Palos Verdes Real Estate November Sales

Palos Verdes Real Estate November Sales

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Palos Verdes Peninsula real estate sales for November showed a bit of slowing from the month before, but they have proven that the market is still showing a continuing high demand for Palos Verdes homes. During the month of November there were 39 closed transactions. The sold home prices for the month were from $980,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,643 square foot home, to a 7 bedroom, 8 bath, 5,300 square foot single family home for $4,950,000. The average price of homes sold in November was $1,794,513.

Currently, there are 146 single family homes for sale in the 160-177 MLS areas, and 21 condo/townhomes for sale.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula’s General Store

Palos Verdes Peninsula’s General Store

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Palos Verdes longtime residents have different stories about how the “General Store” in Rolling Hills Estates began. Some say that it was constructed in 1928 as a community theatre, others as a nursery school inside with a small market and a gas pump.

The General Store was known in 1938 as the Rolling Hills Market. This was even before Rolling Hills Estates was incorporated (which happened in 1957) so at that time the paperwork on the market was issued in Lomita to the Palos Verdes Corp. Over the years of its existence, other enterprises were added to the market. A small US Post office open in the late 1930′s or early 1940′s, and operated for years, but was closed in 2013. In 1977 the property was designated as a historical landmark.

In 1984 Jim Kelly opened up Kelly’s Korner which still stands today as a popular deli/sandwich shop. To this day you still can find equestrian items for sale and there is even a bulletin board outside kept up by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemen’s Association which keeps the public updated of horse related happenings on the peninsula.

The Rolling Hills General Store is open Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is located at 26947 Rollng Hills Road, Rolling Hills Estates. For more informaton you can contact the store at 310-541-3668.

Photo courtesy of the City of Rolling Hills Estates.

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 Residents Ask Where Do Our Property Tax Dollars Go?

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Palos Verdes residents are once again getting ready to pay their property taxes by December 10. Many buyers especially new property owners, are perplexed as to why property taxes are so high. Depending on the area where you reside, the tax usage is pretty much the same. Cities, counties and school districts rely on your property taxes to raise money for their budgets. The local government then uses the money collected to provide many public and local public services.

The local school district accounts for a significant percentage of the money from local property taxes. Although some of the monies do come from federal and state government, school districts rely heavily on the property taxes for support. Each school district varies on the local tax base.

Peninsula property owners realize that a good amount of the tax dollars goes to supporting the salaries and benefits of public safety officers. Added to that cost is the maintaining of fire stations and keeping police and fire vehicles on the road, obviously needed to keep our residents safe.

Maintaining public streets and roadways is also one of the main uses of these dollars. This maintenance helps to ensure public safety in our areas. Also included is the upkeep of street lights and traffic lights within the city limits, patching potholes and at times road maintenance to make improvement. Occasionally the dollars are used to fund improvements to water and sewer lines, storm drains and other improvements.

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.

About South Bay Holiday Events

About South Bay Holiday Events
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AboutSouthBay.com wants to bring some holiday cheer to all those in the community young and old, by listing some fun local holiday events that are taking place in the area. Listed below are but a few of the fun events in the area this weekend.

The 26th Annual King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, starting at 4:00 p.m. At that time the Grand Marshall’s Boat “Disappearance” will start off the parade with a music selection to get the crowd going. The Grand Marshall this year will be Vera Jiminez Meteorologist for the KTLA Evening News.The parade will start at 4:30 p.m., and be followed by cannons and lots of decorated boats. This is a fun event and it is suggested that you arrive early to avoid traffic.

Manhattan Beach will be bringing in their holiday fun by having their 29th Annual Fireworks Show.The Sketchers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival is held at the Pier every year in December. This year’s show will be taking place on Sunday, December 10, 2017. This is a fun event where you can bring beach chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to hold your place for this spectacular show. You can start putting down blankets between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. The music program will be serenading the crowd at 4:00 p.m., which is about the time the Santa float will be coming around, and Skechers Snow Park and Sled Hill will be starting and continuing till 6:30 pm. If you bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation you can join in the fun event which benefits the YMCA Adventures Guides Toy Drive. The fireworks show will begin at 7:00 and as always will bring a cheering crowd.

For more information contact Pete Moffett, Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks founder and producer by going to mbfireworks.com.

Palos Verdes Art Center

Palos Verdes Art Center

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The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, is a nonprofit visual arts school and gallery, which inspires those who enter to appreciate and celebrate art. Palos Verdes Art Center was founded in 1931, and it’s education and outreach programs have been available not only to local residents, but also to residents and visitors of Los Angeles County through its many programs.

Some of the programs that the art center offers is free exhibitions, which feature not only it’s own students and artists, but also national and internationally recognized artists and exhibitions. They also offer education programming which includes docent tours, lectures and workshops.The Studio School offers classes throughout the year starting with kids as young as 4. They offer all skill levels in drawing, painting, ceramics, textiles, design, art history, glassblowing and printmaking. The class tuition varies and they also offer financial assistance if available. In it’s last 18 years, the Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Education Fund has given over $200,000 to student artists.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula School District has benefited for years with the school based art education program which benefits more than 7,000 students each year with “Art at your Fingertips”. They also offer art experiences for differently-abled youth and adults with special education classes.

The art center also has rental space for parties, meetings and even weddings. For more information regarding these inquiries go to www.pvartcenter.org, or call (310) 541-2479.

The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church

Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church
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Palos Verdes’ Neighborhood Church is one of the most historic buildings located here on the Peninsula. With it’s beautiful Mediterranean charm, it’s history extends through decades. It originally was built by businessman JJ Haggarity in 1927, as a summer residence since he owned homes in Los Angeles and New york. He hired an Italian architect who was inspired by Villas along the Mediterranean, and the property was built at a cost of $750,000. The original property consisted of formal gardens (where west side parking lot sits) green house behind the cottage, a reflecting pool, swimming pool, bath house and a 30 foot thick sea wall. He also brought in fully grown olive and palm trees. However, later Haggarty had to sell the property because of hard times. It was at that time that financier Harry Wheeler purchased the property to hold his art collection. Once again due to finances and after years of this property sitting there on the cliffside, he put the property on the market in 1949 for $250,000, and it sat there for years as a white elephant.

During this time a group of mothers had been holding bible class at Malaga Cove School since 1937 because there was no church in the area. They approached the owners of the property since they were in need of a larger facility, and in 1961 they were able to purchase the church for $60,000, thus later becoming the United Church of Christ which the Neighborhood Church still follows to this day.

The holiday season is a great time to take advantage of viewing this beautiful property. Starting December 1 & 2, 2017, they will be presenting their 61st Annual Yule Parlor which consists of an afternoon tea, holiday music and shopping in their boutiques with home made goodies and collectibles. The cost for the tea is $25, and takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Christmas Pagaent takes place on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 5:30 & 7:30. This is a wonderful 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.This is a free event and open to the public.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Passeo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274

Photo courtesy of the Neighborhood Church.

Aboutpv – Native Plants on the Peninsula

Aboutpv – Native Plants on the Peninsula

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has been taking care of maintaining the native plants on the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s open parkland areas since their inception. Every month volunteers work in the native plant nursery starting plants an maintaining the different species so as to relocate them into the open park areas under their management.

In the fall/winter 2017 Open Spaces flyer sent out by the Land Conservancy, they discussed what is happening to the native plants now that we have had such heavy rains. The interns that were monitoring vegetation this spring noticed that there was an expansion of rare plant species such as woolly seablight (Suaeda taxifolia) after years of stagnant growth.The rain was great for native flora and fauna, but caused an explosion of invasive weeds. Since the warm summer months transitioned to fall, some of the native plants are showing off their autumn blooms. These plants are now drying and causing a fire hazard and have no substance for birds and insects. Luckily in helping to clear the land of weeds and dried vegetation, goats were brought in to help clear off the invasive weeds and restore the native plants in the area.

The conservancy has begun planting over 10,000 native plants in a five acre area of Alta Vicente Reserve. This is a sanctuary for coastal sage scrub and cactus scrub habitat. These native plants will change colors with the seasons, and provide habitat for our native animals.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is always looking for volunteers to help maintain these native plant areas. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact them at pvplc.org.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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.

Haunted Houses Don’t Make For A Great Real Estate Market

Haunted Houses Don’t Make For A Great Real Estate Market

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Trick-or-Treat! Americans don’t think haunted houses are all that sweet.
Recently an article on Trulia, written by Katie Gallagher and published on October 5, 2017, delivered some statistics about house hunting in hopes of finding a Haunted House. Turns out depending on the age of the person looking for a home some might not even mind these paranormal roommates. Read on to find what her findings came up with.

Although paint touch-ups and landscaping can boost the appeal of your home, it may be smarter to host a séance. That’s because a haunted house can spook away homebuyers. They found that most Americans consider both deaths and hauntings when finding their next home. Millennial men are the exception, with some possibly dying to live in a haunted home, according to Trulia’s September survey, conducted online by Harris Poll among 2,098 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

With Halloween just around the corner, many Americans have fun celebrating this spooky time of year. But how many Americans really believe in the supernatural? Who is checking the basements and closets for ghosts and ghouls when they’re in an open house? Where do people draw the (chalk) line on how much horror they can handle at home?

Turns out, many Americans may fear the sinister in their homes. When asked if they would consider purchasing a haunted house, 43% of Americans say they would be less likely to buy a home if there was suspicion that something ghostly occurred there.

Additionally:

Bring on the Scare: Only three in 10 Americans (30%) answered yes when asked if they would live in a home where a death had occurred.
Macho Millennial Men: 28% of millennial men (ages 18-34) say they would be much or somewhat more likely to buy a home if there was suspicion that the property may be haunted.
Seniors Aren’t So Spooked: 61% of those ages 65 and above say they are no more or less likely to buy a haunted house, compared to 45% of those ages 18-54.
More Degrees, More at Ease: Only 33% of Americans with a graduate degree are somewhat or much less likely to buy a haunted house, lowest of any other education levels. This compares to 50% of those who completed some high school or less, 45% of those who completed high school/GED, 42% of college graduates/those who completed some graduate school, 41% who have associates degree or job-specific training.
Fear of Aging? Or Aging Away Fear?
Although many Americans may be spooked, there are some demographics that seem to be more afraid. Age and gender appear to have a strong influence on people’s feelings about the unnatural. What we found is when it comes to ghosts, the more gray, the more blasé.

Seniors were by far the age group most likely to be unfazed when it came to living in a haunted home. Compared to 45% of their younger counterparts (ages 18-55), 61% of seniors, aged 65 and older, say they are no or more less likely to buy a haunted house. When it came to living in a home where a death had taken place, older adults were also most likely to be unfazed, with 39% of those ages 55+ saying they would live there compared to only 24% of those ages 18-54.

Not So Afraid of Monsters Under Their Beds
While seniors are not disturbed by the prospect of hauntings, some millennial men appear to be not only unafraid but possibly eager to live in a haunted home. Of all male age groups, millennial men are the most likely to say they would purchase a home if there was suspicion it was haunted – 28% of millennial men would be more likely to purchase a home that may be haunted compared to just 7% of men ages 35+. Perhaps they are too busy looking at their phones to realize there is a ghost lurking.

Not in My House
Determining who’s most sensitive to hauntings came down to relationship status and education. It could be that having a partner around gives more peace of mind for the creatures that may be under the bed, because only 18% of singles said yes, they would live in a home where a death had taken place. This compares to 31% people who are married or living with a partner.

Levels of education also impact people’s likelihood to live in a haunted home. 50% of Americans without a high school degree are somewhat or much less likely to buy a haunted house, the highest proportion of all education levels to feel this way. Compare that to 45% of high school grads/GED’s, 42% of college grads/completed some graduate school, 41% with associates or vocational training and 33% of those with graduate degrees. So that’s what higher education is teaching these days.

Location, Location, Location
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a fright or avoiding the fear, it may be helpful to find out what lurks in listings. From streets with bad omens to live-in ghosts, we analyzed listings data to find the States with the Spookiest Homes. We looked at the most recent listing to find homes that included words like haunt, haunted and haunting. In addition, we checked our listings to find homes currently for-sale on streets named Elm, Fleet, Cemetery and Blood as well as homes that included some ghoulish terms in the listing descriptions.

The most sinister?
Texas has the spookiest listings in the U.S. with 198.
Looking for your own Nightmare on Elm Street? There are currently 46,680 homes for sale across the U.S. that are located on an Elm Street.
Which state has the most? California with 5,455.
If a demon barber is more your style, head to Maryland as there are 333 listings on a Fleet Street. But beware any bakeries or barbershops on your street.
Across the U.S. there are 1,536 listings on a Fleet Street.

Whether you’re a believer or a denier, stock up on plenty of sage, salt and garlic this October and have a Happy Halloween.