Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day at several different locations here on the Peninsula.

The Promenade on the Peninsula will be having their Earth Day Celebration on Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  At this celebration there will be several exhibits including Water Conservation, Reptacular Animals, Stormwater Run-off Demo, Palos Verdes Land Conservancy, South Bay Wildlife Rehab and more.  There will also be a family activity center with colorful themed activities and a scavenger hunt with prizes.  Free Paper Shredding will be available in the parking lot outside of El Pollo Inca.

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

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s celebration will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the White Point Nature Preserve.  We have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22 in this country since 1970.  The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

At White Point Nature Preserve from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., families can enjoy this years Palos Verdes Earth Day celebration.  From 9:00 to 12:00 noon, you can volunteer in the demonstration garden around the White Point Nature Education Center.  At 10:00 a.m. the LA City Rangers will lead a family friendly nature hike to explore trails with native coastal habitat, blooming wildflowers and wildlife.  Family activities, crafts, a discovery table with games will be just part of the fun to participate in all day.  From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., areas will be set up so that you can learn more about volunteering in the native plant garden or at the Nature Education Center.

Volunteers can enjoy refreshments and snacks that will be provided.  The Conservancy’s outdoor volunteer days are sponsored by REI Inc., Wild birds Unlimited, and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation.

To sign up for the volunteer outdoor workday, please call Jill Whitman at (310) 541-7613 or email info@pvplc.org.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection.  For more information, please visit: www.pvplc.org.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

Click here to read about Palos Verdes Earth Day celebrations last year.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – March 21, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –March 21, 2017            

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the March 21, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (22 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 161 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. There are 32 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $349,999 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

3-21 Calle Cortada        3-21 Thorley

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 70 Calle Cortada, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,553 square foot home for $4,475,000.  This spectacular Oceanfront Estates home features panoramic ocean views, a cook’s dream kitchen w/breakfast room & butler’s pantry, a luxurious master suite w/spa-like bathroom, and a spectacular landscaped yard.  Norma Toering’s (Charlemagne Int’l Properties) 2129 Thorley Road, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 6 bath, 3,762 square foot home for $3,289,000.  This beautiful Cape Cod style Lunada Bay home was recently remodeled and features ocean views, a fabulous new kitchen w/huge center island, pool and guest house.

3-21 Via Del Monte       3-21 Kings Harbor

Wendy Sun’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 729 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,044 square foot home for $2,599,000.  This Malaga Cove home features smashing Queen’s Necklace/ocean views, a modern kitchen design w/vaulted ceilings, patios on every level, bonus room plus office.  Patricia Pekich (Keller Williams Realty) 6755 Kings Harbor Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,788 square foot home for $1,495,000.  This exquisitely remodeled Los Verdes home features ocean views, a gorgeous gourmet kitchen w/large island and remodeled bathrooms.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “The Music Man”

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “The Music Man”

Rendering of Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre

Palos Verdes home owners have the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre with its wonderful selection of entertainment to enjoy locally, here on the Peninsula.  “The Music Man” is one of the most loved musicals of all time, and a Tony Award musical comedy.  This fabulous show will be playing at the Norris beginning on April 21st and run through May 7, 2017; it has touched audiences worldwide with its sense of humor, warmth and honesty.

This classic story is about a fast talking traveling salesman Harold Hill who brings trouble to River City, Iowa, when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for an imaginary band.  His plan is foiled when the town librarian steals his heart, and  skipping town is then out of the question.  This show has been an audience favorite for over 50 years, and will be shared with many generations to come as a musical theatre favorite.  You will be able to enjoy such broadway songs as “Seventy-six Trombones, and the renowned song, “Til There Was You.”

Performance times for “The Music Man” at the Norris Theatre are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Tickets start at $30 for adults and can be purchased online at ww.norriscenter.com or call (310) 544-0403.

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre click here.

Photo courtesy of  Palos Verdes Performing Art Center

Palos Verdes Enjoys Easter Egg Hunts!

Palos Verdes Enjoys Easter Egg Hunts!

Easter Bunny courtesy of Arvin Design

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be sponsoring the Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Ladera Linda Community Center.   At this popular event, children from 1 to 8 years of age can join Mr. Rabbit and find Easter eggs to fill their basket.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   The fee is $15 per child and there will be a limited number of participants.  On line registration closes on April 5, 2017, so make sure you register ahead of time by going to apm.activecommunities.com/rpv or call (310) 544-5260 and get your name on the list.  Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because I’m sure there will be lots of photo opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

The Ladera Linda Community Center is located on 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

A Community Egg Hunt will be held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This is a free family event and is open to everyone.  At 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. there will be crafts, games, jumpers and snacks.  At 11:00 a.m. the egg hunt will start by age group.  Remember to bring along your Easter basket and camera.  For more information call (310) 377-2825.

St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Easter Events click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Trees

2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Valmonte neighborhood decreased to 39 single family homes sold compared to 52 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Valmonte houses that sold in 2016 increased to $738 compared from $656 in 2015, a 12.4% increase.  Average sales price for Valmonte homes sold in 2016 was $1,643,963 compared to $1,517,617 in 2015.  The most expensive home sold for $3,050,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $917,000.

Currently, Valmonte has 6 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 6 single family homes ranging in price from $1,299,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,717 square foot home, to $2,799,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 3,747 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Valmonte Multiple Listing Area 164, 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  Valmonte Trail courtesy of Arvin Design.

 

 

Palos Verdes 2017 Summer School Registration Starts Soon!

Palos Verdes 2017 Summer School Registration Starts Soon!

summer school 2017

Even though it is not yet Spring Break for Palos Verdes school, summer school signs ups are quickly approaching and if history repeats itself they will fill up fast.

