Palos Verdes AYSO Playtime Adventure Sign Ups Now!

Palos Verdes AYSO Playtime Adventure Sign Ups Now!

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Palos Verdes AYSO Region 10 is hosting its 2017 Spring Playtime Adventure program designed for children 3-4 years of age.  This unique program is designed to help develop children physically while focusing on improving a child’s Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) in a fun, parent participatory atmosphere utilizing age appropriate activities and storybook adventures.

Each one hour class helps the child’s utilization and development of specific motor skills.  At the end of the class, the child will receive a Soccer Treasure sticker to go in their Adventure Storybook & Movement Guide.  Children and parents receive a Playtime Adventure Storybook which follows the curriculum of the various weekly themes, and both child and parent will receive their Playtime Adventure tee shirt.  At the final class of the program, children will relive and reinforce their favorite adventures/activities and have a party.

There are 4 one day a week sessions, either Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. at Highridge Park.  The cost is $115 per session and runs from April 10 – June 3, 2017.  Sessions are available at this time, but it is highly recommended to sign up early since they fill up fast.  For more information and to sign up go to www.ayso10.com, or call (855) Fun2Play.

To read my last article on AYSO Playtime Adventure click here.

Highridge Park is located at 29035 Highridge Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Playtime Adventure Program

Palos Verdes Homes Values Remain Strong In 2016!

Palos Verdes Homes Values Remain Strong In 2016!

Photo of Palos Verdes coastlline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate remained strong in 2016 with increases in average sales price, median price, and price per square foot!   Median sales price in 2016 increased 4.2%.  2016 average sales price for Palos Verdes homes was $1,693,483 compared to $1,673,238 in 2015 – an increase of 1.2%.  Average price per square foot for Palos Verdes homes sold in 2016 was $611 compared to $594 in 2015 – an increase of 3.0%.  There were 26 less single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2016 – 690 single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2016 compared to 716 homes in 2015 – a 3.6% decrease.

The mix of Palos Verdes homes sales for 2016 showed less sales under $1,000,000 and nearly the same in the $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 range.  In 2016, 109 Palos Verdes homes sold for under $1,000,000 (compared to 123 homes in 2015).  In 2016, 440 Palos Verdes homes sold between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 (compared to 441 homes in 2015).  In 2016, 127 Palos Verdes homes sold between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000 (compared to 133 homes in 2015).  Finally, in 2016, 14 Palos Verdes homes sold over $5,000,000 (compared to 19 homes in 2015).  The most expensive home sold in 2016 for $11,950,000 compared to $15,500,000 in 2015.

Next week, I will discuss 2016 sales by neighborhood for all of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

To read my article on Palos Verdes homes sales in 2015, click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Cornerstone At Pedrogal School 2017-2018 Lottery

Palos Verdes Cornerstone At Pedrogal School 2017-2018 Lottery

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Applications for the 2017-2018 school year for Palos Verdes homes owners wanting to enroll their children in Cornerstone at Pedregal, will begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. This date is also for students to request a transfer to this school.  The deadline for these applications is 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2017.  The application system for Cornerstone has a randomized database which provides a lottery system.  This school operates differently than the other elementary schools in Palos Verdes because it is a Parent Participation Model (charter school style).  Parents commit time, energy, skills and passion to assist and organize supporting activities that expand curriculum and learning.

Cornerstone is solely a choice school, which means it is not a home based school (which is dependent on the student living in the immediate area).  To be entered in the lottery, a K-5 Intradistrict Transfer Application and Cornerstone’s Letter of Intent must be signed and submitted for each new, incoming student.  Siblings of Cornerstone students who wish to be enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year must also fill out the Intradistrict Transfer Appllication and return it to the district by February 28, 2017.  These documents can be downloaded on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District website at www.pvpusd.net. Students eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) based on date of birth (September 2-December 2) are not eligible for the transfer process. Notification of placement will take place during the first week of May.

Since 1993, the Cornerstone parents and staff have worked to create a dynamic and responsive campus.  Parents are supported by in-service training with the child’s teacher throughout the year, multiple parent meetings with the entire parent body, and opportunities for specialized guest speakers.

Prospective parents should attend the open house event on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To read my last article on the enrollment process of Cornerstone school click here.

Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Elementary.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 17, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 17, 2017                      

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 17, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (17 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 176 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $949,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $650,000).  There are 42 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $270,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Joann DeFlon’s (Vista Sotheby’s International) 2144 Via Pacheco, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,167 square foot home for $1,775,000.  This recently remodeled classic country French Lunada Bay home features French cove ceilings, outdoor cooking island and newly built in-ground spa.  Stephen Haw’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 28918 Moro Bay Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,995 square foot home for $1,425,000.  This beautiful Crest home features city/mountain/city light views, remodeled kitchen, separate bonus or 2nd family room, and spacious wood deck.

       

 

 

Jackie Wang-Dojiri’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 25 Pepper Tree Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,546 square foot home for $1,250,000.  This beautiful “Pepper Tree Lane” La Cresta home features a gourmet kitchen, office/sitting room, some ocean views, and community kid’s playground.  Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 39 Cresta Verde, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,512 square foot home for $625,000.  This unique Crest Verde community townhome features a generous master bedroom w/ocean view, spacious back patio, community pool/spa and 2 tennis courts.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Free Income Tax Preparation 2016

Palos Verdes Free Income Tax Preparation 2016

Photo of Palos Verdes coastlline courtesy of Arvin Design

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Senior Center is once again offering free income tax preparation to Palos Verdes homes owners through the AARP Tax-Aide Program.  These one hour sessions are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning February 4, 2017, and ending on April 15, 2017.  In order to take advantage of this free program, you must have all your tax documents for 2016 in hand before going in.  You are also required to bring copies of your 2015 Federal and State income tax returns.   It is open to all ages including seniors, but remember that space will be limited and you must bring your tax documents organized and ready to go.

This year, they will have tax preparation sessions on a first come – first serve basis so plan accordingly and make sure you are available to wait for an opening.  For more information, contact the Peninsula Seniors Center on Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at (310) 377-3003 or go to seniors@pvseniors.org.

To read my prior article on Free Income Tax Preparation click here.

Peninsula Seniors is located at 30928 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Photo of  Palos Verdes coastline courtesy of Arvin Design.

 

Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Palos Verdes home owners have two opportunities to see the Wild & Scenic Film Festival which began in 1983, and is considered to be the largest film festival of its kind in the United States.  This series will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, and at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater.  The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has selected a group of 15 adventurous and inspirational films about nature which will thrill all ages and inspire new ideas and awareness. The series will be showing beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals whose passion is contagious.  The selections will help to encourage a worldwide interest in land conservation.

The following films are being shown:

Nature RX – comedy series about a struggle affecting many in the world today, with a spoofed prescription drug commercial. (1 minute)

Joe – National Geographic wildlife photographer Joe Riis reminds us that we all face struggles and how his love of wilderness has helped him respect and protect the natural world around him. (7 minutes)

Avaatara – David Lama will be ascending the Baatara gorge in Lebanon.  His guiding philosophy has taken him to the most impressive mountain ranges in the world. (6 minutes)

Mile for Mile – Ultra runners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly open Patagonia Park in Chile to celebrate and highlight Conservacion, Patagonia’s efforts to re-wild and protect the vast landscape. (1.5 minutes)

Sagebrush Sisters – Three women ages from 65 to 80 hike more than 50 miles following a pronghorn migration path across the high desert. (7 minutes)

Sail Carbon Cowboys – People talk about the cattle business as a big environmental problem, but in this series you will see how, if properly gazed, it may be helpful to soil, animal and human health. (12 minutes)

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagaonia – After Jedidiah Jenkins quit his job to ride a bicycle from Oregon to Patagonia, filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question of “why?”  You’ll learn about the inspiration that these men felt on their journey. (4 minutes)

An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discovery – National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki takes his 58th expedition with his 11 year old daughter, Lilliana, for her first skiing expedition to Antarctica.  This trip would change their lives forever. (9 minutes)

To Slow Down and Breathe – This series is going to look at the beauty of slacklining that can be as introspective as it is explorative. (3 minutes)

The Fable of the Wolf – This short series explores the relationship between wolf and man and how it is changing with ecosystems. (3 minutes)

Denali – This is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali.  This film is about friendship, loss and the fight for life. (7 minutes)

Flying Doors Off Over Baja California – Ralph Lee Hopkins is an aerial photographer who captures the unparalleled beauty of Baja California.  Conservation groups are using the images to help preserve the region for future generations. (8 minutes)

Rabbit Island – Is about one man’s quest to protect an island he loves from development. (6 minute)

Xboundary – Open-pit mining boom is underway in northwest British Columbia, Canada.  This is causing possible pollution of major salmon rivers and risks to the industry. (6 minutes)

The Fisherman’s Son – Ramon Navarro who was raised in a small fishing community in Chile, has found his passion riding some of the biggest waves on the planet.  His skill and bravery has made him a star in the surfing world today.  He is using his fame to help protect the environment of his Chilean coast home. (29 minutes)

The Hermosa Beach Community Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.  The Warner Grand Theater is located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.

Tickets for these shows are $10 online and can be purchased at www.pvplc.org,  If tickets are purchased at the door the price will be $15.

To read my last article on The Beauty of Nature” film series click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2017-2018!

Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2017-2018!

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Parents of eighth grade students should have received high school information packets and it is time to designate which high school their child chooses to attend in September 2017.  To assist in this decision, Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be hosting their annual tours at both schools for Palos Verdes homes owners (and tenants) to visit.  Any current eighth grade student will have an opportunity to enroll under “open enrollment” which means that the students who will enter 9th grade in September 2017, may choose which Palos Verdes high school to attend.  Planning for the 2017-2018 school year is beginning, and enrollment numbers are critical to effectively prepare for this next school year.

Both high schools have scheduled several sessions to assist you and your student in selecting which one of our award winning high schools will be the best fit for them.  The parent/student information nights are Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School located at 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, and Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Palos Verdes High School located at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates.  Students must make their commitment by Wednesday, February 17, 2017, or the student will be enrolled at a high school based on space.

If you have are looking for more information or need enrollment forms, go to www.pvpusd.net.  For specific high school information for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, call (310) 377-4888 ext. 273, ask for Mr. Micah Farrell or email farrelim@pvpusd.net.  For additional information on Palos Verdes High School, call (310) 378-8471 ext. 205, ask for Trista Ramirez or email ramirez@pvpusd.net.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes High Schools, click here.

Photos courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Join Tai Chi & Yoga Winter Classes At South Coast Botanic Gardens!

Join Tai Chi & Yoga Winter Classes At South Coast Botanic Gardens!

Palos Verdes homes owners can start a healthy new year by joining in one of South Coast Botanic Garden’s winter sessions of Tai Chi or Yoga classes on Saturday mornings in January and February.  Classes will be held at the Koi Pond Patio, giving Palos Verdes residents the opportunity to exercise in a natural setting instead of a studio environment.  You will feel the peace and energy of the Gardens around you.  The pace of these classes are appropriate for most individuals.

Tai Chi in the Garden, will be taught on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, & 18, 2017.  Tai Chi consists of graceful Chinese meditative movements that help to maintain physical health, well being and spiritual essence.  This ancient Chinese technique emphasizes relaxation, balance coordination and agility, as well as flexibility and mental discipline.  The cost of each class is $10/members and $12/non-members and drop-ins are allowed.

Yoga in the Garden will also take place on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2017.  This yoga series, called “Awaken the Treasure Within,” will be focusing on deepening gratitude for life, nature and self through yogic breath movement and meditation.  Each class will begin with gentle stretching and progress to deeper stretches and flow yoga.  The instructor for the series is Nicole Fagone, E-RYT.   You will need to bring a mat, and dress in comfortable clothes.  In case of rain, you may be moved inside to a dryer location.  The cost is $12/members and $15/for non-members and drop-ins are allowed.  The class will benefit the body and mind, and include live music, sound healing and optional aromatherapy.

If you are interested in attending you can register online, of just drop in. For more information call (310) 544-1948, or log on to southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

To read my prior article on Tai Chi & Yoga in the Garden click here.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Favorite 2016 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Favorite 2016 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Here are my favorite Palos Verdes homes in 2016 taken from my weekly articles reviewing new homes for sale that were on the Broker’s Tour.  I have also included an update on those homes to let you know if they have sold and at what price.

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Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2101 Rosita Place, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) was a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,620 square foot home listed for $12,500,000.  This 1925 Spanish “Casa Felicia” ocean front home in Malaga Cove features unobstructed ocean views, old world charm and lush landscaping on a 65,000 square foot bluff lot.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market on May 16, 2016 and sold/closed escrow for $11,950,000 on June 23, 2016.  Raju Chhabria’s (Chhabria Real Estate) 2805 Via Segovia, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,860 square foot home was listed for $5,500,000.  This Mediterranean Lunada Bay ocean bluff estate features breathtaking ocean & sunset views from every room, 5 fireplaces, wine cellar and BBQ entertaining area with pool.  This property came on the market on October 24, 2016 and went into escrow on November 11, 2016.

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Sepehr Ebrahimi’s (Bershire Hathaway HomeService) 35 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) was a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,980 square foot home listed for $2,499,000.  This gorgeous home located in “The Ranch” features high ceilings, remodeled large kitchen, separate guesthouse, and pool.  This La Cresta home came on the market on November 14, 2016 and went into escrow January 5, 2017.   Elaine Carlson’s, my listing (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 31 Santa Bella Road, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) was a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,874 square foot home listed for $1,350,000.  This lovely updated Palos Verdes Drive North one level home featured a stunning newly updated kitchen, fantastic master suite, sparkling pool and spa with waterfall and over half acre equestrian lot.  This Rolling Hills home came on the market on February 22, 2016 and sold/closed escrow for $1,427,000 on April 8, 2016.

My favorite Palos Verdes homes from 2015, can be accessed by clicking here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

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Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales December 2016 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales December 2016 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart December 2016 showing active, pending and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales December 2016 for Palos Verdes homes increased compared to November.  66 Palos Verdes houses sold in December which is an increase from the 53 homes sold in November and an increase from the the 59 homes that sold in December 2015.  There were 48 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in December which decreased from the 51 homes pending in November.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in December (130) decreased from the 166 homes for sale in November.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in December increased to $1,738,000 from $1,698,000 in November and increased from the $1,546,000 in December 2015.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in December increased to $634 from $614 in November.  Average days on market in December decreased to 59 days from the 86 days in November.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased to 2 months in December for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.1 months in November.  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 124 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  67 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (28 homes have pending sales and 39 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 6 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of January at an average sales price of $1,555,333.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.