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Where did the fountain in Lunada Bay come from?: - 08/25/08 04:51 PM
The fountain in the median strip of Palos Verdes Drive West in Lunada Bay was a gift in 1965 from funds raised by neighborhood children orgainized by Jeane Burke, a resident of Rocky Point in Lunada Bay, and a plaque at the fountain displays the fountain's name: "La Fuente de los Ninos" (the fountain of the children). When asked why she was inspired to create a fountain at the intersection with Yarmouth Road, Mrs. Burke replied, "I didn't want to say, "Turn at the gas station to get to my home'".(source:Peninsula News 6/1/2006). The fountain is dedicated to G. Brooks Snelgrove, who (0 comments)
In addition to Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, another college used to be located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula - 08/25/08 04:47 PM
In 1947, Palos Verdes College, a small, private, independent junior college opened at the current site of Rancho del Mar High School in Rolling Hills. The college initially occupied barracks which were used in WWII. The college, at its peak, served approximately 100 students. Some of the college's students included Elizabeth Taylor's brother, and Leslie Caron, the film star. The college had plans to construct a permanent campus, however fund raising was never adequate to realize these dreams, and the campus closed in 1955. The barracks buildings were used as administrative offices for the Palos Verdes School district after the college's (1 comments)
Is there a shipwreck at the bottom of the cliffs at Rocky Point in Lunada Bay? - 08/25/08 04:44 PM
One interesting event that occurred in 1961, which people still talk about, was the running aground of the Greek freighter Dominator just off of Rocky Point. The freighter was heading south along the Palos Verdes coast line, and thinking they had reached the Los Angeles harbor, made an ill-fated left turn too early and ran aground. Only a small amount of remnants of the ship can still be seen at low tide.The freighter Dominator getting pounded by surf (see video) after running aground at Rocky Point For more secrets about the Palos Verdes Peninsula go to Palos Verdes Secrets & Little Known (0 comments)
Why are the streets blocked off between the Valmonte area of Palos Verdes Estates and the Hollywood Riviera area of Torrance? - 08/25/08 04:38 PM
The Palos Verdes Peninsula population grew rapidly after World War II. In 1946, construction began on several housing tracts in Hollywood Riviera. The best route for construction trucks at the time was up Hawthorne Boulevard, which at that time did not go all the way up the hill to the top of the Peninsula, but instead veered to the right at Via Valmonte (which at the time was Hawthorne Avenue) and ended at the Palos Verdes Country Club. The residents of the Valmonte area of Palos Verdes Estates were so irritated and inconvenienced by the large amount of traffic of dump trucks, (0 comments)
What is the undeveloped rocky area behind the gates at the southwest corner of Hawthorne and Via Valmonte?. - 08/25/08 04:32 PM
This area beginning in 1944, before Hawthorne was extended past the current Via Valmonte, was a diatomaceous earth (dicalite) mine, that extended into the area now occupied by the Hillside Village shopping center. This mine at one time contained 300 acres and had been leased by the Great Lakes Carbon Corporation from the Vanderlip family, that still owned approx. 7,000 acres of the original 16,000 acres retained by Frank Vanderlip when he sold the land which made up the Palos Verdes Project. Another rich deposit was known to exist on a 165-acre tract near the crest of the Peninsula. For two (0 comments)
The Miraleste area of Rancho Palos Verdes was part of the original Palos Verdes Project which was developed in the 1920's and 1930's, and was subject to the same deed restrictions that were recorded on the lots which later became part of the City of Palos Verdes Estates, which included architectural review authority by the Art Jury of the Palos Verdes Homes Association. For more secrets of the Palos Verdes Peninsula go to Palos Verdes Secrets & Little Known Facts (0 comments)
What are those large White Domes above Palos Verdes Drive East? - 08/25/08 04:26 PM
The two large round white buildings visible from Palos Verdes Drive East at the top of the hill house a radar facility that is still operational. It is run by the Federal Aviation Administration which continues to use the facility for long-range radar. The Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center uses the facility to control air traffic into and out of Los Angeles. The FAA took over the facility from the U.S. Air Force in 1960. For more secrets of the Palos Verdes Peninsula go to Palos Verdes Secrets & Little Known Facts (0 comments)
Why is there such a large undeveloped area in the Portuguese Bend Area of Rancho Palos Verdes? - 08/25/08 04:23 PM
....And why is the road in such bad shape there? This area suffered a significant land slide in 1956, which continues to this day, which requires constant road maintenance and repair to the land movement. The landslide destroyed many homes in this area, and a prohibition against building in this area has existed since then. From 1945 to 1956, until the 1956 landslide, the Livingston Quarry operated, mining such minerals as barite, quartz, dolomite, gypsum, as well as basalt that was mined for use as a railroad bed material, as well as rocks used in the Long Beach breakwater. The Livingston Quarry (0 comments)
The Vanderlip Mansion is still owned by the Vanderlip Family in Rancho Palos Verdes - 08/25/08 04:17 PM
Frank Vanderlip, the "Father of Palos Verdes" constructed his first residence on the Peninsula in 1916 in the Portuguese Bend area, the "Old Ranch Cottage", now known as the "Cottage". (See The History of Rancho Palos Verdes) Other buildings were added to the estate in the 1920's including a small guest house and garage called "La Casetta" and a larger guest house known as the "Villetta", now known as "Villa Narcissa". The Cottage is still owned by Suzanne Vanderlip, the widow of John Vanderlip, the youngest son of Frank Vanderlip, Sr., and Villa Narcissa is still owned by Elin Vanderlip, the widow of Frank Vanderlip Sr.'s third (0 comments)
Dubrovnik - 08/12/08 03:33 PM
One of the stops on my recent European Mediterranean Cruise on Carnival Cruise lines was the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. This was one of the highlights of the trip and was an amazing adventure. If you visit the city, make sure that you pay the nominal fee and walk the full 2 mile walk along the top of the wall surrounding the city. It has amazing views of the ocean and the city. For more pictures, go to http://www.maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=2106418&NF=1
Amalfi Coast - 08/12/08 03:29 PM
Part of my recent trip to Europe on a Carnival Mediterranean 12 day cruise was a day excursion to the Amalfi Coast. The drive is about a 2 hour drive on an unbelievably narrow and winding road about 200 feet above the ocean. It is very beautiful.
If you would like to see more pictures go to : http://www.maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=2106737&NF=1 (0 comments)
Rome Trip - 08/12/08 03:22 PM
I just got back from a wonderful cruise of the Mediterranean on Carnival Cruise lines. The first stop was Rome. We visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican including the Vatican Museum and the Sistene Chapel. To view pictures and comments and helpful suggestions for those who might want to visit Rome, go to http://www.maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=2106398&NF=1
Villa Narcissa, more commonly referred to as the Vanderlip Mansion, was constructed by Frank Vanderlip in the 1920's, and was one of the first homes constgructed on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Frank Vanderlip is known as "The Father of Palos Verdes". During the 1940's, Villa Narcissa, then occupied by Kelvin Vanderlip, Frank Vanderlip's son, hosted many Hollywood celebrities. Myrna Low, had lived there before World War II, and Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith had honeymooned there. In 1946, Kelvin hosted his good friend Ted Geisel (a.k.a "Dr. Seuss", the famous childrens book author) during the summer. In 1946, Kelvin married (0 comments)
Palos Verdes Seniors Activities and Services - 08/12/08 03:14 PM
I have specialized training in serving the real estate needs of our Senior Citizens, and have received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation The Palos Verdes Peninsula has several assisted living facilites to enable the Peninsula Senior Citizens to continue to live close to friends and family. The Palos Verdes Peninsula also has several 55 and older only condominium and townhouse developments, one of which is being constructed in downtown Rolling Hills Estates. Palos Verdes Estates also recently began the "PV Cares" program which provides services to the senior population with the city. My website also has a directory of (0 comments)
Palos Verdes Arts and Culture - 08/12/08 03:12 PM
The Palos Verdes Peninsula has many wonderful venues which provide the residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates with the opportunity to enjoy culture and the arts. One of the most important of these venues is the Norris Center for the Performin Arts. The Norris provides an active program of concerts, plays and musicals
The Palos Verdes Art Center also provides many interesting art programs to the community. They also sponsor the Arts at Your Fingertips program (0 comments)
Palos Verdes Peninsula Sports, Parks and Recreation - 08/12/08 03:10 PM
The Palos Verdes Peninsula, including the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, and Rolling Hills has some of the best parks, sports and receration opportunities in Southern California.
Palos Verdes Estates offers several amenities to its residents including the Palos Verdes Golf Club and the Palos Verdes Beach and Athletic Club.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula is famous for its equistrian facilities including stables in Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemen's Association publishes the only horse trail map, which can be purchased at local feed and (0 comments)
palos Verdes Art Jury - 08/12/08 03:06 PM
The Palos Verdes Art Jury is run by the Palos Verdes Homeowners Association, which through deed restrictions on property in Palo Verdes Estates and the Miraleste area of Rancho Palos Verdes controls the artistic character of all home improvement and new construction in those areas. Any change to the exterior of a home in these areas must receive the approval of the Art Jury in addition to all required construction permits. The Art Jury preserves the originally intended architectural styles intended by the develpers of the original Palos Verdes Project ( See HISTORY OF PALOS VERDES ESTATES for the history and origination (0 comments)
The Palos Verdes Peninsula has some of the world's best golf courses that we can enjoy year around. The Trump National Golf Course is considered the world's most expensive golf course ever constructed primarily due to the 18th hole sliding into the ocean several years ago and requiring millions of dollars in repairs before the course could open for play ( See the HISTORY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES on my website http://www.maureenmegowan.com for a detailed history of the construction of this golf course)
Trump National Golf Course Los Verdes Golf Course is one of the best public courses in Los Angeles (0 comments)
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes School Information - 08/12/08 03:01 PM
The State of California now has a great website to compare information about the schools in an area, with information about test scores, Advanced Placement Courses, student/teachere ratio, per student spending, and much more! I also have a page on my website that has a great deal of information about the schools in Palos Verdes including links to the various school webpages at http://maureenmegowan.com/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=1896055&NF=1 (0 comments)
Information about the real estate and home markets of the beach communities of the South Bay of Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Palos Verdes homes for sale and South Bay Los Angeles real estate. I strive to be the best real estate agent / realtor in the cities of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, San Pedro and El Segundo.l
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