Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 15, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 15, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (28) homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 229 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $973,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $770,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 42 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Stephen Haw & Betty Waung’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 560 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,766 square foot home for $2,680,000. This fabulous Malaga Cove home features striking Queen’s necklace/coastline views, large front viewing porch, spacious gourmet kitchen, resort style master suite and custom tiered backyard w/mature fruit trees. Shawn Nejad’s (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) 28435 Covecrest Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,068 square foot home for $1,650,000. This charming Crest home features ocean/sunset views, island kitchen w/eat-in area, large family room, custom wine storage and outdoor barbecue area.
Kevin Moen’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6810 Locklenna Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,521 square foot home for $1,475,000. This beautiful Country Club home features ocean/sunset views, expansive chef’s deligh kitchen w/eating area, family/game room, and large master suite. Lee Knickerbocker’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5074 Silver Arrow Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,318 square foot home for $1,250,000. This well maintained Peninsula Center home features LA city light views, kitchen w/eat-in area, formal dining room, and large backyard w/patio area.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Terranea Resort Is Honored With 2019 SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award!
Palos Verdes residents are honored to be able to share in the excitement that our own Terranea Resort is celebrating. On October 10, 2019, the 12th annual South Bay Environmental Excellence Development Ceremony took place at the Flight Path Museum in Los Angeles. This special award ceremony, was established by SEED to present individuals, groups, and businesses that have exhibited excellence in helping to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life in the South Bay. SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy that was founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. SEED is based on the understanding that the promotion of social and environmental enterprises is pivotal to a world of flourishing communities where entrepreneurship drives sustainable development. Terranea Resort was honored with a 2019 SEED Award for Innovation because of its efforts in protecting the valuable coastal resources that define its pristine, natural surroundings on California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula with the following initiatives:
- Decreasing Food & Water Waste: Terranea has enacted a new food waste recycling program, supporting the resort’s “20/20/20” goal, a pledge to reduce energy and water usage by 20% and send only 20% of its total waste to the landfill, all by the year 2020.
- Green Team: Terranea employs a full-time sustainability team and a voluntary green team of 42 associates. The dedicated team conducts internally monthly Green Team meetings, monthly green challenges and campaigns, and works with volunteers and sustainability ambassadors who each have personal passion for sustainability.
- Supporting the Community: The resort’s partially consumed, wholly usable toiletries left in guestrooms are donated to the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles. The resort also collaborates with Chefs to End Hunger, a non-profit organization that redistributes prepared food that would normally go to waste in hotels, restaurants, and other foodservice operations to local food agencies serving meals to those most in need.
This is just one more reason why we should all continue to support this beautiful resort which offers so much for the residents here on the peninsula. Whether it be the wonderful food choices, music programs, health options, children’s entertainment, or just its totally relaxing views, this unique location has it all. Let’s join together in congratulating Terranea on their award acknowledging these wonderful initiatives that they have put in place.
Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort
Enjoy 2019 Halloween Fun In Palos Verdes!
Halloween is just around the corner and many Palos Verdes homes owners are looking for a fun activities for families to participate in. Here are a couple of great events for families to enjoy:
This Sunday, October 13, 2019, Green Hills Memorial will be having their 7th Annual Harvest Festival from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. This free event will have a pumpkin patch, fun maze, arts & crafts, hay rides, live music, and food trucks (for purchases). This is a wonderful opportunity to sample some of the fun Halloween related activities. Green Hills Memorial Park is located at 27501 S. Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Halloween Spooktacular at the Promenade on the Peninsula will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Ice Chalet. This is an all new nighttime, dress to impress event this year. nThe Ice Chalet will transform itself into Spooktacular Hall filled with game activities, vendors, treats, and more. They will be having a costume contest for a chance to win prizes. The game hall admission is $5 and the inclusive skate admission of $10 includes skate rental and game hall. The Ice Chalet is located in the Promenade on the Peninsula at 550 Deep Valley Drive #107, Rolling Hills Estates.
At the Peninsula Shopping Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Halloween Spooktacular will offer Halloween themed activities, DJ dance activities, entertainment, kids crafts, storytelling, balloon art, and more. All families are invited and encouraged to wear their spookiest costume. This event is free and open to the public. Some of the stores located in the shopping center will participate in “trick or treating” during these hours; so look for participating retailer signs on the storefronts. The Peninsula Center is located at 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates (corner of Hawthorne Blvd & Silver Spur).
To read my last article on Halloween fun click here.
Photo courtesy of the Annual Harvest Festival at Green Hills Memorial Park
Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales September 2019 For Palos Verdes Homes
Palos Verdes real estate sales September 2019 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to August. 53 Palos Verdes houses sold in September compared to the 74 homes sold in August and increased compared to the 39 homes that sold in September 2018. There were 68 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in September which increased from the 62 homes pending in August. The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in September (235) decreased from the 242 homes for sale in August.
Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in September decreased to $1,663,000 from $1,781,000 in August and decreased from the $1,867,000 in September 2018. Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in September increased to $640 from August ($626). Average days on market in September decreased to 42 days from 49 days in August. Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 4.4 months in September for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.3 months in August. A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is 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 227 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 91 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (50 homes have pending sales and 41 homes are under contract). Additionally, 16 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 10 days of October with an average sales price of $1,922,744.
To read August’s report on Palos Verdes Real Estate sales, click here.
Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.
During the month of November 2019, 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, and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.
Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at White Point Nature Preserve on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Celebrate Veterans Day walking through restored coastal sage scrub habitat and stop at a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area. Don’t miss the Nature Education Center with activities for the whole family. This is considered an easy to moderate walk. Park at the Nature Center located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Sign up at www.pvplc.org.
The Family Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Families will enjoy this easy and educational walk with a Naturalist through this beautiful canyon preserve and discover the unique variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that call it home. The walk concludes inside the Nature Center with a hands on exploration of the exhibits. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Stroller friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome. The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Family Science & Storytime Featuring the Gray Fox will take place at the White Point Nature Preserve on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration of the Peninsula’s Gray Fox. Listen to our wonderful librarian, Carla Sedlacek, sharing related children’s literature. Afterwards you can explore the wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center and take a self guided walk on the trails. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. The preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. For more information, call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Family Science & Storytime Featuring Crows and Ravens will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration and listen to our Naturalist share children’s literature about Crows and Ravens. Stay and explore the wildlife exhibits and beautiful preserve trail, then picnic under the shady Learning Tree. This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome. 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.
Fall is a Great Time to Plant! Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These beautiful and resilient plants will attract butterflies and other pollinators with plants grown in the Conservancy’s native plant nursery. Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water. Naturalists are on hand to give advice. Plants sold on first come, first served basis. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Everyone in the family will enjoy a naturalist guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden where you’ll learn how early inhabitants used native plants for survival. Then walk through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina. For those interested in the military history of the area, continue to walk up to a WWII gun emplacement. 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, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome. The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
The Wild Bird Unlimited Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Join the Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds making White Point Nature Preserve home. Try to spot a burrowing owl or listen for the call of the endangered gnatcatcher. This program is free and all ages are welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. Parking is available at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
Do you Know Fall is a Great Time to Plant? Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Help attract butterflies and other pollinators to your garden with local native plants grown in the Conservancy’s nursery. Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water. Naturalists are on hand to give advice. Plants sold on first come, first served basis. George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.
The Wild Bird Unlimited Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Join the Wild Birds Unlimited expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage woodland of this beautiful canyon. This program is free and all ages are welcome. Binoculars supplied for beginners. 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.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturday, November 2nd & 16th, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help restore this unique shoreline reserve by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, water native plants and more! Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com
Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
The Family Outdoor Volunteer Activity at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 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 butterflies. Children of all ages will be learning about 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 Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturdays, November 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You can have fun and help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
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, call (310) 541-7613 x 215.
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 8, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 8, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (20) homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 224 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $959,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $770,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 40 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Janet McHugh’s (Coastal Real Estate Company) 4457 Via Pinzon, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,579 square foot home for $2,299,000. This fabulous resort style Valmonte home features amazing 180 degree ocean/city views, chef’s dream kitchen, over $500k remodel, and large private tiered rear yard. Melissa Resich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 7 Cinchring Road, Rolling Hills, 90274 (above right) is a 2 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,018 square foot home for $1,950,000. This modernist masterpiece in Rolling Hills was designed by Richard Neutra, and features stunning ocean views, natural light from walls of windows, built in cabinets/desks/seating all on approx 1 acre of gentle hillside.
Carrie Miller & Lisa Babros’ (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService) 5581 Mistridge Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,904 square foot home for $1,650,000. This well maintained custom Mesa Palos Verdes home features breathtaking city light to Long Beach views, updated eat-in kitchen, huge bonus upstairs area, remodeled full bath, and sparking pool. Darren Chehrazi’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5425 Whitefox Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,577 square foot home for $1,150,000. This beautiful Silver Spur home features awesome ocean/mountain/city views, kitchen w/granite counters, living room w/cozy fireplace, and outdoor patio viewing spot.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes Is Getting New Businesses At Its Mall!
Palos Verdes homes owners are happy to see that more new businesses are moving into our community. The Peninsula Center is currently going through major changes and welcoming new businesses to its location. Some of the new businesses that have opened recently in the center are the new Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty office location, Club Pilates, and It’s Boba Time which is located at 27 Peninsula Center. Coming soon to Peninsula Center are Old Navy (set to open in November), and it was just announced that Target would be moving into the old Orchard Supply Hardware location (move in date not yet available). These two large retail companies are a welcomed addition to our local shopping malls, and will hopefully encourage other large retailers to join them.
The holidays will soon be here, so please support our local businesses and Shop Local First so even more businesses will want to bring their goods and services to our area.
The Peninsula Center is located at 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates. (Corner of Silver Spur Road & Hawthorne Blvd).
Photo courtesy of Old Navy & Target stores
Skechers Friendship 2019 Walk Benefits Peninsula Education Foundation
Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy and support a friendship walk for the Peninsula Education Foundation, which is seeking donations to support our local Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. The primary source of income for most public school districts in California, including the PVPUSD, is from the State. However, State support has declined since 2007-08. The most stable and reliable funding source in recent years has been local revenue from the Peninsula Education Foundation. This year the foundation will be celebrating their 40th year anniversary. A lot has changed in the past years, but the income from Peninsula Education Foundation has allowed PVPUSD to continue providing students the programs and services needed for their success in college and/or the workplace.
The Peninsula Education Foundation board of trustees has yet to set its fundraising goal for this year (the fundraising goal for last year was $3,100,000). Currently, a large portion ($1.5 million) of the pledge is allocated to saving teachers’ jobs, with the remaining pledge balance supporting elementary choral and instrumental music; library aides; PE for grades K- 5; STEM for elementary grades 4-5, intermediate & high school safe schools counselors, College Career Center staff and STEM programs for robotics and engineering called PVIT and SMERT. Recently, the PEF Board voted to allocate funding for the development of a digital citizenship program at the intermediate level and the creation of Parent University to provide technology training and resources to access important district and student information/resources.
Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to support our schools by registering for The Pier To Pier Friendship Walk which will be held Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (check-in is at 8:00 a.m.). Early check in for the walk takes place on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at any of the local Skechers stores located in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach South Bay Galleria, Torrance Del Amo Mall or the Promenade on the Peninsula. The cost of the walk is $30 for early check in, or $35 on the day of the walk with the entire fee going directly to our schools. This 3.5 mile walk begins at Manhattan Beach Pier and you can sign up either as walker or “virtual walker” and designate Palos Verdes Education Foundation as your charity of choice. Last year our schools received a check for $247,000 from Skechers and had over 4,000 participants. This year they hope to have more participants and increase the money going to our schools. Every participant receives a tee shirt and gift bag. And if you stay until noon, you can join in the famous pumpkin races. It’s easy to register online at www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com and click on the “register to walk button.”
Please register your entire family to join in the fun and support PEF and our schools. This is a win-win. Our Palos Verdes schools will receive additional funding and you and your family can enjoy a beautiful morning at the beach!
To read my last article on Skechers Friendship Walk click here.
Photo courtesy of Skechers Friendship Walk
Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Mira Catalina Neighborhood 1st Half 2019
Palos Verdes homes sales in the Mira Catalina neighborhood for the first half of 2019 increased to 13 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 12 in 2018. Price per square foot for Mira Catalina houses that sold in the first half of 2019 increased to $649 from $591 in 2018, a 9.8 % increase. Average sales price for Mira Catalina homes sold in the first half of 2019 increased to $1,559,614 in 2019 compared to $1,409,458 in 2018. The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in Mira Catalina was $1,950,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Mira Catalina neighborhood was $1,080,000.
Currently, the Mira Catalina neighborhood has 6 Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 6 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,239,000 for a 4 bedroom/2 bath, 2,393 square foot home, to $2,200,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 3,900 square foot home. There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.
For background and history on the Mira Catalina neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 168, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.
To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Mira Catalina neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo courtesy of Marymount College located in the Mira Catalina neighborhood
Palos Verdes Joins In The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!
Palos Verdes homes owners can join the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in supporting the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the collection site in front of the Palos Verdes Police Station located at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates.
The purpose of this Take Back program is a safe way to dispose of pharmaceutical drugs that can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or doctors supervision. Many teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, from the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Take back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.
We have a large population of seniors on the Peninsula who live alone and this is a great time to remind them to go through their medicine cabinets and bring all those medications that they no longer need (or have expired) to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. While speaking with them, remind them that the flu season will be here soon and they may want to speak to their doctor about preventative measures. Encourage them to keep up healthy habits like exercise, good hydration and plenty of sleep which can help boost their immune system during cold and flu season.
For more information on this event call (310) 378-4211.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Police Department