Palos Verdes Home Sales Country Club Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales Country Club Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Los Verdes Country Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Country Club neighborhood for the first half of 2017 increased to 10 single family homes sold in 2017 compated to 9 sold in 2016.  Price per square foot for Country Club homes that sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $585 compared to $557 in 2016 a 4.9% decrease.  Average sales price for Country Club homes sold in the first half of 2017 decreased to $1,844,700 in 2017 compared to $1,857,444 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Country Club neighborhood was $2,475,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Country Club neighborhood was $1,222,000.

Currently, the Country Club neighborhood has 7 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 6 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,895,000 for a 5 bedroom/3 bath, 3,355 square foot home, to $6,998,000 for a 6 bedroom/10 bath, 7,676 square foot home.  There is 1 condo/townhome for sale for $525,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,068 square foot home.

For background and history on the Country Club Multiple Listing Area 171, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Catalina and ocean views from the Los Verdes Golf Club located in Country Club neighborhood.

Palos Verdes Art Center Dream House Raffle 2018

 Palos Verdes Art Center Dream House Raffle 2018

The Palos Verdes Art Center is holding its 16th annual PVAC Dream House Raffle.  This year’s dream prize is an Oceanfront Estate on the island of Kauai in Hawaii – or $5,000,000.  Designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Gianni Francione, the Dream House melds South Pacific traditions with the best of contemporary design.  The three-acre estate features a main house and pavilions with two master suites, two additional bedrooms, detached dining room, four full bathrooms, one half-bath and a four-car garage.  The rooms are appointed with soaring ceilings, rich wood interiors, and block walls – surrounded by tropical gardens with an infinity pool, offering dramatic cliff-side views of the Pacific Ocean.

For the past fifteen years the Palos Verdes Art Center has given away millions in cash and prizes.  The money raised continues to fund the Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.  The Art Center is available for local Palos Verdes homes owners to take classes, purchase hand crafted items and visit local artist exhibitions in the galleries.  It also hosts the Art At Your Fingertips training center which provides the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District with their art programs.  Art Center has also been used to teach art projects to at-risk youth and foster children.

The donation for a raffle ticket is still $150 and is limited to only 84,000 ticket sales.  As in past raffles, there are special drawings for buyers who purchase tickets early.  The Holiday Bonus Drawing  for a $10,000 Kauai Hawaii Vacation or $5,000 in cash must be purchased by midnight December 1, 2017.  The drawing will take place at PVAC at 5:30 p.m. on December 14, 2017.  Tickets purchased by midnight Friday, February 23, 2018 will be eligible for the first Early Bird Drawing (Early Bird #1) on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m.  The same format will be followed for the second Early Bird Drawing (Early Bird #2).  All tickets purchased by midnight Friday March 30, 2018  (including all tickets purchased before the March 15th drawing) will be included in the second Early Bird Drawing on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m. at PVAC.

Multiple tickets purchased by the stated deadlines will be eligible for both Early Bird Drawings and the Multiple Ticket Drawing on that day.  The following format will be used:

  • The Multiple Ticket Drawing will be held first.  All tickets that qualify for the Multiple Ticket drawing will be placed in the drum, a winner will be drawn.  The winning Multiple Ticket Drawing ticket, along with all other tickets, will be placed in the drum for the rest of the drawings.
  • Early Bird drawing #1 will take place on March 15, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. for a new 2017 Tesla Model 3, or $25,000 cash (plus other prize levels).  Early Bird drawing #2 will take place on April 12, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. for a new 2017 Tesla Model S, or $50,000 (plus other prize levels).  There are also 3 multiple ticket drawings for $15,000 each (but you must buy two or more tickets to quality).  Final ticket purchases must be made by April 27, 2018, by midnight.  This year the new 50/50 add-on tickets are available for $20 for 1, $50 for 3, or $75 for 6.  Winner receives half of the jackpot.  These 50/50 tickets must be purchased at the same time as your raffle ticket.

The final Grand Prize Drawing will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m and will be held at the Palos Verdes Art Center located at 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

For more information go to http://cadreamraffle.com or call (888) 528-8805.  The Art Center office hours are:  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To read my last article on the Dream House Raffle click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Art Center

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 31, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – October 31, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the October 31, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (12 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 182 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,129,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $734,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 28 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $345,000 and $1,825,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Stephen Haw’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 5933 Ocean Terrace Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,002 square foot home for $3,950,000.  This brand new contemporary La Cresta home features a massive great room, oversized gourmet kitchen, all bedrooms w/en-suite baths, and pool/spa.  Kevin Moen & Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5 Reata Lane, Rolling Hills 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,257 square foot home for $1,995,000.  This traditional ranch Rolling Hills home features city & hillside views, spacious family room, barn w/turnout area, and pool/spa.

Young Ok Lee’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes ) 11 Country Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 baths, 4,250 square foot home for $1,988,000.  This Rolling Hills Park Estates home features a charming kitchen, grand family room, pool/spa, and community stables/riding trails and tennis courts.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes 2017 Half Marathon and 5K/10K Run

Palos Verdes 2017 Half Marathon and 5K/10K Run

The Palos Verdes Half Marathon and 10K and 5K run will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017.  The Palos Verdes Marathon, which is part of the Lexus LacedUp Running Series, is being presented by Saucony.  Lexus is underwriting the costs of the event and will contribute funds raised to Kiwanis Club for their many scholarship programs.

The Half Marathon will start and finish above the scenic Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The course runs south on Palos Verdes Dr., gradually uphill, before a turn near Wayfarers Chapel. Runners will pass Pelican Cove and the iconic Point Vicente Lighthouse, before turning left onto Calle Entradero.  Then it will continue on past beautiful Palos Verdes homes and return to Palos Verdes Dr. Runners will then turn left on Via Pacheco before reaching the highest point on the course.  From there, racers will drop onto Paseo del Mar and run right next to the ocean and past Lunada Bay, a well-known surf spot. Runners will then turn around near Bluff Cove before heading back toward the finish at Pelican Cove Park. When you arrive at the expo area, relax and enjoy one of the many LaceUp Running Series perks.

The Palos Verdes 10K and 5K enjoy the same idyllic scenery that the Half Marathon boasts.  The November 18, 2017, is one race you won’t want to miss.  Grab your best running friends and register for the 10K/5K today!

Organizers hope to have just over 1,500 runners this year, which would make this the most intimate and exclusive of the LaceUp series.  This is the sixth time in 51 years of staging the marathon in Palos Verdes that there will only be a half marathon offered.

Each participant receives:

  • Sierra Nevada beer toast
  • Food truck brunch
  • T-Shirt
  • Re-useable race bag
  • High-quality finisher’s medal
  • Race photos
  • Free yoga in the expo area by Core Power Yoga

The half marathon and 10K will start at 7:00 a.m. and the 5K will start at 7:05 a.m.  To register for the event, go to laceuprunningseries.com.  Tickets purchased from now to the event are $50 for the 5K, $75 for the 10K and the half marathon is $105.  Registration this year will close on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. or when the event sells out.  There is no on-site registration.  Race packets can be picked up on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Road Runner Sports located at 25359 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.  There will be race day packet pick up at the start line one hour prior to start time and packet pick up will close 30 minutes before each race.

Event parking is provided at three different off-site locations for race participants and event attendees – Point Vicente Interpretive Center, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall and the Salvation Army property.  There is no parking this year at Golden Cove Shopping Center.  Parking areas will open at 5:00 a.m. and close by 2:00 p.m.

To read my previous article on the Palos Verdes Marathon click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Marathon.

 

 

Palos Verdes Home Owners 2017 Halloween Safety Tips

Palos Verdes Home Owners 2017 Halloween Safety Tips

Pumpkins

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Here are some tips below to make your Palos Verdes home safe for Trick or Treaters:

Do Halloween Dangers Lurk at Your Entryway?
By: Oliver Marks
Is your front entryway ready for Halloween visitors? Keep everything fun and accident-free with these seven safety tips.
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween — as long as it’s just a trick.

To help you avoid any real-life scares — such as falls, fires, and traffic accidents — around your property this All Hallows Eve, play it safe while you’re setting up your Halloween lights and decorations.

Here are seven simple precautions recommended by John Pettibone, curator of Hammond Castle, a Gloucester, Mass., mansion that draws thousands to its renowned 20-room haunted house every Halloween season.

1. Light the Scene

Providing plenty of illumination ensures that your visitors can see where they’re walking, helping to avoid missteps and falls. Pettibone suggests using the highest wattage bulbs your outdoor lighting fixtures can safely take (check the label on the socket), and adding landscape lights every few feet along your front walk.

“We use the solar-powered kind because there’s no wiring needed,” he says. “Just push them into the ground, let them soak up the sun during the day, and they’ll light up the walk after dark.”

2. Secure the Footing

Clear your walk, steps, and stoop of any obstructions that could trip youngsters focused more on tricks and treats than watching where they’re going. That means moving potted mums and jack o’lanterns out of the way, and hammering down any nail heads protruding out of your steps.

If you have a concrete stoop, which can get slippery when wet, apply friction tape ($16 for a 60-foot roll of 1-inch-wide tape) to ensure stable footing, says Pettibone. He also stocks up on chemical ice melt ($20 for a 50-lb. bag) just in case of an early freeze.

3. Tighten the Railings

If your porch railings are wobbly or broken, family members and friends may know not to lean too heavily on them, but Halloween visitors won’t. So hire a contractor or handyman to fix the problem. It’ll make your home safer for guests all year round. Because more strangers come to your front door this night than the rest of the year combined, now is the time to take care of it.

4. Eliminate Fire Hazards

Don’t put real candles into your carved pumpkins or paper lanterns. “That’s a fire waiting to happen,” says Pettibone. Instead, pick up a bulk pack of LED-bulb faux candles, which emit a yellowish, flickering, battery-powered light that looks amazingly similar to the real thing — without the danger.

5. Secure your Property

To prevent burglaries and Halloween pranks — especially on mischief night the previous evening — make sure to keep all windows and doors (other than your main door) locked shut.

You might have an electrician add motion-sensor lights around your property, so anyone who walks down your driveway or around into the backyard will be discouraged from intruding any farther.

6. Set the Scene

In addition to spooky items like cotton cobwebs and half-buried skeletons, consider a few safety-related scene-setters. Pettibone suggests propping open the screen or storm door so it doesn’t get in the way when there’s a big group of kids congregated on your stoop. “We use yellow caution tape to tie open the door,” he says. “You can order it online and it works well with the Halloween theme.” A 1,000-ft. roll of 3-inch-wide caution tape is about $8.

You’ll also want a working doorbell, so if yours is broken, either hire an electrician or handyman to fix it — or install a wireless doorbell in its place.

7. Enhance Street Safety

Four times as many child pedestrians get killed on Halloween night than a normal night. So limit the danger as much as you can by clearing parked cars off the curb to allow better visibility and placing a reflective “watch for children sign” at the edge of the road. For for high-traffic roads in Halloween-intensive neighborhoods, consider posting an adult in the street with a hand-held traffic control light to help maintain safety.

Visit HouseLogic.com for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic.com with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

 

Palos Verdes Home Sales West Palos Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales West Palos Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Oceanfront Estates Bluff Trail, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

 

Palos Verdes homes sales in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood for the first half of 2017 stayed the same with 7 single family homes sold in 2017 and 7 sold in 2016.  Price per square foot for West Palos Verdes homes that sold in the first half of 2017 decreased to $699 compared to $739 in 2016 a 5.4% decrease.  Average sales price for West Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2017 decreased to $2,132,143 in 2017 compared to $3,559,857 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood was $4,125,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the West Palos Verdes neighborhood was $1,025,000.

Currently, the West Palos Verdes neighborhood has 11 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 11 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,289,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,785 square foot home, to $8,999,000 for a 5 bedroom/6 bath, 8,320 square foot home.  There are no townhomes/condos for sale in this area.

For background and history on the West Palos Verdes Multiple Listing Area 170, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Oceanfront Estates Bluff Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars November 2017

Peninsula Seniors Lecture Series & Coffee and Cars November 2017 

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to hear interesting topics at the November 2017 Peninsula Seniors Lectures Series.  These Lectures take place at Hesse Park located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

November 1, 2017 – The Pennyroyal Players will be returning to present “Piecin’ It Together” which features a multi-woman show offering singing and story-telling, with well-known melodies from Anne Destabelle’s 1960’s folk-music days.   You will also hear an original theme song, Piece by Piece, written by Gay Durward.  The Pennyroyal players travel from Vermont to California, bringing lively and touching musical portraits about those who settled the American West.  Through story and song, “Piecin’ It Together” reveals humor and hardships of pioneering life—endured by men, women and children.

