The Palos Verdes Drive South (Area 169 in the map below) in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes stretches along the coastline from the border of San Pedro along Palos Verdes Drive South, including the Portuguese Bend area, north to Point Vicente Park and the western terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard. Palos Verdes Drive South is the principal road serving this area. Many of the homes in this area offer excellent ocean and Catalina views. The Portuguese Bend Club is in the center of this portion of the Peninsula, and is adjacent to the Portuguese Bend landslide moratorium area. Homes in the landslide area have restrictions on their ability to be expanded or renovated. The nearest shopping area for homes in the southern portion of this neighborhood is located in San Pedro. Golden Cove Center is located at the northern end at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Hawthorne and contains the Admiral Risty Restaurant, a Trader Joes market, a Montessori school, and many local services. The Wayfarers Chapel is also located in this area. Other neighborhoods include Abalone Cove, Ladera Linda, Vista Pacifica, Seacove, and Seabluff
Several condominium and townhouse projects are located in this area including the Ocean Terrace condominium project adjacent to the newly completed Trump National Golf Course at the southern end of the area, the Palos Verdes Bay Club condominiums and the Seahill and Coastsite townhomes, located just south of the new Terranea resort ( formerly Marineland/Long Point), and the Villa Capri townhomes located adjacent to the Golden Cove shopping center..
Schools: Students generally attend school at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (located in Rolling Hills Estates) , Ridgecrest Intermediate School and Miraleste Intermediate School, and several local elementary schools, all part of the Palos Verdes Unified School System. There is an additional high school located in Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes High, and both high schools are California Distinquished Schools, with open enrollment to students on the Peninsula (they do not have enrollment boundaries). Palos Verdes HIgh has a unique class scheduling structure, called block scheduling, where students attend three extended periods each day, alternating with their other three classes each day. Peninsula High has a more traditional structure of the same periods for all classes each day.
Those students who live in the Eastview area ( Area 88 in the boundary matrix at Attendance Boundaries ) have a one-time election to enroll in either the Palos Verdes School District ( attending Dapplygray Elementary and Miraleste Intermediate ) , or the Los Angeles Unified School District ( Dodson Middle School and Crestwood Elementary School. ). Those living in the Eastview area do not pay the bonded indebtedness on their property tax bills ( 2009/2010 of $21.64 per $100,000 valuation ) for the Palos Verdes School District, but instead are billed for the Los Angeles Unified School District bonded indebtedness on their property tax bills (2009/2010 of $151 per $100,000 valuation ). Eastview residents vote only on School Board elections for Los Angeles Unified Schools regardless of whether they have elected to attend the Palos Verdes School District.
Palos Verdes Unified School District has some of the highest test scores in the state. For local school test scores, Click Here. There are also a number of excellent private schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Culture: Most of the cultural activities for the city are located in Rolling Hills Estates, adjacent to Rancho Palos Verdes. These include the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, the Peninsula Symphony, and the PV Players. The Palos Verdes Art Center is located in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. For further information on Arts and Culture on the Peninsula, Click Here.
Sports, Parks and Recreation: Children in Rancho Palos Verdes play baseball in three little leagues ; Rolling Hills Little League (located in adjacent Rolling Hills), Silver Spur Little Leage (located in adjacent Rolling Hills Estates) , and the Lunada Bay Little League ( located in the adjacent Palos Verdes Estates) , ( For a map of the little league boundaries, Click Here) Pony League baseball for 13 to 15 year olds, is available at Ernie Howlett park in Rolling Hills Estates, and George Allen Field in Palos Verdes Estates. AYSO Soccer leagues are active throughout the City. Girls softball is generally played on fields at various school locations There are also youth basketball leagues, and lacrosse leagues for intermediate schools.
Public Golf Facilities are available at Los Verdes Country Club. Los Verdes is a public golf course run by the County of Los Angeles. Trump National Golf Club is a public course which is planned to open in December 2005, and is located at the southern edge of Rancho Palos Verdes adjacent to San Pedro. There is also a 9 hoe golf course at the new Terranea Resort. See Golf on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for detailed information and critiques of the Golf courses on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Los Verdes Golf Course,
Trump National Golf Club
Rancho Palos Verdes has several large parks including Hesse Park and Ryan Park. Hesse Park, located on Hawthorn Boulevard, has 29 acres, 2 softball diamonds, soccer fields, running track, children's play area , community room, and restrooms. Hesse park is also where the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council and Planning Commission holds its public meetings.
