Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars March 2018

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars March 2018 

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to hear interesting topics at the March 2018 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.

March 7, 2018 – Chuck Spurgeon, Professor Emeritus at Marymount California University, will be presenting Moments of Being, Points of Time and the Uses of Memory.  Chuck will explore some of his favorite poetry that describes, defines and tries to explain “What’s it all about?”  He is described as a literary and religious pilgrim, and is currently teaching British literature at Marymount.

March 14, 2018 – Gene Dotson will be presenting Surveyor-Apollo-Viking, an overview of three 1960s and 1970s NASA programs that sent imaging spacecraft to Mars, and spacecraft and a man to the Moon.  Gene worked as a designer of the Terminal Descent Landing System for the Surveyor and Apollo program and as a Program Manager for the Landing System of the Viking program.

March 21, 2018 – Dr. Lew Holzman will be giving his lecture on “Do you know our National Parks?”  When he was younger he owned his own plane, and in 1979 he flew to Denali National Park in Alaska for a vacation.  He enjoyed it so much that he decided to visit 7 national parks that were designated by President Carter in 1980.  He will be sharing his photographs and stories.

March 28, 2018 – Terri Haack currently president of Terranea Resort, will discuss the past, present and projections for Terranea.  She has a distinguished career of more than 30 years in hotel and resort operations management.  While under her leadership, the hotel has been awarded a top Destination Hotels property, renowned for its beauty, cuisine and guest services.

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Peninsula Seniors will sponsor Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center (off Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates).  At 7:30 a.m., 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 – February 20, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 20, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 20, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (16 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 134 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,199,999 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $849,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 19 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $439,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Cindy Chang’s (Home Team Realty) 1629 Via Margarita, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,348 square foot home for $3,799,000.  This immaculate Tuscany inspired Monte Malaga home features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, home office, wine tasting room, all on almost 1/2 acre with pool/spa.  Young Gill & John Gill’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 48 Santa Barbara Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,606 square foot home for $2,995,000.  This completely remodeled Island View home features panoramic ocean views, a gourmet kitchen w/large center island, sprawling family room, luxurious master suite, and resort style back yard with pool/spa.

     

Gerard Bisignano’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 4032 Via Largavista, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,423 square foot home for $2,877,000.  This stunning Spanish Colonial Revival style Valmonte home designed by Doug Leach features Mission-style archways, gourmet kitchen w/center island, master suite w/balcony, and front & rear courtyards with fountains.  Sepehr Ebrahimi’s (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) 40 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,613 square foot home for $1,950,000.  This completely remodeled single story home located in “The Ranch” features crown moldings throughout, an elegant kitchen, on almost 1/2 acre w/beautifully landscaped yard, and large pool/spa.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Orchard Supply Hardware Offers More!

Palos Verdes Orchard Supply Hardware Offers More!

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Palos Verdes home owners have been able to enjoy the new Orchard Supply Hardware store here on the Peninsula since it opened in March 2017.  This location is a great asset for homeowners as we don’t have to drive into Torrance or San Pedro to purchase goods for our households.

Orchard Supply Hardware is celebrating its first year anniversary, and is reaching out with “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” services.  Did you know that some of the great services they offer are “Workbench” services such are cutting keys, glass & plexiglass, wire, chain, rope  and lumber that is purchased at this location.  They also have watch battery replacement, pipe cutting and threading, re-screening doors and windows, and re-keying.  When you need to sharpen your scissors, knives, axes and pruners, look no further as they can assist you at Orchard Supply.

The Potting Bench will actually pot your plants for free with any purchase of a plant and pot.  Having a large nursery was a great addition during the holiday season when I was able to purchase my Christmas tree in my own neighborhood.  They also have a free Recycling program that includes household batteries, light bulbs, thermostats, cardboard and paint cans. Instead of waiting for the cities’ yearly recycling programs, contact Orchard to see if your items fit their parameters.  Shopping Local First helps to put dollars back into our city pockets with sales revenues, and also the hiring of local neighbors.  You can also to also visit our local family run Lunada Bay Hardware store that has been supporting its neighbors for years.

Orchard Supply Hardware store hours are: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The store is located at 43 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information you can reach the Rolling Hills Orchard Supply Hardware at (310) 265-0821.

Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First.  To read my prior article regarding shopping in Palos Verdes click here.

