Communities


El Segundo


Only a few minutes from the beach and a few miles away from the big city of Los Angeles, El Segundo provides a charming hometown feel to its residents while prospering a healthy business environment for its workforce. El Segundo is a thriving business center with a workforce over 85,000 that are employed by some of the nation’s most prestigious companies. The name of the city itself foretells its story. El Segundo means “the second” in Spanish, which was the name originally given because it was Standard Oil Company’s second refinery. The local citizens further defined their home as El Segundo a Nada, “second to none!” This rings true as El Segundo remains home to 12 Fortune 500 companies, it is proud of its Air Force Base, and equally proud of its aviation heritage and recognition as the “Aerospace Capital of the World.”


Palos Verdes Estates


Palos Verdes Estates is a city, incorporated in 1939, in Los Angeles County, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The city was master planned by the noted American landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. The city is located along the Southern California coastline of the Pacific Ocean. There are several accessible beaches, although most of the predominantly rocky shoreline is marked by high cliffs. Other significant features of the city are the scenic Palos Verdes Golf Club, a challenging 18-hole golf course and country club, the Palos Verdes Tennis Club and the Palos Verdes Beach Club. These facilities are restricted for recreational use by city resident-members and guests and are centrally located within the city. Another popular city landmark atop Palos Verdes Estates is the La Venta Inn. Built in 1923, La Venta Inn was the first known building structure on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Architects Walter and Pierpont Davis designed the building and the famous landscape architects, the Olmstead brothers, designed its gardens. La Venta Inn has spectacular views of the Southern California coastline.
The city is primarily a high-end residential location, with no traffic lights, and relatively limited commercial areas found in Malaga Cove Plaza and Lunada Bay. One of Southern California’s most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods, Palos Verdes Estates’ aesthetics and architecture are protected by an Art Jury, a non-governmental organization which must approve any exterior alteration to any building, fence, sidewalk, or other structure. For example, most residences and business buildings within the city limits have uniform Mediterranean red ceramic tile roofs and often feature architecture with column and arch motifs, resembling European coastal communities.


Rancho Palos Verdes


Rancho Palos Verdes is an affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is known for expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The history of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Spanish explorers and the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Its most notable geographic features are the Palos Verdes Hills and cliffs with grand vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and views of Santa Catalina Island. Landmarks include Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright, which is on the National Register of Historic Places; Point Vicente Lighthouse was built in 1926 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places;Point Vicente Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10,000-square-foot expanded Interpretive Center re-opened on July 15, 2006, featuring exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. The former Marineland of the Pacific (1954–1987) site was re-developed and is now occupied by the Terranea Resort, which opened in June, 2009. The city is also home to Trump National golf course, one of eleven in the Trump portfolio of courses. Portuguese Bend landslide, one of the largest continuously moving landslides in North America, is located along the southern coastal area. Together with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, in 2009 the city completed the acquisition of a total of two square miles of open space land, the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, the largest such preserve of coastal open space north of San Diego and south of Santa Barbara.


Rolling Hills


Rolling Hills consists of a single gated community. Residents work, shop, attend school, and obtain other services in the other towns on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Incorporated in 1957, the city maintains a ranch character, with no traffic lights, large spaces between houses, and wide equestrian paths along streets. The city borders Rolling Hills Estates to the north and Rancho Palos Verdes on all other sides (including the empty Portuguese Bend landslide area to the south.


Rolling Hills Estates


Rolling Hills Estates is mostly residential. Incorporated in 1957, Rolling Hills Estates tries to maintain a fairly bucolic character with a large number of horse paths. The history of Rolling Hills Estates actually dates back to the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. It was Los Angeles County’s 60th municipality, established on September 18, 1957. The incorporation of other areas, especially between the years of 1959 and 1982, into the city lines of Rolling Hills Estates began in the city’s early years. At the time, such expansion seemed to threaten the atmosphere its citizens cherished and wanted to preserve. Today, the city has thirty distinct neighborhoods, each with its own style and architecture. As there are individual neighborhood Homeowners’ Associations as well, every citizen and social organization is directly represented.


Redondo Beach


Redondo Beach is a full-service city with its own police, fire and public works departments, two public libraries, a performing arts center, fifteen parks, thirteen “parkettes”, a large recreational and commercial Harbor including King Harbor, a 1,500-slip private craft port, the Redondo Beach Pier and Seaside Lagoon and a bathing and surfing beach. Located in the choice coastal edge of Los Angeles County, just twenty miles from downtown Los Angeles and seven miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, Redondo Beach has been a preferred resort destination for more than a century and one of the most desirable areas to live in the country.


Hermosa Beach


Hermosa means “Beautiful”. Founded in 1906, Hermosa Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean, 5 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport and just 18 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Even with its proximity to Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach remains a quaint and beautiful beachside community, just over one square mile in size, with a population of 19,506. Hermosa Beach is known for its beach activities including surfing, paddle boarding, and beach volleyball, with many professional and Olympic volleyball players calling Hermosa Beach home. In the last 15 years Hermosa Beach has undergone extensive renovation and beautification projects which have transformed the landscape of the city. Renovation of Pier Plaza at the foot of the Pacific Ocean was completed in 1997 beautifying the plaza and closing the area to street traffic, making it a popular center for bars and restaurants. In 2010, Hermosa Beach completed a 4.3 million dollar project, renovating upper Pier Avenue, adding trees and a landscaped median, widening sidewalks, improving lighting and adding crosswalks to make the area even more beautiful and friendly for visitors.


Long Beach


Long Beach is where the action begins and the fun never ends. From the regal Queen Mary and spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific to stirring Broadway shows, live music venues and hundreds of exclusive dining destinations–all centrally located. Airport-close, a brief and pleasant cruise away from Catalina Island and a short distance from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and everything Southern California has to offer–Long Beach is the perfect destination! Action-packed and always fun, in Long Beach, the great outdoors is right at your doorstep. Cruise 5.5 miles of breathtaking waterfront by bicycle, blade or foot and enjoy everything that makes the Southern California surf and sand famous. Jet skis, kayaks, boats, wind surfboards and more are all just a rental away to help you conquer the waterways and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the coast. When you want to watch the pros in action, come and experience the heart-thumping roar of turbo-charged engines at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.


Manhattan Beach


Welcome to Manhattan Beach – a city of lovely homes on tree-lined streets, year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches; a city of fine schools and places of worship; a surfer’s paradise; and a city filled with friendly people who are proud of our town, our pier, and our heritage. The City boasts a private tennis club and a 9-hole golf course. The community provides a multitude of activities for its residents, including surfing and beach volleyball along with a variety of sports activities in its seven parks. Polliwog Park is the setting for Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer months and is the site of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society, a manmade lake and most recently the addition of the “Braille Trail”. Manhattan Beach, with its rich past, exciting present and promising future, is primarily a residential community. Making you feel at home is one of the things Manhattan Beach does best. With its small town living atmosphere, it will steal your heart, relax your mind.


City of Torrance


Torrance is located halfway between Los Angeles and Orange Counties and bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west. Its neighboring cities include Gardena, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills and Carson. It is considered to be the heart of the South Bay area. With 1.5 miles of shore-front beaches on the Pacific Ocean, Torrance is quieter and less well known than others on the Santa Monica Bay, such as those of neighboring Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. Torrance enjoys a moderate year-round climate.


San Pedro


San Pedro was named for St. Peter of Alexandria, a Fourth Century bishop in Alexandria, Egypt. His feast day is November 24, the day on which Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered the bay in 1542 which would come to be known as San Pedro. Situated in a Mediterranean climate zone experiencing mild, wet winters and warm to hot summers, the breezes from the Pacific Ocean tend to keep the beach community cooler in summer and warmer in winter than those in further inland Los Angeles