Los Serenos Trump National Trails Hike

Los Serenos Trump National Trails Hike

founders park

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Los Serenos de Point Vincente will be taking hikers on a docent led tour through the switchback trails of Trump National Golf Course down to the beach.  This moderate Ocean Trails Nature Hike is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners to learn more about the local geology and see the Fall blooms while walking through the mature coastal sage scrub.  You will be able to enjoy the ocean views along the bluffs while you walk down to the rocky beach.  After the hike, you will return to Founders Park where you can stay and watch the sunset from the park. Founders Park was formally accepted by the city on January 17, 2006, and was named in honor of the city’s founders who led the effort to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in 1973.  This five acre parcel is adjacent to the Trump National Clubhouse and offers breath-taking ocean views, picnic tables, a gazebo and nearby restrooms.

For more information, contact Los Serenos de Point Vincente  at http://www.losserenos.org, or call (310) 377-5370.

Park at Trump National – to the left of the club house in the public lot at end of Ocean Trails Drive.  Trump National Golf Course is located at One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my last article on Los Serenos de Point Vicente hikes click here.

Founders Park photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes

Mid September 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid September 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Photo of Bluff Cove courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of September 2017 are 44 homes which is an increase from the 28 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days August and an increase from first 21 days of September 2016 (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 September 1st to date is $1,694,614 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,561,860 for this same time period and an increase from $1,616,932 last September.

In September 2017 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $6,000,000 and is located in the Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,815 square feet on a 18,691 square lot.  This beautiful home is located right at the ocean bluff and has a pool; all other specifics have been removed from the MLS.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in September for $959,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,885 square feet on a 11,902 square foot lot.

We currently have 186 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $999,999 in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood and $40,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from June 2017 through August 2017, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid August 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Photo of Bluff Cove courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Costume Closet 2017 Extended October Hours

Palos Verdes Costume Closet 2017 Extended October Hours

Costume Closet, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Halloween stores have already began popping up all around the area and children and adults are already choosing this year’s costume.   As a benefit for Palos Verdes homes owners, the Costume Closet in Palos Verdes will extend their hours beginning October 16, 2017, and continue through November 4, 2017.  The extended store hours will be Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  On October 31, 2017, the store will only be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. so that the staff can enjoy the holiday also.  To make it easier to return, your costumes after Halloween they will be keeping special hours from Wednesday, November 1, through Friday, November 3, 2017.  The hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 4, 2017, they will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  After November 4, 2017, they will return to normal business hours.

If you haven’t been to the Costume Closet lately then you are in for a big surprise!  Along with their inventory which has grown to over 8,000 costumes, they have increased not only their Halloween costume area, but also their theatrical/period clothing, wedding/formal wear and high end vintage clothing.  Their accessory and shoe department has tripled and now can be accessed quickly with their new computer system.  Their new website is divided into children and adult areas and you can see costumes being modeled.  If you find a costume that you would like to try on, there will be a specific identification number to locate the costume.  Going online to find that perfect costume idea is a great way to save time.  Also the rental pricing cannot be beat, and rental periods are usually for a week except for specialty items and theatrical costumes.  Credit cards are now accepted for payment.  It is a good idea to reserve your costumes early as they go fast.  Whether you’re doing a school project, dressing for Halloween, or need something fun for a costume party, Costume Closet is the place to visit.  You can find just about everything here and you will be able to complete your entire look with all their accessories.

The Costume Closet is located in the former Malaga Cove School grounds in Palos Verdes Estates near the Palos Verdes School District headquarters.   It is a community service program of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTAs and is supported by volunteers which keep this non profit running.  Originally, the Costume Closet was organized to help support the community’s need for theatrical costuming for its local schools; but now, after thirty nine years, it has developed into a full party event supplier.  The Costume Closet is looking for teamwork oriented high school volunteers from Palos Verdes to help out; volunteers will receive community service hours.

The Costume Closet is located at 300 “B” Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.  For more information call (310) 378-5005 or go to www.costumeclosetpv.com.

To read my last article on the Costume Closet click here.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 19, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 19, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the September 19, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (30 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 187 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,050,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $949,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 30 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $340,000 and $2,298,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

        

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 30637 Calle De Suenos, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 10 bath, 7,676 square foot home for $6,998,000.  This spectacular Country Club home features breathtaking ocean views, gourmet kitchen, majestic master suite, billiard room, and fabulous infinity pool/spa.  Peggy Higuchi’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService) 4420 Lucera Circle, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,521 square foot home for $1,599,000.  This charming Valmonte custom remodel features downtown city light views, fabulous gourmet cook’s kitchen, den, remodeled baths, and basement/hobby room.

       

Ornella Green’s (Coldwell Banker Residential) 29108 Covecrest Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,366 square foot home for $1,535,000.  This  impeccably remodeled Seamount home features partial ocean views, a gourmet kitchen, beautiful master suite, and lush green yards.  Betty Waung’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 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 La Cresta home features high ceilings, open kitchen area, and an elevator.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events October 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events October 2017

Palos Verdes Bue Butterfly

During the month of October 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: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Palos Verdes Pastoral Garden-To-Table Dining event will take place on October 15, 2017, and will feature the best of California handcrafted and organic foods and wines, with major partners Terranea Resort and Whole Foods Market. Seating is extremely limited so please call (310) 541-7613 x202.

Wildlife Tracking Workshop will meet on Saturday, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at various locations.  Dedicated volunteers are needed to monitor wild foxes and coyotes in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  This is a four part training with no experience required and all training will be provided.  Must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Nature & Me Storytime: Songs, Rhythm and Rhymes will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at George F Canyon Nature Center.  You will share the joy of reading with your children and introduce them to the beauty of our natural surroundings.  This program is geared for 2-5 year olds.  For more information contact Marisa Perley at (310) 377-9584 x 238, or email mperley@pvld.org.

Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for a free Presentation: “Gardening with Local Plants” to learn how to create a native plant butterfly haven in your home garden. This event will take place on October 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  This is free to the public and is followed by a native plant sale from 12 noon to 2 p.m.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,”Events & Activities.

Your Photo on the Big Screen – Birders take Note!  The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is compiling photos for a slideshow showcasing YOUR bird photographs for a Beauty of Nature Film Screening of “The Central Park Effect” on November 19, 2017, at the Warner Grand Theatre.  If you have bird photos to share, please email up to 3 images to photo@pvplc.org.  Make sure they are in large format of at least 240 dpi and 1920 x 1200 pixels and include your name, the location of the photo and species of the bird if known.  If you are a student who loves filming VIDEO, you too can be featured on the big screen at Warner Grand. Please send a 1-2 minute video about what you love about nature, how nature impacts your life, or what nature has taught you.  Send your .mov or .mp4 file to photo@pvplc.org.  Please include your name and year in school.

Monthly  Activities:

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 Friday, October 6, 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.

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, October 7, 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 at the White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian, Carla Sedlacek, for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs.  This event is free.  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 Lunada Canyon will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  Walk the trail in this quiet neighborhood canyon in the Agua Amarga Reserve.  This is the first land owned by the Conservancy, donated by the Zuckerman Family in 1992.  This is a moderate walk and 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.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 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 Unlimited at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Observe 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, October 28, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You will visit the Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike.  Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more.  The White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in 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.volunteerhub.com.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, October 28, 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 for shrubs growth 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, October 7, 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 Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.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.

PVE-CARES UPDATE – 2017 Annual Senior Health Fair

PVE-CARES UPDATE – 2017 Annual Senior Health Fair
 The Neighborhood Church, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
 PVE-CARES Senior Health & Wellness Fair will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood Church located at 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates.
Palos Verdes 12th Annual Senior Health & Wellness Fair is offered by PVE-CARES (Community Assistance and Resources for the Elderly and Seniors).  The program was created by the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department to assist seniors so they may live independently and feel safe in their homes on the Peninsula.  The program offers many different events to increase awareness of what the city offers for seniors – updating them on security issues, how to notify the police department when leaving on vacation to local assistance in health care and medical needs.

Palos Verdes homes owners will once again be able to get free flu shots for seniors and other medical screenings.  PVE-CARES will be hosting 50’s music courtesy of Chaussee’s Big Band and lunch will be served for the participants.  The Fair will also feature an opportunity drawing for prizes and over 40+ exhibitors of local resources geared toward senior services.  There will also be the opportunity to “Ask the Doctor, Pharmacist, Dentist or Lawyer” those questions that you have been wanting answered.  This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of these great services, and also to have a relaxing visit at one of the most beautiful, historic locations on the Peninsula.

For more information on this event contact PVE-CARES through the Police Department at (310) 378-4211 x 2131.

To read my last article on PVE-CARES Senior Health & Wellness Fair click here.

Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church.

 

 

Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood for the first half of 2017 decreased to 31 single family homes sold in 2017 compared to 45 in 2016.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $602 from $594 in 2016, a 1.4% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $1,705,897 in 2017 compared to $1,569,528 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood was $2,987,500 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood was $920,000.

Currently, the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood has 20 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 19 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,288,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 2,342 square foot home, to $4,200,000 for a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 3,500 square foot home. There is 1 townhome/condo for sale at $675,000 and it is a 2 bedroom/3 bath, 1,563 square foot condo.

For background and history on the Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 165, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood and 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 Enjoys Cowboy Days At Empty Saddle Club

Palos Verdes Enjoys Cowboy Days At Empty Saddle Club

Palos Verdes homes owners have an opportunity to join family and friends at the 26th annual Cowboy Days celebration at the Empty Saddle Club on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017.  This fun event will have something for everyone!

Friday’s activities will start at 2:00 p.m., with sign ups for Cutting and Adult All Around entries.  Friday night they will be serving tacos with all the fixings which you can pre-purchase at a price of $15 per person ($18 at the door) followed by music and dancing and the popular Table Horse Race!

Saturday’s activities include Team Roping, Trail Competition and Gymkhana events, that will be presented by the Youth and Junior Riders.  There will be performances by The Happy Hoofers and the local Jr. Drill Team.  You will also enjoy shopping at the vendor booths and a demonstration from Dog Agility.  Lunch will also be available to purchase on site.  The evening will be a hit with a Western BBQ dinner and live western music by “The Electric Tumbleweeds.”  You are asked to RSVP for dinner by September 19, 2017, and the cost is only $20 per person ($25 at the door).  There will be a silent auction throughout the evening.   Special treats and treasures will also be available for purchase.

Sunday will be Ranch Sorting which will begin at 9:00 a.m.  The “All Around Cowboy” awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m.  There will be both an adult winner and all-around winners of the Youth and Junior divisions.

For more information about the event click here, or call Kevin Moen at (310) 466-4656.

The Empty Saddle Club is located at 39 Empty Saddle Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Photo courtesy of the Empty Saddle Club. 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 12, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 12, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the September 12, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (26 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 192 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,099,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $1,049,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 27 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $498,800 and $2,298,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Frank Fountain & Heidi Agid Mackenbach’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2 Open Brand Road, Rolling Hills 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,007 square foot home for $4,395,000.   This exquisite Rolling Hills estate features panoramic coastline/ocean/city views, gourmet kitchen, one bedroom guest house w/bath, pool/spa and tennis court.  Suzie Choi Caro’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 51 Via Costa Verde, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,632 square foot home for $2,288,000.  This unique Wallace Ranch updated home features a dramatic kitchen, library/media room, grand master suite and saltwater pool/spa.

       

Gayle Probst and Nate Cole’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1328 Via Margarita, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,696 square foot home for $1,825,000.  This beautiful modern style Montemalaga home features ocean/city/mountain views, soaring walls of glass, sleek custom kitchen and lower level additional living area w/fireplace.  Tia Hughes (Rodeo Realty-Brentwood) 4309 Via Azalea, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,924 square foot home for $1,625,000.  This updated Valmonte home features city light views, remodeled kitchen, master retreat with expansive walk-in closet and gorgeous lower lawn area.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017

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Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017 has added something special this year as it has moved to the Louis Zamperini Field (Robinson Helicopter).  The event will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Torrance Airport where you will be able to view vintage aircraft at the historic Zamperini Field.  The Concours is an event for all ages, and children are welcome.  The Concours D’Elegance is different from a car show; it brings together vintage autos that adhere to the automobile’s original design and build, that are judged on both their adherence to the original state of their manufacture and the quality level of their fit and finish.  Beauty and elegance are rewarded.  Add to this the inclusion of some incredible vintage aircraft, and we’ve got a day of fascination in store for you.  This year’s special auto outlook is the Packard and Porsche.  And the Western Museum of Flight will be included with ticket price!  This years Masters of Ceremonies will be Ed Justice Jr & Dave Kunz.  Ed Justice, Jr. was born into the automotive world.  His family’s history in the world of auto racing runs as deep and rich as the sport itself.  Dave Kunz is a 25-year-plus employee of ABC7 and became the Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist in 2001.

There will be food for purchase during the day from a variety of the finest gourmet food trucks in the area.  The PV Concours adult refreshments tents will have craft beer and wine for purchase.

Pre-paid tickets prices are $40, ($50 the day of the event) and children under 13 are free. Parking for the event is $10.00 (cash) paid at the gate.  There is also a VIP package which includes parking, elegant tent seating, Mediterranean style luncheon catered by the renowned Bites & Bashes, premium wine, and craft beer (located adjacent to the Awards Ceremony) at the cost of $150/ticket.  For more information and reservations, go to www.pvconcours.org.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center, and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation Charities which includes Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.

To view my previous article on the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance click here.

Photo is courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance.