Mid February 2020 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid February 2020 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of February 2020 are 26 homes which is an increase from the 25 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days of January and an increase from the first 21 days of February 2019 (24).  (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 February 1st to February 21st is $1,803,848 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,779,222 for this same time period and an increase from $1,546,547 last February.

In February 2020 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $6,484,799 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive South  neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and had 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 8,061 square feet on a 31,407 square foot lot.  This beautifully renovated ocean front bluff property features unobstructed panoramic ocean & Catalina views, top of the line gourmet kitchen w/2 center islands, enormous master suite w/sitting area, library/office, re-imagined pool, and huge park-like backyard.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold February 2020 to date for $1,200,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1,390 square feet on a 9,513 square foot lot.

We currently have 145 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,045,000 in the Los Verdes neighborhood to $27,500,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from November 2018 through January 2020, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid January 2020 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Above photo of Valmonte Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s March 2020 Free Movies!

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s March 2020 Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has some great free movies that they will be showing during the month of March 2020.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, “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.  In March, the following movies will be presented:

Classic Movies at Noon, which shows films from the 1930’s through the 1990’s usually on the first Tuesday of the month, will be screening this month on a Monday, March 16, 2020, at noon, MADAME CURIE (1943) in the Peninsula Center Library.  The story shows that despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie and together they embark on the discovery of radium.

The Multiplex film series will be screening ON THE BASIS OF SEX (2018) on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  This is a true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg struggles for equal rights and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

All of the film screenings this month will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information regarding any of the films, call 310-377-9584.

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 – February 18, 2020

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –February 18, 2020  

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 18, 2020, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (17 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 143 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,149,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $1,140,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 26 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $385,000 and $2,245,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

      

Kevin Pluimer’s (Compass) 4032 Via Largavista, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,423 square foot home for $3,125,000.  This Spanish Revival Valmonte home features wood beamed ceilings, carved Mission style archways, completely renovated (2019)  gourmet kitchen w/massive center island, and gorgeous master suite w/balcony.  Lisa Poach’s (RE/MAX Estates Properties) 39 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,896 square foot home for $2,250,000.  This updated contemporary Spanish style home located in “The Ranch” community features an updated chef’s gourmet kitchen, 2 separate living/family rooms, private master suite, and resort style pool/spa/outdoor fireplace.

       

Michael Farrell & Christine Blue’s (Keller Williams Beach Cities) 13 Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,436 square foot home for $1,499,000.  This turnkey Palos Verdes Drive South home features stunning expansive ocean views, extra large windows & ocean viewing deck, and exclusive neighborhood keyed access to beach.  Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2 Silver Saddle, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,661 square foot home for $1,249,000.  This Palos Verdes Drive North home features great city light views, kitchen w/breakfast nook, formal living & dining rooms, and plantation shutters.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2020

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events March 2020

Special Events: 

Cactus Wren Monitoring Training with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Become a Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Endangered Cactus Wren monitor at a field training on the Alta Vicente Reserve. This training will show you all you need to know to help document this rare and charismatic species that only lives in a few other places then on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  No experience is needed.  This is for ages 16 and up only.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Nature Walk will take place at Linden H. Chandler Preserve by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Experience this 28 acre nature preserve with native plants blooming in restored habitat (supported by Patagonia) to serve as home for the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly.  This is considered a moderate walk.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities:

The Nature Club for Families: Local Birds of the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Bring your kids to White Point Nature Preserve and meet the California Gnatcher, a bird that is endangered everywhere else, but is recovering here in habitat restored by the Conservancy.  Families will enjoy a bird walk to spot a red tailed hawk, a peregrine falcon or even a burrowing owl and learn about how the Preserve provides them with wilderness in the big city.  Make a fabulous feather painting and build a nest all your own.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Green is a lucky color this month, especially if your garden is green with native plants.  Visit the native plant sale and start converting your garden into one that supports the survival of California’s declining coastal bird population.  The Nature Center can show you how to take make this happen.  Half gallon size native plants are $8 each.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Woodlands Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Look for leprechauns along this pristine canyon’s 1.8 mile trail that winds through fragrant coastal sage habitat and into shady willow woodland. Observe canyon birds and wildlife, discover rare exposed Catalina schist bedrock and enjoy a spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin at the top.  Trail accessible to jogging strollers.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The  Nature Club for Families: Local Reptiles at George F Canyon will take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Most of the Peninsula’s native snakes aren’t poisonous, including Ms. Penny, the beautiful California King Snake in the nature center.  Come find out how Ms. Penny’s species keeps the Peninsula’s rattle snake population down.  Meet Thor, the alligator lizard, and leave fearing snakes less and with a greater appreciation for all our local reptiles.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information go to www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Wild Bird Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  Join the Wild Birds Unlimited to search for the winged creatures that make White Point Nature Preserve their home.  Keep one ear tuned for the “meow” of the endangered gnatcatcher, now thriving at White Point.  Or maybe you will spot one of the burrowing owls, a peregrine falcon, or a red tailed hawk.  This program is free and all ages are welcome.  Binoculars supplied for beginners.  Parking is available at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  For more information email csmith@pvplc.org, or go to www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Coastal Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  At the end of Western Avenue there awaits one hundred acres of land with a story to tell. Once roamed by huge saber tooth tigers, it became a peaceful Tongva village, then  rangeland for cattle and sheep, a home to a thriving Japanese American community, a strategic military defense site housing two long range guns, and a nuclear missile launch site.  Today, it is preserved natural land, slowly being restored to its original state (minus the tigers).  They invite everyone to hike this unique preserve.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.  Look closely at your garden this month.  Notice whether the plants growing there are busy with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.  If not, come to the native plant sale to purchase local plant species that create habitat for pollinators.  Then, just sit back and watch your garden come alive with the flap, flutter and buzz of winged wildlife.  For more information email scmith@pvplc.org.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

The Wild Bird Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.  You will join Wild birds Unlimited expert birder to search for the winged creatures that thrive in the coastal sage and riparian woodland of this lovely canyon.  This is free and appropriate for all ages. Binoculars are supplied for beginners.  No dogs are allowed on the bird walks.  The George F Canyon Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.

Nature and Me Storytime at George F Canyon Preserve will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.  Marisa Perley, wonderful children’s librarian with the Palos Verdes Library District, shares books, songs and activities that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world and inspire an early love for nature.  Concludes with a visit to the nature center and a stroll on the beautiful woodland nature trail.  This is free and appropriate for all ages, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers provide a critical role in working to remove invasive weeds to maintain important wildlife habitat in this recently resorted ocean side habitat.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturdays, March 14th and Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help enhance the habitat by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants and more. Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy.  Locations may be subject to change or cancellation due to rain. Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The volunteers will help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden by removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, adding mulch to recently planted plants and more.  These efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy!  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Rapid Response Team will be getting together on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You will work alongside Conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails.  The task includes trail maintenance, building fences, installing signage and more.  You will work at various locations around the Preserve.  No experience is needed.  This is for ages 15 and up.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 2019

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Monte Malaga Neighborhood 2019

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2019 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Monte Malaga neighborhood decreased to 32 single family homes sold compared to 40 in 2018.  Price per square foot for Monte Malaga houses that sold in 2019 decreased to $686 compared from $719 in 2018, a -4.5% decrease.  Average sales price for Monte Malaga homes sold in 2019 was $2,618,319 compared to $2,601,516 in 2018.  The most expensive home sold for $7,000,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,250,000.

Currently, Monte Malaga has 13 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 13 single family homes ranging in price from $1,599,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,438 square foot home, to $12,700,000 for a 5 bedroom/8 bath, 9,484 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Monte Malaga Multiple Listing Area 162, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of Queen’s Necklace view from Monte Malaga courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes 2020 Whale Watching Has Begun!

Palos Verdes 2020 Whale Watching Has Begun!

Point Vicente Interpretive Center has started counting whales for the 2019/2020 Whale Watching season.  This famous landmark gives Palos Verdes homes owners a local center where they can go and watch these massive mammals off our coastline.   This season officially started December 1, 2019, and according to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, as of today, there have been 399 gray whales counted going south.  Most of the whales are traveling south to Baja and the concern in the last several months has been that they are swimming in the large container ship paths.

To see these magnificent creatures, there are several different local options to choose from.  Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing (bring binoculars).  For more information, call 310-377-5370.

If you want to get a closer look at the whales, there are two companies that have whale watching tours for a fee.  San Pedro Spirit Cruises is offering their tours on Saturday at Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  You can go online to purchase tickets, however, they recommend that you contact them the day before to make sure that there are no weather problems.  The cost for the tour is $25 for adults and $15 for children 5 to 12 years of age.  San Pedro Spirit Cruises is located at 77 Berth, San Pedro.  For more information and to make future reservations, go to www.spiritmarine.com or call (310) 548-8080.

Redondo Beach Whale Watch has begun their tours and will run them through April.  Tour times on Saturday & Sunday are 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for adults and children 5 to 12 are $25.  Reservations are required for weekend tours.  Redondo Beach Whale Watch is located at 140 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach.  For more information, go to www.rbwhales.com or call (310) 372-2111 for reservations.

To read my last article on Whale Watching click here.

Photo courtesy of  Spirit Cruises

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 11, 2020

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –February 11, 2020  

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 11, 2020, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (20 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 147 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,140,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $949,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 22 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $385,000 and $2,245,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

       

Ina Elminoufi’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2215 Via Cerritos, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,554 square foot home for $3,395,000.  This Mid-Century Monte Malaga home features ocean/Queen Necklace views, modern architecture throughout, 4 en-suite  bedrooms, second family room and huge pool/spa.  Teri Hawkins’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3613 Palos Verdes Drive North, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,200 square foot home for $2,995,000.  This gorgeous Santa Barbara Mission Style Valmonte home features a chef’s kitchen w/large island, large media room, expansive master, 1 bedroom/1 bath casita, and pool/spa.

           

Vallerie Light’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 35 Misty Acres Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 3,781 square foot home for $2,795,000.  This elegantly remodeled “The Ranch” home features a large gourmet kitchen w/breakfast area, home theatre system, beautiful English gardens, and a salt water pool.  Yoko Mendelson’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2 Casaba Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,200 square foot home for $2,749,000.  This gorgeous one level Palos Verdes Drive North home built in 2014 features a gourmet kitchen w/huge center island & walk-in pantry, large dining room, spacious master suite, and beautifully landscaped front/rear yards.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes High Schools’ 2020 Booster Club Fundraisers

Palos Verdes High Schools’ 2020 Booster Club Fundraisers

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Both Palos Verdes high schools will be sponsoring their annual 2020 Booster Club’s fundraisers during the month of March.

Palos Verdes High School will be sponsoring their 2020 Booster Club’s CATCH THE WAVE fundraiser on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The theme is “Denim & Diamonds” and will feature an amazing night of food, dancing, silent auction, and live auction.  Get a group of friends and plan an evening of fun on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m for $125.00 per person.  This year’s event will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

For more information about this event or to purchase tickets go to http://pvboosterclub.com.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School will be sponsoring this year’s annual Booster Club BLACK AND GOLD AFFAIR  fundraiser on Saturday, March 7, 2020. This  event will feature food, dancing, silent auction, and live auctions beginning at 6:00 p.m, for $135.00 per person.  Online registration closes on Friday, February 28, 2020.  This event will be held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club located at 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets go to http:pvhsabc.com.

You don’t have to be a parent of a school child to enjoy these events.  The purpose of these high school fundraisers is to raise money for academics, arts, and athletic programs.  These fundraisers provide a large percentage of the Booster Club’s contribution for the much needed supplemental funding.

Booster Club Supporters take our high schools to a whole new level of excellence.  The contributions help to subsidize so much at our local high schools.  They help with academics by bringing in Tutors, Link Crew, Technology Upgrades, Digital Database, Speech & Debate Advisories, and Academic Decathlons.  In the Arts Department, they help with the drama productions, video production, choral and color guard, musical equipment for the band, and more.  The Athletics Department also gets help with turf maintenance, athletic trainers, athletic equipment, and maintenance for the athletic facilities.

They need and appreciate all your support to ensure the success of all Palos Verdes High School students.  Historically, our district receives far less money per student due to state funding inequities.  Bond initiatives, parcel taxes, PEF, and PTSA have all helped, but the additional funds from the Booster Clubs are necessary for our student needs.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes High Schools’ Booster Club Fundraisers click here.

Above photos courtesy of PVUSD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales January 2020 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales January 2020 For Palos Verdes Homes

Palos Verdes real estate sales January 2020 for Palos Verdes homes decreased compared to December.  40 Palos Verdes houses sold in January compared to the 56 homes sold in December and increased compared to the 18 homes that sold in January 2019.  There were 47 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in January which increased from the 36 homes pending in December.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in January (141) increased from the 129 homes for sale in December.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in January increased to $1,723,000 compared to $1,686,000 in December, and decreased from the $3,037,000 in January 2019.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in January decreased to $607 from December ($627).  Average days on market in January decreased to 61 days from 64 days in December.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) increased to 3.5 months in January for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 2.3 months in December. A “normal” market is considered 6 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is lower indicating the continuing demand for Palos Verdes homes.  Entire charts can be accessed by clicking here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Currently, there are 144 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  62 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (25 homes have pending sales and 37 homes are active under contract).  Additionally, 14 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 7 days of January.

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

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Enjoy A Tide Pool Hike At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park In 2020!

Enjoy A Tide Pool Hike At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park In 2020!

The Palos Verdes tide pools offer an amazing and enjoyable visit no matter how many times you have been there.  I love the magic of seeing all the creatures living in the pools and each visit seems to add something new.  Palos Verdes homes owners are lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful tide pool areas.

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents will be offering a free Tide Pool Hike starting at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.   This park features two beaches – Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove.  These hikes are a great time to enjoy the outdoors with experts who will be discussing a variety of topics such as Palos Verdes Peninsula history, its geology, plant and animal life, as well as  marine mammals.  As you tour the tide pools and watch the fascinating marine life, you will learn about the inhabitants – sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, and many more interesting animals.  This park is considered an Ecological Reserve; therefore, none of its inhabitants can be removed.

The hike is scheduled to start when the tide is low enough to view the marine life.  You will be visiting many tide pools during this hike so be sure to wear sturdy shoes.

Parking is available at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.  There are no fees for the hike, but parking fees are free for the first 30 minutes, and $6.00 for up to 2 hours.  For more information go to www.LosSeranos.org, or call (310) 377-5370.

To read my previous article on Abalone Cove Shoreline Park click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente