Palos Verdes homes owners who are looking for some fun ideas for their kids birthday parties have several choices on and around the Peninsula. 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:
Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet party pack has been popular since the program started. This wonderful package can be made specific for boys or girls (or both). The package offers different selections such as ice skating, broom ball, or hockey. Booking a party at The Ice Chalet is a great way to keep your dollars local, while at the same time giving your child a fun adventure. Packages range from $275 to $500. To find out more information about Ice Chalet party information, click here. The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call (310) 541-6630, or go to http://www.promenadeicechalet.com/home.
Another fun Peninsula location is Rolling Robots. This is a great place where kids can participate in guided robot battle play, and also will be able to build their own robot to take home. Party pack prices start at $16.99 to $20.00 per child, plus private party room rental. Rolling Robots is located at 700 Silver Spur Road #101, Rolling Hills Estates. For more information call (424) 206-9466, or go to https://rollingrobots.com/party.
Palos Verdes Bowl is always a fun location to enjoy an active party, with 2 hours of bowling included, shoe & ball rental, party goods & balloons, and includes a party coordinator. Palos Verdes Bowl is located at 24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. For more information, call (310) 326-5120.
Color Me Mine offers a great party plan for kids of all ages. Kids love choosing their own pieces to paint and make their own. Color Me Mine is located at 2627 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance. For more information, call (310) 325-9968.
To read my last article on Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Locations click here.
Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Bowl.
Palos Verdes Enjoys 2019 Easter Egg Hunts!
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 20, 2019, 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. Online registration is taking place right now, and remember this event does fill up 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. The deadline for signups is Monday, April 15, 2019, however, it most likely will be full by then. Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because 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 20, 2019, 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 begin 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 Rolling Hills Neighborhood 2018
2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for the City of Rolling Hills increased to 24 single family homes sold compared to 19 in 2017. Price per square foot for Rolling Hills houses that sold in 2018 decreased to $727 compared from $801 in 2017, a 9.1% decrease. Average sales price for Rolling Hills homes sold in 2018 was $3,817,561 compared to $3,181,658 in 2017. The most expensive home sold for $22,400,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,650,000.
Currently, Rolling Hills has 16 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 16 single family homes ranging in price from $1,795,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 2,257 square foot home, to $9,250,000 for a 5 bedroom/8 bath, 8,250 square foot home. There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.
To view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills.
South Coast Botanical Garden Art Festival & Succulent Show!
Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy a weekend at the South Coast Botanical Garden with an Art Festival & Cactus & Succulent Show sale all happening on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Garden will be partnering with the Artists’ Studio of Palos Verdes to provide an Art Walk for guests of all ages to enjoy. The event will feature artist demonstrations, displays of professional work, and works available for purchase. On Sunday, you will be able to enjoy the Garden Volunteer and Kids Club Art Exhibition which will showcase the work of Garden Volunteers and the Kids Club participants. Food and art will be available for purchase at this drop-in-style event. Also, on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Gum Tree, the winner of the Easy Readers poll (Best Gift Boutique) will host a pop up show in their new Airstream trailer. They will be bringing a selection of their rugs, books, ceramics, candles, throws, and more.
The South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society will be hosting their two day sale at the same time in the Francis Young Hall, with thousands of sculptural, rare, colorful and beautiful cacti and succulents. There will be Cactus & Succulent Society members and growers on hand to help you select the plants which will best meet your needs indoors or outdoors for drought tolerant landscapes.
General Membership is: Adults $9/Seniors $6/Students with I.D. $6/ Children (5-12) $4/ and those under 4 are free.
These two special events will be free with your paid general membership. For more information go to https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org.
Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.
Mid March 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales
Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 18 days of March 2019 are 32 homes which is an increase from the 19 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 18 days of February and an increase from first 18 days of March 2018 (22). (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 March 1st to date is $1,729,814 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,512,743 for this same time period and an increase from $1,629,804 last March.
In March 2019 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $4,185,335 and is located at the Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood and has 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,740 square feet on a 12,174 square foot lot. This beautiful brand new construction features incredible city/golf course views, a gorgeous master suite, a fabulous top of the line kitchen, bonus room w/balcony, two laundry rooms (one on each floor), and guest suite/ofice. The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold to date in March for $1,026,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,394 square feet on a 7,649 square foot lot.
We currently have 166 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $989,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood to $16,990,000 in the Monte Malaga neighborhood. To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from December 2017 through February 2019, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo of a Palos Verdes Cove courtesy of Arvin Design
Palos Verdes Bulky Trash & E-Waste Pick Up April 27, 2019
Palos Verdes Estates Annual Bulky Trash Pick Up is approaching and this year it has been expanded to provide E-Waste pick up at the same time. This popular curbside event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019. Palos Verdes homes owners can have large items removed from their property if left curbside for pickup twice a year; the next event will be scheduled in the third quarter. The City’s waste hauler will pick up furniture, appliances, water heaters, refrigerators (compressors removed), stoves, sinks, lawn furniture and more. They will not pick up construction waste, green waste, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and cleaning products. However, you may contact Athens Service directly if you have construction waste that you need to have removed at any time by ordering a temporary debris container. Items to be picked up on April 27, 2019, should be placed at curbside no later than 6:00 a.m. otherwise they may not be picked up. Also if you are a senior and need assistance in getting your items to the curbside, you can contact PVE-CARES at (310) 750-9788 before April 22, 2019, for assistance information. Palos Verdes Estates annual Bulky Trash Pick Up information can be found at www.AthenServices.com or you can call (888) 336-6100.
The city of Rancho Palos Verdes uses EDCO for their Convenient Bulky Item Pick-up. Single family residents have the opportunity to schedule bulky item pick up service for large items such as water heaters, appliances, furniture, televisions, etc. (except for household hazardous waste) up to four times per year for FREE. These pick ups must be scheduled ahead of time. To make arrangements you must call (310) 540-2977. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be holding their Household Hazards & Electronic Waste Disposal on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. All peninsula residents are welcome to this free event.
Rolling Hills Estates residents are serviced by Waste Management and are able to have both E-Waste and Bulky Items picked up at their residences for FREE four times a year also. They must notify Customer Services at least 24 hours prior to pick up to arrange for that service. To set up an appointment, call (800) 774-0222.
For year round Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Waste Disposal, you can go to the Gaffey Safe Center located at 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro. They are open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For information on the prior Palos Verdes Annual Bulky Trash Pick Up click here.
Photo courtesy of Athens Services.
Palos Verdes Whale Of A Day 2019 Celebration!
The Whale Of A Day 2019 festival will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners and their neighbors throughout the South Bay to celebrate these monumental marine mammals. This annual event is co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. This festival celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska, to its winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja. The whale counting season starts on December 1st, and goes through May 25th. As of today the season count from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center is 1,435 whale sightings, much higher than the last couple of years. If you are looking for a great adventure for the whole family, stop by the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and participate in the free “Whale Of A Day” activities.
Whale Of A Day will include whale watching from the shore and hopefully the museum, which has been closed for remodeling, will be open for tours by that date. The lighthouse is normally open for tours, but it is still closed for some needed renovation and repairs.
However, at the festival, children will enjoy related marine exhibits, arts & crafts, fun zone, face painting, US Coast Guard tours, displays and games – all at no charge. This event always has great live music and animal exhibits throughout the day. Some of the past participants have included The Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, Save the Manatee, National Marine Fisheries, Heal the Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab with their rescued hawks and raptors, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, California Native Plant Society, and Las Candalistas. There will be multiple food booths on location to buy snacks throughout the day.
To read my prior article on Whale of a Day click here.
There is free parking and even a shuttle to drive you to and from the event. Park at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 544-5260 (Point Vicente Interpretive Center).
Photo courtesy of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes
Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 2018
2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood decreased to 54 single family homes sold compared to 66 in 2017. Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in 2018 increased to $610 compared from $598 in 2017, a 2.1% increase. Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in 2018 was $1,928,711 compared to $1,690,355 in 2017. The most expensive home sold for $4,694,827 and the lowest priced home sold for $852,000.
Currently, Palos Verdes Drive North has 19 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 16 single family homes ranging in price from $999,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,656 square foot home, to $4,275,000 for a 5 bedroom/6 bath, 5,634 square foot home. There are 3 condo/townhomes ranging in price from $369,000 for a 1 bedroom/1 bath, 659 square foot condo, to $569,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,131 square foot condo.
To view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.
Palos Verdes Dog Walking Opportunities!
Palos Verdes home owners have several dog walking opportunities and choices of dog friendly restaurants. Here are just a few locations where your pet can participate in the fun.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy now allows leashed dogs on almost all of their walks. On the Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve this Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. everyone in the family can enjoy a Naturalist guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden. You will 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. The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.
If you are looking for a fun family outing that Fido join in, you can enjoy a little exercise with an ocean view, followed up by a great meal at Terranea. You can stroll down the cliff path to Terranea Cove, then return back up to Nelsons Restaurant (which welcomes dogs) where the outdoor patio has picnic tables and a fire pit. This casual dining experience is very popular and is busy on the weekends. Nelsons is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Another local spot where Fido can come and enjoy your company while dining, is the outside dining areas of Ranch Market and Yellow Vase in the Malaga Cove Shopping Center. Both restaurants allow dogs to sit with their owners on their patios. The plaza is located at 36 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates.
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., South Bay Social Dogs has a great event at the White Point Royal Palms County Beach located at 1799 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. You will be meeting near Fromhold Baseball Field at the end of the metered parking lot adjacent to the Royal Palms Park restrooms. For more information on this groups monthly calendar go to http://www.meetup.com/South-Bay-Social-Dogs.
Photo courtesy of South Bay Social Dogs
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – March 12, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the March 12, 2019 Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (21 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 158 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $989,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $650,000) to $16,990,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 28 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $350,000 and $1,995,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Gayle Probst’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2717 Via Elevado, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 5,476 square foot home for $3,800,000. This beautiful Malaga Cove ocean view home features a light & bright kitchen, stately library, wine cellar, an ornate authentic English pub, gorgeous grounds, and pool. Jeffrey Billinger’s (The Hills Premier Realty) 28928 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,072 square foot home for $3,085,000. This stunning ranch style La Cresta home features panoramic ocean/LA views, 2 large master suites w/sitting areas, family room/home theater, large office, and pool.
Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 32 Santa Bella Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,370 square foot home for $1,499,000. This wonderful Los Ranchos Verdes single level home features an updated kitchen, spacious master suite, park-like backyard w/pool & spa, and is zoned for horses. Betty Waung’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 19 Pepper Tree Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,482 square foot home for $1,280,000. This lovely Craftsman style La Cresta home in the Pepper Tree Lane community features granite kitchen w/work island, great room, two bedrooms w/en-suites, and community playground and picnic areas.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS.