Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 2016

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2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for Monte Malaga neighborhood decreased to 27 single family homes sold compared to 32 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Monte Malaga houses that sold in 2016 decreased to $671 compared from $763 in 2015, a 12.1% decrease.  Average sales price for Monte Malaga homes sold in 2016 was $2,383,167 compared to $3,024,372 in 2015.  The most expensive home sold for $6,150,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,085,000.

Currently, Monte Malaga has 13 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 13 single family homes ranging in price from $1,650,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,285 square foot home, to $14,900,000 for a 7 bedroom/10 bath, 11,000 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale at this time.

For background and history on Monte Malaga Multiple Listing Area 162, 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 Queen’s Necklace view from the Monte Malaga neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design.

 

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2017

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2017

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Palos Verdes homes owners who are looking for some fun ideas for their kids birthday parties have to only look 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:

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.  It is recommended 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.

Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park is a 123 acre park located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is one of the parks enjoyed by Palos Verdes homes owners.  The Friendship Park also offers special fee programs such as a Field Trip in Nature where an animal presentation is given along with a bus ride and a hike, or Birthday N Nature  party which includes an animal presentation, a birthday message, projects, a bus ride and a hike.  For more information on these activities, fees and reservations please contact Julio Diaz at (310) 519-6048.

The park is located at Western Avenue and West 9th Street in San Pedro (1850 West 9th St.). It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.  The Nature Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  The Nature Center is closed on Mondays.  There is no admission charge and parking is also free.  For more information contact (310) 519-6115.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 21, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 21, 2017                      

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 21, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (18 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 143 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,025,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $769,000).  There are 39 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $270,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Lily Liang’s (Strand Hill Properties) 999 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 7 bedroom, 8 bath, 10,484 square foot home for $11,999,000. This extraordinary Monte Malaga Mediterranean estate features panoramic Catalina/ocean/mountain views, 6 en-suite bedrooms, movie & billiards rooms, tennis court and saltwater pool.  Catherine Salerno & Gregory Marotta’s (Berkshire Hathaway H.S.C.P) 848 Via Somonte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,395 square foot home for $3,500,000.  This gorgeous Malaga Cove villa features queens necklace/ocean/city light views, elevator, oak hardwood flooring and Spanish tiles throughout.

       

Larissa Rubijevsky’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4364 Admirable Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,000 square foot home for $2,500,000.  This turnkey Palos Verdes Drive South home features panoramic Catalina/ocean views, large kitchen w/center island, separate office or 5th bedroom and huge backyard.  Rick Edler’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 3629 Navajo Place, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,013 square foot home for $2,499,000.  This charming Valmonte home features city light views, detached guest quarters, enchanting kitchen, large home office/library, and exercise room.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Mid February 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid February 2017 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 20 days of February 2017 are 28 homes which is an increase from the 25 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 20 days January and an increase from first 20 days of February 2016 (27).  (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 February 1st to date is $1,950,382 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,710,680 for this same time period and an increase from $1,753,815 last February.

In February 2017 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $5,280,000 and is located in the Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 4,860 square feet on a 21,684 square foot bluff lot.  This privately gated Mediterranean estate features breathtaking ocean/sunset/whitewater views, a courtyard entrance, separate office, a wine cellar, 3-car garage, and an outdoor barbecue entertaining area and pool.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in February for $961,800 (at auction) and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive South neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,794 square feet on a 8,678 square foot lot.

We currently have 142 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,025,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes and $48,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills (the low in Eastview is $769,000).  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from November 2015 through January 2017, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid January 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales.

View of Palos Verdes from Redondo Beach courtesy of Arvin Design.

Cherry Blossom 2017 Festival Coming To Palos Verdes!

Cherry Blossom 2017 Festival Coming To Palos Verdes!

The Cherry Blossoms are starting to bloom and Palos Verdes homes owners will be able to see these beautiful blossoms as the South Coast Botanic Garden celebrates with a Festival.  Cherry Blossoms are the symbolic national flower of Japan and are said to be an omen of good fortune and an emblem of love and affection.  This is the closest location for us to see the beauty and color of these trees and this yearly event reminds us that Spring is just around the corner.

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On Saturday and Sunday, March 4 & 5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., bring a picnic and enjoy Family Picnic Days with Cherry Blossom time at the Garden.  There will be special areas set up for children to enjoy fun activities beginning at 12:00 noon.   Come for a visit, enjoy nature, and celebrate these gorgeous blooms.  The Sakura Meadows, Amphitheater Lawn and upper and lower Meadows will be open for picnicking on this special day.  The upper Meadow will have live cultural performances during the day with many being sponsored by the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute as listed below.

GVJCI presents Southern California Naginata Federation

GVJCI- Tomo no Kai Chika’s Ukelele and Harriet’s Hula

Michael Murata Piano Artist

Bando Hidesomi Dance Performance

Food truck will be available for purchase from Okamoto Kitchen Food Truck.

The price for admission to the South Coast Botanic Garden is: adults $9, seniors $6, students with I.D. $6, children 5-12 $4, and children 4 and under are free.  The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information call (310) 544-1948.

To read my prior article on the Cherry Blossom Festival click here.

Photo is courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2016

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

2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood decreased to 71 single family homes sold compared to 88 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in 2016 increased to $686 compared from $661 in 2015, a 3.8% increase.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in 2016 was $2,023,390 compared to $2,165,443 in 2015.  The most expensive home sold for $4,525,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $900,000.

Currently, Lunada Bay/Margate has 17 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 17 single family homes ranging in price from $1,349,000 for a 5 bedroom/3 bath, 2,227 square foot home, to $13,900,000 for a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 6,844 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 Hikes & Trails Events March 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2017

Volunteering at Palos Verdes Peninisula Land Conservancy

During the month of March 2017, 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: 

SLIME, Snails & Slugs Presentation will take place at the White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  You can join Natural History Museum’s Jann Vendetti to be come a snail and slug citizen scientist.  This event is free.  RSVP to: www.pvplc.org/events/& Activities/Whitepoint Presentations or call (310) 541-7613.

Nature & Me Storytime at George F Canyon Nature Center will take place on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.  You can share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty of our natural surrounds.  The program is geared for 2 to 5 year old children.  For more information contact Marisa Perley at 310-377-9584 x 238 or email mperley@pvld.org.

Monthly Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 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.

Stories, Songs and More for All will take place at the White Point Nature Education Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  You can share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of their natural surroundings.  Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stores and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs.  This event is free and open to the public.  White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org/Events & Activities.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at White Point/Royal Palms will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.  Explore the preserve and demonstration garden followed by a visit to the tide pools at Royal Palms State Beach.  This walk is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

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 Sunday, March 12, 2017.  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.  Reservations required at ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.

Birding with Wild Birds at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Explore 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.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 9:00 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 at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 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.

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 and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects.  Must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore important wildlife habitat while enjoying beautiful views.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017,  from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique canyon habitat to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  You can help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Rapid Response Team will be working on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails.  The task will include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  They will be working various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed.  Directions to sites will be emailed after signing up.  No experience is needed.  Volunteers must be 15 and older.  Sign up at http://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.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 14, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 14, 2017                      

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 14, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (24 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 137 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,025,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $788,000).  There are 43 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $270,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Julie Christensen’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 50 Pacifica Del Mar, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,798 square foot home for $4,200,000.  This majestic Oceanfront Estates home features a chef’s kitchen, a Zen-like master suite, a separate guest casita, and a 4-car garage.  Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 57 Eastfield Drive, Rolling Hills 90274 (above right) is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,147 square foot home for $2,275,000.  This adorable Rolling Hills home features Queen’s necklace/city/mountain views, remodeled center island kitchen, remodeled baths, and high beamed ceilings & crown molding.

        

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 30015 Via Borica, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,184 square foot home for $1,995,000. This spectacular remodel in West Palos Verdes features panoramic ocean views, outstanding kitchen large center island, oversized guest suite, and pool/spa.  Steven Watts & Lisa Poach’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 29663 Grandpoint Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,138 square foot home for $1,795,000.  This stunning Grandpoint Lane traditional home features expansive ocean/harbor views, open floor plan w/vaulted ceilings, 2 oversized master bedrooms, and a downstairs study.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Tennis Club 2017 Junior Program

Palos Verdes Tennis Club 2017 Junior Program

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Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity for their children to join the Palos Verdes Tennis Club’s Junior Program which is open for workouts year round. The program not only intruduces children from 4-17 years of age into the game of tennis, but has many different levels of play for children of all ages, and is available for members and non members.  This fun and challenging program has six USPTA certified tennis professionals with years of experience training junior players.  The junior program is designed to expose juniors to the whole spectrum of tennis: strokes, footwork, endurance and strategy and is intended to motivate children to play and gain as much experience as possible.  The Club runs small groups on a 6/1 student to pro ratio, to maximize quality.  They also have team tennis on the weekends.

The Junior Clubhouse is located next to Court #1, and is “home base” for the Junior Program.  All juniors are welcome to enjoy its use while waiting for lessons, clinics, matches, workouts, or just to visit with friends.  It is equipped with a TV, DVD, VCR and assorted board games, and has restroom facilities.

Hot Shots (ages 4-7) This program is an introduction to tennis using colorful teaching aids.  The use of foam balls and mini nets help to maximize the level progression of the students.  These classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.
Level 1  (ages 7-12) This class is for beginning and advanced beginner level players.  They will focus on fundamental skills, strokes and ball control.  These classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.  The classes are comprised of both feeding and live ball drills using orange “learning”  balls, which travel 40% slower than regular balls, to build confidence through hitting consistency.  The coaches are John Carrizosa and Kristen Flagler.
Level 2 (ages 7-12) This class is for intermediate level players who are interested into moving into pre-competition.  They will do drills and games to learn singles and doubles strategy. Green dot balls, 25% slower, are used at this level.  These classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The coaches are John Carrizosa and Kristen Flagler.
Level 3/ Novices  (ages 10-16)   This class is for the player seeking improvement on strategy for singles and doubles play.  There will be lots of balls hit in this class with coaches giving personal feedback.  You must have a basic knowledge of tennis, and be able to rally at least 20 balls consistently.  These classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  The coaches are Jason Sikola and Ken Shoji.
Level 4/Satellite (ages 12 and up) This class is for those serious players who have the experience and desire to play at the high school level or better.  This will be a conditioning class with emphasis on competitive play.  These classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  The coaches are Jason Sikola and Ken Shoji.

Classes are $20/each, or a package of 8 for $220.  For more information, or to schedule classes go to www.pvtennisclub.com, or call (310) 373-6326.  Palos Verdes Tennis Club is located at 3303 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.
To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Tennis Club click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club.

Palos Verdes Offers Children’s Cooking Classes

Palos Verdes Offers Children’s Cooking Classes

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Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity to help their children get interested in healthy eating at a young age.  Have you ever wanted to find a cooking class that will help our cooks of tomorrow start early?  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is joining with CrEATive Plate in starting these activities at a young age.  Incredible Edible Cooking class is being offered for kids 5 through 13 years of age, who are interested in hands-on activities and cooking creativity, with the emphasis being on healthy food choices.  Children will learn to chop, blend, mix, measure, mince and will learn to make recipe adjustments while using hands-on cooking tools, plus incorporating time management, organizational and social skills.  Each week children will bring home new recipes to share with you.

The classes will take place at Hesse Park on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m., beginning on February 16, 2017, through March 9, 2017.  Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information or to register for classes go to apm.activecommunities.com/rpr, or call (310) 544-5260.

Photo courtesy of  Fred Hesse Jr, Community Park.