Neighborhood Church Christmas Pageant 2019

Neighborhood Church Christmas Pageant 2019

     

The Neighborhood Church will be celebrating the holiday season with its 66th annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for residents to enjoy an evening together watching children and adults performing in various scenes which depict the story of the First Christmas (including live animals).  The prelude is set in the sanctuary of this beautifully decorated historic Church which overlooks the ocean.  The Covenant Hand-bell Choir and the Neighborhood Brass Rings will perform followed by a short service and the singing of Christmas Carols.  Then, you can walk through the Church’s cliff-side grounds and witness a living tableaux depicting scenes from the Christmas story.

The event is The Neighborhood Church’s gift to the community.  Admission is free and no tickets are required.  It usually draws large crowds, so it helps to go early and dress warmly.

To read my prior article on the Neighborhood Church click here.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates.  For more information call (310) 378-9353.

Photos courtesy of the Neighborhood Church

 

 

Mid November 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Photo of Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, courtesy of Arvin DesignMid November 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales

 

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of  November 2019 are 49 homes which is an increase from the 34 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days of October and an increase from the first 21 days of November 2018 (27).  (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 November 1st to November 21st is $1,555,964 which is a decrease from last month’s average of $1,744,001 for this same time period and a decrease from $1,950,922 last November.

In November 2019 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $2,640,000 and is located in the Malaga Cove neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates and had 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 2,417 square feet on a 6,021 square foot lot.  This beautiful rebuilt home features incredible ocean/coastline views, innovative custom kitchen, office, a cozy patio, and ocean viewing decks.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold November 2019 to date for $932,000 and is located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,395 square feet on a 7,042 square foot lot.

We currently have 189 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,075,000 in the Peninsula Center neighborhood to $27,500,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from August 2018 through October 2019, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

To read my prior article on Mid October 2019 Palos Verdes Home Sales click here.

Above photo of Bluff Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, courtesy of Arvin Design

Palos Verdes Enjoys The Sounds of the Season!

Palos Verdes Enjoys The Sounds of the Season!

Palos Verdes home owners have many musical choices this season to enjoy.  Here are two that you might want to put on your calendar.

On December 7, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band will join forces with the acclaimed Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 60-member vocal ensemble that has been entertaining South Bay audiences for 70 years, at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah music, performed by more than 100 musicians.  Bring your voice too, and you can take part in the annual audience sing-along!

This event is free with your paid Membership or you can purchase a General Admission Ticket for $9/adults, $6/seniors, $4/children 5-12, and anyone under 4 is free.  For more information call (310) 544-1948.

To read my last article on South Coast Botanic Garden click here.

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Wayfarers Chapel will be having their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 8, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m.  This will be an evening of classical and popular holiday music performed by the Chapel Musicians and The Firebird Ensemble.  There will be light refreshments following the concert.

Reservations are necessary for this concert, and you can reserve your seat by calling (310) 377-1650 x 2, or stop into the Visitors Center to reserve tickets. There is a $20 donation per person.

Wayfarers Chapel is located at 5755 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Photo courtesy of South Coast Botanic Garden

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 19, 2019

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes – November 19, 2019 

My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the November 19, 2019, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (14) homes had open houses today) are described below.  We currently have 195 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,075,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes (The low in Eastview is $755,000) to $27,500,000 in the city of Palos Verdes Estates.  There are 46 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $299,500 and $2,295,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today:

     

Chris Adlam’s (Vista Sotheby’s Int’l Realty) 2817 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 6 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,644 square foot home for $3,250,000.  This beautiful one level  Lunada Bay Resort Point home features soaring ceilings, spacious bedrooms, covered veranda and sparkling pool & spa. Frank Fountain & Heidi-Agid Mackenbach’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2400 Via Carrillo, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,146 square foot home for $1,849,000.  This traditional Lunada Bay home features Catalina/ocean views, updated center island kitchen, spacious master bedroom w/ocean views, media room/potential 6th bedroom, and beautifully landscaped back yard.

        

Sandi Furstein’s (Keller Williams Palos Verdes) 3570 Heroic Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,922 square foot home for $1,550,000.  This lovely Palos Verdes Drive South home is a backyard entertainer’s dream with stunning views, remodeled master bath, private viewing deck, and pool/spa.  Joe Alessi’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 27727 Saddle Road, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,892 square foot home for $1,395,000.  This exquisite updated ranch style Palos Verdes Drive North home features a beautiful chef’s kitchen, master bedroom w/en-suite bath, finished versatile garage (office, bonus room), and outdoor patio entertaining area.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s December 2019 Free Movies!

Enjoy Palos Verdes Library District’s December 2019 Free Movies!

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The Palos Verdes Library District has some great free movies that they will be showing during the month of December 2019.  Each month they offer a different selection of foreign movies, “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 December, the following movies will be presented:

Classic Movies at Noon, which shows films from the 1930’s through the 1990’s on the first Tuesday of the month, will be screening this month on Monday, December 2, 2019, at noon, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS  (1944) in the Peninsula Center Library.  The setting is 1904 and the St. Louis World’s Fair, where the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

The PVLD’s Ciné-Monde, a film series featuring notable films from around the globe are shown on the second Thursday of the month, will be screening AT ETERNITY’S GATE (2018, IRELAND) on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Peninsula Center Library Community Room.  This movies looks at the life of painter, Vincent van Gogh, during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

The Multiplex film series will be offering a very special feature on Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., ROCKETMAN (2019). This is a musical fantasy about Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Beginning in 2020, there will be only two film programs.  It will be Classics @ Noon which will have one showing at 12:00 noon on the first Monday of each month and Thursday Films (Multiplex) will have two showings at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month beginning January 9, 2020.  At Thursday Films, they will be showing movies that run the gambit from world cinema (aka foreign language films) to popular, mainstream, documentary, and beyond.

All of the film screenings this month will take place at the Peninsula Center Library Community Room located at 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information regarding any of the films, call 310-377-9584.

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Library District

The Banning Museum Celebrates The 2019 Holidays!

The Banning Museum Celebrates The 2019 Holidays!

Palos Verdes homes owners know that holiday celebrations are just around the corner.  If you like an old-fashioned Christmas, you will enjoy the “Victorian Christmas” at the Banning Museum.

The Victorian Christmas event will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During this special weekend, the grounds and museum are transformed into a Christmas festival with Victorian period entertainment.  There will be a walk through of the Banning Residence decorated in holiday splendor, a visit with Santa Claus, free cookies and cider, a children’s craft, a blacksmith doing his work, plus local food and craft vendors.  One of the special highlights will be the horse-drawn trolley ride between the Banning Museum and the Drum Barracks at the Civil War Museum.  Admission is free, and the last house tour and trolley ride are at 3:30 p.m.  Parking is on the street.

Throughout the year, the museum offers guided tours Tuesday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  On Saturday & Sunday the tours are at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

For more information go to www.thebanningmuseum.org. or call (310) 548-7777.   The Banning Museum is located at 401 E. M Street, Wilmington.

To read my last article on The Banning Museum click here.

Photo courtesy of The Banning Museum

Palos Verdes Home Sales Los Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2019

Palos Verdes Home Sales Los Verdes Neighborhood 1st Half 2019

Palos Verdes homes sales in the Los Verdes neighborhood for the first half of 2019 increased to 18 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 13 in 2018.  Price per square foot for Los Verdes houses that sold in the first half of 2019 increased to $695 from $638 in 2018, a 9% increase.  Average sales price for Los Verdes Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $1,283,944 in 2019 compared to $1,299,350 in 2018.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in Los Verdes was $2,200,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Los Verdes neighborhood was $960,000.

Currently, the Los Verdes neighborhood has 5 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 5 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,249,000 for a 4 bedroom/2 bath, 1,539 square foot home, to $1,535,000 for a 5 bedroom/3 bath, 2,658 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on the Los Verdes neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 173, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2019

Palos Verdes Hikes & Trails Events December 2019

During the month of December 2019, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering outdoor hikes/activities for Palos Verdes home owners to enjoy including bird walks, nature walks with naturalists, and volunteer opportunities which are listed below.

Special Events: 

Guided Nature Walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will take place at Lower Portuguese Bend Reserve on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.  During the walk, you will follow Sandbox Trail ascending through grasses and low shrubs for nice views of the Pacific Ocean.  This is considered an easy walk.  Park in the dirt lot on Palos Verdes Drive South west of Schooner Drive, and the Portuguese Bend Beach Club and east of Peppertree Drive.  Sign up at www.pvplc.org.

Monthly Activities:

The Family Nature Walk at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Families will enjoy this easy and educational walk with a Naturalist through this beautiful canyon preserve and discover the unique variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that call it home.  The walk concludes inside the Nature Center with a hands on exploration of the exhibits.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Stroller friendly.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (S-S) 310-547-0862 or (M-F) 310-541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The Family Science & Storytime Featuring the Peregrine Falcon will take place at the White Point Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration of the Peninsula’s Peregrine Falcon. Listen to our wonderful librarian, Carla Sedlacek, sharing related children’s literature.  Afterwards you can explore the wildlife exhibits in the Nature Center and take a self guided walk on the trails.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  For more information, call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

The Family Science & Storytime Featuring the Raccoon will take place at George F Canyon on Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 a.m.  Bring your family to experience a hands on science exploration and listen to our Naturalist share children’s literature about Raccoons.  Stay and explore the wildlife exhibits and beautiful preserve trail, then picnic under the shady Learning Tree.  This event is free and appropriate for all ages.  Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.  The preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information call (M-F) 310-541-7613 or (S-S) 310-547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities. 

