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Neighborhood by Neighborhood: How Much Is Property Worth?

By MICHAEL EDLEN | Special to the Palisadian-Post

As of September 30, 75 single-family Palisades residences were listed in the Multiple Listing Service. This inventory level is 32% lower than last year’s September 30 available inventory.

A total of 291 homes were sold in the Palisades through the third quarter of 2021, which is 75% higher than this time last year. Median sale prices were up 18% over 2020’s third quarter and the price per square foot was 7% higher. The median list price is currently $5.99 million, which is a 28% increase over last year at this time.

At the current rate of buying in the Palisades, overall there is a two-and-a-half-month level of inventory. Below the $5 million range, we only have one and a half months of inventory available as of October 1. As a reminder, the market will not be in relative balance between buyers and sellers until that level reaches five months.

The lowest-priced residence available is a three-bedroom, two-bath home on Sunset Boulevard, which is being offered at $1,849,000. The highest-priced available property is a seven-bedroom, 12-bathroom on Amalfi Drive listed at $46.5 million.

The most affordable area so far in 2021 is the Highlands, with a median price of $2.6 million. The Riviera had the highest median average sales price. The Upper Marquez and the Riviera currently have the largest number of homes for sale in the Palisades.

The lowest sale price for the third quarter of 2021 was on Sunset ($1.47 million). The highest sale so far this year was a six-bedroom, 18-bathroom home in the Riviera, which sold off market for $83 million.

There are 20 condominiums/townhouses on the market, which is a 20% drop from the end of the third quarter in 2020. They range from a one-bedroom, one-bath on Sunset being offered at $629,000 to a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath on Tramonto for $5.95 million.

Seventy-seven condominiums were sold in the Palisades since the start of the year, ranging from a one-bedroom, one-bath on Sunset, which sold for $625,500, to a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath on Tramonto, which sold for $5.3 million. The median sales price for condos at the end of the third quarter was $1,335,000, which is up 19% over 2020 third-quarter median sales prices.

There are currently 42 available leases (40% lower than last year) in the Palisades, starting at $3,798 per month for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit on Sunset and asking as high as $65,000 per month for a six-bedroom, six-bath house on Paseo Miramar. There were 208 Palisades leases done through the third quarter of 2020 (up 22% over last year), ranging from a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo on Sunset, which leased for $1,895 per month, to a seven-bedroom, 10-bath home on Amalfi, which leased for $75,000 per month.

Michael Edlen, an agent with Coldwell Banker, has been keeping statistics of Pacific Palisades housing prices for the last 35 years.

Fire Insurance: How Recent Legislation Affects You

The Palisades fire, captured in May
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

By ANTHONY MARGULEAS | Special to the Palisadian-Post

Insurance companies are no longer required to protect California homes from wildfire damages due to the expiration of the 2018 moratorium.

On Saturday, September 25, the moratorium—which previously prohibited insurers from dropping policyholders who lived in homes that were in fire-prone areas—expired, leading to 350,000 homes being uninsured. It is also projected that up to 2.4 million homes could lose protection this year.

From 2019 until now, the state disallowed insurers from removing or changing the policy for policyholders living in high-risk areas due to the danger that wildfires presented. Now, despite the persistent threat of wildfires, insurance companies can choose to change policy plans, leaving property uninsured and in danger of losing significant value.

After the Camp fire in 2018, which destroyed around 18,000 structures, the moratorium was implemented as a way of ensuring more security to homeowners in at-risk areas.

Since then, many more wildfires have sparked up and have brought more damages to California property. The Camp fire, unfortunately, was just the beginning of a long line of devastating fires impacting California homeowners and the market.

Many insurance companies have increased their rates by significant amounts, but many homeowners have coped with this through the state’s FAIR plan. The FAIR plan is an insurance association that offers assistance to homeowners and renters in high-risk areas when they are struggling to find another insurer. However, the FAIR plan does not supply as much coverage as many more expensive insurance plans, meaning that opting for this program might not be as obviously beneficial as it appears.

Last year, California extended the moratorium, which protected homeowners from losing their insurance, but this decision has been reversed. This occurred despite the fact that there are still numerous wildfires presenting risks to many different areas throughout the state.

The moratorium was intended not to be for carte blanche protection from changing insurance policies: It was intended to provide homeowners the opportunity to reconstruct their homes and properties in more fire-resistant ways. Some homeowners have taken advantage of this time to complete this task, but many have squandered the time and are now out of luck for protection from changing insurance plans.

The conclusion of this moratorium might place many homeowners at risk of losing their coverage or facing tremendous increases in their premiums, which could lead to significant financial losses if their homes do come in the way of a wildfire.

The LA Times reported “18% of the state’s households could effectively lose protection,” a significant number that appears to be the largest percentage of homes that could potentially lose protection since the moratorium began. These numbers will not be immediate and are slightly unpredictable, but it is realistic that there is the potential for great loss in fire insurance coverage throughout California.

It is difficult to project if wildfires will continue to ravage California, but given the context of global warming and climate change, it is likely that fires could continue to be a problem in the future for homeowners. The end of the moratorium might necessitate homeowners to become more conscious of their own fire-proofing endeavors and might necessitate more government intervention to protect homes.

Anthony Marguleas is the founder of Amalfi Estates, and has sold close to $2 billion in properties and was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 40 agents in the country out of one million agents. If you are thinking of buying a home or selling your own, contact Marguleas at 310-293-9280 or anthony@amalfiestates.com.

Richard McPherson Blue

April 5, 1963 – April 7, 2020

Sadly, we lost Richard to cardiac arrest last year. At 6’ 6” tall, he was larger than life and will be dearly missed by family and friends. He was very funny and at the center of every room telling stories and jokes. He was also a good friend, brave, compassionate, generous and somewhat sentimental.

Richard grew up in Pacific Palisades, attending Marquez, Paul Revere and Pali High. He played basketball at the YMCA and was a proud Indian Guide and Boy Scout.

From a very young age, Richard knew he wanted to be a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He worked for Bel Air Patrol while attending Santa Monica College. Graduating from the police academy was one of the best days of his life.

He worked in Wilshire Division, 77th Division (south LA) during the 1992 riots, Hollywood and finally North Hollywood. After only one year with the department, Richard received a Medal of Valor from the LAPD for rescuing a family who had been robbed, tied up and left to die in their burning apartment building.

Richard was well-respected by his peers. His partners who worked with him or were trained by him said he was a cop’s cop and made a difference with his work. Richard served 25 honorable years in the LAPD and was honorably retired in 2013.

Though Richard moved to Glendale in 1989, he still came to the Palisades Barbershop to get his buzz cut every three weeks by Joe Alvarez.

Richard loved to ride his Harley Davidson. He was a founding member of the law enforcement motorcycle riding club, “The Choir Boys,” (the title of a best seller by author and former LAPD officer Joseph Wambaugh). Richard was one of many officers who met with Joseph Wambaugh to tell of their experiences and he even got an acknowledgment in the book, “Hollywood Crows.”

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Mone Blue in December 1962 and Mary Alexandra McPherson Blue in 1997. He is survived by his sister, Tove Blue Hoch (Frank), niece Andrea Sanchez (Anthony) and nephew Alex Hoch.

A celebration of life will be held in honor of Richard at the Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 23, at 3 p.m. All are welcome but please RSVP to tovesings@gmail.com. Richard will be interred next to his parents at Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westwood, California.

Clicking on all Cylinders

Palisades running back Josh Russell escapes the grasp of University cornerback Ryan Hernandez in last Friday’s league game. The Dolphins blanked the Wildcats 55-0 to stay undefeated.
Photos by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Dolphins Roll to 35-0 Halftime Lead over Uni En Route to 10th Consecutive Win

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

Last Friday night’s matchup with University at Stadium by the Sea was what coaches often refer to as a “trap game”—one in which a vastly superior squad overlooks an undermanned opponent with a more “important” game looming. That was the challenge facing Palisades’ varsity football team all week, but by the end of the first quarter it was clear the Dolphins had not taken the Wildcats for granted—in fact, they looked as sharp as they have all season  in a 55-0 rout that kept them undefeated and on track for a high seed in the City Section’s Open Division playoffs. Palisades’ second shutout of the season also marked the team’s 10th win in a row dating back to the spring and the Dolphins’ 13th straight triumph over University. The Wildcats last celebrated victory against Palisades when they prevailed 42-14 in the Dolphins’ first year under Coach Kelly Loftus, whose players started the current streak with a 19-14 win at home the following fall. Palisades has had three head coaches since then. In fact, over the last 14 years (the two teams did not play in the shortened season last spring), Palisades has outscored University 451-154—an average margin of victory of 23 points per game. The Wildcats have not managed a point in the last three meetings, getting outscored 121-0.    

As he had in the previous game against Venice, Moses Ross got the Dolphins on the scoreboard first with one of his two touchdown receptions (giving him five over the last two games) from quarterback Sammy Silvia, who continues to perform at a high level while filling in for injured starter Dylan Hassid.

Cornerback Marcus Brown intercepts a pass. He returned it 38 yards for a touchdown in Palisades’ victory.

The score got out of hand quickly, limiting Daniel Anoh’s touches, but the Dolphins’ star running back still managed to amass 89 yards in  six carries with one touchdown—moving him to within nine of the school record for rushing TDs in one season set by Terence O’Neal in 1998. Anoh is also in pursuit of the school record for rushing yards in a season with 947 through seven games. Innocent Okoh is the current standard-bearer with 1,965 yards in 12 games, which he accomplished his senior year in 2016. Anoh is averaging over 12 yards per carry.

Fellow tailback Barrett Gordon added 45 yards and one touchdown   in six carries, Josh Russell had 25 yards in two carries and, much to the delight of his fellow offensive linemen, 6-foot-2 inch, 260-pound senior Corey Ehrlich carried the rock three times in garbage time, lumbering for 25 yards and moving the chains with a bruising 14-yard  rumble up the gut.

Silvia targeted five different receivers, finding Anoh once for a  nine-yard pickup; wideout Xavier Smith three times for 53 yards and a touchdown; Kwazi Estes three times for 39 yards and touchdown; Eli Ghodooshim twice for 20 yards  and Moss twice for 73 yards and two scores.     

Palisades is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1976 when the Dolphins reeled off 11 wins in a row before falling to Cleveland 28-21 in the City 4A semifinals.

Wideout Eli Ghodooshim caught two passes against University.

Palisades held its ground at No. 3 in the City rankings behind only Marine League rivals Wilmington Banning and San Pedro. The four highest-ranked teams at the end of the regular season get to begin the playoffs at home.       

Defensive end Matt Fahn led the Dolphins in tackles with six (one solo) versus University. Toby Manheim, Kenneth Ruiz, Trinity Camden and Liam Herrera each had five while linebackers Angus Gilchriest, Josh King and Jack Babala all had four tackles. Cornerback Marcus Brown returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown, Ruiz caused a fumble and Jovon Alexander had a pass deflection.

Kicker Giovanni Ferrero made seven of his eight extra-point tries. He has been successful on 20 of 22   PATs and three of his four field goal attempts this season.

It has been a successful campaign for first-year head coach Chris Hyduke, who took the reins from Tim Hyde over the summer. Hyduke had served as Hyde’s defensive coordinator in 2019 when the Dolphins captured their first outright league title since 1987. Hyde, who moved across the country to accept a head coaching job at a school in New Hampshire, guided the Dolphins to eight winning seasons and brought a physical style of football back to a program that had not won an upper division playoff game since 1997.

Palisades wide receiver Moses Ross makes a catch for Palisades’ first touchdown in last Friday’s 55-0 league win.

