This is going to be a long list, and I'm only going to scratch the surface, so let's get started. The list is in no particular order--just the way it popped into my head after living in the area since 1989. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a 26.3 square mile area located in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County. The Peninsula is 23 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
1) The Climate: Average temperature in January--66 degrees. Average temperature in July--77 degrees.
2) The Coastal Location: It's the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean kisses three sides 24/7.
3) The Views: Ocean to the south and west. LA city lights to the north and LA Harbor to the east.
4) The Schools: PV is home to a top ranking public system and a plethora of top-notch private schools.
5) The Open Space: A drive around Palos Verdes reveals lots of wide open space. There's room to breathe.
6) The Variety of Housing: From condos to cottages to mega million compounds it all available in PV.
7) Urban Amenities: At your fingertips but not in your backyard.
8) Horses: They are welcome in many areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
9) Trails: If you have horses you need trails and PV is laced with riding trails.
11) Great Libraries: I know you can find everything on the Internet, but there's something about books...
12) Great Parks: Many PV parks have stunning views.
13) A World Class Resort/Hotel: Terranea offers luxurious accommodations in an ocean front location.
14) Recreation Opportunities: Five golf courses, tennis clubs and miles of hiking trails to name a few.
15) Beaches: I can't believe this one didn't pop into my head until now.
16) The Untamed Beauty: Towering cliffs and a craggy coastline showcase some of nature's best work.
18) Trees: We don't like them to block our views, but we love their shade and beauty.
19) It's Dark at Night: There's very little neon in PV, very few traffic lights and even fewer street lights.
20) The International Flavor: The cultural stew is varied, food choices abundant and people mix eclectic.
21) Wayfarers Chapel: The glass church on "The Hill" designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son.
22) Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Center: Graced with bluffs, tide pools, and incredible views.
23) Point Vincent Interpretive Center: Great whale watching site.
24) Whale Watching Boat Rides: Get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea.
25) Catalina Express: Will speed you the 26 miles to Catalina Island in just over an hour. Great day trip!
27) Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead: Load up the kids and the ski gear. You can be on the slopes in 3 hours.
28) Palm Springs and Other Glorious Desert Destinations: Just over 2 hours away and you're ready to play.
29) South Coast Botanic Garden: Former landfill a bloom with local floral including a rose garden.
30) Roses: They thrive in the coastal climate of Palos Verdes.
31) Bougainvillea: You will see the brilliant colors throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
32) Norris Center for the Performing Arts: Voted best live theater in the South Bay.
33) The Art Center: PV's art community is alive and well.
34) The Queen's Necklace: Where the ocean meets land along the beach cities coastline. PV top view!
36) George F. Canyon Nature Center: 36-acre park with educational center and hiking trails.
37) Ice Chalet: Daily ice skating available at the Promenade Mall.
38) Starbucks with a panoramic ocean view at Golden Cove Plaza i.
39) The Promenade Mall: Never too crowded and always a good movie playing.
40) Torrance Beach: Located in the shadow of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with white sand and bike path.
41) Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: Much smaller than the one in Long Beach but great for kids.
42) Vincent Thomas Bridge: The much-photographed bridge connects San Pedro to Long Beach.
45) Bedrock: It's earthquake country, but most PV homes are built on solid bedrock
46) Deep Canyons and Towering Cliffs and Hills: The topography is anything but boring.
47) Paragliders: The PV cliffs are a magnet due to the thermal drafts.
48) Ocean Breezes
Sell Smart, Buy Wise, and Live Well
Norma Toering, Broker-owner of Charlemagne Intl Properties
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