Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events June 2019

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events June 2019

During the month of June 2019, 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 and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.

Special Events: 

Nature & Me Storytime will take place at George F Canyon Nature Center, on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 9:30 a.m.  Join the group for stories, songs, rhythm and rhymes.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6, but all ages are welcome.  No reservations are required, and it is free to the public.  The Nature Center is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, contact Marisa Perley at mperley@pvld.org or (310) 377-9584 x 238.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at White Point/Royal Palms on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  Explore the preserve and demonstration garden followed by a visit to the tide pools at Royal Palms State Beach.  See unusual geologic formations on the coastal bluffs walking down to the shoreline while learning more about the cultural history of the area from the abalone fishing industry of the late 1800s to the recent landslide.  This is considered an easy to moderate walk.  Park at White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Walking Meditation in the Native Plant Demonstration Garden by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  You will join Vivian Blanco, owner of Casa Ayurveda, who will guide you through a walking meditation practice that will bring you back in touch with nature and deliver peace to your mind, body and soul. White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Butterflies & Bagels with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at George F Canyon Nature Center on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You can celebrate species of butterfly that live here on the Peninsula! Enjoy a family-friendly morning of art projects, storytelling, music easy habitat restoration and butterfly spotting.  The Nature Center is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities:

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Join the celebration of 40 miles of trail for National Trails Day at Portuguese Bend by helping maintain native shrubs and remove invasive weeds or assist with trail maintenance projects! The work will help improve the land for people and wildlife alike.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

The Family Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Families will enjoy this easy and educational walk with a Naturalist through this beautiful canyon preserve and discover the unique variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that call it home.  The walk concludes inside the Nature Center with a hands on exploration of the exhibits.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Stroller friendly.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The Family Science & Storytime at White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Bring your family to experience a hands-on-science exploration of the Peninsula’s Raven & Crow.  Then listen to our wonderful librarian, Carla Sedlacek, share related children’s literature.  Explore wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center, take a walk on the trails, or have a picnic under the historic trees.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Stroller friendly.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

The Family Science & Storytime Featuring the PV Blue Butterfly will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration and listen to our Naturalist share children’s literature about the only butterfly that is being reintroduced on the Peninsula.  Stay and explore the wildlife exhibits, beautiful preserve trail, and picnic under the shady Learning Tree.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

Tidy up your Garden in time for Outdoor Summer Fun!  Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These beautiful and resilient plants will attract butterflies and other pollinators with plants grown in the Conservancy’s native plant nursery.  Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water.  Naturalists are on hand to give advice.  Plants sold on first come, first served basis.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

The Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Everyone in the family will enjoy a naturalist guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden where you’ll 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.  This is a moderate walk and is free, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Wild Birds Unlimited Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  Join Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds that make the White Point Nature Preserve home.  Try to spot a burrowing owl or listen for the call of the endangered gnat catcher.  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.

Tidy up your Garden in time for Outdoor Summer Fun! Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Help to attract butterflies and other pollinators with plants grown in the Conservancy’s native plant nursery. Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water.  Naturalists are on hand to give advice.  Plants sold on first come, first served basis.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

The Wild Bird Unlimited Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  Join the Wild Birds Unlimited expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage woodland of this beautiful canyon.  This 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 Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, June 15 & June 29, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You can have fun and help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

The Family Outdoor Volunteer Activity at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m.  Put on your work clothes and take part in a kid friendly habitat restoration activity: plant seeds, care for native plants, and track butterflies. Children of all ages will be learning about the role that they can play in nature conservation.  This event is free.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Adopt your own piece of nature!  Become an Adopt-a-Plot volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.  Enjoy the outdoors and become inspired by nature as a volunteer.  You will help create habitat for rare and endangered species (like the PV blue butterfly) at one of the restoration sites on the Peninsula (on your own schedule).  For more information, contact info@pvplc.org, or call (310) 541-7613 x 215.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails Events, click here.

Photo of PV Blue Butterfly courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Mid May 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid May 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Photo of Gazebo at Roessler Point courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of May 2019 are 44 homes which is an increase from the 29 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days of April and the same as the first 21 days of May 2018 (44).  (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 May 1st to date is $2,008,954 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,911,891 for this same time period and a decrease from $2,042,420 last May.

In May 2019 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $6,300,000 and is located in Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 5,178 square feet on a 18,417 square foot lot.  This dramatic bluff top home features gorgeous panoramic ocean views, luxurious master suite, soaring ceilings, gleaming kitchen w/top of the line appliances, tranquil reflection pool in an elegant courtyard, fire pit, and outdoor spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold to date in May for $925,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,992 square feet on a 8,072 square foot lot.

