Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 2019

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 2019

2019 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood increased to 81 single family homes sold compared to 56 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in 2019 increased to $658 compared from $612 in 2018, a 7.6% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in 2019 was $2,014,400 compared to $1,961,525 in 2018.  The most expensive home sold for $4,185,335 and the lowest priced home sold for $900,000.

Currently, Palos Verdes Drive North has 21 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 19 single family homes ranging in price from $1,495,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 3,473 square foot home, to $5,499,000 for a 5 bedroom/10 bath, 8,004 square foot home.  There are 2 condo/townhomes ranging in price from $324,900 for a 0 bedroom/1 bath, 440 square foot condo/townhome, to $499,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,131 square foot condo/townhome.

For background and history on Palos Verdes Drive North Multiple Listing Area 165, please click here to read my original 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

Palos Verdes Enjoys 2020 Easter Egg Hunt!

Palos Verdes Enjoys 2020 Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Bunny courtesy of Arvin Design

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be sponsoring the Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Ladera Linda Community Center.   At this popular event, children from 1 to 8 years of age can join Mr. Rabbit and find Easter eggs to fill their basket.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   The fee is $15 per child for children 1 – 8 years of age, and there will be a limited number of participants.  Online registration is taking place right now, and remember this event does fill up so make sure you register ahead of time by going to apm.activecommunities.com/rpv or call (310) 544-5260 and get your name on the list.  The deadline for signups is Monday, April 6, 2020, however, it most likely will be full by then.  Remember to bring your Easter basket, and of course your camera because there will be lots of photo opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

The Ladera Linda Community Center is located on 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my last article on Easter Events click here.

Photo courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 2019

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Valmonte Neighborhood 2019

Palos Verdes Trees

2019 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Valmonte neighborhood increased to 47 single family homes sold compared to 41 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Valmonte houses that sold in 2019 increased to $783 compared from $753 in 2018, a 3.9% increase.  Average sales price for Valmonte homes sold in 2019 was $1,704,949 compared to $1,733,648 in 2018.  The most expensive home sold for $3,720,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,180,000.

Currently, Valmonte has 6 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 6 single family homes ranging in price from $1,499,000 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1,540 square foot home, to $4,950,000 for a 6 bedroom/8 bath, 5,000 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Valmonte Multiple Listing Area 164, please click here to read my original 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 of Valmonte Trail courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes 2020 Summer School Registration Starts Soon!

Palos Verdes 2020 Summer School Registration Starts Soon!

Spring Break is not yet here for the Palos Verdes Unified School District, but summer school signs ups are quickly approaching and if history repeats itself they will fill up fast.

Registration for Palos Verdes elementary students for summer school will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.  This year the Summer Break program classes will be held at Soleodo and Dapplegray.  The school hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and classes run from Monday, June 22, through Friday, July 18, 2020.  There will not be classes on July 4, 2020.  They will be offering 4 week programs, and a two week workshop.  The cost for the four week program is $620, and the two week workshop is $310. Before and After School Care is being offered at both Soleodo and Dapplegray during the Summer Break.  Online signup will start on Monday, April 6, 2020, and will close on May 21, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Registration for Palos Verdes intermediate students participating in a Summer PEP Program will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will close on May 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.  This year, classes will be offered at Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Ridgecrest and Miraleste Intermediate School.  Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and go until 12:30 p.m.   Students will be attending classes from Monday, June 22, through Friday, July 17, 2020. There will be no school on July 4, 2020.  The cost for intermediate students is $565.

Summer high school for Palos Verdes students in grades nine through twelve, will be offered at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.  Online registration will be activated according to the specific grade.  On Tuesday, March 17. 2020, PVPUSD Seniors (Grade 12 in Sept. 2020) will be able to begin registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, PVPUSD Juniors (Grade 11 in Sept 2020) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Thursday, March 19, 2020, PVPUSD Sophomores (grade 10 in September 2020) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  On Monday, April 13, 2020, PVPUSD Freshman (Grade 9 in September 2020) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m.  Open registration for all students (including out of district) will open on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  These classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Summer school full session cost will be $660 or tuition for a one semester class is $330. First semester classes (3 weeks) start on Monday, June 22, through July 9, 2020. Second semester classes (3 weeks) start on Monday, July 13, through July 30, 2020.

For more information and description of classes offered, hours and costs, go to www.pvpss.com.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Palos Verdes Home Improvements Cost vs Value 2020

Palos Verdes Home Improvements Cost vs Value 2020

Photo of Palos Verdes homes courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes homes owners often ask me what they can do to get the highest sales price for their home.  In addition to a realistic listing price, it is important to remove the clutter and stage your home along with possible home improvements.  Which home improvements and remodeling projects give the greatest return on investment?  For owners of Palos Verdes homes (and Los Angeles County) this year’s Remodeling Magazine’s “Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report” (www.costvsvalue.com) © 2020 Hanley Wood Media Inc. is a blend of upscale and midrange projects.  For 2020 in Los Angeles County, the remodeling projects with the highest return on investment are Manufactured Stone Veneer at a 120.2% return followed by Garage Door Replacement at a 106.6% return, Minor Kitchen Remodel (midrange) at a 95.1% return, and Entry Door Replacement (steel) at a 91.2% return.  As you can see, curb appeal is important to buyers who are getting the first impression of your home.

There were four Upscale Projects listed for Los Angeles County: Bathroom Addition at 72%, Bathroom Remodel at 71.9%, Master Suite Addition at 66.6%, and Major Kitchen Remodel at 61.9%.

Owners of Palos Verdes real estate remodel for different reasons, like the need for more space, to improve the functionality of specific rooms and to update them.  Kitchen and bathrooms are usually the most expensive remodel as plumbing and/or appliances may need to be moved and/or replaced.  There is no specific report for Palos Verdes homes but there is a Remodeling 2020 Cost vs Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) for Los Angeles County.  When you go to the main site, choose Pacific region and then Los Angeles or click the following link: (www.costvsvalue.com).  You will be prompted to register before gaining access to the report.  The beginning of the Report has descriptions of individual projects (both mid-range and upscale) and you can then compare to your own.

Remodeling just for resale rarely nets you a dollar for dollar return.  Most remodels are done for the enjoyment of the homeowner (who still wants to maximize their return when they do sell).  My experience is that most buyers are looking for newer kitchens, bathrooms, master suites and nice yards.  Curb appeal is very important because it is the buyer’s first impression of the home.

To read my prior article on Cost vs Value 2019, click here.

Photo of Palos Verdes Homes & Coastline courtesy of Arvin Design

Join The Cherry Blossom Hunt At South Coast Botanic Garden!

Join The Cherry Blossom Hunt At South Coast Botanic Garden!

The Cherry Blossoms are beginning to bloom and the Cherry Blossom Hunt has started for Palos Verdes homes owners to see these beautiful blossoms at the South Coast Botanic Garden.  As they have a short blooming season, many believe that cherry blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life.  Cherry Blossoms are the symbolic national flower of Japan and are said to be an omen of good fortune and an emblem of love and affection.  This is the closest location for us to see the beauty and color of these trees and this reminds us that Spring is just around the corner.

Starting on March 1, 2020, the Garden will be coming to life with color for this Spring season. When you enter the Garden you will grab a map and search on foot for colorful cherry, rose and poppy blossoms throughout the Garden.  You will also learn about the history, significance and story behind these sensational blooms.  Blossoms are seasonal, weather dependent and vary from year to year.  This year they feel that cherry and stone fruit blossoms will range from February to late March, poppies in March and April, and roses in April, May and even June.

Another fun event this month taking place at the Garden is Sip & Paint: Cherries & Mimosas which will take place on March 7, 2020.  Paint the Cherry Blossoms of Spring in watercolors at South Coast Botanic Garden with local Art Educator and Artist Teresa Venturo. This 75 minute watercolor class is welcome to all experience levels! Take home your very own 9”x12” Cherry Blossom watercolor Masterpiece!  Class includes all art supplies, instruction and a mimosa.  Space is limited, advanced registration required.  Participants must be 21+ for alcohol with valid ID.  There will be two sessions starting at 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.  The cost is $44/member, and $55/non-member.

The price for admission to the South Coast Botanic Garden is: adults $15, seniors $11, students with I.D. $11, children 5 to 12 $5, and children 4 and under are free.  For more information go to or to purchase admission tickets click here.  The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  For more information call (310) 544-1948.

To read my prior article on the Cherry Blossom Festival click here.

Photo is the courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Malaga Cove Neighborhood 2019

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Malaga Cove Neighborhood 2019

Neptune Fountain and Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 courtesy of Arvin Design

2019 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Malaga Cove neighborhood increased to 26 single family homes sold compared to 20 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Malaga Cove houses that sold in 2019 decreased to $839 compared from $850 in 2018, a -1.2% decrease.  Average sales price for Malaga Cove homes sold in 2019 was $2,978,188 compared to $2,853,256 in 2018.  The most expensive home sold for $14,100,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,250,000.

Currently, Malaga Cove has 9 active Palos Verdes homes for sale. There are 9 single family homes ranging in price from $2,195,000 for a 4 bedroom/3 bath, 2,283 square foot home, to $12,888,888 for a 6 bedroom/10 bath, 10,100 square foot home.  Currently, there are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history onMalaga Cove Multiple Listing Area 163, please click here to read my original 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 of Malaga Cove Plaza courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Unified School District Spring Break Day Camp 2020!

Palos Verdes Unified School District Spring Break Day Camp 2020!

Spring Break Camp is available for Palos Verdes Unified School District students in grades TK through 8 from March 30 through April 3, 2020, – hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for working parents to use a convenient daycare for their school age children.  The District will also allow students, who are not currently enrolled in PV Kid’s Corner, to join the program.  In order to participate, you must complete a registration packet and return it to the PV Kid’s Corner business office no later than March 20, 2020.  The business office is located at 3801 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates.

The full day camp will take place at Soleado Kids Corner and will be a fun experience for children during the week of Spring break.  The fee for participation is $175 per child for this 5 day program and there is a 10% sibling discount.  You should provide a sack lunches with a beverage for your child, but morning and afternoon snack will be provided.  This program is going to fill up quickly and you should register early.

Soleado Elementary School is located at 27800 Longhill Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, and for registration forms click here,  or call (310) 541-7626.

To read my last article on Spring Break Day Camp click here.

Photo courtesy of PV Kids Corner

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – February 25, 2020

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes –February 25, 2020  

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the February 25, 2020, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (19 homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 141 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,100,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes  to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 22 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $565,500 and $2,245,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

     

Sean Rodriguez (RE/MAX Estate Properties) & Mark Tournet’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 2825 Via Segovia, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,587 square foot home for $4,795,000.  This single level Lunada Bay iconic bluff retreat features captivating ocean/Catalina views, kitchen with sunny breakfast nook, separate master suite & study wing, outside bbq, and black bottom pool.  Steven Watts’ (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 6146 Ocean Terrace Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 6 bedroom, 6 bath, 5,573 square foot home for $3,498,000.  This Ocean Terrace bluff estate features non stop ocean/Catalina views, stunning front courtyard, grand master bedroom w/huge master bath, 4 en suite bedrooms, and entertainers backyard complete with pool/spa.

     

Jerry Yutronich’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 6445 Via De Anzar, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above left) is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 3,521 square foot home for $1,689,000.  This chic Mid Centery modern Palos Verdes Drive East home features city/harbor/ocean views, beautiful gourmet kitchen, distressed hardwood floors, 3 remodeled bathrooms, and stone infused pool.  Gayle Probst’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5079 Silver Arrow Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,896 square foot home for $1,285,000.  This beautiful customized Peninsula Center home features city lights views, formal living & dining rooms, lovely master suite, outdoor kitchen & fireplace, and pool/spa.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Palos Verdes Art Center 2020 Homes Tour

Palos Verdes Art Center 2020 Homes Tour

The Palos Verdes Art Center will be presenting its 34th Annual Homes Tour, Celebrate Extraordinary, on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Tour will feature three homes and a breathtaking garden paradise – revel in the beauty of a Mediterranean masterpiece, a whitewater view property with exotic garden and koi ponds, a relaxed yet stylish eclectic sanctuary, and a lush succulent garden showcase as a bonus.

       

Paramount Palos Verdes (above left)- is a grand Italianate estate which showcases incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail.  It has three stories and 11,000 square feet of inviting Tuscan warmth and comfort. It showcases the owners magnificent collections from over the world,  especially the plein art paintings and a variety of American Indian art.  Outdoors is a sparkling pool and fountains, lush gardens and even a secret garden room.   An Abode of Asian Abundance (above right) – has sweeping Pacific views wherever you look in this house.  Highlighting the owner’s Chinese heritage, the interior is packed with precious treasures in ivory and jade of every imaginable hue, a custom designed Nepalese wool hanging over 40 feet, and a gigantic Taiwanese carving of 38 water buffalo that dominates the family room.  The gardens feature two landscaped ponds, 50 year old koi, bonsai, and unusual fruit trees which cover the hillside terraces.

         

Sublime Serene Sanctuary (above left) – is a 3200 sq.ft. English farmhouse created six years ago by its owners who reveal their real estate and design skills they honed renovating their five previous Palos Verdes homes.  Learning that comfortable furniture, heated bathroom floors and kitchens that have as much living space as work space top their list.  Adding 1,000 square feet to their 1956 ranch house, they raised the roof and added defined rustic beams while creating a home that provides them sanctuary and a cozy, comfortable place to shed workday woes and simply relax.  Spectacular Succulent Showcase (above right) – colorful succulents always in bloom on this one third acre created from 40 years of labor and love by a retired physician.  The verdant landscape features hundreds of varieties of mature plants that have been engineered by the owner through deliberate cross fertilization and careful cultivation.  The property also includes 1300 potted succulents and cacti (in various pots and organic materials).

This year there will be no shuttle buses and you can use your own car to set your own pace.  You will be able to tour in the morning or the afternoon. Take a break from the tours and enjoy the included luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Art Center where you can shop for fresh decorating ideas, collectibles, designer boutiques, and original local art.

Tour ticket prices for this memorable event are $65.  To purchase tickets, or for more information about the event go to www.pvhomestour.org, or visit the Palos Verdes Art Center located at 5504 W. Crestridge, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my last article on the Palos Verdes Art Center annual homes tour click here.

Photos courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center