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The South Bay is a collection of 13 cities that offer a vibrant Southern California lifestyle along the coast.

There's always something to do that is fun, entertaining, healthy, and close by. We'll keep you updated on a variety of events going on in our community

Nov. 21, 2019

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - NOV 22-24, 2019

Welcome to Events for this pre-Thanksgiving weekend

Here are some great events going on in this fantastic community we call home.

villages spcala fundraiser

Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Fundraiser for SPCA-LA

This very special boutique in Riviera Village offers fair-trade treasures handcrafted by artisans - mostly women - around the globe. From chocolate to coffee, jewelry to home accessories, it may just be a perfect stop on your Holiday shopping rounds. During their generous promotion through December 15, 15% of in-store sales will be donated to SPCA-LA to care for shelter pets. Present flyer on website to participate.

When:

Friday, November 22, 2019, 10am through December 15, 2019, 5pm

Where:

Ten Thousand Villages, 1907 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 90277

eric and mrs stevens

Eric Stevens' Fight for Hope to #axeALS

Eric Stevens, former CAL and LA Rams fullback and current LA Firefighter, is living with ALS, an incurable neurological disease. Everyone is invited to join his family and friends for an all-day fundraiser party with BBQ, college football viewing, live music, Cornhole Tournament, and amazing Live Auction at 2pm. All proceeds go directly to Eric's family for his care and treatment.

When:

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 11:00am-6:00pm

Where:

Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, 90277

java man jam

Java Man Jam

Live music has been a Hermosa Beach tradition for over 70 years. Entirely community-funded, this first-annual live event at Java Man coffee shop is designed to promote and enjoy local talent, build community, and revitalize the colorful downtown district. Sidewalk Sale in Downtown Hermosa Beach is also going on Friday - Sunday; Hermosa Holiday Stroll is on Saturday. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Where:

Java Man, 157 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 90254

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Nov. 19, 2019

Is it Time for a Move?

Many real estate success stories have happy endings. If you are feeling any level of discomfort in your home in any of the following ways, don't let this time of year dissuade you from making a move that could be very well-timed and, exciting.

Sometimes it makes sense to make a change before a new year lands on the calendar. See if any of these scenarios inspire you to think in a new direction sooner than later.

- Your family is growing and you need more space; this may even mean taking in an elderly parent or relative. Or on a different level, you've grown weary of keeping up with a home that has become too large for your new lifestyle.

- Even though your well-intentioned DIY and creative projects are ever-pending, they are not unfolding as expected or  they cost too much. If in fact your fixer-upper has worn out its welcome, it's highly likely that a newer, better home is waiting for you.

- You'd like to spread out more freely, either by entertaining more often or just having more on-trend "zen space". If there is little room to host guests or escape from a typical day's stress and these needs feel pressing, it's possible to find a new space to meet them.

- Lots of - or too much - time feels wasted in the car. Imagine being closer to where you spend professional or free time, perhaps even closer to those you love to spend time with.

Why not entertain the possibility that now may be a great time to sell your home to its next perfect owners, while you seek your own new dream home? Experts claim this fall finds us in a sellers market. Taking the first step will inevitably lead to those that follow, this we know for sure.

Nov. 14, 2019

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - NOV 15-17, 2019

Welcome to Events for this mid-November weekend

Here are some great events going on in this fantastic community we call home.

manhattan beach 10k run

Social Irrigation

The Garden's newest program invites you to join friends and family for a relaxing way to begin your weekend. Beer, cider, and wine are available for sale along with pre-purchase picnic meals from Torrance Bakery. Live music, garden strolls, and a try at the Great Pumpkin Hunt will surely make the evening memorable.

When:

Friday, November 15, 2019, 6pm-9pm

Where:

South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, 90274

laugh zone

Laugh Zone

A fantastic night of Karaoke and Magic invites all high school and young adults with special needs to come and be part of this fun, unique way to spend Saturday night. Experience inspiring creativity, enjoy food and drink, make new friends - all for $1 at the door.

When:

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where:

St Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, 90274  

Website:

Send RSVP to laughzone@yahoo.com to reserve your seat.

king of skate

King of the Harbor Skateboard Championships

Beachlife Backyard Games (of BeachLife Festival) partners with the Redondo Beach Police Department to present this free event for youth skaters. Generous sponsors offer live music, free gifts and food to registered competitors, giveaways, prizes, and after-party at Barney's Beanery. Pro skaters will appear and adult competition is later in the day.

When:

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 10:00am

Where:

Redondo Beach Pier, 121 West Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90277  

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Nov. 12, 2019

Praise for Life in a Multi-Generational Home

The Fairfax District in Los Angeles still has streets lined with multiple-family homes that were built in the 1930s, around the time Hollywood was born.

The brilliant minds that brought up the Hollywood studios were living in Boyle Heights, taking three streetcars to work each day. They finally decided to build homes closer to where they worked. The then-rural neighborhood surrounding Fairfax Avenue gradually became their new community. Even Canter’s Deli eventually followed its loyal fans and relocated from Boyle Heights to the Fairfax District.

