June 2015

Luxury Home on La Canada in Rancho Palos Verdes–Video

By | June 18th, 2015|Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Even after 23 years in the real estate business in Palos Verdes and the South Bay of Los Angeles I still look forward to the Tuesday tour of new listings. This Spanish style beauty was one of my favorites on this week's tour.  It's a luxury home without the luxury price tag.   With high-quality interior finishes the four bedroom newer construction home has nearly 3300 sq. ft. of living space, pool and view.  It is listed at $1,899,000 and is located in the Miraleste neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes off Palos Verdes Drive East. For more information on Rancho [...]

Palos Verdes Home Seller Tip–Ready, Set, Show!

By | June 7th, 2015|Country Club, Crest, Eastview, Front Page, La Cresta, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Los Verdes, Mira Catalina, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Peninsula Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip, Silver Spur|

Kitchens and bathrooms often are a buyer's tipping point when it comes to purchasing a home.   Your property is ready for the FOR SALE sign and the parade of real estate agents with prospective buyers in tow. You're confident in the selected price after analyzing reams of comparable sales and touring the current neighborhood competition. No question the price is spot on.   The house never looked better. The painters, window washers and staging pros have worked their magic, and you walked through your home with utter amazement wondering if you really want to move now that your house is [...]

May 2015

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Portuguese Bend Riding Club in Palos Verdes

By | May 30th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Horse Property, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

  I often receive questions about places to board horses on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The Portuguese Bend Riding Club in Rancho Palos Verdes is always on my list of suggested stables. I was previewing new listings in the gated neighborhood recently and took the opportunity to feature the equestrian amenities in this short video clip.   The entrance to the gated community is off Palos Verdes Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.  The landscape is majestic with rolling hills and ocean vistas.   There are riding and exercise rings as well as miles of trails throughout the neighborhood. [...]

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 [...]

Palos Verdes Home Prices

By | May 13th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

I often write about the Palos Verdes luxury home market--those residences priced above $2,000,000.  Today,  let's look at Palos Verdes homes priced below $2,000,000: Rancho Palos Verdes has 70 single family detached homes priced at $2,000,000 or less currently for sale. Palos Verdes Estates has 15 single family homes priced at or under $2,000,000. Rolling Hills Estates has 9 single family homes for sale priced at or under $2,000,000. Palos Verdes Peninsula (the unincorporated areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula) has 3 single family homes for sale priced at or under $2,000,000. Rolling Hills currently has no homes listed for [...]

Sellers, Your Home Is Staged Whether You Know It Or Not

By | May 7th, 2015|Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Seller Tip|

Forget about fifteen minutes of fame. The average home showing takes less than ten minutes.  If your home captures the heart and soul of the prospective buyers they may stay longer.  If not, they are gone in under five minutes.  Yes, your house is staged whether you know it or not.   The image of your home is frozen in time in the buyer's mind.  Images of the style, the furnishings, the condition, the smell, the amenities and the ambiance are locked away for future consideration or rejection.  These components make up the overall "staging" of your property at the time [...]

April 2015

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Report–1st Quarter 2015

By | April 28th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

The Palos Verdes luxury home market enjoyed a robust beginning during the first quarter of 2015 with the sale of 28 residences priced over $2,000,000.   Sales recorded in each of the four cities and the unincorporated area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Palos Verdes Estates:  13 Rolling Hills:  8 Rancho Palos Verdes:  4 Palos Verdes Peninsula:  2 Rolling Hills Estates:  1   The highest price paid for a Palos Verdes luxury homes during the first three months of 2015 was $15,550,000 for a home in the Monte Malaga neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates. 31 Palos Verdes luxury homes 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

Top 5 Reasons to Love Living in Palos Verdes, CA

By | February 20th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Inspiration, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

I wrote the original version of this article back in 2008--some things change and others remain the same.  Even though I've gone on to expound in-depth about the Palos Verdes lifestyle with my article 100 Reasons to Call Palos Verdes Home, the original 5 still top my list. Original article as written January 2008: I was recently asked by a soon-to-be resident what I like best about living in Palos Verdes.  My answer was not as concise and to the point as I would have liked.  Later, I found myself thinking about the very legitimate question and here's my list: [...]

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 [...]