Join The 12th Annual “Conquer the Bridge” Vincent Thomas Bridge Race! 

Join The 12th Annual “Conquer the Bridge” Vincent Thomas Bridge Race!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a great opportunity to run/walk on the Vincent Thomas Bridge this coming Labor Day for a 5.3 mile celebration.  This race is part of this year’s smaller 2021 L.A. Fleet Week events at the Port of Los Angeles.  The race attracts thousands of runners every year.  Participants are encouraged to register in advance on Active.com (go to Conquer the Bridge) and pay just $55 or $60 the day of the race. Road Runner Sports, located at 25359 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, will host a three day pre-race pickup from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, & Saturday, September 4,  and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, 2021. You can reach the store by calling 310-326-8530 for more race information.

As there is a limited amount of time to keep the bridge open for foot traffic, the race starts promptly at 7:00 a.m. and must be completed by 9:00 a.m.  The bridge then reopens at 10:00 a.m. for traffic.  Even walking the course is said to be challenging and there is water and first aid stations at many locations along the race venue.  The course will start and finish at 5th Street & Harbor Blvd and will include two trips over the bridge.

Proceeds go to benefit the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Area Cadet Program.  The Cadet Program supports youth programs in San Pedro and the Harbor Area of Los Angeles.

Click here to read my last article on Conquer the Bridge.

Photo is courtesy of the Conquer the Bridge race

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 24, 2021  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 24, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on August 24, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 84 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,475,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,229,000) to $19,995,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 23 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $492,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Lily Liang’s (Strand Hill Christie’s Int’l) 32007 Isthmus View Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275  (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,186 square foot home for $4,999,000. This newly built Santa Barbara inspired Palos Verdes Drive South home features gorgeous ocean/Catalina/golf course views, spacious chef’s dream kitchen w/butler pantry, expansive guest suite w/sitting room, and amazing pool & infinity spa. Sandra Hackney’s (Keller Williams Realty) 2800 Colt Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,740 square foot home for $3,777,000. This luxurious private Palos Verdes Drive East home features stunning mountain/ocean views, one-of-a-kind chef’s kitchen, elegant living room, wine cellar and backyard oasis w/sparkling glass pebble tec pool/spa.

     

Cindy Chew’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 396 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,165 square foot home for $3,299,000. This charming Malaga Cove villa features spectacular ocean/Queen’s necklace/Malibu views, kitchen w/breakfast bar, 2 family rooms, viewing balconies, and tiered backyard gardens. Normal Lucas’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 1245 Via Landeta, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4,583 square foot home for $3,199,000. This stunning remodeled contemporary Lunada Bay home features expansive ocean views, awesome owner’s suite w/fireplace, kitchen w/large island & casual eating area, media room, viewing decks,pool and putting green.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Beaches On 2021 Honor Roll List Again!

Palos Verdes Beaches On 2021 Honor Roll List Again!

Palos Verdes home owners are lucky to have some of the cleanest beaches in California for our families to enjoy.  At the beginning of the year, some of the local beaches were closed due to covid restrictions.  We are grateful that our beaches have been open the entire summer.

Every year the beach water is reported through the Heal the Bay reporting system. Once again Heal the Bay has reported that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2020-2021 list for California.  This means that our local waters have received grades of A & A+ during the summer dry part of the year.  Because of the wet weather this year, one of our beaches received a B report because of trail outlets.  However, year round wet weather averages went back up.  Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 500 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to another 65 locations that are on year round monitoring.  Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean.  They use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission. Mexico has also joined the monitoring with three of their beaches located in Tijuana. They are El Faro, El Vigia & Playa Blanca.

Heal the Bay published their first Beach Report Card in 1990 and covered about 60 locations in Los Angeles County.  At that time, beach goers knew little about the health risks of the water around them.  Since that time, there has been a great deal more information to help keep pollution and sewage spills off our local beaches.

The Beach Report Card (BRC) is based on the routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies.  They collect water samples checking for bacteria that indicate pollution.  The better the grade on the beach means the lower the risk of illness to beach goers.

The Beach Report Card program is funded from grants from different foundations.  Volunteer groups such as Nothing But Sand, and Coastal Clean Ups are constantly needed to help ensure this program continues to minimize the pollution of our beaches. This year, because of the Coronavirus, many of the local Coastal Volunteer Days were cancelled. However, at this time, the Coastal Cleanup Month is September, and on Saturday, September 18, 2021, participants can help by volunteering from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. If you are interested in participating in Heal the Bay’s event, click here.  Our local organizations such as Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and Los Serenos de Point Vicente offer residents additional opportunities to help clean our local beaches.  Funding is always welcome to help Heal the Bay pay for the monitoring of our beautiful beaches.

To read more about Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card program click here.

To read my prior article on Heal the Bay beach report card click here.

Photo courtesy of Heal the Bay

Mid August 2021 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid August 2021 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 20 days of August 2021 are 57 homes which is an increase from the 47 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 20 days of July and an increase from the first 20 days of August 2020 (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 August 1st to August 20th is $2,703,404 which is an increase from last month’s average of $2,339,271 for this same time period and an increase from $1,980,156 last August.

In August 2021 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $15,975,000 and is located in the City of Rolling Hills and had 6 bedrooms, 10 baths, and 7,136 square feet on a 6+ acre lot.  This fabulous newly constructed ranch style home features sweeping ocean/city views, state-of-the-art home automation, fully appointed chef’s kitchen, gym, office, guest casita, 6-stall barn, riding rings, tennis court, and pool/spa.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold August 1, 2021 to date for $1,303,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 2 bedrooms, 3 baths and 1,334 square feet on a 12,513 square foot lot.

We currently have 85 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,250,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood to $19,995,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from May 2020 through July 2021, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid July 2021 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Above photo of Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates

Palos Verdes 63rd Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show

Palos Verdes 63rd Annual Portuguese Bend Horse Show

Palos Verdes homes owners are invited to enjoy the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show held at Ernie Howlett Park, beginning on Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12, 2021. This is the 63rd year that this A-rated event offers three full days of a wide variety of special equestrian events.  Activities will be scheduled in both riding rings including the prestigious Pacific Coast Horse Association Horsemanship Medal Finals for riders 14 and under, 18 – 34, and the PCHA Victor Hugo Vidal Adult Horsemanship Class for riders 35 and over.  In addition, the $10,000 Harman Family Jr-A/O Jumper Classic and the $15,000 Seahorse Open Jumper Classic promise to challenge some of the West Coast’s finest Jumper riders over a difficult and exciting course.

This show is the most popular three day event of its kind in the Western United States.  Palos Verdes residents will enjoy the feel of an old fashioned hometown fair with food booths, boutiques, puppet shows, pony rides, animal shows, games, moon bounce and face painting. The Children’s Area is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday & Sunday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  This event is sponsored by The Peninsula Committee Children’s Hospital to benefit The Associates Chair in Endocrinology and The Associates Chair in Transplant Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Riding events will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day.  On Friday admission is free all day, but on Saturday and Sunday, general admission will be $5 and children under 12 are free.  Parking is free and is located directly across from the event, with free shuttle services.  You can also reserve ringside tables.  Each day’s special event schedule and shows can be found at www.pcch.net, or call (310)-318-8258.

There is a special Saturday Night Supper with music by Boomer McLennon & The Rthymn Rangers.  The Supper goes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $75 if purchased by August 27 and $95 if purchased after August 27, 2021. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for Saturday Night Supper.

To view my prior article on the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show click here.

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

Photo courtesy of the Portuguese Bend National Horse Show

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 17, 2021  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 17, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on August 17, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 89 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,250,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,100,000) to $19,995,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 21 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $579,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Sean & Jonathan Rodriguez’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6810 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,622 square foot home for $2,800,000. This one of a kind Country Club dream home features walls of glass, panoramic ocean/Catalina views, owners retreat, office, guest room w/loft & bath, and sparkling pool. Kim Howard’s (West Shores Realty, Inc) 2626 Colt Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 6 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,068 square foot home for $2,695,000. This private gorgeously landscaped Palos Verdes Drive East home features panoramic Hollywood to Vincent Thomas Bridge views, remodeled kitchen, remodeled owners retreat, large saltwater pool/Jacuzzi, and sports court.

     

Brigitte & Kevin Pratt’s (Strand Hill Christies International Real Estate) 2521 Via Anita, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,040 square foot home for $2,195,000. This stunning remodeled storybook Valmonte home features a beautifully updated custom kitchen w/breakfast area, formal dining room, private family room w/built-in cabinetry, and lush backyard. Mark Stoll’s (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 24 Shady Vista Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,687 square foot home for $1,899,000. This large Mid-Century Los Ranchos Los Verdes home features beautiful city light views, expansive kitchen, large living room, family room, and large outdoor decks.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Monthly Sunday Dog Walking Hours At South Coast Botanic Garden!

Enjoy Monthly Sunday Dog Walking Hours At the South Coast Botanic Garden!

Palos Verdes homes owners have a unique opportunity to grab your fur babies with their leash and head to a great place to walk your dog . Back by popular demand, South Coast Botanic Garden has special dog walking hours the fourth Sunday of every month through October. This event will take place on August 22, September 26 and October 24, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You can walk the Garden’s 87 acres with your four legged friend (except for the Bohannon Rose Garden and the Koi Pond).

All guests are required to wear face coverings while on site and all dogs must be kept on leashes while on Garden property including the parking lot. This is a transaction-less entry because advanced tickets are required. 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 $4 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 Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2021

Palos Verdes Home Sales Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood 1st Half 2021

Ocean view from Lunada Bay neighborhood, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood for the first half of 2021 increased to 32 single family homes sold in 2021 compared to 19 in 2020.  Price per square foot for Lunada Bay/Margate houses that sold in the first half of 2021 increased to $794 from $758 in 2019, a 4.8% increase.  Average sales price for Lunada Bay/Margate homes sold in the first half of 2021 decreased to $2,498,968 in 2021 compared to $2,515,450 in 2020.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $4,780,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood was $1,550,000.

Currently, the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood has 16 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 16 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,490,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,720 square foot home, to $19,995,000 for a 5 bedroom/9 bath, 11,049 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale at this time.

For background and history on the Lunada Bay/Margate Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 160, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Lunada Bay/Margate neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

Photo of ocean/coastline views from Lunada Bay neighborhood courtesy of Arvin Design

Malaga Cove 2021 Art Shows Have Returned!

Malaga Cove 2021 Art Shows Have Returned!

 

Palos Verdes homes owners enjoy Malaga Cove Art Shows where you can meet with local artists and art collectors in a family friendly outdoor environment.  The next show will be on Saturday, August 21st, and Sunday, August 22, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show will then return on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 22, 2021, during the same hours.

The Palos Verdes Art Center invites the community to meet with talented local artists from seven different art groups affiliated with the Center.  These groups are Artists Open Group (AOG), Pacific Arts Group, Paletteers, Palos Verdes Painters, Peninsula Artists, Photographic and Digital Artists (PADA), Third Dimension, and The Artists’ Studio (TAS).  These artists will be exhibiting not only paintings, but also photographs, ceramic goods, jewelry, wearable art and more.  This is all made possible by the support of the City of Palos Verdes Estates.  The shows have been a tradition in the community for over 79 years.

Malaga Cove Plaza is located on Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Corta and Via Chico in Palos Verdes Estates.  While there, you can take in the historical architecture and landmarks, visit the local gift shop and enjoy lunch at one of three local restaurants.

To read my prior article on the Malaga Cove Plaza Art Shows click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 10, 2021  

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes August 10, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on August 10, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 92 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,378,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (the low in Eastview is $1,100,000) to $19,995,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 17 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $615,000 and $2,598,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

   

David Moyers’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27992 E Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275, (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 7 bath, 7,987 square foot home for $6,995,000. This magnificent one acre Palos Verdes Drive East estate features views from Santa Monica to Newport Beach, Japanese Tea House or Guest House, large kitchen w/double islands & breakfast area, large family room, pool/spa, and zoned for horses. Cameron & Janet Stearns’ (Compass) 3012 Via Rivera, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,040 square foot home for $2,600,000. This turnkey Colonial style Lunada Bay home features fantastic curb appeal, remodeled kitchen, primary bedroom w/fireplace/partial ocean views, bonus room and entertainers backyard w/pool/spa.

     

Dana Graham’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 20 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,755 square foot home for $2,500,000. This one level Mid-Century Frank Lloyd Wright designed Palos Verdes Drive South home features unobstructed coastline/Catalina Island views, formal dining room, period kitchen, separate family room, and grand owner’s suite, all on a 35,752 lot. Gayle Probst’ (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 80 Cresta Verde Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,094 square foot home for $1,149,000. This premier end unit Cresta Verde townhome features fabulous ocean views, kitchen w/breakfast bar, den, large owners suite w/ocean views, and community pool/spa & tennis.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS