Palos Verdes 27th Annual AYSO Spring Select Soccer 2018

Palos Verdes 27th Annual AYSO Spring Select Soccer 2018

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The 27th Annual AYSO Palos Verdes Spring Select League is now accepting applications for the upcoming season. The Spring Select League plays from February 24 through May 13, 2018.  This is open for boys and girls in the 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U age groups and is open to PSC, United, EXTRA, Select, All Star and Tournament teams.  Each team will be playing a minimum of 8 games.

The Spring League is played at three convenient venues in Palos Verdes:  10U- Ladera Linda, 12U – Ladera Linda or Highridge Park, 14U – Ladera Linda or Highridge Park, and 16U – Ladera Linda or Highridge Park.  Girls will be playing on Saturdays and boys will play on Sundays.  The first games will be held on February 24-25, 2018, with the final games taking place on May 12-13, 2018.  The rosters for these games are: 10U max 12 players, 12U max 14 players, 14U max 18 players & 16U max 22 players.

The teams may be divided into Gold, Silver, and Bronze Pools and may have a round of assessment games.  The top three finishers in each pool for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U will be receiving medals.  All players and coaches will receive a T-shirt included in the price.  The entry fee prices are $325 for 10U; $350 for 12U; and $375 for 14U and 16U.

It is important to sign up as soon as possible. The deadline for Registration is February 8, 2018.  For more information and to register go to www.ayso10.com.

To read my last article on AYSO winter soccer click here.

Photo courtesy of AYSO Region 10.

Palos Verdes Cornerstone At Pedrogal School 2018-2019 Lottery

Palos Verdes Cornerstone At Pedrogal School 2018-2019 Lottery

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Applications for the 2018-2019 school year for Palos Verdes homes owners wanting to enroll their children in Cornerstone at Pedregal, will begin a month later this year on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.  This date is also for students to request a transfer to this school.  The deadline for these applications is 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2018.  The application system for Cornerstone has a randomized database which provides a lottery system.  This school operates differently than the other elementary schools in Palos Verdes because it is a Parent Participation Model (charter school style).  Parents commit time, energy, skills and passion to assist and organize supporting activities that expand curriculum and learning.

Cornerstone is solely a choice school, which means it is not a home based school (which is dependent on the student living in the immediate area).  To be entered in the lottery, a K-5 Intradistrict Transfer Application and Cornerstone’s Letter of Intent must be signed and submitted for each new, incoming student.  Siblings of Cornerstone students who wish to be enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year must also fill out the Intradistrict Transfer Application and return it to the district by March 31, 2018.  These documents can be downloaded on the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District website at www.pvpusd.net. Students eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) based on date of birth (September 2-December 2) are not eligible for the transfer process. Notification of placement should take place during the first week of May.

Since 1993, the Cornerstone parents and staff have worked to create a dynamic and responsive campus.  Parents are supported by in-service training with the child’s teacher throughout the year, multiple parent meetings with the entire parent body, and opportunities for specialized guest speakers.

Prospective parents should attend the open house event this Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

To read my last article on the enrollment process of Cornerstone school click here.

Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Elementary.

Palos Verdes New Wedding Location!

Palos Verdes New Wedding Location!

Palos Verdes Library District has opened up a new venue for weddings.  The Malaga Cove library is offering wedding day packages which include site usage for up to eight hours.

The library offers an intimate, relaxed and romantic venue close to the Palos Verdes coast.  The library, with its Mediterranean Revival style, was designed by architect Myron Hunt in 1929.  Adjoining is the beautiful garden designed by the Olmsted brothers, whose father designed Central Park in New York City.  French doors open to this charming garden and the library/garden are linked by a Palos Verdes stone walkway.

The library will offer full use of the Library Art Gallery, gardens and the main floor library for photos.  The tower room on the top floor will act as a bridal party staging area.  The Library Art Gallery will accommodate 100 standing or 70 seated guests.  The adjacent Olmsted Garden will accommodate the same numbers.  The package will include the use of one 20 foot antique wooden table, twelve 6 foot folding tables and 100 chairs.  Parking will be on site, and off site parking is free. This wonderful wedding package price is $5,000.

For more information, or to schedule a wedding go to https://www.pvld.org/wedding, or call (310) 377-9584 x 247.

