Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome Encore Saxophone Quartet!

Palos Verdes Garden Concerts Welcome Encore Saxophone Quartet!

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, August 26, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St Luke’s Presbyterian Church will be presenting their last concert of the summer “Encore Saxophone Quartet.”  This is a fabulous event where you can come early and enjoy our gorgeous weather while picnicking on the lawn, and then enjoy a Free Garden Concert.

The Quartet was founded in 1984, and its extensive repertoire spans original compositions and arrangement that bridge styles from Classical to Modern Jazz.  They were winners in the 2016 Beverly Hills National Auditions competition.  The Quartet’s unique blending of innovative and diverse programming, along with informational narrative, transports listeners on a musical journey that exhibits the many possibilities encompassing the sound spectrum of the saxophone in a quartet setting.

Come out and listen to this great musical quartet,  have 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.

Palos Verdes Home Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Palos Verdes Home Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

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Palos Verdes homes sales in the Monte Malaga neighborhood for the first half of 2018 decreased to 17 single family homes sold in 2018 compared to 23 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Monte Malaga houses that sold in the first half of 2018 increased to $685 from $676 in 2017, a 1.4% increase.  Average sales price for Monte Malaga homes sold in the first half of 2018 decreased to $2,748,375 in 2018 compared to $2,828,304 in 2017.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Monte Malaga neighborhood was $8,000,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Monte Malaga neighborhood was $1,350,375.

Currently, the Monte Malaga neighborhood has 20 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 20 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,499,900 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 2,344 square foot home, to $14,900,000 for a 7 bedroom/10 bath, 11,000 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Monte Malaga Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 162, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Queen’s Necklace view from Monte Malaga courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes 61st Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show

Palos Verdes 61st Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show

Palos Verdes homes owners are invited to support the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show held at Ernie Howlett Park, beginning on Friday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9, 2018. This is the 61st year that this A-rated event offers three full days of a wide variety of special equestrian events.  Activities will be scheduled in both riding rings including the prestigious Pacific Coast Horse Association Horsemanship Medal Finals for riders 14 and under and the PCHA Victor Hugo Vidal Adult Horsemanship Class for riders 35 and over.  In addition, the $10,000 Harman Family Jr-A/O Jumper Classic and the $15,000 Seahorse Jumper Classic promise to challenge some of the West Coast’s finest Jumper riders over a difficult and exciting course.

This show is the most popular three day event of its kind in the Western United States.  Palos Verdes residents will enjoy the feel of an old fashioned hometown fair with food booths, hay bale, boutique, Frankie Foti Master Magician, Jim Gamble Marionettes & John Chambers and the Wonderful World of Puppets, pony rides, games, moon bounce, face painting, and North America Wildlife with live animals from around the world.  The Children’s Area is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday & Sunday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  This event is sponsored by The Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital to benefit the Associates Sarcoma Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  This program is working to improve the outcome of children battling this aggressive form of childhood cancer.

Riding events will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day.  On Friday admission is free all day, but on Saturday and Sunday, general admission will be $5 and children under 12 are free.  Parking is free and is located directly across from the event, with free shuttle services.  You can also reserve ringside tables.  Each day’s special event schedule and shows can be found at www.pcch.net, or call (310)-318-8258.

There is a special Saturday Night Supper with music by My Generation. The Supper goes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and tickets are $65/if purchased by August 25, and $85/if purchased after August 25, 2018. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for Saturday Night Supper.

To view my prior article on the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show click here.

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 31, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 31, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the July 31, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (24 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 222 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $985,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $749,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 24 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $479,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Raju Chhabria (Chhabria Real Estate Company)  & Joellen Alflen’s (West Shores Realty) 30936 Cartier Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,705 square foot home for $3,999,000.  This beautiful Country Club Mediterranean estate has breathtaking coastline/ocean views, spacious gourmet kitchen, recreation room, collector’s 5-car garage, and outdoor entertainment areas w/in-ground spa.  Norman Lucas’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2553 Via Carrillo, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,110 square foot home for $1,650,000.  This Lunada Bay Cape Cod charmer features ocean views, a fully remodeled gourmet kitchen, remodeled baths, beautiful master suite, and rear grassy yard.

       

Maureen Lee’s (Keller Williams South Bay) 3466 Coolheights Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,461 square foot home for $1,599,900.  This lovely Mira Catalina home features 180 degree ocean/Catalina views, open kitchen w/center island, expansive family room, and lots of storage.  Frank Fountain & Heidi Agid Mackenback’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 7034 Hartcrest Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,932 square foot home for $1,219,000.  This charming turnkey Los Verdes home features a spacious remodeled kitchen w/large center island, sunny family room, 2 updated bathrooms, and fruit & citrus trees.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Art Center Presents Arts On The Hill!

Palos Verdes Art Center Presents Arts On The Hill!

The Palos Verdes Art Center is adding a free special arts project for local residents to enjoy.  On Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the faculty of The Studio School, members of Palos Verdes Art Center Artists (PVACA), and friends at Palos Verdes Performing Arts, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Palos Verdes Library District, Palos Verdes School Gardens, Grand Vision Foundation, Los Serenos de Point Vincent, Art At Your Fingertips and Community Art Machine, will be joining forces for ARTS ON THE HILL @PVAC, a family celebration of the arts at the Palos Verdes Art Center.  Bring the family and enjoy the free art activities for kids such as printmaking, painting & sculpture quick take home projects, local artist demos including portrait & landscape painting, jewelry, mixed media & pottery, plus arts & crafts, magic exhibit, great live music, food trucks (Matteo’s Pizza, Blast Ice Cream & ShadyGrove@Stripe Cafe) and much more.

There are three other exhibitions at PVAC which are being shown during this event.  They are: The Summer Show, Joshua Ross: New Works, 2018 Alpay Scholarship Award Exhibition, and INHABIT: The Olmstead Brothers at Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Click here to read my last article on Palos Verdes Art Center.

Photo above is a 40 foot long mobile entitled Graffiti Yard, which is a joint project of Community Art Machine & Palos Verdes Art Center.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “Willy Wonka Jr”

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents “Willy Wonka Jr”

Palos Verdes home owners who are looking for a fun stage presentation for their family to enjoy, need look no further. “Willy Wonka Jr” will be playing on August 3, through August 5, 2018, at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre.  This is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to a live performance.

As you will remember, this is the story of Willy Wonka, the enigmatic candy manufacturer, who stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars.  Whoever finds one of these tickets will be able to take a free tour of the Wonka factory, and a lifetime supply of candy.  As it turns out four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather.  The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences.

Performance times for “Willy Wonka Jr” at the Norris Theatre are 7:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.  Tickets start at $30 for adults & $15 for youth under 17, and can be purchased online at www.norriscenter.com or call (310) 544-0403.

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

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

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Performing Art Center

Palos Verdes Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Palos Verdes Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2018

Ocean view from Lunada Bay neighborhood, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood for the first half of 2018 decreased to 39 single family homes sold in 2018 compared to 44 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in the first half of 2018 decreased to $733 from $774 in 2017, a 5.4% decrease.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in the first half of 2018 decreased to $2,206,640 in 2018 compared to $2,551,939 in 2017.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $6,500,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $1,126,853.

Currently, the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood has 24 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 22 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,499,900 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,139 square foot home, to $23,888,000 for a 5 bedroom/9 bath, 11,049 square foot home.  There are 2 condo/townhomes for sale ranging in price from $725,000 for a 2 bedroom/3 bath, 1,878 square foot home, to $799,000 for a 2 bedroom/ 2 bath, 1,340 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on the Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 160, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of ocean/coastline views from Lunada Bay neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 24, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – July 24, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the July 24, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (28 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 219 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $985,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $725,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 32 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $479,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Bill Ruth (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) & Charles Raine’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 9 Portuguese Bend Road, Rolling Hills, 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,462 square foot home for $3,975,000.  This amazing Rolling Hills home has been recently remodeled along with 2 remodeled guest houses, kitchen w/amazing butlers pantry, pool and 5 stall barn.  Steven Wolfe’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5248 Valley View Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,966 square foot home for $3,100,000.  This remodeled ranch style Crest home features a new kitchen w/large island, great room, remodeled baths, new landscaping, and salt water pool/jacuzzi.

     

Kitty Edler & Darin DeRenzis’ (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 1349 Via Zumaya, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,584 square foot home for $2,950,000.  This beautiful Lunada Bay home features panoramic ocean views, kitchen w/attached breakfast room, wood paneled office, and secluded main floor master suite.  Steven Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4319 Admirable Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,865 square foot home for $1,595,000.  This elegantly remodeled Palos Verdes Drive South home features ocean views, extra large gourmet kitchen, observation deck,  fire pit, and pool/spa.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Golf Club Is Accepting Membership Applications At This Time!

Palos Verdes Golf Club Is Accepting Membership Applications At This Time!

Palos Verdes Golf Course, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274                        

The Palos Verdes Golf Club is currently accepting applications for new membership, as the current waiting list is low as of July 23, 2018.  There is guaranteed priority admission given to Palos Verdes Estate residential property owners.  If you have ever had an interest in joining Palos Verdes Golf Club, you may want to take advantage of the current low wait list. The membership fee to join is $49,000, with a monthly charge of $740.  There is also a small quarterly minimum food/beverage charge of $300.

The Palos Verdes Golf Club was built by the renowned design team of William Bell, and architect George Thomas in 1924, and is located in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  This famous team also designed the golf courses at the Riviera and Bel Air Country Clubs, the Los Angeles Country Club and the Ojai Valley Inn.  In 2013, the grounds at Palos Verdes Golf Club underwent a complete renovation restoring it to the original design.  At that time all of the bunkers were re-built, three greens were re-built and a chipping area around the greens was added.  The 50,000 square foot clubhouse was also remodeled and serves lunch six days a week and dinner four nights a week.

If you are interested in arranging a tour or just getting additional information, please call the Club’s Membership Manager, Maryna Kachan at (310) 791-7958.  The Club is located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.  For more information on Palos Verdes Golf Club Membership click here.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Golf Club memberships click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Homes 2018 Neighborhood Sales First Half

Palos Verdes Homes 2018 Neighborhood Sales First Half

Palos Verdes homes sales by neighborhood first half 2018

In my article last week,  I discussed the overall sales numbers for single family Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2018 with the number of homes sold (with 340 in 2018, from 350 in 2017), an increase in the average sales price (4.9%), and an increase in the average price per square foot (3.5%).  There was a high demand for Palos Verdes homes and multiple offers were common.  Below is information on specific Palos Verdes neighborhoods.  The chart above can be enlarged by clicking on it or go to the “Statistics” tab above.

The Malaga Cove area of Palos Verdes Estates posted the largest gain in average sales price for Palos Verdes homes – $3,417,375 for the first half of 2018 compared to $2,162,467 in the first half of 2017 for a 58% gain, followed by Palos Verdes Drive South (34.8%) and West Palos Verdes (13.4%).  Palos Verdes Drive North, Valmonte, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes Drive East, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes Country Club, Peninsula Center, Silver Spur, and Eastview/RPV also showed gains in average sales price the first half of 2018.  Lunada Bay area of Palos Verdes Estates posted the largest decrease in average sales price – $2,206,640 in the first half of 2018 compared to $2,551,939 in 2017 (-13.5%).

All neighborhoods, except Lunada Bay & Rolling Hills posted gains in average square foot price in the first half of 2018.  Palos Verdes Drive South and Malaga Cove posted the largest gains in average square foot price for Palos Verdes homes sold – a 48.4% and 23.6% increase respectively.  West Palos Verdes increased to $770 in 2018 from $699 the first half of 2017 and Silver Spur  increased to $684 in 2018 from $621 the first half of 2017.  Square footage price in Rolling Hills posted the largest decrease (15.4%) – $664 in 2018 from $786 the first half of 2017.

Lunada Bay/Margate posted the largest number of Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2018 – 39 Palos Verdes houses.  La Cresta posted the biggest gain in home sales – 20 homes in the first half of 2018 compared to 14 homes in 2017.  Valmonte, Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes Drive South, West Palos Verdes, Country Club, La Cresta, and Peninsula Center also had an increase in the number of Palos Verdes homes sold the first half of 2018.

First half of 2018 information on average price for Palos Verdes homes sold as well as total valuation of Palos Verdes real estate and highest/lowest home sales can be obtained by clicking here or going to my prior post, “Palos Verdes Homes Prices Up First Half 2018.”

Chart courtesy of RE/MAX Estate Properties