We currently have 248 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $875,0000 in the Palos Verdes Drive South neighborhood to $27,500,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from February 2018 through April 2019, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid April 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Photo of Gazebo at Roessler Point courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome Soprano & Guitar Duo!

Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome Soprano & Guitar Duo!

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, June 23 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., St Luke’s Presbyterian Church will be presenting a “Soprano & Guitar Duo.”  Prior to this popular event, you can come early, picnic on the lawn, and then enjoy a Free Garden Concert.

This “Soprano & Guitar Duo” consists of Anastasia Malliaras, soprano, and Aaron Hass on Guitar.  Anastasia and Aaron will perform soprano/guitar cycles by Spanish composers, sung in Ladino, Spanish and English, and Native American songs.  Anastasia and Aaron are a voice/guitar duo that performs original repertoire as well as transcriptions that reinterpret the classic art song.  Anastasia made her operatic debut in 2013, and is a graduate of USC where she received a Masters of Music in Vocal Arts. Aaron is a classical guitarist and self-proclaimed musical story-teller who graduated from Skidmore College and is currently at USC where he is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts.  Come early and enjoy a picnic and later enjoy dessert and coffee hosted by St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church.

The Church is located at 26825 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information go to www.stlukespresbyterian.com, or call (310) 377-2825.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Garden Concerts click here.

Photo courtesy of St.Luke’s Presbyterian Church

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s May & June 2019 Free Movies!

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s May & June 2019 Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has some great free movies that they will be showing during the months of May & June 2019.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, “latest” releases,  and classic cinema.  Most of the screenings will have some post film discussion which adds an opportunity to socialize with others in the community.  In May and June the following movies will be presented.

The Multiplex film series will be offering a very special feature on May 23, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – A QUIET PLACE  is about a post-apocalyptic world, where a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra sensitive hearing.

Classic Movies at Noon, which shows films from the 1930’s through the 1990’s on the first Tuesday of the month, will be screening on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at noon, SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) in the Malaga Cove Gallery.  The story is about two male musicians who witness a mob hit, then they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

The PVLD’s Ciné-Monde, a film series featuring notable films from around the globe which are shown on the second Thursday of the month, will be screening THE GREAT GAME (France, 2015) on Thursday, June 13, 2019,  at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., in the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  This film is about Joseph Paskin who casually approaches the sullen Pierre Blum outside a French casino. Joseph pretends not to recognize the all but forgotten novelist, though time will soon reveal that there are no coincidences where Paskin’s characher is concerned.

All of the film screenings will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room, except for Classic Movies at Noon which shows at the Malaga Cove Gallery located at 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.  The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information regarding any of the films, call 310-377-9584.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Library District click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 2018

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 2018

 

2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for La Cresta increased to 31 single family homes sold compared to 27 in 2017.  Price per square foot for La Cresta  houses that sold in 2018 increased to $595 compared from $583 in 2017, a 2.1% increase.  Average sales price for La Cresta homes sold in 2018 was $2,123,857 compared to $2,113,296 in 2017.  The most expensive home sold for $3,675,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,265,000.

Currently, La Cresta has 10 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 10 single family homes ranging in price from $1,265,000 for a 3 bedroom/4 bath, 2,482 square foot home, to $2,899,000 for a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 3,650 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on La Cresta Multiple Listing Area 172, 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 above of Del Cerro Park located in this neighborhood

 

Palos Verdes Joins Champions For Children 2019 5K Trail Run/Walk

Palos Verdes Joins Champions For Children 2019 5K Trail Run/Walk

Palos Verdes homes owners can join the sixth annual 5K trail run/walk fundraiser at Ernie Howlett Park for the South Bay Children’s Health Center.  This fun event will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this great park while supporting the health center.

There is an exciting 5K trail run/walk course on the beautiful city equestrian and hiking trails.  There will be age division awards with medals to the top three male and female athletes in 15 different divisions of the 5K.  The day will be filled with family activities for children of all ages, vendor booths, a Kids Fun Run and a wonderful, healthy team spirit.  Parents will be able to accompany small children at no cost.

The cost for the walk/run 5K for children ages 7 and under is $15, ages 8 to 12 is $25, and ages 13 to 90 is $35.  Late registration and event day packet pick up will take place starting at 6:30 a.m.  The Opening Ceremony and warm ups will start at 7:30 a.m. and runs will start thereafter.

South Bay Children’s Health Center exists to raise money and build awareness of the need for quality mental and oral health services for under-served children, teens and young adults throughout the South Bay and surrounding areas.

For more information and registration visit sbchc.com/c4crun, or call 310-316-1212.

