About Us

“Harbor Terrace was Voted ‘Best of South Bay’ in the Daily Breeze for 11 years and running. In addition, we have won the ‘Senior Advisor’ Best award multiple years in a row! Thank you to all our friends and families for the support that has made this possible!”

Harbor Terrace Retirement Community

Harbor Terrace is a Senior Independent and Assisted Living Community located in San Pedro, just three blocks from the harbor, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We provide excellent service, in a fresh and beautiful environment, by a staff that is committed and experienced. All the details of daily living are taken care of, so one may enjoy life more fully. In addition, Harbor Terrace is just steps away from shopping, restaurants, museums, churches, a large senior citizen’s center, and a classic movie theater. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy your time, the options at Harbor Terrace are endless.

Top class Modern Comfortable senior Retirement Community in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA.

One can gather with a group of neighbors in the courtyard, patio, or garden room, partake in one of the many daily activities planned by our social director, or stop by one of the recreation rooms for a game of cards or scrabble. You are welcome to play your favorite tune on our grand piano, or catch up on all the latest while getting pampered in the Beauty Salon. Our 24-hour coffee shop is awaiting you with warm bakery goods, fresh fruit and beverages. It’s all here for you.

Our Mission:


We are family owned. We are not part of a large corporation or company with a home office in another state. This allows us the flexibility to do what is best for our residents and their families, not just what is best for the company. The homey atmosphere has always been our trademark from the time one enters Harbor Terrace.

Most all of our staff has been here for over 20 years and members of the management team have been here since we opened 30 years ago. We are a dedicated, hard-working, loving group whose complete focus is giving the best care and attention possible to our residents.

Our residents are involved with life here. We have a Resident’s Council and many of the decisions regarding our meals, services and programs are inspired by them. The residents’ mail is distributed by our resident, Doris P. The raised flower beds in our garden and our courtyard patio are taken care of by our Garden Club, comprised of residents at Harbor Terrace.

Our birds each have a “Mommy” here (a resident) who takes care of the feeding and upkeep of the cages. All of our new residents receive a resident host or hostess to make the transition of living at Harbor Terrace that much easier.

We tailor all of our assisted living services to the individual. Due to a high staff to resident ratio along with seasoned and well-trained employees, we can give excellent care with frequent checks. We are constantly reevaluating the health and well-being of each resident and updating services to meet their personal needs. Harbor Terrace is an award winning retirement community. We have consistently won for Best Retirement and Best Assisted Living in the South Bay year after year! Our management team has been here since we opened our doors in 1990. We provide a one of a kind recreational and social program based on 40 years of experience in this field. If an independent resident moves in, but they eventually require assisted living services, they can remain in their same apartment. They do not need to move to another hall, floor or building. We bring our care and service to them. Plus they are only charged for the specific services they require rather than a “package deal” or “points.” Plenty of free underground, gated parking is provided at no additional cost. No hidden fees.

Our Management Team


Executive Director

As the Executive Director for Harbor Terrace Retirement Community, Holly oversees the day-to-day operations. Holly began her management career working for Ernie Ball Inc. before returning to USC where she earned her Masters in Gerontology.  Holly has since worked for multiple Independent and Assisted Living communities but is happy to be back in her home town of San Pedro.  With experience in Management, Activities, and Marketing, Holly is passionate to serve the residents and staff at Harbor Terrace. In her free time Holly enjoys spending time with her family, staying busy with her 2 girls and traveling.


Director of Resident Services

Judith is thrilled to be at the award-winning Harbor Terrace Retirement, working alongside its dedicated staff, supportive families and of course, with its wonderful residents.  Judith has been in the field of geriatrics since 2004.  She started her professional career in the aerospace industry after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ) with a Bachelor of Science degree.  A friend of hers introduced her to the field of geriatrics and she hasn’t looked back (although she does miss her airplanes).  Judith has worked in the areas of residential placement (where she first learned of Harbor Terrace), home health, home care and geriatric care management. In 2006, Judith co-founded and still co-chairs a South Bay networking group of senior care professionals.  She does her best to stay on top of services, companies and individuals whom our residents and their families may benefit in knowing.  When not at Harbor Terrace, Judith loves the time she spends with her adult children, family, gardening, attending Dodger games and playing pickleball.


Food Service Director

As the Food Service Director for Harbor Terrace Retirement Community, Esteban or “Steve” oversees the planning, ordering, preparing and serving of all meals. Steve started working at Harbor Terrace when he was just 16 years old. He started as a server, then line cook, Assistant to the Food Service Director, and now the Food Service Director. After 12 years at Harbor Terrace, Steve has learned that his job is more than just about food, it’s about the joy and experience that is brought to residents with each meal. In Steve’s spare time he enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports and spending time with family.

Joy Lodato

Activities Director

As the Activities Director, Joy offers a wide assortment of social activities to incorporate the mind, body and spirit and provide a sense of community. Joy’s background is in theater, dance and creative crafts. Her love for music and show brings joy to residents. Joy has been in the senior industry for 19 years working with independent, assisted and memory care residents. She is bilingual in sign language. Joy is passionate about having seniors live their lives to the fullest. In her free time, Joy enjoys ballet, musicals, antique auctions and volunteering for the disabled the veterans.

Sandra Marquez

Assistant Administer

As the Assistant Administer, Sandra supports day to day operations, staffing, and office administration. She is proud to have been with Harbor Terrace for 25+ years, working in many departments including the kitchen and care. Sandra enjoys connecting with residents and families, creating relationships that have lasted for many years. Sandra calls Harbor Terrace her home and always says that “she goes to her house to work”. When not at Harbor Terrace, Sandra can be found with her family, out at dinner with friends, traveling or spending time with her adorable dog Pakito. Pakito often visits Harbor Terrace and is loved by all the residents.

Priscilla Valverde

Care Supervisor

As the Care Supervisor for Harbor Terrace Retirement Community, Priscilla oversees all resident care needs and everyday ADLS. She is proud to have been with Harbor Terrace providing care for over 27 years. Priscilla’s moto is to “provide care with kindness and confidence”. She enjoys communicating with residents’ families and keeping them up to date on any care needs or changes. As a San Pedro local, Priscilla prides herself on making Harbor Terrace feel like home for the residents. When not at Harbor Terrace, Priscilla loves crafting and keeping her hands busy.