Palos Verdes Education Foundation 2021 Main Event

Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation 2021 Main Event

Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) will be holding its annual “Main Event” fundraiser online this year on May 1, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to raise additional funds for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.  This year’s event Main Event Live will be free and held online but you must register in advance at www.maineventauction.com. You will have the opportunity to bid for fine wines and spirits, beauty packages, vacation getaways, activities for kids, school spirit items and much more. The online auction starts on April 21, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., and goes through May 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This is a great way to start shopping for some great deals while supporting all 17 PVPUSD schools at the same time.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation was founded in 1979 to raise much needed money for our schools that the State was not providing.  PEF’s first gift to the School District was $250,000.  The number of students and amount of government aid has varied tremendously and the school district relies on these donations from PEF for the shortfall.   These donated funds are being spent to retain teachers, library aides, keep class sizes smaller, music instruction, academic counselors at high schools, college and career centers, STEM funding, help with science fair funding and teacher grants for innovative classroom projects.  Pledged funds for this year will help support the above programs and all support is welcome – big or small – especially when schools have had to be creative with their teaching this year.  There will also be an opportunity to win a Lexus by purchasing tickets before the event.  (Winner does not need to be present.)   Tickets can be purchased on line at www.pvpef.org for $50 each or $125 for three tickets. There will also be a raffle for a year of dining at Terranea Resort. The winner of this event will be drawn online at the Main Event. Tickets for this raffle are $100 each and can be purchased www.maineventauction.com.

This year you will be able to purchase party packs where you can gather in your pod and plan your in-home celebration as you tune into Main Event Live. To read more about these party pack which need to be purchased by April 23, 2021, go to www.maineventauction.com.

For more information call (310) 378-2278.

Click here to read my prior article on Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation’s Main Event.

Photo courtesy of  Palos Verdes Unified School District’s Main Event.

 

 

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes March 30, 2021

Favorite Palos Verdes Homes March 30, 2021  

My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings on March 30, 2021, are described below.  We currently have 82 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $1,275,000 in Rancho Palos Verdes  (the low in Eastview is $994,900) to $18,950,000 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates. There are 7 Palos Verdes condos/townhomes for sale priced between $499,000 and $1,845,000.  My favorite new Palos Verdes homes listings are:

     

Steven Watts’ (Vista Sotheby’s International Realty) 1201 Via Gabriel, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,954 square foot home for $2,495,000. This exquisite Monte Malaga remodeled home features 9.5′ ceilings, gorgeous gourmet kitchen, 2 family rooms, and dream backyard w/outdoor kitchen/pool/spa. Sunny Rahmani’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 3557 Starline Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,591 square foot home for $2,300,000. This gorgeous one story Palos Verdes Drive East home features panoramic city lights/ocean/mountain views, gourmet kitchen w/Miele chef series appliances, upgrades throughout, and entertainers outdoor area w/2 fireplaces plus fire pit.

    

Wendy Sun’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 2209 Via Alamitos, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274 (above left) is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,039 square foot home for $1,998,000. This one level Mid-Century Monte Malaga home features vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, updated modern kitchen w/breakfast bar, enchanting owners bedroom and updated bathrooms. Judy Henry’s (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 5709 Sunmist Dr. Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275 (above right) is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,052 square foot home for $1,429,000. This split level Crest home features a huge private yard, mature landscaping, large patio w/pergolas and is ready for you to create your own dream home.

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

Photos courtesy of CRMLS

 

 

Palos Verdes Whale Of A Day Virtual 2021 Celebration!

Palos Verdes Whale Of A Day Virtual 2021 Celebration!

 

The Whale Of A Day 2021 festival will be held virtually on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Last year because of the pandemic, this wonderful annual event was cancelled. This year, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in partnership with Los Serenos de Point Vicente will be having a VIRTUAL event! The event will showcase all the best that our community has to offer while continuing to educate us all about the migration of the Pacific gray whale.

This event will not be a live event and the content for the event will be free for viewing on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at www.whaleofaday.com. There is no registration or fee to participate. However, you will need to pre-register to pick up an activity bag by visiting apm.activecommunities.com/rpv. Activity bag pick up will take place at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. during business hours between March 15 and April 2, 2021. The activity bag will contain educational materials, giveaways & components to assemble crafts that will be described at the event. (There will be a limited supply of activity bags).

The event content will be made available on the website on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The Virtual Event Details are as follows:

  • Debut of the new Point Vicente Interpretive Center Exhibits
  • Puppet Show “Guillermo goes to Mexico”
  • Abalone Cove Tide Pool Tour
  • Take part in the Silent Auction April 1 – 10, 2021
  • Native Plant Garden Tour
  • Whale Education
  • Story & Craft Demo (pick up in advance at RPV City Hall)
  • Learn about animal pelts and skulls
  • Entertainment and More

For more information about this year’s event, contact the Recreation and Parks Department at events@rpvca.gov or call (310) 544-5260.

To read my prior article on Whale of a Day click here.

Photo courtesy of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Rolling Hills Neighborhood 2020

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Rolling Hills Neighborhood 2020

2020 Palos Verdes homes sales for the City of Rolling Hills increased to 33 single family homes sold compared to 18 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Rolling Hills houses that sold in 2020 decreased to $803 compared from $905 in 2019, a 11.3% decrease.  Average sales price for Rolling Hills homes sold in 2020 was $3,546,308 compared to $3,783,480 in 2019.  The most expensive home sold for $7,100.000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,525,000.

Currently, Rolling Hills has 10 active Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 10 single family homes ranging in price from $2,749,000 for a 6 bedroom/4 bath, 3,444 square foot home, to $17,999,000 for a 5 bedroom/9 bath, 8,900 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale in this area.

For background and history on Rolling Hills Multiple Listing Area 166, please click here to read my prior 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

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Events April 2021

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Events April 2021

Special Events: 

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is slowly beginning to allow participants to join its monthly outside activities. This is exciting because last year we were unable to enjoy outdoor volunteer opportunities that the Conservancy offers.

The Virtual Guided Nature Talk at the Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. You can join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for a virtual guided tour of the Alta Vicente Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes. You will be able to explore the beautiful native wildflowers, rare animals and discover the historic features of the area such as the Japanese farm lands and military sites along trails with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. This special edition is produced in partnership with the Palos Verdes Library Series “Pedal PV” and Palos Verdes Library District’s local history librarian, Monique Sugimoto, will join us for the live Q & A following the tour. RSVP for the Zoom Link at: pvplc.org/calendar/guided nature walks.

Earth Day Virtual Presentation will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021. You will join the land conservancy, in partnership with the PV Library District and Friends of the Library, for a live Zoom event in celebration of Earth Day 2021. The event will explore what each of us can do to renew the Earth and how our impact here on the Peninsula will affect the rest of the planet and, at the same time, introduce David Tallamy’s “Nature’s Best Hope.” This book explores how and why all of us should help turn our neighborhoods into conservation corridors with native plants. A community reading of the book will lead up to a LIVE Zoom Q & A with the author, David Tallamy on May 1, 2021.  For more information and the Zoom link, please visit www.pvplc.org/calendar.

Virtual Family Nature Club will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. This month, the special theme will be Celebrate Earth Day. There will be fun Earth Day themed family activities and you can learn about what your family can do to think globally and act locally to make an impact on the planet. RSVP at pvplc.org/calendar/family activities.

Monthly Activities

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Abalone Cove Reserve will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. At this site, they will be eradicating invasive weeds around the restored habitat. Abalone Cove Reserve is located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Outdoor Volunteer Day at Alta Vicente Reserve will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This is a great opportunity to help restore habitat for wildlife like the rare CA gnatcatcher and cactus wren on the beautiful 55 acre nature reserve across from the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Alta Vicente Reserve is located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information, sign up at www.pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Earth Day Plant Sale Pick Up and Volunteer Opportunity at the White Point Nature Preserve will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021. You can join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for Earth Day 2021 by “Renewing the Earth” by learning what you can do to restore the Earth by creating conservation corridors in your home garden with locally native plants. Volunteers get a first hand experience in native plant care. Native Plant Sale Pickup will be open for orders made in advance from April 13 to April 20, 2021, online at pvplc.org/plant-sales. RSVP requested for volunteers with space limited at https://pvplc.volunteerhub.com.

Masks and social distancing will be required.

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

Photo of outdoor volunteers courtesy of Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy

Palos Verdes Homes Affordability

Palos Verdes Homes Affordability

It is such a hot seller’s market for Palos Verdes Homes, and really most of the South Bay/Beach Cities, and buyers are wondering what happened.  It seemed logical with the Covid-19 Pandemic that real estate sales would slow down and it did in March/April 2020 but then took off and has not slowed since.

One reason is quality of life.  With stay at home orders turning every house into an office, school, and family living home, more space was needed for so many different uses.  Some buyers also decided they wanted a view to enjoy, different room configurations, more space and/or a different location.

Another reason becomes apparent when viewing the U.S. data chart above.  In 2000, mortgage rates were 8%, median home price was $241,000, median income was $46,816 with 36% of income going to house payment.  Today in 2021, the same 36% of income is going to house payment with only 3% mortgage interest rate, 700,000 median home price, and 79,000 median income.  Low interest rates are very attractive to buyers!

The median price of Palos Verdes homes in 2020 was $1,635,000 with the lowest priced home selling for $730,000 and the highest priced home sold for $10,500,000.  To read more about 2020 Palos Verdes Homes 2020 Neighborhood Sales, click here.

Above chart courtesy of Reports On Housing

Palos Verdes Easter 2021 At Terranea Resort!

Palos Verdes Easter 2021 At Terranea Resort!

