The Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) Shoreline Preserve includes the entire shoreline, cliffs and all of the Blufftop areas adjacent to the shoreline in PVE. PVE has about 70 Cliffside homes, but these residences have property lines that essentially end at or near the top of the cliff. The property lines of homes in PVE on the ocean therefore do not extend down to the mean tide of the ocean in PVE, as they do in the adjoining city to the south, Rancho Palos Verdes. This was intended by the landscape architects of PVE, the Olmsted Brothers, so that the shoreline could be preserved. (Please see the PVESP History.)
A summary of the PVE Shoreline Preserve follows:
LOCATION: Along the entire 4.7 mile coast of Palos Verdes Estates (PVE).
AREA: About 130 acres. (L.A. County Assessor Records indicate a total of 136 acres.)
WHAT IT INCLUDES: The entire shoreline and adjoining cliffs and 10 Blufftops. When originally established in 1970, the City of Palos Verdes Estates also obtained the water rights from the surface of the water to the ocean bottom out to the three mile limit, also known as "Submerged Tidelands." However, the area below the ocean surface, including all mineral rights, was retained by the state (of California). Even though the state has apparently had no plans to drill for oil in the ocean in the LA County area, the City of PVE had believed that having such
ACCESS: There are only two easy ways to access the ocean from the Preserve; Malaga Cove and Bluff Cove. There are also about a dozen ocean access points along the 200 foot cliffs that resemble goat trails. They are mostly used by surfers, divers and fisherman. But these pathways on the cliffs can be hazardous and should only be used by those at their own risk.