Rancho Palos Verdes

Welcome to Rancho Palos Verdes

Sunny skies and excellent views of Catalina Island reign in this inviting Southern California hamlet

The Golden State’s rocky and rugged shoreline becomes seared into your mind the second you see it, and residents of the enclaves that surround it relish an unparalleled quality of life. This is abundantly clear in the gorgeous, welcoming town of Rancho Palos Verdes, which rests on the stunning Palos Verdes Peninsula and presents dazzling views and a wonderful community spirit. While part of the greater Los Angeles area, Rancho Palos Verdes has an irresistible secluded, private feel — an ambiance that’s underscored by its serene residential districts. 

It is a relatively new city, established as the fourth city on the peninsula in the 1970s. Rancho Palos Verdes boasts bucolic, rolling hills and ample opportunities for relishing Cali’s balmy and mild climate. Whether that’s through hiking one of its trails, surfing nearby, or golfing at one of the region’s impeccable courses is completely up to you. Either way, you’re certain to relish it. 

What to Love

  • A splendid mix of single-family homes and sprawling estates
  • Epic blue skies and bursts of bright bougainvillea
  • Well-positioned near freeways for access to LA and Torrance
  • Proximity to Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills

Local Lifestyle

Rancho Palos Verdes holds special appeal to those who want to be near a thriving city center but far enough away to also enjoy expansive vistas and abundant peace and quiet. The town is home to an ideal mix of prosperous professionals, retirees, and families, all of whom create the village’s quaint, engaging landscape. You’ll frequently find your neighbors at community-wide events, one of the region’s stellar bars or restaurants, or simply enjoying a walk while catching one of Southern California’s legendary sunsets.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Los Angeles as a whole boasts one of the most electrifying culinary scenes, and Rancho Palos Verdes and its neighboring cities are no exception to this rule. Mar’sel is the spot on the peninsula for anniversaries and birthdays. Here, you can kick off your celebration with a raw seafood plate, split a smoked trout Caesar, and relish the tastes of lobster Paccheri with grape tomatoes and fresh basil, all while soaking up sweeping views of the ocean.

Catalina Kitchen, situated inside the opulent Terranea Resort, is a leading option for a fabulous, leisurely brunch. Try their brioche French toast with fresh local berries for evidence of its excellence. The Lobby Bar & Lounge inside the chic hotel is also a top choice for sumptuous, artisan cocktails, while Cafe Pacific pays homage to Mediterranean fare.

Things to Do

Rancho Palos Verdes may have a pastoral, serene vibe, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in activities. Residents here are minutes away from a host of extraordinary places and the recreational opportunities that come with them.

Wayfarers Chapel is one example from an ocean of many. Affectionately referred to as “The Glass Church,” the bluff side jewel furnishes visitors with staggering views. Point Vicente Lighthouse offers the same, in addition to a riveting museum.

Residents of Rancho Palos Verdes are avid fans of Del Cerro Park, which many deem the optimal site for delightful hikes, photoshoots, and playtime with the children in their lives. And for a challenging hike with huge rewards, make a beeline for the lush and exquisite Burma Road Trail. It is its own slice of paradise.


A large part of Rancho Palos Verdes’ allure is its high concentration of terrific schools. These include:


Overview for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

42,292 people live in Rancho Palos Verdes, where the median age is 51 and the average individual income is $79,062. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Rancho Palos Verdes has 15,312 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Rancho Palos Verdes do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 42,292 people call Rancho Palos Verdes home. The population density is 5,953.651 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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