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General Area in Hermosa Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Oct 13, 2013
Maureen Megowan answered:
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is my favorite place to live in the South Bay. Here is why:

1. Quality of Local School System :The Palos Verdes Unified School System is one of the best in the State, and our schools consistently rank among the top in standardized test scores. These can be verified at the following link on my seb site : PV School Info . People recognize the value of having strong local public schools and the cost savings that can be achieved when they don't have to send their kids to private schools.

2. Rural Atmosphere : The foresight of the city planners of the 4 cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to insure the preservation of open space has made the Palos Verdes Peninsula an island of tranquility in the urban jungle that is Los Angeles County. In additon, the maintenance of equestrian oiented trails and rights of way have preserved this rural way of life for all of us.

3. Larger Lot Sizes and Set back Requirements: Compared to most of the local beach communities, our city governments on the hill have maintained building standards to limit the "mansionation" of homes here. Most of our cities have limitations on the size of the foundation of a home as well as strict neighborhood compatability regulations to make sure that new homes do not sit on top of each other and give all of us breathing room.

4. Our Beautiful Views and Proximity to the Ocean: We are so fortunate to enjoy the spectacular views along our coastline, as well as the magnificent city views that we also have. People who are looking to relocate here are absolutely blown away by the beauty and spectacular views that many of the homes here have. Even if you do not have a view from your home, we all enjoy the spectacular setting that we live in just when we are driving around the Peninsula. I have lived here for 24 years, and have never taken the beauty of this area for granted.

5. The Weather: Because of the moderating influence of the ocean, our weather varies very little from month to month compared to most areas of the Los Angeles basin. The cool ocean breezes cool us during the summer, and the ocean also tends to moderate cold temperatures in the winter. I live in Lunada Bay and I don't think that our high tempertures vary by more than about 10 degrees for most of the year. Most of the older homes on the Peninsula that are near the ocean do not even have air conditioning.

6. Our Sense of Community: My husband and I have raised 3 boys in the Lunada Bay area of Palos Verdes Estates, and we have made so many friends over the years through other parents participation with their children in their school programs and sports programs. Our boys played for many years in the baseball leagues, basketball leagues, and soccer programs on the Hill, and we have found most of the people that we have met to be friendly and non-pretentious. We have had some relocation clients comment to us that in the well off areas that they are moving from that people tend to treat their homes as status symbols, but I believe that most of the residents on the Hill see their houses as truly their homes.

Please call me at 310-259-7124 if you would like help in finding the perfect home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula or in one of the other beautiful South Bay beach communities. Visit my website at
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Thu Nov 5, 2009
Kaye Thomas answered:
Downtown Hermosa Beach is 1/2 block from the beach. Hermosa is a darling town that has not changed much over the years. Pier Plaza touches the sand and has some great restaurants, shops and local hotspots.. If you go to the link below you can take of tour of Hermosa Beach. ... more
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Sun Feb 28, 2010
Kaye Thomas answered:
Yes there are a number of small income properties which are ideal for buyers would like to buy a property close to the beach but aren't sure if they can afford the monthly payment... If you purchase a small 2 or 3 unit the you can live in one unit and use the income from the other units to help subsize the mortgage payment. ... more
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Kaye Thomas answered:
Yes Hermosa Beach has some stunning homes along The Strand which is located on the beach and runs from Manhattan Beach to the Redondo Beach border. There are some amazing new homes going up .. one priced at $10,600,000 is in escrow and another priced at $11,000,000 will likely go into escrow fairly soon. You can still find a lovely Strand home for a slightly smaller price. Occasionally one pops up around $6,000,000 or less and there are some wonderful walkstreet homes priced under $4,000,000. For more information see the link below ... more
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