Palos Verdes Home Owners Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Here are some tips below to make your Palos Verdes home safe for Trick or Treaters:
Do Halloween Dangers Lurk at Your Entryway?
By: Oliver Marks
Is your front entryway ready for Halloween visitors? Keep everything fun and accident-free with these seven safety tips.
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween — as long as it’s just a trick.
To help you avoid any real-life scares — such as falls, fires, and traffic accidents — around your property this All Hallows Eve, play it safe while you’re setting up your Halloween lights and decorations.
Here are seven simple precautions recommended by John Pettibone, curator of Hammond Castle, a Gloucester, Mass., mansion that draws thousands to its renowned 20-room haunted house every Halloween season.
1. Light the Scene
Providing plenty of illumination ensures that your visitors can see where they’re walking, helping to avoid missteps and falls. Pettibone suggests using the highest wattage bulbs your outdoor lighting fixtures can safely take (check the label on the socket), and adding landscape lights every few feet along your front walk.
“We use the solar-powered kind because there’s no wiring needed,” he says. “Just push them into the ground, let them soak up the sun during the day, and they’ll light up the walk after dark.”
2. Secure the Footing
Clear your walk, steps, and stoop of any obstructions that could trip youngsters focused more on tricks and treats than watching where they’re going. That means moving potted mums and jack o’lanterns out of the way, and hammering down any nail heads protruding out of your steps.
If you have a concrete stoop, which can get slippery when wet, apply friction tape ($16 for a 60-foot roll of 1-inch-wide tape) to ensure stable footing, says Pettibone. He also stocks up on chemical ice melt ($20 for a 50-lb. bag) just in case of an early freeze.
3. Tighten the Railings
If your porch railings are wobbly or broken, family members and friends may know not to lean too heavily on them, but Halloween visitors won’t. So hire a contractor or handyman to fix the problem. It’ll make your home safer for guests all year round. Because more strangers come to your front door this night than the rest of the year combined, now is the time to take care of it.
4. Eliminate Fire Hazards
Don’t put real candles into your carved pumpkins or paper lanterns. “That’s a fire waiting to happen,” says Pettibone. Instead, pick up a bulk pack of LED-bulb faux candles, which emit a yellowish, flickering, battery-powered light that looks amazingly similar to the real thing — without the danger.
5. Secure your Property
To prevent burglaries and Halloween pranks — especially on mischief night the previous evening — make sure to keep all windows and doors (other than your main door) locked shut.
You might have an electrician add motion-sensor lights around your property, so anyone who walks down your driveway or around into the backyard will be discouraged from intruding any farther.
6. Set the Scene
In addition to spooky items like cotton cobwebs and half-buried skeletons, consider a few safety-related scene-setters. Pettibone suggests propping open the screen or storm door so it doesn’t get in the way when there’s a big group of kids congregated on your stoop. “We use yellow caution tape to tie open the door,” he says. “You can order it online and it works well with the Halloween theme.” A 1,000-ft. roll of 3-inch-wide caution tape is about $8.
You’ll also want a working doorbell, so if yours is broken, either hire an electrician or handyman to fix it — or install a wireless doorbell in its place.
7. Enhance Street Safety
Four times as many child pedestrians get killed on Halloween night than a normal night. So limit the danger as much as you can by clearing parked cars off the curb to allow better visibility and placing a reflective “watch for children sign” at the edge of the road. For for high-traffic roads in Halloween-intensive neighborhoods, consider posting an adult in the street with a hand-held traffic control light to help maintain safety.
Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Mid October 2016 Palos Verdes Homes Sales
Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 20 days of October 2016 are 35 homes which is an increase from the 21 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 20 days September and a decrease compared to the first 20 days of October 2015 (53). (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 October 1st to date is $1,722,969 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,622,500 for this same time period and a decrease from $1,899,822 last October.
In October 2016 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $4,850,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 4 bedrooms, 7 baths and 5,310 square feet on a 18,472 square foot lot. This spectacular Spanish Hacienda features a huge Queen’s necklace/ocean/coastline views, a gourmet kitchen w/butler’s pantry, a magnificent master suite w/sitting room, wine cellar, and elevator. The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in October for $960,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rolling Hills Estates; this home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,596 square feet on a 7,990 square foot lot.
We currently have 217 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $865,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes and $48,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills (the low in Eastview is $788,000). To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from July 2015 through September 2016, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Palos Verdes 2016 Half Marathon and 5K/10K Run
The Palos Verdes Half Marathon and 10K and 5K run will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Palos Verdes Marathon, which is part of the Lexus LacedUp Running Series, is being presented by Saucony. Lexus is underwriting the costs of the event and will contribute funds raised to Kiwanis Club for their many scholarship programs.
The race will start and finish at Pelican Cove adjacent to Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The course will follow the road through grandiose residential neighborhoods with million dollar homes and will be flowing along scenic coastal cliffs with views of Catalina Island. With one of the most scenic vistas of rolling hills and coastline views, this event attracts runners and spectators from all over the world. After finishing the race, you can relax with a celebratory Sierra Nevada toast and brunch, or enjoy free massages while overlooking spectacular sea cliffs.
