New Businesses Have Arrived In Palos Verdes!

New Businesses Have Arrived In Palos Verdes!

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

Palos Verdes home owners are noticing a lot of new business activity taking place here on the Peninsula the last few months.  At the Promenade on the Peninsula, Elite Dance Studio moved their location from the Brickwalk into a larger second floor space in the Promenade.  After years of teaching in Palos Verdes, Dylan Lopez Fiamengo and her daughter Breeonna opened their new dance studio this month in Unit #241, where they offer drop in classes as well as competition dance teams.

A restaurant created by Chef Robert Bell joined the list of Promenade restaurants with the introduction of Plates American Bistro.  Located in space #145 (across from El Polla Inka) their menu offers something for everyone to enjoy.  It is joining the current restaurants – El Pollo Inka, Good Stuff, Luna Rossa Ristorante Pizzeria, Red Brick Pizza, Rubio’s and Ruby’s Diner to offer diners many food choices.

Across the street at the Peninsula Center lots of activity has been taking place.  Chipolte and Habit Burger Grill have finally opened joining the list of restaurants located at the Center: Chicken Maison, Dragon Fly Bistro, Hana Pho Restaurant, Inka Wasi, La Salsa, Pizza Hut, Subway and Jamba Juice.

As a temporary home, Halloween City has taken over the now closed Sports Authority space.  Also added to the list of new arrivals the is the Verizon store, Bar Method will be reopening, and G Stage (youth clothing) will be opening before the end of the year.  The most talked about addition is the construction of the new Orchard Supply Hardware which is scheduled to open towards the end of January 2016 in the old Cox Communication space.

Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First.  To read my prior article on the Promenade On The Peninsula, click here.

Photo of The Promenade On The Peninsula courtesy of  Arvin Design.

 

Mid September 2016 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid September 2016 Palos Verdes Home Sales

View of Palos Verdes from Redondo Beach courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 22 days of September 2016 are 23 homes which is a decrease from the 41 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 22 days August and a decrease compared to the first 22 days of September 2015 (39).  (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 September 1st to date is $1,603,109 which is a decrease from last month’s average of $1,716,989 for this same time period and an increase from $1,552,377 last September.

In September 2016 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $2,380,000 and is located in the Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 2,700 square feet on a 6,563 square foot lot.  This stunning newly constructed home features a gourmet kitchen, a luxurious master suite w/ocean views, wired for Smart Home System Technology, a large yard and huge deck off the master suite.   The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in September for $938,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,322 square feet on a 14,333 square foot lot.

We currently have 227 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 $658,900).  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from June 2015 through August 2016, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

View of Palos Verdes from Redondo Beach courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Lunada Bay Harvest Fair!

Palos Verdes Lunada Bay Harvest Fair!

harvest festival 2013

Palos Verdes home owners are looking forward to the local Harvest Festival which will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Lunada Bay Plaza (at the corner of Yarmouth Road and Via Anacapa).  This fun activity, sponsored by the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This is a great time for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy an afternoon outing with their family.  The event will include not only a pumpkin patch but also:

  • Petting zoo
  • Bungee jump
  • Vertical trampoline
  • The Bubble Lady
  • Music by local musicians – Johnny Rockband
  • Hair paint, tattos, face paint
  • Balloon artist
  • Kids crafts

Pumpkin races – you must register to participate.  If you don’t register, you can’t race!  Pumpkin wheel kits are available for purchase at the Lunada Bay Hardware Store.  To register your race entry and to find out more information about the wheel kits, click here.

There will also be food and drink vendors at the festival.

To read my last article on the Lunada Bay Harvest Festival click here.

Photo courtesy of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association.        

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 20, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 20, 2016

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the September 20, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (28 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 224 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 $788,000).  There are 32 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $259,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Raju Chhabria’s (Chhabria Real Estate Company) 701 Via La Cuesta, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 6 bath, 6,915 square foot home for $6,800,000.  This gorgeous Hacienda Estate in Malaga Cove features dramatic ocean/Queen’s necklace views, two master suites, media room, 5-car garage, and pool/spa on nearly 1 acre lot.  Megan Nell’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 615 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,044 square foot home for $2,650,000.  Old World Charm describes this Malaga Cove home with its fabulous sweeping ocean/coastline views, spacious kitchen w/built in desk area and bonus room/office.

       

Camille Jasmin’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 13 Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,436 square foot home for $1,600,000.  This beautiful Palos Verdes Drive South home features panoramic ocean/Catalina views, ocean view kitchen w/center island, updated baths and key to private beach access.  Wendy Sun’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 28921 Indian Valley Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,436 square foot home for $1,280,000.  This updated Crest home features a modern kitchen, spa like master bath and backyard playhouse.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events October 2016

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events October 2016

During the month of October 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.

Special Events: 

Volunteer Greeters Training Workshop will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will learn how to help run outreach booths at upcoming events all over the Peninsula. Volunteers help spread the word about the Conservancy’s efforts.  Sixteen and older can sign up.  Location will be determined later.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

New Fun Paint, Pour, Walk and Draw at George F Canyon on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can enjoy an “adult only” evening exploring nature and your artistic side.  There will be a short nature walk with mobile sketch boards to get inspired, followed by painting with Art to Grow On, Inc., while sipping on wine and light refreshments in an outdoor art studio.  Beginners are welcome.  This is a 21 and older only even.  Everyone will be able to go home with their own masterpieces and the theme is “Artists Choice.”  The cost is $45 per person.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at Lower Portuguese Bend Reserve, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.  You will follow Sandbox Trail ascending through grasses and low shrubs for a nice view of the Pacific Ocean.  This is considered an easy walk and is free and open to the public.  For more information contact (310) 541-7613 ext 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

Wildlife Tracking Training will take place on four consecutive Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Dedicated volunteers are needed to monitor the wild foxes and coyotes in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  No experience is required and all training is provided.  You must be 16 years of age or older.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Nature & Me Story Time at George F Canyon Nature Preserve will take place on Friday, October 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This program is geared for 2 – 5 year olds to help them share the joy of reading and introduce them to the beauty of our natural surrounds.  For more information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238 or email mperley@pvld.org.

Ocean Friendly Gardens Workshop at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The Surfrider Foundation’s South Bay Chapter’s Coordinator, Cheryll Lynn, will talk about the advantages of replacing your lawn with native plants.  White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Binoculars Test Drive with Wild Birds Unlimited will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  You can join Bob Shanman of Wild Birds Unlimited to test out different binoculars.  A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the Conservancy.   This will take place at White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org. Events & Activities.

Monthly Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, October 1, 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, October 2, 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 atwww.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Family Storytime – Stories, Songs and More for All at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, October 8, 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 surrounds.  Retired Children’s Librarian, Carla Sedlacek, will read stores and lead activities featuring nature themes using exciting props and songs.  Bring the whole family.  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, October 15, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 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.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, October 22, 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.

Native Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Visit White Point Nature Education Center for the monthly opportunity to purchase native plants grown in the native plant nursery. There is a limited supply of plants and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  The Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.

Birding with Wild Birds at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Days during the month of October 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 Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help to nature seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  Reservation required by Wednesday, September 28th.  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 p.m.  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.

Rolling Hills Estates 59th City Celebration!

Rolling Hills Estates 59th City Celebration!

The 59th Annual Rolling Hills Estates City Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at a new location, Ernie Howlett Park.  This is an old fashioned celebration where Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy activities all day such as equestrian events, hay wagon rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, watermelon eating contest, horse shoe and corn bag toss competitions, dunk tank, water balloon toss, and hay jumping and corn kernel pits.  Some of the equestrian activities will include horsemanship events & trail obstacle course, therapeutic horse shoeing, emergency animal response preparedness and the Mayor’s welcome, and 26th Calvary Regiment Color Guard.

If you want to try your luck in the 25th Annual Poker Ride, you can join for $10 per hand as a card playing carriage driver or horseback rider.  Non-riders who wish to participate can purchase tickets and have a riding friend carry them.  Players can register at Chandler Park for a one-hour ride between 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information call the Poker Ride Co-Chair Sean Martin at (310) 418-4583.

