Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Southern California Charm On Front Porches

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California is known for its rugged coastline, the famous Trump golf course, and of course, beautiful front porches along with vivacious landscaping.

Mary and I had the pleasure of visiting Rancho Palos Verdes and Long Beach to bring you more front porch ideas.

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Southern California offers sun and fun along with its own unique front porch styles. Many take advantage of the wonderful California foliage which blooms all year round.


collage of Rancho Palos Verde porches



We not only found delightful porches but also some very interesting features that are somewhat unique to Rancho Palos Verdes and southern California. Although the song goes "it never rains in southern California", we just happened to be there when it did.


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Tiled Porch Roofs

Tile is the norm for roofs in southern California and they not only work well but also look great over front porches too. Although not for everyone, tiled roofs require almost no maintenance and can last a 100 years or more.


Rancho Palos Verdes front porch with tiled roof
Tiled roof and beautiful French style front doors on porch



Rancho Palos Verdes front porch with tiled roof and romanesque style columns
Romanesque style front porch with tiled roof
Southern California folks tend to design porches to take advantage of almost perfect weather year round. We found many front porches with pergola style roof designs like these below:


Rancho Palos Verde front porch with tiled roof and romanesque style columns
Combination tiled roof and pergola over front entrance



Rancho Palos Verde front porch with tiled roof and romanesque style columns
Tiled roof on home with pergola front porch roof
Porch roofs come in a variety of styles and materials to match almost any architectual style. See our entire porch roofing section for even more ideas.


Front Porch Landscaping

We loved the various front porch landscaping ideas we discovered on our travels. With such a long growing season (almost year round) provides more opportunities for creating luscious front yard landscapes. It was fun seeing the wide variety of plants too!

Here are some ideas for your yard:


front porch with cascading flowers
Porch beam draped in flowers



front porch with pergola roof and flowering vines
Pergola roof over front porch with flowering vines



front porch with appealing landscaping
Front porch with curb appealing front yard landscaping



front porch arched entrance with vines
Arched entrance to front porch covered with vines



hanging basket of beautiful flowers on porch
A hanging basket of colorful foliage creates a finished look



hillside landscaped for appeal and to prevent erosion
Nice way to dress up a sloped yard to the front porch
Be sure to see our entire front porch landscaping ideas section.


Rancho Palos Verdes Front Porch Steps

Front porch steps add their own dimension to front yards and porches. Changing your porch steps and/or walk ways can add immediate appeal to any home.

Check out these ideas:


stone front porch steps in Rancho Palos Verdes
Note how the hint of color in the risers add interest



stacked stone steps on front porch in Rancho Palos Verdes
We really like this stacked stone look



stone steps on front porch near Rancho Palos Verdes
The stone paver walkway and steps give this home a cottage appeal



Front Porch House Numbers

There are many components to a front porch and your house number is not the least of them. We discovered house number plaques are not only quite popular throughout southern California but also are uniquely eye-catching as well.


colorful oval front porch house number
Appealing ceramic house number


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potted plant artwork holders and house numbers
House number and outdoor artwork make for a delightful entrance
House tiles can be made from terra cotta, white clay, or ceramic and are usually hand glazed. Not just for southwest style homes and porches, house numbers plaques come in Arts & Crafts, Victorian, traditional, vintage and even beach styles to complement almost any home's architecture.


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Optional house number holder



curb appealing house number on front porch
Choose house numbers by size, color, font, and style



curb appealing house number on front porch
House numbers add interest to any porch
Mary and I know placing house numbers like these on your porch will add plenty of charm and personality.


The Beauty of Southern California

Southern California is a wondrous destination for beauty and front porches!


sunset over the Pacific Ocean in southern California


We have really enjoyed our trips to Rancho Palos Verdes (we have the added bonus of visiting family). We encourage you to visit this awesome area when you are in southern California.


collage of Rancho Palos Verde coastline





Where to Next? Beautiful Franklin, TN

wisteria growing on roof of front porch
Look at the wonderful porches we found in Franklin TN




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If your town has attractive porches, then please let us know. You never know...we might stop by.

If you'd like to know how we travel around to charming places and get paid to look at beautiful porches, we're happy to share.


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