The beautiful Terranea Resort will be offering some opportunities for Palos Verdes homes owners to enjoy wonderful restaurants, exquisite views and to-go opportunities for Easter on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Mar’sel will be serving a California coastal brunch with a four course menu showcasing traditional Easter specialties of lamb omelet, rack of lamb, halibut, brisket as well as vegetarian options. The restaurant will be serving from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bashi Restaurant will be offering a special menu including grilled Mongolian lamb lollipops with Asian slaw, Soju miso glazed lobster tail with hand-cut egg noodles, water chestnut, Chinese broccoli and garlic sauce, or their Kombujime salmon truffle roll. You can pair your meal with one of their signature international whiskey flights. They will be serving from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

For more casual dining, Nelson’s will be offering their specialty menu items including lamb chop lollipops with a rhubarb puree and crispy Swiss chard from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Lobby Bar & Terrace will be serving their specialty offerings including a fizzy bunny mimosa, ambrosia strawberry mint truffle, and sweets from chef Perry’s Bake Shop from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.

Sea Beans Meals to Go will be offering their special menu with asparagus and parmesan soup with crispy shallots, pea & carrots spring salad, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and mint vinaigrette. Choice of house cured maple ham with apricot and Dijon glaze or herb roasted leg of lamb with rosemary Gremolata, mandarin glazed rainbow carrots with hazelnut cardamon granola, garlic & chive mashed potato and hot cross buns.  For dessert is Chef Perry’s ricotta citrus tart with candied fruit, Tarragon. Order deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

Vegetarian Easter To-Go (also at Sea Beans) will include asparagus and parmesan soup with crispy shallots, pea & carrots spring salad, sugar snap peas, baby carrots and mint vinaigrette, Artichoke and olive tart fresh spring peas, lemon & cashew puree, puff pastry, mandarin glazed rainbow carrots with hazelnut cardamon granola, garlic and chive mashed potato and hot cross buns. Dessert is Chef Perry’s ricotta citrus tart with candied fruit, Tarragon.

These Easter dining opportunities will be filling up quickly due to Covid restrictions, so make your reservations as soon as possible.  You can visit www.Terranea.com or call (310) 265-2861 for reservations and pricing. Terranea Resort is located at 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes.

To read my prior article on Easter Dining at Terranea Resort click here.

Photo courtesy of Terranea Resort                  

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 2020

Palos Verdes Real Estate Sales Palos Verdes Drive North Neighborhood 2020

2020 Palos Verdes homes sales for the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood increased to 92 single family homes sold compared to 84 in 2019.  Price per square foot for Palos Verdes Drive North houses that sold in 2020 increased to $702 compared from $660 in 2019, a 6.3% increase.  Average sales price for Palos Verdes Drive North homes sold in 2020 was $2,238,035 compared to $2,009,521 in 2019.  The most expensive home sold for $6,000,000 and the lowest priced home sold for $1,000,000.

Currently, Palos Verdes Drive North has 1 active Palos Verdes home for sale. There is 1 single family home for $1,850,000 for a 3 bedroom/4 bath, 2,115 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes for sale at this time.

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

South Coast Botanic Garden Presents SOAR Butterfly Experience!

South Coast Botanic Garden Presents SOAR Butterfly Experience!

Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy some family fun by visiting the South Coast Botanic Garden for their SOAR exhibit from April 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021, featuring tropical butterflies in the newly built pavilion.

The SOAR ticket will allow you to enter the pavilion, but the whole experience will actually begin on the outside of the new garden area featuring a portion of the spring super bloom, butterfly attracting flowers, and other pollinators. Throughout the SOAR experience you will be able to see butterflies in every stage of their life cycle. Inside the pavilion, you will have the opportunity to watch them in their natural habitat and sometimes have a personal encounter with one of them.

Timed ticket reservations will be required for all visitors due to social distancing. (Members only will be allowed on April 1 – April 4, 2021). If you are not a member, the regular price for admission is $15/adult, $11/senior, $5/children over 5, and there is an additional charge of $5 for the butterfly pavilion. (Children 1 and younger are free).  Advanced reservations are still required, so make sure you get them before they sell out. For more information or to purchase admission tickets click here.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Due to the current situation, it is recommended that you contact the garden early to make your reservations as there are a limited number of tickets.

To read my prior article about the Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden

Mid March 2021 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Mid March 2021 Palos Verdes Home Sales

Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 15 days of March 2021 are 26 homes which is an increase from the 25 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 15 days of February and an increase from the first 15 days of March 2021 (24).  (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 March 1st to March 15th is $2,139,315 which is a decrease from last month’s average of $2,584,740 for this same time period and an increase from $1,781,162 last March.

In March 2021 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes homes sold for $4,800,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood and had 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 5,966 square feet on a 29,574 square foot lot.  This beautiful home features an unobstructed panoramic ocean/Catalina/coastline view, bright open kitchen w/large eating area, owner’s retreat bedroom with fireplace/spacious bath/forever ocean views, office, wine room, sauna, sparkling pool/spa, and tennis court.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes homes sold March 2021 to date for $1,160,000 each and are located in the Silver Spur neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes – one features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,595 square feet on a 9,200 square foot lot and the other features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,292 square feet on a 9,464 square foot lot.

We currently have 77 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $1,269,000 in the Palos Verdes Drive East neighborhood to $18,950,000 in the Lunada Bay neighborhood.  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from November 2019 through January 2021, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

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

Above photo of cherry trees at South Coast Botanic Garden courtesy of Arvin Design