Palos Verdes Parks Offer Facility Rentals!

Palos Verdes Parks Offer Facility Rentals!

Robert E_ Ryan Park

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?
Ikebana Floral Design

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 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.

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.

PVAC features INHABIT: The Olmstead Brothers at Palos Verdes Peninsula

PVAC features INHABIT: The Olmstead Brothers at Palos Verdes Peninsula
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Palos Verdes residents have a great opportunity to view the INHABIT: The Olmsted Brothers at Palos Verdes Peninsula, which is currently being presented at the Palos Verdes Art Center until May 27, 2018.
In 1914, the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architectural firm was commission to design a “New City”, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula after businessman Frank A. Vanderlip purchased 16,000 acres of peninsula land. John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr, sons of the famous Frederick Law Olmsted, took upon the job and were looking to replicate an Italian Mediterranean oasis .
The INHABIT presents a revealing visual experiential take on the landscape here during these years, and utilizing the original source materials that help with the firms organic based design strategies. The guest curator at the Palos Verdes Art Center Hilarie Schackai will be explaining how this exhibition is designed to cast a spotlight on the crucial process of visionary translation.
The topographic maps display the specific types of materials that were presented for planting areas which suggest ideal vantage points for home lots and neighborhood formation. Road studies, and horticultural lists were derived from these extracts. Also included are the descriptions of wildflowers and local meteorological conditions which flourished on the Peninsula at the turn of the twentieth century.
To give a complete translation of the exhibition, they have early marketing brochures and advertisements that were used to get the public invested in this gorgeous area. Here you will be able to leaf through original photo albums containing black and white pictures of Early Palos Verdes.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is located at 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Photo of Olmsted Plans & Drawings courtesy of the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted Natural Historial Site.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is a wonderful place 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

Seven Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent Before Buying

Seven Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent Before Buying

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Recently Loan America sent out an article which I think all real estate agents need to disclose when representing a client.

What are the property taxes? Know how much can you expect to pay every year, and find out if you’ll be eligible for any exemptions.

Is there a homeowners association
? Make sure you’re aware of any HOA dues and rules, and decide if they it with your lifestyle.

How’s the neighborhood? Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to research the crime rate for your prospective neighborhood. Also you can look at nearby amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants and parks.

What’s coming down the pipeline? Up and coming areas can be a great place to buy, as home values are likely to rise. You’ll also get a culture influx.

What are the utilities like? Ask about the average cost of water, gas and trash bills.Also look into the options you have for cable, internet and other wanted services.

How long has the house been on the market? If it was listed a while ago, why has it been on the market so long. There could be an issue that is being overlooked.

How soon are the owners looking to sell? If the owners are in a hurry, they’re probably more willing to negotiate on price.

When you and your agent ask the right questions it will make the best decision for your household an budget. Be thorough in the hunt for your new home, and talk through any and all concerns with your agent.

I always follow these 7 steps because I want my clients to know that I am making sure that every detail in their sales transaction is followed. I want to make sure that my clients always know that I have their best interests. 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.

Daylight Savings Time is Here!

Daylight Savings Time is Here!

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Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. So remember to turn your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed tonight. Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. It was first used in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada. Today about 40% of countries worldwide use it to make better use of daylight and to conserve energy.

Spring is just around the corner, and is a great time to look for a new home. 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 Unified School District

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Schools

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.

The Circle Presents 32nd Palos Verdes Homes Tour

The Circle Presents 32nd Palos Verdes Homes Tour
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The Palos Verdes Art Center will be presenting it’s 32nd Homes Tour, Legends By The Sea: A Tale of Three Homes, on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Tour will feature three homes that have a mix of designs with a classic Italian villa built in 1916, a mid-century oceanfront hideaway, and a bold 21st century contemporary.This is a great way to spend the day. You will be able to relax in the seaside atmosphere while touring, then enjoy a delicious luncheon from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. During the afternoon you will also have the opportunity to do a little shopping at the Collected Treasures shop, designer boutiques and enjoy original art pieces by local and PVAC Studio artists.

Pictured above is the serene and dramatic 21st century contemporary, located on the cliff’s above Abalone Cove. This high ceiling home is spacious and stylish, complemented by windows which frame the ocean view. Other favorite homes on the 2018 tour are the Villa Narcissa, which was built in 1916 to open the door to the Portuguese Bend area, and the Author’s Eclectic Abode which offers a warm welcome to a beach retreat with view of the coastline curving towards Inspiration Point.

General Admission–Online Purchase Below: $70 – Includes Luncheon
PVAC Member Admission: $65 – Includes – Includes Luncheon
General Admission–Day of Event: $75 – Includes Luncheon
For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.pvhomestour.org.

This wonderful event is put on by “The Circle” a group which is dedicated to the financial support of the Palos Verdes Art Center, which inspires individuals to create, appreciate and celebrate art since its founding in 1931. Through Art at Your Fingertips, PVAC serves over 7,000 Palos Verdes area public and private elementary school children in their classrooms. There are also more than 200 classes annually for all ages and all skill levels. The Circle is a support group of approximately 100 members which has raised well over $1-million for PVAC.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center.

Portugese Bend is a beautiful area with it’s ocean views and lots of history. 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.