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.

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 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.

Palos Verdes’ Los Serenos de Point Vicente Volunteers

Los Serenos De Point Vicente Nature Hikes
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Palos Verdes residents have a wonderful volunteer organization here on the Peninsula called Los Serenos de Point Vicente, which assists and supports the City of Rancho Palos Verdes for the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. This center features a museum which exhibits the natural and cultural history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. These wonderful docents and volunteers also provide tours, special events, workshops and classes which are open to the public.

The Los Serenos de Point Vicente docents were formed when the Point Vicente Interpretie Center was opened in 1984. This is also the Center’s vantage point where these volunteers count daily from December to April, the migrating Gray whales that head down to Baja.The original volunteer class selected the name “Los Serenos de Point Vicente” which means “Night Watchman of Point Vicente” to represent their group. Later the group obtained separate non-profit recognition as a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Besides maintaining the duties at the Interpretive Center the docents lead the nature hikes that take place throughout the year. Some of the nature hikes that Los Serenos de Point Vicente volunteers will be leading this year are: Forrestal Nature Reserve, McBride Trail, Alta Vicente Reserve, Oceean Trails Reserve, PVIC/Vicente Bluff Reserve & Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. To learn more about the Los Serenos de Point Vincente volunteers and their nature walk schecule, please click here.

Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente.

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, this area offers it all. 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 Peninsula Unified School District

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
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Palos Verdes has one of the best public school districts in the states, proven by the fantastic statistics that come out every year. Recently, they were voted 6th Best School District in California by NICHE. While some states have different grade levels that achieve these statistics, others don’t seem to have the consistency from TK through High School.

Palos Verdes is also home to some wonderful private schools. Students from surrounding areas come to the peninsula just for enrollment in these private schools. Here are just a few of the private schools located in the area: Rolling Hills Prep, Chadwick, Peninsula Heritage and Country Day.

The school system is one of the main reasons why buyers are searching for homes in the area at this time. Knowing that school enrollment is currently being taken for the fall semester, parents know that timing is important to find a home in order to register their children for school.

If you are looking for a place to call your own, where you have outstanding schools, great community activities and events that offer a real sense of community, this is the place. Whether your looking for ocean view properties, horse property or golf club views, there is something here for everyone. Just let me help you find 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.

About South Bays First Friday Fun!

About South Bays First Friday Fun!
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Riviera Village presents this months “First Fridays Fun” event on March 2, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. These events are free and take place the first Friday of each month at the Village. Here you can enjoy live music, food samplings, gallery viewing, promotional offers and more while you dine and shop. Riviera Village merchants and art galleries stay open until 8 p.m. The energy will be fueled by live music at the north east corner of Avenue I and Catalina from 6 to 8 p.m.

Their is plenty of parking available on the streets, and along with a large metered parking lot in the triangle bordered by South Elena Avenue, Via El Prado and Avenida del Norte, and additional parking off South Catalina Avenue and Vista Del Mar. The parking fees are $1.50 per hour from 9am to 9pm and many meters conveniently accept credit cards for payment.

This area has many opportunities for both families and individuals to enjoy. 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 First Fridays Fun.

Palos Verdes Equestrian Opportunties!

Palos Verdes Equestrian Opportunities!

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Palos Verdes Stables is a full service facility conveniently located in the heart of Palos Verdes Estates. Established in 1926 it is home to over 87 privately owned horses, plus provides immediate access to miles of public trails. So whether you’re looking to improve your riding skills or simply want to board your horse this is a great location. They have riding and training for all age groups and levels. Camps are available throughout the summer, and sign ups have already started.
The stable is open to the public and is located at 4057 Via Opata Palos Verdes Estates California 90274. You can read more about the stables by going to their website at https://www.palosverdesstables.com.

Peter Weber Equestrian Center is located in Rolling Hills Estates and has access to 90 miles of of beautifully manicured trails. They specialize in boarding horses offering full care and many amenities. They offer horseback riding lessons with a world renowned Western trainer and two English trainers of the highest caliber, either on your own horse or lesson horse. They offer birthday parties, petting zoo, hay rides, pony camps and after school enrichment programs.
The Peter Weber Equestrian Center is located at 26401 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates. You can contact us at www.pwecent.com, or call 310-541-9487.

Portuguese Bend Riding Club is situated in a gated community, with a full service barn an offers a clean, healthy, and safe environment. The offer boarding and riding lessons. Whether you are new to the riding world or an experienced rider PBRC provides multiple levels of training and lesson programs, all custom tailored to fit your needs.
Portuguese Bend Riding Club is located at 40 Narcissa Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. You can contact them at www.pbrcride.com., or call 310-377-3507.

Mystic Canyon Stable specializes in Recreational Horseback Riding Lessons and camps. They teach English, Western, Bareback Pad, bare Bareback, Jumping, Gymkhana, Arena, Trail and lots more. Here they will learn how to safely handle, tack up, ride and care for your mount or one of our lesson equines. You can start as early as 3 years of age at this location.
Mystic Canyon Stable is located at 26730 Eastvale Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula. You can contact them at www.mysticcayonstable.com, or call 310-621-4247.

Photo above courtesy of Palos Verdes Stables.

Palos Verdes offers many opportunities for horse properties for your family to enjoy. 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 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!
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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.