Palos Verdes Residents Can Build Their Own Gingerbread House!
Palos Verdes homes owners can get into the spirit of the season and enjoy making their own holiday decorations. For years, families have enjoyed having the sweet smell of Christmas inside their homes with their very own gingerbread houses. Whether looking for one to enjoy inside your home, or perhaps making an outdoor house where no baking is needed, you have several opportunities to create your own.
Terranea Resort will be offering their gingerbread house decorating on December 7, 14, and 21, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or on December 8, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., where you can decorate your own edible gingerbread house with frosting, candies and other materials. This is a fun holiday activity for all ages of your family to enjoy. Advanced reservations required, and the cost will be $65 per house. They recommended using one house for up to 4 people. Please call (310) 265-2861 for more information and to reserve your spot.
Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.
The South Coast Botanic Garden will be offering their own gingerbread house collection with a twist, no baking or sugar needed, on Sunday, December 8, and Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Their houses are made with natural elements from the Garden affixed to paper mache houses. You will be taking a brisk walk in the Garden with docents to learn about and collect winter “treats” to decorate your houses. Then you will go back and make your masterpieces to take home to enjoy. The fee includes all supplies, set of two to three small houses approximately 3″ tall and a docent led tour. This event is recommended for all ages. Supplies will be provided, and all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. General pricing is $29. To register call (310) 544-1948.
The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be offering their Gingerbread House event at Hesse Park on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can make your house come alive with colorful candies, gum drops, peppermints, sprinkles, cookies, and more. The workshop includes a fresh gingerbread house from Mayer’s Bakery, decorating materials, light snacks and a delicious holiday beverage. This event is designed for parents and children to attend together. No drop offs allowed. Registration covers one gingerbread house. The cost for this event is $45. For more information, or to register click here.
Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden
Palos Verdes Home Sales Crest Neighborhood 1st Half 2019
Palos Verdes homes sales in the Crest neighborhood for the first half of 2019 decreased to 15 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 19 in 2018. Price per square foot for Crest houses that sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $523 from $532 in 2018, 1.7% decrease. Average sales price for Crest homes sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $1,111,867 in 2019 compared to $1,240,063 in 2018. The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in Crest was $2,600,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Crest neighborhood was $585,000.
Currently, the Crest neighborhood has 14 Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 6 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,299,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,374 square foot home, to $1,595,000 for a 5 bedroom/3 bath, 2,468 square foot home. There are 5 condo/townhomes for sale ranging from $629,999 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,249 square foot condo/townhome, to $1,900,000 for a 2 bedroom/3 bath, 2,332 square foot condo/townhome.
For background and history on the Crest neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 174, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.
To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Crest neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.
Photo of Palos Verdes Performing Arts (formerly Norris Theater) courtesy of PVPA
Palos Verdes Enjoys Breakfast With Santa 2019
Palos Verdes homes owners know that their children look forward to Santa visits here on the Peninsula. A great way to get the fun started is with a local Palos Verdes Breakfast with Santa. Beginning this Saturday, there are several opportunities for you and your children to enjoy this photo opportunity, and make sure they start the day off with a good breakfast. Below are several different locations:
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, you can visit Santa and enjoy Breakfast with Santa and other great activities from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Hesse Park. The cost is $20 per person, and you must be pre-registered to participate. For more information click here.
Hesse Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes.
On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Santa will be at Good Stuff Restaurant from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for their Breakfast with Santa. At the restaurant you will be able to meet Santa, take photos and get involved with some festive holiday activities. Adults are $15, children 6 ro 12 are $5, and children under 5 are free with each paid adult. For reservation to this sell-out event, call Good Stuff at (310) 544-8800.
Good Stuff is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive #151, Rolling Hills Estates.
Terranea Resort will be having Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15, 2019, with a magical breakfast and photo opportunities in Terranea Resort’s Grand Ballroom. You will enjoy bakery and waffle stations, beverage and hot food stations, as well as an egg kitchen, kids buffet, and festive crafts. Seatings are at 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.; cost is adults/$65, children 2 to 10/$32 (under 2 free). For more information, please call reservations at (310)265-2836.
Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes.
To read my prior article on Breakfast With Santa click here.
