Rolling Hills Estates is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. As its name implies, this city is set on rolling hills that are interspersed with steep canyons. It is an affluent area that is crisscrossed with horse riding trails and known for its pricey equestrian properties. In many ways, Rolling Hills Estates has the vibe of a private oasis. Wild peacocks roam the area, and traffic is mostly limited to residents — although Palos Verdes Drive North, its main north-south drag, can be gridlocked at rush hour with homeowners heading to and from work.
This verdant area was once part of the first Spanish Rancho land grant in the state of California. It officially became Los Angeles County’s 60th municipality in 1957. At that time, Rolling Hills Estates was home to approximately 3,500 residents. Today, this small community has approximately 8,000 residents. It is bordered by Palos Verdes Estates, the gated community of Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita and Rancho Palos Verdes. Because this city is located on a hill, some homes offer stunning views. For example, houses that sit above the cities of Torrance and Lomita offer to-die-for views of Los Angeles County. While some of the houses that are located on the other side of the hill boast beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Still other homes overlook pretty canyons. The median home value in Rolling Hills Estates as of May 2018 was just under $1,400,000.
One of the most beautiful spots in Rolling Hills Estates is the South Coast Botanic Gardens, which contains approximately 200,000 plants and is now a popular site for weddings. Ironically, this pretty attraction is built on a former landfill, the Palos Verdes Dump, that was in business between 1957 through 1980. The 35-acre Ernie Howlett Park and an equestrian center are also built on this former landfill.
This city is also now home to the Rolling Hills Golf Club, which opened in January 2018. It boasts an 18-hole golf course and a 75,000-square-foot clubhouse. At $175,000 plus an additional monthly fee, memberships for this club are not cheap. Approximately 100 new homes, will be built next to this golf course, with prices starting in the $3 million range
Although bucolic, Rolling Hills Estates is close to many amenities. It is just a short drive from the Pacific Ocean, and excellent shopping and a slew of restaurants can be found in the cities just below it. In fact, the Del Amo Mall, which is one of the biggest malls in the United States is located in nearby Torrance. There is also a small mall called Promenade on the Peninsula that is located in Rolling Hills Estates. It is perfect for those times when residents don’t feel like leaving their quiet community.
- Dapplegray Elementary School — According to GreatSchools.org, test scores at this school are far above the state average