Palos Verdes National Prescription Drug Take Back 2021 Event!

Palos VerdesNational Prescription Drug Take Back 2021 Event!

Palos Verdes homes owners can join the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in supporting the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. This year the event will offer drive through on Saturday, April 24, 2021, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the collection site in front of the Palos Verdes Police Station located at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates.

This National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to a 2019 National Survey, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019.

The purpose of this Take Back program is a safe way to dispose of pharmaceutical drugs that can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or doctors supervision.  Many teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends- from the home medicine cabinet.  Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold.  Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.  Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.  Take Back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs.

For more information on this event call (310) 378-4211.

To read my last article regarding National Prescription Drug Take Back click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Police Department

 

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Mira Catalina Neighborhood 2020

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Mira Catalina Neighborhood 2020

mira catalina neighborhood

2020 Palos Verdes homes sales for Mira Catalina increased to 24 single family homes sold compared to 23 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Mira Catalina houses that sold in 2020 decreased to $613 compared from $656 in 2019, a 6.7% decrease.  Average sales price for Mira Catalina homes sold in 2020 was $1,502,596 compared to $1,552,129 in 2019.  The most expensive home sold for $2,037,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,150,000.

Currently, Mira Catalina has 1 active Palos Verdes home for sale.  There is 1 single family home for sale at $2,550,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 2,677 square foot home. There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Mira Catalina Multiple Listing Area 168, please click here to read my prior 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 courtesy of Marymount College University located in the Mira Catalina neighborhood

Roundhouse Aquarium Earth Day 2021 Virtual Events!

Roundhouse Aquarium Earth Day 2021 Virtual Events!

Celebrate Earth Day all month long at the Roundhouse Aquarium!

April 22, 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, and the Roundhouse Aquarium, managed by the Oceanographic Teaching Stations, is set to honor this milestone virtually with programs throughout the month of April. Sponsored by Chevron Corporation, The Port of Long Beach and Dive N’ Surf, the virtual celebration explores the magic of the ocean, its connection to humans and what people can do to protect it.

Celebrating Whales and Dolphins: Fantastic Flukes and Fins will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. This free Virtual Event will help you meet the largest animals ever to live on earth! You will meet many animals that swim in the sea, but breathe air like you and me. You will also be able to learn how to draw one of these amazing animals – so get paper and pencil ready.

The Ocean In Your Bathtub is a Virtual Reading Event that will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. This free Virtual Event will have award winning children’s book author Seth Fishman and the Roundhouse Aquarium partner together to bring ocean science programming for an Earth Day virtual reading program. Those in attendance will view a fun and engaging video reading of “The Ocean In Your Bathtub,” and have a chance to meet Seth Fishman and the Roundhouse Aquarium Scientist, Marissa Wu, who will answer your questions live.

Amazing Tide pools will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. This is a free Virtual Event and will let you join them at some local tide pools and explore what is hiding in the rocks. You can discover what amazing superpowers tide pool animals have to help them survive and live the tide pool life.

For more information and to register for these fun virtual events go to: https://roundhouseseaaquarium.org/earthmonth.

Photos courtesy of the Roundhouse Aquarium Earth Day Celebrations

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 13, 2021

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 13, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on April 13, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 78 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,225,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes  (the low in Eastview is $856,000) to $19,995,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 13 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $499,000 and $1,895,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

      

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 3 Middleridge Lane N, Rolling Hills, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,704 square foot home for $4,999,000, This designer perfect Rolling Hills home features a chic kitchen w/center island, formal living/family rooms with “wine wall,” luxurious owners suite w/sitting room, 2+ acres, and pool/spa/sports court. Anthony Accardo’s (Compass) 51 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,085 square foot home for $2,995,000. This single level Spanish Colonial Portuguese Bend home is currently under construction within a gated community of pepper tree lined winding roads and stunning views.

     

Jo Ann Van Leuvan’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6405 Le Blanc Place, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left ) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,759 square foot home for $2,000,000. This split level Country Club home features a huge corner lot w/ocean views, amazing backyard with enclosed pool and sports court just waiting for you to make it your own. Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 31055 Via Rivera, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,540 square foot home for $1,850,000. This picture perfect 180 degree view West Palos Verdes remodeled home features Catalina/ocean views, large eat-in kitchen, formal living room & dining room, separate family room, guest suite and large covered patio area.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

 

 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Events May 2021

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Events May 2021

     

Special Events: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is slowly beginning to allow participants to join its monthly outside activities. This is exciting because last year we were unable to enjoy outdoor volunteer opportunities that the Conservancy offers.

City Nature Challenge will take place from April 30 through May 3, 2021, with bioblitz fun as you help document wildlife on your smart phone in your area. Whether it be your backyard, or in one of the nature preserves, this is a way for the community to work together and find and document nature in the area. The event is designed to connect people and communities with nature, and collaborate with citizen and community scientists around the work documenting the biodiversity of our planet. This is an easy to do challenge. The Conservancy has all of the instructions, resources and activities for you; please visit www.pvplc.org/calendar/citynaturechallenge.

Q & A with Author Doug Tallamy will take place on Saturday, May 1st, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. You will join executive director Adrienne Mohan for a live zoom Q & A with Doug Tallamy, bestselling author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” who will answer your questions about how to help save the planet by adding native species to your backyard. For more information and the Zoom link go to https://pvplc.org/calendar.  You can also have Doug sign a Mother’s Day gift of this best selling book “Nature’s Best Hope.”  You can buy copies of the book by going to https://plplc.org/event/earthday.

Monthly Activities

Rapid Response Team will take place on Saturday’s, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You will work alongside conservancy staff protecting important wildlife habitat by closing unauthorized trails. The tasks include trail maintenance, building fence, stalling signage and more. They will be working at various locations and you can volunteer by going to  www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

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

Photos courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Homes Sales March 2021

Palos Verdes Homes Sales March 2021

Palos Verdes real estate sales March 2021 for Palos Verdes homes increased compared to February.  73 Palos Verdes houses sold in March compared to 50 homes in February and increased compared to the 48 homes that sold in March 2020.  There were 95 Palos Verdes single family homes pending in March which increased from the 89 homes pending in February.  The number of active Palos Verdes homes for sale in March (89) increased from the 81 homes for sale in February.

Average sales price for Palos Verdes homes sold in March decreased to $2,159,000 compared to $2,323,000 in February, and increased from the $1,983,000 in March 2020.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes houses that sold/closed escrow in March decreased to $742 from $752 in February.  Average days on market in March was 31 days which decreased from the 42 days in February.  Months of inventory (months it would take to sell existing inventory at the current rate of sale) decreased to 1.2 months in March for Palos Verdes homes for sale compared to 1.6 months in February.  A “normal” or balanced market is considered 3 months of inventory and Palos Verdes real estate “months of inventory” is considerably 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 74 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  107 Palos Verdes houses are in escrow (55 homes have pending sales and 57 homes are active under contract).  Additionally, 29 homes have sold/closed escrow in the first 9 days of April at an average sales price of $2,512,559.

To read my February report on Palos Verdes Real Estate sales, click here.

Chart courtesy of Trendgraphix, Inc.

Palos Verdes Local Summer Camps 2021!

Palos Verdes Local Summer Camps 2021!

 

Palos Verdes home owners are getting back to pre-covid times and are happy to hear that local summer camps will be opening this summer for their children to enjoy. Below are just a few of the activities and camps located here in the area to choose from.

PV Surf Camp is a local youth surf camp which has been in operation for 20 years and is for ages 6 to 15.  The camp offers various programs depending on age and skill level.  The programs vary for the participant who has never surfed and requires one to one support in the water at all times, to the intermediate surfer who wants to improve their skills (The ratio is never more than 4 to 1 instructor).  The camp will be open from June 14 through August 20, 2021. The cost per session is $295 for the first week, and $240 for any additional weeks.  The sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  For more information go to www.pvsurfcamp.com, or call (310) 908-8164.

Peninsula Sports Camps have been offering children full and half day camps in Palos Verdes since 1972.  These camps are held at Palos Verdes High School and Ryan Park.  The great thing about these camps is the variety.  Children can enjoy their favorite sport – baseball, basketball and soccer, and later enjoy a swim in the pool to cool off.  At the end of their camp session, children will receive awards for their sports.  The cost per child for full day camp is $275, and half day camps are $155.  For more information on Peninsula Sports Camps or to register, go to www.peninsulasportscamps.com or call (310) 213-5433.  Remember the camps  fill up quickly so it is important to register soon.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center will be offering Camp Curtain Call again this summer for kids ages 5 to 11.  Children will enjoy singing, dancing and acting classes for two weeks at beginning and intermediate levels, with a performance for friends and family at the end of the session. This year they will be showcasing The Lion King, Jungle Book, Beauty & The Beast and Aladdin. For more information on dates and times go to www.palosverdesperformingarts.com/camp-curtain-call.com.

BeachSports will be offering ocean safety, surfing, beach volleyball, skateboard, Junior Lifeguards and beach activities again this summer for ages 4 to 14. This camp is offered in Redondo Beach, and runs from June 14 to September 3, 2021. Camp hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information and to register go to www.beachsports.com, or call (310) 372-2202.

Chadwick School will be offering academic enrichment, swimming, art, strategies, computer lab, field sports, music, photography, dance, painting, drama, singing, writing and physical fitness this summer from June 21 to July 23, 2021. This program is for children from 4 to 16 years of age. For more information go to chadwickschool.org/summer or call (310) 377-1543.

Rolling Robots will be offering Coding, Buildbot, VEX robotics, Lego robotics, Minecraft, Roblox, and 3D Design. This program is for children ages 5 to 15 years of age. For more information go to rollingrobots.com, or call (424) 206-9466.

To view my previous article on Local Palos Verdes Summer Fun click here

Photo courtesy of Peninsula Sports Camp

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 6, 2021

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 6, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on April 6, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 79 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,179,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes  (the low in Eastview is $1,348,000) to $19,995,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 9 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $499,000 and $1,845,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Megan Neel (RE/MAX Estate Properties) and Jade Mills & Tiffany Mills'(Coldwell Banker) 2729 Via Oleadas, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 9 baths, 11,049 square foot home for $19,995,000. This custom built Lunada Bay Italian estate features stunning ocean/coastal views, chef’s kitchen w/butler’s pantry, luxurious owners suite w/sitting area, wine cellar, 9 car garage, putting green, and pool/spa. Bill Ruth (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) & Charles Raine’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 14 Portuguese Bend Road, Rolling Hills, 90274 (above right) is a 6 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,200 square foot home for $5,595,000. This fabulous Rolling Hills home features gourmet chef’s kitchen w/island, separate guest house, entertainers dream outdoor area w/sport court & saltwater pool/spa, and amazing  “barn” w/game room/gym/wine room.

       

Sep Ebrahimi’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeService) 30346 Via Borica, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,681 square foot home for $1,899,000. This masterfully remodeled West Palos Verdes home features breathtaking ocean views, chef’s kitchen w/large island, enclosed patio, 2 remodeled baths, extra large owners suite, and newly built 500 sq ft deck. Kevin Moen’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4424 Via Pinzon, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,790 square foot home for $1,499,000. This charming Valmonte home features expansive pastoral views, living room w/fireplace, dining room, family room, and pool.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

 

 

Palos Verdes Library District April 2021 Events!

Palos Verdes Library District April  2021 Events!

The Palos Verdes Library District’s Circulation Department is welcoming visitors back to the library. They will be able to help with your items and library account. If you applied for a library card during the closure you can now pick it up at the circulation desk. If you have a couple of “overdue” items you can also resolve them. They are back to helping you find items on the shelf and point you in the new direction. Of course you will need to follow the library’s Covid 19 instructions. When you come back to the library after April 6, 2021, stop by the main Reference Desk and you will find a new display of a fossil mammoth tusk. The tusk was discovered in 1927 in Malaga Canyon in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. It is thought to be between 11,000 and 40,000 years old, and is currently on a long term loan from the Palos Verdes Historical Society, which is looking for a permanent location for their museum. Until them, you can view this display at the library.

Below are just a few of the services and activities that you can join virtually during the month of April 2021.

Passport services have resumed at their temporary location in the Peninsula Center Library at the passport desk located at the Deep Valley Drive Entrance. Parking is available on Deep Valley Drive and at the public lot adjacent to the library. Appointment hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please complete your passport application prior to your appointment. For more information and to download an application click here. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 310-377-9584 x 220.

Virtual Miraleste Library Monthly Book Club Meeting will take placevirtually on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You must register in advance for the meeting and can do so by clicking here.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the books that they will be discussing. In April, they will be discussing “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath. If you have any other questions, call Eve Wittenmyer at (310) 377-9584 x 452.

Pedal PV – Explore Palos Verdes By (Electric) Bike – Archivist and local history librarian, Monique Sugimoto, has added another episode to the “Pedal PV” vlog, a project to bring history to you during the pandemic. Whether you bike, walk or jog, our shared PV history is everywhere. Check out video Episode 9, Horses on the Hill on the Pedal PV Playlist. 

Meet the Author: Marie Benedict interview will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Marie is the author of bestselling books including The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, Lady Clementine, and Carnegie’s Maid. Registration is required, and you can register by clicking here.

Conversation Starter: Let’s Talk About Race – Moving Forward will take place on April 24, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. This will be a 2 hour dialogue with Marymount University Professor, Carlos Royal, who will highlight concepts and look at ways we can work together to move forward in reducing prejudice and bias. Pre-readings will be sent to participants for background and discussion. Registration is required and you can register by clicking here.

Earth Day Virtual Presentation – will take place on April 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The Conservancy will partner with the PV Library District, Friends of the Library, and the California Native Plant Society for a live Zoom Event in celebration of Earth Day. The event will explore how each of us can do something to renew the Earth. The events will include a fascinating video presentation by Doug Tallamy, author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” about how to support birds and wildlife with native plants in our yards. Click here for your zoom link.

“We Browse For You” is a library service that can help you fine books within your genre. For more information go to pvld.org/virtual, or call (310) 377-9584.

For more information, call the Palos Verdes Library District at  (310) 377-9584.

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive East Neighborhood 2020

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive East Neighborhood 2020

Palos Verdes Drive East night time view of the Harbor

2020 Palos Verdes homes sales for Palos Verdes Drive East increased to 76 single family homes sold compared to 60 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive East houses that sold in 2020 increased to $576 compared from $537 in 2019, a 7.2% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive East homes sold in 2020 was $1,649,109 compared to $1,624,378 in 2019.  The most expensive home sold for $3,550,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $960,000.

Currently, Palos Verdes Drive East has 4 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 4 single family homes ranging in price from $1,700,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 2,141 square foot home, to $4,175,000 for a 5 bedroom/4 bath, 3,740 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Palos Verdes Drive East Multiple Listing Area 167, please click here to read my prior 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.

 Many of the homes have harbor views and/or views of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and sparkling night time city lights views (photo above).