Palos Verdes Art Center 2018 Winter Registration Open!

Palos Verdes Art Center 2018 Winter Registration Open!

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The Palos Verdes Art Center Winter registration has begun for classes which will start the week of January 14, 2019 and run through March 18, 2019.  This class start date is for both children.

The children’s classes available this session under the Youth Studio are: Exploring Art, Imagination & Creation, Ceramics – Hand Build, Youth Drawing, Watercolor & Pastel, Botanical Art, Drawing & Painting, Youth Wheel, Painting Patterns and Painting Immersion.

This Winter, there are over 35 adult classes being offered.  Some of the adult classes available this winter are categorized as Sculptural Hand – Building – Open Studio – Surface Design – Intro To the Wheel – Intro To Glass – Drawing – Wheel Throwing – Portraiture – Figure Painting – Mid Level Glass – Wheel Throwing – Mid Level Ceramics – Watercolor – Drawing Principles – Fauvism – Digital Imaging – Upper Level Ceramics – Intro To Glass Casting – Intro To Watercolor – Printmaking – Mixed Media – Art Journaling – Glass Imagery & Pattern Making –  Acrylic Painting – Intro to Ceramics – Intro To Drawing – Plein Air  & Independent Painting.  The instruction is not always based on a set formula.  Some of the smaller classes are taught by artists and educators that base instruction on individual needs.  These adult classes are ten weeks long, and class prices vary depending on the size of the class and the materials needed.

To get a full description of each class being offered and class times go to www.pvartcenter.org.  On the website, you can register for your class or if you wish to sign up in person, go to the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Entrance Lobby at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information call (310) 541-2479.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Art Center click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Fabulous New Listing On Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates!

Fabulous New Listing On Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates!

Here is a sneak peak at my new Palos Verdes Estates listing offered at $5,890,000, located at 2108 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.  This beautiful home will be going on the Multiple Listing Service in the next couple of days, and is a 6 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,693 square foot home on a 19,550 square foot lot, with a pool/spa and separate guest house.

This fabulous contemporary ocean view home was built in 2015 and is located just across the street from the ocean bluffs in the with accessibility to bluff top trails.  Photos from bluff below:

Photo from Paseo Del Mar bluff courtesy of Arvin Design

Photo from Paseo Del Mar bluff courtesy of Arvin Design

This weekend, additional photos will be posted on www.2108PaseoDelMar.com  Co-listed with Betty Waung, Keller Williams Palos Verdes.

Please stop by our Broker’s Open House on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Arvin Design

The Banning Museum Celebrates The 2018 Holidays!

The Banning Museum Celebrates The 2018 Holidays!

Palos Verdes homes owners know that holiday celebrations are just around the corner.  If you would like an old-fashioned Christmas, you will enjoy the “Victorian Christmas” at the Banning Museum.  This local historic location will hold its holiday event with the annual Christmas luncheon in the historic Stagecoach Barn.  Guests will enjoy an elegant lunch with live holiday entertainment with the Capella group, “The Trojan Men,” from the University of Southern California performing again this year.  In the past, they have brought the audience to their feet.

The luncheon will take place on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the cost is $95 for non-members/$85.00 for Friends of Banning Museum members.  All of the proceeds for this luncheon will benefit the museum’s education and preservation efforts.  This is a very popular event and seating is limited so they recommend that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible by calling (310)-548-2005, as tickets sell out quickly.

The Victorian Christmas event will take place on Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During this special weekend, the grounds and museum are transformed into a Christmas festival with Victorian period entertainment.  There will be self-guided tours of the museum, children’s crafts, a blacksmith and refreshments.  One of the special highlights will be the horse-drawn trolley ride between the Banning Museum and the Drum Barracks at the Civil War Museum.  Admission is free, and the last house tour and trolley ride are at 3:30 p.m.  Parking is on the street.

Throughout the year, the museum offers guided tours Tuesday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  On Saturday & Sunday the tours are at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

For more information go to www.thebanningmuseum.org. or call (310) 548-7777.   The Banning Museum is located at 401 E. M Street, Wilmington.

To read my last article on The Banning Museum click here.

Photo courtesy of The Banning Museum

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 13, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 13, 2018 

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 13, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (19 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 209 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,075,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $775,000) to $18,900,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 31 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $395,000 and $1,850,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 941 Via Nogales, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 7,105 square foot home for $10,900,000.  This newly completed Monte Malaga state-of-the-art home features unobstructed captivating ocean/coastline/city views, incredible master suite w/ocen views, movie theater, 500+ bottle wine cellar, infinity-edge pool & spa, elevator, and Crestron system.  George Fotion’s (Call Realty) 2724 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,407 square foot home for $2,800,000.  This lower Lunada Bay  home boasts some ocean views, kitchen w/breakfast room, formal dining room, and extra large 16,959 square foot lot.

        

Benjamin Larson’s (Engel & Volkers LA-South Bay) 728 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,550 square foot home for $2,599,000.  This open concept Malaga Cove home features incredible ocean/Queen’s necklace views, many luxurious updates, remodeled kitchen, and a peaceful backyard w/swimming pool.  Les Fishman & Virginia Butler’s (Coldwell Banker-PV/Bch Cities) 2833 Via Victoria, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,982 square foot home for $2,469,000.  This elegant and sophisticated Lunada Bay home features ocean views, dramatic vaulted ceilings, beautiful gourmet kitchen, large master suite, work-out room, and Bocce court.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

PVE – CARES Invites Seniors & Adult Children To Holiday Happy Hour!

PVE – CARES Invites Seniors & Adult Children To Holiday Happy Hour!

 

Palos Verdes seniors have a special event this month – a Holiday Happy Hour for Seniors and Adult Children.  This event will take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, between 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will provide a festive family gathering.

PVE-CARES invites aging individuals and their adult children to join in this Holiday Happy Hour to consider the questions, “What’s next?’ “When is the right time?” “Why do we procrastinate?” and “Where should I go?”  This is the time for family to meet with panel members from Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law, Silverado and First Light Home Care to assist with independent living.  This is a great opportunity to gather with professionals in a casual manner with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  A donation of $10 will be appreciated.

In order to join in the conversation you must RSVP by November 14, 2018 at (310) 750-9788.

The Palos Verdes Golf Club is located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

Click here to read my last article on PVE-CARES.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Golf Club

 

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2018

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2018

During the month of December 2018, 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: 

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  Wander along a willow filled canyon stream with coastal sage scrub in this restored habitat.  You can look down on the Peninsula’s rare Catalina Schist from one of the few places you can see the rock exposed.  This is considered an easy to moderate walk.  Park at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 ext. 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities

The 1st Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Bring the children for an easy, educational hike in this beautiful canyon preserve.  Each month the naturalist will focus on a different aspect of the native habitat and wildlife that thrive here.  This is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome.  The preserve 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. 

The 2nd Saturday Family Science & Storytime will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Gather up the children and join the nature center for hands-on science based activities where children of all ages can learn about a special species: this month it’s The Raven and the Crow!  This is a free event.  The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310- 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The 2nd Saturday Family Storytime at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  You will 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 month features The Raccoon. This event is free.  White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

The 3rd Saturday Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on December 15, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  This Naturalist led walk includes a walk through the Tongva Native Plant Demonstration Garden where you will learn how early inhabitants of the Peninsula used these plants for a variety of purposes for thousands of years.  Then walk the trails through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat.  Stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area.  The walk concludes with a visit to the Nature Education Center with multi-media activities for all ages.  This is a moderate walk and is free.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  For more information call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-561-0917.

The 3rd Wednesday Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.  Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds that make the White Point Nature Preserve home.  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.

The 4th Saturday Native Plant Sales by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will be held at George F Canyon and White Point Nature Center on Saturday, December 22, 2018.  Colorful, drought tolerant plants are now available at the monthly plant sale.  These plants are grown from seeds harvested right here on the Peninsula and raised at the Conservancy nursery.  These local plant species are beautiful and help attract butterflies and other pollinators.  George F. Canyon plant sale will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and White Point Nature Preserve plant sale will take place at 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Plants are sold on a first come, first served basis.  George F Canyon Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 from Monday through Friday.

The 4th Wednesday Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.  Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds that make the White Point Nature Preserve home.  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.

Adopt your own piece of nature!  Become an Adopt-a-Plot volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.  Enjoy the outdoors and become inspired by nature as a volunteer.  You will help create habitat for rare and endangered species (like the PV blue butterfly) at one of the restoration sites on the Peninsula on your own schedule.  For more information, contact info@pvplc.org, or call (310) 541-7613 x 215.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Days at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, Decembeer 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This is a great opportunity to help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

The 3rd Saturday Family Volunteer Day at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Put on your work clothes and take part in a kid friendly habitat restoration activity: plant seeds, care for native plants, and track wildlife.  Children of all ages will be learning to understand the role that they can play in nature conservation.  This event is free.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Days at Native Plant Nursery will also take place on Saturday, December 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will nurture seedlings to grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  You must RSVP by Wednesday, December 26, 2018. 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 Real Estate Sales October 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales October 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Chart October 2018 showing active, pending, and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales October 2018 for Palos Verdes homes increased compared to September.  57 Palos Verdes houses sold in October compared to the 39 homes sold in September and increased compared to the 52 homes that sold in October 2017.  There were 61 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in October which increased from the 39 homes pending in September.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in October (203) decreased from the 226 homes for sale in September.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in October increased to $1,944,000 from $1,867,000 in September and increased from the $1,630,000 in October 2017.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in October decreased to $595 from September ($652).  Average days on market in October decreased to 36 days from 50 days in September.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased to 3.6 months in October for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 5.8 months in September.  A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is lower indicating the high demand for Palos Verdes homes.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 209 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 56 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (32 homes have pending sales and 24 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 8 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 8 days of September with an average sales price of $2,250863.

To read last month’s report on Palos Verdes Real Estate sales, click here.

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Join Malaga Cove Collective Shops Grand Opening Tomorrow!

Join Malaga Cove Collective Shops Grand Opening Tomorrow!

The Malaga Cove Collective Shops will be holding their Grand Opening tomorrow, Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The holiday season is upon us, and shopping has begun so why not enjoy it here in our neighborhood.

Located in the old Rive Gauche location and after a two year remodel, this new shopping adventure is about to begin.  Jeffrey Scott previously affiliated with Jeffrey Scott Men’s clothing in Riviera Village, is bringing Wendy Metcalfe from Wrapsody, Judith Burke from Mixt and Julie Donovan interior designer, to join in bringing us more shopping choices.

This is a great way to remind us of the “Local First” initiative to assist our local economy and show Palos Verdes homes owners all the benefits that our community receives by supporting local businesses.

The Palos Verdes Chamber has a list of  Top 10 Reasons To Shop, Dine and Do Business Locally First:

1. Significantly More Money Re-circulates in the Local Community

2. Unique Businesses are an Integral Part of our Distinctive Character

3. Put your Taxes to Good Use

4. Customer Service is Better

5. Most New Jobs are Provided by Local Businesses

6. Local Business Owners Invest in our Community

7. Competition and Diversity Leads to More Consumer Choices

8. Environmental Impact is Reduced

9. Non Profits Receive Greater Support

10. A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

To read my prior article on “Shop Local First” click here.

Photo is of the Malaga Cove Center

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 6, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 6, 2018 

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 6, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (21 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 210 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,075,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $775,000) to $23,888,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 37 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $279,000 and $1,850,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Teri Hawkins’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3649 Navajo Place, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,871 square foot home for $4,125,000.  This stunning custom Valmonte Spanish estate features city light views, private front courtyard, large gourmet kitchen (and separate utility kitchen on upper level), and a backyard entertainment oasis with pool/spa.  Joseph Black’s (Gary Johnson Realty) 3296 Via Campesina, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,828 square foot home for $3,150,000.  This gorgeous Malaga Cove home features spectacular Queen’s Necklace/coastline/city/golf course views, spacious master suite w/full views, workout room, and 4 sunset view balconies.

     

Steve Watts & Kevin Pluimer’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3448 Tanglewood, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,223 square foot home for $2,298,000.  This modern turnkey Palos Verdes Drive North farmhouse has just been renovated to the studs and features French Oak flooring throughout, Carrera marble in kitchen/baths, and horse stables/corral.  Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 29503 Quailwood Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,468 square foot home for $1,599,000.  This fantastic Mesa Palos Verdes home features ocean/Catalina Island views, updated kitchen & breakfast room, upgraded master bath, private viewing deck, and pool/spa.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes 2018 Holiday Traditions

Palos Verdes 2018 Holiday Traditions 

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Palos Verdes homes owners can celebrate Holiday Traditions locally on the Peninsula with many upcoming events.  There are tree lighting celebrations, holiday parades, Nutcracker ballets, visits with Santa and more.  Here are just a few of the events coming our way:

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Promenade on the Peninsula will be hosting their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m.  This event will showcase local youth talent and there will be hot chocolate to sip and a very special visitor.

Elite Dance Studio will be performing their “A Twisted Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 1, 2018,  at 1:00 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theater located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.  Tickets are available for $20/adults and $12/children under 12.  To purchase tickets from the Warner Grand Theater go to http://wgt.tix.com .

The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented by several local dance studios at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center.  The Classical Ballet Theater will be performing “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. with ticket prices of of $25 adult/$20 children under 12.  Peninsula School of Performing Arts’ performances will be on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at  2:00 & 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets prices are $35 adults/$25 for children 17 and under.  The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center is located at 27570 Crossfield, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, or to purchase tickets go to www.NorrisTheatre.org, or call (310) 544-0403.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the City of Rolling Hills Estates’ annual Parade of Lights will take place with many local community groups and businesses sponsoring floats and participating in the Parade.  The Parade will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will travel along Silver Spur Road, Deep Valley Drive, and the Center Drive.  There are floats, bands, animals and, of course, Santa to make this an event to remember.   You may want to come a little early to find yourself a great viewing spot.  For more information or to request an entry registration, call Andy Clark at (310) 377-1577 x 109 or go to AndyC@ci.Rolling-Hills-Estates.ca.us.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Holiday Traditions click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Performing Arts.