915 S Dodson Ave. | $709,000

This is a custom-built home on a beautiful tree-lined street with views of the harbor, ocean and coastline. Features include a new kitchen with quartz counters, all new custom cabinets with soft-close hardware, new appliances and a walk-in pantry. The half bath has also been updated. Central air was installed in June 2016; ducting and heating unit are about 5 years old. There are hardwood floors throughout. New windows throughout half the house and a new water heater were installed about one year ago. In addition, a new electrical panel and wiring were installed in 2012. There is a large family and pet-friendly enclosed backyard, new professionally designed terraced landscaping in the front yard with sprinklers in both the front and backyard. This property also includes a 2-car detached garage and a basement bonus room with an adjacent large storage area

Remodeled San Pedro Home | $599,000

1163 W 25thAmazing opportunity to own a complete 2014 remodel in San Pedro’s Palisades area. The front yard is lushly landscaped with sod, planners, pillars, and fully gated with a rustic hardwood fence. The walkway and driveway are refurbished with new concrete. The entrance greets you with an open floor plan that incorporates a family room, dining room, and kitchen. The brand new gourmet kitchen has a stove with range, refrigerator, backsplash, and self-close custom cabinetry. The 3 bedrooms and 2 baths include a spacious master suite with walk-in closet, custom doors, a gigantic master bath with ceiling to floor tile, custom shower door and double sinks. Rustic stained refinished hardwood floors adorn the rest of the home. The second bath’s floor, wall, and tub are redone with travertine stone. Double pane windows where installed throughout.

San Pedro Condo 2Bed 2Bath | $349,000

1250 Park Western #57Located blocks from Rancho Palos Verdes you will find a remodeled gem at Ponderosa Springs. This designer home is ideally located next to the community’s impressive bubbling brook surrounded by mature trees and vegetation

San Pedro Condo 3 Bed/2 Bath | PENDING

956 9thBeautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath condo. The unit has all newer Millgard dual pane windows and slider professionally installed, fresh paint on the interior, smooth ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, Laminate flooring in the dining room kitchen and hallway.
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San Pedro | Point Fermin Lighthouse Needs an Owner

Mark Spector | San Pedroposted: 7/30/2012 Read Comments (0)

 

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By: Taylor Hill

SAN PEDRO — Coast Guard officials are working to find a new owner for San Pedro’s Point Fermin Lighthouse. Letters of intent from groups interested in ownership were due July 2, with the final decision expected at the beginning of next year.

The move is part of the federal government’s effort to dispose of lighthouses across the nation that it says are no longer needed as aids to navigation because of technological advancements in vessels’ navigation electronics.

The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 allowed a clear path for the federal government to relieve itself of costly lighthouse maintenance while also leaving the historic structures in the hands of capable and preservation-minded owners. The bill gives government agencies and nonprofit corporations a chance at being awarded a “free” lighthouse, as long as they maintain the property and act as lighthouse stewards.

Currently, the lighthouse is managed as a museum by the city of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks. The department has worked with a team of volunteers on the property to run tours and maintain the lighthouse since its $2.4 million renovation and public opening in 2003.

“Our lighthouse is unique because of the combination of its wonderful history, its stick-style Victorian architecture and its beautiful surrounding gardens,” said Kristin Heather, the Point Fermin historic site curator.

Heather, a city employee, said the department has submitted its letter of intent to own the property and continue running programs at the site as it currently does.

Built in 1874, Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light on San Pedro Bay. The lighthouse’s stick-style construction was designed by Paul J. Pelz, a draftsman for the U.S. Lighthouse Board, and only three structures of similar construction remain standing.

The lighthouse remained in active use until Dec. 9, 1941, two days after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and it was turned off during a coastal blackout, prompted by concern that the light might be used as a beacon for Japanese planes in an attack on the West Coast. The lighthouse operated as a lookout tower through the duration of the war, and the light was never turned back on. Point Fermin Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1972.

Since its passage 12 years ago, the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act has facilitated the ownership exchange of 84 lighthouses to new stewards.

The process requires three separate agencies to work together: The Coast Guard must identify which lighthouses are no longer required as aids to navigation and pass that information on to the General Services Administration, which must issue a Notice of Availability.

When letters of intent are received from prospective owners, the application process is handled by the National Parks Service, which awards the lighthouse to the organization it deems most deserving.

According to Point Fermin’s Notice of Availability, the site must be used for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes, with commercial activity prohibited unless approved by the Secretary of the Interior.

The 3.5-acre property includes the lighthouse tower and surrounding garden, an office and garage building, a concrete storage structure, an electronics shack, a former guest quarters structure and a non-operational light signal beacon.

Point Fermin Lighthouse is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and it is closed Mondays.

