Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2019
During the month of December 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 Lower Portuguese Bend Reserve on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. During the walk, you will follow Sandbox Trail ascending through grasses and low shrubs for nice views of the Pacific Ocean. This is considered an easy walk. Park in the dirt lot on Palos Verdes Drive South west of Schooner Drive, and the Portuguese Bend Beach Club and east of Peppertree Drive. Sign up at www.pvplc.org.
The Family Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 7, 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 Peregrine Falcon will take place at the White Point Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration of the Peninsula’s Peregrine Falcon. 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 the Raccoon will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, December 14, 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 Raccoons. 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.
Native plants are beautiful holiday decor and great gifts! Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 14, 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 Wild Bird Unlimited Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 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.
The Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 21, 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.
Native plants are beautiful holiday decor and great gifts! Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 28, 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.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You can have fun and help restore this unique canyon habitat (with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean) which is home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.
Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturdays, December 14th & 28th, 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, December 21, 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, December 21, 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.
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.
Palos Verdes Home Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 1st Half 2019
Palos Verdes homes sales in the La Cresta neighborhood for the first half of 2019 decreased to 15 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 20 in 2018. Price per square foot for La Cresta houses that sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $566 from $608 in 2018, an -6.9% decrease. Average sales price for La Cresta Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $1,962,500 in 2019 compared to $2,149,063 in 2018. The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in La Cresta was $2,885,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the La Cresta neighborhood was $1,130,000.
Currently, the La Cresta neighborhood has 12 Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 11 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,650,000 for a 5 bedroom/4 bath, 3,612 square foot home, to $5,000,000 for a 5 bedroom/8 bath, 7,845 square foot home. There is one condo/townhome for sale and is a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 1,992 square foot condo/townhome for $980,000.
For background and history on the La Cresta neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 172, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.
To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the La Cresta neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo above of Del Cerro Park located in this neighborhood
Local South Bay Area 2019 Holiday Events!
Palos Verdes home owners are getting ready for the 2019 holiday season. Here are some of the fun events that our neighboring cities are hosting.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center will be presenting their 36th annual “Holiday Festival” beginning Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and running through Sunday, December 8, 2019. The Festival will feature decorated trees and a holiday celebration that includes a food court, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a large Holiday gift section. More than 30 trees are decorated with a different theme and will be sold with the proceeds going to the construction of the Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Center, a 2 story facility that will consolidate cancer treatment and services into a single location for patient care. The “Holiday Festival” is located in the parking lot under the big white tent adjacent to the hospital on Skypark & Medical Center Drives. The public can view the trees and boutique on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday, December 4th & 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and free for children under 3 years old. Senior citizens can enjoy the festivities for free on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be a lunch with Santa on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $20 per person; this is a great opportunity to bring your camera and take photos of your little one with Santa. In addition to the Holiday Tree Festival, there is a Fashion Show & Festival Gala. Additional information is available at www.torrancememorial.org/HolidayFestival, or call (310) 517-4703. The Hospital is located at 3330 Lomita Boulevard, Torrance.
In Riviera Village, the annual “Riviera Village Holiday Stroll” will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a great event for all ages with a parade featuring marching bands from local schools and Santa will be making an appearance around 6:00 p.m. The stores will be bringing out their festive wares and treats and you will definitely feel the holiday cheer. The Stroll takes place on Catalina Avenue and Avenue I in Redondo Beach.
To read my prior article on South Bay Area Holiday Events click here.
Photo courtesy of the Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival
Palos Verdes Weekend Local Events!
Palos Verdes homes owners have some great events happening this weekend here and around the peninsula. Whether you are into music, pastel paintings or just enjoying a pumpkin hunt, there is something for everyone.
Starting this Saturday, November 9, and running through November 23, 2019, the “Pastel Extravanganza” art show will be featured at the Riviera United Methodist Church. This event is sponsored by the Pastel Society of Southern California (PSSC), and will showcase nearly 50 high quality framed paintings which are also available for purchase. An opening reception will be held this Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the Society’s tenth annual showcase featuring its members’ works. The ongoing gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday until November 23, 2019. The Riviera United Methodist Church is located at 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach.
The Rolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays At Two concert series at 2 p.m. on select second Sundays throughout the year. RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for this series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June (except during the month of December and the month of Easter when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC). Admission is FREE but donations are always appreciated which goes directly to the artist. This Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., pianist Steven Vanhauwaert with the Inner City Youth Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dickerson III, will be featured. This is sure to be a great afternoon of music. For more information call (310) 316-5574 or visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).
