Palos Verdes Seniors April Activities 2019

Palos Verdes Seniors April Activities 2019

Palos Verdes Seniors have lots of activities that they can enjoy in the month of April, with language classes, health & wellness activities and an interesting lecture. Here are just a few of these activities:

Education

Spanish Language classes are available on Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center.  These classes are available for a $2.00 fee each week.

Technology class is available on Tuesdays, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center.

Health & Wellness

Muscle Strengthening is available on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ($150 for 6 month contract)

Yoga & Balance classes are available on Mondays & Thursdays from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. ($150 for 6 month contract)

These classes are available at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center located at  30928 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Lecture Series

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Ironman Craig Blue returns to present the latest trends in Staying Healthy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., local resident Robin Aube who is the Manager of Advancement at AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles will speak.  She grew up in San Pedro but has been a Palos Verdes resident for 25 years.  As a member of the innovative ocean and marine science campus, Robin manages community outreach, educational programming and the UrgentSea annual campaign along with donor relations.  AltaSea is a public-private venture redeveloping 35 acres of dockland at the Port of Los Angeles and is building a world-class campus focused on ocean sustainability, with a program model designed to generate ocean-based solutions to global sustainability issues through collaboration among businesses, researchers, explorers, conservationists and educators.  They have already attracted leaders in sustainable aquaculture, undersea robotics, ocean exploration and marine science and strive to generate solutions to the most critical global sustainability issues today: food, energy, and climate security.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., “The Future of Flight” takes a deeper look into the global pilot shortage, exploring why people aren’t pursuing careers in aviation and offering new and exciting solutions.  This presentation will leave you with a new sense as to where the aviation industry needs to go to keep pilots in the cockpit.  Guest speaker and daughter of world-famous pilot Dick Rutan, Jill Rutan Hoffman, is an entrepreneur with a laser focus on aviation.  As the founder of Path 2 Flight, she is revolutionizing flight training to provide better access to general aviation.

These lectures will take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room.

For more information go to www.pvseniors.org, or call (310) 377-3003.

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors                                             

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Mira Catalina Neighborhood 2018

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Mira Catalina Neighborhood 2018

mira catalina neighborhood

2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for Mira Catalina decreased to 23 single family homes sold compared to 33 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Mira Catalina houses that sold in 2018 decreased to $593 compared from $599 in 2017, a 0.9% decrease.  Average sales price for Mira Catalina homes sold in 2018 was $1,415,500 compared to $1,519,300 in 2017.  The most expensive home sold for $1,712,500 and the lowest priced home sold for $995,000.

Currently, Mira Catalina has 3 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 3 single family homes ranging in price from $1,399,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,184 square foot home, to $1,995,000 for a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 4,292 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Mira Catalina Multiple Listing Area 168, 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 courtesy of Marymount College University located in the Mira Catalina neighborhood

Palos Verdes Easter 2019 At Terranea Resort!

Palos Verdes Easter 2019 At Terranea Resort!

 

The beautiful Terranea Resort will be offering Palos Verdes homes owners an opportunity to experience wonderful restaurants and exquisite views when joining them for their Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Terranea Resort offers a variety of food choices at their many restaurants.  The Easter Ballroom Brunch will take place in the Palos Verdes Grand Ballroom and will have nine stations serving everything from omelets and freshly made challah French toast to a build your own chilaquiles station, pasta/risotto bar and Asian kitchen.  There will also be a separate kid’s buffet and desert bar and a Easter Sunday toast for those ages 21+.  The seating times are 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The cost for brunch is: adults $95, children 5-10 are $49, and children under 5 are free.

Mar’sel the resort’s flagship restaurant will be serving an elegant, a la carte holiday menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Andrew Vaughn. Entrees include an olive oil-poached halibut with artichoke confit, basil chicken Panzanella with wild mustard and heirloom tomatoes, and a roasted lamb porterhouse chop with fava beans, freekeh, toasted tomatoes, and olive juice.  The restaurant will be serving from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Catalina Kitchen will be offering an Easter brunch buffet in their dining room with its beautiful ocean views.  Guests can meet and mingle with the Easter Bunny and enjoy fresh, California inspired buffet specials like the prosciutto croque madame and herb crusted local halibut.  There will also be a seafood and raw bar along with dedicated stations serving cheese and charcuterie, freshly baked pastries, made to order omelets/eggs benedicts, and a carving station with salt crusted prime rib, beef wellington, smoked brisket and a sugar glazed spiral ham.  Catalina Kitchen will be serving from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The cost for brunch is: adults $99, children 5-10 are $49, and children under 5 are free.

Bashi Restaurant will be serving from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. and their menu is a la carte.  Visit Bashi on Easter Sunday for a special menu including broiled ginger marinated duck leg, pan-roasted 12oz pork loin chop, grilled red miso lobster tails and a specialty strawberry basil martini cocktail.  For more information and pricing call (310) 265-2836.

For more casual dining, Nelson’s will be offering their everyday a la carte menu as well as an Easter Blue Plate special from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  They will be serving a slow-roasted lamb French dip, dijon aioli, gruyere cheese, onion jam, and rosemary au jus.  For more information and pricing call (310) 265-2836.

