May 2015

What’s the Value of a Palos Verdes View?

By | May 13th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Seller Tip|

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is the value of a view.  This is one of the great puzzles of selling view homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  We have a plethora of views.  There are varying degrees of views, there are up close and personal views and there are some homes with pastoral views (some buyers consider this a non-view when compared with a panoramic view).  What's an agent to do when asked to place a value on a view? The Views of Palos Verdes: The Queen's Necklace view is one of the most sought after on the [...]

6 Reasons Your Next Home May Be in Palos Verdes

By | May 7th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Inspiration, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Reasons People Want to Live in Palos Verdes: 1)  Few places on earth are more beautiful.   2)  The Palos Verdes Unified School District is one of the top public school systems in California.   3)  It is located in Los Angeles County, and is close to all the urban conveniences, but is a coastal retreat far from the hustle and bustle of city life.   4)  The climate provides many days of sunshine, a few of rain, but snow is a rare occurrence.   5)  The coastal location provides easy access to beaches.  The Palm Springs desert towns are [...]

March 2015

Stop the Car!

By | March 12th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Monte Malaga, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Those were my words when we rounded a curve and this view popped into my line of vision on a glorious view day in Palos Verdes.  We simply had to park the car and capture the view. Views are an integral part of the Palos Verdes lifestyle, and it's not hard to understand why once you are treated to sights like this view of the Queen's Necklace.  The curve of the land where water meets sand and is greeted by twinkling city lights is such a bejeweled vision it earned the name of Queen's Necklace.  It is certainly ranked among [...]

February 2015

There’s a Home in Palos Verdes for You

By | February 16th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes|

One of the things I like best about Palos Verdes, besides the coastal setting and stellar school system, is the wide variety of housing choices available. A 45 minutes drive around the Palos Verdes Peninsula will encompass 1950s and 60s cookie cutter communities (albeit with a luxurious flair) beginning to assert their individuality with distinctive style and architectural makeovers, to gated coastal estates and horse properties complete with stables and direct access to the numerous riding trails laced throughout the hills and canyons. If a hint of history and character are desired, Palos Verdes Estates offers many Old Spanish beauties built in the 1920s and 30s in Malaga Cove. Enter at your [...]

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Market Report–February 2015

By | February 5th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Seller Tip|

Luxury is difficult to define and quantify as its definition varies from person to person and location to location.  However, for the purpose of this article I consider Palos Verdes properties sold in excess of $2,000,000 to fall into the luxury home category. During January six Palos Verdes luxury single family homes sold in excess of $2M.  The sale prices ranged from a low of $3,017,000 for a home in the gated community of Vantage Point in Rolling Hills Estates, to $15,550,000 paid for a gated estate of over 2-acres on Via Visalia in Palos Verdes Estates. There are currently [...]

September 2014

Before You Sell Your Ladera Linda Home in Palos Verdes

By | September 25th, 2014|Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes View Homes, Seller Tip|

How is the real estate market in the Ladera Linda neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes? The housing market took us on a roller coaster ride during the recession years with home prices falling close to 20 percent on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  2012 saw the beginning of the slow climb upward, and 2013 will go down in my memory as the great recovery year with gains of 20 percent or more.  Fortunately, the rapid rise in prices tapered off in 2014 and my guess is we will experience a modest 5-6 percent increase in prices for the year.  The number [...]

Ocean View Collection–Palos Verdes Homes

By | September 24th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rolling Hills, Seller Tip|

The Palos Verdes Peninsula, located in the South Bay of Los Angeles, has a plethora of ocean view homes since it is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean.   The topography of towering cliffs and rolling hills is perfect for giving many homes in Palos Verdes a spectacular view.  Although my decision to move to Rancho Palos Verdes in 1989 was heavily influenced by the stellar public schools and air quality, I was most impressed with the amazing depth and variety of view properties. Perhaps this because we moved to California from Florida with nary a [...]

June 2014

What’s For Sale in Ladera Linda?

By | June 30th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes|

The Ladera Linda neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes is nestled in the hills overlooking Trump National Golf Course with the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island in the background.  In my opinion, it is one of the best neighborhoods on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to purchase a big ocean view property at a still attractive price.  Prices are edging upward with very few homes with price tags below a million dollars, especially if the home is remodeled and on the view side of the street. There is a reason the Palos Verdes Drive South area is becoming the resort side of [...]

May 2014

Two Natural Beauties–Palos Verdes Lifestyle

By | May 15th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes|

I'm constantly reminded how fortunate I am to live in the naturally beautiful coastal area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The Pacific Oceans gifts us with gentle breezes, rhythmic waves and an enviable year-round temperate climate.  Yes, occasionally we must tolerate the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, as we are at the moment with our 100 degree temperatures and 3% humidity, but it's usually only a few days until the winds reverse, and once again roll in off the ocean offering relief and a return to the weather we're accustomed to enjoying. I love the open spaces, the hiking and [...]

February 2014

Monet Moment on Palos Verdes Walk

By | February 25th, 2014|An Agent's Life, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes|

I must admit I think Monet's Giverny garden is one of the loveliest places on earth, but his paintings capture something a bit more ethereal.  It is as if one is viewing the world through the light fog of pastel colored glasses.  That was the feeling I had as I rounded the bend on yesterday's morning walk on the trails at Trump Nation Golf Course on my way to walk along the beach near Portuguese Bend Beach Club in search of a few more pieces of sea glass to add to my collection. Although our photo file of the Palos Verdes [...]