Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017

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Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance 2017 has added something special this year as it has moved to the Louis Zamperini Field (Robinson Helicopter).  The event will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Torrance Airport where you will be able to view vintage aircraft at the historic Zamperini Field.  The Concours is an event for all ages, and children are welcome.  The Concours D’Elegance is different from a car show; it brings together vintage autos that adhere to the automobile’s original design and build, that are judged on both their adherence to the original state of their manufacture and the quality level of their fit and finish.  Beauty and elegance are rewarded.  Add to this the inclusion of some incredible vintage aircraft, and we’ve got a day of fascination in store for you.  This year’s special auto outlook is the Packard and Porsche.  And the Western Museum of Flight will be included with ticket price!  This years Masters of Ceremonies will be Ed Justice Jr & Dave Kunz.  Ed Justice, Jr. was born into the automotive world.  His family’s history in the world of auto racing runs as deep and rich as the sport itself.  Dave Kunz is a 25-year-plus employee of ABC7 and became the Eyewitness News Automotive Specialist in 2001.

There will be food for purchase during the day from a variety of the finest gourmet food trucks in the area.  The PV Concours adult refreshments tents will have craft beer and wine for purchase.

Pre-paid tickets prices are $40, ($50 the day of the event) and children under 13 are free. Parking for the event is $10.00 (cash) paid at the gate.  There is also a VIP package which includes parking, elegant tent seating, Mediterranean style luncheon catered by the renowned Bites & Bashes, premium wine, and craft beer (located adjacent to the Awards Ceremony) at the cost of $150/ticket.  For more information and reservations, go to www.pvconcours.org.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center, and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation Charities which includes Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.

To view my previous article on the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance click here.

Photo is courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance.

 

 

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet 

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet is a great place to visit, especially on a hot day and is one of the best skating locations here in the South Bay. They offer a fun family environment that would appeal to all members of the family.  If you have a young new skater who is trying to become familiar with the ice, they have their new “Bobby” a seal skating aid which you can rent for $8 to help guide your child around the ice.  They offer daily public skating and lessons of all types such as figure skating, hockey, broom ball, and camps throughout the year.

For those who need a little help in learning how to handle the ice, they now offer free introduction classes on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., with admission and skate rental fees.  On your birthday you can also come in and enjoy a free skate day with appropriate identification.  The first Thursday of the month they offer free parent skate with child’s paid admission.  If your looking for a fun Saturday night adventure, they offer group open skating from 6:10 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with admission and skates for four, for only $40.  What a fun way to spend an evening!

Prices for Promenade Ice Chalet are: general admission is $9.00 and senior 55+ is $8.00, plus skate rental of $4.00.

Palos Verdes Promenade Ice Chalet party pak has been popular during these last few hot weeks of summer.  This wonderful package can be made specific for boys or girls (or both).  The package offer different selections such as ice skating, broom ball, or hockey.  Since Kid Concepts recently closed due to a fire, parents have been looking new party locations.  Booking a party at The Ice Chalet is a great way to keep your dollars local, while at the same timing giving your child a fun adventure.  To find out more information about the Ice Chalet party information click here.

The Promenade Ice Chalet is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information contact (310) 541-6630, or go to http://www.promenadeicechalet.com/home.

To read my last article on Promenade Ice Chalet click here.

Photos courtesy of the Promenade Ice Chalet.

 

 

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales August 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales August 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart August 2017 showing active, pending and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales August 2017 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to July.  62 Palos Verdes houses sold in August which decreased from the 78 homes sold in July and decreased from the the 65 homes that sold in August 2016.  There were 84 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in August which increased from the 66 homes pending in July.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in August (194) decreased from the 220 homes for sale in July.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in August decreased to $1,693,000 from $1,813,000 in July and from the $1,747,000 in August 2016.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in August decreased to $602 from July ($642).  Average days on market in August increased to 40 days from the 37 days in July.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 3.1 months in August for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 2.8 months in July.  A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is lower indicating the continuing high demand for Palos Verdes homes.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 189 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  102 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (49 homes have pending sales and 53 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 7 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 7 days of August.

To read last month’s report on Palos Verdes Real Estate sales, click here.

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Palos Verdes Botanic Garden Fall 2017 Tai Chi & Yoga In The Garden

Palos Verdes Botanic Garden Fall 2017 Tai Chi & Yoga In The Garden

 

Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Fall exercise classes at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  This September, the Garden is offering Tai Chi in the Garden and Yoga in the Garden.  Classes will be held at the Koi Pond or Cornish Courtyard which gives you the opportunity to exercise in a natural setting instead of a studio environment.  You will feel the peace and energy of the Gardens around you.  The pace of these classes are appropriate for most individuals.

Tai Chi in the Garden, will be taught on Saturdays beginning September 9th and continue on September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  This class is a great way to release tension, help to increase your balance and feel completely relaxed.  Tai Chi is a graceful series of ancient Chinese meditative movements that help maintain physical health, well-being and spiritual essence.  Anyone can learn Tai Chi – any age, all levels of fitness are welcome.   This class series is $100 members/$125 non-members, and drop ins are $12 members/$15 non-members.

Yoga in the Garden will be taught on Saturdays beginning September 9th and continue on September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.   Session 1 will also include Wednesdays beginning September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2017.  Join in for the Hatha yoga series which is based on physical postures, deep breathing, mindfullness and listening to the body.  Live music, sound healing and optional aromatherapy are a part of the experience.  They request you bring your mat and a small towel or blanket.  The class series is $100 members/$125 non-members, and drop ins are $12 members/$15 non-members.

If you are interested in attending, registration is now open online at www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

To read my prior article on Tai Chi & Yoga in the Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 5, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – September 5, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the September 5, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (12 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 186 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $999,999 in Rolling Hills Estates (The low in Eastview is $750,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 25 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $498,800 and $2,298,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Susan Sweeney’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27339 Eastvale Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,294 square foot home for $2,700,000.  This very special Palos Verdes Drive North home features captivating city/mountain views, spacious master bedroom, wall of retracting windows/door and infinity pool w/waterfall.  Chad Fahlbusch’s (NWRE Brokers) 2410 Daladier Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,631 square foot home for $1,799,000.  This remodeled ocean view Palos Verdes Drive East home features a chef’s delight kitchen, a gorgeous master bathroom and resort like back yard with pool/spa.

       

Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2845 Via De La Guerra, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,860 square foot home for $1,450,000.  This charming Lunada Bay home features open & bright center island kitchen, remodeled baths, hardwood floors, and a great grassy backyard.   Steven Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 28716 Lomo Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,233 square foot home for $1,149,000.  This beautiful remodeled Los Verdes home features a gourmet kitchen, a large family room and is light and bright with loads of windows.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

South Coast Botanic Garden Orchid Fall 2017 Show & Sale

South Coast Botanic Garden Orchid Fall 2017 Show & Sale

South Coast Botanic Garden will be celebrating the 60th Annual Fall Orchid Show and Sale, which showcases hundreds of blooming orchids from all over the world, on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Palos Verdes homes owners can meet local commercial orchid growers to learn about companion plants, potting, planting and growing of orchids.  The growers will be offering a variety of unique species and hybrid orchids.  Not only will these plants be on sale, but expert volunteer members will be teaching the popular Orchids-R-Easy classes with demonstrations throughout the show.  The vendors will each have a display exhibit with an orchid theme.  There will also be volunteers to answer your questions.

Classes will include mounting orchids, re-potting, growing, plant care and other helpful hints.  As part of the show, there will be hourly raffles.  This year there will be a “plant hotel” where you can leave your purchases while you continue to enjoy the show.  There is no additional fee for the show just the regular entrance fee to the Garden.

The third Tuesday of every month is Free Day at the Garden.  This month’s Free Day will take place on September 19, 2017.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.

To read my prior article on Free Day at the Garden at the South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Home Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

Palos Verdes Home Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 1st Half 2017

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Palos Verdes homes sales in the Valmonte neighborhood for the first half of 2017 increased to 26 single family homes sold in 2017 compared to 20 in 2016.  Price per square foot for Valmonte houses that sold in the first half of 2017 decreased to $719 from $722 in 2016, a -0.4% decrease.  Average sales price for Valmonte homes sold in the first half of 2017 increased to $1,710,451 in 2017 compared to $1,706,533 in 2016.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $2,800,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $1,070,000.

Currently, the Valmonte neighborhood has 11 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 11 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,425,000 for a 4 bedroom/2 bath, 2,114 square foot home, to $2,598,800 for a 5 bedroom/5 bath, 4,400 square foot home.  There are no townhome/condos for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Valmonte Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 164, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Valmonte Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s September Free Movies!

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s September Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has great free movies that they will be showing in the month of September.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, the 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.  The September Classic Movies at Noon will not be taking place because of the Labor Day holiday, but will return in October with In The Heat of the Night which will be shown on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.  The Classic Movies at Noon series takes place on the first Monday of every month and features Hollywood films from the 1930s through the 1970s.

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Cine-Monde film series (a film series featuring notable films from around the globe) will be screening Queens.  The Multiplex film series (featuring notable, popular and recent American releases from Hollywood) occurs on the fourth Thursday of the month September 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and in September will be presenting The Zookeepers Wife.  These events are free and open to the public.  Following the film, there may be a brief discussion facilitated by the coordinator of the series.

All of the film screenings will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  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, ext 214 or contact Joshua at jpeck@pvld.org.

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Library District click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 29, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – August 29, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the August 29, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (15 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 200 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $959,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $819,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 26 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $345,900 and $2,298,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Laurie Hurley & Timothy Hurley’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 30316 Camino Porvenir, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,355 square foot home listed for $1,995,000.  This gorgeous updated Country Club home features soaring cathedral ceilings, an extra large two level master bedroom, pool/jacuzzi & paddle tennis/sport court.  Wendy Sun’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 33 Via Malona, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,354 square foot home for listed $1,699,000.  This well priced  Wallace Ranch home features a modern kitchen design w/breakfast room, large family room and large master bedroom w/sitting area.

       

Michel Bentley & John Neill’s (Call Realty) 4033 Via Valmonte, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,367 square foot home listed for $1,688,000.  This beautifully remodeled Valmonte home features a gorgeous kitchen, 2 oversized family rooms, scrumptious master suite, and huge laundry room.  Les Fishman & Virginia Butler’s (Coldwell Banker-PV Beach Cities) 513 Via Gorrion, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,516 square foot home listed for $1,399,000.  This extensively remodeled Valmonte home features a spacious and airy gourmet kitchen, master suite w/triple closets, abundant outdoor spaces and peek-a-boo views.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Bulky Trash & E-Waste Special Collection Pick Up Soon!

Palos Verdes Bulky Trash & E-Waste Special Collection Pick Up Soon!

Palos Verdes Estates Bulky Trash Pick Up is approaching and this year it has been expanded to provide E-Waste pick up at the same time.  This popular curbside event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017.  This is the only time during the year that Palos Verdes homes owners can have large items removed from their property if left curbside for pickup.  The City’s waste hauler will pick up furniture, appliances, water heaters, refrigerators (compressors removed), stoves, sinks, lawn furniture, doors, windows, screens, mattresses, beds and rugs.

E-Waste items such as TVs, DVD layers, radios, printers, computer monitors and microwave items will also be accepted. They will not pick up construction waste, green waste, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and cleaning products.  However, you may contact Athens Service directly if you have construction waste that you need to have removed at any time by ordering a temporary debris container.  Items to be picked up on September 23, 2017, should be placed at curbside no later than 6:00 a.m., otherwise they may not be picked up.  Palos Verdes Estates Bulky Trash Pick Up information can be found at www.AthenServices.com or you can call (888) 336-6100.

For information on the prior Palos Verdes Annual Bulky Trash Pick Up click here.

Photo courtesy of Athens Services.