This year, gifts include a free T-shirt, medals and timing chip. Organizers hope to have just over 1,000 runners this year, which would make this the most intimate and exclusive of the LaceUp series. This is the fifth time in 50 years of staging the marathon in Palos Verdes that there will only be a half marathon offered.
The half marathon and 10K will start at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K will start at 7:05 a.m. To register for the event, go to laceuprunningseries.com. Tickets purchased from October 19 through November 18, 2016, are $45 for the 5K, $75 for the 10K and the half marathon is $100. Registration this year will close on Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. or when the event sells out. There is no on-site registration. Race packets can be picked up on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports located at 25359 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance. There will be race day packet pick up at the start line one hour prior to start time and packet pick up will close 30 minutes before each race.
Event parking is provided at three different off-site locations for race participants and event attendees. General event parking will be provided at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall and the Salvation Army property. Vehicles with three or more passengers will be able to park at the Palos Verdes Interpretive Center and Golden Cove Shopping Center. Parking areas will open at 5:00 a.m. and close by 2:00 p.m.
To read my previous article on the Palos Verdes Marathon click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Marathon.
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 18, 2016
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 18, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (25 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 220 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $738,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $788,000). There are 34 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $259,000 and $2,995,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:
Cari Corbalis and Brittney Bunnag’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 60 Dapplegray Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,742 square foot home for $1,599,000. This lovely ranch-style “Lanes” home features a spacious kitchen, large outdoor kitchen, pool/spa and sports court. Jack and Claire Gillespie’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 28517 Meadowmist Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,477 square foot home for $1,425,000. This beautiful French inspired Crest home features a large luxurious kitchen, floor to ceiling windows and sparkling pool on an expansive corner lot.
Tamer Makeen’s (Pier to Pier Brokers, Inc) 4400 Lucero Circle, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,893 square foot home for $1,399,000. This redesigned coastal ranch style Valmonte home features an abundance of natural light, stunning kitchen, media room, huge backyard with elevated outdoor deck. Wayne Chamberlain’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2770 Calle Aventura, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,260 square foot home for $1,340,000. This “El Prado Estates” home features outstanding ocean/Catalina views, high ceilings, wood flooring, and large backyard with patio areas to enjoy the views.
To read my prior article on my favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Sign Up For 2017 AYSO Region 10 Winter Soccer League!
Palos Verdes Winter soccer sign ups are here. Palos Verdes homes owners whose children are interested in playing in the Palos Verdes AYSO Region 10 – 2017 Winter Soccer U6 through U12, should sign up now if your child wants to play during the months of January and February. The registration deadline is November 30, 2016, with games starting in January for eight Saturday mornings – January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017. The games will be held for U6, U8, U10 and U12 at Point Vicente.
Returning Fall season players can go to www.eayso.org log in and print out player registration forms (same as Fall program). The cost is $80 payable to AYSO Region 10, and must be received by November 30, 2016. On December 1, 2016, the price is $90 per player and space will be given on a first come first serve basis. Your child may be wait listed if you miss the deadline. For girls please send your check and paperwork to Ava Dahle, 3637 Via Navajo Place, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Email address is email@example.com. For boys please send check and paperwork to Mike Heinze, 4545 Marloma Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274; email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not played in the AYSO Region 10, then download the form from www.ayso.org and follow mail-in instructions. As always, AYSO’s six fundamental tenets are: everybody plays, balanced teams, open registration, good sportsmanship, positive coaching and player development.
There will be a separate boys and girls division, except for U12 which will be coed. The team selection will be balanced and blind drafted by coordinators. For more information go to www.ayso10.org.
To read my prior article on AYSO winter soccer click here.
Photo courtesy of AYSO Region 10
Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events November 2016
During the month of November 2016, 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.
Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at Portuguese Bend Reserve, on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. You will walk through an area of beautiful coastal sage scrub habitat regrown after the 2009 fire. This is considered a moderate to strenuous walk. For more information, call (310) 541-7613 ext 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.
Uses For Native Plants Workshop at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will experience how local plants are used in traditional and modern ways with Craig Torres. They suggest you bring your re-usable mug/water bottle for additional water. The cost is $20 per person. Space to this event is limited – advance RSVP required at www.pvplc.org/WhitePointWorkshopPurchase.asp.
Microplants On The Peninsula will be held at White Point Nature Education Center on Saturday, November 26, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Naturalist Neil Uelman will give you a close look at the smallest plants that grow here locally (based on his recent research on biological soil crust). RSVP at www.pvplc.org/events/whitepointworkshoprsvp.asp.
Rapid Response Trail Work will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Forrestal Reserve. You will walk alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 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.
