Palos Verdes Joins 9th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival!

Palos Verdes Joins 9th Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival!

Palos Verdes home owners who are looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday, can enjoy Unlimited Tastings on Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. at Ernie Howlett Park. This is the 9th year of the South Bay Beer & Wine Festival which which is described as the biggest and best collection of tastings from the entire southern California region.

Besides the Unlimited Tasting event, the festival features a silent auction and live music by “Detour.” There will be offerings from restaurants, breweries and wineries to treat your palate and kick off the summer season.

This is for 21 years of age and over only. The event is produced by the volunteers of the Rotary Clubs of Palos Verdes Peninsula and South Bay Sunrise. Proceeds go 100% to community outreach projects. Ticket pricing is $125, and a souvenir glass is included. The event is limited to 600 tickets. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Ernie Howlett Park is located at 25851 Hawthorne Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates.

Photo courtesy of the South Bay Beer & Wine Festival 

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes May 3, 2022  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes May 3, 2022  

My favorite listings on May 3, 2022.  We currently have 57 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,250,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,140,000) to $17,000,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 9 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $519,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Teri Hawkins’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2112 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 6,571 square foot home for $7,250,000. This stunning Spanish Lunada Bay villa features fabulous ocean/coastline/Malibu views, high-end chef’s kitchen w/spacious breakfast area, wine room, large primary suite w/ocean view balcony, and pool/spa. Georgiana Rosenkranz’ (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 2447 Via Pacheco, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,919 square foot home for $2,700,000. This beautiful spacious lower Lunada Bay home features remodeled chef’s kitchen w/center island, formal dining room, family room, and lushly landscaped backyard w/sports court, putting green & hot tub.

     

Cari Corblis & Britney Austin’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 4380 Dauntless Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,312 square foot home for $2,650,000. This fabulous craftsman style Palos Verdes Drive South home features a custom kitchen w/island, family room w/3 workstations, primary suite w/vaulted ceilings/fireplace/luxurious bath, and lush backyard w/outdoor kitchen, pool & spa.  Jonathan & Sean Rodriguez’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27511 Littlewood Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,273 square foot home for $1,849,000. This centrally located Peninsula Center home features an immaculate kitchen w/breakfast nook, formal dining room, separate family room, and large patio & pool.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Dog Walking Hours At South Coast Botanic Garden On May 22, 2022!

Enjoy Dog Walking Hours At South Coast Botanic Garden On May 22, 2022!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a another opportunity to enjoy the beautiful South Coast Botanic Garden with their fur babies. Back again by popular demand, the Garden has special dog walking hours on Sunday, May 22, 2022, with selected time slots between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

All dogs must be kept on leashes while on Garden property including the parking lot. They will not be allowed in the Rose Garden or the Koi Pond areas. This is a transaction-less entry because advanced tickets are required to reserve your specific time slot. The Garden has 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 $5 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 High Schools Again Rank High in 2022!

Palos Verdes High Schools Again Rank High in 2022!

Palos Verdes home owners were happy to see that 2 of our local high schools were in the National High School rankings by US News & World Report. This year they evaluated more than 17,800 schools nationwide (including 1,603 in California). As both of our local high schools ranked high, it indicates how hard school counselors and staff work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was ranked #324 in the nation and Palos Verdes High School was #1,750 in this years review. The new 2022 list places Palos Verdes Peninsula High School among the top 50 schools in California coming in at #42. Palos Verdes High is #246 in the state.  Both of these schools showed a graduation rate of more than 98 percent, and both with a college readiness index of more than 90 percent.  These schools rated high in the system for college readiness, graduation rates and college bound students.  District success is not accidental.  Both Palos Verdes and Peninsula High schools receive high rankings in the rating system because of their open door policy to college level courses.  Students at both high schools are encouraged to stretch themselves and enroll in high level courses.

