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How to protect your ocean view – Rancho Palos Verdes homes

Have you ever wondered how to protect your ocean view if you own one of the Rancho Palos Verdes homes with an ocean view?  I can share with you some first hand insight into the process.

While it wasn’t terribly difficult, it did take a good degree of proactive footwork to get it done.  It’s an easier process if you’re dealing with a cooperative neighbor and much more difficult if your neighbor is, shall we say, less than cooperative.

First of all, let’s go into the two pathways you have if you own one of the Rancho Palos Verdes homes with an ocean view.  There is the

  • View Restoration Process and the
  • View Preservation Process

You have a much better chance of getting the view back that you want, if you go the “View Preservation” route.  But, to do so, you have to first meet some criteria.

  • You have to have documentation of what your view looked like to prove that’s the view you want to go back to
  • View rooms are only “living room”, “family room”, “kitchen” and “bedrooms”; they are not bathrooms or garages
  • The view documentation you submit has to be taken from either within your home or no further than 10′ from the exterior wall of your home (in other words, walking way out to the back corner of your lot to get a view picture, isn’t going to work)
  • There are some other conditions and I strongly advise you read the city of Rancho Palos Verdes website to get the information (click here) and the forms

How to protect your ocean view

So what’s the difference between “View Preservation” and “View Restoration”.  With preservation, let’s say you’ve owned your Rancho Palos Verdes home for 30 years and you have pictures from 30 years ago taken in the appropriate accepted sections of your home to document your view.  You can then “force” the offending neighbor to cut down trees so as to get that view back.  However, the city strongly urges you to to mediate (and they offer a service to do so, one person the city uses is Coleen Berg and she’s an excellent fair minded person).  But if mediation doesn’t work and you have the right documentation, you can persevere and get, at worst, very close to what you want.  But be ready for a long process.  Don’t forget, the city will only require an offending tree owner to cut their tree during the winter months.

As to cost, with the “View Preservation” route, the offending tree owner is the party that must pay for the cutting/trimming.

The “View Restoration” process is less “satisfying” to the homeowner that wants their view back.  But it may be the only avenue you have if you don’t meet the tight criteria for “View Preservation”.  There are more costs involved that you may have to pay for if you’re the person wanting to recapture the view and you probably will not get everything you want.  For example, instead of an offending tree coming down completely, maybe the best you get is thinning of the tree or some minor topping.

Of course if you owned one of the rare California beach front homes, this issue wouldn’t be an issue at all!

Palos Verdes Ocean View Homes Listed in the last 90 days

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$1,199,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,199,000
MLS# SB19209642

3578 Vigilance Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,239,000 - 4Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,239,000
MLS# SB19216226

3237 Dianora Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,269,000 - 4Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,269,000
MLS# SB19234499

6930 Kings Harbor Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,349,999 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,349,999
New
MLS# 19521882

6749 El Rodeo Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,390,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,390,000
MLS# 19506036

26 Peppertree Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,395,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,395,000
Open House
MLS# PV19198697

3534 Newridge Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,468,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,468,000
MLS# PV19201545

3158 Crownview Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,479,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,479,000
MLS# PV19225388

30621 Cartier Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,575,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,575,000
MLS# PV19223887

5648 Whitecliff Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,595,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,595,000
MLS# PV19237883

5632 Scotwood Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,599,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,599,000
MLS# SB19189664

29369 Quailwood Dr
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,599,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,599,000
MLS# SB19221730

1 Rockinghorse Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,599,900 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,599,900
MLS# PV19218463

3438 Starline Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,639,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,639,000
Open House
MLS# SB19213052

3920 Via Solano
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,649,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,649,000
MLS# PW19237939

2323 Daladier Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,650,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,650,000
MLS# PV19237461

28435 Covecrest Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,675,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,675,000
New
MLS# WS19246052

28027 Braidwood Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,690,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,690,000
MLS# AR19195271

29021 Warnick Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,699,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,699,000
MLS# SB19183281

5927 Mossbank Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,749,990 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,749,990
MLS# SR19212053

31008 Hawksmoor Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,950,000 - 2Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$1,950,000
MLS# PV19220460

7 Cinchring Road
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,138,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,138,000
MLS# PV19185180

28049 Lobrook Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,295,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,295,000
MLS# PV19177559

1629 Via Montemar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,388,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,388,000
MLS# PV19204806

31023 Via Rivera
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,695,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$2,695,000
MLS# PV19199495

1 Quail Ridge Road S
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,988,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,988,000
MLS# 19502676

6611 Vallon Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,099,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,099,000
MLS# PV19181259

2756 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,299,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$3,299,000
MLS# PV19215756

12 San Miguel
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,450,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills Estates
$3,450,000
MLS# PV19185284

16 Santa Cruz
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,899,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,899,000
Open House
New
MLS# SB19246392

2448 Via Anacapa
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,248,000 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$4,248,000
MLS# PV19195612

980 Via Rincon
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,250,000 - 5Br/8Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$4,250,000
MLS# PV19209654

2730 Via Victoria
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,698,888 - 5Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$4,698,888
MLS# PV19199170

32015 Cape Point Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$5,700,000 - 5Br/8Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$5,700,000
MLS# SB19215209

83 Crest Road E
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$12,000,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rolling Hills
$12,000,000
MLS# PV19209398

87 E Crest Road E
Rolling Hills, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence

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