Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Incorporated in 1973, Rancho Palos Verdes took in most of the remaining unincorporated County land on the Peninsula.  The resulting map of the city has irregular borders, and seems to encircle the other cities on the Peninsula.

All cities on the Peninsula are served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and all but Palos Verdes Estates are served by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.  (Palos Verdes Estates has its own Police Department.) 

Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall is located on Hawthorne Blvd. above Golden Cove Shopping Center. 
Building and Safety Department and the Planning Department are located there. 


Elementary schools are found in many neighborhoods, but you are encouraged to check out the District's website for attendance boundaries and to call the school to confirm immediate space availability. 

There are two intermediate schools.  Most students from Rancho Palos Verdes are in the attendance boundary for Ridgecrest, however some areas are assigned to Palos Verdes Intermediate School.  Confirmation on the District website is recommended.

Peninsula students have a choice of attending either of the two high schools. 


The main branch of the Palos Verdes Library is located at 701 Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.  The Miraleste Branch is located at 29089 Palos Verdes Dr. East in Rancho Palos Verdes

Library services and hours can be reviewed at




Rancho Palos Verdes has a number of large recreational areas within its boundaries including Fred Hesse, Jr. Park and Robert E. Ryan Community Park both of which are on Hawthorne Blvd.  Smaller parks include Miraleste Park at 19 Miraleste Plaza, Ladera Linda Community Center at 32201 Forrestal Dr., Abalone Cove Beach and Shoreline Park at 5970 Palos Verdes Dr. South and Point Vicente Interpretive Center at 31501 Palos Verdes Dr. West.  All are open to the public.  In addition to these official parks, the school district grounds are open for public use after school hours, which include the tennis courts at both high schools.

                 Fred Hesse, Jr. Park

Shopping & Services

There are several commercial shopping centers that serve Rancho Palos Verdes, the largest one, shown below, is in Peninsula Center in the City of Rolling Hills Estates.  In this area between Indian Peak and Silver Spur Rd. you will find several malls.  One, named The Avenue of the Peninsula, has an ice skating rink on the lower level and 13 theaters on the upper level with generous free parking. 

Promenade on the Peninsula - Ice Rink Entrance

Promenade on the Peninsula - Parking Entrance

A parking structure with 3 levels is located adjacent to the Mall with ramps to serve all shopping levels. 

Community Playhouse

The Norris Theater for Performing Arts located in Rolling Hills Estates has two locations close to Crossfield Drive for performances and gatherings.  These facilities were built from funds donated by members of the community and offer space for local groups to present their programs in addition to providing featured professional performances. 

U.S. Post Office

The main Post Office for the Peninsula is located at the corner of Silver Spur Rd. and Deep Valley Dr. in Peninsula Center.  Postal Annexes and substations can be found in other areas, including Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates.

Statistics & Government 

The Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall is located on Hawthorne Blvd. at the former Nike site.  The Building and Planning Departments are located there, as is the City Clerk and temporarily the Senior Services Center.

More information can be obtained at the following link:




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