Rolling Hills Estates is an equestrian oriented city with many homes permitted to maintain horse facilities and many equestrian centers. It is located on the North border of the peninsula, from Torrance to the Peninsula Center at the top of the hill. The city boundaries reach upward along Crenshaw boulevard to include the Peninsula Center commercial district and gated home communities along Highridge and Crest roads. Rolling Hills Estates has many lots of 1/2 acre or more, especially in the equestrian overlay. The city has 25 miles of public horse trails, with horse passage tunnels under Hawthorne and Crenshaw Boulevards, and has 10 miles of bicycle paths.
Rolling Hills Estates has a beautiful private golf course and clubhouse (Rolling Hills Country Club) located at Palos Verdes Drive East just North of Palos Verdes Drive North. The clubhouse is also a popular wedding venue. Adjoining the golf club on the East at Montecillo Drive is the private 'Jack Kramer' Tennis and Swim club.
A former county landfill site (approximately 100 acres), was annexed in 1982, and is located on the North side of the city between Hawthorne and Crenshaw Blvd. The South Coast Botanical Garden, operated by the County of Los Angeles, is located on the North border of the city East of Crenshaw Blvd. and has gardens, lakes and community facilities on 87 acres of magnificent grounds. The Palos Verdes Reservoir is located at the Southeast intersection of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East. There are also five churches in Rolling Hills Estates.
The city has 178 acres of city parks, 371 acres of open space (parks and recreation), 342 acres of institution/public property, 228 acres of streets and highways; and 49 acres of vacant land. The commercial Chandler sand and gravel facility at the Northeast perimeter of the city is a planned future development including redesign of Rolling Hills Country Club and approximately 110 new luxury homes. The 28.5 acre Linden H. Chandler Preserve is to be preserved as open space with 7.8 of these acres to belong to the city. The 91 acre quarry is in process of being developed to include the new Rolling Hills Country Club clubhouse.
Nansen field is an 8.6 acre recreational park located on Hidden Valley Road that is owned by the Seaman of Norway Inc. and is operated by the Scandinavian Center At Nansen Field (SCAN). The park was purchased and developed for sailors from Norway for athletic activities like soccer, while in local ports. Weekends are often reminiscent of European countryside soccer games. The facility has a small clubhouse and an occupied caretaker's cottage.
There are at least 28 communities with homeowners' associations within Rolling Hills Estates including: Masongate, Marloma, Rollingwood, Rolling Meadows, Latigo, Los Ranchos Verdes, Ranchview, Roanwood, the 'Lanes - Palos Verdes Drive North', Strawberry Lane, Dapplegray, Palomino, Empty Saddle, Country Club Estates, Bridlewood, Montecillo, George F Canyon, Harbor Sight, Larga Vista, The Terraces town homes (gated), Cresta town homes, Casa Verde town homes, Hillcrest Meadows, Hillcrest Manor, Colina Lane, Seaview town homes, The Ranch (gated), Rolling Hills Park and Villas (gated), and Vantage Point (gated).
The Peninsula Center that began construction in 1961 is a regional shopping district with major department stores, shops and restaurants. The completely redesigned upscale theme mall 'The Avenue of the Peninsula' includes restaurants, an ice rink and movie theaters. Cultural facilities including the Norris Theater performing arts center are located here. This center is under a redevelopment plan combining commercial and residential high rise projects. The streetscape master pla can be viewed at the city website.
Private preschools are located off of Palos Verdes Drive North. Rolling Hills Estates is part of the Peninsula school system and includes the following schools:
Rancho Vista Elementary (4323 Palos Verdes Dr North)
Dapplegray Elementary (3011 Palos Verdes Dr. North)
Peninsula High School (27118 Silver Spur Road)