. Palos Verdes Drive is the main street running through the middle of this area, with a riding trail in the wide median strip. Valmonte has several home styles including old Spanish, Traditional, English Tudor, French Normandy, and Ranch.

Satellite View of the Valmonte Area (Malaga Cove to left), with Palos Verdes Country Club

Malaga Cove View of Valmonte Malaga Cove View towards Valmonte   

View of Valmonte Malaga Cove Homes
          Valmonte and Palos Verdes Golf Course                     Malaga Cove Homes

Malaga Cove:   (Area 163 in above map)  This area is home to Palos Verdes City Hall, the Police and Fire Station, La Venta Inn and the Malaga Cove Plaza, the first commercial plaza built in Palos Verdes Estates. Malaga Cove Plaza is home to the Malaga Cove Ranch Market, a post office, the Rive Gauche restaurant, a small sandwich shop, and several realty offices. It is the first impression that most people get of the city. It's beautiful Arched Buildings, and The King Neptune Fountain in the center of the plaza give the residents and visitors alike a sense of the quiet beauty of the city.. The Malaga Cove Branch Library, behind the plaza, has art shows, and special events, as well as summer "Picnics in the Park" on Wednesday evenings accompanied by musical performances.  

Malaga Cove View View from Malaga Cove     

Malaga Cove Hillside Homes Malaga Cove Homes
                 Malaga Cove Hillside Homes                                     Malaga Cove Homes

The Malaga Cove School (the first school constructed in Palos Verdes), the Neighborhood Church (originally Haggerty's Mansion) and the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club are also located in Lower Malaga Cove adjacent to the ocean. This area has a mix of homes, but are primarily old Spanish with red tile roofs, and a mix of other architectural styles. Some older condominiums are also located near Malaga Cove Plaza. See Malaga Cove Condos for a complete description of each property ). The homes in this area often have spectacular ocean views, as many of the homes are terraced up the hillsides.The area of Malaga Cove above Palos Verdes Drive is referred to as both Upper Malaga Cove as well as Montemar.This area is home to the La Venta Inn, which is a beautiful facility available for weddings and other events.

   La Venta Inn
A Wedding at the La Venta Inn                                    La Venta Inn

Lunada Bay: (Area 160 in above map) This area is often referred to as two areas; Lower Lunada Bay and Upper Lunada Bay (Margate).  Lower Lunada Bay is south of Malaga Cove, and is generally flat; the terrain gently slopes down to the cliffs. Paseo del Mar and Rocky Point are streets that run adjacent to the cliffs, and residents spend time daily strolling or running along the ocean. Several large parkland areas are on the cliffs affording spectacular views of Catalina Island and Lunada Bay. Lunada Bay is a favorite surfing spot, with an excellent point break. Lunada Bay Plaza and it's Italian Fountain is the center of the neighborhood, where locals meet for coffee and scones or lunch at the corner cafe.   Lunada Bay Plaza also has several events during the year including the Halloween Harvest Festival, and a summer concert series in the Lunada Bay Park.Three schools (Palos Verdes High, Palos Verdes Intermediate, and Lunada Bay Elementary) are conveniently located for students to walk or ride bikes, or take the PV Transit (picks up at school) for a fee.  Homes in Upper Lunada Bay are terraced up the hills, and many offer spectacular views. Homes in Lunada Bay have a mix of architectural styles including ranch, spanish, mediterranean, traditional. and craftsman. There are also several condominium developments near Lunada Bay Plaza ( See Lunada Bay Condos for a detailed description of each property ).

 Lunada Bay Street 
      Via Pacheco in Lower Lunada Bay                            Lunada Bay Fountain

  Lunada Bay Summer Concert  Lunada Bay Park Summer Concert  

Lunada Bay  Lunada Bay Harvest Festival
                             Lunada Bay                                                          Lunada Bay Harvest Festival

Lunada Bay Little League   Lunada Bay Little League
 Lunada Bay Little League                                              Lunada Bay Little League

Lunada Bay, PV, CA shot by Kiyo Okada

Montemalaga: (Area 162 in above map) This area is at the upper area of the hillsides of Palos Verdes Estates, and has some of the newer homes in the city. Homes in this area are predominantly Mediterranean in style with tile roofs. Many view lots in this area enjoy the "queen's necklace" view of the South Bay Beaches and Santa Monica Bay. Montemalaga Elementary School is located at the top of the Montemalaga area. There are no townhomes or condominiums in this neighborhood.


                        Montemalaga Street    

Montemalaga Hillside HOmes
                       Montemalaga Hillside Homes

For more information about Palos Verdes Estates, see the following link to my website Palos Verdes Estates Real Estate

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