The Great Pumpkin Hunt is taking place at the South Coast Botanic Garden until November 30, 2019. If you haven’t already visited, come celebrate Autumn with this perfect fall excursion in the Garden! This is an annual tradition that has you out exploring picturesque areas of the Garden in search of hidden pumpkins leading you to the unexpected. This is a definite bring your camera or cell phone for plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Walking shoes, sunscreen and water bottles recommended – all ages welcomed and encouraged! This fun event is free with general admission.
The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Photo featured is the painting “L’Orangerie” by Catherine Cunningham courtesy of Riviera United Methodist Church
Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales October 2019 For Palos Verdes Homes
Palos Verdes real estate sales October 2019 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to September. 50 Palos Verdes houses sold in October compared to the 53 homes sold in September and decreased compared to the 57 homes that sold in October 2018. There were 73 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in October which increased from the 60 homes pending in September. The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in October (201) decreased from the 235 homes for sale in September.
Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in October was exactly the same as September, $1,663,000, and decreased from the $1,944,000 in October 2018. Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in October increased to $657 from September ($640). Average days on market in October increased to 68 days from 42 days in September. Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased to 4 months in October for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 4.4 months in September. A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is lower indicating the continuing demand for Palos Verdes homes. Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Currently, there are 203 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 91 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (49 homes have pending sales and 42 homes are active under contract). Additionally, 19 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 7 days of November.
To read September’s report on Palos Verdes Real Estate sales, click here.
Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.
Terranea Resort’s 2019 Thanksgiving Traditions
Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday at Terranea Resort. Whether you are looking for a fun golf outing, special dining experiences or even Thanksgiving To Go, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, The Links at Terranea will be offering a Turkey Shoot Out golf scramble starting at 8:30 a.m. and you can join the contest held on the 9-hole course where prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The cost is $75 for members and $99 for non-members. For reservations call the golf house at (310) 265-2752 or go to Turkey Shoot Out on the Terranea Links at the Terranea website www.terranea.com.
Terranea’s Ballroom will be featuring Thanksgiving Buffet on November 28, 2019, at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. The cost is $105 per adult, $47 per child ages 5 to 10, and free for children under four. There will be live music and a special holiday dessert bar. Call (310) 265-2836 for more information. (If you purchase tickets online there is a built-in gratuity charge of 24%). The deadline for purchasing tickets online is Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.
Mar’sel will be offering a prix fixe gourmet menu of holiday classics from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $98 for adults, children 5 to 10 are $55 per person. Reservations can be made at (310) 265-2836.
Nelson’s will be screening a day of football and offering a Thanksgiving family style meal with a tangerine brine smoked turkey breast and all the holiday sides. They also will be serving their dinner menu. The price per person will be $65 for adults, children 5-10 are $30. They will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Football fans will be able to watch Thanksgiving football games on an large outdoor TV screen. Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.
Bashi will be serving a special Asian inspired Thanksgiving with turkey wings 2 ways (smoked & crispy), butter bread stuffing, and Chinese sausage & shiitake mushrooms for $34. They will be open from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.
Catalina Kitchen will be having a buffet which includes a carving station, Thanksgiving dishes, local seafood, raw bar, crepes and desserts at a charge of $115 for adults, children 5 to 10 are $47, and children under 5 are free. The price also includes a taste of champagne. They will be open from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.
Solviva will be offering a 3 course prix fix menu with wellness-centric dishes including fresh chestnut soup and burdock root stuffed quail from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for $45. Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.
On Friday, November 29, 2019, Terranea will be celebrating Blissful Black Friday at Marea where shoppers will receive 30% off from 8:00 a.m to noon, 25% off from noon to 4:00 p.m. and 20% off from 4:00 p.m. to close.
Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes. If using a navigation system, use 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information go to www.terranea.com or call (310) 265-2800.
To read my previous article on Thanksgiving Traditions click here.
Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 5, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 5, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (16) homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 198 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,100,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $755,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 48 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Stephen Haw’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 6224 Ocean Terrace Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 7,848 square foot home for $5,000,000. This fabulous La Cresta home features spectacular ocean/Catalina/golf club views, large family room, gourmet kitchen w/butler counter, 2 private bedroom wings, koi pond, and swimming pool/spa. Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 1605 Via Montemar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,506 square foot home for $1,750,000. This beautiful Malaga Cove home was updated/remodeled in 2012/2013 and features a spacious family room, gorgeous kitchen, guest suite, and peek-a-boo ocean views.
Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27886 Longhill Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,160 square foot home for $1,398,000. This special Peninsula Center home features panoramic coastline/city/mountain views, spacious living room, kitchen w/breakfast bar & eating area, and updated baths. Natsuko Fujii’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 6 Cresta Verde Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,992 square foot home for $980,000. This lovely Cresta Verde townhome features gorgeous ocean views, remodeled kitchen & baths, oversized patio, and community pool, Jacuzzi, tennis courts & gym.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes 2019 Holiday Traditions
Palos Verdes homes owners can celebrate Holiday Traditions locally on the Peninsula with many upcoming events. There are tree lighting celebrations, holiday parades, Nutcracker ballets, visits with Santa and more. Here are just a few of the events coming our way:
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the Promenade on the Peninsula will be hosting their Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll with fun activities all day long and the tree lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m.
The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented by several local dance studios at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center. Peninsula School of Performing Arts (PSPA) will start their performances on Friday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets prices are $35 adults/$25 for children 17 and under. The Classical Ballet Theater will be performing “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, November 25, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with ticket prices of $25 adult/$20 children under 12. The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center is located at 27570 Crossfield, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information, or to purchase tickets go to www.NorrisTheatre.org, or call (310) 544-0403.
Elite Dance Studio will be performing their “A Twisted Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theater located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro. Tickets are available for $20/adults and $12/children under 12. To purchase tickets from the Warner Grand Theater go to http://wgt.tix.com .
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the City of Rolling Hills Estates’ annual Parade of Lights will take place with many local community groups and businesses sponsoring floats and participating in the Parade. The Parade will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will travel along Silver Spur Road, Deep Valley Drive, and the Center Drive. There are floats, bands, animals and, of course, Santa to make this an event to remember. This year the parade announcers will be Mike Whitehead, Michele Swanson & Brenda Barnes. You may want to come a little early to find yourself a great viewing spot. For more information or to request an entry registration, call Cynthia Morquecho (310) 377-1577 x 109.
To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Holiday Traditions click here.
Photo courtesy of Elite Dance Studio
Palos Verdes Art Center 2019 Winter Registration Sign Ups!
The Palos Verdes Art Center Winter early registration is open now for PVAC members, and non members can begin registration on November 11, 2019, for classes which will start the week of January 13, 2020, and run through March 14, 2020. This class start date is for both children and adults.
The children’s classes available this session under the Youth Studio are: Exploring Art, Drawing & Painting, Youth Wheel and Drawing.
This Winter, there are over 30 adult classes being offered. Some of the adult classes available this winter are: Intro To Ceramics, Intro To The Wheel, Wheel Throwing, Mid Level Ceramics, Ceramic Jewelry, Form, Color & Molds, Upper Level Ceramics, Open Studio, Digital Imaging, Drawing Principles, Future Drawing Gesture & Structure, Figure Drawing, Intermediate Drawing, Intro To Glass, Mid Level Glass, Intro To Watercolor, Acrylic Painting, Portraiture, Botanical Painting, Mixed Media, Watercolor, Plein Air, Fauvism, Expressionism & Abstraction, Collage, Independent Painting, Printmaking, and MIG Welding. The instruction is not always based on a set formula. Some of the smaller classes are taught by artists and educators that base instruction on individual needs. These adult classes are ten weeks long and class prices vary depending on the size of the class and the materials needed.
To get a full description of each class being offered and class times go to www.pvartcenter.org. On the website, you can register for your class or if you wish to sign up in person, go to the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Entrance Lobby at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 541-2479.
To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Art Center click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Palos Verdes Home Sales Country Club Neighborhood 1st Half 2019
Palos Verdes homes sales in the Country Club neighborhood for the first half of 2019 decreased to 13 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 15 in 2018. Price per square foot for Country Club houses that sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $557 from $606 in 2018, an 8.1% decrease. Average sales price for Country Club Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $1,819,682 in 2019 compared to $2,009,302 in 2018. The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in Country Club was $3,700,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Country Club neighborhood was $1,300,000.
Currently, the Country Club neighborhood has 8 Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 8 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,479,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,813 square foot home, to $4,500,000 for a 5 bedroom/7 bath, 5,334 square foot home. There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.
For background and history on the Country Club neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 171, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.
To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Country Club neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo of Los Verdes Golf Course courtesy of American Golf Corporation