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One of Southern California’s most prolific nature and recreation area is right here in the South Bay! Palos Verdes has many epic sports for hiking. But none is as large as the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (PVNP). The California Poppy Blooms-Local in P.V.! PV... Read More

  Torrance is a city located in Los Angeles County in southern California, United States.  Torrance was founded in 1911 by Jared Sidney Torrance and was promoted as a planned industrial community. It was part of Rancho San Pedro, a Spanish land grant of 1822. The city... Read More

The Super Bowl  pits the local kids- the Rams against the Bengals at SoFi stadium in Inglewood. The stadium is technically not finished as parking and associated business along Prairie ave. are in transition. However, besides game day gridlocks, the real estate market has experienced a large expansion already. “We... Read More

What is the History of Valentine Day? Valentine Day is celebrated on the 14th of February every year. History doesn't give us any guarantees as to the origins of Valentine's Day. This annual tradition harkens back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia which was held yearly in mid-february. It was a celebration that welcomed the coming spring and likely honoring either Lupa the she-wolf of Rome who suckled Romulus, and Remus or Faunus their God of fertility. This included a celebration of fertility in nature. As avian mating season begins in mid-February. Why do we celebrate valentine's day? The ancient Romans may have some influence on our modern day of romance. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. The Catholic church would later martyr the Valentines which became the celebration of St. Valentine's Day. By the end of the 5th century pope Gelasius the first replaced Lupercalia with Valentine's Day. A common practice of the church was to replace pagan holidays with holidays of their religion. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage because he thought single men made better soldiers. One of the Valentines who was a priest would secretly marry couples. WE have historical messages between lovers going back to the 1500's. And Valentine cards can be traced as far back as the late 1700's! Cupid the roman god of love, as well as hearts traditionally the seat of emotion, are often symbols of this day of love and romance. It is estimated that in America alone that we spend an average of eighteen and a half billion dollars on Valentine Day. What to Do on Valentine Day in the South Bay? Catch some music at the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation on the 14th and 15th as Angel Town Combo plays their unique brand of soul and jazz. One of my favorite things to do in the South Bay is a drive around Palos Verdes. The inspiring views of the ocean across to Cataline takes my breath away. The many peninsula offers many recreational and hiking opportunities. Just be careful. And let's not forget about Torrance's Madrona Marsh Nature Centre or the Charles H. Wilson Park. The Marsh is like disappearing into another world. Staycation with your favorite other There are plenty of hotels that you can book to enjoy the ocean views in PV, Redondo, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. What nicer after a day hiking than a massage and flowers delivered to your room. Then a walk out into the South Bay night life. With world class restaurants and entertainment. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Carol Gilles (@carolgilles_realtor) Where to Eat and Do on Valentines Day? !function(e,i,n,s){var t="InfogramEmbeds",d=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.createElement("script");o.async=1,,o.src="",d.parentNode.insertBefore(o,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async"); !function(e,i,n,s){var t="InfogramEmbeds",d=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];if(window[t]&&window[t].initialized)window[t].process&&window[t].process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var o=e.createElement("script");o.async=1,,o.src="",d.parentNode.insertBefore(o,d)}}(document,0,"infogram-async"); Read More

The South Bay Cities are in full festive mode as literally the lights are on! Sleepy Hollow and South Torrance is lit up. Carol asks us about Sleepy Hollow Which do you like more: Do you decorations with lights? Do you like blow ups? Or do you like the animation?... Read More

Have you heard about the shipwreck in Palos Verdes? A short hike will reveal to you rusted remnants from a freighter ship called the SS Dominator. The ship lost its way in the fog in 1961 and ran ashore on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Mansion overlooking the Shipwreck... Read More

OLD GLORY & THE BIG YELLOW HOUSE are now ready for the next owner! As you enter the front gate, enjoy the privacy of your front yard enhanced with a Fuji apple tree, Plumeria tree and Poinsettia flowers. Freshly painted home both inside & out with double-paned vinyl windows. Updated... Read More