Rancho Palos Verdes is a city in the South Bay area of the County of Los Angeles. Popularly known as RPV, the city is known for its affluence and opulence. Currently one of the best places to live in the state of California, Rancho Palos Verdes was incorporated in the year 1973. The land of Rancho Palos Verdes as we know it today used to be the home of the Tongva tribe of the Native Americans until the Portuguese explorers reached California in the year 1542. The territory became a part of the Mexican land grant. It eventually exchanged hands several times until it came under the control of America after the Mexican-American War.
Situated 62 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes shares its borders with the Pacific Ocean and other cities in the County of Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at its neighbors:
- The Pacific Ocean is on the west, southwest, south and southeast
- Palos Verdes Estates is to the northwest
- Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates are to the north
- San Pedro is to the east
- The City of Los Angeles and Harbor City are to the northeast
The area of Rancho Palos Verdes is 13.39 sq. miles. The 42,448 residents make it one of the least densely populated cities in South Bay as well as the County of Los Angeles. Rancho Palos Verdes boasts a fairly diverse population. The degree of its racial diversity is moderate in comparison to the standards of both County of Los Angeles and the South Bay area.
Rancho Palos Verdes has a Mediterranean climate, only cooler. The highest temperature during summers would rarely cross the 78 degrees F. mark. In winters, the mercury seldom drops beyond 50 degrees F. The city receives very little rain and no snowfall. Given the fact that Rancho Palos Verdes is a coastal city, the weather here is considerably cooler than the inland regions of the LA Basin.
Rancho Palos Verdes is served by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, under the jurisdiction of which there are 16 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools. Besides, there is a special school called Ernest P. Willenberg Special Education Center and intermediate schools like Miraleste Intermediate, Palos Verdes Intermediate, and Ridgecrest Intermediate. There is a dedicated school for arts namely the South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts. The city has a few private schools as well.
Here are some notable locations in Rancho Palos Verdes:
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
- Terranea Resort
- The Canterberry
- Green Hills Memorial Park
- Belmont Village
- Trump National Golf Club
The residents of Rancho Palos Verdes enjoy an active lifestyle. Apart from the coast, there are several parks and recreational facilities to unwind. The Eastview Park has children’s play area, jogging track, playground, picnic tables, and restrooms. The Clovercliff Park is an extremely beautiful landscaped park. It has a walking path and allows the people to bring along their dogs as long as they have a leash on. The Founders Park has a breathtaking view of the ocean. There are picnic tables, a gazebo and a walking track overlooking the spectacular vastness of the Pacific Ocean.
John Van Hamersveld is a well-known graphic designer who designs covers for the music bands. He has his residence in Rancho Palos Verdes CA.