The Peninsula Education Foundation, which helps support our local school district with funding for counselors, teachers and school programs, works hard to make sure that these high schools receive the support they need. This funding is necessary to keep these programs running to help our students achieve these high goals.

To read more about the rating system for our schools click here.

Photo courtesy of PVUSD

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 26, 2022  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 26, 2022  

My favorite listings on April 26, 2022.  We currently have 63 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,250,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,140,000) to $17,000,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 10 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $485,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Tami Anderson & Jennifer Stein’s (Homelister, Inc) 912 Via Rincon, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 7 bath, 10,000 square foot home for $15,490,000. This stunning modern French Monte Malaga Chateau features spectacular Queen’s necklace/city light views, contemporary kitchen, beautiful primary suite w/spectacular views, wine bar & cellar, 12 seat theater, and pool/spa. Joyce Yang’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3405 Paseo Del Campo, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,112 square foot home for $2,689,000. This prestigious Spanish Valmonte villa features a gated courtyard, updated kitchen w/island & breakfast nook, formal dining, primary suite w/fireplace & balcony and charming veranda w/pool & spa.

     

Kim Hall’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6904 Vallon Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,260 square foot home for $2,645,000. This treasured Country Club home features fantastic ocean views, cooks kitchen w/charming breakfast area, primary suite w/walk-in closet & luxury bath, and flat usable yard. Steven Watts’ (Vista Sothebv’s International Realty) 6760 Kings Harbor Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,513 square foot home for $1,975,000. This Spanish style Pacific View neighborhood home features sparkling ocean views, gourmet kitchen, family room, and enormous yard.

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

Photos courtesy of CRML

Marymount California University Closing After 54 Years!

Marymount California University Closing After 54 Years!

Palos Verdes homes owners were surprised to hear that our own local Marymount California University will be closing after 54 years. This disappointing information was announced on Friday afternoon with the university’s Board of Trustees stating that after years of financial struggles, declining enrollment, rising costs and the coronavirus pandemic, they have decided to close.

It has been said that the schools earlier optimism was linked to a merger with Saint Leo University, a larger Catholic campus in Central Florida. However, that merger did not happen and so the last day Marymount’s  500 students and 140 employees will be on the campus is August 31, 2022.

Marymount, was founded in 1968, and has roots dating back to the 1930’s. It has been a small liberal arts college throughout its history offering an associate degree, nine bachelor degrees and a master of business administration degree. In the US News & Worlds Reports 2022 college rankings, it listed Marymount California University as the 12th most ethnically diverse liberal arts college in the nation.

This is a sad loss for the residents of Palos Verdes, who have watched many of their own children attend college here and for years the senior population has been invited to enjoy free classes at this location.

Photo courtesy of Marymount College

Mid April 2022 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid April 2022 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of April 2022 are 44 homes which is an decrease from the 51 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days of April and an increase from the first 21 days of April 2021 (53).  (It may take an additional week for some sales to post after the actual close of escrow).  The average sales price for single family Palos Verdes homes from April 1st to 21st is $2,581,335 which is an decrease from last month’s average of $3,084,851 for this same time period.

April 1st to 21st, 2022, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $9,625,000 and is located in the City of Rolling Hills.  This fabulous undeveloped 7 acre lot features breathtaking panoramic ocean/Catalina views and was sold with plans (with planning approval), for a 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 8,000+ square feet stunning main house with a 8,000 square foot basement, 2 bedroom bunkhouse, pool and stable.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold April 1st to 21st for $1,200,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,240 square feet on a 9,579 square foot lot.

We currently have 58 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,250,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive South neighborhood to $16,500,000 in the City of Rolling Hills.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from January 2021 through March 2022, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on mid February 2022 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes mustard fields courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Bulky Trash & E-Waste Pick Up Re-Scheduled to May 14, 2022!

Palos Verdes Bulky Trash & E-Waste Pick Up Re-Scheduled to May 14, 2022!

Palos Verdes Estates Annual Bulky Trash & E-Waste Pick Up has been re-scheduled will take place on May 14, 2022. This will give you a couple more weeks to clear out those garages. In order to have your items picked up they must be curbside by 6:00 a.m.  Since many of us have been doing lots of cleaning during the last few months, this is a great opportunity to get rid of our extras.  The City’s waste hauler will pick up furniture, appliances, water heaters, refrigerators (doors removed), stoves, sinks, lawn furniture and more.  They will not pick up construction waste, green waste, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and cleaning products. However, you may contact Athens Service directly if you have construction waste that you need to have removed at any time by ordering a temporary debris container.  On May 14, 2022, you can also dispose of E-Waste items such as  TV’s, printers, DVD players, computers, etc.  Palos Verdes Estates Annual Bulky Trash Pick Up information can be found at www.AthenServices.com or you can call (888) 336-6100.

The city of Rancho Palos Verdes uses EDCO for their Convenient Bulky Item Pick-up.  Single family residents have the opportunity to schedule bulky item pick up service for large items such as water heaters, appliances, furniture, televisions, etc. (except for household hazardous waste) up to four times per year for FREE.  These pickups must be scheduled ahead of time.  To make arrangements you must call (310) 540-2977.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has rescheduled their Shredding & Electronic Waste Disposal to April 30, 2022.

Rolling Hills Estates residents are serviced by Waste Management and are able to have both E-Waste and Bulky Items picked up at their residences for FREE four times a year also.  They must notify Customer Services at least 24 hours prior to pick up to arrange for that service.  To set up an appointment, call (800) 774-0222.

For year round Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Waste Disposal, go to the Gaffey Safe Center located at 1400 N. Gaffey Street, San Pedro.  They are open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For information on the prior Palos Verdes Annual Bulky Trash Pick Up click here.

Photo courtesy of Athens Services

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 19, 2022  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes April 19, 2022  

My favorite listings on April 19, 2022.  We currently have 57 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,475,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,140,000) to $16,500,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 12 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $595,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

        

Josephine Balzano’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 1217 Granvia Altamira, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,552 square foot home for $6,199,888. This magnificent Tuscan Monte Malaga home features gourmet kitchen w/large island, office, private master retreat, custom wine cellar, bonus room, and half court basketball court. Jennifer Merritt & Greg Thatcher’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 12 Calle Viento, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 7 bath, 4,891 square foot home for $3,900,000. This stunning Mediterranean Oceanfront Estates home features ocean/Catalina views, gourmet kitchen w/huge kitchen island, formal living and dining rooms, spacious primary suite, detached casita/pool house, and pool/Jacuzzi.

       

Lauren Yoon’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 4425 Lucera Circle, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,605 square foot home for $3,350,000. This newly constructed Valmonte home features stunning city light views, expansive open floor plan, gourmet kitchen w/center island, beautiful primary suite w/free standing soaking tub in shower room, and separate office. Carolyn Ro’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27405 Elmbridge Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,854 square foot home for $1,850,000. This turnkey Peninsula Center home features mountain/city light views, living room w/vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen & eating area, primary bedroom w/newly remodeled bathroom, and sparkling swimming pool.

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

Photos courtesy of CRML

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents Camp Curtain Call 2022!

Palos Verdes Performing Arts Presents Camp Curtain Call 2022!

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 Matilda from June 20 through July 1, 2022, Willy Wonka from July 11 through July 22, 2022, and Peter Pan Jr from July 22 through August 5, 2022.

These classes fill quickly and registration is currently open. The tuition is $550 (2 week session) and includes a camp T-shirt. The classes run from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a show on the last day of each camp at the Norris Theatre at 2:00 p.m. There is a multi-camp and sibling discount. For more information and to register for classes click here.

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive, Rolling Hills Estates.

To read my last article on Palos Verdes Performing Arts Norris Theatre click here.

Photo courtesy of Palos Verdes Performing Art Center