The homes were designed and constructed so that extended family - grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins - could all live right next each other, if not under the same roof. Having built-in child care, domestic help, and cherished family time together all equaled a very important way of life.

Today, statistics show that 1 in 6 Americans live in a multi-generational household. A 2018 survey showed that 12% of home buyers in the US have such a household, and this is a growing trend.

The following are 5 top benefits of having a home with at least three generations living together.

Shared Expenses. It costs a lot to live well, and managing finances on one’s own can be overwhelming. Bringing family members and resources to the table as a united team creates a cooperative and powerful synergy. This reduces the strain of financial management on many levels, for those both older and younger.

Shared Responsibilities. Creating a fair distribution of tasks and chores benefits everyone involved. Younger persons are more capable of physical activity; older members may take pleasure in cooking and lightweight household duties. Seniors also offer the invaluable gift of teaching juniors the life skills they have already mastered.

Strengthened Family Bond. The level of closeness and attachment that is possible between generations can be worth gold, considering that many families live distances apart and rarely connect. 

Ensured Family Safety. In the same vein of closeness and bonding, family members learn to be present for each other. With multiple ages living under one roof, it is rare that the home is left unoccupied. Elderly, children, and even pets have the care they need and deserve -  right at home - most of the time.

Privacy. It would seem that lack of private, alone, or intimate time would be a major issue with this type of living arrangement. In fact, floor plans can be designed to address this effectively for the benefit (and joy) of everyone concerned.

If any of the above sounds good to you or feels like a viable option you’d like to consider, let’s open a conversation about moving you in that direction.

Nov. 6, 2019

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - NOV 8-10, 2019

Welcome to Events for Veterans Day Weekend

It's predicted to be another bright sunny South Bay Weekend - here are some fun things happening nearby.

pastel society art show

Pastel Society Members Exhibition

The Pastel Society of Southern California is hosting a very special art show going on through November 23. High-quality framed art is on display and for sale, offered by featured artists who wish to educate and illuminate the unique fascination of pastel painting. This 10th anniversary of the artist group celebrates over 200 members, having grown from about 12 founding artists in 2009.

When:

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 8-10, 2019, 11am-4pm

Where:

Riviera United Methodish Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90277

LA Torch Relay

Torch Relay for Childrens Hospital LA

Help raise money for Childrens Hospital LA in this local race - one of many going on in the US to support Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. Walk, skip, or run along the sea for a great cause.

When:

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am registration

Where:

Miramar Park, 201 Paseo de la Playa, Redondo Beach

VetFesh Manhattan Beach

VetFest

Celebrate Veterans, Active Military Service Members, and First Responders at a very special celebration presented by Kinecta and Manhattan Beach Rotary. This fundraiser for local charities is a party done right with Texas BBQ and craft beers, 80s-style live music and dancing, tournament games, and big-screen TVs for live sports viewing. Tickets on Eventbrite.

When:

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 1pm-6pm

Where:

1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, 90266

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Nov. 5, 2019

Home Buyer's Tips for Seeking an Agent

home and bicycle

Have you ever had the experience of seeking help or expertise from someone and after your exchange, you feel more confused than you were before you began?

When it comes to a major life decision like buying a home, you are wise to choose your Real Estate Team with care, and as one with whom you will feel cared for.

The process of buying a home needs and deserves the attention of an agent  who is willing and available to be an excellent educator – one who respects where you are when you enter the game, and through each step along the way.

Open, honest, and considerate communication is key. A great agent helps you and yours understand your choices and options in an ever-changing market.

A Real Estate Team’s best advertising is word-of-mouth. Ask trusted friends, family, and associates for recommendations of those professionals with whom they’ve had a positive experience.

Study testimonials of who they are in the Real Estate world. Look for those who have a trustworthy reputation, especially for the unique experience you require - perhaps working with your age group, expertise in a specific neighborhood, noteworthy core values that match your own, or all of the above.

This is a person with whom you need to feel safe, as together you will navigate through very important steps like the following:

·         Finding the right home to purchase.

·         Negotiating the terms of purchase.

·         Understanding the entire purchase/post-purchase process.

Choosing your agent with care and attention equals gaining a partner who will help you invest well in your family’s precious future.

Call us today. We’re here to help whether you’re buying your first, second, third … home in this exciting and often-confusing market. Our decades of experience are those you can certainly count on, to guide you in the direction of owning your dream home.

Nov. 1, 2019

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - NOV 1-3, 2019

Welcome to Events for November's first weekend!

Well, we're deep into autumn, there's finally a nip in the air. Here are some great events going on in this fantastic community we call home.

great pumpkin hunt

The Great Pumpkin Hunt at the South Coast Botanic Garden

This family-friendly, annual tradition is an amazing scavenger hunt across 87 acres of floral scenery.  With a sketchy map, explorers seek out hidden pumpkins on a picturesque path to a fantastic adventure zone. Come prepared with cameras, walking shoes, sunscreen, water bottles, and expect the unexpected!

When:

Daily through November 30, 9am-5pm

Where:

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes, CA 90247

peninsula coffee and cars

Peninsula Cars and Coffee

Enjoy your first weekend cup of coffee while you feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular cars in town. Bring your own and/or come to meet other motor enthusiasts. Hot rods, muscle cars, sports and antique models, trucks - they're all on display. It's all happening on the Top Deck of the Parking Structure at Promenade on the Peninsula, every first Saturday of the month from now on.

When:

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7am-9am

Where:

550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274

na palapalai in concert

Na Palapalai in Concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

At the forefront of Hawaiian music and innovation at their craft, the world-renowned Hawaiian ensemble Na Palapalai is celebrating 25 years of performing in this rare South Bay appearance. Their island sounds are followed by thousands around the globe.

When:

Saturday, November 2, 6pm

Where:

1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90278

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Oct. 29, 2019

Home Improvements that “Feel Better”

Mental health is a universal issue and many struggle with depression, anxiety, and low energy when days become shorter in fall and winter.

It’s possible to improve your home environment in ways that noticeably do wonders for your mental health. If there’s a chance you’ll be selling your home in the near future, the following projects will also make your space shine and look its best during showings.

Pare down your stuff. It is said that a cluttered home is a reflection of a cluttered mind and, it is not necessary to slay this entire dragon in one fell swoop. Start small, in the room where you spend the most time; move to other rooms one at a time. Have a trusted family member or friend help you, and allow them to be your voice of reason regarding what to keep and what to toss; their gift to you will be priceless.

Go a little bit green. When you add plants and greenery to your space, you literally make it come alive. Feng shui and mental health experts usually recommend having living things in a home. Plants improve air quality, boost spirits, and add beauty to remind that life is good. Even a bowl of fresh oranges or lemons on a table is great idea to add brightness and warmth. You probably know at least one person who would love to help enliven your home; ask them for help.

Opt for affordable, manageable renovations. Any project undertaken with intention to brighten your space - improving windows, window coverings, updated cushions/pillows on furniture, lighting – will be worth the investment of time and materials. Consider DIY if you’re so inclined or ask for referrals for professionals.

Ask for help with any and all of the above, and trust that you will connect with the right sources. One of the first steps in improving mental health is to know that you are not alone. Let that inspire you to courageously reach out for the help you are seeking.

If you’re looking to sell your home, we would like to assist you through every step of the process. Please reach out to us today, we’re ready when you are.

Oct. 24, 2019

SOUTH BAY WEEKENDER - OCT 25-27, 2019

Welcome to this week's recommendations for great events going on in this fantastic community we call home.

RB PIER HALLOWEEN PARTY

Halloween Costume Contest and Dance Party

Friday night, this free event on the Redondo Beach Pier welcomes all ages to come out and enjoy Halloween balloons, boat rides, a DJ spinning 80s tunes, selfie wall, and of course - Trick-or-Treating on the Boardwalk and Pier.

When:

Friday, October 25, 2019, 6pm - 8pm

Where:

500 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach, 90277

MALL-O-WEEN 2019

Mall-o-Ween 

Saturday morning at the South Bay Galleria, there's a Halloween extravaganza for children with photo booth, face painting, giveaways, and more. Everyone is invited to come in costume!

When:

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00am - 11:00am

Where:

1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90278 - Level 3 Food Court

SKECHERS FRIENDSHIP WALK

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

This annual event - a round trip between the Manhattan and Hermosa Beach Piers - raises funds and awareness for special needs children. There's lots of activities for the whole family, and a Great Pumpkin Race at the end.

When:

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:00 am

Where:

2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 90266

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Oct. 22, 2019

Great Staging Sells

Preparing and staging a home for sale is a very important component of The Hartley Team’s Marketing. It is extremely important that buyers perceive a very positive first impression of a home.

Staging helps buyers to visualize themselves living in the home, rather than living in someone else’s home. It also helps them to clearly see the function of each room.

We work personally with sellers to confirm an understanding of what will take place to prep their home for sale, and walk them through the necessary steps required. Clients trust that our expertise allows us to see spaces with eyes of a buyer, and that we can accurately anticipate how they will feel as they look at each room.

We recommend that all rooms be mostly cleared out of furniture and bulky items. It’s also important that family signatures such as photo displays, collections, children’s toys, and even kitchen counter items be stored away. This will help buyers to picture how and where their own furniture and pieces will fit in the home.

Heavy lighting fixtures and old window coverings are removed so that the home appears lighter. Before showings, all blinds and curtains will be open and all lights will be turned on to make the home feel warmer and more welcoming, and appear larger. 

A deep cleaning of all rooms in the home is necessary to both make it shine, and show that is has been well-maintained. 

Once clearing, lightening, and cleaning are completed, the staging process takes place. We bring in carefully chosen furniture and accessories to highlight the home’s best features. Typically we under furnish each room so that the buyer can see the house rather than an overstock of things.

The living room, dining room, master bedroom, and kitchen are the most important rooms to focus on. Other smaller rooms in the home do well to be clear of furnishings, as buyers may wish to imagine a home office, yoga studio, or craft room in those spaces.

Great Staging does an Agent’s work for them. Listings staged by The Hartley Team have sold within a matter of days, we have the requisite experience to make this happen. 

Thinking of selling your home? We’re here to help with each step of the process - call us today to get started and for a free staging consultation.