Enjoy A Tide Pool Hike at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park!

Enjoy A Tide Pool Hike at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park!

No matter how many times you may have been to the Palos Verdes tide pools, it always is an enjoyable visit.  I love the magic of seeing all the creatures living in the pools.  Palos Verdes homes owners are lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful tide pool areas.

On Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents will be offering a free Tide Pool Hike starting at the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.  This park features two beaches – Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove.  These hikes are a great time to enjoy the outdoors with experts who will be discussing a variety of topics such as Palos Verdes Peninsula history, its geology, plant and animal life, as well as  marine mammals.  As you tour the tide pools and watch the fascinating marine life, you will learn about the inhabitants – sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and many more interesting animals.  This park is considered an Ecological Reserve; therefore, none of its inhabitants can be removed.

The hike is scheduled to start when the tide is low enough to view the marine life.  You will be visiting many tide pools during this two hour hike so be sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Parking is available at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  There is no fee for the hike and the parking fees will be waived up to 45 minutes prior to the hike and 30 minutes after.  For more information go to www.LosSeranos.org, or call (310) 377-5370.

To read my previous article on Abalone Cove Shoreline Park click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente

Palos Verdes Tennis Club 2019 Junior Program

Palos Verdes Tennis Club 2019 Junior Program

Palos Verdes homes owners can enroll their children in the Palos Verdes Tennis Club’s Junior Program which is open for workouts year round.  The program not only introduces children from 4 to 17 years of age to the game of tennis, but has many different levels of play for children of all ages.  It is available for members and non members.  This fun and challenging program has six USPTA certified tennis professionals with years of experience training junior players.  The junior program is designed to expose juniors to the whole spectrum of tennis: strokes, footwork, endurance and strategy and is intended to motivate children to play and gain as much experience as possible.  The Club runs small groups on a 6/1 student to pro ratio, to maximize quality.  They also have team tennis on the weekends.

The Junior Clubhouse is located next to Court #1, and is “home base” for the Junior Program.  All juniors are welcome to enjoy its use while waiting for lessons, clinics, matches, workouts, or just to visit with friends.  It is equipped with a TV, DVD, VCR and assorted board games, and has restroom facilities.

Hot Shots (ages 4-7) This program is an introduction to tennis using colorful teaching aids.  The use of foam balls and mini nets help to maximize the level progression of the students.  These classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 pm.
Level 1  (ages 7-12) This class is for both new/beginner and advanced/beginner level players.  They will focus on fundamental skills, strokes and ball control.  These classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm.  The classes are comprised of both feeding and live ball drills using orange “learning”  balls, which travel 40% slower than regular balls, to build confidence through hitting consistency.
Level 2 (ages 7-12) This class is for intermediate level players who are interested into moving into pre-competition.  They will do drills and games to learn singles and doubles strategy.  Green dot balls, 25% slower, are used at this level.  These classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The coaches are John Corrizosa and Kristen Flagler.
Level 3/ Novices  (ages 10-16)   This class is for the player seeking improvement on strategy for singles and doubles play.  There will be lots of balls hit in this class with coaches giving personal feedback.  You must have a basic knowledge of tennis, and be able to rally at least 20 balls consistently.  These classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Level 4/Satellite (ages 12 and up) This class is for those serious players who have the experience and desire to play at the high school level or better.  This will be a conditioning class with emphasis on competitive play.  These classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For class pricing and packages, contact the tennis club for more information or to schedule classes go to www.pvtennisclub.com, or call (310) 373-6326.  Palos Verdes Tennis Club is located at 3303 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.
To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Tennis Club click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2018

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 2018

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

2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood increased to 75 single family homes sold compared to 73 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in 2018 decreased to $714 compared from $733 in 2017, a -2.5% decrease.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in 2018 was $2,099,951 compared to $2,321,332 in 2017.  The most expensive home sold for $6,500,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,126,853.

Currently, Lunada Bay/Margate has 16 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 16 single family homes ranging in price from $1,899,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 3,617 square foot home, to $7,250,000 for a 5 bedroom/6 bath, 5,178 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale at this time.

