Point Vicente Lighthouse 2017 Tour & Docent Training

Point Vicente Lighthouse 2017 Tour & Docent Training

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Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents will be offering a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum, the native plant garden and a walk along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve on Saturday, August 12, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Palos Verdes homes owners will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse, which is not often open to the public, and view the Point Vicente Lighthouse Museum.   You will enjoy the beauty of the lighthouse which stands 67 feet tall and is one of the area’s jewels.  The lighthouse beam shines 185 feet high and can be seen twenty miles out over the ocean.  Point Vicente was named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver in honor of his good friend, Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura.  In 1979, the Point Vicente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of historic sights.  This is such a special location visited by people from all around the world who come to view the Peninsula, visit the Center and marvel at the beauty of the area.

This fun day also includes an easy hike along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve.  You will enjoy the beautiful view of our Palos Verdes coastline on your quiet, peaceful walk.  After your tour, you can visit the native plant garden located adjacent to the museum.  The group will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot next to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Los Serenos de Point Vicente docent organization was founded in 1984 and has been sharing information on both the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula to both children and adults who visit the museum.  The first volunteer group had 25 volunteers who had to train with experts on the history, geology and marine animals – that original class selected the name “Los Serenos de Point Vicente” which means “Night Watchman of Point Vicente” to represent their group.  This organization is always looking for volunteers and on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., they will be hosting an open house for prospective new docents at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.  You can learn all about this wonderful organization that has benefited children and the community since its conception.

To view my previous article on the Point Vicente Lighthouse please click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design 

Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden Free Admission Day!

Palos Verdes South Coast Botanic Garden Free Admission Day!

The South Coast Botanic Garden which is sometimes called “The Jewel of the Peninsula,” has its free admission day coming up which is a special gift for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy.  On the third Tuesday of every month, visitors are allowed to walk these gorgeous gardens to enjoy the blooming trees, shrubs and flowers as they transition from their spring blooms into early summer with plenty of color.  The Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The garden is located in Sunset’s “Zone 23,” which is considered to be one of the most favored growing areas in the world.  This variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and thundreds of bird species have been seen at the garden annually.  There is something here for everyone including a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Japanese Garden, Herb Garden and of course for our local residents – a Water-Wise Garden.  In addition to all the garden areas, there is an attractive Wedding Lawn and two Gazebos, Events Meadow, and Frances Young Auditorium which is available for events. Outside of the garden gates there is also a picnic area.  Don’t worry about parking; it is free and there is an abundance of it.

The Summer is a great time to get outdoors, enjoy a relaxing walk, and find some fresh landscaping ideas to try at home.  The next free day at the Garden is on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information you can go to http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/, or call (310) 544-1948.

To read a prior article on South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Eastview RPV Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Eastview RPV Neighborhood 2016

Eastview Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Eastview RPV neighborhood decreased to 69 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 74 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Eastview houses that sold in 2016 increased to $484 compared to $474 in 2015 a 2.3% increase.  Average sales price for Eastview homes sold in 2016 was $814,787 compared to $754,139 in 2015.  The most expensive home sold for $1,149,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $610,000.

Currently, Eastview RPV has 10 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 7 single family homes ranging in price from $605,700 for a 2 bedroom/1 bath, 1,077 square foot home, to $979,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 2,400 square foot home.  There are 3 condo/townhomes ranging in price from $379,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,207 square foot unit, to $589,900 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,103 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on Eastview RPV Multiple Listing Area 177, 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 the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. 

Palos Verdes Supports “The Hills Are Alive” 2017 Race

Palos Verdes Supports “The Hills Are Alive” 2017 Race

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Palos Verdes home owners will once again have the opportunity to support “The Hills Are Alive Race” which benefits Rolling Hills Estates’ Pepper Tree Foundation.  This race is considered to be one of the oldest and finest trail races in Southern California.  The Pepper Tree Foundation was established in 1982 to promote citizen contributions and donations to enrich the quality of  life in Rolling Hills Estates.  The foundation has provided trees, benches, picnic tables and other items which enhance and preserve the city parks and open spaces.  This year the Pepper Tree Foundation will partner with UCLA Health and this 36th annual race will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Participants will enjoy running or walking on soft-packed bridle trails throughout scenic Rolling Hills Estates.  The Botanic Garden Loop Trail will be included in the 10K race course this year.   The race will both start and finish at Ernie Howlett Park located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates.  There will be Award Plaques presented to the top male and female finishers in the 10K Run and 5K Runs.  All finishers will receive a custom designed finishers medal.

The registration fee for the event is $35 for advance sign up, which can be dropped off or mailed to City of Rolling Hills Estates, 4045 Palos Verdes Dr North, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.  Checks should be payable to RHE Pepper Tree Foundation and must be received by August 11, 2017.  The city offices are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can now register online at www.active.com.  For late registration, the cost will be $40 and sign ups begin at 7:00 a.m. on race day at Ernie Howlett Park.  Pick up for race packets will be on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Village Runner located at 1811 A Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach.  The race package includes a free tee shirt, a map of local horse and hiking trails, sponsor refreshments and goodie bags.  No strollers or dogs allowed on the race course.

For questions about the race please call (310) 377-1577 or visit www.ci.rolling-hills-estates.ca.us.

To view my previous article on “The Hills Are Alive Race” click here.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.

Palos Verdes Enjoys Outdoor Summer Movies!

Palos Verdes Enjoys Outdoor Summer Movies!

Family Movie Night featuring Disney’s “Moana” will be shown on Friday, July 28, 2017, at South Coast Botanic Garden. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m., with activities including games, Twilight Excursions & Polynesia Dancers.  This is a fun event and you can purchase tickets by going to southcoastbotanicgarden.org.  The cost is $9/adults and $4/children.

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26400 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall “The Lego Batman Movie” will be presented.  Children’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Electrikids.  Food trucks will be arriving and serving at 6:45 p.m.  The movie is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m.  This event is free and food can be purchased from the food trucks.

Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall is located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes.

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Hesse Park “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be presented.  Children’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Electrikids.  The food trucks will start serving at 6:45 p.m.  The movie is scheduled to start at dusk around 8:15 p.m.  This event is free and food can be purchased from the food trucks.

Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.

For more information contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (310) 544-5260.

To read my last article regarding free Palos Verdes events, click here.

Photos courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Terranea Resort – Summer Impressions 2017 Workshop

Palos Verdes Terranea Resort Hosts Summer Impressions 2017 Workshop

Palos Verdes Peninsula family art and nature

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Art to Grow On, Inc, will be sponsoring “Summer Impressions” workshop at the beautiful Terranea Resort located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  This family fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The outing begins with a family coastal hike down the discovery trail with activities along the path which helps the young artists notice patterns of color, objects and the different textures seen in nature.  During the walk, they will be looking for different animals and plant life which make up the theme for the summer project.  Then, the young artists will take their new skills and transfer all their new impressions into their own masterpieces.  This is a great event for children over 3 to enjoy.  There is limited space, reservations are required and you are encouraged to register early.  The price is only $25 per family.

Meet at the pelican statue next to the Pelican Cove parking lot between the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Terranea Resort.  Pelican Cove is located at 31300 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To RSVP, contact Jill Wittman at info@pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613.  Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To view my previous article on Summer Impressions click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Silver Spur Neighborhood 2016

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Silver Spur Neighborhood 2016

Grandview Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

2016 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Silver Spur neighborhood increased to 52 single family homes sold in 2016 compared to 49 in 2015.  Price per square foot for Silver Spur houses that sold in 2016 increased to $616 compared to $592 in 2015 a 4.0% increase.  Average sales price for Silver Spur homes sold in 2016 was $1,180,277 compared to $1,079,257 in 2015.  The most expensive home sold for $3,300,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $835,000.

Currently, Silver Spur has 5 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 5 single family homes ranging in price from $940,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,395 square foot home, to $1,749,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,151 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this neighborhood.

For background and history on Silver Spur Multiple Listing Area 176, 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 Grandview Park located in Silver Spur neighborhood courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Beaches Make 2017 Honor Roll List Again!

Palos Verdes Beaches Make 2017 Honor Roll List Again!

Palos Verdes home owners can be proud that we have some of the cleanest beaches in California for our families to enjoy.  Earlier this month, Heal the Bay reported that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are again in the current top Honor Roll 2016-2017 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A+ & A+ throughout the year (summer and winter).  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.

Heal the Bay published their first Beach Report Card in 1990 and covered about 60 locations in Los Angeles County.  At that time, beach goers knew little about the health risks of the water around them.  Since that time, there has been a great deal more information to help keep pollution and sewage spills off our local beaches.

The Beach Report Card (BRC) is based on the routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies.  They collect water samples checking for bacteria that indicate pollution.  The better the grade on the beach means the lower the risk of illness to beach goers.

The Beach Report Card program is funded from grants from different foundations.  Volunteer groups such as Nothing But Sand, and Coastal Clean Ups are constantly needed to help ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches.  According to Heal the Bay, the largest Coastal Volunteer Day on the planet will take place on September 16, 2017, when other countries around the world will participate in cleaning their beaches and coastlines of unhealthy material also.  If you are interested in participating in Heal the Bay’s event click here.  Our local organizations such as Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Los Serenos de Point Vicente offer residents additional opportunities to help clean our local beaches.  Funding is always welcome to help Heal the Bay pay for the monitoring of our beautiful beaches.

To read more about Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program click here.

To read my prior article on Heal the Bay beach report card click here.

Photo of Portuguese Bend Beach Club courtesy of Arvin Design

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – June 27, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – June 27, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the June 27, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (25 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 228 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $849,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $829,000) to $48,000,000 in Rolling Hills Estates.  There are 29 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $279,000 and $2,350,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Carolyn Ro’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 22 Sail View Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,012 square foot home listed at $2,885,000.  This beautiful recently remodeled La Cresta home features soaring ceilings, a gorgeous chef’s kitchen, and a large master suite w/luxurious bath.  Brent Humber & Steve Simonetti’s (Simonetti & Associates) 2899 Bronco Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,496 square foot home listed at $2,775,000.  This custom built Palos Verdes Drive East home features unobstructed panoramic Malibu to Mt. Baldy views, a gourmet kitchen, office, and pool/spa on 1.3 acre lot.

        

Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 640 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,041 square foot home for $1,998,000.  This charming Malaga Cove home features breathtaking ocean/city views, a large front viewing deck, elegant master bed/bath suite and mature gardens.  Terri Hawkins’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1624 Margate Road, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,031 square foot home for $1,649,000.  This charming Lunada Bay single level home features fireplaces in living & family rooms, light & bright kitchen, hardwood floors and fabulous backyard with outdoor fireplace & pergola.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events July 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events July 2017

During the month of July 2017, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering outdoor hikes/activities for Palos Verdes home owners to enjoy including bird walks, nature walks with naturalists, nocturnal full moon walk and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.

Special Events: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy presents the Beauty of Nature Film Series: “The Big Year,” on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.  The Big Year (2011) is a high flying comedy about the escapades of a trio of competitive bird watchers who vow to win a contest by spotting and recording as many avian species as humanly possible.  The cast includes Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black.  The cost is $10 online, and youth 18 and under are free.  For tickets go to http://pvplc.org/_events/index.asp.  Peninsula High School Theater is located at 27118 Silver Spur Road.

“Wildland Fires in Southern California” at White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.  Jon Wren will be describing wildland fires, their effects and influence on land development in Southern California.  This is a free event, RSVP to www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Monthly Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  Bring your family and join a naturalist guide to discover habitat, wildlife and more on an easy hike up the canyon with amazing views of the city.  This is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at La Rotunda/South Shores will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You will be walking through impressively restored habitat on top of an ancient slide area.  Plein air artist will be painting along the route.  Walk only groups will be available and led by expert trail users for those who wish to walk without interpretive stops.  This is a moderate walk.  This walk is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 201, or sign up at www.pvplc.org/events/NatureWalkRSVP.asp.

Stories, Songs and More For All at the White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.  Share the joy of storytelling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of the natural surroundings.  Your family will enjoy spending time with retired Children’s Librarian Carla Sedlacek for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs.  This event is free.  White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Explore nocturnal sights with an expert Naturalist under a full moon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  Call (310) 547-0862 for reservations and time.  Children must be at least 9 years of age and there is a fee of $12 per person.  Reservations required at ww.pvplc.org/Events&Activities.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Observe the birds now making a home in the restored habitat at the Preserve.  Binoculars will be supplied for beginners.  The program is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  White Point Nature Education Center is located at 1600 West Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  RSVP at  www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You will be able to visit the Preserve and attend a Naturalist-guided hike.  Enjoy coastal views and learn more about the plants, animals, restoration area and more.  The White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  Meet at the information kiosk between parking lot and Nature Center.  For more information call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Plants are sold on a first come, first serve basis.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  For more information call (310) 541-7613.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Explore the birds in nesting season making a home in the canyon.  The program is free and all ages are welcome.  Parking is available at the Center which is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Rapid Response Team will be working on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails.  The task will include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  They will be working various locations around the Preserve where work is most needed.  Directions to sites will be emailed after signing up.  No experience is needed.  Volunteers must be 15 and older.  Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Days at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.  You will nurture seedlings and help shrubs grow for habitat restoration projects.  Must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, will take place on Saturday, July 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore important wildlife habitat while enjoying beautiful views.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique canyon habitat to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Special Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings and grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.