Registration for Palos Verdes elementary students for summer school will begin on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  This year, classes will be held at Cornerstone and Dapplegray.  The school hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and classes run from Monday, June 19 through Friday, July 14, 2017.  There will not be classes on July 4, 2017.

Registration for Palos Verdes intermediate students participating in a Summer PEP Program, will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.  This year, classes will be offered at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Ridgecrest Intermediate School and Miraleste Intermediate School.  Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and go until 12:30 p.m.  Students will be attending classes from Monday, June 19 through Friday, July 14, 2017.  There will be no school on July 4, 2017.

Summer high school for Palos Verdes students in grades nine through twelve, will be offered at Palos Verdes High School.  Online registration will be activated according to the specific grade.  On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, PVPUSD Seniors (Grade 12 in Sept. 2017) will be able to start registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, March 29, PVPUSD Juniors (Grade 11 in Sept 2017) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, March 30, PVPUSD Sophomores (grade 10 in September 2017) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, April 17, 2017, PVPUSD Freshman (Grade 9 in September 2017) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  Open registration for all students (including out of district) will open on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  These classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Summer school session #1 will start on June 19 and go through July 6, 2017, and session #2 will go from July 10 through July 27, 2017.

For more information and description of classes offered, hours and costs, go to www.pvpss.com.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – March 14, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –March 14, 2017            

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the March 14, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (27 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 153 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $998,500 in Rancho Palos Verdes to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates. There are 32 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $270,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

3-14 Johns      3-14 Calle Viento

Charles Raine’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) & Bill Ruth’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 10 John Canyon Road, Rolling Hills 90274 (above left) is a 7 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,300 square foot home for $6,500,000.  This fabulous 2.8 acre Rolling Hills estate features a guest house, master suite w/outdoor shower, huge kitchen, office, wine cellar, classic barn w/caretaker apartment above, large riding ring and pool.  Gary Elminoufi’s (Beach City Brokers) 11 Calle Viento, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 4,627 square foot home for $4,399,000.  This beautiful Oceanfront Estates home features Queen’s necklace views, soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, enclosed loggia w/fireplace and a pool.

3-14 Via Costa       3-14 Via La Selva

Jason Buck’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 55 Via Costa Verde, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,630 square foot home for $2,575,000.  This luxurious Wallace Ranch home features soaring ceilings, a Master Chef’s kitchen w/center island, a massive master suite, and a sparkling pool.  Beth Morrissey & Linda Dondero’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3321 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,712 square foot home for $2,050,000.  This charming meticulously remodeled Valmonte home backs to the trail and features an upgraded kitchen, sumptuous master suite, bonus room and outdoor fire pit.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events April 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events April 2017

During the month of April 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: 

Beauty of Nature film series – Seasons, will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro. This is an awe inspiring tale about the “golden age of forests” when the ice retreated and animals roamed on beautiful natural lands.  This is a visually stunning film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud who also produced “Winged Migration.”  The cost for the film is $10, and youth is free. Tickets can be purchased on www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Team Leader Training at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  This program needs the assistand and support to lead outdoor volunteer days.  Volunteers must sign up for 2 events at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Composting 101 Presentation will be held at the White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  Compost to a greener tomorrow with Denise Epport, President of Trifomis Corporation.  This event is free. RSVP to www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Monthly Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, April 1, 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.

Family Nature Exploration at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  You will join retired librarian, Carla Sedlacek, for Stories, Songs and More.  Meet at the Nature Center and bring the whole family for this free event.  The Nature 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 Linden H. Chandler Preserve, will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You can experience this impressively restored 28 acre nature preserve with its lush oasis of riparian habitat and home for the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly.  This is considered a moderate walk. 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, April 9, 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, April 19, 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.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, April 22, 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.

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

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, April 1, 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, April 15, 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 Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  You must RSVP by Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  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.

Orchard Supply Hardware Has Opened In Peninsula Center!

Orchard Supply Hardware Has Opened In Peninsula Center!

Osh photo

Palos Verdes home owners have a new hardware store in Palos Verdes!  Orchard Supply Hardware has opened in The Peninsula Center and it looks like other new businesses will be following soon.  The store will be celebrating its official Grand Opening on March 25, 2017, but in the meantime, residents can come and check out the new location.

This is exciting for us since there has never been a hardware store this large in the area. This will allow homeowners and contract workers to stay in the area purchasing goods through our local stores rather than going off the Peninsula to the large chain stores.  Shopping local puts dollars back into our city pockets with the hiring of local neighbors.  Remember to also visit our local family run Lunada Bay Hardware store that has been supporting its neighbors for years.

Orchard Supply Hardware store hours are: Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The store is located at 43 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information you can reach the Rolling Hills Orchard Supply Hardware at (310) 265-0821.

Please support our local businesses and Shop Local First.  To read my prior article regarding shopping in Palos Verdes click here.

Photo is of Orchard Hardward Store located in the Peninsula Center. 

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales February 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales February 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart February 2017 showing active, pending, and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales February 2017 for Palos Verdes homes decreased slightly compared to January.  37 Palos Verdes houses sold in February which is a decrease from the 39 homes sold in January and a decrease from the the 42 homes that sold in February 2016.  There were 60 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in February which increased significantly from the 45 homes pending in January.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in February (147) was an increase from the 131 homes for sale in January.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in February decreased slightly to $1,806,000 from $1,816,000 in January and increased from the $1,784,000 in February 2016.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in February increased to $663 from $598 in January.  Average days on market in February decreased to 63 days from the 78 days in January.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 4 months in February for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.4 months in January.  A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is still lower indicating the continuing high demand for Palos Verdes homes.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 148 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  89 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (47 homes have pending sales and 42 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 11 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of March.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.