Palos Verdes Estates is an affluent city in LA County on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (which also includes Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates) and was master-planned by notable American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. By utilizing deed restrictions, Palos Verdes Estates was designed to keep out nuisance businesses such as polluting industries, bars, and cemeteries.
Palos Verdes Estates real estate consists of more than 90% single-family homes with about 13,500 residents. Forbes has named the 90274 zip code (encompassing Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills) in the top 50 most expensive housing areas among high property value zip codes in America.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District ranks #6 of 474 in California. Public school students can attend either Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates (Lunada Bay), or the larger Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in adjacent Rolling Hills Estates. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School annually honors the largest collection of National Merit Scholar commendments enrolled in a US high school in any year.
More than a quarter of the city’s area (4.77 square miles) is zoned as permanent park land and is well-maintained in its natural state. Much of this parkland is scattered throughout the city and provide natural areas between homes. Norris Center for the Performing Arts, the Palos Verdes Art Center, and the Peninsula Symphony are cultural attractions located in neighboring Rolling Hills Estates. Residents of Palos Verdes Estates enjoy significant discounts to play at Palos Verdes Golf Club.