Palos Verdes Library District’s Free Movies!

Palos Verdes Library District’s Free Movies!


The Palos Verdes Library District has a great list of free movies that they will be showing in the month of October.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, the 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 October the following movies will be presented.  Classic Movies at Noon will be showing Night Of The Hunter on Monday, October 5, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.  The Classic Movies at Noon series takes place on the first Monday of every month and features Hollywood films from the 1930s through the 1970s.  On Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., Cine-Monde film series (a film series featuring notable film from around the globe) will be screening Where Do We Go Now?  The Multiplex film series (featuring notable, popular and recent American releases from Hollywood) will occur on the fourth Thursday of the month October 22, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  These events are free and open to the public.  Following the film there may be a brief discussion facilitated by the coordinator of the series.

All of the film showings will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  The Peninsula Center Library is located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information regarding any of the films, call 310-377-9584, ext 214 or contact Joshua at

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

Construction Hours In Palos Verdes

Construction Hours In Palos Verdes


Many Palos Verdes homes owners have recently remodeled their homes instead of purchasing a new one because of increasing home costs.  Although the homeowner is anxious to finish their project quickly and enjoy their newly remodeled home, there are rules limiting when construction hours can occur.

On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the four city offices have a little different schedule for permitted construction hours.  Always make sure you contact the city before beginning any home project.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates’ permitted construction hours are: Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday is 7:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Construction is not permitted on Sundays or holidays.  For more information, call (310) 378-0383.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday’s permitted hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Construction is not permitted on Sundays or holidays.  For more information, call (310) 265-7800.

The City of Rolling Hills Estates’ permitted construction hours are Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Construction is not permitted on Sundays or holidays.  For more information, call (310) 377-1577.

The City of Rolling Hills’ permitted construction hours are Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Construction is not permitted on Sundays or holidays.  For more information, call 310-377-1577.

Photo courtesy of Louis Skelton.


Palos Verdes Holiday Tree Pick Up

Christmas Tree

Here on the Peninsula Palos Verdes homes owners are fortunate to have free Christmas tree pick up after the holidays.

Palos Verdes Estates residents are scheduled for pick up of their Christmas trees starting on December 26, thru January 17, 2014. This year service will be provided during your normal weekly trash pickup. Trees will be removed from your normal trash enclosure or trash area. After January 17th, however, you are responsible to cut and bundle your tree securely with twine or rope and leave in your trash area.  Stands and all decorations including tinsel must be removed.  Lightly flocked trees are acceptable.

The City of Rolling Hills will be recycling their trees as part of the regular trash pick-up program.  Just put it out on your regular green trash day, and the trees will be picked up  from December 26, 2013, through January 13, 2014.  Remember to remove everything from the tree including the stand and flocked trees are fine.

Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates will also be recycling trees as part of their regular trash pick up from December 30, 2013, through January 18, 2014.  Once again, remember to remove everything from the tree.

White Point Home Tour- Things To Do In Palos Verdes

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 11:00-3:00 p.m., the White Point Home Tour & Celebration Fundraiser will begin at the preserve.  Palos Verdes homes owners can either drive themselves on this self guided tour or enjoy the optional courtesy buses starting at White Point Nature Preserve.  Following the tour there will be a reception and silent auction from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the White Point Nature Preserve , located at 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. This is an excellent opportunity to visit seven featured homes that all share an attribute –  a fabulous view of the ocean.

Guests will check in beginning at 11 a.m. at White Point Nature Preserve.  They may pick up a map of the homes and drive themselves, or take one of the courtesy buses.  The reception will take place after the tour, where guests can relax with wine and great food.  There will be live music and more than 50 silent auction items.  All proceeds from the event benefit White Point Nature Preserve site improvements and habitat restoration by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

Tickets and more information are available on the Land Conservancy’s website at or call  (310) 541-7613.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $50 per person or $55 the day of the event.  There are discounted tickets for groups of 6 or more.

Photo courtesy of White Point Nature Preserve

Palos Verdes Home Sales Palos Verdes Drive North First Half Of 2012

Palos Verdes homes sales for the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood for the first half of 2012 increased  to 41 single family homes sold in the first half of 2012 compared to 20 in the first half of 2011 – a 105% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in the first half of 2012 increased to $1,273,403  from $1,228,285 for the first half of 2011.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in the first half of 2012 decreased to $434 from $461 in first half of 2011.  The most expensive home sold for $3,999,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $655,000.

Currently, Palos Verdes Drive North has 19 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 18 single family homes for sale ranging from $795,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,714 square foot home, to  $2,395,000 for a 6 bedroom/7 bath, 5,192 square foot home. There is 1 townhome for sale priced at $525,000 for a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 1,736 square foot townhome.

For background and history on Palos Verdes Drive North Multiple Listing Area 165, 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 the City of Rolling Hills Estates

New Sheriff’s Website for Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Crime Stats from LA County Sherrif- Lomita Station

A new website has been created for Palos Verdes homes owners to assist them with many different law enforcement questions –   Most of the Palos Verdes Peninsula is serviced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff – Lomita Station on Narbonne except for the city of Palos Verdes Estates which has its own Police Department.

According to an article written by Mary Scott in the Peninsula News, “Residents in these cities can pay for traffic tickets and check court dates on the new site.  The new site also offers a Most Wanted list and crime mapping.  Residents can search crimes by date or location, residents can type in their address to see if any crimes have occurred near them.  Residents leaving town can go online and request that a patrol check on their homes while they re away.”

I used the crime mapping feature (click here for link to Sheriff’s Dept. Crime Mapping) and noticed that specifics for the past seven days are only shown for Rancho Palos Verdes.  Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates just indicate the number of incidents but not the specifics.  There is also a Megan’s Law section that you can check.  The new Sheriff’s Lomita Station website is a great site for area residents to use.

Crime Map courtesy of Los Angeles County Sheriff – Lomita Station

Palos Verdes History & The Different Real Estate Areas Located On The Peninsula


Did you know that in 1913, the entire Palos Verdes Peninsula was purchased for development for $1,500,000 by a group headed by Frank Vanderlip, Sr.?  That is probably the median price for one our Palos Verdes houses today!  After the stock market crash in 1929, portions of the original purchase were sold off.  Today, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is actually composed of 4 different cities – Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates (and 2 Los Angeles County areas known as Westfield and Academy Hills). All Palos Verdes homes in these four cities and 2 areas are part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Palos Verdes Estates was the first city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to incorporate in 1939. The city has 4.5 miles of coastline. Twenty-eight per cent of the city land is permanently deeded as parkland and maintained as dedicated open space. In 2009 the US Census count was 13,546 residents for this area.  The unique Mediterranean flair of Monte Malaga and Malaga Cove, and charm of Valmonte and Lunada Bay bring their own history to this area.

Rancho Palos Verdes was the last city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to incorporate in 1973. It has 7.5 miles of coastline and 12.3 square miles of land.  It is the largest city on the Peninsula.  The US Census count was 40,964 in 2009.

Rolling Hills Estates was incorporated in 1957 and is the third largest city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula both in size (4.18) mi and population – 7,834 according to the 2009 census.  It has a rural atmosphere and some lots are 1/2 acre (or more) and some areas are zoned equestrian. The city has six parks, 25 miles of scenic trails and 36 acres of open space. It is often called the Heart of the Peninsula because of its large shopping and entertainment areas.

Rolling Hills is a privately gated equestrian community located atop the scenic hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It was in incorporated in 1957.  It is the smallest city on the Peninsula and the most private; most lots are over one acre.  The city has 26 miles of private roads and 23 miles of equestrian trails. It’s 2009 U.S. Census count was 1,972.

In the next few weeks I will be going over the seventeen different Multiple Listing Service areas for Palos Verdes real estate and concentrating on their locations and what makes each of them so special. You will be able to access information on current listings in these areas and the different price points.

365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes – Deane Dana Friendship Park

Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park is a 123 acre park located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is one of the parks enjoyed by owners of Palos Verdes homes.  The park over looks San Pedro and has panoramic view of Catalina Island, the harbors of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and also the San Bernardino Mountain ranges.  This park has many amenities such as a natural history museum, gift shop,  indoor and outdoor classrooms and even live animal displays to educate and entertain in the 4000 square foot Nature Center.  The park is ADA accessible and there are many school field trips here.   Many hiking trails run throughout the park, some with ADA accesibility, taking you through the restored Coastal sage scrub habitat along the hillsides.  There is a sheltered picnic area with barbecues and a playground where you can stop for lunch or hold a special event. 

The Friendship Park also offers special fee programs such as a Field Trip in Nature where an animal presentation is given along with a bus ride and a hike, or Birthday N Nature  party which includes an animal presentation, a birthday message, projects,a bus ride and a hike.  For more information on these activities, fees and reservations please contact (310) 519-6048. 

The park is located at Western Avenue and West 9th Street in San Pedro (1850 West 9th St.). It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.  The Nature Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Nature Center is closed on Mondays.  There is no admission charge and parking is also free.  For more information contact (310) 519-6115.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Park and Recreation

365 Things To Do in Palos Verdes – Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

I have accepted the challenge to come up with 365 places to visit and/or things to do on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.   Here is the first in the series:

Wayfarers Chapel is commonly known as the Glass Chapel (as it is built almost entirely of glass) and is located at 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (click here for a map).   The visitor center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   As you can see from the photo, Wayfarers Chapel is built of glass, redwood and stone and was designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright).   As you sit inside, you feel like you are out in the forest which is part of the magic of the chapel.  Their website says it much better; “The setting, the ocean beyond the trees, the glass, provides a sacred setting where nature and architecture unite to celebrate the presence of God.”

The land for the Chapel was donated by Narcissa Cox Vanderlip, a member of the family that developed the PalosVerdes Peninsula.  The Chapel was dedicated in 1951.  The chapel sits on a 3.5 acre site that includes the Forest Floor Garden, Rose Garden, Reflection Pool and extensive lawns.  Wayfarers Chapel is a popular location for weddings (even television and movie weddings!).  You have never seen anything quite like the architecture and setting of Palos Verde’s unique Glass Chapel.  It is definitely worth a visit!

Please let me know if you have any suggestions on places in Palos Verdes to add to this series of 365 Things To Do In Palos Verdes.

Photo courtesy of Wayfarers Chapel

The Academy Hill Neighborhood

Academy Hill neighborhood in Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Academy Hill neighborhood  is located near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive North and Crenshaw.  184 homes on a 58 acre tract are located in Academy Hill which has an Home Owners Association with voluntary $50/year dues that help pay for a yearly neighborhood party and other events. It has been described as a “tight knit” and “friendly” neighborhood where neighbors work together.

Academy Hill neighborhood in Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Academy Hill is located an the unincorporated area of Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274 and is actually part of unincorporated Los Angeles County.  This area is home to the prestigious  Chadwick School which is a private school established in 1938 with Kindergarten through 12th Grade classes.  Chadwick actually owned the area that is now home to the Academy Hill neighborhood and sold off the land in the late 1960s.  The homes were built by Presley Homes in the early 1970s.

There are currently two active homes for sale in Academy Hill – A 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,104 square foot home for $1,325,000 and a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,542 square foot home for $1,357,000.  There is another home in escrow that was listed for $1,029,000. 5 homes have sold in Academy Hill since the first of the year between $945,000 for 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,063 square foot home and $1,415,000 for a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,384 square foot home.