Palos Verdes Parks Offer Facility Rentals!

Palos Verdes Parks Offer Facility Rentals!

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Summer is just around the corner, and now is the time to look for a special location for that perfect party. Whether you are planning for a wedding location, children’s party or even a meeting place, the Palos Verdes Peninsula has a great selection of perfect venues. Palos Verdes parks offer facility rentals from playground arenas, enclosed facilities to outdoor view locations that can accommodate from 15-150 people. Below is a list of park facility rentals that each have their own special niche.

Robert E.Ryan Community Park is located at 30359 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. This beautiful park has a small indoor facility with one room available for rent. The Activity Room will accommodate 30 people and has a linoleum floor, sink, counter space and small outdoor patio. This is a great location for children’s parties or classes. The patio can accommodate an additional 20 guests. For more information and prices call 310-377-290.
Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park is located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. The facility has three rooms that are available to rent. McTaggart Hall holds up to 150 guests and was formerly the community hall. The room has carpeting includes a wet bar and has a small outdoor patio. There is a 12′ x 12′ portable wooden dance floor available at a small charge. The Fireside Room is a cozy carpeted room which is suitable for approximately 40 guests for meetings and small parties. The room has counter space, couches and a fireplace. There is an outdoor patio which makes it great for indoor/outdoor events. The Activity Room will accommodate up to 40 guests. This room has a painted concrete floor, counter space & sink and tables & chairs which makes a great location for a child’s party. For more information and prices call (310) 541-8114.
Ladera Linda Community Center is located at 32201 Forrestal Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. This Community Center has several classrooms and a Multipurpose Room for rent. The Multipurpose Room will accommodate up to 125 guests and has a linoleum floor and use of a small kitchen area with a sink, counter space, refrigerator and microwave. The classrooms will accommodate up to 40 people and are perfect for meetings and classes. Some rooms are carpeted while others have a linoleum floor. Tables and chairs are available for use. For more information and prices call (310)-541-7073.
Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes. This park is known for its sunning ocean views, and is located on the cliffs adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse. This natural setting by the sea is a wonderful location for an outdoor wedding in the Ibrahim El Hefni Amphitheatre, and a reception or other special event in the Sunset Room, with use of the large outdoor patio. This facility can hold 150 guests. There is also kitchen facilities, tables and chairs available. For more information and prices call (310) 377-5370.
Founders Park is located on Trump National Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes. This park is great for a small stand up ceremony (up to 15 people, plus the wedding party) for any one hour block of time between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There are no chairs, props, etc., however, minimal flower decorations are permitted. Parking is available in the Public Lot on the left just before you get to the Trump National Clubhouse (or if full, parking is permitted on Trump National Drive). This Park can be used for the ceremony only; you cannot have the reception on park grounds. For more information call (310) 544-5260.
General Information: The outside picnic areas of Ryan Park, Ladera Linda, Hesse Park and the Point Vicente Interpretive Center are not reserved and are available to the public on a first come basis. There are barbecues at Hesse Park and Ryan Park in assigned areas. None of the city parks allow bounce houses, canopies, tents or large animals.

This is just another one of the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s wonderful community offerings that you can enjoy while living here. 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 at (310) 686-4688.

Photo of Robert E. Ryan Park courtesy of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Just Listed For Lease – Estates Lane Condo In Rolling Hills Estates!

Just Listed for Lease – Estates Lane Condo in Rolling Hills Estates!

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I’ve just listed this gorgeous condo located at 3602 W. Estates Lane #108, in Rolling Hills Estates for only $1900/month.

This is a lovely one bedroom, one bath unit on the first floor with private patio in “The Estates” complex. The living room has wood flooring and opens up to a nice private patio. The kitchen is updated with granite countertops, and the full bathroom has also been upgraded. There is lots of storage in this unit. This complex has a great resort feeling with waterfalls, tennis courts, swimming pool, spa, gym and club house.

This lovely unit won’t be available for long. If you have any questions about my new lease listing, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property, please feel free to contact me at (310) 686-4688.

South Bay Market Data Report 1st Quarter 2018

South Bay Market Data Report 1st Quarter 2018

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The Torrance Market Data Report for the 1st quarter of 2018 shows a total of 55 homes closed escrow, compared to 55 homes that sold in the first three months of 2017. The average price for Torrance homes sold in these three months was $984,362 compared to $899,360 in 2017, which is an increase of 9.5%. The average price per square foot during these three months was $583 compared to $575 in 2017, which is a 1.3% increase. The area that sold the most homes during this time was Hollywood Riviera with a total number of 12. Coming in second was West Torrance with 7 closed sales, and North Torrance East had 6 sales.

Currently, Torrance has 110 homes for sale. There are 82 single family homes for sale starting at $425,000 for a 1 bedroom/1 bath, 630 square foot home, to $2,698,000 for a 5 bedroom/ 5 bath, 4,502 square foot home. There are 28 condo/townhomes for sale starting at $250,000 for a 1 bedroom/1 bath, 639 square foot condo, to $895,000 for a 3 bedroom/4 bath, 2,446 square foot condo/townhome.

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

What’s Happening Tomorrow At South Coast Botanical Gardens Free Day?

What’s Happening Tomorrow At South Coast Botanical Gardens Free Day?
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The South Coast Botanic Garden has its free admission day the third Tuesday of every month, and so tomorrow visitors are allowed to walk these gorgeous gardens and enjoy the trees, shrubs and flowers as they transition from spring to early summer with lots of color. The Garden offers more than 2,500 different species of plans from as far away as Africa. The garden also known as “The Jewel of the Peninsula”, is considered to be located in one of the most favored growing areas of the world.

The variety of plant life living here provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird populations. There is something here for everyone including a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Japanese Garden, Herb Garden and a Water Wise Garden for our residents to help with great ideas.

Tomorrow, between 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., there will be a Botanical Illustration with Watercolor class where the art instructor is teaching students to learn how to accurately capture form and then use watercolor paint to infuse life into their pieces. If you are there between 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., you will be able to see the Ikebana Floral Design class which is the Japanese aft of floral arranging.

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

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden.

This is just another one of the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s wonderful community events that you can enjoy while living here. 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 Market Data Report 1st Quarter 2018

Palos Verdes Market Data Report 1st Quarter 2018

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The Palos Verdes Market Data Report for the 1st quarter of 2018 shows a total of 140 homes closed escrow, compared to 133 homes that sold in the first three months of 2017. The average price for Palos Verdes homes sold in these three months was $1,755,771 compared to $1,797,913 in 2017, which is a -2.3% decrease. The average price per square foot during these three months was $653 compared to $633 in 2017, which is a 3.2% increase.
The area that sold the most homes during this time was Palos Verdes Drive North with a total of 17. Coming in second was the Lunada Bay/Margate area with 16 closed sales, and Valmonte & Palos Verdes Drive East both had 13 sales.

Currently, the Palos Verdes has 188 homes for sale. There are 159 single family homes for sale starting at $839,000 for a 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,080 square foot home, to $40,000,000 for a 9 bedroom/26 bath, 51,000 square foot home. There are 29 condo/townhomes for sale starting at $424,868 for a 1 bedroom/2 bath, 864 square foot unit, to $1,995,000 for a 2 bedroom/3 bath, 1,940 square foot condo/townhome.

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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 Welcomes Malaga Cove Art Shows!

Palos Verdes Welcomes Malaga Cove Art Shows!

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Palos Verdes residents are ready for spring and for the start of the Malaga Cove Art Shows that are back for their new season 2018. Here you can meet with local artists and art collectors one weekend a month from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in a family friendly outdoor environment. The first shows will be starting on Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 2018, and will continue on May 19 & 20, June 23 & 24, July 21 & 22, August 18 & 19, and September 15 & 16, 2018.

Our local Palos Verdes Art Center is responsible for these festivities and invites the community to meet with over 30 talented local artists from seven different art groups affiliated with the Center. These artists will be exhibiting not only paintings, but also photographs, ceramic goods, and custom jewelry. This is all made possible by the support of the City of Palos Verdes Estates. The shows have been a tradition in the community for over 76 years. While here stop by and enjoy lunch from one of the three restaurants in the plaza, or do a little shopping at our local gift shop.

Malaga Cove Plaza is located on Palos Verdes Drive West between Via Corta and Via Chico in Palos Verdes Estates.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Palos Verdes is a wonderful community to call home. 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.

How Do Appreciation Rates Reflect On Home Mortgages?

How Do Appreciation Rates Reflect On Home Mortgages?

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Recently, Victor Samaan of Bank of America sent over this appreciation map to show how the rates vary throughout the states. It was amazing to see the overall rates of the state of California, and how it relates to the rest of the country. Here is how it was presented.

The map illustrates the top states for property appreciation rates year over year. Property appreciation is calculated based on repeat sales of the same properties, which can avoid the problem of trying to account for price differences in homes with varying characteristics. Increasing home prices usually indicate rising demand, while decreasing prices reflect falling demand.

All states saw property appreciation versus one year ago, with Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and South Dakota leading as the top five. Washington’s property appreciation rate was the highest at 12.1% in January 2018. The data suggests that home values are growing really fast across the country.

Overall, property appreciation rates were higher in the western half of the United States. The national average property appreciation rate was 5.46%, with 23 states falling below the average.

Click on the graph to enlarge. Photo courtesy of the Bank of America.

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 Peninsula Land Conservancy Celebrates Earth Day!

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Celebrates Earth Day!

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Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s celebration will take place on Saturday, April 21 2018, at the White Point Nature Preserve. We have been celebrating Earth Day on April 22 in this country since 1970. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

At White Point Nature Preserve from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., families can enjoy this year’s Palos Verdes Earth Day celebration. From 9:00 to 12:00 noon, you can volunteer in the demonstration garden surrounding the White Point Nature Education Center. At 10:00 a.m., the LA City Rangers will lead a family friendly nature hike to explore trails with native coastal habitat, blooming wildflowers, and wildlife. At 11:00 a.m., Art At Your Fingertips Art Activity will present planned activities & crafts for families to enjoy. From 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., areas will be set up so that you can learn more about volunteering in the native plant garden or at the Nature Education Center.

Volunteers can enjoy refreshments and snacks that will be provided. The Conservancy’s outdoor volunteer days are sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, REI Inc., Starbucks Coffee, Water Replenishment District and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation.To sign up for the volunteer outdoor workday go to http://pvplc.volunteerhub.com. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection. For more information, please visit: www.pvplc.org. White Point Nature Preserve is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a wonderful community to call home whether you are looking for a place to raise a family or just enjoy your golden years. 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 Summer School Classes

Palos Verdes Summer School Classes
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Palos Verdes residents who have high school age children know that summer school on the peninsula fills up fast. Even though the Palos Verdes Unified School District has not taken its spring break, students are scrambling to sign into classes.

Summer high school for Palos Verdes students in grades nine through twelve, will be offered at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Online registration will be activated according to the specific grade. As of now PVPUSD Seniors (Grade 12 in Sept. 2018), and Juniors (Grade 11 in Sept 2018) are able to register for classes. As of today, March 29, PVPUSD Sophomores (grade 10 in September 2018) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, April 16, 2018, PVPUSD Freshman (Grade 9 in September 2018) will be activated for registration at 7:00 p.m. Open registration for all students (including out of district) will open on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. These classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Summer school full session cost will be $640, and half sessions will be $320. For students taking online classes there will be a mandatory orientation on May 30, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Parents are welcome to attend.

Registration for Palos Verdes elementary students for summer school will begin on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. This year the Summer Break program classes will be held at Cornerstone and Soleodo. The school hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and classes run from Monday, June 18 through Friday, July 13, 2018. There will not be classes on July 4, 2018. They will be offering 4 week programs – Adventure in Kindergarten for TK & Kindergarten children, Global Literacy & Math Academy for 1st to 5th grades, and PV STEM for 1st to 5th grade children. The cost for the four week program is $610. Online signup will start on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. and go through May 25, 2018.

Registration for Palos Verdes intermediate students participating in a Summer PEP Program, will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. This year, classes will be offered at Palos Verdes Intermediate School and Miraleste Intermediate School. Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and go until 12:30 p.m. Students will be attending classes from Monday, June 18 through Friday, July 13, 2018. There will be no school on July 4, 2018. The cost for intermediate students is $545.

For more information and description of classes offered, hours and costs, go to www.pvpss.com.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District is one of the finest in the state. 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.

Just Listed For Lease – Ocean Crest Drive Condo!

Just Listed for Lease – Ocean Crest Drive Condo!

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I’ve just listed this gorgeous lease unit at 6526 Ocean Crest Drive #A102,in Rancho Palos Verdes, for only $1,950/month. Let me tell you more about my listing.

This is a great 1 Bedroom Condo in the gated & secure Seagate community located in the prestigious Rancho Palos Verdes. Conveniently located on the 1st floor this unit is freshly painted, clean, and updated. Kitchen features include new tile flooring, new Dishwasher, Granite Counter Tops and Double Sink, Electric Stove/Oven, Refrigerator and a built-in Microwave. Living room features wood flooring and has a sliding glass door, with new Vertical Blinds that opens up to a covered back patio. Hallway has large closet with mirrored doors, and a vanity sink & mirror. Full Bathroom features laminate flooring and a new toilet, with a second sink & mirror. The Bedroom features wood flooring, another large closet with mirrored doors, and new window Blinds. Included is one assigned parking space #19 and an adjacent storage area. Amenities include 2 Pools, Spa, Sauna, Fitness Gym, Club House. Located in the Award winning Palos Verdes school district. Close to schools, the Peninsula Shopping Center, entertainment, dining, and park.

If you have any questions about my new lease listing, or if you are interested in selling or purchasing residential or commercial property, please feel free to contact me at (310) 686-4688.