Photo courtesy of Arvin Design
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –December 3, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the December 3, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (14 homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 174 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,100,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $755,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 36 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Darin DeRenzis & Kitty Edler’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 23 Sorrel Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,136 square foot home for $2,395,000. This beautiful Dapplegray Lanes ranch style home features large chef’s kitchen, theater & billiards room, outside kitchen, 4 stall barn and pool. Stephen Haw’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 1032 Via Ventana, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,150 square foot home for $1,800,000. This mid century Lunada Bay home features panoramic ocean/Catalina views, cathedral beamed ceilings & skylights, open view kitchen, family room and pool.
Cari Corbalis & Brittney Austin’s (Vista Sotheby’s Realty) 29362 Whitley Collins Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,468 square foot home for $1,474,800. This spacious Ridgecrest neighborhood spacious home features wide plank wood floors, chef’s kitchen, customized luxurious laundry w/office space, master retreat, and outdoor kitchen. Greg Geilman and Rob Freedman’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 4903 Browndeer Lane, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,148 square foot home for $1,375,000. This gorgeous Peninsula Center home features spectacular city/downtown/mountain views, kitchen w/breakfast counter, cozy living room and great relaxing deck.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes Enjoys Victorian Christmas With Tea & Carols!
Palos Verdes homes owners have more holiday opportunities to enjoy here on the Peninsula. Starting this Friday, December 6, through Sunday, December 22, 2019, the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center will be having their 13th Annual Nativity Exhibit. On display will be 100 creche sets from around the world. This Friday, December 6, 2019, is opening night and the exhibit will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Afterwards on Monday, Friday & Saturday it will be open from 9:00 a.m.to 9:00 p.m. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday it will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through December 22, 2019. Docent tours are also available. Admission to this exhibit is free.
On Sunday, December 8, 2019, the Victorian Christmas Tea & Carols will starting at 3:00 p.m. with a Christmas Tea, and at 4:00 p.m. the Victorian Carolers will be singing holiday favorites a cappella in beautiful period costumes to bring us back to a bygone era of pomp and splendor. This will surely get you into the holiday spirit with singing and delicious refreshments.
The cost for the tea & concert is $25/adults, $15 for children 4-12, and children under 4 are free. To register call Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x 234, or to register online go to www.maryjoseph.org.
The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center is located at 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Photo courtesy of the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
Palos Verdes Home Owners Enjoy Local Area Holiday Fun 2019!
Palos Verdes homes owners have many holiday activities near the Peninsula during the holiday season. Here are two more for families to enjoy:
A great family activity during the holiday season is viewing the lights in Sleepy Hollow (a.k.a. Candy Cane Lane). Tucked away in a South Torrance neighborhood is one of the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights in the South Bay (and possibly in the country) which can be viewed beginning December 1, 2019, through January 2, 2020. You can walk or drive through Candy Cane Lane and get in the holiday spirit. Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights is located on Roberts Road off Pacific Coast Highway from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night until New Year’s Eve. Walking through the area is a much more relaxed, up-close view of the displays without all the traffic. You can skip the traffic by parking on Pacific Coast Highway, Calle Mayor or Prospect, and walk to Roberts Road, just west of Calle Mayor. Some of the houses will be selling hot chocolate, coffee, or churros as you walk through the neighborhood. It is recommended to go early in the month, since the crowds are large between Christmas and New Years.
On Saturday, December 14, 2019, the local 28th annual Holiday Boat Parade will take place in Redondo Beach at King Harbor. Paddle craft boaters will be kicking off the parade at 4:00 p.m. with their decorated and lighted boards and they will be followed by power and sail boats which will be all decked out. Each year there is a theme for the parade and this year’s theme is “Surfing the Yule Tide.” The parade’s Grand Marshall will be Gary Crum who will be leading the parade in the Grand Marshall boat. For more information on the boat parade, trophy categories, and tickets click here.
To read my last article on Local Area Holiday Fun click here.
Photo courtesy of King Harbor Boating Foundation
Palos Verdes Art Center Holiday Ceramics & Gift Sale!
Palos Verdes homes owners have an opportunity to shop for one of a kind handcrafted art articles at this year’s Holiday Ceramics & Gift Sale, featuring the finest selections of work by Palos Verdes Art Center member artists.
