Palos Verdes Little League 2019 Registration Opening Soon!

Palos Verdes Little League 2019 Registration Opening Soon

Palos Verdes home owners who want their children to play in the local Little League Spring 2019 season should be aware that registration is opening soon. Palos Verdes Little League is committed to its player safety.  Over the past few years, they have improved the fields with higher fencing, safety nets, and fixed potentially dangerous lips at main game fields.  Important news for the league is that beginning January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® requires that all bats adhere to the new USA Baseball Standard.  No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.

Palos Verdes Peninsula is divided into 4 separate Little League divisions.  The boundaries are determined by your property address.  However, if you live outside of a league’s boundary, but attend school within their boundary, you are allowed to register with that league.  Registration for the 2019 Spring season will open on November 1, 2018, and will remain open until December 31, 2018.  The registration process has changed, and you will need to create a new login ID and password.  “League age” will determine what division your child is placed in.  After entering your child’s birth date, a league age will be calculated and the division that he or she is eligible to play in will open for registration.  Registration will automatically assign you to a division based on your child’s age, but you will have the option to have them play in a lower division.

Divisions available by league age are:  Tee Ball for ages 4–6, Farm division ages 6-7, Minor division ages 8–9, Intermediate division ages 10–11, and Major division ages 11-12.   If you are requesting to play up a division, that will be determined by the draft (therefore by the managers in the division).

For more information, or to start the registration process go to http://www.pvlittleleague.com/home.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Little League click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Little League.

Palos Verdes Home Sales Country Club Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Palos Verdes Home Sales Country Club Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Los Verdes Country Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Country Club neighborhood for the first half of 2018 increased to 15 single family homes sold in 2018 compared to 10 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Country Club houses that sold in the first half of 2018 increased to $606 from $585 in 2017, a 3.7% increase.  Average sales price for Country Club homes sold in the first half of 2018 increased to $2,009,302 in 2018 compared to $1,844,700 in 2017.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Country Club neighborhood was $3,425,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Country Club neighborhood was $1,322,525.

Currently, Country Club has 13 active Palos Verdes home for sale.  There are 12 single family homes priced from $1,375,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,076 square foot home, to $5,500,000 for a 5 bedroom/6 bath, 7,525 square foot home.  There is 1 condo/townhome priced at $395,000 for a single/1 bath, 431 square foot condo.

For background and history on Country Club Listing Area 171, 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.

Catalina and ocean views from the Los Verdes Golf Club located in Country Club neighborhood.

Palos Verdes Joins In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

Palos Verdes Joins In National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department will be joining in 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 27, 2018, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the collection site in front of the Palos Verdes Police Station 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 here 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 contact (310) 378-4211.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Police Department

 

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 16, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 16, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 16, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (24 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 228 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,029,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $769,000) to $23,888,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 34 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $315,000 and $1,825,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 564 Via Media, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,054 square foot home for $2,999,000.  This spectacular lower Malaga Cove home features panoramic ocean/coastline views,a charming courtyard, gourmet kitchen, spacious family room, wine cellar and private spa. Daniel Assayag’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6545 Abbottswood Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,815 square foot home for $1,999,000.  This stunning turn-key Santa Barbara Mediterranean style Los Verdes home features views of the ocean/Catalina, a dream kitchen, private study, large master suite, and entertainers back yard.

       

Alan Bates’ (NWRE Brokers) 405 Via Colorin, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,760 square foot home for $1,599,000.  This charming Valmonte home features a remodeled kitchen, upgraded baths, and a beautiufully landscaped front corner lot.  Sunny Rahmani’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 26410 Grayslake Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,890 square foot home for $1,350,000.  This delightful Silver Spur home features a remodeled gourmet kitchen w/center island, remodeled bathrooms, and a private back yard w/fire pit and fruit trees.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Enjoy 2018 Halloween Fun In Palos Verdes!

Enjoy 2018 Halloween Fun In Palos Verdes!

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Halloween is just around the corner and many Palos Verdes homes owners are looking for a fun place to take their children to preview their costumes and get a head start on Halloween.  Our local malls are providing safe venues for children to enjoy Halloween events.

At the Peninsula Shopping Center on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Halloween Spooktacular will offer Halloween themed activities, DJ dance activities, entertainment, face painting, kids crafts, storytelling, balloon art and more. Pick up a free trick-or-treat bag at the Peninsula Shopping Center booth, located near La Salsa (while supplies last).  All families are invited and encouraged to wear their spookiest costume.  The 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.

Halloween Skate will be offered on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Ice Chalet located in the Promenade on the Peninsula.  The Ice Chalet will be offering a fun Halloween themed skate day from 12:10 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Cost for skating will be $10, and shoe rental will be $4.  You are encouraged to wear your costumes.

The Peninsula Center is located at 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates (corner of Hawthorne Blvd & Silver Spur).

The Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Halloween safety tips click here.

Sign Up For AYSO 2018 Region 10 Winter Soccer League!

Sign Up For 2019 AYSO Region 10 Winter Soccer League!

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Palos Verdes Winter soccer sign ups are here.  Palos Verdes homes owners whose children are interested in playing in the Palos Verdes AYSO Region 10 – 2019 Winter Soccer U6 through U12, should sign up now if your child wants to play during the months of January and February.  The registration deadline is November 30, 2017, with games beginning in January for eight Saturday mornings – January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2018.  The games will be held for U6, U8, U10 and U12 at Point Vicente.

