Palos Verdes Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2020

Palos Verdes Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2020

Ocean view from Lunada Bay neighborhood, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood for the first half of 2020 decreased to 19 single family homes sold in 2020 compared to 28 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in the first half of 2020 increased to $758 from $704 in 2019, a 7.6% increase.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in the first half of 2020 increased to $2,515,450 in 2020 compared to $2,433,204 in 2019.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $5,315,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $1,250,000.

Currently, the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood has 12 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 10 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,799,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,140 square foot home, to $19,500,000 for a 7 bedroom/15 bath, 13,032 square foot home.  There are 2 condo/townhomes for sale ranging in price from $625,500 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1, 140 square foot condo, to $1,299,999 for a 4 bedroom/5 bath, 3,619 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on the Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 160, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo of ocean/coastline views from Lunada Bay neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Stables Offers Trail Rides On The Peninsula!

Palos Verdes Stables Offers Trail Rides On The Peninsula!

Palos Verdes homes owners are having to get creative these days looking for fun outdoor opportunities for their children to enjoy. Summer is a great time to try new things, but this summer has added some challenges what we normally enjoy. One great event that you may want to consider for the whole family is a trail ride in Palos Verdes. Whether its going through the canyons or along Palos Verdes Drive North, now is the time to take that ride and enjoy our wonderful summer weather.  You also get a different view of nature sitting on top of a horse and riding through our special areas.  Our local Palos Verdes Stables offer many different type of equestrian activities.  You can enjoy pony camps, trail rides, and even private or group lessons.

On the trail ride you will be paired with one of the reliable and friendly horses and taken by an experienced guide on a ride along the scenic trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There is no previous riding experience necessary, and they can accommodate groups of up to 10 riders at a time. For larger groups you must contact them in advance. Please remember to bring your mask.

PV Horse Rentals is offering trail rides every hour running daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trail riding is open to ages 6 and up, and prices start at $50 for a 45 minute ride, $75 for an hour and $100 for a 90 minute ride. Also city of Palos Verdes Estates residents can show proof of residency to receive a discount. They also offer a 20 minute pony ride for $40 for kids 3-5 years of age. For more information call (310) 310-5178, or to schedule a trail ride go online at pvhorserentals.com.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Stables click here.

Palos Verdes Stables is located at 4057 Via Opata, Palos Verdes Estates.

Photo courtesy of  PV Horse Rentals. 

Favorite New Palos Verdes Homes For Sale – August 4, 2020

Favorite New Palos Verdes Homes For Sale – August 4, 2020  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on August 4, 2020, are described below.  We currently have 135 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,195,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $999,900) to $19,500,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 42 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $410,000 and $2,245,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 23 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 4,355 square foot home for $2,399,000. This gated community (The Ranch) home features ocean views, spacious kitchen, gorgeous master suyite w/fireplace & private sun room, spacious backyard w/pool/spa and fruit trees. Melissa Resich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 99 Rockinghorse Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,108 square foot home for $2,055,000. This custom built Mediterranean style Palos Verdes Drive East home features panoramic ocean/city/harbor views, spacious gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautiful master suite w/spa like bath, hidden kids loft, salt water pebble tech pool, and custom hen house.

   

Phyllis Weitzman’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 31205 Ganado Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,437 square foot home for $1,499,000. This one level Mira Catalina home features fabulous ocean/Catalina views, large family room, formal dining room, spacious master suite, and located on a corner lot w/side & back yards. Tuba Ghannadi’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5959 Peacock Ridge Road #6, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 2 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,510 square foot condo for $648,000. This two story corner unit Crest condominium features panoramic city/ocean & Queen’s necklace views, kitchen w/breakfast bar, new carpet & counter tops, inside washer/dryer, lots of storage and is move in ready.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Library District 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program

Palos Verdes Library District 2020 Children’s Summer Reading Program

The Palos Verdes Library District offers reading activities for children as young as 6 months through grade twelve.  If you haven’t visited the summer reading program at our local library, then you’re missing some great activities for the kids and adults too. In addition to reading books, members may also try some reading activities that are fun, exciting, informative and funny.  Children can track their progress online or use classic paper reading logs.  The theme this year, “Imagine Your Story” reminds children and parents that reading opens up the world to us all!  Go to https://pvld.beanstack.org/reader365  to keep track of your children’s reading and help them earn cool prizes and online awards while they enjoy reading stories.  Registration is open and you can go online now through August 16, 2020.

