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Remax PV realtors- Heidi Mackenbach and Frank Fountain

By Heidi Mackenbach and Frank Fountain, Remax Palos Verdes | Agent in Palos Verdes Estates,...
  • Lunada Bay

    Posted Under: General Area in Palos Verdes Estates, In My Neighborhood in Palos Verdes Estates, Property Q&A in Palos Verdes Estates  |  January 2, 2012 9:06 AM  |  537 views  |  No comments

    Lunada Bay, a small town along the West coast of Palos Verdes Estates, sits on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean and the north western edge of the peninsula. Boasting a fountain and quaint, charming commercial district, Lunada Bay gives residents a local market, service station, shops, and restaurants. A larger shopping plaza was originally planned for the area that included an incline railway down the bluffs with bath houses at the beach. When the Great Depression happened, plans fell through and commercial lots were turned into residential ones. Now, streets with "plaza" after their name indicate a connection to the commercial district from the original master plan. A favorite among families, Lunada Bay is within walking instance of all three local schools- Lunada Bay Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, and Palos Verdes High School. The eastern section of Lunada Bay border Rancho Palos Verdes along Via Coronel and Via Castilla known as "University Subdivision." 

    Bluff Cove is a wide, sweeping bay surf spot in Palos Verdes. Located at Palos Verdes Drive West and Via Monte Mar, the Cove was popular with the redwood paddleboard crew of the 1930s. Also a marine preserve, it offers a rugged element unique to the L.A. surfing experience. Home to porpoises, seals, and sea otters the area generally keeps healthy kelp beds and wind chop to a minimum. The bulge of the Palos Verdes Peninsula blocks all but west and northwest swells creating usually small swells during this summer but several consistent winter breaks. The Cove has three main breaks- Little Reef (up to six feet on a medium to high tide), Middle's (the main break with up to 12 feet), and Boneyard's (scattered series of reeds at south end that break erratically, up to 15 feet).

  • Portuguese Bend

    Posted Under: Property Q&A in Rancho Palos Verdes  |  December 29, 2011 8:46 AM  |  760 views  |  No comments

    Portuguese bend is a region with the largest area of natural vegetation remaining on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Once slated for development, the area is geologically unstable for building. The peninsula, which was an island on the Palos Verdes Hills as close similarities to the Channel Islands. The Portuguese Bend Landslide is a slow moving landslide located on the Palos Verdes Hills. The hills form an elongated dome that rises from sea level to altitudes more than 430 meters. The regional climate is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. The Portuguese Bend Club is a private beach colony featuring 94 homes with its occupants living alongside the Portuguese Bend Landslide. Once a favorite summer vacation spot with small cottages and homes in the 1940s, the area spans over 38 acres with a half mile of coastline. The Club noq offers its members a volleyball court, tennis court, playground equipment, picnic tables, and firepits. Prior to 1956, the club featured a dock and clubhouse, paddle tennis courts, and swimming pool. All were destroyed by the 260 acre landslide in 1956 triggered by L.A county road crews who were working on the an extension of Palos Verdes Drive West. About 100 homes were destroyed and 50 damaged along with the club house, restaurant, and pool. 

  • What to consider when buying your next home

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palos Verdes Estates, Property Q&A in Palos Verdes Estates  |  December 27, 2011 7:58 AM  |  472 views  |  No comments

    What to consider when buying your next home-

    There are many factors in choosing your next home. Selecting a home can involve many elements that you may not have considered. The following is a home selection checklist to help you clarify your thoughts:

    • In what area do you want your home to be?
    • What type of home are you looking for?
    • How much space do you need in your home?
    • Why are you buying a new home?
    • What are the schools like?
    • How is the recreation in the area?
    • What are the longer term trends in the area?

  • Valmonte, Palos Verdes Estates

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palos Verdes Estates, Home Selling in Palos Verdes Estates, Property Q&A in Palos Verdes Estates  |  December 27, 2011 7:58 AM  |  520 views  |  No comments

    Valmonte is an area located at the northern end of Palos Verdes Estates known as "The Grove," for its dense eucalyptus tree growth. Situated between the border of the Palos Verdes Golf Course at the south and the Hollywood Riviera at the north, Valmonte presents prospective buyers with large and charming homes predominantly featuring Eastern traditional and Southern colonials styles. Prized for its convenient location, Valmonte offers easy access to the beaches, the Torrance financial and shoppings districts, and the 110 Freeway. The City of Palos Verdes Estates owns a horse stable located in Valmonte, operating under a concession agreement. Located at 4057 Via Opata, the stables offer riding lessons, trail rides, housekeeping for privately owned horses and a summer horse camp. 

  • Homes for Sale Rancho Palos Verdes

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Rancho Palos Verdes, Home Selling in Rancho Palos Verdes, Property Q&A in Rancho Palos Verdes  |  December 27, 2011 7:57 AM  |  595 views  |  No comments

    Homes for sale Rancho Palos Verdes

    Located along the magnificent bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, residents and visitors of Rancho Palos Verdes experience views of the Pacific Ocean. Homes for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes feature some of the finest architectural design and grandeur in southern California and have arguably the most expansive views of the water, with over seven miles of oceanfront. Surrounded by an incredible coastal landscape, homes for sale in the area are a non-intrusive part of its surroundings focused on co-existing with the natural landscape.

    Homes For Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Whether it is Portuguese Bend, the Point Vicente Lighthouse, or the many equestrian facilities and trails that call you to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, there is something for everyone. From golf to shopping and dining, come visit the area to truly understand its beauty. As local real estate professionals, we have been servicing the needs of this community for over forty years and are backed by a plethora of specialties. It would be our pleasure to introduce you to the area and to the homes for sale Rancho Palos Verdes has available to you.

    When searching for homes for sale, Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the most luxurious and beautiful communities in California and you are sure to fall in love with its character and charm. For more information on Palos Verdes homes for sale, please feel free to contact Heidi and Frank at your convenience.
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  • Real Estate Mortgage Glossary

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palos Verdes Estates, Home Selling in Palos Verdes Estates, Property Q&A in Palos Verdes Estates  |  December 27, 2011 7:56 AM  |  465 views  |  No comments

    Below you'll find a mortgage glossary for Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Los Angeles County, CA areas. Understanding real estate terminology can be helpful when buying or selling a home, commercial property, or investment property. We have prepared a list of real estate terms to help you with your real estate transaction. Thanks again and contact us for any of your real estate needs for Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance here in Los Angeles County, CA.

    Terms:

    Interest Rate
    The monthly effective rate paid (or received if you are a creditor) on borrowed money. Expressed as a percentage of the sum borrowed.

    MLS- IDX
    IDX, or broker reciprocity, is a listing sharing arrangement between brokers within a Mulitple Listing Service.

    Market Value
    An asset's market value is the price it would fetch in the market, if it were sold in the current marketplace.

    Title Insurance
    A type of insurance which guarantees the ownership and quality of title to land.

    Appraisal
    An educated estimate of the value of a property on a certain date given by a person, usually after an inspection of the property.

    As is
    Implied in most Agreements of Purchase and Sale, suggests the buyer is accepting the property in it present state and relinquishes and responsibility from the buyer.

    Bankruptcy
    a) A person who has done any of the acts that by law entitle his creditors to have his estate administered for their benefit; b) a person judicially declared subject to having his estate administered under the bankrupt laws for the benefit of his creditors; c) a person who becomes insolvent.

    Bid
    To offer (a price) whether for payment or acceptance.

    Property Tax
    A tax levied on real or personal property

    Interest Rate
    The percentage usually on an annual basis that is paid for the use of money borrowed from another

    Home Loan
    a) Money lent at interest; b) something lent usually for the borrower's temporary use.

    Credit Risk
    An estimate of the amount of credit that can be extended to a company or person without undue risk.

    Credit Union
    A cooperative organization that makes loans to its members at low interest rates.

    Prime Rate
    The lowest rate of interest on bank loans at a given time and place, offered to preferred borrowers.

    ARM
    A mortgage whose interest rate is raised or lowered at periodic intervals according to the prevailing interest rates in the market.

    Home Equity Loan
    A loan or credit line that is secured by the equity the borrower has in a home.

    Mortgage
    A temporary, conditional pledge of property to a creditor as security for performance of an obligation or repayment of a debt.

  • Rancho Palos Verdes Homes For Sale

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Rancho Palos Verdes, Home Selling in Rancho Palos Verdes, Property Q&A in Rancho Palos Verdes  |  December 22, 2011 9:24 AM  |  608 views  |  No comments

    Rancho Palos Verdes 

    The largest incorporated city on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes real estate is home to over 45,000 residents who enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic cliffs and Pacific Ocean. Located about 30 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Rancho Palos Verdes provides a unique lifestyle away from the big city. With miles of trails, peacock sightings, city parks on the beach, and a plethora of amenities including, shopping and dining facilities, Rancho Palos Verdes is surrounded by rocky coves and pristine beaches and quickly becomes a haven for those who call the area home.

    Real Estate Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    The Rancho Palos Verdes real estate market consists of mainly single-family homes, with most considered luxury properties by national standards. Prices on single-family homes range in the mid $900,000’s, while homes with scenic views and luxurious upgrades can fetch price tags well into the multi-millions. There are also a handful of condominiums and townhouses available in Rancho Palos Verdes, with average prices falling between $700,000 and $900,000.

    Specializing in the purchase and sale of residential real estate throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including Rolling Hills real estate, local real estate agents Heidi Mackenbach and Frank Fountain can help you secure the Rancho Palos Verdes home of your dreams. To learn more about the Rancho Palos Verdes real estate market, please feel free to contact them at your convenience. They look forward to hearing from you and to earning your trust and business.
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