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.

Palos Verdes Art Center

Palos Verdes Art Center

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, 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

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

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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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


Aboutpv-Hikes & Trails
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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

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.

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 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.

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Palos Verdes Residents Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

Palos Verdes Residents Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

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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:

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.