Photo of Orchard Hardward Store located in the Peninsula Center. 

 

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2018

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2018

Palos Verdes homes owners who are looking for some fun ideas for their kids birthday parties have choices here on the Peninsula for event locations.  Whether you want to put on a party yourself at one of the local parks, or want to take the party to another venue there are numerous choices.  Here are just a few:

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet party pack has been popular since the program started.  This wonderful package can be made specific for boys or girls (or both).  The package offer different selections such as ice skating, broom ball, or hockey.  Since Kid Concepts closed due to a fire, parents have been looking new party locations.  Booking a party at The Ice Chalet is a great way to keep your dollars local, while at the same timing giving your child a fun adventure.  Packages range from $275 to $500.  To find out more information about the Ice Chalet party information, click here.  The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-6630, or go to http://www.promenadeicechalet.com/home.

George F Canyon hike

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Art to Grow On are offering a perfect place to celebrate your child’s special day with an outdoor birthday party.  George F. Canyon Nature Center birthday parties are a great way for children to be kind to the Earth and have fun while learning about the environment.  The Nature Center provides all decorations to help you keep the party green.  They offer their own earth friendly cups, plates and utensils.  The birthday child can bring their friends for a unique celebration that lasts up to two hours.  It is held in the covered patio which overlooks a grassy meadow.  The host family can provide cake and refreshments and use the kitchenette facilities.

The fee is $495 for up to 15 children, and $12 per additional child, and includes a private indoor animal tour, outdoor art studio where you have a choice of activities like the Van Gogh Sunflower or Architect and Engineers project, a naturalist guided walk and additional art stations.  They recommend that children be at least 3 years of age up to 12 years of age.  Celebrations can be held Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday after 4:00 p.m.  The George F. Canyon Nature Center is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-7613, or visit info@pvplc.org.

Photos courtesy of the Promenade Ice Chalet and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2017

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2017

Ocean view from Lunada Bay neighborhood, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

2017 Palos Verdes homes sales for Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood decreased to 71 single family homes sold compared to 73 in 2016.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in 2017 increased to $714 compared from $687 in 2016, a 3.9% increase.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in 2017 was $2,278,270 compared to $2,047,475 in 2016.  The most expensive home sold for $13,840,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,071,500.

Currently, Lunada Bay/Margate has 10 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 10 single family homes ranging in price from $1,345,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,631 square foot home, to $7,994,000 for a 6 bedroom/8 bath, 10,297 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale at this time.

For background and history on Lunada Bay/Margate Multiple Listing Area 160, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

To view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Photo of ocean view from the Lunada Bay neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes Enjoys 2018 Easter Egg Hunts!

Palos Verdes Enjoys 2018 Easter Egg Hunts!

Easter Bunny courtesy of Arvin Design

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be sponsoring the Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Ladera Linda Community Center.   At this popular event, children from 1 to 8 years of age can join Mr. Rabbit and find Easter eggs to fill their basket.  This event will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   The fee is $15 per child and there will be a limited number of participants.  Online registration is taking place right now, and remember this event does fill up so make sure you register ahead of time by going to apm.activecommunities.com/rpv or call (310) 544-5260 and get your name on the list.  The last day to register online is March 26, 2018, only if space permits.  Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because there will be lots of photo opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

The Ladera Linda Community Center is located on 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

A Community Egg Hunt will be held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This is a free family event and is open to everyone.  At 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there will be crafts, games, jumpers and snacks.  At 11:00 a.m., the egg hunt will begin by age group.  Remember to bring along your Easter basket and camera.  For more information call (310) 377-2825.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Easter Events click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 13, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 13, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 13, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (27 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 126 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,195,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $849,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 12 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $459,800 and $1,589,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Steven Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 35 Via Del Cielo, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 8 bath, 7,220 square foot home for $6,598,000.  This gorgeous bluff Oceanfront Estates home features unobstructed ocean views for miles, gourmet kitchen, maid’s quarters, electrical car charger, and resort like backyard w/salt water pool.  Lauren Yoon’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 41 Santa Cruz, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,772 square foot home for $3,998,000.  This exquisite Vantage Pointe home features ocean views, office/library, gorgeous kitchen and master w/two large walk-in closets.

        

Holly Kauffman’s (Beach City Brokers) 4117 Via Solano, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,062 square foot home for $2,499,000.  This breathtaking Spanish style Valmonte home built in 2006 features city lights, gorgeous chef’s kitchen w/custom island, wine cellar, and outdoor entertaining area w/spa.  Maggie Ding’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1105 Via Coronel, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,631 square foot home for $1,345,000.  This immaculate single family Lunada Bay home has been completely remodeled top to bottom, and features a spacious kitchen, and a lush backyard for entertaining.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes High Schools’ 2018 Booster Club Fundraisers

Palos Verdes High Schools’ 2018 Booster Club Fundraisers

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Both Palos Verdes high schools will be sponsoring their annual 2018 Booster Club’s fundraisers during the month of March.

Palos Verdes High School will be sponsoring their 2018 Booster Club’s CATCH THE WAVE fundraiser on Friday, March 9, 2018.  The theme is “By The Sea,” and will feature an amazing night of food, dancing, silent auction, and live auction.  Get a group of friends and plan an evening of fun on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight for $125.00 per person.  This year’s event will be held at The Portofino located at 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach.

For more information about this event or to purchase tickets go to http://pvboosterclub.com/product/dinner-tickets.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be sponsoring this year’s annual Booster Club BLACK AND GOLD AFFAIR  fundraiser on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  This  event will feature food, dancing, silent auction, and live auctions beginning at 6:00 p.m. for $125.00 per person. This event will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets go to http:pvhsabc.com.

You don’t have to be a parent of a school child to enjoy these events.  The purpose of these high school fundraisers is to raise money for academics, arts, and athletic programs.  These fundraisers provide 33% of the Booster Club’s contribution for the much needed supplemental funding.

Booster Club Supporters take our high schools to a whole new level of excellence.  The contributions help to subsidize so much at our local high schools.  They help with academics by bringing in Tutors, Link Crew, Technology Upgrades, Digital Database, Speech & Debate Advisories, and Academic Decathlons.  In the Arts Department, they help with the drama productions, video production, choral and color guard, musical equipment for the band and more.  The Athletics Department also gets help with turf maintenance, athletic trainers, athletic equipment and maintenance for the athletic facilities.

They need and appreciate all your support to ensure the success of all Palos Verdes High School students.  Historically, our district receives far less money per student due to state funding inequities.  Bond initiatives, parcel taxes, PEF, and PTSA have all helped, but the additional funds from the Booster Clubs are necessary for our student needs.

Above photos courtesy of PVUSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2018

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2018

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During the month of March 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: 

George F Canyon Nature Center Docent Training will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This training program will help volunteers run the Conservancy’s Nature Centers and education programs.  Must be 18 and over.  Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy at Linden H. Chandler Preserve on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  You will experience this impressively restored 28 acre nature preserve with its lush oasis of riparian habitat and home to the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly.  This is considered a moderate walk and is free and open to the public.  To park, go to Rolling Hills Road turn onto Empty Saddle Road and park in the lot at Empty Saddle Club located at 39 Saddle Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 201 or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

White Point Nature Center Docent Training will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This training program will help you run the Conservancy’s Nature Centers and educational programs.  Must be 18 and over.  Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com. 

Team Leader Training will take place on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Team Leaders provide support and oversight during events.  This is a great program if you love restoring habitat and working with others.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have gone to at least 2 volunteer events before attending the workshop.  Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Monthly Activities

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 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.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 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.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 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.

Stories, Songs, Rhythm and Rhymes – “Springtime” at George C Canyon Center will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  They will share the joy of story telling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of their natural surroundings.  This program is geared for children 2 to 5 years of age.  For more information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238, or for questions email: mperley@pvld.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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

Outdoor Volunteer Days at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday’s March 3 & 10th, 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, March 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings to 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 Real Estate Sales January 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales January 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart January 2018 showing active, pending & sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales January 2018 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to December.  40 Palos Verdes houses sold in January which decreased from the 44 homes sold in December and increased from the the 39 homes that sold in January 2017.  There were 64 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in January which increased from the 34 homes pending in December.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in January (113) decreased from the 130 homes for sale in December.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in January decreased to $1,753,000 from $1,853,000 in December and decreased from the $1,816,000 in January 2017.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in January increased to $636 from December ($632).  Average days on market in January increased to 70 days from 57 days in December.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased again to 2.8 months in January for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3 months in December.  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 116 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 73 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (34 homes have pending sales and 39 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 12 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 8 days of February.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.