Returning Fall season players can go to http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region10 and log in and print out player registration forms (Winter 2018).  The cost is $80 for returning fall players, and $97.50 for new players.  To get these prices, registration forms must be submitted and paid for by November 30, 2017.  On December 1, 2016, the price is $90 for returning players and $107.50 for new players.  Space will be given on a first come first serve basis.  Your child may be wait listed if you miss the deadline.  If you have not played in the AYSO Region 10, then click here to download the form from AYSO Region 10.

As always, AYSO’s six fundamental tenets are: everybody plays, balanced teams, open registration, good sportsmanship, positive coaching and player development.

There will be a separate boys and girls division, except for U12 which will be coed.  The team selection will be balanced and blind drafted by coordinators.  For more information, you can email region10wintersoccer@gmail.com or click here.

To read my prior article on AYSO winter soccer click here.

Photo courtesy of AYSO Region 10

Palos Verdes Home Sales West Palos Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Palos Verdes Home Sales West Palos Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Oceanfront Estates Bluff Trail, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Palos Verdes homes sales in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood for the first half of 2018 increased to 11 single family homes sold in 2018 compared to 7 in 2017.  Price per square foot for West Palos Verdes houses that sold in the first half of 2018 increased to $770 from $699 in 2017, a 10.2% increase.  Average sales price for West Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2018 increased to $2,417,909 in 2018 compared to $2,132,143 in 2017.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood was $4,195,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood was $1,415,000.

Currently, the West Palos Verdes neighborhood has 8 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 8 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $2,390,000 for a 5 bedroom/4 bath, 2,226 square foot home, to $15,450,000 for a 6 bedroom/8 bath, 9,335 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the West Palos Verdes Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 170, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Oceanfront Estates Bluff Trail located in this neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Costume Closet 2018 Extended October Hours

Palos Verdes Costume Closet 2018 Extended October Hours

Costume Closet, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Halloween stores have already began popping up around the area and children and adults are already choosing this year’s costume.   As a benefit for Palos Verdes homes owners, the Costume Closet in Palos Verdes will extend their hours beginning October 13, 2018, and continue through November 3, 2018.  The extended store hours will be Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  On October 31, 2018, the store will only be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. so that the staff can enjoy the holiday also.  To make it easier to return your costumes after Halloween, they will be keeping special hours from November 1, through Saturday, November 3, 2018.  The hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 4, 2018, they will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After November 4, 2018, they will return to normal business hours.

If you haven’t been to the Costume Closet lately then you are in for a big surprise!  Along with their inventory which has grown to over 8,000 costumes, they have increased not only their Halloween costume area, but also their theatrical/period clothing, wedding/formal wear and high end vintage clothing.  Their accessory and shoe department has tripled and now can be accessed quickly with their new computer system.  Their new website is divided into children and adult areas and you can see costumes being modeled.  If you find a costume that you would like to try on, there will be a specific identification number to locate the costume.  Going online to find that perfect costume idea is a great way to save time.  Also the rental pricing cannot be beat, and rental periods are usually for a week except for specialty items and theatrical costumes.  Credit cards are now accepted for payment.  It is a good idea to reserve your costumes early as they go fast.  Whether you’re doing a school project, dressing for Halloween, or need something fun for a costume party, Costume Closet is the place to visit.  You can find just about everything here and you will be able to complete your entire look with all their accessories.

The Costume Closet is located in the former Malaga Cove School grounds in Palos Verdes Estates near the Palos Verdes School District headquarters.  It is a community service program of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs and is supported by volunteers which keep this non profit running.  Originally, the Costume Closet was organized to help support the community’s need for theatrical costuming for its local schools; but now, after forty years, it has developed into a full party event supplier.  The Costume Closet is looking for teamwork oriented high school volunteers from Palos Verdes to help out; volunteers will receive community service hours.

The Costume Closet is located at 300 “B” Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.  For more information call (310) 378-5005 or go to www.costumeclosetpv.com.

To read my last article on the Costume Closet click here.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales September 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales September 2018 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales September 2018 showing active, pending and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales September 2018 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to August.  39 Palos Verdes houses sold in September compared to the 65 homes sold in August and decreased compared to the 67 homes that sold in September 2017.  There were 45 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in September which decreased from the 60 homes pending in August.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in September (226) decreased from the 229 homes for sale in August.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in September increased to $1,867,000 from $1,778,000 in August and increased from the $1,560,000 in September 2017.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in September increased to $652 from August ($648).  Average days on market in September increased to 50 days from 35 days in August.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 5.8 months in September for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.5 months in August.  A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is slightly lower.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 238 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 65 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (34 homes have pending sales and 31 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 13 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of September.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Palos Verdes 2018 Lunada Bay Harvest Festival!

Palos Verdes 2018 Lunada Bay Harvest Festival!

Palos Verdes home owners are looking forward to the local Harvest Festival which will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Lunada Bay Plaza (at the corner of Yarmouth Road and Via Anacapa).  This great event, sponsored by the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This is a fabulous opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy an afternoon outing with their family.  The Festival will include not only a pumpkin patch but also:

  • Petting zoo
  • Kiddie Carnival
  • Pony Rides
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Hair paint, tattoos, face paint
  • Balloon artist
  • Kids crafts
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Local Band

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

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

Photo courtesy of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association.