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Life in Palos Verdes, CA

Hailed by USA Today as “The Hidden Rural Coastal Gem” of Los Angeles County, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is home to cities that consistently rank among the best suburbs in the West Coast for low unemployment, strong home appreciation, and insurance coverage.

The quality of life is unparalleled, with short commute times, higher income, and high education overall.

But what really sets the Palos Verdes Peninsula apart is its idyllic coastal setting and amazing weather. Here you’ll find beach communities that are less crowded and not as trend-conscious as the rest of California.

  • Why people are moving to California
    • Quality of life
    • Life in Palos Verdes is laid-back and carefree, with people spending their free time swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, hiking and golfing. Its coastal setting and mild climate encourage outdoor activity and promote a healthy lifestyle.

      With so many things to do in Palos Verdes, residents can have their pick of fitness classes, from yoga and Pilates to spinning and weight lifting.

    • Real estate
    • The housing market offers an impressive selection of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. The most coveted homes in the area are luxury homes with views of the Pacific.

      Here you’ll find Ranch and Mediterranean-style homes with upscale features like resort-style pools.  

      The market is somewhat competitive, with most homes going under contract in less than two months. The most desirable properties can go under contract in as little as 25 days.

    • Job market
    • Major employers include the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, Terranea Resort, Trump National Golf Club, and Marymount California University, just to name a few.

    • Climate
    • Palos Verdes has a “local steppe climate,” which brings warm summers and cold winters. August is usually the warmest month, while January is the coldest. There is very little rainfall in the area.

    • Events
  • Places to visit in Palos Verdes
  • With so many things to do in Palos Verdes, you won’t ever have to go far from home to have a great time. These are some of the area’s top attractions:

    Terranea Beach is the crowning jewel of Palos Verdes. Formerly the site of Marineland, a theme park that shut down in 1987,  it is now home to a world-class resort with a luxury spa and several acclaimed restaurants.

    Known for its rocky shoreline and a sea cave at the eastern tip of the beach, Terranea Beach offers stunning views of the Pacific.

    The Trump Golf Course, another highlight, was given the “Best Playing Conditions in Los Angeles County” award by

  • Best restaurants in Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Here you’ll find fine dining restaurants that serve French, American, and Chinese cuisine.

    • Café Pacific at Trump National Golf Club Restaurant. Feast on popular brunch options like omelets, frittatas, eggs benedict, and more.
    •  Think Prime. This classic steakhouse serves fresh seafood and prime cuts of beef roasted to perfection.
    • Mar’sel at Terranea Resort. Enjoy views of the Pacific while dining on contemporary French-American and farm-to-table cuisine.
    • Catalina Kitchen. Also located at Terranea Resort, this restaurant serves New American fare.
    • Bashi. Another Terranea favorite, this restaurant offers rice bowls, noodles, and tuna tartare.
  • Relocating to California
  • Relocating to Southern California from elsewhere in the United States ought to be a breeze. You can begin to establish your residency the moment you arrive.

    You will be required to:

    1. Live in California for at least three-fourths of the year
    2. Sign a lease or a purchase contract
    3. List your California home as your permanent or primary residence
    4. Pay property taxes
    5. Keep documentation of paperwork proving your residency

    If you don’t have a legal address in California just yet, supporting documents, such as utility bills, bank statements indicating that you have an account in the state, and a California driver’s license, will suffice.

    International buyers from China and India are also moving to the Golden State at unprecedented rates. For non-US citizens to be classified as California residents for tuition purposes, or qualify for state tuition, they need to:

    1. Have lived in California here for more than a year prior to their residence determination date
    2. Expressed intent to remain in the state permanently

Start your residency in the South Bay now. It all begins with the perfect home.

The Stephen Haw Group specializes in luxury real estate and international deals in the South Bay and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Contact them today at (310) 503-9886 and skh8828(at)gmail(dotted)com to enjoy the Palos Verdes lifestyle.