Palos Verdes Botanic Garden Fall Tai Chi & Yoga In The Garden

Palos Verdes Botanic Garden Fall Tai Chi & Yoga In The Garden

Multi-ethnic group of adults practicing tai chi in park. Main focus on senior man (60s).

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the fall exercise classes at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  The Gardens are offering Tai Chi in the Garden and Yoga in the Garden starting in September. Classes will be held at the Koi Pond or Cornish Courtyard which gives 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 by Angie Sierra on Saturdays beginning September 10th and continuing on September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, November 5 & 19, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  This class is a great way to release tension, help to increase your balance and feel completely relaxed.  Tai Chi is a graceful series of ancient Chinese meditative movements that help maintain physical health, well-being and spiritual essence.  Anyone can learn Tai Chi – any age, all levels of fitness are welcome.  This class series is $75 members/$90 non-members, and drop ins are $10 members/$12 non-members.

Yoga in the Garden will be taught by Nicole Fagone on Saturdays beginning September 10th and continuing on September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Join in for the yoga series “A Path to Peace” which is said to deepen our gratitude for life, nature and self though yogic breath, movement and meditation. Live music, sound healing and optional aromatherapy are a part of the experience.  They request that you bring your mat and a small towel or blanket.  The class series is $80 members/$95 non-members, and drop ins are $12 members/$15 non-members.

If you are interested in attending, registration is now open online at www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

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

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

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Art Center 2016 Fall Registration!

Palos Verdes Art Center 2016 Fall Registration!

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The Palos Verdes Art Center fall registration has begun for classes which will begin the week of September 12, 2016, and continue through December 23, 2016.

Classes for children in the Ceramics section include: Beginning Wheel & Monster Ceramics (New).  In the Drawing and Painting section, class titles are: Youth Painting & Pastel, Youth Drawing I & II, Drawing Inspired By Nature (New), Chalk & Oil Pastel, Cartooning/Modeling Superheros, Anime & Manga Drawing and Imagination & Creations and more are also available.

Some of the adult classes that are available this fall are Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Glass Blowing, Printmat, Painting, Photography and Design/Wearable Art just to name a few.  Some of these classes include visits to the exhibition galleries and interaction with skilled professionals.  The instruction is not always based on a set formula.  Some of the smaller classes are taught by artists and educators that base instruction on individual needs.  These adult classes are ten weeks long, and class prices vary depending on the size of the class and the materials needed.

To get a full description of each class being offered and class times go to www.pvartcenter.org.  On the website, you can register for your class choice, or if you want to sign up in person, go to the Palos Verdes Art Center’s Entrance Lobby at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information call (310) 541-2479.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Art Center click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Palos Verdes Home Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes Home Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 1st Half 2016

Palos Verdes Trees

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Valmonte neighborhood for the first half of 2016 decreased to 20 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 32 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Valmonte houses that sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $722 from $647 in 2015, a 11.5% increase.  Average sales price for Valmonte homes sold in the first half of 2016 increased to $1,706,533 in 2016 compared to $1,487,641 in 2015.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $3,050,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $917,000.

Currently, the Valmonte neighborhood has 8 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 8 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,195,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,500 square foot home, to $2,995,000 for a 5 bedroom/3 bath, 2,878 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Valmonte Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 164, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Valmonte neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Photo of Valmonte Trail courtesy of Arvin Designs.

International Coastal Cleanup Day Palos Verdes Location

International Coastal Cleanup Day Palos Verdes Location

Coastal Cleanup Day is a worldwide beach clean up program that has the largest number of volunteers on the planet. Last year over 600,000 people participated throughout the world, and this year Heal The Bay is expecting 10,000 volunteers to participate here in California.  Coastal Cleanup Day has gained importance as debris is washed up on our coastline not only from tsunami residue, but also our own waste.  Our local annual Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.  Los Angeles County alone has more than 60 sites participating in this clean up.  Los Serenos de Point Vicente, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will combine efforts to help improve the health and safety of our coastline.

Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches and we can all do our part to keep them this way.  Heal the Bay is again reporting that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2015-2016 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A and A+ throughout the year.  Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 440 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to another 60 locations that are on year round monitoring.  Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean.  They use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.

Come and join neighbors and friends at Abalone Cove and be a part of the largest volunteer day.  You can participate in this worldwide event by volunteering right here in your own backyard and enjoy our beautiful coast at the same time.  This year, event organizers are promoting zero waste and are asking participants to bring their own reusable gloves and buckets.  A light snack will be provided.  Disposal bags will be provided to hold recyclables and trash.  No RSVP is needed.  All volunteers are required to sign a waiver and volunteers under the age of 18 must have the appropriate liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before they can participate.

Abalone Cove is located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information call (310) 544-5260, or go to www.LosSerenos.org.

To read my prior article on Coastal Cleanup Day click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente.

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 23, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 23, 2016

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the August 23, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (28 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 238 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $870,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $739,000).  There are 29 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $269,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’t Realty) 2801 Via Segovia, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,750 square foot home for $6,250,000.  This one level bluff top Lunada Bay home features unobstructed ocean/cove views, spacious kitchen w/large center island, walls of glass throughout and a sheltered pool.  Wendy Sun’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 8 Avenida De Camelia, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,948 square foot home for $1,499,000.  This beautiful Mira Catalina home is located in a gated community and features ocean/city & harbor views, separate kitchen with breakfast room and a separate bedroom suite downstairs.

       

Diane Stone’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 28327 San Nicolas Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,043 square foot home for $1,375,000.  This one level craftsman style remodeled Los Verdes  home features panoramic ocean views, upgraded kitchen, remodeled bathrooms and backyard deck and grass areas.  Al D’Amico (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 30829 Via Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,449 square foot home for $1,250,000.  This single level West Palos Verdes home features spectacular unobstructed ocean/Catalina views, updated kitchen, outdoor spa overlooking the ocean view, and needs a little TLC to make it your own.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Performing Art Series 2016-2017

Palos Verdes Performing Art Series 2016-2017

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Palos Verdes homes owners will enjoy the new 2016-2017 season of the Palos Verdes Performing Arts series.  This is the 34th year that the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory (formerly Norris Theatre, Harylne J. Norris Pavillion, Norris Education Department) is presenting their season of mixed performances.  They will be featuring top name entertainment with musicians, theater entertainers and our own local talent.  Below are just a few of the special performances in the 2016-2017 series:

The 3 Play Series will include Young Frankenstein which is performing from September 23 until October 9, 2016, Nunsense will be performed from January 20 – 29, 2017, and The Music Man will run from April 21 – May 7, 2017.

The Presents Series includes The Las Vegas Variety Spectacular on October 22, 2016, 1776 In Concert on November 11 & 12, 2016, A Big Band Christmas featuring the Gene Krupa Tribute Orchestra on December 11, 2016, Four By Four a tribute to the music of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Gees and Motown on January 14, 2017, The Texas Tenors on March 11, 2017 The Step Crew brings three forms of exhilarating dance on April 1, 2017, Tribute To The Hollywood Icons with tributes to Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, George Burns and Tom Jones will take place on May 20, 2017.

Cabaret Jazz can be enjoyed on November 6, 2016, with Banu Gibson and Hot Jazz, Inc; on January 15, 2017, with Casey MacGill with Mood Indigo and Friends; on March 19, 2017, with Yve Evans and Company; and May 21, 2017, with the High Street Band.

Chamber Orchestra performances can be enjoyed on October 16, 2016, with Steven Lin; on November 13, 2016, with the Outstanding COSB Musicians; on March 12, 2017, with Martin Chalifour; and on April 8, 2017, with Itamor Zorman.

SouthBay Live Presents classic rocker and Grammy nominee Eddie Money on November 4, 2016.

For more information and for ticket reservation go to www.norriscenter.com.

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center.

Palos Verdes High Schools Again Rank 2016 Top 500 Nationally

Palos Verdes High Schools Again Rank 2016 Top 500 Nationally

Palos Verdes Unified School District Graduation Caps

Newsweek has selected the 500 best high schools in the nation in 2016, and both Palos Verdes High Schools were included.  Newseek’s criteria included a “broad range of data” including graduation rates as well as SAT & ACT performance, and the number of full time counselors and college acceptance rates.  As both of our local high schools ranked so high, it indicates how hard school counselors and staff work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was ranked #50 in the nation and Palos Verdes High School is #174 in the new 2016 review.  Last year Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was ranked #72 in the nation, and Palos Verdes High School was #236.  The new 2016 list places Peninsula High School among the top 10 schools in California coming in at #6 and Palos Verdes High is #25 in the state.  Both of these schools showed a graduation rate of more than 99 percent, and Newsweek listed both with a college readiness index of more than 80 percent.  These schools both rated high in the system for college readiness, graduation rates and college bound students.  District success is not accidental.  Both Palos Verdes and Peninsula High schools receive high rankings in the Newsweek rating system because of their open door policy to college level courses.  Students at both high schools are encouraged to stretch themselves and enroll in high level courses.

The Peninsula Education Foundation, which helps support our local school district with funding for counselors, teachers and school programs, has raised their goal for this new 2016-2017 school year to $3.5 million.  This funding is necessary to keep these programs running to help our students achieve these high goals.

The entire Newsweek list can be accessed by clicking here.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes high school rankings click here.

Photo courtesy of PVUSD

Mid August 2016 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid August 2016 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes Golf Course courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 18 days of August 2016 are 37 homes which is a slight increase from the 36 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 18 days July and an increase compared to the first 18 days of August 2015 (33).  (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 August 1st to date is $1,776,582 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,672,888 for this same time period and a decrease from $2,093,841 last August.

In August 2016 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $10,000,000 and is located in the Malaga Cove neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 6,000 square feet on a 13,480 square foot lot.  This fabulous home was rebuilt 6 years ago and features magnificent panoramic unobstructed ocean/Queen’s necklace/city views, a chef’s kitchen with enormous island, giant butler’s pantry, luxurious master suite, elevator, office, home theater, wine cellar, second full kitchen (ground floor) and huge backyard w/fountains, lawns & firepit.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in August for $938,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,700 square feet on a 30,094 square foot lot.

We currently have 237 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $870,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes and $48,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills (the low in Eastview is $744,900).  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from May 2015 through July 2016, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Photo of Palos Verdes Golf Course courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Celebrates Port Of Los Angeles Fleet Week

Palos Verdes Celebrates Port Of Los Angeles Fleet Week

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Palos Verdes residents will be celebrating LA Fleet Week September 2 through 5, 2016, with the arrival of at least three large navy ships which will be visiting the Port of Los Angeles.  This is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners to tour these active duty ships for a one of a kind visit.  The Battleship Iowa is one of the ships that can be toured, while the others will be announced soon (for security reasons).  The ship tour tickets will allow admission to one ship only at each designated time.  You are limited to registering for six tickets at a time.  The tickets are limited and registration fills up quickly.  All tour guests must be pre-registered for ship tours.  They are not available on site during the events.  The 20 minute guided tours run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.  Actual tickets must be in your possession; electronic ticket will not be accepted.  To sign in for tickets go to http://www.lafleetweek.com.

In addition to the tours, there will be outside entertainment offered from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.  A schedule of events will be posted every day at http://www.lafleetweek.com and will include musical entertainment as well as other types of individual acts.  Some of the musical groups that will be performing are “Purple Sugar,” “Jumpin Joy,” “George Thomas,” and many more.  There will be a variety of food trucks on site.  And for those who want to get some exercise over the weekend, on Monday, September 5, 2016, try “Conquer the Bridge” which is a 5.3 mile walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge that will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

In addition to the the stage entertainment, there will be land side exhibits, a family STEM expo, military demonstrations, military aircraft flyovers and fireworks staged along the port’s Main Channel.

LA Fleet Week is a patriotic tradition of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that brings recently deployed  military ships into major port cities for a week.

To read my last article on visiting ships at the Port of Los Angeles click here.

Photo courtesy of City of Los Angeles.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 16, 2016

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 16, 2016

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the August 16, 2016, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (19 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 240 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $899,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $744,900).  There are 30 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $269,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Darin DeRenzis & Rick Edler’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 980 Via Rincon, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 7,236 square foot home for $4,795,000.  This newly constructed Monte Malaga home features ocean/city views, gourmet kitchen w/butler pantry, elevator & sparking pool.  Terri Harkins (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 3808 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,376 square foot home for $1,689,000.  This lovely Valmonte ranch style home features a center courtyard w/an abundance of natural light, an updated kitchen and large back yard.

       

Jerry Yutranich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3300 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,173 square foot home for $1,598,000.  This storybook Miraleste home features ocean/harbor views, a designer kitchen and tranquil master suite with private deck.  Cindy Kawata’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 26661 Lightfoot Place, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,612 square foot home for $1,399,900.  This gorgeous Silver Spur home features city/light views, wood flooring, an entertainer’s backyard w/viewing deck, and pool.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS