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By Elaine Murphy Carlson | Broker in Palos Verdes Estates,...
  • Palos Verdes Police & Fire Departments Open House


    75 city open house

    Palos Verdes Police & Fire Department Open House is a great event that the whole family will enjoy.  On Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, the city of Palos Verdes Estates will open their doors for Palos Verdes homes owners to come in and meet the men and women who serve our City.  This will include the Police Department, Streets & Parks Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    The theme “Getting To Know Your City,” which is part of the 75 year City Anniversary, offers all of us the opportunity to see inside the doors of the police & fire station, dispatch, briefing room, booking room, firing range, detective bureau and even take a tour of the jail.  Children of all ages will be able to view the latest in rescue equipment, shakey quakey, fire apparatus and emergency vehicles, and meet the K-9.

    They will also be giving out information on community programs which support these services and food and drinks will be offered.  This is a free event, so bring your children and your camera along for this fun event.

    Palos Verdes City Hall is located at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates 90274.

    Photo courtesy of the City of Palos Verdes

  • Mid August 2014 Palos Verdes Home Sales

    Posted Under: Home Buying, Home Selling, In My Neighborhood  |  August 25, 2014 4:09 PM  |  6 views  |  No comments

    Palos Verdes flowers

    Palos Verdes real estate single family home sales in the first 21 days of August 2014 are 44 homes which is down from the 53 Palos Verdes homes sold in the first 21 days of July and an increase from the first 21 days of July 2013 (36).  (It may take an additional week for some sales to post after the actual close of escrow).  The average sales price for single family Palos Verdes homes from August 1st to date is $1,636,135 which is an increase from last month’s average of $1,452,605 for this same time period.  The average sales price for this same time period in August 2013 was $1,465,424

    In August 2014 to date, the highest priced Palos Verdes home sold for $6,820,000 and is located in the Monte Malaga neighborhood city of Palos Verdes Estates and has 5 bedrooms, 8 baths and 6,418 square feet on a 23,402 square foot lot.  This brand new breathtaking Mediterranean estate features unobstructed Queen’s Necklace/ocean/city views, gourmet kitchen, library, home theater, wine cellar, elevator, outdoor barbecue kitchen and pool/spa with waterfall.  The lowest priced Palos Verdes home sold to date in August for $905,000 and is located in the Palos Verdes Drive North neighborhood of Rolling Hills Estate; this home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1,542 square feet on a 14,262 square foot lot.

    We currently have 224 active single family Palos Verdes homes for sale priced between $899,000 in Rolling Hills Estates and $53,000,000 in the city of Rolling Hills (the low in Eastview is $450,000).  To view Palos Verdes real estate statistics from May 2013 through July 2014, click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Hikes in September

    Posted Under: General Area in Palos Verdes Estates, Parks & Recreation in Palos Verdes Estates, In My Neighborhood in Palos Verdes Estates  |  August 25, 2014 4:00 PM  |  8 views  |  No comments

    white point kids

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is presenting Palos Verdes hikes and a variety of outdoor activities for Palos Verdes homes owners to participate in during the month of September.  In addition to hikes and other outside activities, they are always looking for volunteers to assist in keeping our hillsides maintained.

    Special Events:

    A guided nature walk by Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to Abalone Cove Reserve, will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.  Walk along the bluff of Abalone Cove learning about this active restoration site while enjoying the view from Portuguese Point.  This is a moderate walk and is free and open to the public.  For more information contact (310) 541-7613 ext. 201.

    National Public Lands Day hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will play an instrumental role in beautifying White Point Nature Preserve.  Join in for a full morning of planting native shrubs to enhance the demonstration garden.  Refreshments and t-shirts provided.  RSVP at www.pvplc.org.

    Team Leader Training Workshop at White Point Nature Education Center, Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Team Leaders provide support and oversight during October Volunteer Days.  If you love restoring habitat and working with others, this program is for you.  Applicants must go to at least 2 volunteer events before attending the workshop and commit to 4 or more Saturday events before the end of 2014.  Please contact Adrienne Mohan at amohan@pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613.

    Monthly Activities:

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy First Saturday Bird Walk at George F Canyon, will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.  This is considered a slow easy walk so that the birds are not startled.  Binoculars are provided if needed.  Also, later in the day at 3:00 p.m., the First Saturday Walk takes place at the Canyon with a descriptive walk by a naturalist.  There is a $5 suggested donation for this walk.  George F Canyon is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.

    Storytime with the Rangers at the White Point Nature Education Center will be on Saturday, September 13, 2014,  from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.   You can listen to nature themed children’s stories for young people of all ages told by the LA City Rangers.  This month’s theme is The Watershed.  Storytime is the 2nd Saturday of every month.   The Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

    Explore nocturnal sights with an expert Naturalist under a full moon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 6th, 2014.   Call (310) 547-0862 for reservations and time.  Children must be 9 years of age and there is a charge of $10 per person.

    Birding with Wild Birds Unlimited will take place at the White Point Nature Preserve on Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  at 8:30 a.m.  Binoculars will be provided.  This is an easy walk and is free.  Parking is at the Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

    Ranger Guided Family Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2014,  from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  This is a free family hike guided by LA City Rangers through the beautiful 102 acre White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Native Plant Sale will be held at White Point Nature Education Center on Saturday, September 27, 2014,  from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

    Birding with Wildbirds Unlimited will be held at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.  Binoculars are provided with this slow and easy walk.  Parking is at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates.

    Volunteer Opportunities:

    Outdoor Volunteer Day will be held at the White Point Nature Preserve, on Saturday, September 20th and September 27, 2014, from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon.  Join in for native plant garden beautification and family friendly activities during these Saturday volunteer opportunities.  Please call  (310) 541-7613 to RSVP.

    For more information on any of the above activities, go to www.pvplc.org, or call (310) 541-7613.

    Click here to read my previous article on Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails in June.

    Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy White Point Preserve

  • Favorite Palos Verdes Homes - August 19, 2014

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palos Verdes Estates, Home Selling in Palos Verdes Estates, In My Neighborhood in Palos Verdes Estates  |  August 25, 2014 3:50 PM  |  7 views  |  No comments

    My favorite Palos Verdes Homes on the August 19, 2014, Palos Verdes real estate Broker’s Tour (35 homes had open houses) are described below.  Today, my friend, Lisa, who is visiting from Atlanta accompanied me and it was fun to see our beautiful area through someone else’s eyes.  We currently have 228 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale ranging in price from $899,500 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 to $53,000,000 in the City of Rolling Hills (The low in Eastview is $450,000, an auction home).  There are 65 Palos Verdes townhomes for sale priced between $220,000 and $2,895,000.  My favorite Palos Verdes homes today are: Click here to continue reading.....

    Favorite Palos Verdes home at 2624 Via Olivera, Palos Verdes Estate, CA 90274  Favorite Palos Verdes home at 25 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

  • Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance Road Rallye


    pleasure rallye 2014

    On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance Pleasure Road Rallye will be featuring some of the “nooks and crannies” of the Peninsula that most of us have never explored.

    Gather your friends and navigators and join in – beginning with lunch and registration at the Rolling Hills Country Club from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  At 1:00 p.m. the actual “Pleasure Road Rallye” will begin and will take advantage of the beautiful ocean views which surrounds the Peninsula.  During the 2 hour drive there will be a few brain teasers, and some interesting stops.  After viewing some historical Peninsula locations, you will finish at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates where a reception will be held honoring this year’s Grand Marshal Don Panoz (who leads the Delta Wing endurance racing team).

    This is a pleasure rallye so beginners and experienced rallye participants are encouraged to join in.  There will be hot rods, classic cars and even the family car is welcome to join – driving and exploring for fun.  The entry cost will include lunch and the Grand Marshal’s reception (which starts at 5:00 p.m and goes until 10:00 p.m.) with a hosted beer, wine and champagne reception.  The entry cost of $200 includes both the driver and navigator.  Children under 12 ride for free.  Any additional guests may travel with you enjoying both the lunch and reception for a price of $95.  Tickets will sell out and you are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon.

    For a full day of fun, which also includes the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop for prizes and the Grand Marshal’s reception, purchase your tickets at www.pvconcours.org under the Road Rallye tab.

    Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours

  • Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance


    concours 2014

    Automotive Innovation will be the theme for the 22nd Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance.  The event will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Trump National Golf Club on the Palos Verdes bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where you can walk among the pristine Concours quality autos that defined Innovation in their age.  The featured classics include Cord and Tucker, and others such as Duesenberg, Microcars, Morgans & Volkswagons.  The Concours will also recognize the 50 Anniversary of both the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang. Other Classes will showcase post-war American and European cars and a full range of sport cars and motorcycles.

    This year, the Concours will celebrate the last 100 years of innovation and produce a show with automotive gems that demonstrate the pursuit of engineering advancement and style that have brought us the auto of today.   This years, Grand Marshall will be Don Panoz whose automotive and motorsports accomplishments (such as leading the Delta Wing endurance racing team and working to bring it’s technology to street cars) demonstrate his pioneering spirit and focus on innovation.  In addition to viewing all of the exhibited cars, there will be shopping area for gifts, dining at the elegant Club House, and many show cars to examine in the display areas.

    Tickets my be purchased up until September 13, 2014, for $35 or you can purchase tickets at the gate for $40.  Students with ID are $25, and children under 12 are free.  Parking for the event is $10 and valet parking is available for $40.  For more information and reservations, go to www.pvconcours.org.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center, and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation Charities which includes Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.  For more information call (866) 522-7746.

    To view my previous article on the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance click here.

    Photo is courtesy of the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance.

  • Palos Verdes Home Sales Valmonte Neighborhood First Half of 2014

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palos Verdes Estates, Home Selling in Palos Verdes Estates, In My Neighborhood in Palos Verdes Estates  |  August 25, 2014 3:23 PM  |  11 views  |  No comments

    Palos Verdes Trees

    Palos Verdes homes sales for the Valmonte neighborhood for the first half of 2014 increased to 17 single family homes sold in 2014 compared to 15 in 2013.  Price per square foot for Valmonte houses that sold in the first half of 2014 increased to $616 from $594 in 2013, a 3.7% increase.  Average sales price for Valmonte homes sold in the first half of 2014 decreased to $1,377,093 in 2014 compared to $1,594,933 in 2013.  The most expensive Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $2,150,000 and the lowest priced Palos Verdes home sale in the Valmonte neighborhood was $865,000.

    Currently, the Valmotne neighborhood has 12 Palos Verdes homes for sale.  There are 12 single family homes for sale ranging in price from $1,099,900 for a 3 bedroom/2 bath, 2,051 square foot home, to $2,799,000 for a 4 bedroom/4 bath, 4,000 square foot home.  There are no condo/townhomes in this neighborhood.

    For background and history on the Valmonte Neighborhood Multiple Listing Area 164, please click here to read my prior article on this neighborhood.

    To view current Palos Verdes home sales for the Valmonte neighborhood and real estate statistics for the entire Peninsula, please click here or on the “Statistics” tab above.

    Photo of Valmonte path courtesy of Arvin Design

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