Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales October 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales October 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate charg October 2017 showing active, pending, and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales October 2017 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to September.  52 Palos Verdes houses sold in October which decreased from the 67 homes sold in September and decreased from the the 54 homes that sold in October 2016.  There were 52 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in October which decreased from the 60 homes pending in September.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in October (183) decreased from the 189 homes for sale in September.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in October increased to $1,630,000 from $1,560,000 in September and decreased from the $1,722,000 in October 2016.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in October decreased to $590 from September ($612).  Average days on market in October decreased to 42 days from 44 days in September.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 3.5 months in October for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 2.8 months in September.  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 170 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  66 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (29 homes have pending sales and 37 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 17 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of November with an average sales price of $1,647,118.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Palos Verdes 2017 Holiday Traditions

Palos Verdes 2017 Holiday Traditions 

christmas tree bulb

Palos Verdes homes owners can celebrate Holiday Traditions locally on the Peninsula with many upcoming events.  There are tree lighting celebrations, holiday parades, Nutcracker ballets, visits with Santa and more.  Here are just a few of the events coming our way:

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Promenade on the Peninsula will be hosting their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m.  This event will showcase local youth talent and there will be hot chocolate to sip on and a very special guest visitor.

Elite Dance Studio will be performing their “A Twisted Nutcracker” on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theater located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.  Tickets are available for $18/adults and $12/children under 12.  To purchase tickets from the Warner Grand Theater go to http://wgt.tix.com .

The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented by several local dance studios at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center.  The Classical Ballet Theater will be performing “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 1:00 & 4:00 p.m., with ticket prices of of $20 adult/$10 children under 12. Peninsula School of Performing Arts’ performances will start on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017, at  2:00 & 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets prices are $35 adults/$25 for children 17 and under.  The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center is located at 27570 Crossfield, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, or to purchase tickets go to www.NorrisTheatre.org, or call (310) 544-0403.

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the City of Rolling Hills Estates’ annual Parade of Lights will take place with many local community groups and businesses sponsoring floats and participating in the Parade.  This year, the parade’s Grand Marshall will be Tracy Austin, former tennis pro.  Community Grand Marshall will be Jackie Crowley, who is the citizen of the year.  Celebrity Grand Marshall will be Larry Joe Campbell, actor.  The parade will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will travel along Silver Spur Road, Deep Valley Drive and the Center Drive.  There are floats, bands, animals and, of course, Santa to make this an event to remember.   You may want to come a little early to find yourself a great viewing spot.  For more information or to request an entry registration, contact Andy Clark at (310) 377-1577 x 109 or go to AndyC@ci.Rolling-Hills-Estates.ca.us.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Holiday Traditions click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Performing Arts.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 7, 2017

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 7, 2017

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 7, 2017, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (19 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 176 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $997,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $734,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 31 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $345,000 and $1,825,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

     

Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2405 Via Sonoma, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,107 square foot home for $2,849,000.  This beautiful French Mediterranean Monte Malaga home rebuilt in 2010, features a gourmet kitchen w/center island, French oak floors, courtyard dining area and a saltwater pool/spa.  Robin DeBraal & Cheryl Rau’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1713 Dalton Road, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,931 square foot home for $1,930,000.  This Spanish Mediterranean Lunada Bay home features high beamed cathedral ceiling, interior courtyard, kitchen w/breakfast nook, and large flat entertaining backyard.

       

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2405 Via Anita, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,433 square foot home for $1,899,999.  This 1928 Spanish Valmonte home features gourmet kitchen with “La Cornue” French range, magnificent den, large outside al fresco dining area, and ocean view from upstairs balcony.  Georgiana Rosenkranz’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 42 Cypress Way, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above right) is a 2 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,994 square foot townhome for $775,000.  This turnkey “Terraces” townhome features city lights/ocean/mountain views, kitchen w/breakfast nook, sun drenched family room, and community spa/tennis/pool.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Terranea Resort’s 2017 Thanksgiving Traditions

Terranea Resort’s 2017 Thanksgiving Traditions

Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday at Terranea Resort.  Whether you are looking for a fun golf outing, special dining experiences or even Thanksgiving To Go, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, The Links at Terranea will be offering a Turkey Shoot Out golf scramble starting at 8:00 a.m. and you can join the contest held on the 9-hole course where prizes will be award for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.  For reservations contact the golf house at (310) 265-2752 or go to Turkey Shoot Out on the Terranea Links at the Terranea website www.terranea.com.

Terranea’s Ballroom will be featuring Thanksgiving Buffet at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $105 per adult, $47 per child ages 5-10, and free for children under four.   There will be live music and a special holiday desert bar.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

Mar’sel will be offering a four course Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 23, 2017, from 12:00 noon. to 9:00 p.m., for $130 for adults, children 5 – 10 are $65 per person, and a vegetarian option is available.  Reservations can be made at (310) 265-2836.

Nelson’s will be screening a day of football and offering a Thanksgiving seaside turkey sandwich feast which includes an open turkey sandwich, cranberry bread, cranberry aioli, herb stuffing and gravy, plus an individual size pumpkin pie for $28.  They also will be serving a full a la carte menu.  They will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Football fans will be able to watch Thanksgiving football games on an large outdoor TV screen.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

Sea Beans is once again offering Thanksgiving To Go.  Menu items include complete meal packages, individual dinners and side dishes, and desserts to go.  Orders can be placed now until November 20, 2017, at 12:00 noon.  There will be curbside pick up available Thanksgiving week on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until closing.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

Bashi will be serving a special Asian inspired Thanksgiving with a turkey leg special for $36.  They will also be serving from their regular menu from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

Catalina Kitchen will be having a buffet which includes a carving station, Thanksgiving dishes, local seafood, raw bar, crepes and deserts at a charge of $98 for adults, children 5 to 10 are $47, and children under 5 are free.  They will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Call (310) 265-2836 for more information.

On Friday, November 24, 2017, Terranea will be celebrating Blissful Black Friday at Marea where shoppers will receive 30% off from 8:00 a.m to noon, 25% off from noon to 4:00 p.m. and 20% off from 4:00 p.m. to close.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.  If using a navigation system, use 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information go to www.terranea.com or call (310) 265-2800.

To read my previous article on Thanksgiving Traditions click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2017

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2017

During the month of December 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: 

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy at Portuguese Bend Reserve, will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  This walk will take you hiking Burma Road to Rattlesnake Trail, all while enjoying the views of Altamira Canyon.  This is considered a strenuous walk and 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.

Monthly  Activities:

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 2, 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.

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, December 2, 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.

Stories, Songs and More For All at the White Point Nature Education Center will take place on Saturday, December 9, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, December 20, 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, December 23, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.  You will 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.volunteerhub.com.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 23, 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, December 27, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.  Observe 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:

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Portuguese Bend Reserve will take place on Saturday, December 2, 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.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve, will take place on Saturday, December 9, 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 Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique canyon habitat home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteer.com.

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

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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®.