Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Luxury of a Top-Rated Educational System

Peninsula High Graduates

There is no question desirable locations also have excellent educational options available.  A strong school system supports the community by providing outstanding opportunities for children and thereby lifts the value of real estate.

I personally experienced the power of a highly sought-after school system when I moved to Palos Verdes in 1989.  I moved from Florida where my children attended a top-notch private school. When the headmaster learned we were moving to Palos Verdes he immediately arranged for my children to interview at Chadwick, a highly esteemed private school on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. However, as a former teacher, I also checked out the public school system and was impressed and pleased with what I discovered.  I made the decision to return my children to public schools based on the wide variety of opportunities available for advanced placement classes and the prestigious ranking of the local school in both state and national educational reports.

Yes, the Palos Verdes Peninsula was blessed by Mother Nature with a stunning array of coastal beauty, but the local school system also plays a vital role in supporting the desirability and value of the local real estate.

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Norma Toering Broker Owner of Charlemagne Int'l Properties 310.493.8333 or

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Luxury of Location

The amazing southern coast of Palos Verdes CA

Not all luxuries are found inside the four walls of a house. The luxury of location should never be underestimated. Whether it is the decision to live near the coast or the city center, a location has tremendous value.  The site selected can add (or deduct) an immense sum of money to any property.
There's a reason for the repetitive answer of location, location, location to the question of what are the three most important factors when buying real estate.  Location impacts the way we live our daily lives, how far we must commute to work, school and social gatherings.  Locating in a top-notch school district affects the education our children receive.  The luxury of living in a coastal community can add hundreds of thousands of dollars to a home's price tag.

Seek an acceptable balance of give and take.

Coastal land is limited and expensive, toss in a highly rated local school system, a moderate climate, breathtaking views, and real estate prices become lofty indeed.  The value of living in such a community is a luxury that touches nearly every aspect of life.
However, it is hard to put a value on a daily walk along the ocean's edge, the peace of mind of knowing you are affording your children a top education and the soul-satisfying moment of standing perfectly still and watching a sunrise or sunset over the water.


The Palos Verdes Peninsula offers a wide variety of home styles and prices, but we all get to enjoy the benefits of a stellar school system, the coastal lifestyle and those jaw-dropping views that appear before our eyes as we go about our daily lives in Palos Verdes.  Some things are simply priceless.

For information on buying or selling in Palos Verdes contact Norma Toering at Charlemagne Int'l Properties 310.493.8333 or  
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Norma Toering Broker/Owner of Charlemagne Int'l Properties -- Selling Palos Verdes properties since 1992.