Palos Verdes

Geographical location

Palos Verdes is an approximately 100 km ² peninsula in Los Angeles County south of Los Angeles, California (South Bay Area ). It marks the southern end of Santa Monica Bay.

As lying in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, Palos Verdes is largely built with existing single-family houses housing estates. On it are the suburbs of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and the eastern edge of the southern district of Los Angeles, San Pedro. This gives a total of about 70,000 inhabitants.

Due to the elevated position of the Palos Verdes Peninsula has good views of the Pacific Ocean and is therefore very popular both as a residential area as well as under day-trippers. In Palos Verdes are now two golf courses and along the coast that have many water sports enthusiasts, especially surfers.


To the cities located on the Palos Verdes border in the north to the suburbs of Los Angeles Torrance and Lomita. East of the southern foothills of the city of Los Angeles marks the border. To the south, west and northwest of Palos Verdes is limited by the Pacific Ocean, which forms the north and northwest, the Santa Monica Bay.


Palos Verdes was originally inhabited by the Tongva Indian tribe. They were discovered and described in 1542 by the Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo. Later, the land belonged to Spain. 1784 Palos Verdes part of the 305 -acre Rancho San Pedro, the Palos Verdes from the north and east stretched himself and got overwritten by the Spanish Kingdom of the Spanish soldier Juan Jose Dominguez. Don Jose Dolores Sepulveda, who also had reason in this region in 1827 acquired a large part of the Rancho San Pedro, which roughly corresponds to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He named the area Rancho de los Palos Verdes ( ranch / pasture of green trees ). After further changes of ownership, the country went towards the end of the 19th century to investors from New York, who built on the peninsula horse farms and estates. Palos Verdes Estates was the first city that was founded here. She was also one of the first in Los Angeles, to be built entirely on the drawing board (Plan City).