Bank Owned | Reduced $499,000

mark spector  mark spector realtor  mark spector realtorThis charming San Pedro home is located on a quiet street, just minutes to the beach. With 3 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (tax records indicate 3 bathrooms, buyer to verify) at over 2800 square feet, there is plenty of room for you and your family! TWO master bedrooms, two charming balconies, laundry room, wet bar, office, large family room with cozy fireplace, formal dining room, and open bright kitchen….this list of incredible features goes on and on! Needs some TLC so bring your tool belt and turn this property into your ocean-side dream home!

Bank Owned San Pedro | $264,900

Mark Spector  mark spector  mark spectorYou are to late this one has gone pending…Cute Spanish style starter home. Good curb appeal with lots of character. Lush front yard, arched door way, crown molding and wood floors throughout. Tile in kitchen and bathroom. Light & bright with decorative fireplace and built in cabinetry in living room, good sized bedrooms. Kitchen counters and floros are tile. Patio in rear with pergola. Laundry hook-up in garage.

San Pedro’s Downtown Harbor Water Cut Is Starting

San Pedro WatercutConstruction of the Downtown Harbor Water Cut is scheduled for mid-January 2012 and as of January 8, 2012 the parking lot between Fire Station 112 and the Maritime Museum will no longer be available.  The Harbor Department will be posting signs in the parking lot the week of January 2nd to inform the public.
The lot across the street from Acapulco restaurant will be available for visitor parking and directional signs will be installed.
A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:00AM.

Essential Tips For The First Time Home Buyer

When you are buying your first home, expect to feel a mix of emotions. You will feel excited, confused, elated, and stressed. Sometimes these emotions will come all at once, and at other times they will be spread throughout your home buying experience. Buying your first home is so emotional because it is so important. This is very likely one of the most important buying decisions you will ever make, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. In this article, we will discuss some first time home buyer tips that everyone should explore.

First and foremost, understand that you need to hire a Realtor. A Realtor is your personal expert in the home buying field. They can provide you with valuable information, indispensable resources, and time saving efforts. If you try to buy alone, especially as a first time buyer, you will very likely make some huge mistakes. Prevent these mistakes by hiring a great Realtor. It will save you time, money, and prevent needless anxiety.

A second step in the buying process is having a clear cut understanding of what you can afford. This will help you to narrow down the selection of homes you will be looking at, and keep your budget in check too. Take some time to sit down and look at what you can afford. Be realistic when setting your price, and evaluate your decisions with your spouse or significant other. You will thank yourself when you find a house that you can truly afford.

After you have a budget in mind, it’s time to get pre-approved. The pre-approval process involves visiting a lender and seeing if you can qualify for the amount you think you would like to spend. This will help you to know that you can afford the home of your dreams when you do find it. A pre-approval letter is also a valuable tool that can serve you well when it comes to making an offer.

Now that you have your Realtor hired, and your pre-approval is under wraps, it’s time to visit houses. Visit LOTS of houses! You want to see as many properties as you can in order to determine which one is really best for you. Even if you fall in love with the first house you see, take some time to look at a few others. This can help you to accurately gauge how your beloved house really stacks up against the competition.

After you have found the home of your dreams, remember the importance of an inspection. An inspection can help you to find problems that may not be seen by the naked eye. Finding these problems before you buy the home can save you from unexpected costs after a purchase is made. Find a quality inspector and be present on the day of inspection, if at all possible. Make sure to fully read the inspection report that you are given and discuss any concerns with your Realtor. You might be able to get the seller to make important repairs before the sale is complete.

Your first home buying experience is a mixed bag of emotions, and an exciting time in your life. Taking some time to make the right decisions before purchasing your home can make this experience that much better for everyone involved. In this article, we have provided some important tips that can help any first time buyer. We hope you will take our advice to heart, and we wish you the best of luck in your home buying experience.

San Pedro | Paseo del Mar Landslide In The News

From the Palisades Residents Association :

Here are highlights from two articles in the news. Click on the links to read the full articles.
From the LA Times: Work Crews Hustle as San Pedro bluff slides slowly into the sea
The highway and sidewalk have sunk more than a foot, opening deep crevices in the asphalt that cut a jagged diagonal line across the two-lane roadway. A wooden fence that once ran a straight line along the road now bends abruptly toward the ocean, a change that happened in just days
In the last week, the movement has accelerated to about half an inch per day.
No buildings are at risk of falling into the ocean.
Officials don’t know how much farther the ground is going to shift, but they are bracing for the possibility that chunks of the bluff could shear off and slide toward the sea.
Contractors are working seven days a week, 10 hours a day, manning loaders and excavators that are carving new trenches to reroute two major storm drain pipes away from the moving earth. The project could take four more weeks, but the hope is to finish before any heavy rains.
In the Daily Breeze: Crews begin relocating power poles in sinkhole area to White Point
The work to relocate the [power] poles is expected to take two to three weeks.
The move is designed to maintain electrical reliability as well as to ensure continuous operation of a county sewage pump station at Paseo del Mar and Western Avenue.

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