Palos Verdes 2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration Open

Palos Verdes 2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration Open

Palos Verdes homes owners (and/or tenants) who have children entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2018, are invited to attend a Kindergarten Registration Information Program.  The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District recommends that parents attend even if they have had other children go through the system because the program has changed.  This is an important event if you have Kindergarten age children because some Palos Verdes elementary schools are impacted.  California Law (SB 1381) regarding the age requirement for Kindergarten enrollment was changed.  The new law requires a child be five years old on or before September 1, 2018, to be eligible for Kindergarten. To enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (which is a separate program), children must be five years old before December 2, 2018.  Children who will be turning 5 years old on or between September 2 and December 2, 2018 are automatically placed in Transitional Kindergarten at the time of enrollment and will not need Transitional Kindergarten screening.

All interested parents are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled Kindergarten Orientation meetings and learn more about this change, the application process, kindergarten readiness, standards, transitional kindergarten, before and after school child care, fee-based summer programs and the application deadline.  The meetings will be held on:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) – Vista Grande Elementary School, 7032 Purpleridge Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 377-6066.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) – Dapplegray Elementary School, 3011 Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills Estates, (310) 541-3706.

Cornerstone @ Pedregal Open House will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018, (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) – 6069 Groveoak Place, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Each elementary school will host a parent orientation meeting in May, that will include tours, program information and the curriculum information.

The enrollment process for 2018-2019 school registration is on the PVPUSD website at www.pvpusd.net for instructions and enrollment forms.
To read my last article on Palos Verdes Kindergarten Registration click here.

Photo courtesy of PVPUSD

Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2018-2019!

Choose Your Palos Verdes High School Now For 2018-2019!

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Palos Verdes residents who are parents of eighth grade students, should have received high school information packets as it is time to designate which high school their child will attend in September 2018.  To assist in this decision, Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be hosting their annual tours at both schools for Palos Verdes homes owners (and tenants) to visit.  Any current eighth grade student will have an opportunity to enroll under “open enrollment” which means that the students who will enter 9th grade in September 2018, may choose which Palos Verdes high school to attend.  Planning for the 2018-2019 school year is beginning, and enrollment numbers are critical to effectively prepare for this next school year.

Both high schools have scheduled several sessions to assist you and your student in selecting which one of our award winning high schools will be the best fit for them.  The parent/student information meetings for Palos Verdes High School are: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and Monday, February 5, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The Special Education Forum will take place on Monday, February 5, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Palos Verdes High School is located at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates.  Open House will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be holding their parent/student information meetings on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Special Education Forum will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Open House will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is located at 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.

If you are looking for more information or need enrollment forms, go to www.pvpusd.net.  For specific high school information – for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, call Deidre Heimer (310) 377-4888 x 280, or Palos Verdes High School, call Karen Mills (310) 378-8471 x 208.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes High Schools, click here.

Photos courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Seniors Lectures & Coffee & Cars January 2018

Palos Verdes Peninsula Seniors Lectures & Coffee & Cars January 2018

The Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series January 2018 is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners to hear interesting speakers.  These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

January 10, 2018 – Jim Shneer will be returning to present A Caravan of Martyrs: The Hashemite Family.  This lecture will cover the elements of war, politics, deceit, murder and sex, with the story of a Middle-Eastern family – albeit an important one.  The Hashemite lineage goes back through Mohammed and earlier; and the Hashemite family has been in power for more than 800 years in different countries.

January 17, 2018 –  Grace Chon, who is a self-taught commercial and editorial Animal Photographer, will speak about the world of animal and pet photography.  She will discuss her own personal background, having the greatest job in the world, and the benefits to owning pets.

January 24, 2018 – Dave Carroll is an ACSM certified Health & Fitness Specialist.  He has worked with seniors for over 25 years, and will explain how improving balance and coordination, plus muscle strength can help with fall prevention. Wear comfortable clothing since he will be demonstrating some warm ups and exercises that you can join in or just watch.  One of the areas he will be discussing is how exercise, nutrition, hydration, mindfulness, nature and sleep can improve your health and well being in 2018.

January 31, 2018 – Liz Cantine will be returning to delight everyone with Crooners and Songbirds as dancers and singers beckon you back to the golden age of music and entertainment.  Liz is a professional dancer, director, choreographer and instructor.

COFFEE & CARS

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, the Peninsula Seniors will sponsor Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center (Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates).  A group of car enthusiasts will bring their Hot Rod, Custom, Muscle Car, Sports Car, Antique, and other special interest vehicles, to the Peninsula Shopping Center parking lot where you can admire the cars, meet the owners and ask them questions.

Coffee & Cars is held the first Saturday of every month 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the parking area near Starbuck’s in the Peninsula Shopping Center.  Each month, a different type of car is featured.

For more information contact Peninsula Seniors at (310) 377-3003.

To read my previous article on Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series click here.

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors                        

Favorite 2017 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Favorite 2017 Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

Here are my favorite Palos Verdes homes in 2017 taken from my weekly articles reviewing new homes for sale that were on the Broker’s Tour.  I have also included an update on those homes to let you know if they have sold and at what price.

       629 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

David Konheim (Hilton & Hyland) & Lily Liang’s (Strand Hill Christie’s Int’l) 2701 Via Elevado, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) was a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 8,847 square foot home for $26,680,000.  This fabulous home is one of Malaga Cove’s largest estates and features panoramic Queen’s Necklace/ocean views, wine cellar, pool/spa/waterfalls on over 3.5 acres of gorgeous landscaped grounds; a truly private compound. This Palos Verdes home came on the market on February 9, 2017, and the listing expired on October 11, 2017.  Lauren Forbes & John Correles’ (Coldwell Banker Reidential) 629 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) was a 5 bedroom 4 bath, 3711 square foot home for $2,575,000.  This Malaga Cove home features fabulous panoramic Queen’s Necklace/ocean views, ambient lighting and a flat grassy backyard.  This Palos Verdes home came on the market on July 20, 2017 and sold for $2,800,000 on July 28, with escrow closing on September 26, 2017.

        4-25 Calle de suenos

Rick Edler’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 959 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) was a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 9,017 square foot home for $8,999,000.  This gorgeous Tuscan style Monte Malaga estate features breathtaking coastline/ocean views, library, wine cellar, theater, tennis court and pool/spa. This Palos Verdes home came on the market on June 5, 2017, and sold for $9,250,000 on July 10, with escrow closing August 10, 2017.  Jason Buck’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 30637 Calle De Suenos, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) was a 6 bedroom, 10 bath, 7,835 square foot home for $7,898,000.  This luxurious Mediterranean Country Club estate by Louie Tomaro features magnificent unobstructed ocean views, impressive double heart shaped staircase, 9 fireplaces, 1000 bottle wine cellar and infinity pool. This Palos Verdes home came on the market on April 9, 2017, expired on September 13, 2017, and is currently listed with another agent for $6,998,000.

My favorite Palos Verdes homes from 2016, can be accessed by clicking here.

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Wishing You Happy Holidays 2017!

Wishing You Happy Holidays 2017!

Winter photo courtesy of Arvin Design                                                                                                 

May you be blessed with peace, love and joy for Christmas and the New Year!

I will be spending time with my family and friends over the holiday and will be back with a new article on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

 

 

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Home Sales Eastview Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales Eastview Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Eastview Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Eastview neighborhood for the first half of 2017 decreased to 23 single family homes sold in 2017 compared to 34 sold in 2016.  Price per square foot for Eastview  homes that sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $504 compared to $475 in 2016 a 6.1% increase.  Average sales price for Eastview homes sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $882,083 in 2017 compared to $796,272 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Eastview neighborhood was $1,175,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Eastview  neighborhood was $640,000.

Currently, the Eastview neighborhood has 7 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 5 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $868,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,543 square foot home, to $1,249,999 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,528 square foot home.  There are 2 condo/townhomes for sale in the area ranging in price from $490,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 930 square foot condo, to $633,730 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,103 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on the Eastview Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 177 please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Eastview Park courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Transit Offers Free New Year’s Eve Rides On Peninsula

Palos Verdes Transit Offers Free New Year’s Eve Rides On Peninsula

Palos Verdes Transit is again offering free bus rides to Palos Verdes residents on New Year’s Eve.  This bus service is available to any Palos Verdes Peninsula resident from 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017, to 2:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018.   This can be to and from a restaurant, party or even just a small get together.  Additionally, Palos Verdes Transit will pick you up from your own home and return you there at the end of the evening.  The PV Transit has been offering this free service for years and it is just one of the great services available to Palos Verdes residents.

You can begin making advanced reservations for one-way or round-trip rides as early as December 27, 2017.  Call (310) 544-3710 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  If you are unable to call ahead, you can also call on December 31st for evening reservations.  This is a great way to have a fun and safe Happy New Year!

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Transit free New Year’s Eve rides click here.

Photo courtesy of City of Palos Verdes Estates Newsletter

Mid December 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid December 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Gazebo at Roessler Point courtesty of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 19 days of December 2017 are 31 homes which is an increase from the 27 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 19 days November  and a decrease from first 19 days of December 2016 (50).  (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 December 1st to date is $1,823,605 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,759,593 for this same time period and an increase from $1,734,530 last December.

In December 2017 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $4,950,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and has 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 6,900 square feet on a 24,195 square foot lot.  This gorgeous Santa Barbara style estate features stunning ocean/city views, a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, media room, a fabulous master site w/full office and a pool/spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in December for $1,050,000 and is located in the Crest neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,374 square feet on a 8,211 square foot lot.

We currently have 145 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,100,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood and $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from September 2016 through November 2017, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

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

Photo of Gazebo at Roessler Point courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Home Sales Silver Spur Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales Silver Spur Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Grandview Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Silver Spur neighborhood for the first half of 2017 increased to 28 single family homes sold in 2017 compared to 24 sold in 2016.  Price per square foot for Silver Spur homes that sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $621 compared to $602 in 2016 a 3.2% increase.  Average sales price for Silver Spur homes sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $1,140,710 in 2017 compared to $1,120,826 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Silver Spur neighborhood was $1,663,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Silver Spur neighborhood was $860,000.

Currently, the Silver Spur neighborhood has 3 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 3 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,125,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,328 square foot home, to $1,295,000 for a 4 bedroom/2 bath, 1,682 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Silver Spur Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 175 please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Grandview Park located in Silver Spur neighborhood courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Free Post Holiday Tree Pick Up 2017 Schedules

Palos Verdes Free Post Holiday Tree Pick Up 2017 Schedules

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Palos Verdes home owners once again can have their Christmas trees picked up after the holiday for free!

Palos Verdes Estates residents are scheduled for pick up of their Christmas trees starting one week after the holiday January 1 through January 15, 2018.  This year, service will be provided during your normal weekly trash pickup.  Trees will be removed from your normal trash enclosure or trash area.  After January 15, 2018, however, you are responsible to cut and bundle your tree securely with twine or rope and leave it in your trash area.  Stands and all decorations including tinsel must be removed.  Lightly flocked trees are acceptable.  For more information, you can call Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

The City of Rolling Hills will be recycling their trees as part of their regular trash pick-up program.  Just put it out on your regular green trash day, and the trees will be picked up from December 26th through January 19, 2018.  Remember to remove everything from the tree including the stand; flocked trees will be picked up also.  However, if your tree is over 6 feet, you are required to cut it in half. For more information, call Waste Management at (310) 677-6500.

Rancho Palos Verdes will be recycling trees as part of their regular trash pick up from December 26 through January 15, 2018. Please remove everything from it and place it next to the cart.   If your Christmas tree is over 4 feet tall, they ask that you cut the tree in half.  This year they will also be offering the extra trash bags pick up if they are placed next to the gray trash cart.  For more information, call EDCO Waste at (310) 540-2977.

Rolling Hills Estates will be recycling trees as part of their regular trash pick up from December 26 through January 13, 2018.  All trees must have everything removed from them including the stand before pick up.  For more information, call Waste Management at (800) 774-0222.

To read my last article on Holiday Tree Pick Up click here.