Kids going into grades Tk-5 will earn achievement iron on patches, similar to boy scout badges but unique to PVLD.  Teens grades 6-12 earn Amazon gift cards, so they can purchase more of their favorite books.  Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood.  Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed.  Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and four years.  Registration is still open, and this program is free of charge.  For more information, call the library at 310-377-9584 ext. 600.  The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children.  By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000 book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Summer is a great time for your children to maintain and improve their reading skills and find topics that they love. Plus the Library has more fun ideas for the kids with their “Drive in Movies at Home,” “Mystery Crafts” and ” Virtual Scavenger Hunt.”  You can also check out all of the great activities that are offered for adults – cooking ideas, summer book reading and more.

For more information go to pvld.org/pvsummer or call (310) 377-9584 ext. 600.

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

 

 

 

Palos Verdes Homes 2020 Neighborhood Sales First Half

Palos Verdes Homes 2020 Neighborhood Sales First Half

In my article last week, I discussed the overall sales numbers for single family Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2020 with the number of homes sold (259 in 2020, from 296 in 2019), a decrease in the average sales price (2.4%), and a decrease in the average price per square foot (4.7%).  There is still a high demand for Palos Verdes homes and, as inventory is low, multiple offers are common.  Below is information on specific Palos Verdes neighborhoods.  The chart above can be enlarged by clicking on it or go to the “Statistics” tab above.

The Palos Verdes Drive South area of Rancho Palos Verdes posted the largest gain in average sales price for Palos Verdes homes – $2,669,910 for the first half of 2020 compared to $1,642,692 in the first half of 2019 for a 62.5% gain, followed by Silver Spur (20.4%) and La Cresta (9.7%).  Lunada Bay/Margate, Palos Verdes Drive North, Country Club, Los Verdes, Crest, Peninsula Center, and Eastview/RPV also showed gains in average sales price the first half of 2020.  The City of Rolling Hills posted the largest decrease in average sales price – $3,196,362 in the first half of 2020 compared to $4,475,988 in 2018 (-28.6%).

Palos Verdes Drive South, Lunada Bay/Margate, La Cresta, West Palos Verdes, Peninsula Center, Country Club, Palos Verdes Drive North and Eastview/RPV posted gains in average square foot price in the first half of 2020.  Palos Verdes Drive South and Lunada Bay/Margate & La Cresta posted the largest gains in average square foot price for Palos Verdes homes sold – a 9.8% and 7.6% increase respectively.  Palos Verdes Drive South increased to $664 in 2020 from $605 the first half of 2019, Lunada Bay/Margate increased to $758 in 2020 from $704 the first half of 2019, and La Cresta increased to $598 in 2020 from $556 the first half of 2019.  Average square footage price in the City of Rolling Hills posted the largest decrease (28.8%) – $727 in 2020 compared to $1,022 the first half of 2019.

Palos Verdes Drive North posted the largest number of Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2020 – 31 Palos Verdes houses.  The City of Rolling Hills posted the biggest gain in home sales – 14 homes in the first half of 2020 compared to 9 homes in 2019.  Country Club, a Cresta, Los Verdes, and Eastview/RPV also had an increase in the number of Palos Verdes homes sold the first half of 2020.

First half of 2020 information on average price for Palos Verdes homes sold as well as total valuation of Palos Verdes real estate and highest/lowest home sales can be obtained by clicking here or going to my prior post, “Palos Verdes Homes Sales 1st Half 2020 Affected By Covid-19.”

Chart courtesy of RE/MAX Estate Properties

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts Guide for Reopening!

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts Guide for Reopening!

Palos Verdes homes owners with school aged children should read the District’s Guide for Reopening. This has been quite the school year for both parents and children who have had to adapt to remote home learning.

These educational choices have not been easy parents and the school board which is doing its best to follow the state guidelines. Now that the school year is approaching, families have had to decide whether to use the Hybrid Learning Models or Distance Learning Academy. For the students who have not yet responded to the school district’s choices, they will be placed in the Hybrid Learning Model unless they opt in for the Distance Learning Academy.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts has encouraged families to make sure that they respond in a timely manner. August 2, 2020, is the deadline to select Distance Learning Academy. Following that protocol, August 19th, will be the tentative date for the material pick up at school campuses. As of now the 2020-2021 school district will begin on August 26, 2020.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Districts informational guide can be seen by clicking here.  

To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Peninsula School District click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Favorite New Palos Verdes Homes For Sale – July 28, 2020

Favorite New Palos Verdes Homes For Sale – July 28, 2020  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on July 28, 2020, are described below.  We currently have 135 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,092,800 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $918,500) to $19,500,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 45 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $410,000 and $2,245,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 959 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 8 bath, 9,017 square foot home for $9,950,000. This casually elegant Monte Malaga home features spectacular coastline/ocean views, office, library, theater, wine cellar, tennis court and pool/spa. Cameron Stearns & Janet Stearns’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5705 Mistridge Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,197 square foot home for $1,600,000. This well manicured Whitney Collins home features a remodeled kitchen, large master suite w/luxurious master bath, and huge flat backyard w/city & mountain views.

