Why I Chose Palos Verdes 20 Years Ago

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charlemagne International Properties BRE# 01147470

It was late December 1988.  My family and I lived in a gorgeous 1920s home in the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, Florida.  My four children were happily ensconced in a top rated private school. I was one of the founding member of the Ballet Society, and life was humming along in the happy lane.  Naturally, it was time to move.

I was a reluctant house hunter. I thought Los Angeles was a fun place to visit, not to live.  As the jet approached the Los Angeles area the night I arrived, I was struck by how immense the area is.  I wondered how I would find the right schools, the right neighborhood and the right house to begin the California chapter of our lives.

I had 3 Absolutely Must Haves:

1.  CLEAN AIR - Don't laugh, I thought it would be impossible to find, but with a child with severe asthma it was my number one criteria. 

2. TOP RATED and RANKED SCHOOLS - As a former teacher quality education was a top priority. 

3. LOCATION - We needed to be close to freeways (to join the 405 crawl), schools, hospital, airport and for fun the ocean/beaches, mountains and desert.

Jackpot! I found them all in Palos VerdesThey are still here waiting for you. 

Ok, the desert and mountains are a couple of hours away, but they are both worth the drive and the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800

South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate, property, houses and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.


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Carey Pott
January Financial - Foothill Ranch, CA

I have loved driving through Palos Verdes whenever life has taken me out of Orange County. So much personality! I'm glad you found a place that met your criteria, and more, I'm sure...

Oct 22, 2008 05:49 PM #1
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Jessica Bigger
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Norma - What a beautiful photo.  I love the coast of southern CA, much warmer than the Northcoast (Humboldt).  It's great when you find a place that meets not only your needs, but desires too.

Oct 22, 2008 05:52 PM #2
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C&C at January Financial:  Come on up!

Oct 22, 2008 06:01 PM #3
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Jessica - Yes, it can be a bit chilly up your way, but still beautiful.

Oct 22, 2008 06:02 PM #4
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Kelly Willey
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Of course those beautiful cliffs don't hurt either, dont see many of those in FL


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Oct 22, 2008 07:22 PM #5
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Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Norma,

I can why you love Palos Verdes, beautiful picture in your post.  How long did you live in St. Petersburg, Florida?  I have clients who have moved from Tampa Bay area, and one year later they called and they are moving back.  I guess, they didn't find their jackpot. 

Oct 24, 2008 06:56 PM #6
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Kelly - Not many cliffs in Florida, but lots of beautiful beaches!

Oct 24, 2008 07:26 PM #7
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Sharon - I lived at 1650 Beach Dr. in St. Petersburg from 1986-1989. 

Oct 24, 2008 07:28 PM #8
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Sharon Richards
Kirsten Realty Tampa Florida - Tampa, FL

Norma,

We were in town at the same time for, I moved to Tampa in 1988 from Washington, D.C.

Thanks for sharing.

Oct 24, 2008 10:25 PM #9
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