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.

Aboutpv – What Makes Palos Verdes Residents Love Their Neighborhoods?

Aboutpv – What Makes Palos Verdes Residents Love Their Neighborhoods?

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Palos Verdes residents all live in one of 17 different Multiple Listing Service real estate areas. After reading an article published by Trulia called “What will make you fall even deeper in love with your neighborhood”, I realized that all of these different areas have something unique or special about them that made them your choice. The article brought up the fact that when purchasing or leasing a new home, you have to remember that you are becoming part of that neighborhood, and although they are not always equal, you have to find the aspects of a prospective neighborhood that closely matches your daily needs.
Below is the list of common components that were mentioned:
1. Lifestyle match
2. Pride in ownership
3. Low Crime Rate
4. Great Schools
5. Outdoor activities abound
6. Stepping back in time.
7. Family friendly
8. Close to public transportation
9. Nearby shopping & restaurants
10. Nightlife and entertainment
11. Walking ability
As you can see from the above list, there are unique components listed that in your desired neighborhood. Whether it be the school system, horse property, hiking areas or just wanting to be in a safe neighborhood, I feel you can find it 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.

Aboutpv – Hikes & Trails

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Aboutpv-Hikes & Trails
Palos Verdes peninsula land conservancy hike

Palos Verdes residents are lucky to have some of the best walk & hiking trails located right here on the peninsula. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy manages these trails, and also maintain the native plants and wildflowers that surround them. Some of these walks have spectacular views, interesting geology and lots of animal sightings. The range of trails vary from easy to strenuous, and if your looking for a specific trail you can find it here. Some of the trails are accessible by wheelchairs, bicyclists and even equestrians. Known as easier walks are the White Point Nature Preserve, Linden H. Chandler Preserve & Forrestal Reserve. If you are lookjing for a sunset walk you would want to visit Alta Vicente Reserve, Forrestal Reserve, Portuguese Bend Reserve or Vicente Bluffs Reserve. If your interested in a tide pool walk the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve is for you.

If you haven’t enjoyed these trails on your own lately, you might be interested in a Guided Nature Walk that the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy offers. These walks are led by volunteer naturalists, historians, and geologists. The walk leaders will help you discover another side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula with unique stories about the birds, wildlife, and plants of this rare open space. These walks are free and you do not have to have reservations. For up to date information on a walk you can call the conservancy at (310) 541-7613, or go to www.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.

What is happening in the Housing Market?

What is happening in the Housing Market?

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Recently, an article in Housing Newsletters caught my eye when it was discussing the reasons that housing has room to run. In Palos Verdes and the South Bay, prices seem to be increasing or holding their own when it comes to the market. As seen in my market surveys the market is still moving forward. Here are some of the tips that the article was stating.

Rates seem to be doing more rising than falling recently. In some areas home sales have been leveling off, but that also could be because of time of year. One of the first pieces of evidence was in the form of Friday’s Consumer Price Index CPI. This important inflation report has had a big impact on interest rates in 2017. If this data suggests that the Fed needs to hike rates faster or slower, the bond markets will quickly adjust to account for the shift in expectations.

At the end of 2016 the Fed felt that they could continue to hike rates due to the strong labor market and policies associated with the new administration. However, while continuing to hike rates inflation hasn’t risen to the Feds defense. In fact, inflation is trying to hold the line.

The sharp drop to recent lows is why the rates haven’t moved higher as forecaster predicted. Actually analysts expected inflation to begin lifting off from the lows citing the impact from higher fuel prices due to the hurricane season. While they did rise abruptly, other price measurements offset the fuel effect making the reading lower than expected.

The good new about low inflation is that it does help rates. Even the stock market doesn’t mind the news. Mostly they were already drifting higher due to reports earlier in the week. In focusing only on rates, good things area happening  with the inflation data helping to reinforce a bigger ceiling around 2.4% in terms of 10 yr Treasury yield which is the most followed benchmark for longer term rates such as mortgages..

Housing magazine this past week discussed mortgage lending guidelines, which could end up being twice as loose as they are now and that could bring us back in like with historical healthy levels.This would help bring more potential buyers into the market from the guideline changes .

Another interesting piece of the report from CoreLogic was the comparison of the current housing boom/bust cycle to past examples.  In many areas prices still haven’t crested to pre-crisis levels, which means there is more room to run. This does vary from market to market, but the bottom line is that some of the price appreciation that has been seen in the past 5 years has to do with how hard we fell at the start of the crisis.

Photo courtesy of the MLS.

 

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.

 

 

Aboutpv – Halloween Fun in the Area!

Aboutpv – Halloween Fun in the Area!

Palos Verdes residents know that Halloween is just around the corner, as you drive through our local neighborhoods and see the homes decked out. This fun fall holiday has been a great treat for kids throughout the years, with their school parades and carnivals, to the local pumpkin patches and fairs.

This year the Peninsula Center be having a Fall Carnival and Halloween Spooktacular Fair starting on Friday night, October 27, thru Sunday, October 29, 2017. Friday night is a “Teen Night” from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., with a portion of pre-sale tickets going to our local schools.  Teen Night will be featuring unlimited ride wristbands for local and high school students along with performances from youth bands and are purchased through the schools or www.palosverdeschamber.com. On Saturday, the center will be offering trick or treating from 11:30 – 2:00 p.m, while the carnival going on. The carnival hours on Saturday, October 28, are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Palos Verdes Fall Carnival and Halloween Spooktacular is located on Crossfield Road between Silver Spur Road and Indian Peak Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

The South Coast Botanic Garden will be celebrating their Great Pumpkin Hunt from October 1 through November 30, 2017 at the garden. Participants will be searching for the missing pumpkin patch (as last years prized pumpkin was eaten by a sneaky squirrel and a ravenous rabbit). The birds of the garden (ravens, owls, hummingbirds and hawks) have teamed up to save this year’s patch. This is all included with the daily admission charges. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26400 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Lunada Bay’s Homeowners Association will be celebrating their Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. At the festival families can enjoy pumpkin & face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, kiddie carnival, balloon crafting, rock climbing wall and more. The Harvest Festival is located on the corner of Yarmouth & Via Anacapa.

Photo courtesy of the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association.

Always remember if you have any questions regarding real estate please feel free to contact me.

 

 

Palos Verdes 2017 Market Data Report 3rd Quarter YTD

Palos Verdes 2017 Market Data Report 3rd Quarter YTD

Marketing 3rd QtrPalos Verdes 2017 Market Data Report shows an increase in sales in all neighborhoods from 2016.

Currently, Mira Catalina has posted the largest gain in average sales price for Palos Verdes homes at 64%, followed by Monte Malaga at 37.5% and Lunada Bay at 15%. Lunada Bay posted the largest number of Palos Verdes homes sold to date in 2017 at 80, compared to 57 homes in 2016.

For more information on the Palos Verdes & Harbor Market Intelligence Report click here.

Palos Verdes Residents Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

Palos Verdes Residents Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

Energy Awareness

Palos Verdes homes owners are aware that October is Energy Awareness Month. Since the fall season is approaching and instead of using portable fans for cooling, we will be using moveable heating units to keep warm. Remember if everyone uses simple changes, you can also save significant amounts of money and also reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are a few hints of how to save energy througout the year: unplug electronics, gaming consoles and chargers, Insulate your water heater, replace bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs and turnoff power when you leave a room, schedule an energy audit and replace your thermostat with programmable unit.

To prepare your home for these winter months ahead use these tips: use insulating drapes to diffuse winter chill, find and seal air leaks around windows, doors and pipes and close fireplace dampers when not in use.

By doing these small changes you can reduce your energy consumption and save money.

Click here to read more about Energy Awareness Month.

White Point Preserve & Education Center

White Point Preserve & Education Center

White Point Education Center

Palos Verdes residents are lucky to have the White Point Nature Preserve sharing the Peninsula with them. The preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, hiking and accessible trails overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island. It also has become the home of the Nature Education Center which opened in 2010, and acts as a resource for students, families and different community groups from all over Los Angeles.

Located in San Pedro, it is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. This helps to maintain the property which sat empty behind fences for almost 20 years. A management agreement was signed over to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy in 2001, which allowed it to restore the site with the help of numerous volunteers and hours of planting native scrub and grasses, all while installing public trails.

The Nature Education Center is housed in a repurposed historic Cold War assembly building. The Center was made possible with the support of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Ibrahim El-Hefni Technical Training Foundation. A generous grant from Alcoa Foundation funded the creation of the interpretative exhibits and support from Major Family Foundation enabled the creation of four adjacent native plant demonstration gardens.

The White Point Landslide which occured on November 2011, moved about 420 feet of earth and roadway of Paseo del Mar, causing a portion of the White Point Nature Preserve to actually be moved about 53 feet toward the ocean. The Conservancy is dedicated to safeguarding the Preserve from a road traversing through the natural lands. To learn more about the Preserve go to: http://pvplc.org.

White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731, and is open daily from dawn to dusk along with the parking area. The Education Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.

The parking area is open daily from dawn until dusk. Parking is available in the lot accessed from the west end Paseo del Mar from sun up to sun down during Preserve hours.  Please note that due to the landslide, access to White Point Nature Preserve is via Western Avenue.

 Photo courtesy of the White Point Nature Preserve & Education Center.

 

AboutSouthBay.com – Townhome for Lease in Torrance

AboutSouthBay.com – Townhome for Lease in Torrance

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This is a great opportunity to lease this remodeled townhome in Downtown Torrance located at 1752 Arlington Avenue, Torrance. This 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,560 square foot unit has an open floor plan, ceramic tile and laminate flooring throughout.. Each bedroom has it’s own bath, with each bathroom upgraded with newer vanities and fixtures. This large home is great for extended families, with one of the bedrooms and one bath located on the lower floor, while the other three bedrooms are located upstairs. (One bedroom does have carpeting).This unit has lots of natural light. The kitchen has granite counters, dishwaster, stove and refrigerator. There is a balcony to relax and enjoy after a long day.

To see this beautiful townhome contact Tuba at (310) 686-4688. This home is also listed on the MLS. (PV17224665)