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 27117 Diamondhead Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,564 square foot home for $1,550,000. This lovely “Blackhorse” upgraded home features a large master, updated kitchen, separate family room, and oversized elevated backyard w/city viewing area. Debbie Allen’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2408 Via Rivera, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,595 square foot home for $1,199,000. This wonderful Lunada Bay neighborhood home features floor to ceiling windows, spacious living room, updated kitchen w/breakfast bar, laundry room and large backyard patio area.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes AYSO 2020 New Fall Soccer Information!

Palos Verdes AYSO 2020 New Fall Soccer Information!

ayso sign up 2015

Palos Verdes AYSO Soccer (Region 10) is changing its registration process a bit. If you have already registered, you are all set. If you haven’t registered yet, when you will register it will be under a “waitlist” with no requirement to pay until a start date has been determined. After the start date has been set, you will receive an email asking you to “finish” registering your child by submitting your payment. This process allows you to sign up your child without actually paying yet and allows you to make your final decision closer to the actual start date. The home page at http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region10 will show the division and age slots.

When it is determined that play can begin, AYSO ‘s goal is that they will have all protocols in place. The guidelines are being developed by the Department of Health, school districts and city governments at this time. They are hoping that the players will not be required to wear masks during games, but other procedures will be in place such as no handshakes and all spectators must be spaced 6 feet apartment. Even if face masks are not mandatory, a child may still choose to wear one.  Stay tuned for their final decision.

Some of the options that are now being considered are:

Starting in early September and ending mid-December with a full season of games and playoffs –

Start in late September or early October and end mid-December with a shortened schedule –

Start in January and ending in February with a shortened schedule.

As you can see there are quite a few optional situations at this time. Hopefully decisions will be made soon, and we can get our children back to some physical activities that they enjoy. As always, if you are interested in volunteering, you will find the required paperwork on the registration site.  Since AYSO is a 100% volunteer organization, they are always looking for volunteers to fill coach and referee positions.

To read my last article on AYSO Region 10 Soccer click here.

Photo courtesy of AYSO Region 10

Enjoy Special Dog Walking Hours At the South Coast Botanic Garden!

Enjoy Special Dog Walking Hours At the South Coast Botanic Garden!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a unique opportunity to enjoy a great place to walk your dog while getting a little exercise. By popular demand, South Coast Botanic Garden has brought back special dog walking hours twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  You can walk the Garden’s 87 acres with your four legged friend, plus you can bring the whole family to enjoy the outdoors.

On Wednesdays, August 12th  & 26th, 2020, you can make it a fun night for all. All guests are required to wear face coverings while on site, and all dogs must be kept on leashes while on Garden property including the parking lot. This is a transactionless entry, since advanced tickets are required. They have reduced maximum occupancy in order to support physical distancing. There will be water stations for both visitors and “fur babies.”

The price for admission for this special event is $15/adult, $11/senior, $5/child and $4 for your dog. For more information or to purchase admission tickets click here.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  If you have any questions please call  (310) 544-1948.

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

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events August 2020

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events August 2020

Special Events: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is slowly opening up its trails & hikes for all to enjoy. This is exciting to hear since we have been unable to enjoy all of the great outdoor opportunities the Conservancy has to offer.

The Nature Walk for families will take place at Vicente Bluffs Reserve, on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The nature walk leaders will be giving an overview of the unique nature, wildlife and botanical highlights of the area. Then you set off for a self guided walk from the bluff top at Point Vicente to Oceanfront Estates and observe the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly during its flight season along restored coastal sage scrub habitat. RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities. The Reserve stretches around the bluffs of Lower Point Vicente (6 acres), the Pelican Cove property (9 acres), and the habitat areas within the Oceanfront Estates project (69 acres). The area contains rare coastal bluff scrub habitat and unique geological formations including dramatic hexagonal shaped columns of rock formed from black basalt. Trail reconstruction and native plant restoration activities are supported by a California Coastal Conservancy grant with the goal to reduce sedimentation along the state coastline. Monitoring of the Reserve resulted in the discovery of exciting and unexpected colonies of the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly.

The Docent Zoom Orientation will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This is a great opportunity to become a Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Docent, where you can share your love of nature with the community. The orientation will introduce you to the different opportunities available. These opportunities include volunteering in the Nature Centers and engaging with visitors, helping with native plant sales, supporting the new Nature Club for Families and/or leading Nature Walks. Docents can also sign up to teach local 3rd graders about the natural history of the Peninsula. They will provide all the training, lesson activities, and materials. As a volunteer you can also enjoy enrichment activities as part of the friendly Docent Community. For more information sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com. For questions about the program please contact the Education Program Manager,  Holly Gray, at hgray@pvplc.org.

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

Photo of the El Segundo blue butterfly courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy