Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars August 2017

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars August 2017 

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to hear interesting topics at the August 2017 Peninsula Seniors Lectures Series.  These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

August 2, 2017 – Pete Olpe will be presenting Garden Time Machine about the history of the land that is now the South Coast Botanic Garden.  In addition to the garden’s history, he will be discussing the future plans for the garden followed by a question and answer session on anything you want to know about the garden.  Pete Olpe graduated from Cornell with a Masters in Electrical Engineering and is the President of the Board of Trustees of South Coast Botanic Garden.

August 9, 2017 – Dr. Lucas Lamadrid, current President of Marymount California University, will be sharing a historical prospective of America’s Higher Education and how universities today are departing from history in order to meet the changing needs of students and employers.  Dr. Lamadrid is a well liked speaker for his humor and enthusiasm and his presentation will certainly bring new insight about American universities.

August 16, 2017 – Photographer Rick Thompson will be doing a historical presentation of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which is considered to be the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world.  Rick spent five days photographing some of the most beautiful and historical military exhibits at the museum.  He will be sharing some interesting and little known facts about our country’s military successes that you won’t want to miss.

August 23, 2017 – Don Christy’s mother married John Vanderlip, the youngest son of Frank Vanderlip in 1972.  After John Vanderlip’s passing in 2001, Don found historic maps, pictures and letters that belonged to Frank Vanderlip in his office.  After reading these letters Don realized that he had a larger place in history than just the man who purchased and developed Palos Verdes.  Don will be presenting his new findings.

August 30, 2017 – Mike Utt will entertain and educate the group about Alternative Energy Sources, including a recent history of energy sources, alternatives for electric power, and alternative for transportation fuels.  Mike is a native of Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in the Ocean Engineering program.  He joined Union Oil Company of California in 1974, and retired from Unocal in 2004.

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Peninsula Seniors will sponsor Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center (off Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates).  A group of car enthusiasts will bring their Hot Rod, Custom, Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, and other special interest vehicles, to the Peninsula Shopping Center parking lot where you can admire the cars, meet the owners and ask them questions.

To read my prior article on Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series click here.

For more information contact Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 25, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 25, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the July 25, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (26 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 226 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $925,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $639,850) to $23,450,000 in Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 31 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $279,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Bill Ruth & Charles Raine’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 60 Eastfield Dr, Rolling Hills 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 9,575, square foot home listed for $7,200,000.  This Rolling Hills estate features panoramic ocean/mountain/canyon views, western style saloon, theater, billards room, custom gym plus a full guest house. Lauren Forbes & John Corrales’ (Coldwell Banker Residential) 629 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,711 square foot home for $2,575,000.  This Malaga Cove home features fabulous panoramic Queen’s Necklace/ocean views, ambient lighting, and flat grassy backyard.

       

Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 9 Sail View Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,660 square foot home for $2,299,000.  This graceful one level La Cresta home features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a cooks kitchen w/island, and entertainers backyard with pool.  Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5048 Silver Arrow Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,420 square foot home for $1,450,000.  This updated Peninsula Center home features Santa Monica/Downtown LA/Port of Long Beach views, designer kitchen, large flat backyard with Jacuzzi.

To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Brings New Businesses To Its Malls!

Palos Verdes Brings New Businesses To Its Malls!

The Promenade at the Peninsula shopping center, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes homes owners are happy to see more new restaurants and businesses moving into our community.  The Promenade on the Peninsula recently added Plates Restaurant (known for their American Bistro menu) which is located across from the Red Brick restaurant.  Another new restaurant which will be coming to the mall soon is PV Catering, and we are looking forward to their doors opening.  Other new businesses which are now located at the Promenade are Complete Women, Dr. Shu, PV Engineering, Clio Nail Salon & Spa and, of course, See’s Candy will come back to join the mall during the holidays.

The Peninsula Center is currently going through a major remodel to welcome new restaurants and retail businesses.  Some of the new businesses that have opened recently are MOD Pizza and Cox Retail.  Coming soon to Peninsula Center are GS Love, a retail store that will be located next to TJ Max, Kinecta Credit Union, Home Care Assistance and My Saint My Hero (across from TJ Max at the back of the Petco).  More restaurants and retail businesses are great for residents to see that the area is bringing more retail businesses to our local malls.

Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First so even more businesses will want to bring their goods and services to our area.

To read my prior article on new businesses coming to the mall, click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes Ice Skating Summer Camps!

Palos Verdes Ice Skating Summer Camps!

