April 2014

Bye, Bye, Green Grass

By | April 30th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Los Angeles|

  In Los Angeles City upon the sale of a house it must be retrofitted with water saving devices such as low flow toilets and shower-heads.  I have always found this rather amusing and only the proverbial drip in the bucket when it comes to saving water.  Meanwhile the expansive lawns of green grass drink at least twice a week for 20-30 minutes. California, yes the entire State, is enduring one of the worst droughts of recent memory.  On my planet the token water-saving toilets and shower-heads are no longer enough.  I'd like to see lawns converted to "desert" friendly landscaping, [...]

Big Baskets Sold My First House

By | April 30th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

Just in case any of you sellers think this agent does not empathize with the trials and tribulations of selling a property occupied by people and pets, my first experience selling a property was from the seller's perspective. Let me introduce you to the cast of characters who played leading roles in my first real estate sale. One was a seven-month pregnant woman (me), and let's not forget the two-year-old who never napped. Just to complete the picture, there was a dog who hated strangers and was still trying to master the art of relieving himself outdoors--thank heavens for hardwood [...]

Refreshing My Relocation Blog Post

By | April 30th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes|

Last week I received a call from a NYC resident who was visiting friends in Redondo Beach, CA.  She wanted to tour a few Palos Verdes properties while she was in town since she also had an interview or two scheduled while in Los Angeles.  This life-long NYC resident was ready to leave the winter of 2013-14 far behind forever. When I inquired how she found my information she said, "I Googled Palos Verdes homes for sale, and your name popped up several times. I clicked on your relocation guide." I made a mental note to update my relocation guide [...]

Palos Verdes Homes with Ocean View

By | April 14th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes|

A home with a view is often a top priority for prospective buyers in Palos Verdes.  From its vantage point high on a hill and geographically a peninsula with water on three sides, it's relatively easy to fulfill the view requirement.  The next question is, "What view do you prefer?"  In my experience having an ocean view is the number one response.  However, there are many variations of an ocean view in Palos Verdes. The ocean views from Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates often include not only the ocean but city lights and mountains giving it a 24/7 view to [...]

Walking in Palos Verdes

By | April 14th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes|

Palos Verdes never scores high on the "Walk Score" test.  However, if someone devised a "Walk Score" for sheer natural beauty Palos Verdes would score off the chart! This is one of the many photo opps I encountered on my walk along the ocean bluffs at Trump National this past week.  It's not a place I usually stop to snap a photo but the flowers, trail and waves were layered in sweet succession, and although my cardio workout may have suffered from the stop I'm sure it was offset by the therapy soaked up by the soul. You have no [...]

RAT Beach in Palos Verdes Estates–a Favorite with Parents and Kids

By | April 14th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates|

I decided to do a little research this morning by reviewing some of my most popular blog posts over the past seven years.  It was a good way to determine what topics have a timeless appeal to readers. Not surprisingly, an early post about a treasured local beach is still racking up the clicks and views. With another season of warm weather fast approaching, RAT Beach in Palos Verdes Estates will soon be the scene of surfing lessons, picnics, boogie boarding, and beach umbrellas in the sand. Here's a snippet from my 2008 post, and I've included a few photos from [...]

Palos Verdes Homes For Sale–Price Range

By | April 10th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Front Page, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills|

  I receive most of my blogging inspiration from communication with prospective buyers or sellers and the questions they ask.  After all, if they have a particular question about Palos Verdes real estate, no doubt many other people are wondering about the same topic.  Yesterday, I received a call from an out-of-the area party interested in purchasing a home in Palos Verdes for under $500,000.  Achieving his goal is highly unlikely if he wants a single family home.  However, if a condo or townhouse will do, we can do that. Our conversation progressed along the lines this blog post will [...]