Rancho Palos Verdes

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Rancho Palos Verdes
Population:  41,000     Information: 310-377-0360

Rancho Palos Verdes
Photo  ©  Debbie Stock 

Pictured above is a view of the former Ocean Trails Golf Course (now called Trump National Golf Club) from Costa Verde ocean view lots where dirt begins at $1 million (the house is extra).   Situated at the southernmost point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Costa Verde will eventually have 75 homes overlooking a world class, championship Pete Dye public golf course.  The first new oceanfront golf course in Los Angeles County in over 20 years, Ocean Trails is the only one on the West Coast featuring ocean views from every hole. See updated info about the course.

Rancho Palos Verdes is a city located on  the southwest side of Palos Verdes Peninsula which is bounded to the north by Redondo Beach and to the south by San Pedro.  The peninsula is made up of four cities: Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates.  Rancho Palos Verdes is the newest of the bunch, incorporated in 1973  as a 13.6 square mile community with over half made up of coastline and beaches. It's population of over 40,000 enjoys ocean views, rolling hills, parks, horse, hiking and bicycle trails and few, if any, industrial businesses.  Though many residents are tied to commercial work and jobs in the nearby Los Angeles harbor and in the space and technologies industries in cities such as Torrance, they leave the work behind when they go home to the peninsula.


Frank Vanderlip can be thanked for that. He was president of National City Bank in New York and one time owner of the peninsula. When he acquired the property in 1913 from  the Jotham Bixby family, he rode horseback, surveying  the land and imagining its potential as a residential mecca. Awe inspired, he called in design experts who created set back requirements, prohibited billboards and imposed a system of  architectural review on builders administered by the Palos Verdes Homes Association and the Palos Verdes Art Jury to set the tone for a newly formed development. 


Gone were the early days of California in which Rancho de los Palos Verdes was divied out like so much of the soon-to-be state was, as land grant deeds. Don Delores Sepulveda received this parcel in  1822 for his support of the Mexican Revolution.  He held the land for 60 years.


Today, tourists flock to see the splendor of the ocean and to enjoy the natural resources. One way to discover its treasures is through docent- led nature hikes..  Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents conduct guided tours of the Ocean Trails Project. The walks begin at the public parking lot at the end of La Rotonda Drive off of  Palos Verdes Drive South. Docents lead hikers through paved trails along a bluff and  a habitat corridor.   They provide information about the history, geology, marine ecology and habitat restoration work of the Ocean Trails project. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring a small bottle of water.  Tours last approximately two hours. No reservations required. Monthly walks led by PVP Land Conservancvy 310- 373-0202 



Ocean Trails Golf Course with new Pacific Restaurant open  to public, One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275   Info:  310-265-5525