The First Sunday Beginners Bird Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Binoculars will be provided and this is considered an easy walk and is free and open to the public. For more information call (310) 437-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Family Storytime – Stories, Songs and More for All at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. They will share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of our natural surroundings. Retired Children’s Librarian, Carla Sedlacek, will read stories and lead activities featuring nature themes using exciting props and songs. Bring the whole family. The nature center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. 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 Saturday, November 12, 2016. 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 www.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.
Birding with Wild Birds at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 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 at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the Conservancy protected habitat. 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, November 26, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. You can visit the White Point Nature Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike. While hiking you can enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area, etc. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, 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.org, Events & Activities.
Outdoor Volunteer Days during the month of November will take place at the Native Plant Nursery on Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects. You must RSVP at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to volunteer. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You can help restore this beautiful habitat while looking out at a beautiful view. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Rapid Response Trail Work will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Forrestal Reserve. Here you will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, on Saturday, November 12, 2016, 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.
Rapid Response Trail Work will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Portuguese Bend Preserve. You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help to nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects. Reservation required by Wednesday, November 19, 2016. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Rapid Response Trail Work will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Abalone Cove Reserve. You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Rapid Response Trail Work will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Forrestal Reserve. Work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help restore this unique canyon habitat. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 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.
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 September 2016 For Palos Verdes Homes
Palos Verdes real estate sales September 2016 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to August. 39 Palos Verdes houses sold in September which decreased from the 66 homes sold in August and the the 61 homes that sold in September 2015. There were 66 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in September which increased from the 50 homes pending in August. The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in September (216) decreased from the 241 homes for sale in August.
Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in September decreased to $1,519,000 from $1,747,000 in August and from the $1,535,000 in September 2015. Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in September decreased to $600 from $657 in August. Average days on market in September increased slightly to 61 days from the 60 days in August. Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 5.5 months in September for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.7 months in August. A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is still lower indicating the continuing high demand for Palos Verdes homes. Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Currently, there are 210 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 103 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (42 homes have pending sales and 61 homes are under contract). Additionally, 17 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 13 days of October.
Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.
South Coast Botanic Gardens October Family Fun
October at South Coast Botanic Gardens bring lots of fun for families to enjoy. During the month of October on Saturdays and Sundays, the Great Pumpkin Hunt takes place and is included with Garden admission. While you are walking through the Garden, you will be looking for ten wooden pumpkins with silly faces. Each one of these pumpkins will have a riddle or question about the Garden that you will need to answer. Next, you will complete an entry form with your answers and at a later date they will select a winner from the entries that have the correct answers. When you submit your entry at the Gift Shop they will give you a treat for participating.
Pokemon GO #GointheGarden Fall Series will be returning on October 14th and 21st, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event is included with Garden admission and is free for Garden members. The Garden’s instructions are: if catching them is your real test, and training them is your cause, then these two fall dates should bring beautiful Friday afternoon sunsets in the Garden that will help you #catchemall. There will be 4 active lures throughout the event with access to the charging station if you need a boost.
During the month of October, the free admission day falls on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula. For more information go to www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
To read my last article on South Coast Botanic Gardens click here.
Photos courtesy of South Coast Botanic Gardens.
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 11, 2016
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 11, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (16 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 214 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $865,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $650,000). There are 36 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $259,000 and $2,995,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:
Gayle Probst and Debbie Taylor’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1437 Via Coronel, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom 3 bath, 3,888 square foot home for $3,200,000. This beautiful upper Lunada Bay home features panoramic ocean views, a designer kitchen, fabulous master suite, and remodeled pool/spa. Astrid Naviaux and Sharon Crum-Herzog’s (Coldwell Banker-PV/Beach Cities) 5937 Peacock Ridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,084 square foot home for $1,599,999. This lovely La Cresta home features amazing Queen’s Necklace/ocean/city views, 2 master suites, updated kitchen, and separate family room.
Rob Dodson’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5558 Shoreview Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,604 square foot home for $$1,395,000. This very special Silver Spur home features a beautiful flagstone courtyard entry w/fire pit, a gourmet kitchen, large master suite w/spa-like bath, and outdoor hot tub. Larissa Rubijevsky’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6726 El Rodeo Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,143 square foot home for $1,275,000. This wonderful Los Verdes home features gorgeous updated kitchen and bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, solar system and dual zone A/C.
To read my prior article on my favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Autumn Sea Fair
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Autumn Sea Fair. This is a fun family day where children of all ages can enjoy ocean related activities like origami lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, how to cast a fishing rod, search for buried treasure, face painting and even compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest which you will make there with recycled products.
There will be dozens of marine related organizations to share information and activities. You will be able to see “Eagle eye” who is known as the birder extraordinaire, a spectacular display by the Los Angeles City Fireboat, scuba diving demonstrations and many more. You can relax and enjoy live music including the jazz style of Harold Greene, the Japanese Drum Troop Kokoro Taiko and the sounds of Stucco Rainbow.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sea Fair go to www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.
To read my last article on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium click here.
Photo of the bounty of the sea fair courtesy of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sea Fair