Terranea’s Easter Eggstravaganza will take place in the Palos Verdes Meadow and will include a petting zoo, egg hunt, arts and crafts, music and more!  The Terranea Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt is complimentary for all resort guests and included in the price of the Easter Ballroom Brunch and brunch at Catalina Kitchen, and Mar’sel.

These Easter dining opportunities fill up quickly so make your reservations as soon as possible.  You can visit www.Terranea.com or call (310) 265-2836.  Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my prior article on Easter Dining at Terranea Resort click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort                  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – April 2, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – April 2, 2019

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the April 2, 2019 Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (28 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 189 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $989,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $750,000) to $16,990,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 29 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $439,000 and $1,995,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

        

Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2812 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274, (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 9 baths, 7,188 square foot home for $5,485,000.  This beautiful Lunada Bay Mediterranean villa features ocean views, spectacular kitchen, 6 en suite bedrooms, home theater, gym and sparking pool.  Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 381 Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,417 square foot home for $2,799,000.  This meticulous Malaga Cove home rebuilt in 2017 features panoramic ocean/city views, floor to ceiling windows, innovative kitchen design, office and cozy patio.

       

Anna Randall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1700 Via Arriba, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,000 square foot home for $3,250,000.  This Spanish Revival Malaga Cove home features panoramic coastline/city views, large great room, sun room, bright kitchen and 2 viewing terraces.  Sol Choi’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 26526 Mazur Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,245 square foot home for $1,700,00.  This inviting Silver Spur home features brilliant city light views, remodeled kitchen, remodeled baths and spacious patios.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Malaga Cove 2019 Art Shows Are Coming Soon!

Malaga Cove 2019 Art Shows Are Coming Soon!

malaga cove plaza art shows

Palos Verdes homes owners know that spring has arrived when the Malaga Cove Art Shows are back for their new 2019 season.  You can meet with local artists and art collectors one weekend a month from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in a family friendly outdoor environment.  The first show will be on Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019, and will continue on May 18 & 19, June 15 & 16, July 20 & 21, August 17 & 18, and September 21 & 22, 2019.

The Palos Verdes Art Center invites the community to meet with over 30 talented local artists from seven different art groups affiliated with the Center.  These groups are Artists Open Group, Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists, and The Third Dimension.  These artists will be exhibiting not only paintings, but also photographs, ceramic goods, and custom jewelry.  This is all made possible by the support of the City of Palos Verdes Estates.  The shows have been a tradition in the community for over 77 years.

Malaga Cove Plaza is located on Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Corta and Via Chico in Palos Verdes Estates.  While there, you can take in the historical architecture and landmarks, visit the local gift shop and enjoy lunch at one of three local restaurants.

To read my prior article on the Malaga Cove Plaza Art Shows click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s April 2019 Free Movies!

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s April 2019 Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has some great free movies that they will be showing during the month of April 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 April, the following movies will be presented.

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 SHOPLIFTERS  (JAPAN, 2018) on Thursday, April  11, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., in the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  This film is about a family of small time crooks who take in a child they find outside in the cold.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Multiplex film series will be offering a very special feature on April 25, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. CRAZY RICH ASIANS  (2018), will be presented which is a contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller which follows native New Yorker, Rachel Chu, to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.

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, April 2, 2019, at noon DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) in the Malaga Cove Gallery.  The story  is about an English teacher, John Keating, who inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

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 Palos Verdes Drive East Neighborhood 2018

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive East Neighborhood 2018

Palos Verdes Drive East night time view of the Harbor

2018 Palos Verdes homes sales for Palos Verdes Drive East decreased to 56 single family homes sold compared to 62 in 2017.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive East houses that sold in 2018 increased to $536 compared from $530 in 2017, a 1.1% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive East homes sold in 2018 was $1,529,295 compared to $1,526,769 in 2017.  The most expensive home sold for $2,800,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $992,500.

Currently, Palos Verdes Drive East has 21 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 21 single family homes ranging in price from $989,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,992 square foot home, to $4,100,000 for a 3 bedroom/4 bath, 5,185 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Palos Verdes Drive East Multiple Listing Area 167, 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.

 Many of the homes have harbor views and/or views of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and sparkling night time city lights views (photo above).

Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2019!

Palos Verdes Celebrates Earth Day 2019!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Earth Day at several different locations here on the Peninsula.

The Cities of Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and Rancho Palos Verdes, in partnership with Waste Management, South Bay Environmental Services Center and Promenade on the Peninsula, are hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula near the fountain area.  This is an enjoyable family event with colorful themed educational activities and giveaways for all.  This event will also be highlighting great environmental initiatives around the community as well as opportunities to learn more about water conservation, storm water pollution prevention and energy efficiency.  There will be FREE paper shredding available and the truck will be parked in the lot adjacent to El Pollo Inka.

Promenade on the Peninsula is located on Silver Spur Road between Hawthorne and Crenshaw Boulevards at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.  All stores and restaurants will be open during the event.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the White Point Nature Preserve.  We have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22 in this country since 1970.  The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

At White Point Nature Preserve from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., families can enjoy this year’s Palos Verdes Earth Day celebration.  From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, you can volunteer in the demonstration garden surrounding the White Point Nature Education Center where you can help to beautify the native plant garden and trails.  At 10:00 a.m., the LA City Rangers will lead a family friendly nature hike to explore trails with native coastal habitat, blooming wildflowers, and wildlife.  At 11:00 a.m., Dryad Flutes will be giving a live musical performance. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon,  Art At Your Fingertips Art Activity will present planned activities & crafts for families to enjoy.  From 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., the Native Plant Sale will take place. Volunteers can enjoy refreshments and snacks that will be provided.  To sign up for the volunteer outdoor workday go to http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection.  For more information, please visit: www.pvplc.org.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  The Conservancy’s outdoor volunteer days are sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, REI Inc., Starbucks Coffee, Water Replenishment District, and the National Environmental Education Foundation.

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, the Warner Grand Theatre will be screening the film, FREE SOLO, at 5:00 p.m.  This is a National Geographic documentary about a climber as he seeks his dream of scaling El Capitan in Yosemite without a rope.  The cost per ticket is $10, and children are free.  To read more about the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy festivities, or to purchase tickets for the Warner Grand Theatre click here.  The Warner Grand Theatre is located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.

Click here to read about Palos Verdes Earth Day celebrations last year.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Home Improvements Cost vs Value 2019

Palos Verdes Home Improvements Cost vs Value 2019

Photo of Palos Verdes homes courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes homes owners often ask me what they can do to get the highest sales price for their home.  In addition to a realistic listing price, it is important to remove the clutter and stage your home along with possible home improvements.  Which home improvements and remodeling projects give the greatest return on investment?  For owners of Palos Verdes homes (and Los Angeles County) this year’s Remodeling Magazine’s “Remodeling 2019 Cost vs Value Report” (www.costvsvalue.com) © 2019 Hanley Wood Media Inc. is a blend of upscale and midrange projects.  For 2019, the remodeling project with the highest return on investment is Manufactured Stone Veneer at a 130.1% return followed by Garage Door Replacement at a 123.8% return, and Grand Entrance (fiberglass) at a 108.1% return.  As you can see, curb appeal is important to buyers who are getting the first impression of your home.  Other improvements with more than 100% of cost recouped are: Entry Door Replacement (steel) at 106.1%, Minor Kitchen Remodel (midrange) at 105.0% and Window Replacement (vinyl) at 102.6%.

There were four Upscale Projects listed for Los Angeles County: both Major Kitchen Remodel and Bathroom Remodel had a 83.0% return followed by Bathroom Addition at 79.3% and Master Suite Addition at 66.5%.

Owners of Palos Verdes real estate remodel for different reasons, like the need for more space, to improve the functionality of specific rooms and to update them.  Kitchen and bathrooms are usually the most expensive remodel as plumbing and/or appliances may need to be moved and/or replaced.  There is no specific report for Palos Verdes homes but there is a Remodeling 2019 Cost vs Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for Los Angeles County.  When you go to the main site, choose Pacific region and then Los Angeles or click the following link: (www.costvsvalue.com).  You will be prompted to register before gaining access to the report.  The beginning of the Report has descriptions of individual projects (both mid-range and upscale) and you can then compare to your own.

Remodeling just for resale rarely nets you a dollar for dollar return.  Most remodels are done for the enjoyment of the homeowner (who still wants to maximize their return when they do sell).  My experience is that most buyers are looking for newer kitchens, bathrooms, master suites and nice yards.  Curb appeal is very important because it is the buyer’s first impression of the home.

To read my prior article on Cost vs Value 2018, click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes Homes & Coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2019

Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Party Locations 2019

Palos Verdes homes owners who are looking for some fun ideas for their kids birthday parties have several choices on and around the Peninsula.  Whether you want to put on a party yourself at one of the local parks or want to take the party to another venue, there are numerous choices.  Here are just a few:

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet party pack has been popular since the program started.  This wonderful package can be made specific for boys or girls (or both).  The package offers different selections such as ice skating, broom ball, or hockey. Booking a party at The Ice Chalet is a great way to keep your dollars local, while at the same time giving your child a fun adventure.  Packages range from $275 to $500.  To find out more information about Ice Chalet party information, click here.  The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 541-6630, or go to http://www.promenadeicechalet.com/home.

Another fun Peninsula location is Rolling Robots.  This is a great place where kids can participate in guided robot battle play, and also will be able to build their own robot to take home.  Party pack prices start at $16.99 to $20.00 per child, plus private party room rental.  Rolling Robots is located at 700 Silver Spur Road #101, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (424) 206-9466, or go to https://rollingrobots.com/party.

Palos Verdes Bowl is always a fun location to enjoy an active party, with 2 hours of bowling included, shoe & ball rental, party goods & balloons, and includes a party coordinator.  Palos Verdes Bowl is located at 24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance.  For more information, call (310) 326-5120.

Color Me Mine offers a great party plan for kids of all ages.  Kids love choosing their own pieces to paint and make their own.  Color Me Mine is located at 2627 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance.  For more information, call (310) 325-9968.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Children’s Birthday Locations click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Bowl.