Friday, March 19, 2010

The View that Sold PV (SkyWatch Friday)

"In 1913 Frank Vanderlip, a wealthy New York banker, purchased 16,000 acres and formed a syndicate of investors interested in developing the land. After several delays, one of which was World War I, the Palos Verdes Project was born.
Most of the Peninsula was farm and ranch land until the early 1920s, when the Project’s planners began to design a new community. Concerned by the rapid growth of Los Angeles just a few miles away, they worked to feature attractive functional structures which celebrated the area’s coastal beauty, as well as roads which adhered closely to the natural formation of the land."

Aerial view of Malaga Cove and the South Bay, 1928 (Palos Verdes Library - Local History)
Then as today, this view served well in attracting new residents to the peninsula. Photographed from the fireroad extension of Paseo del Sol.
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20 comments:

Bibi said...

No wonder it sold. I often wish I could time-machine back to Palos Verdes at that time, and other parts of California, like the Hearst Castle area.

Louis la Vache said...

Now THAT is a SWF image!

brattcat said...

Wow!

Merritt by Design said...

Breath taking...

Renee said...

What a beautiful aerial view. Love the ribbon of sand running through it(and I wish I was there!).

Linnea W said...

Spectacular view! I can see why PV is such a treasured location to live. Enjoy the weekend.

Sylvia K said...

That is an awesome view! Wow! And what a stunning capture, perfect composition, Tash! All of that and gorgeous skies as well!! Doesn't get any better. Really mind blowing! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Sylvia

Rob said...

ow, what a great view!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

All roads should follow the curves of the geography. Wasn't there some kind of Italian theme the planners were also trying to get across? you can sure see how fst development was going further up the coast in the historical photo.

I like how the clouds are in perspective as well.

Linda said...

A great panorama, and a meteorology lesson too, with the clouds following the coastline.

Lisa Wilson said...

Amazing view!! A totally different world than mine, for sure.

Paula said...

That's pretty impressive with the development, it must have been jaw droppingly gorgeous back in 1913.

Wanda said...

What a breathtaking photo... the colors are outstanding, and the ocean just beautiful.!

ruma2008 said...

Thank you for showing wonderful scenery.


From the Far East.
Best regards.
ruma

Carolyn said...

Hopefully, this photo also reminds folks of what needs to now be preserved. Fablous shot. You are a lucky soul to live here.

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic blue sky and magnificent scenery!
Very interesting informations about Palos Verdes'History!
have a nice weekend dear Tash
hugs
Léia

humanobserver said...

One of the finest views I have ever seen on your blog :)

Powell River Books said...

And after the war my parents weighed their options, Compton, PV, Compton, PV, Compton won. Not exactly the best real estate investment, but Compton was a great place to grow up in the 50s. - Margy

m_m said...

Great view! Excellent shot!

Abby Lanes said...

That is certainly a view worth buying! Amazing photo.