Native plants are beautiful holiday decor and great gifts!  Native Plant Sale at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These beautiful and resilient plants will attract butterflies and other pollinators with plants grown in the Conservancy’s native plant nursery.  Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water.  Naturalists are on hand to give advice.  Plants sold on first come, first served basis.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

The Wild Bird Unlimited Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  Join the Wild Birds Unlimited to explore the birds making White Point Nature Preserve home.  Try to spot a burrowing owl or listen for the call of the endangered gnatcatcher.  This program is free and all ages are welcome.  Binoculars supplied for beginners.  Parking is available at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  For more information call (310) 547-0862 or RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

The Family Nature Walk at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Everyone in the family will enjoy a naturalist guided walk through the Tongva Demonstration Garden where you’ll learn how early inhabitants used native plants for survival.  Then walk through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub habitat with views of Catalina.  For those interested in the military history of the area, continue to walk up to a WWII gun emplacement.  The walk concludes with a visit to the Nature Education Center with multi-media activities for all ages.  This is a moderate walk and is free, stroller friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome.  The White Point Education Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org,Events & Activities.

Native plants are beautiful holiday decor and great gifts! Native Plant Sale at George F Canyon will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Help attract butterflies and other pollinators to your garden with local native plants grown in the Conservancy’s nursery.  Purchase colorful, drought tolerant native plants that make fertilizers and insecticides virtually unnecessary and require little or no water.  Naturalists are on hand to give advice.  Plants sold on first come, first served basis.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates. RSVP at www.pvplc.org, Events & Activities.  

Volunteer Opportunities:

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  You can have fun and help restore this unique canyon habitat (with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean) which is home to many threatened and endangered wildlife species.  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturdays, December 14th & 28th, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help restore this unique shoreline reserve by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, water native plants and more!  Sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com

Outdoor Volunteer Day at White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Help beautify the native demonstration garden and surrounding habitat.  White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.  RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

The Family Outdoor Volunteer Activity at the George F. Canyon Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  Put on your work clothes and take part in a kid friendly habitat restoration activity: plant seeds, care for native plants, and track butterflies.  Children of all ages will be learning about the role that they can play in nature conservation.  This event is free.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 or RSVP at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Adopt your own piece of nature!  Become an Adopt-a-Plot volunteer with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.  Enjoy the outdoors and become inspired by nature as a volunteer.  You will help create habitat for rare and endangered species like the PV blue butterfly at one of the restoration sites on the Peninsula on your own schedule.  For more information, call (310) 541-7613 x 215.

To read my prior article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails, click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Home Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 1st Half 2019

Palos Verdes Home Sales La Cresta Neighborhood 1st Half 2019

Palos Verdes homes sales in the La Cresta neighborhood for the first half of 2019 decreased to 15 single family homes sold in 2019 compared to 20 in 2018.  Price per square foot for La Cresta houses that sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $566 from $608 in 2018, an -6.9% decrease.  Average sales price for La Cresta Palos Verdes homes sold in the first half of 2019 decreased to $1,962,500 in 2019 compared to $2,149,063 in 2018.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in La Cresta was $2,885,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the La Cresta neighborhood was $1,130,000.

Currently, the La Cresta neighborhood has 12 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 11 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,650,000 for a 5 bedroom/4 bath, 3,612 square foot home, to $5,000,000 for a 5 bedroom/8 bath, 7,845 square foot home.  There is one condo/townhome for sale and is a 3 bedroom/3 bath, 1,992 square foot condo/townhome for $980,000.

For background and history on the La Cresta neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 172, please click here to read my original article on this neighborhood.

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

Photo above of Del Cerro Park located in this neighborhood

Local South Bay Area 2019 Holiday Events!

Local South Bay Area 2019 Holiday Events!

Palos Verdes home owners are getting ready for the 2019 holiday season.  Here are some of the fun events that our neighboring cities are hosting.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center will be presenting their 36th annual “Holiday Festival” beginning Tuesday, December 3, 2019, and running through Sunday, December 8, 2019.  The Festival will feature decorated trees and a holiday celebration that includes a food court, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a large Holiday gift section.  More than 30 trees are decorated with a different theme and will be sold with the proceeds going to the construction of the Torrance Memorial Hunt Cancer Center, a 2 story facility that will consolidate cancer treatment and services into a single location for patient care.  The “Holiday Festival” is located in the parking lot under the big white tent adjacent to the hospital on Skypark & Medical Center Drives.  The public can view the trees and boutique on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday, December 4th & 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person and free for children under 3 years old.  Senior citizens can enjoy the festivities for free on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will also be a lunch with Santa on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for $20 per person; this is a great opportunity to bring your camera and take photos of your little one with Santa.  In addition to the Holiday Tree Festival, there is a Fashion Show & Festival Gala.  Additional information is available at www.torrancememorial.org/HolidayFestival, or call (310) 517-4703.  The Hospital is located at 3330 Lomita Boulevard, Torrance.

In Riviera Village, the annual “Riviera Village Holiday Stroll” will take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This is a great event for all ages with a parade featuring marching bands from local schools and Santa will be making an appearance around 6:00 p.m.  The stores will be bringing out their festive wares and treats and you will definitely feel the holiday cheer.  The Stroll takes place on Catalina Avenue and Avenue I in Redondo Beach.

To read my prior article on South Bay Area Holiday Events click here.

Photo courtesy of the Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival