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Relocating to Los Angeles? Consider Landing Here

Palos Verdes Coastline

Relocating to California can be a daunting experience.  Over twenty years ago when I received the news we were relocating to Los Angeles I was less than thrilled.  My experience with Los Angeles consisted of one smog-filled summer trip during the mid 1970s, and frankly I did not care if I never saw Los Angeles again.  I should explain, my arrival coincided with those hot Santa Ana winds that feel like a blast from a furnace and also usher in coffee-colored, smog filled skies.  It only happens once or twice a year and lasts for a few days before the wind reverses and the coastal breezes return once again. Perhaps my timing was bad, but for me, Los Angeles failed miserably when it comes to that first chance to make a good impression.


Phantom Pool

What a difference a decade or two can make!  The second time around I knew I needed to live near the coast for cleaner air, and with the addition of four children, I needed top rated schools.  After looking in several areas and having more than one agent point me in the direction of Palos Verdes, I ventured onto the Palos Verdes Peninsula and am still here.  What a find!  It's not the LA you know from Hollywood movies or the Beverly Hills Housewives.  It's quiet here.  If you're seeking the limelight or the bright lights this is not the place for you.


On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the gift of living close to the sea in a California coastal community with one of the top-rated school systems in the State of California then perhaps you should investigate the Palos Verdes Lifestyle the residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula enjoy.  Once here, I'm guessing there will be no regrets.

Looking for your dream home in Palos Verdes?

I'd love to be your guide.  I'm a convert, not a native with no experience living in other parts of the USA.  I've lived in the Midwest, New England, Mid-Atlantic and the South. I've traveled the world and I still smile when I arrive home to my serene little pocket of Los Angeles--the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Norma Toering, Broker


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