Palos Verdes Concours 2015 Tour D’Elegance

Palos Verdes Concours 2015 Tour D’Elegance


On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Palos Verdes Concours 2015 Tour D’Elegance will take place with a morning driving Tour followed by lunch at Mar’sel Restaurant at Terranea Resort.  This year’s morning event will give the Concours entrants time to relax and get their autos prepped for judging at the Concours the next day.  This year’s Tour route will be easier for the older automobiles as it only travels over paved roads.

The Tour will be limited to just 50 vehicles and their owners (or any 2 persons), and will start at Premier Bank located at 4A Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates.  You will meet for registration and continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The Tour’s Grand Marshal this year will be Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.  The “2015 Tour D’Elegance” will be showcasing special points of interest on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, while taking advantage of the beautiful ocean views which surrounds the Peninsula.  After a very scenic peninsula driving tour it will finish for a special lunch at Terranea Resort’s Mar’sel Restaurant where they will be serving a “garden to table” luncheon only for participants.

Gather your friends and navigators and join in.  This is a pleasure Tour and all participants are welcome.  There will be hot rods, classic cars and even the family car is welcome to join in.  The entry cost will include lunch and is $300 per auto (2 person), children under 12 ride free.  Any additional guests may travel with you enjoying both the tour and lunch for a price of $125.  Tickets will sell out so you are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon.

To purchase your tickets for the 2015 Tour D’Elegance go to

To read my prior article on the Palos Verdes Concours Pleasure Road Rallye click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design.


Winter Water Saving Tips

Winter Water Saving Tips

Photo of Bluff Cove courtesy of Arvin Design

Even though it has rained all day, Palos Verdes homes owners can begin to implement their winter water saving tips.  Make sure that you have your sprinklers turned off, and you can put buckets or large clean containers in areas where the run off is the strongest.  Also always redirect downspouts so as to capture the water.  This water can be used for your garden or plant areas.  We have cooler weather in these winter months and your lawns and plants do not need as much water as other times of the year.  It’s also a good idea to adjust your irrigation controller to avoid over watering.

The California Water Service Company is asking customers to reduce water use by 20%.  Although this number may seems like it would largely impact our residential usage, at this time of year and with a little help from conservation practices, it is within reach.  Some of the more known conservation areas that will help include kitchen faucet aerators, high efficiency shower heads, hose nozzles, bathroom faucet aerators and toilet leak tablets.  To get a conservation kit that includes the items listed above go to

Cal Water is also offering rebates and incentives when you purchase water efficient devices.  They have a high efficiency toilet rebate, high efficiency clothes washer rebate, smart irrigation controller rebate and outdoor water saving devices.  To learn more about these rebates and others go to

For more information on kits, programs and rebates go to or call (310) 257-1400 for more information.

To read my last article on conservation tips click here.

Photo of Bluff Cove courtesy of Arvin Design



Visit Point Fermin Lighthouse While Summer Flowers Are In Bloom

Visit Point Fermin Lighthouse While Summer Flowers Are In Bloom

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Summer is here and flowers are in bloom at the Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum.  This is a great time to view one of Palos Verdes Peninsula’s interesting architectural structures located in San Pedro.  Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational source of light in the San Pedro Bay.  It is considered to be one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast.  Phineas Banning had petitioned the Federal Government along with several businessmen in 1854 to place a lighthouse on the Point.  After 20 years, it was finally built in the Stick Victorian Style which is a simpler design than the later Victorian period.  The lighthouse did not have a fog-signalling apparatus and was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all coastal lights were extinguished as protection against army attacks.  It served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and the Harbor.  After the war, the light remained off and the structure fell into disrepair.  However, in 1974, with the help of many volunteers the building was brought back to its original charm for its centennial celebration.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays.  Guided tours are offered at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.  The admission is free, however, a donation is requested from visitors.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and no child under 40 inches tall will be admitted to the tower.  The lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the Park.  You can call ahead for that schedule at (310) 241-0684.

The Point Fermin Lighthouse and Museum is located at 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro.

To view my previous article on Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum click here.

Photo courtesy of Point Fermin Lighthouse

Palos Verdes Drop-In Parks

Palos Verdes Drop-In Parks


Palos Verdes Drop-In Parks are located throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and this summer is the perfect time to get some fresh air and exercise while visiting them. Palos Verdes homes owners not only have beautiful ocean views to enjoy, but there are plenty of maintained hiking trails throughout the area many of which will lead you to these smaller drop-in parks.

Pictured above is Vista Catalina Park which is on the eastern side of the entry to the Trump National Golf Club. It boasts magnificient views of the Pacific Ocean and the hills of Palos Verdes. The park is located towards the end of Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

Marilyn Ryan Sunset Point Park boasts sweeping ocean views of the coastline and Catalina Island.  A dolphin statue, memorial bridge and benches make this an ideal stop to admire the scenery.  Dogs must be kept on leash at these parks. The park is located at 1 Trump National Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. 90275.

Martingale Trailhead Park provides access to trails serving the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates.  This park is used by both hikers and equestrians. The park is located at 22 Martingale Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

Pelican Cove which was formerly Pt. Vicente Fishing Access is a 10.5 acre site which features a paved parking lot, a restoom, improved trail to the shoreline and Catalina views. The park is located at 31300 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

Grandview Park is still in the development stage, and has a dirt path leading uphill to the view of the ocean. The park is located at Montemalaga Drive between Via Panorama and Grayslake Road.

Rancho Caninos Dog Park is located within Point Vicente Park/Civic Center, and this dog park has both small and large dog areas, with cedar chip surfaces.  There are water faucets and bowls for dogs, shaded and seating areas, a restroom and hand wash station. There is adjacent parking, but the facility is unstaffed and rules are posted. The park is located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

Point Vicente Park/Civic Center is formerly a Nike Missile Base.  This park has a sand volleyball court, tennis court and open grassy areas. The park is located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

Rancho Palos Verdes Beach is a stretch of rock and sandy beach located beneath the Trump National Golf Club.  It has pristine tide pools and has lifeguards on duty during the summer.  Parking is available on the east and west side of the clubhouse. The beach is located at the end of 1 Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

To read my prior article on drop-in parks click here.



Terranea Resort In Palos Verdes Celebrates Fifth Anniversary!

Terranea Resort In Palos Verdes Celebrates Fifth Anniversary!

Terranea Resort 5th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, I attended a reception in honor of Terranea’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration.  It was held at Terranea Resort on the lawn overlooking the ocean.  The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and it was good to see so many familiar faces.  I am happy for their success and have enjoyed the Resort on many occasions – as a hotel guest, a restaurant patron, a spa guest and an attendee at several events and fundraisers.

Terranea has always welcomed the area residents even when we just want to stroll the grounds and take the beauty of the resort and the ocean.  There is a great walking path along the bluff that goes down to the private beach with its own cave!  Terranea Resort is still offering its TerraNeighbor 25% discount when making room reservations to local residents who must present identification at check-in to show a 90274 or 90275 zip code.  They tell me it is strictly enforced!

Here are some interesting Terranea facts:

  • It took 17 years to complete Terranea
  • $480 million is the cost of Terranea’s project development
  • Terranea has 270 degrees of panoramic ocean view
  • 4.2 million dining guests have been served
  • 228 fire pits or fireplaces are scattered around the resort
  • 1,200 Terranea employees (and another 300+ jobs for contract workers)
  • 580,000 room nights booked since opening
  • 25+ community charities Terranea has partnered with or supported each year
  • $13,000,000 Transient Occupancy Tax dollars have been remitted to the city of Rancho Palos Verdes
  • 45 mature trees preserved and replanted from Marineland
  • 114,000 spa treatments performed since opening
  • 124,000 rounds of golf played
  • 411 wedding celebrations at the resort

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort

Palos Verdes Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum Tour

Palos Verdes Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum Tour


Palos Verdes Point Vicente Lighthouse & Museum Tour, offered by the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents, will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Palos Verdes homes owners will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse, which is not often open to the public, and view the Point Vicente Lighthouse Museum.   You will enjoy the beauty of the lighthouse which stands 67 feet tall and is one of the area’s jewels.  The lighthouse beam shines 185 feet high and can be seen twenty miles out over the ocean.  Point Vicente was named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver in honor of his good friend, Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura.  In 1979, the Point Vicente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of historic sights.  After your tour, you can visit the native plant garden located adjacent to the museum.

This fun outing also includes an easy hike along the spectacular bluff top at the Vicente Bluff Reserve.  You will enjoy the beautiful view of our Palos Verdes coastline on your quiet, peaceful walk.  The group will  meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot next to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275.

To view my previous article on the Point Vicente Lighthouse please click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design 


The Most Expensive Home Sold In Palos Verdes

The Most Expensive Home Sold In Palos Verdes

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The most expensive home sold in Palos Verdes actually closed on December 7, 2007, for $12,900,000, with an original asking price of $13,250,000.  Recently, with all of the press (click here to read) regarding the most expensive Southern California home sold to date which was a single family home closing in the Los Angeles Westside area for over $102 million, Palos Verdes homeowners want to know about our own Palos Verdes real estate sales.

The most expensive home sold in Palos Verdes can’t compare with with the miniature Versailles mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles with its three  bidders or the most expensive U.S. home sold (setting a record) in the northern California community of Woodside which sold last year for $117,500,000 and may have included other considerations.  According to the California Regional Multiple Listing Service a Rolling Hills home located on Crest Road is the most expensive Palos Verdes home sold at $12,900,000.  This home had 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and is approximately 8,623 square feet. The property is located on a 3.84 acre lot and was known for its design elements. The views included those of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Los Angeles city lights to the north.  There is a lovely guest house which overlooks the pool and beautiful orchard, plus 2 private offices, theatre, large gym, sauna, and an outdoor kitchen.

Currently, the highest priced Palos Verdes home for sale is in the city of Rolling Hills listed for $53,000,000 and has been on the market since June 25, 2013.  It features 9 bedrooms. 25 bathrooms and sits on a 7.73 acre lot.  The house boasts 6 stories, 5 of which are underground due to height restrictions in the city of Rolling Hills, a guesthouse, 5-story indoor tennis court, a 10,000 sq. ft. Turkish bath and many more amenities.  To read more about this fabulous home click here to read my previous article.

To read my prior article regarding most expensive home sold in Palos Verdes click here, or to view current Palos Verdes real estate statistics, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Photo is courtesy of the California Regional Multiple Listing Service

Korean Friendhip Bell Has Unveiling Ceremony To View Restoration!

Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion

On Friday, January 10, 2014,  at 9:30 a.m., the Korean Friendhip Bell which sits peacefully on the knoll which extends from the San Pedro side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, will be unveiled after being restored to its original luster.  The repair work included resurfacing the bell and repairing and repainting the pavilion, with bell masters from South Korea traveling to San Pedro to do much of the detail work ensuring it would be authentic.  The cost to revamp the bell came entirely from private donations.  The Korean Friendship Bell has attracted hundreds of visitors with its massive size and pagoda like stone structure.

This work of art was donated in 1976 to the people of Los Angeles by the Republic of Korea to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. independence, honor veterans of the Korean War, and to recognize the friendship between the two countries.  The bell is patterned after one in South Korea which was cast in 771 A.D.  Originally, the Korean Bell of Friendship, was to be placed at Griffith Park.  However, when the Palos Verdes/San Pedro hillside location was proposed, it was thought to be a more appropriate location as it overlooked the harbor and would serve as a Statue of Liberty of the Pacific.  At its dedication in 1976, the bell was rung 13 times to symbolize the 13 colonies, and is still rung on July 4, August 15th (Korean Independence Day),  New Year’s Day and every September to coincide with bell ringings around the country to celebrate Constitution week.

Friendship Bell weighs 17 tons and is twelve feel high and 7.5 feet wide.  The bell is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous for tone quality. The cost to the Korean people was $500,000.  On the sides of the bell the Statue of Liberty is paired four times with a Korean spirit.  Each Korean spirit holds up a different symbol – a design of the Korean flag, a branch of the rose of Sharon, (Korea’s national flower), a branch of Laurel (symbol of victory), and a dove of peace.  The bell does not have a clapper and must be struck with a wooden log.

The Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion is located at the Angels Gate Park – 3601 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro. For more information call (310) 548-7705.

Photo courtesy of the City of San Pedro