Palos Verdes residents still have a chance to enroll their children in this great summer camp.  The Promenade Ice Chalet is offering a Summer Hockey Camp starting on July 31, through August 4, 2017.  This is a great way to let your children participate in the hockey experience during the Summer when your children’s schedules aren’t so busy.  The camp offers both half and full day programs.

The Ice Chalet will also be having an Ice Skating Camp that will be running from August 7, through August 11, 2017, and will be offering both half and full day programs. This is a great way to enjoy a summer activities, while staying cool in the comfortable surroundings. These program go as follows:

Time Activity
8:00am – 8:15am Check-In
8:15am – 8:45am On Ice Warm Up
8:45am – 10:15am On Ice passing, shooting, stick-handling
10:15am – 10:45am Snack Break*
10:45am – 11:45am Off-Ice training
11:45am – 12:45am Lunch* (Half Day Ends)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Public Skate – On and off ice activities

Reserve your spot today by contacting the front desk at (310) 541-6630, or go to info@promenadeicechalet.com.  For more information on the Promenade Ice Chalet regarding camps and skating times go to www.PromenadeIceChalet.com.

The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 107, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Promenade Ice Chalet.

Mid July 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid July 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Photo of Palos Verdes coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 20 days of July 2017 are 52 homes which is an decrease from the 55 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 20 days June and an increase from first 20 days of July 2016 (45).  (It may take an additional week for some sales to post after the actual close of escrow).  The average sales price for single family Palos Verdes homes from July 1st to date is $1,898,730 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,756,497 for this same time period and an increase from $1,722,353 last July.

In July 2017 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $9,250,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 5 bedrooms, 8 baths and 9,017 square feet on a 34,082 square lot.  This fabulous Tuscan style estate features panoramic ocean views, office, library, theater, gym, wine cellar, tennis court, Zen garden, outdoor kitchen, and pool/spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in July for $900,000 and is located in the Peninsula Center neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,701 square feet on a 7,483 square foot lot.

We currently have 223 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $949,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes and $23,450,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from April 2017 through June 2017, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid June 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Point Vicente Interpretive Center

Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275              

Summer is a great time to get out and visit our local Palos Verdes landmarks.  Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located on an ocean bluff with such fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean that it is used as a center to count the migration of whales each year.  According to the Rancho Palos Verdes city site, “The Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.”

The museum inside offers a look at the geology and history of Palos Verdes, artifacts from early settlers, information on whale migration and even a section on the old Marineland!  Outside one can wander the 28 acre park through native plantings and coastal walkways or sit in the amphitheater (right-hand photo) and perhaps catch sight of a migrating whale from December to mid-May, although whales are still occasionally spotted even in July this year.

The center has also become one of the most desired local wedding sites.  Located on the side of a cliff, water views and blue skies seem to encourage couples to exchange their vows here.  To read more about wedding planning at the center click here.

The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, and is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. (closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25).  Click here for a map.

Photos courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Serenos de Point Vicente

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 18, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 18, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the July 18, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (25 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 229 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $948,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $829,000) to $23,450,000 in Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 30 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $279,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Jason Buck’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 9 Hillcrest Manor, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,396 square foot home listed at $2,550,000.  This “Hillcrest Manor” home features a grand entrance w/vaulted ceilings, full featured kitchen w/island, half acre lot and pool/spa.  Molly Veera’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 800 Via Margate, Palos Verdes Estates 90274, (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,391 square foot home listed at $2,198,000.  This beautiful Lunada Bay colonial home features peek-a-boo ocean views, ambient light throughout, 4 fireplaces and large backyard w/mature fruit trees.

     

Crystal Chen (RE/MAX 2000 REALTY) 30933 Rue Valois, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,064 square foot home listed at $1,599,000.  This entirely remodeled Palos Verdes Drive West home features amazing unobstructed ocean/Catalina views, gourmet kitchen, spacious separate master bedroom and large patio area.  JoAnn Van Leuven (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3833 Palos verdes Drive, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,815 square foot home listed at $1,479,000.  This wonderful Valmonte home features a Chef’s French country kitchen, remodeled baths, 240 square foot bonus room w/bath, and plush landscaped backyard.

To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events August 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events August 2017

Palos Verdes Peninsula bee on sunflower

During the month of August 2017, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering outdoor hikes/activities for Palos Verdes home owners to enjoy including bird walks, nature walks with naturalists, nocturnal full moon walk and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.

Special Events: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Trail Crew Training takes place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  At this indoor introductory class you will learn how you can help improve Peninsula trails while enjoying nature and getting a healthy workout.  This training will take place at the PVP Land Conservancy Office located at 916 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  Training, tools and work shirt will be provided.  RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Presentation “Amazing Honeybees” will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve.  You will join Nicole Palladino who is the founder of Beequilibrium to celebrate National Honeybee Day; she will explain the importance of bees to the food chain.  This is a free event.  RSVP to www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Monthly  Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city.  This is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Explore nocturnal sights with an expert Naturalist under a full moon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve on Sunday, August 6, 2017.  Call (310) 547-0862 for reservations and time.  Children must be at least 9 years of age and there is a fee of $12 per person.  Reservations required at ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  At the canyon you will wander along a willow filled canyon stream with coastal sage scrub restored habitat.  You can look down on the Peninsula’s rare Catalina Schist from one of the few places where you can see the rock exposed.  This is a moderate walk.  This walk is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

Stories, Songs and More For All at the White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian, Carla Sedlacek, for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs.  This event is free.  White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Observe the birds now making a home in the restored habitat at the Preserve.  Binoculars will be supplied for beginners.  The program is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 West Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at  www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Observe the birds in nesting season making a home in the canyon.  The program is free and all ages are welcome.  Parking is available at the Center which is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You will visit the Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike.  Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more.  The White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Plants are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  For more information call (310) 541-7613.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Rapid Response Team will be working on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails.  The tasks will include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  You will be working at various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed.  Directions to sites will be emailed after signing up.  No experience is needed.  Volunteers must be 15 and older.  Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Days at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.  You will nurture seedlings and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects.  Must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore important wildlife habitat while enjoying beautiful views.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique canyon habitat to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Special Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome The Kaleidescope Trio!

Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome The Kaleidescope Trio!

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., St Luke’s Presbyterian Church will be presenting “The Kaleidescope Trio” for all to enjoy. This is a fun event where you can come early and enjoy our gorgeous weather while picnicking on the lawn, and then enjoy a Free Garden Concert.

The Kaleidescope Trio is an eclectic ensemble that performs a wide array of music from Bach to the Beatles, from Schubert to Sinatra. The group consists of Mann-Wen Lo on violin, Micah Wright on clarinet and Adam Borecki on guitar.  The group met as students at USC and were later recommended by the 2016/2017 Beverly Hills National Auditions committee.  They have a plethora of musical styles including classical, jazz, pop, klezmer and fusion.

So come out and listen to this great musical trio, have a picnic and later enjoy dessert and coffee hosted by St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church.

The church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information go to www.stlukespres.com, or call (310) 377-2825.

Photo courtesy of St.Luke’s Presbyterian Church.

Palos Verdes Homes Prices Up First Half 2017

Palos Verdes Homes Prices Up First Half 2017

Palos Verdes mustard fields courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate prices increased for the first half of 2017 with increases in average price per square foot and average sales price.  The number of Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2017 was nearly the same as the first half of 2016 (345 compared to 348).  2017 first half average sales price for Palos Verdes homes increased compared to the first half of 2016 – $1,763,233 compared to $1,698,066.  Average price per square foot for Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2017 was $630 compared to $614 for the same time period in 2016 – an increase of 2.7%.  Median sales price in the first half of 2017 increased 6.6%.

The mix of Palos Verdes homes sales for the first half of 2017 showed more sales in the $2,000,000 to $5,000,000 range, less sales under $1,000,000, and less sales over $5,000,000.  In first half of 2017, only 37 Palos Verdes homes sold under $1,000,000 which was 10.7% of sales (compared to 52 homes – 15% – in first half of 2016).  In the first half of 2017, 220 Palos Verdes homes sold between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 which was 63.8% of sales (compared to 225 homes – 64.6% – in first half of 2016).  In first half of 2017, 85 Palos Verdes homes sold between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000 which was 24.6% of sales (compared to 63 homes – 18.1% – first half 2016).  Finally, in the first half of 2017, 3 Palos Verdes homes sold over $5,000,000 which was .9% of sales (compared to 8 homes – 2.3% – first half 2016).

The total valuation for all single family Palos Verdes homes sold the first six months of 2017 increased from 2016 – $608,704,641 compared to $591,818,854.  In the first half of 2017, the highest priced home sold for $13,840,000 in Palos Verdes Estates and the lowest price home sold for $640,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Next week, I will discuss Palos Verdes homes sales for first half 2017 for the individual Palos Verdes neighborhoods. To read my article on Palos Verdes homes sales first half 2016, click here.

Photo of Ocean Estates Trail courtesy of Arvin Design