9 Things To Know Before Buying in Palos Verdes | Take it Up with Tony

Nestled atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes boasts a unique blend of natural beauty, luxury living, and a close-knit community atmosphere. As you consider investing in a home in this stunning Southern California region, we'll provide you with essential insights and practical tips to ensure a smooth and informed decision-making process. So, whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned real estate investor, fasten your seatbelt, and let's dive into the essential aspects of purchasing a home in Palos Verdes.


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1. Palos Verdes is Known as one of the Wealthiest Zip Codes in the United States

The rolling green hills of Palos Verdes have been named and ranked by many publications as one of the "wealthiest zip codes in the United States". This rural and coastal gem is not only known for its stunning views but also for the financial status of its inhabitants.


2. Palos Verdes Microclimates

Palos Verdes is known to be one of the most expensive, luxury zip codes in the United States. There are several different microclimates in Palos Verdes as discovered by a study in the 1920s by the founder of Palos Verdes, Frank Vanderlot. You can pretty much trust that the weather on the “hill” is one of the most desired weather climates in the United States. We locals, affectionately refer to the Palos Verdes Peninsula as the “hill”. While there are some areas of the hill that experience seasonal fog due to its proximity to the coast, other areas are known for endless days of sunshine despite their neighbors in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach experiencing what Southern Californians refer to as “June Gloom”.  It can be cool, overcast, and Ugg boot weather just 1.5 miles away and blazing hot with sunny skies in the opposite direction. 

Learn more about the different microclimates on the "hill" here.

3. The Palos Verdes school district is one of the top districts in the state of California

The Palos Verdes Unified School District is ranked #10 of 440 best school districts in California according to Niche.Com! The district caters to grades kindergarten through 12th including both public and private school options. The overall student-teacher ratio is averaged to around 23 to 1. Learn more about the PV Unified School District here.

Check out our complete guide to South Bay Public & Private schools here!


4. Geographic Size & Civic Areas & Communities 

The geographical size of Palos Verdes offers amazing groundwork for those looking to move to the city. Something special about Palos Verdes is the trash service collection in Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills has a "Trash Concierge". The trashmen will actually drive up to your property, walk up the driveway, and pull your trash cans out! You will never kick yourself for forgetting to take the trash cans out on trash day again!


5. Designated & Well-Maintained Biking & Trail Systems 

Throughout Palos Verdes, there is a plethora of both walking and biking trails to choose from. Choose from advanced to beginner-level trails, ocean views, equestrian views, and options to take bikes as well. 

Check out our complete guide to our favorite hiking spots throughout Palos Verdes here.


6. Breathtaking Scenery & Views

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is home to spectacular views throughout the hill. The topography over LA City, you are able to view the following landscapes: the Long Beach harbor, Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina Island, Malibu, or the Queen's Necklace view of all the South Bay cities up to Malibu!

7. The Queen's Necklace View

No trip to Palos Verdes would be complete without visiting the Queen's Necklace overlook. Originally named for the shape of the coastline, the Queens Necklace area features the best views in Palos Verdes. To get to the Queen's Necklace overlook, follow the Via Del Monte Road. You'll be able to pull over at any of the overlook areas or on the street parking along the route. However, be mindful that this area is especially crowded during the weekends and on holidays.

Check out everything you need to know about the infamous Queen's Necklace view here!

8. Proximity to Freeways 

Some homes in Palos Verdes are just minutes away from large freeways, and others can be much as 20-minute drive time. For those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of commuters, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is the spot for you. 


9. Septic-Tank Systems

Some homes in Palos Verdes are on septic tanks and require inspections regularly. 


Want to learn more about Palos Verdes? Our team is specialized experts in all neighborhoods throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We are happy to help guide you to finding your dream home, or even just beginning the process of learning more about this beautiful hill! 

Moving into a new neighborhood is no simple transition, but with activities and views like these, Palos Verdes makes moving an easy decision. When you’re ready to explore this West Coast hidden gem, you might consider Palos Verdes houses for sale on your list of possible locations. Partnering with local experts like those at Accardo Real Estate will help you find the perfect home in Palos Verdes.



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