Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Local Area Holiday Fun This Weekend!

Palos Verdes Residents Can Enjoy Local Area Holiday Fun This Weekend!

Palos Verdes homes owners have many choices of holiday activities near the Peninsula during the holiday season. This Saturday, December 10, 2016, the local 25th annual Holiday Boat Parade will take place in Redondo Beach at King Harbor.  Paddle craft boaters will be kicking off the parade at 4:30 p.m. with their decorated and lighted boards/costumes and they will be followed by power and sail boats which will be all decked out.  Each year there is a theme for the parade, and this year’s theme is “An American Holiday Salute to the Red, White & Blue” and will be honoring three local heroes.  For more information on the parade and best viewing locations, call (310) 376-2459.

Another great family activity for the season is viewing the lights in Sleepy Hollow (a.k.a. Candy Cane Lane).  Tucked away in a South Torrance neighborhood is one of the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights in the South Bay and possibly in the country which can be viewed beginning December 1, 2016, through January 2, 2017.  You can walk or drive through Candy Cane Lane and get in the holiday spirit.  Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights can be accessed at Roberts Road off Pacific Coast Highway, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. every night until New Year’s Eve.  Walking through the area is a much more relaxed, up-close view of all the displays without all the traffic.

To read my last article on Local Area Holiday Fun click here.

Photo courtesy of King Harbor Boating Foundation.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – December 6, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – December 6, 2016                      

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the December 6, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (24 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 161 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $832,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $659,000).  There are 38 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $249,000 and $2,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Steve Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3806 Via Palomino, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,377 square foot home for $2,695,000.  This fabulous one story Valmonte home features an elelgant private master suite, a dream kitchen, an office w/built-ins, and a serene peaceful backyard w/cascading water fall & stream.  Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 300 Via Navajo, Palos Veres Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,071 square foot home for $2,500,000.  This spectacular Valmonte home features large gourmet kitchen w/center island, a luxurious maser suite, a separate guest suite, and an extra 700 square foot basement/theater room.

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Frank Fountain & Heidi Agid-Mackenbach’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 617 Paseo Lunado, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,204 square foot home for $1,549,000.  This charming traditional Lunada Bay home features partial ocean/Catalina views, remodeled bathrooms and hardwood floors.  Sepehr Ebrahimi’s (Berkshire Hathaway Home Service) 26823 Hyte Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,697 square foot home for $1,125,000.  This quiet cul-de-sac Silver Spur home features peek-a-boo city lights, vaulted ceilings, remodeled bath & kitchen and parquet hardwood flooring throughout.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Visits With Santa!

Palos Verdes Visits With Santa!

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Palos Verdes homes owners and their children are getting ready for the 2016 Santa visits that will be occurring throughout the Peninsula.  Here are just a few of the opportunities in the area.

Santa arrives at Lunada Bay Park on Thursday, December 7, 2016, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This holiday event includes not only a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, but also a petting zoo, train ride, Santa letter writing station, cookie decorating station and refreshments.  Wear warm clothing as there will be snow to play in!  Bring your camera and get a special picture with Santa.  Lunada Bay Park is located at 2325 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Christmas Spectacular On Ice will take place at the Promenade on the Peninsula at 5:00 p.m.  This holiday production will include all ages and levels of group and solo ice skating performances.  The ice rink is located at 550 Deep Valley Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-6630.

Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long will take place at St. Peter’s By The Sea.  The entire community is invited to participate on Saturday, December 10, 2016, beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a cookies and cocoa ornament decorating and at 5:00 p.m., the sing-a-long will begin.  Santa will be there also for visits and photos.

The Peninsula Center will be enjoying time with Santa on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. near Baskin’s Robbins.  Make sure you have your camera with you to take a holiday picture.

The Promenade on the Peninsula will have Santa visits from December 20th through the 23rd, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Christmas tree in the center of the plaza.  Bring your camera as this is a great location to take that special holiday picture.

Malaga Cove will be enjoying their annual visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. under the tree at Malaga Cove Plaza.

To read my prior article on Santa is Coming to Palos Verdes click here.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Pre Holiday Walk At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Pre Holiday Walk At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

 After enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday,  Palos Verdes home owners are getting ready for Christmas and Hanukkah.  This is a great time to take a little break before visits from family and friends and take some time for yourself with an outdoor excursion.  Los Serenos de Point Vicente is offering a free moderate hike at the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 12:00 noon.  You can enjoy the outdoors while learning about the fascinating marine life in our area.  No matter how many times you have been to the tide pools, the ever changing waters continue to captivate us.

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tide pools, and viewing areas of trails crisscrossing the area.  These hikes are a great time to enjoy nature with experts who will be discussing Palos Verdes Peninsula history, geology, plant and animal life, and specifically marine mammals.  You can see sea urchins, sea stars, sea hares and sea anemones in pristine tide pool settings.

The hikes are scheduled when the tide is low enough to view the marine life.  Please wear sturdy shoes and jackets if needed while you visit the tide pools during this two hour walk.

Parking is available at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  There is no fee for the hike and the parking fees will be waived up to 45 minutes prior to the hike and 30 minutes after.  For more information, go to www.LosSerenos.org, or call (310) 377-5370.

To read my previous article on Abalone Cove Shoreline Park click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente

Palos Verdes Home Sales Los Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes Home Sales Los Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Los Verdes neighborhood for the first half of 2016 increased to 21 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 19 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Los Verdes houses that sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $586 from $556 in 2015, a 5.3% increase.  Average sales price for Los Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $1,157,198 in 2016 compared to $1,082,500 in 2015.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Los Verdes neighborhood was $1,550,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Los Verdes neighborhood was $860,000.

Currently, the Los Verdes neighborhood has 10 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 10 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,095,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,434 square foot home, to $1,990,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 3,605 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Los Verdes Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 173, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Hesse Park in the Los Verdes neighborhood courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Enjoys Breakfast With Santa

Palos Verdes Enjoys Breakfast With Santa

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Palos Verdes homes owners and their children are getting ready for the 2016 Santa visits that will be occurring throughout the Peninsula. Here are just a few of the opportunities in the area.

You will have several opportunities to have Breakfast with Santa this year.  On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Santa will be at Ruby’s Restaurant from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; there will also be fun holiday activities.  You will be able to meet Santa and have breakfast.  Children under 12 are free with each paid adult at $15.  For reservation to this sell-out event contact Ruby’s at (310) 544-7829.  Ruby’s is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, you can visit Santa and enjoy Breakfast with Santa and other fun activities from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.  The cost is $15 per person, and you must be pre-registered to participate and can do so by calling (310) 544-5260.

Terranea Resort will be having Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10, 2016, with a magical breakfast and photo opportunities in Terranea Resort’s Grand Ballroom.  You will enjoy bakery and waffle stations, beverage and hot food stations, as well as an egg kitchen, kids buffet and festive crafts.  Seatings are at 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.; cost is adults/$59, children 2–10/$27 (under 2 free).  For more information, please call dining reservations at (310)265-2836.  Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my prior article on Santa is Coming to Palos Verdes  click here.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 29, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 29, 2016

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 29, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (8 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 161 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $832,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $788,000).  There are 35 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $249,000 and $2,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Stephen Haw’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6788 Alta Vista Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,500 square foot home for $2,495,000.  This beautifully remodeled one level Alta Vista home features new kitchen & bathrooms, sunken living room, resort style backyard with pool/spa, kiddy pool and built in BBQ.  Jerry Yutronich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3664 Vigilance Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,600 square foot home for $2,495,000.  This extraordinary Palos Verdes Drive South home was completely renovated in 2016 and features Catalina/ocean/golf course views, modern upgrades throughout and stunning outdoor kitchen with pool.

       

Lauren Cotner & Jared Delgadillo’s (Teles Properties Inc) 29636 Grandpoint Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,531 square foot home for $1,745,000.  This beautiful Miraleste Hills home features panoramic city/harbor/ocean views, remodeled kitchen w/large center island and wrap around viewing deck.  Steve Smith’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5543 Seaside Heights Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,340 square foot home for $1,449,000.  This bright and airy Crest executive home features panoramic city/mountain/ocean views, open floor plan, spacious kitchen and viewing patios.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Neighborhood Church 2016 Christmas Pageant

Neighborhood Church 2016 Christmas Pageant

The Neighborhood Church will celebrate the holiday season with its annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to enjoy an evening together watching children and adults performing in various scenes which depict the story of the First Christmas (including live animals).  The prelude is set in the sanctuary of this beautifully decorated Church which overlooks the ocean.  The Covenant Hand-bell Choir and the Neighborhood Brass Rings will perform followed by a short service and the singing of Christmas Carols.  Then, you can walk through the Church’s cliff-side grounds and witness living tableaux depicting scenes from the Christmas story.

This event is The Neighborhood Church’s gift to the community.  Admission is free and no tickets are required.  It usually draws large crowds, so it helps to go early and dress warmly.  This year, there will not be a holiday boutique.

To read my prior article on the Neighborhood Church click here.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.  For more information call (310) 378-9353.

Photos courtesy of the Neighborhood Church

 

Palos Verdes Art Center Dream House Raffle 2017

 Palos Verdes Art Center Dream House Raffle 2017

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The Palos Verdes Art Center is holding its 15th annual PVAC Dream House Raffle.  This year’s dream prize is a jackpot – with an Oceanfront Masterpiece by renowned California architect, Aaron Green (who was a protege and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright), or $4,000,000 for the lucky winner of the 2017 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle.

For the past fourteen years the Palos Verdes Art Center has given away millions in cash and prizes.  The money raised continues to fund the Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.  The Art Center is available for local Palos Verdes homes owners to take classes, purchase hand crafted items and visit local artist exhibitions in the galleries.  It also hosts the Art At Your Fingertips training center which provides the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District with their art programs.  Art Center has also been used to teach art projects to at-risk youth and foster children.

The donation for a raffle ticket is still $150 and is limited to only 77,000 ticket sales.  This year they are offering an Oceanfront Masterpiece designed by renowned California architect Aaron Greene, who was a protege and associate of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Anderson Residence was built in 1959, is of Midcentury Modern design and sits on the Palos Verdes bluffs.  The wood and stone home consists of three bedrooms, two baths, a dramatic gabled roof, open floor plan, redwood paneled walls, enclosed garden, barbecue and pool and spa.

As in past raffles, there are special drawings for buyers who purchase tickets early.  The Holiday Bonus Drawing, which is a 7 day luxury vacation in Paris for two, features a private after dark tour of The Louvre or $5,000.  The ticket purchase deadline for this trip is December 2, 2016, at midnight.  The actual drawing will take place on December 15, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.  Early Bird drawing #1 will take place on March 2, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. for a new 2017 Tesla Model S, or $50000 cash (plus other prize levels).  Early Bird drawing #2 will take place on March 30, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. for a new 2017 Tesla Model 3, or $25,000 cash (plus other prize levels).  There are also 3 multiple ticket drawings for $15,000 each (but you must buy two or more tickets to quality).  Final ticket purchases must be made by April 14, 2017, by midnight.  This year the new 50/50 add on drawing tickets are available for $20 for one, $50 for three or $75 for 6.  Winner receives half of the jackpot.  These 50/50 tickets must be purchased at the same time as your raffle ticket.

The final drawing will take place on Tuesday, May 6, 2017, at 5:30 p.m and will be held at the Palos Verdes Art Center located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

For more information go to http://cadreamraffle.com or call (888) 528-8805.  The Art Center office hours are:  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To read my last article on the Dream House Raffle click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Art Center