Photo courtesy of South Bay Children’s Health Center. 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – May 14, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – May 14, 2019

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the May 14, 2019 Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (32 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 239 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $875,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $740,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 28 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $375,000 and $1,795,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

   

Franklin Shen’s (Realty Advisors Intl, Inc) 73 Via Del Cielo, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 10 bath, 5,399 square foot home for $4,590,000.  This fabulous single level Oceanfront Estates estate features ocean views, elaborate master bedroom wing, 3 en-suite bedrooms, and beautifully landscaped outdoors with pool/spa.  Gayle Probst’s (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 grand Malaga Cove home features a stately library, light & bright kitchen, wine cellar, authentic English pub and pool/spa.

   

Sharon Moody’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1 Hillcrest Manor, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,654 square foot home for $2,365,000.  This custom built La Cresta home features a spacious gourmet kitchen, expansive master suite and lushly landscaped grounds w/saltwater pool/spa.  Steven Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5918 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,358 square foot home for $1,448,000.  This turnkey Silver Spur home features a completely refurbished interior, cozy viewing balcony with downtown/mountains views, and gorgeous fully landscaped backyard/patio.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Terranea Summer Music Series 2019 At Nelson’s

Terranea Summer Music Series 2019 At Nelson’s

Terranea’s Summer Music Series 2019 at Nelson’s will be starting on June 1, 2019, and is a great way to unwind and relax.  For resort guests and Palos Verdes homes owners, Nelson’s is the place where you can enjoy California cuisine, micro brews and spectacular sunsets.  With a special view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Catalina Island, this unique restaurant is one of the most scenic locations in Palos Verdes.  All Summer long on Nelson’s Sunset Bluff, you can enjoy a variety of live music with musicians from the South Bay, while the culinary team will be offering a variety of food items to pair with beers on draft from select rotating beer partners.  The live featured bands will be playing every Friday & Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., beginning the first of June and continuing through October 26, 2019.

Summer Music Dates & Entertainment are as follow:

June Entertainment: (1) Feed The Kitty (7) Everyday Housewives (8) Wise (14) Wise (15) Headshine (21) Backtracks (22) Kevin Sousa (28) Running Hot – Rolling Stones Tribute (29) 80’s Night

July Entertainment: (4) Music on the Meadows  (5) Wise (6) Feed The Kitty (12) Everyday Housewives (13) Wise (19) Backtracks (20) Kevin Sousa (26) Retrofit (27) 80’s Night

August Entertainment: (2) Retrofit (3) Wise (9) Wise (10) Headshine (16) Flogging Seagulls (17) Kevin Sousa (23) The Backtracks (24) 80’s Night (30) Everyday Housewives (31) Feed The Kitty

September Entertainment: (1) Retrofit (2) Labor Day (6) Wise (7) Feed The Kitty (13) 80’s (14) Wise (20) Running Hot – Rolling Stones Tribute (21) Kevin Sousa (27) The Hula Girls (28) The Backtracks

October Entertainment: (5) 80’s Night (12) Feed The Kitty (19) Wise (26) Kevin Sousa

To read my prior article on Nelson’s Music Series click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort.

PVE-CARES Offers Music & Magic

PVE – CARES will be hosting a Music & Magic show for members and friends to enjoy on Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.  This fun event will have the Mingle & Magic show from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., Penny Royal Players from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., More Mingling & Magic from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Reservations are a must so call (310) 750-9788.

Palos Verdes homes owners are lucky to have the PVE-CARES (Palos Verdes Estates Community Assistance and Resources for the Elderly and Seniors) Program which is geared to our residents 65 and older.  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 itself offers many different events to increase awareness of the programs that the city offers for seniors – updating them on current security issues, how to notify the police department when leaving on vacation, local assistance in health care and medical needs, etc.  Contact PVE-CARES, or go to the website (click here to view) to learn more.  Members will receive information, sent directly to them, regarding all the activities.

The PVE-CARES annual Senior Health Fair will take place on October 15, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Photo courtesy of PVE-CARES. 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales April 2019 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales April 2019 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart April 2019 showing active, pending, and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales April 2019 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to March.  49 Palos Verdes houses sold in April compared to the 57 homes sold in March and decreased compared to the 55 homes that sold in April 2018.  There were 81 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in April which increased from the 60 homes pending in March.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in April (227) increased from the 179 homes for sale in March.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in April increased to $1,913,000 from $1,718,000 in March and increased from the $1,799,000 in April 2018.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in April increased to $670 from March ($648).  Average days on market in April decreased to 60 days from 74 days in March.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 4.6 months in April for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.1 months in March.  A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is lower indicating the higher demand for Palos Verdes homes.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 239 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale. 95 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (46 homes have pending sales and 49 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 21 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of May.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.