Of course during the day there will be many opportunities to enjoy your favorite foods with a variety of mobile food vendors, beer garden and beverage drink areas. On stage will be a variety of acts including a magic act, wild animal show, get your green groove, scouts historical flag ceremony, and talent showcase.

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information contact Andy Clark, community services director, at (310)  377-1577, ext. 109, or go to www.ci.rolling-hills-estates.ca.us.

To read a prior article on the Rolling Hills Estates City Celebration click here.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood for the first half of 2016 increased to 45 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 31 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $594 from $582 in 2015, a 2.0% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $1,569,528 in 2016 compared to $1,456,258 in 2015.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood was $3,150,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood was $1,000,000.

Currently, the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood has 28 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 22 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,249,500 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,645 square foot home, to $3,995,000 for a 4 bedroom/6 bath, 5,286 square foot home.  There are 6 condo/townhomes for sale ranging in price from $269,000 for a single/1 bath, 440 square foot home to $639,900 for a 2 bedroom/3 bath 1,727 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on the Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 165, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.

South Coast Botanic Garden Orchid Fall Show & Sale

South Coast Botanic Garden Orchid Fall Show & Sale

South Coast Botanic Garden will celebrate the Annual Fall Orchid Show and Sale, which showcases hundreds of blooming orchids from all over the world, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Palos Verdes homes owners can meet local commercial orchid growers to learn about companion plants, potting, planting and growing of orchids.  The growers will be offering a variety of unique species and hybrid orchids.  Not only will these plants be on sale, but volunteer growers will be teaching the popular Orchids R Easy classes with demonstrations throughout the Show.  The vendors will each have a display exhibit with an orchid theme.  There will also be volunteers to answer your questions.

Classes will include mounting orchids, re-potting, growing, plant care and other helpful hints.  As part of the Show, there will be hourly raffles.  This year there will be a “plant hotel” where you can leave your purchases while you continue to enjoy the Show.  There is no additional fee for the show just the regular entrance fee to the Garden.

The third Tuesday of every month is Free Day at the Garden.  This month’s Free Day will take place on September 20, 2016.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

To read my prior article on Free Day at the Garden at the South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 13, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 13, 2016

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the September 13, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (19 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 225 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 $739,000).  There are 33 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $269,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Barbi Pappas’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2316 Via Pinale, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,420 square foot home for $2,399,000.  This custom built English Regency style Malaga Cove features Queen’s necklace/ocean views, wood paneled library, Asian inspired jacuzzi retreat, pool, and hilltop gazebo.  Gerard Bisignano (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 3809 Via Valmonte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,292 square foot home for $1,995,000. This remodeled traditional Cape Cod Valmonte home features original wainscoting and wood paneling, dormer windows, library, and tranquil expansive backyard which borders walking path.

       

Chad Fahlbusch’s (NWRE Brokers) 27444 Sunnyridge Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,889 square foot home for $1,750,000.  This beautiful ranch style Westfield home features city lights/harbor/mountain views, 2 master suites, upper & lower grass areas and pool.  Cari Corbalis & Brittney Bunnag’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6717 Alta Vista Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,115 square foot home for $1,699,000.  This grand Country Club residence features a majestic foyer with high ceilings & skylights, large spacious kitchen w/breakfast room and 4 bedrooms w/own bath.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents Young Frankenstein!

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents Young Frankenstein!

Palos Verdes home owners have a great opportunity to see a great production at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theater located here in Palos Verdes.  “Young Frankenstein” is a electrifying musical comedy adaptation of Mel Brooks’ funny film, and will be playing at the Norris Theater beginning September 23rd and running through October 9, 2016.

This Broadway hit musical is based on the story of the grandson of the infamous mad scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who suddenly inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania.  With his hunchback side kick and lab assistant, they bring to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s.  The show will also contain such production numbers as “Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”  These crazy songs and and funny musical will keep you laughing throughout the show.

Performance times for “Young Frankenstein” at the Norris Theatre are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets prices are varied so for more information or to purchase tickets go to http://palosverdesperformingarts.com or call (310) 544-0403,

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Performing Art Norris Theatre click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Performing Art Norris Theater.