November 8, 2017 – Geoff Guenther is a chemical engineer who writes fiction and non-fiction, including three computer books, seventeen stage plays and four novels. His latest work, a historical novel titled “In The Mouth Of The Lion,” is the story of a fictitious 1942 invitation by the German High Command for Carl Jung to go to Germany and psychoanalyze Adolf Hitler.  Six years of research for “In The Mouth Of The Lion” provided the basis for “All About Adolf.”

November 17, 2017 – Jean Alden Cohoe will be presenting three short plays: Break In, Mistaken Identity and Happy Accident.  Jean Alden Cohoe is returning by popular demand with Readers Theater Repertory at San Pedro.  This should be another fantastic presentation by Jean and Company.

November 29, 2017 – Lori Prichard, known as the Master Falconer, will be presenting an overview of the art of falconry, the basic equipment used and the procedure for catching and training a hawk.  This is your chance to get up close and personal to raptors used to control the population of seagulls and pigeons at Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Peninsula Seniors will sponsor Coffee & Cars at the Peninsula Shopping Center (off Silver Spur Road and Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates).  At 7:30 a.m., 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.

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

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

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Seniors

Mid October 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid October 2017 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes Coves

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 24 days of October 2017 are 36 homes which is a decrease from the 48 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 24 days September and a decrease from first 24 days of October 2016 (38).  (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 October 1st to date is $1,643,097 which is a decrease from last month’s average of $1,681,729 for this same time period and a decrease from $1,731,156 last October.

In October 2017 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $4,800,000 and is located in the City of Rolling Hills and has 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 5,500 square feet on a 2 plus acre lot.  This custom built in 2016 contemporary ranch style single level luxury home features sweeping views, a oversized gourmet kitchen, separated guest quarters, 5-car garage, and saltwater pool/spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in October for $940,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes; this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,312 square feet on a 7,915 square foot lot.

We currently have 185 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,150,000 in the Mira Catalina neighborhood and $40,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from July 2017 through September 2017, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

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

Photo of Palos Verdes Coves

Palos Verdes Little League 2018 Registration Opening Soon!

Palos Verdes Little League 2018 Registration Opening Soon

Palos Verdes home owners who want their children to play in the local Little League Spring 2018 season should be aware that registration is opening soon. Palos Verdes Little League is committed to its player safety.  Over the past few years, they have improved the fields with higher fencing, safety nets, and fixed potentially dangerous lips at main game fields. Important news for the league is that beginning January 1, 2018, Little League Baseball® requires that all bats adhere to the new USA Baseball Standard. No bats previously approved for use in Little League Play will be permitted to be used in any Little League game or practice, or other Little League function, event, or activity.

Palos Verdes Peninsula is divided into 4 separate Little League divisions.  The boundaries are determined by your property address.  However, if you live outside of a league’s boundary, but attend school within their boundary, you are allowed to register with that league.  Registration for the 2018 Spring season will open on November 1, 2017, and will remain open until December 31, 2017.  The registration process has changed, and you will need to create a new login ID and password.  “League age” will determine what division your child is placed in.  After entering your child’s birth date, a league age will be calculated and the division that he or she is eligible to play in will open for registration.  Registration will automatically assign you to a division based on your child’s age, but you will have the option to have them play in a lower division.

Divisions available by league age are:  Tee Ball for ages 4–6, Farm division ages 6-7, Minor division ages 8–9, Intermediate division ages 10–11, and Major division ages 11-12.   If you are requesting to play up a division, that will be determined by the draft (therefore by the managers in the division).

For more information, or to start the registration process go to http://www.pvlittleleague.com/home.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Little League click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Little League.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 2017 Autumn Sea Fair

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 2017 Autumn Sea Fair

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Autumn Sea Fair.  This is a fun family day where children of all ages can enjoy ocean related activities like origami lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, how to cast a fishing rod, dig into your inner pirate and join in the search for buried treasure, and even compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest (which you will make there with recycled products).

There will be dozens of marine related organizations to share information and activities.  You will be able to see special demonstrations put on by animal lovers, a spectacular display by the Los Angeles City Fireboat, scuba diving demonstrations and more.  You can relax and enjoy live music while tasting food specialties that only a sea fair can bring.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Sea Fair go to www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.

To read my last article on the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium click here.

Photo of the bounty of the sea fair courtesy of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sea Fair