For background and history on Lunada Bay/Margate Multiple Listing Area 160, 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 of ocean view from the Lunada Bay neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes Valentine’s Day 2019 Celebrations!

Palos Verdes Valentine’s Day 2019 Celebrations!

Terranea Resort will be celebrating their special Romantic Valentine’s Day Dining.  They are adding specialty menus to please any palate.  Here are just a few of their offerings:
Mar’sel is offering a 5 course prix fix menu ($170) as well as wine parings for ($88).  The special menu will include:  Course l – Scallop w/green grape tabbouleh, crispy faro & red frills mustard; Course 2 – Pink Grapefruit, pink beets, raspberry vinaigrette, avocado & watercress; Course 3 – Lobster Lasagna w/smoked tomato; Course 4 – Duo of Beef w/waguy shortrib, aged ribeye, black truffle red cabbage soubise; Course 5 – Chocolate Lava Cake w/raspberry rose macaroon.

Nelson’s will be offering Red Wine Braised Short Rib & Pan Seared Scallops ($42), Pan Roasted Halibut ($38), plus White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake ($14).

Bashi will be offering a Valentine’s Day menu from February 14 through 17, 2019.  It will consist of 3 Special Cocktails: The Red Hana, Beauty Within & Down in Kokomo for ($17), Sushi – Black Pepper Tuna Carpaccio ($25) & Baked Oysters ($28); Craft Dishes – Pan roasted Duck Breast & Leg Confit ($36) & Tempura Atlantic Lobster Tail ($40) and for Dessert a Honey Cheesecake ($12).

Catalina Kitchen will be serving their Valentine’s specials from February 14 through 17, 2019, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. They will include Small Plates – Arugula & Pear Salad ($17), & Tartare of local Opah ($19), Entrees – Signature Surf N Turf ($68), Roasted Herb Crusted Local Halibut ($34) & House-made Potato Gnocchi ($28).  Dessert will consist of a Red Velvet Cheesecake ($14).  For drink pairings they will be offering their special Sweetheart Cocktails.

Solviva will be offering their variety of heart healthy menu items with a set menu for ($56), and beverage pairing at ($25). The Appetizer will consist of California Bean Stew or Radicchio and Kale Salad, Entree will be Pan Roasted Mary’s Duck or King Trumpet Mushrooms, and Dessert will consist of a Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart.

Sea Beans guests will be able to have sweets all day.

For more information about Terranea Resort’s Valentine’s Day dining events, please visit, www.Terranea.com.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

 

The Friends of Banning Museum will hold their fourteenth annual Valentine’s Tea & Tunes on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place inside the Museum’s historic Stagecoach Barn.  In this vintage setting, you will enjoy an elegant light luncheon served on fine china with special selections of teas chosen just for the occasion.  There will be entertainment provided as well as tours of the Museum.  There will also be a special exhibit featuring Victorian fans in the Visitor Center.  This is a great opportunity for you to put on your finest hat and gloves and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  There will also be a contest for the best hat!  Tickets sell out quickly for this Tea, so you should purchase your tickets soon.  The cost is $65 for Friends of Banning Museum members and $75 for non members.  For more information or to make reservations go to www.thebanningmuseum.org, or call 310-548-2005.

The Banning Museum is located at 401 East “M” Street, Wilmington.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Valentine’s Day celebrations click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort. 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 29, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 29, 2019

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 29, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (26 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 151 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $999,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $775,000) to $11,900,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 33 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $292,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Kathleen Parkes’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 15 Rockinghorse Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,639 square foot home for $1,899,000.  This extensively updated custom Palos Verdes Drive East home features panoramic city views from downtown L.A to Long Beach coastline, dressing room, office, 2 family rooms, and new Tuscan style kitchen.  Edward Kaminsky’s (Strand Hill Christies International Real Estate) 6728 Vallon Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,177 square foot home for $1,595,000.  This La Cresta corner lot home features ocean views, spacious living room, stunning master retreat, and bonus space.

     

Sepehr Ebrahimi’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService) 6538 Locklenna Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,521 square foot home for $1,375,000.  This beautiful Country Club home features ocean views, remodeled kitchen, separate family room, air conditioning, and expansive lush backyard.  Kyle Daniels’ (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 3917 Via Solano, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,690 square foot home for $1,499,000.  This desirable Valmonte location features ocean/city views, vaulted ceilings w/exposed beams, custom craftsmanship throughout, and is located adjacent to the walking trail.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Estates Annual 2019 Hazardous & E Waste Collection

Palos Verdes Estates Annual 2019 Hazardous & E Waste Collection

       

The City of Palos Verdes Estates will be holding its First Quarter Hazardous and E-Waste Collection Event in partnership with waste hauler, Athens Services.  This is a great time to rid yourselves of all the hazardous waste items that collect around your home.  This includes paint, solvents, pesticides, car and household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, cleaners, oil and other hazardous materials.

Electronic waste (E-waste) is said to be the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal waste stream. E-waste is a general category of electronic products which include broken or obsolete televisions, computer monitors, central processing units (CPU), cordless and cell phones, cash registers, videocassette recorders, cell phones, copiers and printers, stereos and speakers and microwaves. These type of products may contain toxic materials such as lead, barium, mercury, and cadmium that require the proper management as well as valuable resources that should be recovered.

Palos Verdes Estates residents (please bring proof of residency) can bring all of these articles to the Palos Verdes High School parking lot on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The school is located at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates.  It is important to note that the City will no longer allow residents to drop off e-waste in front of City Hall because of safety concerns.

Additionally throughout the year, the S.A.F.E. Collection site (household hazardous waste) is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro.

For more information, please contact City Hall at (310) 378-0383 or Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

To read my prior article on Document Shredding & E-Waste Disposal click here.

Photo courtesy of  the City of Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes Free 2018 Income Tax Preparation

Palos Verdes Free 2018 Income Tax Preparation

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 2, 2019, and ending on April 13, 2019.  In order to take advantage of this free program, you must have all your tax documents for 2018 in hand before going in.  You are also required to bring copies of your 2017 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.

As in prior years, they will have tax preparation sessions on a first come, first served 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 www.pvseniors.org.

While at the center please note all the activities that are offered.  Whether it’s free movies, bingo, exercise classes, lectures, day trips, travel adventures, continued learning, writer’s group, coffee & cars, Mahjong or even ping pong, there is something for everyone offered through this wonderful program.

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

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

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors.

Palos Verdes Homes 2018 Neighborhood Sales

Palos Verdes Homes 2018 Neighborhood Sales

Palos Verdes Homes Sales Chart 2018 by neighborhood

In my January 17, 2019, article, I discussed the overall sales numbers for single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2018 with an increase in the median sales price (7.2%), average price per square foot (3.6%), average sales price (5.4%), and a decrease in the number of homes sold  (7.5%).  Inventory of Palos Verdes homes for sale was low again last year and multiple offers were common as buyers sought to purchase Palos Verdes homes.  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.

Malaga Cove posted the largest gain in average sales price – $2,960,533 for 2018 compared to $2,173,720 in 2017; Rolling Hills was second with an average sales price of $3,817,561 in 2018 compared to $3,181,658 in 2017.  The Palos Verdes Drive South, County Club, Palos Verdes Drive North, Silver Spur and Peninsula Center neighborhoods also showed significant gains in average sales price for 2018.  The Valmonte, Crest, Los Verdes, La Cresta, Palos Verdes Drive East, and Eastview neighborhoods also showed gains in average sales price.  Monte Malaga posted the largest decrease in average sales price – $2,601,703 for 2018 compared to $2,854,581 in 2017.

All but 4 neighborhoods posted gains in average square foot price in 2018.  Palos Verdes Drive South and Malaga Cove posted the largest gains in average square foot price for Palos Verdes homes sold – a 37.8% increase 17.1% respectively.  Palos Verdes Drive South increased to $841 in 2018 from $610 in 2017 and Malaga Cove increased to $860 in 2018 compared to $734 in 2017.  The City of Rolling Hills  had the largest decrease in square foot price (9.1%) from $801 in 2017 to $727 in 2018.  Homes in Malaga Cove sold for the highest price per square foot – $860.

Lunada Bay posted the largest number of Palos Verdes homes sold in 2018 – 75 Palos Verdes houses (73 homes in 2017).  The City of Rolling Hills posted the biggest gain in home sales – 24 in 2018 compared to 19 in 2017.  Palos Verdes Drive South (28 homes sold in 2018 from 24 homes sold in 2017), La Cresta (31 homes sold in 2018 from 27 homes in 2017), and Silver Spur (62 homes sold in 2018 from 58 in 2017) also had gains in Palos Verdes homes sales.   All other Palos Verdes neighborhoods had a decrease in number of homes sold in 2017 except for Peninsula Center which was the same.

The total valuation of single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2018 was $1,190,181,112.  The highest priced single family Palos Verdes home sold for $22,400,000 in the City of Rolling Hills and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $700,000 (Rancho Palos Verdes) and was located in Eastview RPV.  2018 information on the sales price mix for Palos Verdes homes sold can be obtained by clicking here or going to my prior post, “Palos Verdes Home Values Strong In 2018!”

Above chart courtesy of RE/MAX Estate Properties

Palos Verdes 2019 Whale Watching Has Begun!

Palos Verdes 2019 Whale Watching Has Begun!

 

Point Vicente Interpretive Center has started counting whales for the 2018/2019 Whale Watching season.  This famous landmark gives Palos Verdes homes owners a local center where they can go and watch these massive mammals off our coastline.   This season officially started December 1, 2018, and according to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, as of today, there have been 158 gray whales counted going south, 7 whales going north, and 15 calf pairs going southbound.  Most of the whales are traveling south to Baja and the concern in the last several months has been that they are swimming in the large container ship paths.

To see these magnificent creatures, there are several different local options to choose from.  Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing (bring binoculars).  For more information, call 310-377-5370.

If you want to get a closer look at the whales, there are two companies that have whale watching tours for a fee.  San Pedro Spirit Cruises is in the process of refurbishing their boat, and will begin their tour season mid February.  During their tour season, they offer tours on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Once they open, they recommend that you contact them the day before to make sure that there are no weather problems.  The cost for the tour is $25 for adults, and $15 for children 5 to 12 years of age.  San Pedro Spirit Cruises is located at 77 Berth, San Pedro.  For more information and to make future reservations, go to www.spiritmarine.com or call (310) 548-8080.

Redondo Beach Whale Watch has begun their tours and will run them through April.  Tour times on Saturday & Sunday are 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for adults, and children 5 to 12 are $25.  Reservations are required for weekend tours.  Redondo Beach Whale Watch is located at 140 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach.  For more information, go to www.rbwhales.com or call (310) 372-2111 for reservations.

To read my last article on Whale Watching click here.

Photo courtesy of Redondo Beach Whale Watch

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 22, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 22, 2019

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 22, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (15 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 143 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $999,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $599,000) to $11,900,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 35 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $292,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Mingli Wang’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 2950 Twin Harbors View Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 8 bath, 7,669 square foot home for $6,880,000.  This former model home (Estates at Trump National) in Palos Verdes Drive South features ocean views, spacious master suite w/fireplace & sitting area, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, home theater, pool house, and pool/spa.  Elaine Carlson & Betty Waungs’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties & Keller Williams Palos Verdes ) 2108 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 6 bedroom, 8 bath, 5,693 square foot home for $5,890,000.  This new fabulous contemporary (2015 build) lower Lunada Bay home located across the street from the ocean bluff features ocean views, huge gourmet kitchen w/additional butler’s kitchen/pantry, beautiful master suite w/ocean views, all bedrooms ensuite, 900+ square foot separate casita, and pool/spa.

     

Jerry Yutronich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 16 Rockinghorse Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,386 square foot home for $2,799,000.  This magnificent custom built Palos Verdes Drive East home features expansive harbor/ocean views, office, media room, chef’s kitchen and incredible master retreat.  Joanne Robinson’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) 26010 Rolling Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 5,394 square foot home for $2,790,000.  This beautiful Palos Verdes Drive North equstrian property features a peek-a-boo city lights view, open concept gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar, home theater, elevator, and 6+ car garage.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.