The Malaga Cove Library is located at 2400 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Malaga Cove Library.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 16, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 16, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 16, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (22 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 122 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $998,900 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $868,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 19 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $288,000 and $1,825,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Jenny Tsai’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 861 Rincon Lane, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 7 bath, 5,038 square foot home for $4,250,000.  This stunning hilltop Monte Malaga home features breathtaking ocean/Catalina/city views, a gourmet kitchen w/large central island, open breakfast room, luxurious master suite, and large patio & lush terraced rear yard.  Anna Randall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1504 Via Castilla, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,090 square foot home for $3,695,000.  This dream Lunada Bay home features panoramic ocean/Catalina views, outstanding island kitchen w/breakfast room, romantic master suite and sparkling saltwater pool/spa.

       

Cheryl Watson’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1109 Granvia Altamira, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,268 square foot home for $2,475,000.  This charming single level Monte Malaga home features an enclosed private courtyard, cathedral wood beamed ceilings, entertainment size living room and expansive grounds w/mini orchard.  Kelly Evans & Laura Medina’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5 Packet Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,828 square foot home for $1,929,000.  This 2007 contemporary West Portuguese Bend  home features ocean views & private beach access, beautiful kitchen w/center island, master suite w/large rooftop deck and covered outdoor dining area.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Free 2017 Income Tax Preparation

Palos Verdes Free 2017 Income Tax Preparation

Photo of Lakeview:Catalina Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Senior Center is once again offering free income tax preparation to Palos Verdes homes owners through the AARP Tax-Aide Program.  These one hour sessions are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning February 3, 2018, and ending on April 14, 2018.  In order to take advantage of this free program, you must have all your tax documents for 2017 in hand before going in.  You are also required to bring copies of your 2016 Federal and State income tax returns.   It is open to all ages including seniors, but remember that space will be limited and you must bring your tax documents organized and ready to go.

As in prior years, they will have tax preparation sessions on a first come – first served basis so plan accordingly and make sure you are available to wait for an opening.  For more information, contact the Peninsula Seniors Center on Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at (310) 377-3003 or go to seniors@pvseniors.org.

To read my prior article on Free Income Tax Preparation click here.

Peninsula Seniors is located at 30928 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Photo of Lakeview Catalina Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

 

Join Tai Chi & Yoga 2018 Winter Classes At South Coast Botanic Gardens!

Join Tai Chi & Yoga 2018 Winter Classes At South Coast Botanic Gardens!

Palos Verdes homes owners can start a healthy new year by joining in one of South Coast Botanic Garden’s winter sessions of Tai Chi offered on Saturday’s only, or Yoga classes offered on Wednesday & Saturday mornings in January and February.  Classes will be held at the Koi Pond Patio, giving Palos Verdes residents 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 only on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., on January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018.  Tai Chi consists of graceful Chinese meditative movements that help to maintain physical health, well being and spiritual essence.  This ancient Chinese technique emphasizes relaxation, balance coordination and agility, as well as flexibility and mental discipline.  The cost of each class is $10/members and $12/non-members and drop-ins are allowed.

Yoga in the Garden began this week on Wednesday, and will take place on Wednesday’s & Saturday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., through January and February ending on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. This yoga series will be focusing on deepening gratitude for life, nature and self through yogic breath movement and meditation.  Each class will begin with gentle stretching and progress to deeper stretches and flow yoga.  The instructor for the series is Mary Goodell. You will need to bring a mat, and dress in comfortable clothes.  In case of rain, you may be moved inside to a dryer location.  The cost is $12/members and $15/for non-members and drop-ins are allowed.  The class will benefit the body and mind, and includes live music, sound healing and optional aromatherapy.  Reservations for these classes are recommended.

If you are interested in attending you can register online, of just drop in.  For more information call (310) 544-1948, or log on to southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

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

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

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.

Palos Verdes Homes Sales Strong In 2017!

Palos Verdes Homes Sales Strong In 2017!

Photo of Palos Verdes coast courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes real estate was strong in 2017 with increases in average sales price, median sales price, and price per square foot!   Median sales price in 2017 increased 4.3%.  2017 average sales price for Palos Verdes homes was $1,756,196 compared to $1,695,655 in 2016 – an increase of 3.6%.  Average price per square foot for Palos Verdes homes sold in 2017 was $638 compared to $612 in 2017 – an increase of 4.3%.  There were 8 less single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2017 – 684 single family Palos Verdes homes sold in 2017 compared to 692 homes in 2016 – there has been a lack of inventory of Palos Verdes homes for the past few years.

The mix of Palos Verdes homes sales for 2017 again showed less sales under $1,000,000.  In 2017, 76 Palos Verdes homes sold for under $1,000,000 (compared to 109 homes in 2016).  In 2017, 445 Palos Verdes homes sold between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 (compared to 440 homes in 2016).  In 2017, 153 Palos Verdes homes sold between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000 (compared to 127 homes in 2016).  Finally, in 2017, 10 Palos Verdes homes sold over $5,000,000 (compared to 14 homes in 2016).  The most expensive home sold in 2017 for $13,840,000 compared to $11,950,000 in 2016.

Next week, I will discuss 2017 sales by neighborhood for all of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

To read my article on Palos Verdes homes sales in 2017, click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events February 2018

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events February 2018

During the month of February 2018, 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: 

Volunteer Greeter’s Training will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This one day training will prepare volunteers to lead outreach booths at special events and nature walks to help connect the community. Sign up at http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Volunteer Trail Crew Training will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will join the Trail Crew for monthly field practice in trail assessment and repair techniques.  This practice is to give an overview to the 50 hour certification training program at the Land Conservancy office and there will be snacks and refreshments.  Sign up is at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Land Conservancy at Vicente Bluffs Reserve will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  You will follow the bluff top from Point Vicente to Oceanfront Estates, an area containing restored coastal sage scrub habitat. This is a great location for whale watching.  This is considered an easy 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.

Cactus Wren Monitoring Volunteer Training will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At this training you will learn to help monitor rare Cactus Wren habitat.  Birding experience desired, but not mandatory.  Training will take place at Alta Vicente Reserve.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Presentation on Capturing Rain Water with Denise Epport will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Learn how to conserve and use water in your home.  This presentation will take place at White Point Nature education center located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at  www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Monthly Activities

The First Saturday Family Hike at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 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.

Stories, Songs and More for all to enjoy at White Point Education Center will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  They will share the joy of story telling with your children and introduce them to the beauty of their natural surroundings.  Your family will spend time with retired Children’s Librarian, Carla Sedlacek, for stories and activities featuring nature themes, exciting props and songs.  The event is free and is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. RSVP at www.pvplc.org.

Guided Nature Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 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.

Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 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.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 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, February 28, 2018, 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 Days at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.  You will nurture seedlings to grow shrubs for habitat restoration projects.  Must RSVP at least 48 hours in advance.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Rapid Response Team takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will work alongside Conservancy staff to protect important wildlife habitats by closing unauthorized trails.  The tasks will include trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  The work is at various locations around the Preserve.  The directions to sites will be emailed to you after signing up.  There is no experience needed.  Volunteers must be 15 years and up; and you can sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, February 3, and Saturday, February 10, 2018, 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.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, 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.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Here you will be helping to beautif the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Native Plant Nursery will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   You will nurture seedlings to 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.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 9, 2018

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – January 9, 2018

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the January 9, 2018, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (20 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 122 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,049,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $868,000) to $40,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  There are 20 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $395,000 and $1,825,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are:

       

Mark Stoll’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2756 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 4,200 square foot home for $3,200,000.  This spectacular Malaga Cove home features amazing ocean views, exposed beam ceilings & hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen and large patio area for entertaining.  Debbie Taylor’s (Coldwell Banker-PV Beach Cities) 441 Via Media, Palos Verdes Estates 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,122 square foot home for $2,950,000.  This beautiful lower Malaga Cove traditional home features Queen’s Necklace/ocean views, a remodeled kitchen w/breakfast nook, extra 670 sq.ft. storage and flat front & back yards.

       

Steve Watts’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 11 Pinto Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,145 square foot home for $1,898,000.  This completely upgraded Palos Verdes Drive North home features a gourmet kitchen w/center island, breakfast room, 2 remodeled baths, pool, and a lower pad for horses.  Greg Geilman & Rob Freedman’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27922 Longhill Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,271 square foot home for $1,299,000.  This impeccably well maintained 1970’s classic Peninsula Center home features incredible views from Queen’s Necklace to Mount Baldy, a large living room and ample outdoor living space.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS.

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales December 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales December 2017 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate chart October 2016 through December 2017 showing active, pending and sold Palos Verdes homes 90274 and 90275

Palos Verdes real estate sales December 2017 for Palos Verdes homes increased compared to November.  43 Palos Verdes houses sold in December which increased from the 39 homes sold in November and decreased from the the 66 homes that sold in December 2016.  There were 42 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in December which decreased from the 45 homes pending in November.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in December (130) decreased from the 152 homes for sale in November.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in December increased to $1,842,000 from $1,794,000 in November and increased from the $1,738,000 in December 2016.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in December decreased to $632 from November ($669).  Average days on market in December increased to 56 days from 52 days in November.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased to 3 months in December for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 3.9 months in November.  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 127 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  55 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (29 homes have pending sales and 26 homes are under contract).  Additionally, 8 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 8 days of January.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.