Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Real Estate News

By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Ocean views abound in the Mira Catalina neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes.  The community is anchored by Mira Catalina Elementary School and Marymount College.  Nestled in the hills on the southeast side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula it remains one of the most affordable areas in Palos Verdes.            Marymount College    The numbers are in for the first half of 2008 for Single Family Homes in the Mira Catalina neighborhood: Active Listings:  12 homes are currently for sale priced from $999,000 to $3,399,000. In Escrow:  3 homes are currently under contract priced from $1,049,000 to $1,400,000. 2008 Sales:  4 homes sold priced from $1,040,000 to $1,555,000. In 2007 14 homes sold priced from $950,000 to $2,200,000.   If you would like to view homes in the Mira Catalina neighborhood ...
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By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - )
Staging your home to sell is one of the most important things that you can do to effectively market your home for sale. Staging is simply the process of putting the "best foot forward" in presenting your property for sale. Most of the steps in staging your home can be done relatively inexpensively, but it takes someone, such as me, with a keen eye for design and years of experience to unlock the full potential of your home. If you visit my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com/convertedpages/stagingyourhome.html you can discover the steps to effectively stage your home
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By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - )
When Marineland closed in December1986,Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which owned Sea World in San Diego, purchased Marineland, ostensibly to continue to operate it. Their intent, however, was to purchase Marineland solely to acquire Corky and Orky, a successful breeding pair of killer whales. Harcourt was in the process of rapidly expanding the Sea World enterprise throughout the nation, and was in desperate need of proven, successful breeding pairs of killer whales in order to supply their new Sea World locations with their headline act, "Shamu, the killer whale".   Orky, the larger male, at Marineland showHarcourt had been denied a permit to capture additional killer whales in the wild and was therefor limited to acquiring killer whales already in captivity. They therefor purchased the p...
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By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - )
From 1955 to 1974, a Nike Missile battery was located at the site of the current Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. The City Hall for Rancho Palos Verdes was relocated to the administration buildings of the former Nike missile site in 1975, shortly after the City of Rancho Palos Verdes was incorporated in 1973. Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall circa 1975 For more informatio about the history of Rancho Palos Verdes, go to my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=1824011&NF=1
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Palos Verdes Dr. East neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes offers a variety of homes from Old Spanish charmers to minimalist modern masterpieces.  With fabulous city lights and Los Angeles Harbor views plus excellent freeway access it is a choice location for commuters. Statistics are in for the first half of 2008 for the Palos Verdes Dr. East neighborhood: Active Listings:  28 Single Family Homes are currently for sale priced from $799,000 to $3,400,000. In Escrow:  6 homes are under contract priced from $877,000 to $1,499,000. 2008 Sales:  18 homes sold priced from $675,000 to $2,865,000. In 2007 36 Single Family Homes sold priced from $949,000 to $2,775,000.   Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 South Bay Los Angeles cities I se...
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By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - )
The following is an excerpt from my website regarding secrets and little know facts about the Palos Verdes Peninsula (see http://maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=1824011&NF=1 ): "A section of 1,000 acres was originally set aside by the planners of the Palos Verdes Project for a University campus, which ultimately was proposed, in 1925, for the new southern branch of the University of California, which later became UCLA. This land was in the center of the Palos Verdes Peninsula where Peninsula High School, the Peninsula Shopping Center, and the Avenue of the Peninsula Shopping Center is located. The proposal, in addition to the donated 1,000 acres, included other inducements. These inducements included $1,000,000, the construction of a model grammar school and a model h...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
Date 3/07 4/07 5/07 6/07 7/07 8/07 9/07 10/07 11/07 12/07 1/08 2/08 3/08 4/08 5/08 For Sale 7 11 13 7 8 11 15 12 9 10 9 9 8 8 11 Sold 8 6 3 5 9 4 1 4 4 0 0 3 3 3 2 Pended 5 2 2 5 2 2 2 3 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales 0.9 1.8 4.3 1.4 0.9 2.8 15.0 3.0 2.3 n/a n/a 3.0 2.7 2.7 5.5 Months of Inventory based on Pended Sales 1.4 5.5 6.5 1.4 4.0 5.5 7.5 4.0 n/a 10.0 9.0 3.0 2.0 8.0 11.0 Avg. Active Price 998 1031 1066 1023 1058 1165 1126 1127 997 999 961 1012 1075 1089 1102 Avg. Sld Price 975 1120 1226 957 1057 998 870 1051 987 0 0 1168 1128 1011 842 Avg. Sq. Ft. Price 604 539 759 592 543 595 607 566 509 0 0 512 430 530 597 Sold/List Diff. % 99 97 98 100 99 99 99 97 98 0 0 96 89 97 97 Days on Market 32 35 21 32 52 56 53 13 72 0 0 73 70 111 131 Median Price 940 900 113...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
    SNEEZE They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing .. and the traditional caps, they looked almost . as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears. This class would NOT pray during the commencements----not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine.....until the final speech received a standing ovation. A solitary student...
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By Elaine Murphy Carlson
(RE/MAX Estates Properties)
Rancho Palos Verdes was the last city on the Peninsula to incorporate in 1973.  The city has 7.5 miles of coastline and 12.3 square miles of land.  Rancho Palos Verdes is the largest city on the Peninsula.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated population in the year 2003 was 42,265. Click here to continue
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Dirt is moving and the sounds of construction can be both heard and seen at the former of site of Marineland in Rancho Palos Verdes.  The site of which was once the largest oceanarium in the world, will now house Terranea Resort.  As I was out viewing Palos Verdes properties today, I drove by the Terranea Resort and Spa and was impressed with the progress made thus far.    For those of you not familiar with the development, the Resort will include a resort hotel with 360 rooms, 50 for sale Casita units with 150 rentable keys, 32 for sale Villas with 32 rentable keys, and 20 for sale Bungalows with 40 rentable keys.  The Resort will also feature a spa and fitness center, common area, meeting space, food and beverage outlets, retail space, a nine hole golf course and swimming pools. At th...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
So you want to relocate to Los Angeles, Well According to US News in 2007 Our own Palos Verdes Peninsual High ranked 89th out of the top 100 Schools in the US. Palos Verdes High School trails closely behind..Not bad for being #1 in California and top 89th in the US. I heard that our own Silver Spur ELementary placed in the top 10 of all elementary schools Nationwide. Congratulations, Palos Verdes...Governor's education cuts won't bring us down but we should pray for the less fortunate cities in California. Education The city is served by Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. PVPUSD schools have constantly ranked among the best in California and the nation. The Washington Post once ranked the district's largest high school, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS) in neighbo...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
Just thought I would share some fun and educational facts about Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. My next blog will be on more info, schools, police dept., demographics so stay tune.   Picture courtesy of google images www.palosverdes.com From Wikipedia: "Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) is a city in Los Angeles County, California that was incorporated on September 7, 1973. The population was 41,145 at the 2000 census. Rancho Palos Verdes is a quiet, affluent suburb of Los Angeles. Sitting atop the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it is well known for its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean . The History of Rancho Palos Verdes dates back to the Spanish explorers and the establishment of the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Its most notable geographic features are the hills and ...
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By Rachel Martiens and Kathy Tyndall = The Tyndall Team, Love Living In The South Bay
(RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES)
The information in this study covers data as of the end of April 2008. New active listings dropped off a bit in April. Sold properties in April bumped up from the first few months of the year but are still well below the April 2007 numbers: Median sales prices had a strong April, but with the low number of sales, may be an aberration (we'll know more next month): The median days on market for sold properties also pulled back slightly in April, a good sign:With the days on market and median sales prices showing some strength, I was surprised to see that the median price per square foot numbers were down a bit in April. It looks like with all the new construction, additions, etc, buyers have been getting more for their money in the past few quarters!    For more details or specific area d...
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As a Rancho Palos Verdes resident have you ever wanted to contact the city to ask a question or report a problem and realized that it was after business hours?  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is internet savvy and has now provided a form on their site that allows residents to report concerns or ask their questions.  The link is http://www.palosverdes.com/rpv/comments/index.cfm.  It is called their Non Emergency Service Requests, Inquiries or Comments Form. Residents can report fallen street signs or new potholes, request a document, or inquire about park site rentals.  It good to know that the City is making communication easier for us.  I just wanted to pass this info onto you.
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
                                                                               Picture & story courtesy of my church.orgThe only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?" Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approac...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
 Governor Swartznegger has cut 14 billion dollars from our education,seriously threaten one of the great assets of our community - the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. If all our parents donated $200 per enrolled student in the family, we'd reach our goal. More community donations and family donations would be appreciated. This campaign is strictly for teacher's salaries and will be separate from the PEF annual campaign. Save Our Teachers Now! is to save the teachers from layoffs for next year 2008-2009. ,60 Teachers have benn given lay off notices if we do not raise enough money by May 21,20083-4 Teachers will be laid off from each school in Palos Verdes. What that means to you is that you are keeping your child's class sizes the same. Also, Many programs will be dropped...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
  Don't keep it  a secret...Pass it on to all your relatives,friends and neighbors..  I am so thrilled to find this great protection source for the Elderly right here in Torrance,  This Coalition is to protect the Elders and stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation.  Next week I will have more information after I attend the Keepsafe seminar given for our Remax Realtors. So stay tuned for the continued blog next Thursday. I have included the link to keepsafe below. I hope this helps protect our Elders here and elsewhere. Pass it on to all your relatives and loved ones. http://www.keep-safe.org/main.htm Here are some excerpts taken from the Keep Safe Coalition Website:  More than 60,000 persons age 65 or older live in our South Bay area. Elders in the South Bay (and elsewhere) are the target...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
  DON'T Miss this great informative seminar on Senior Rights and Care Information10am - 12pm If you need more information, please feel free to contact me. 310-377-6695 ask for Mary  Courtesy of the P A L O S V E R D E S L I B R A R Y D I S T R I C T                 Peninsula Center LibraryCommunity Room701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estateswww.pvld.orgFree and open to the public. Reservations are not required, For more information call 310.377.9584 x601Mission Possible:Long Term CareChoices & AdvocacyMost consumers know more about cell phones and DVD’sthan they do about their choices for Long-Term Care in California.This program will discuss choices for Long-Term Care and consumer rights which can make it possible for each of us to achieve the quality of life and care we expect thr...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
    Courtesy of Google images- PV Peninsula It is out the latest statistics for Sales from 11/2006 through February,2008... The market shows a very stable 2007 and a good 2008. Predictions for the spring of 2008 looks like the market will continue on an upswing with the usual lows of Jan.2008 and Feb.2008 which is normal for this time of year. So if you are holding off selling, don't wait any longer, Now is the time to make your move. Per USA Today Article in yesterday's paper, they feel the market has just about bottomed out...So call your Realtor today and make your dreams come true.. Chart below shows all homes in the 90275 zip code for homes priced between $1,000,000.00 and $20,000,000.00   Date 12/06 1/07 2/07 3/07 4/07 5/07 6/07 7/07 8/07 9/07 10/07 11/07 12/07 1/08 2/08 For Sale ...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
 Jay Secular and the ACLJ, American Center for Law and Justice Lawyers will now be preparing to defend a case from the Group Freedom from Religion-"As our nation continues to battle terrorism-at home and abroad-there is a very real threat that millions of students in the United States will no longer have an opportunity to express their patriotism by voluntarily reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase "one nation, under God." Quote from ACLJ.org. If you want to preserve our Pledge of Allegiance and stop the fight to take God's name off of our money " In God We Trust" than join the fight by calling Jay Seccular's Office and send these Lawyers the funds they need asap to quickly fight this case.  It is urgent that you move quickly, since they are preparing to go to trial sooner t...
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