January 21st, 2022
At the edge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, you’ll find luxurious beach homes in Lunada Bay. Posh surroundings, beach city vibes, and high-end real estate make Lunada Bay one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the country. With a small residential base, you can bet on privacy, sophistication, and conscientious neighbors in Lunada Bay. Real estate enthusiasts have long touted this community as the cream of the crop in Southern California. With a shopping center and a beautiful plaza, residents and guests from neighboring communities enjoy the views, attitudes, and picturesque world of Lunada Bay.
A sub region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is home to several distinct neighborhoods. At the tip of the peninsula, you’ll find Lunada Bay. With its 6,000 residents and oceanfront properties, the area is much too small for raucousness. Quiet, private, and upscale, these luxury homes are some of the most sought after in the region. Lunada Bay, much like its sister neighborhood Malaga Cove, is home to pronounced cliffs, ocean views, and ample surfing. With friendly neighbors, the streets of Lunada Bay are flat and lovely for a leisurely stroll or more aerobic run.
Lunada Bay is served by three schools: Lunada Bay Elementary, Palos Verdes Intermediate, and Palos Verdes High School. Did you know that of all the areas of Palos Verdes, Lunada Bay is one of just a couple in which you can walk to all three schools. In our lives these days with time as precious as it is, think of how much time that saves each day getting your kids off to school! This is a huge advantage for Lunada Bay homes. Incidentally, “one cool thing” many people don’t know is that Palos Verdes High School (featured in this page’s photo above) was designed by Richard Neutra
There are varied architectural styles of Lunada Bay homes ranging from the Spanish Revival and Old Spanish homes such as built by Kirtland Cutter to simple and modest Ranch style homes to more New England style homes built in the “Margate” section of Lunada Bay. You can get a hint as to what style of homes exists where just from the street names. For example, do you live on Via Rivera or do you live on Apsley
Lunada Bay is not a large neighborhood or area, but the amenities are many and the attractions are, well, attractive. Lunada Bay Plaza is a gathering place for the community, and the place Santa comes to visit the neighborhood’s school children each year. The streets are ample for beginning and seasoned runners. Right next door, Lunada Bay Park often has free community events – such as the fall harvest festival – and live, free concerts for the whole community. Of course, the cliffside views and gorgeous architecture make the neighborhood easy on the eyes.
One of the unsung gems of the Lunada Bay neighborhood is the amount of family fun there is to be had. There’s a community little league, with updated facilities and a dedicated local following. There are five main restaurants in the area, as well: Palos Verdes Grill, St. Honore, Alfredo Garcias, Black Bamboo, and Rafaellos. These restaurants are often accommodating of families with small children and large groups. The schools are in walking or biking distance from the homes in the area, and the cliffside and ocean views are insurmountably beautiful coming to and from the classroom. Surfing is popular with the locals, as well.
Lunada Bay was the home to a huge nursery. Back in the 1920s, the Palos Verdes Peninsula was a chaparral wilderness of sorts and on the western slopes of Palos Verdes kissed by ocean breezes, was Lunada Bay. The Palos Verdes Project envisioned by the Olmsted Brothers who were world renown landscape architects and Farnham B Martin, Superintendent of Parks for the Palos Verdes Homeowners Association, had this nursery as integral part. Farnham Martin was known for walking the vacant lots of the day, talking with owners and offering his advice on the best plants to take advantage of Palos Verdes Estate’s wonderful climate. Martin was involved with the nursery for about 4 years and in that time planted over 600,000 trees! Have you heard of the shipwreck of the S.S. Dominator? And how did Palos Verdes Dr West come into being and how did folks get from Malaga Cove to Lunada Bay before Palos Verdes Dr W? What’s dynamite have to do with the Douglas Cut in 1923? You can learn more about Lunada Bay through the Lunada Bay Homes Association here
Buying or selling property in Lunada Bay is easy when you’ve got a top real estate agent on your side. Hire George Fotion, a Lunada Bay real estate veteran with the experience and expertise to make your luxury home buying process run smoothly. To get in touch with George, call (424) 226-2147 today.