This year’s sale kicks off on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., during the opening reception for The Winter Show, and continues on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This year there will be a special feature with the trees in the Atrium decorated with charming holiday ornaments provided by Art At Your Fingertips students. All proceeds from the sale of these decorations will benefit the Art At Your Fingertips program that delivers art projects to 7,000 students grades DK – 5th, in public and private schools located here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 541-2479.
To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Art Center click here.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center
Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 26, 2019
My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 26, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (6) homes had open houses today) are described below. We currently have 182 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,100,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $755,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 41 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000. My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:
Gordon Inman & Keith Kelley’s (Keller Williams Realty and Palm Realty Boutique) 8 Upper Blackwater Canyon Road, Rolling Hills, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 6,552 square foot home for $5,799,000. This incredible Rolling Hills home features 180 degree city/ocean views, remodeled gourmet kitchen w/huge island, office, spacious master suite, pool/guest house, and barn. Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 1600 Espinosa Circle, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,800 square foot home for $4,250,000. This private hedge-lined Lunada Bay estate features ocean/canyon views, magnificent living room, private office w/fireplace, large kitchen w/center island, giant basement, and a 29,049 square foot lot.
James Sanders’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 21 Vista Real Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274, (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,324 square foot home for $1,399,000. This lovely one level Monticello neighborhood home features sweeping golf course views and city views, walls of glass, central kitchen w/breakfast bar eating area, and many upgrades. Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 26409 Basswood Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,292 square foot home for $1,100,000. This charming Silver Spur home features beautiful ocean/coast/city views, spacious living room, hardwood floors, and covered front porch.
To read my prior article on favorite Palos Verdes homes click here.
Photos courtesy of CRMLS
Palos Verdes Enjoys LA County Holiday Events!
Palos Verdes homes owners, who are looking for more fun holiday events, have many choices below that are located within the LA County area.
|BOLD Beverly Hills Holidays Through Dec. 24
Join us for spectacular lighting displays throughout the City of Beverly Hills. BOLD Holidays features evening shopping on Friday and Saturdays, live entertainment, music, an interactive photo experience with The Scenario Studio and much more!
Contact: 800-345-2210 / www.lovebeverlyhills.com/boldbh
Hollywood Christmas Parade Dec. 1
Downey Christmas Parade Dec. 1
Gardena Winter Wonderland Dec. 3
Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival Dec. 3-8
Long Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 4
Culver City Tree Lighting Sled-tacular Dec. 5
Baldwin Park Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 5
Claremont Holiday Promenade & Tree Lighting Dec. 6
La Puente Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6
Lomita Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 6
Lights on Temple City Dec. 6
Monterey Park Holiday Snow Village Dec. 6
Agoura Hills Holiday Boutique Dec. 6-7
Burbank Holiday Boutique Dec. 6-19
Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Dec. 7
Chili Holiday Celebration Dec. 7
Holiday Art Market Dec. 7
Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade Dec. 7
Belmont Shore Christmas Parade Dec. 7
South Lake Pasadena Holidayfest Dec. 7
Manhattan Beach Holiday Crafts Weekend Dec. 7-8
Joy to the Holidays at Greystone Mansion Dec. 7-8
Pageant of the Trees Dec. 7
Diamond Bar Winter Snow Fest Dec. 7
Burbank Mayors Tree Lighting Dec. 7
Norwalk Snowfest & Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7
Holiday Sonata Dec. 7
Lamplight Holiday Celebration Dec. 7-8
Contact: 323-225-2700 / www.heritagesquare.org
L.A. GOAL Holiday Boutique Dec. 7-8
South Gate Childrens Christmas Lane Parade Dec. 8
Naples Island Boat Parade Dec. 14
Redondo Beach Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier Dec. 14
Alhambra Police Departments Story Time & Pictures with Santa Claus Dec. 14
West Covina Childrens Christmas Parade & Santas Village Dec. 14
Whittier Christmas Parade Dec. 14
A Magical BLVD Christmas Dec. 14
Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade Dec. 14
Ugly Sweater Party in the Paseo Dec. 21
Lynwood Snow Day Dec. 21
This article is being reposted with permission of Benjamin Hsu and Grant Alley, First American Title.