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Palos Verdes Estates is one of the most affluent communities in Los Angeles County
and it shows. The homes here are unfailingly gorgeous with architectural features to capitalize on their truly million-dollar views. And because beautiful homes demand equally beautiful lawns, you’ll see an incredible array of flora. The area’s mild climate means that you’ll see three or four varieties of lavender, plus hydrangea, California poppies, bougainvillea, bird of paradise, many different roses and more. This is one climb worth taking it easy on and looking around.
Via Del Monte is a lightly traveled residential street and features a wide shoulder for much of the climb. Your best views initially will be on your right. Between a few of the homes you’ll be able to see the beach extending from Torrance through Redondo and Hermosa Beaches up to Manhattan Beach. On clear days you’ll be able to see across the bay to the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu.
Shortly after the climb’s only switchback, the gradient will gently roll off to a flat approximately 200 yards long. The north side of the street features a steep hillside and is devoid of homes; this is the perfect spot to pull over and take one of the best views in the area. To the northeast you’ll see the San Gabriel Mountains, while to northwest you’ll take in a much better view of the Santa Monica Mountains and the coastline of Malibu clear to Point Dume.