Palos Verdes Offers Many Opportunities For Kids Activities

Palos Verdes Offers Many Opportunities For Kids Activities

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Palos Verdes homes owners have great opportunities for children to engage in activities here on the peninsula. Whether you have pre-school, elementary or high school age child there is something for everyone.

Boys and girls have many choices in sports and the arts here in the area. There is soccer, skating, horse back riding, tennis, cooking, art & dance here on the peninsula. Camps and classes of all different types are available. Spring and summer camps offer a great opportunity for school age children to participate in new activities.

Some of the opportunities for these programs are: AYSO Region 10 soccer club, Palos Verdes Tennis Club, Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club, Palos Verdes Library District, Palos Verdes Stables and Palos Verdes Art Center. If they are interested in dance or music there is Elite Dance Studio, Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center & Amuse Music Center just to name a few. For children interested in acting the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center (formerly Norris Theater) has classes for all ages.

Photo above is courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a wonderful place to raise your children. If you are interested in buying or selling your home, or have any questions about residential or commercial real estate please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!

Palos Verdes Residents Enjoy Whale Watching!
Point vicente interpretive center

Palos Verdes residents have the great advantage of watching whales right here from the peninsula. Whale watching is a popular event to this area since whales are migrating at this time down to Mexico, and pass right here off our coast. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing where volunteers keep daily count of their sightings starting on December 1st through April.

The annual “Whale of a Day” festival takes place this year on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This fun event celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska, to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California. This event is free to the public and is sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the members of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. The event takes place on the main grounds of the Point Vicete Interpretice Center and includes fun activities for the children with face painting, children’s crafts, small children’s games, plus exhibits, crafts and food vendors. Point Vicente Interpretive Center is locateed at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West. There will be free parking available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd. with a free shuttle bus service to PVIC.

Locally, during these migration months you can take whale watching boat tours with San Pedro Spirit Cruises located at 77 Berth, San Pedro (www.spiritmarine.com) and Voyager Excursion located at 181 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (www.voyagerexcursions.com).

Photo courtesy of Point Vicente Interpretive Center

If you are interested in re-locating to the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula so you can watch whales from your ocean view home, or if you have any questions about the real estate market please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Neighborhoods Sales 2017

Palos Verdes Neighborhoods Sales 2017

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Palos Verdes home sales for the year 2017 were 684, a slight decrease from the 692 homes that sold in 2016. The Lunada Bay/Margate area posted the highest number of homes sold in 2017. They had 71 sales, down from the 73 that were sold in 2016. The area of Monte Malaga had the highest gain in their home sales with 42 in 2017 and only 27 in 2016. Valmonte showed greater home sales with 52 sold in 2017, up from the 39 homes that sold in 2016, and Palos Verde Drive East showed 63 homes sold in 2017 and only 54 in 2016. The areas of Mira Catalina, Country Club, Peninsula Center and Silver Spur showed some gains in the number of homes sales, while Los Verdes showed the same 52 for both years. All of the other neighborhoods had a decrease in their sale numbers from the year 2016.

The chart above is courtesy of RE/MAX Estate Properties. For a larger view just click on it.


If you have any questions about the Palos Verdes real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes – Peninsula Friends of the Library!

Palos Verdes – Peninsula Friends of the Library

Peninsula friends of the library

The mission of the Peninsula Friends of the Library is to raise funds to support the Palos Verdes Library District and to build community awareness and enthusiasm for PVLD services, programs and needs. This is an all volunteer organization, which started in 1961 to enhance our libraries services and programs, and currently provides 5% ($400,000) of the library’s budget and has over 800 friends to ensure the library district can continue it’s vital programs and services. These funds support many of the libraries program including:

Sunday hours at the Peninsula Center Library which allows local students to use the facility.
Summer Reading Program which benefits all age groups, especially young children.
Internet and Wi-Fi access at all three libraries.
Library newsletters & Story time programs.
Special purchases of items for the library collections, furnishings, and equipment.
The Annex, a safe meeting place for teens after school hours.
eBooks, eMagazines, and subscriptions to online services
Monthly movie screenings, concerts, and community events
Library Gift Shop
On-line language programs, used book sales and more.

Equally important, the Friends support a volunteer program of nearly 150 individuals who together give more than 24,000 hours of their time each year. In addition to working in the Library Shop and helping with the Used Book Sales, volunteers organize Books for Troops and give countless hours of their time repairing, shelving, and cataloging books.

Palos Verdes residents make this a wonderful area to reside in. If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

South Bay Fourth Quarter Sales Summary

South Bay Fourth Quarter Sales Summary

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South Bay real estate sales for the fourth quarter showed great closing numbers for the many cities. El Segundo showed 38 closed sales, Gardena showed 122, Hawthorne showed 101, Hermosa Beach showed 51, Lawndale showed 42, Lomita showed 34, Manhattan Beach showed 89, Redondo Beach showed 188 and Torrance showed 259 closed sales.

To read more about the comparisons between October 2016 to December 2017, or for the average price per foot, number of homes for sale in this quarter, pending sales or days on market, go to the RE/MAX Market Intelligence Report listed below.

For more information on the RE/MAX South Bay Market Intelligence Report click here.

If you have any questions about the real estate market in this area, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Market Data Fourth Quarter Report

Palos Verdes Market Data Fourth Quarter Report
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RE/MAX Estate Properties Palos Verdes Market Report is out for the last quarter of the 2017 year. I will be discussing the results of the report within the next few days. The Market Data Report shows the number of single family residents properties that have sold and what the average price ranges are. Some of the information that we will be covering are the number of units sold, average square foot range, price range, average price comparisons (2016-2017) and average price per square foot.

During the last quarter of 2017 Palos Verdes had 183 closed transactions, San Pedro had 154 and Harbor City had 52.

Currently, there are 111 single family homes for sale on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, priced from $855,000 to $40,000,000. There are also 19 condo/townhomes for sale priced from $395,000 to $1,825,000.

The RE/MAX Palos Verdes & Harbor Area Summary 2017 can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Do Palos Verdes Staged Homes Sell Faster?

Do Palos Verdes Staged Homes Sell Faster?

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Palos Verdes homes owners are asking the question does Home Staging sell my home faster? The Real Estate Staging Association has said in the past that those homes professional staged usually sold in half the time as those not staged. They actualy believe that staging your home increases the dollar value that buyers are willing to offer.

Home staging seems to be more appealing to buyers since it shows more of the potential of a home. Whether it be inclusive of such tasks as painting, staining or just adding color to a room by decorating, that fresh appearance makes buyers visualize the potential in the home.

The most important rooms that are usually staged are the living room, kitchen, dining room, master & children’s bedrooms and bathroom. Staged homes are generally decluttered and have a way of showing the most positive attributes of the room. It’s been said that most buyers seem to form some sort of opinion about a home within the first 10 seconds of arriving. Since buyers seem to be previewing homes on the internet, it is important that the homes staged photography will help make that first strong impression.

If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

Palos Verdes Senior Programs

Palos Verdes Senior Programs
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Palos Verdes homes owners have a wonderful organization to help care for its aging population. The City of Palos Verdes Estates’ Senior Program; PVE-CARES, was established in 2004, by the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, to address the rise in crimes against seniors. It was found that seniors were becoming the victims of what is commonly referred to as “Elder Abuse,” so they helped design a program called PVE-CARES (PVE-Care, Assistance, Resources, Education, and Socials). PVE-CARES was designed to provide education, available resources and socialization for Palos Verdes Estates’ senior residents so that they may avoid becoming victims as well as be able to live independently, in their own homes, for as long as possible.

PVE-CARES holds between 5-6 events each year. They include a Spring Event, which usually holds a topic of interest, a May Social which generally is some sort of musical or theater production, a Summer Concert such as Chaussee’s Big Band, Doctor’s Talk and their big Senior Health & Wellness Fair held in October which has over 40 exhibitors, flu shots and more.

Palos Verdes Seniors can enjoy the monthly Senior Lecture Series which take place on Wednesay’s at Hesse Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Also available through this program are exercise and support groups, AARP Tax Aide programs, travel and movie opportunities.

To learn more about the PVE-CARES program click here.

Palos Verdes is a wonderful area to reside in. If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.

New Multi-Unit Listing In Harbor City Only $998,800!

    New Multi-Unit Listing In Harbor City Only $998,800!
    257th Street

    I have a new listing at 1517 257th Street, Harbor City, that would be a great investment for multi unit owners. The property consists of four units with a front house and 3 units in back. It is well maintained with a newer roof, windows and flooring. Rents are currently under market. This would be an easy building to manage with a front house and 3 units in the back. There is a three car garage and there are 4 more parking spaces in the back.

    One of the two bedroom units is extra large and can be easily converted to a 3 bedroom unit.

    This is a great multi unit building, and will go fast. If you are interested in this great investment opportunity please give me a call at (310) 686-4688.

    Photo courtesy of the CRMLS.

Why Do A Final Walk-Through Before Closing Escrow?

Why Should Do A Final Walk-Through Before Closing Escrow?

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Palos Verdes homes owners should know how important the Final Walk-Through is on your newly purchased property. Loan America just put out an article which reflects the positive decision that homeowners need to make when completing their home purchase. Most real estate companies require that their agents make the Verification of Property Condition as their final disclosure documents. This is done to protect the buyer from any legal issues at a later date.

Loan America states in their article that after you’ve put alot of effort into finding the right house, you need to make sure that you do a final walk through to make sure that no changes have taken place on the property. This is not the time that you request new repairs, instead is just the time to make sure the condition of the home hasn’t changed since your last visit. The last thing you would want is to see any unexpected or unwanted changes made to the property.

When doing this final inspection you want to make sure that the sellers do not have any new property damage that could have taken place during the move out. That all furnishings have been taken out, and items that sere supposed to remain such as appliances, light fixtures or blinds haven’t been removed.

You can take this final walk through just a few days or a few hours before closing. Make sure that you bring any documentation with you that references everything that is to stay, and verify any repairs that were to have taken place. Remember, this is your last chance to give the property a once over before it legally becomes yours.

If you have any questions about the real estate market, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property please feel free to contact me.
Photo courtesy of Loan America.