I assume from your question, you would like info differentiating the four cities on the Hill:
Gated community, extremely safe
Equestrian community with very rural atmosphere. Lots of trees
Beautiful area with easy access to Harbor freeway
Lots are minimum 1 acre
Some of the homes have city light view, and a few have ocean views
Almost all of the homes are ranch homes required to be painted white. Very strict home owners association rules
Neighbors are far removed
Homes in your price range tend to require improvements and may not have a view
Rolling Hills Estates:
Easier access to Harbor freeway and shopping in Torrance
Many equestrian zoned homes and riding trails throughout a large part of the city
Some homes in the city enjoy city light views
Fewer nice homes in your price range. Some gated community
Rancho Palos Verdes:
Many homes have very good ocean views
City has protected many large nature preserve areas to maintain open space
Excellent park system
New Terranea Resort hotel and amenities
Portuguese Bend area offers some unique homes in your price range.
Most homes in the city were built in the 1960's and 1970's as tract homes. There are some higher end communities such as Ocean Front Estates , Island View, above Sea View area.
Fewer nice homes in your price range
Palos Verdes Estates:
City was developed as custom home lots, so homes are custom built and are not tract homes
Varied types of architecture ranging from old Spanish, Mediterranean, Tuscan, ranch, etc.
Many areas of the city offer incredible ocean views
Many more homes in your price range
Planned community from the 1920's maintain architectural standards through the Art Jury
Rural feeling due to mature trees. No traffic signals or street lights in the City.
City amenities such as Beach club and golf club
Longer commute to the Harbor freeway. About a 15 to 20 minute commute
Overall, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is an incredibly lovely place to live. Our award winning school system is one of the strongest in the State, and keeps property values high. The original founding father of the Peninsula, Frank Vanderlip, compared the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Sorentine peninsula of Italy, and having been there, I think Palos Verdes is just as beautiful.
My website has a huge amount of information about the cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at http://www.maureenmegowan.com . It has, by far, more info than any other realtor's website about the Peninsula. Call me at 310-541-6416, as a 28 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, I would love to speak with you.
Remax Estate Properties, Palos Verdes
63 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates
Kind personal regards,
Michelle Moebius, J.D.
The only cons:
--Hillside lots need more due diligence for landslide/slippage potential, may need soils or other geological testing.
--Commute time: If you're needing to travel into LA or Orange County, your drive time will be greater just in getting ON to the freeway. But the payoff is the beautiful home you'll have, maybe also with an ocean view.
There are some gorgeous homes available right now on the NE end in Palos Verdes Estates in your price range with ocean views.
Shoot me an email directly if you'd like to talk about this further or would like to schedule a time to meet, I don't look back on this same Trulia posting for answers after mine.
Emily S. Knell
Realtor Since 1996
Realty ONE Group
Orange & LA County