Palos Verdes Estates boasts miles of picturesque shoreline with fantastic ocean views and winding neighborhood walking trails. Nearly a third of the land is dedicated as parkland. The city was established in the early 1920’s and local restrictions required half of the land for common use, including roads and parks, but also built bridle paths, a golf course, and several miles of coastline free of development. The Malaga Cove Plaza building was placed on the National Historic Places in 1995.
Palos Verdes Estates is comprised of four neighborhoods—Lunada Bay, Malaga Cove, Montemalaga, and Valmonte.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District serves Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. As of 2017, Niche.com ranks PVPUS as the #5 ranked Best School District in California.