Hesse Park (Photo by Ed Shea / PVNET. )
Ryan Park, located south of Hesse Park on Hawthorne Boulevard consists of 10 acres, a baseball field, grass areas, children's play area, and restrooms. Del Cerro Park, located at the end of Crenshaw Boulevard, south of Crest Road, is a 5 acre park, with no facilities, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, located near Portuguese Bend off of Palos verdes Drive West, has picnic tables and beach access.
Abalone Cove looking east towards Portuguese Point.(Photo by Ed Shea / PVNET).
Equestrian facilities are located in the City at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club, as well as the Palos Verdes Stables in Palos Verdes Estates, and Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. Private riding facilities are also available in Rolling Hills Estates.
Tennis may be played at the Peninsula Racquet Club, Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates, the Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates, or at one of the excellent courts at Peninsula High. Tennis League play is available through the South Bay Marine League, which has teams at most of the private tennis clubs in the area as well as Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates
Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located near the southern terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard, just south on Palos Verdes Drive West. This Center is one of the best viewing points for the semiannual migration of whales along the California coast. The center was recently expanded and remodeled.
Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Point Vicente Interpretive Center Lobby Mural
Point Vicente Killer Whale models Point Vicente Interpretive Center Indian Village
There are numerous hiking trails in the city, particularly at the Martingale Trailhead Park. The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy also conducts periodic nature walks.
For additional detailed information on sports, parks and recreation opportunities on the Peninsula, Click Here.
Property Taxes: The property tax rate for the fiscal year 2012-2013 is 1.082793% (computed by the standard 1.0% of the property's assessed valuation (in accordance with Proposition 13, a property's assessed valuation is the original purchase price, plus the cost of improvements, based on the value of permits pulled, plus an increase in valuation of 2% per year) plus additional tax rates for voted bonded indebtedness) plus direct assessments of approx. $700-$800 per parcel for such items as school parcel taxes, etc. and a storm drain user fee which is based on the amount of runoff to the sewer system that a property generates, that for an average size lot is approx. $86 per year.
Taxes are assessed for the fiscal year running from July 1st through June 30th, with property tax bills payable in two installments on December 10th and April 10th. If a property changes ownership during the year, a supplemental tax bill will be prepared prorating the tax increase due to a change in valuation over the remainder of the fiscal year. If a change in ownership occurs between January 1 and May 31 this will result in two supplemental assessments and two supplemental tax bills. The first supplemental bill is for the remainder of the fiscal year in which the event occurred. The second supplemental bill is for the subsequent fiscal year.
Utility Tax: The City charges a utility tax on all utility bills (water, gas, electric and telephone bills) of 3%.
Property Transfer Tax: The County of Los Angeles and the City levies a transfer tax upon the sale of a property totaling $1.10 per thousand dollars of the sale price.
Police and Fire Protection:
Police, Fire and Paramedic services are contracted with Los Angeles County with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Places of Worship:
The following places of worship are located in Rancho Palos Verdes:
Ascension Lutheran Church- 26231 Silver Spur Rd,
Chabad Of Palos Verdes- 28041 Hawthorne Blvd,
Church Of Jesus Christ Of Lds - 5845 Crestridge Rd,
Community Christian Church - 1903 W Summerland St,
Congregation Ner Tamid- 5721 Crestridge Rd,
Wayfarers Chapel (The Glass Church) - 5755 Palos Verdes Dr S,
Mt Olive Lutheran Church - 5975 Armaga Spring Rd,
Pacific Unitarian Church - 5621 Montemalaga Dr,
Peninsula Baptist Church - 5640 Crestridge Rd,
Peninsula Community Church - 5640 Crestridge Rd,
Shri Satya Sai Bab Spirital - 6869 Verde Ridge Rd,
South Bay Evangelical Church - 5640 Crestridge Rd,
St John Fisher Catholic Church - 5448 Crest Rd, (intersection of Crenshaw)
St Paul's Lutheran Church - 31290 Palos Verdes Dr W,
St Peter's Presbyterian Church - 6410 Palos Verdes Dr S,
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