Having taken care of business against University (1-4), the Dolphins can finally set their sights on tomorrow’s showdown at Hamilton. Both teams enter the contest undefeated. The winner moves into sole possession of first place in the Western League with two games left. The Yankees (6-0) have posted nonleague victories over Narbonne, Manual Arts, Hollywood and St. Monica and league wins against  University (56-13) and Westchester (14-8). Kickoff is Friday at 7 p.m.     

Pali High Volleyball Loses to Venice, Snapping 130-Match League Streak

All streaks must come to an end sooner or later and that was the case Tuesday afternoon when the Palisades High girls volleyball team saw its streak of 130 consecutive Western League victories snapped in a four-set loss to archrival Venice. It was the Dolphins’ first league defeat since Venice won both head-to-head meetings in 2010.

    The host Gondoliers prevailed, 27-29, 25-17, 25-14, 25-13, to avenge a four-set loss in the first round of league play. If Palisades wins its two remaining matches it will clinch a share of its 11th straight league title, but Venice would get the higher playoff seed based on point differential.

   Palisades (31-6) won the first encounter, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 25-22.

Pali High Athletes Are Inducted into City Hall of Fame

Former Palisades High volleyball players Colleen Boyd Turner and Steve Salmons were inducted into the LA City Section’s Athletic Hall of Fame last Sunday during a banquet at The Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills.

Pete Arbogast, the longtime radio voice of USC football, was the presider over the 2021 ceremony, which also honored Manual Arts graduate Rachel Robinson (widow of Dodgers great Jackie Robinson), Marshall alum Andy Reid (now head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs) and Hamilton graduate Rod Martin, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Raiders.

Boyd Turner (Class of ‘69) helped Palisades’ girls team to three City championships and was a three-year starter at UCLA (1970-72), where she led the Bruins to a 28-1 record and their first DGWS national title.

She played on the USA Women’s National team in two World Games   (Bulgaria and Mexico) and the 1971 Pan American Games in Colombia.

Salmons (Class of ‘77) was City Player of the Year when Palisades  won the inaugural Southern California Regional title. A three-time All-American at UCLA and NCAA Player of the Year in 1979, he was on the national team from 1978-86 and won 15 AVP beach events.          

Passing Grade

In three starts, Palisades High quarterback Sammy Silvia has passed for 602 yards and seven touchdowns.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Backup Signal Caller Keeps the Dolphins’ Offense on the Move

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

When starting quarterback Dylan Hassid suffered a foot injury late in Palisades High’s 33-13 win at Reseda on Sept. 10, offensive coordinator Rocky Montz and quarterbacks coach Jonah Manheim had to decide whether or not to alter the Dolphins’ no-huddle offense, not knowing how long Hassid would be sidelined. After all, he had thrown seven touchdowns against only one interception while building a 142.2 QB rating over the team’s first four games—all wins.                      

Into the fray stepped sophomore backup Sammy Silvia and under his leadership the offense hasn’t missed a beat. All he has done in three consecutive starts is throw for 602 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception—that coming in his first varsity start at Brentwood on Sept. 25. He finished that game with 108 yards, connecting on seven of 18 pass attempts. He was even more efficient the following week against Venice, completing 18 of his 29 throws for 301 yards and three touchdowns—all to wideout Moses Ross.

Any fears his coaches might have had about Silvia’s ability to handle the pressure of the most high-profile position on the field were laid to rest last Friday night when he turned in a near flawless performance—completing all but one of his 12 passes for 193 yards and four—yes four—touchdowns in a 55-0 rout of visiting University. Silvia spread the ball around effectively, completing passes to five different receivers, including touchdown tosses to Ross (twice), Kwazi Estes and Xavier Smith.

Including mop-up duty over the first four games this season, Silvia has completed over 50 percent of his passes (48-of-82 for 740 yards) with 10 touchdowns, one interception and a 123.0 QB rating. Silvia is averaging 105.7 yards per game through the air and 15.4 yards per completion. Not too shabby considering the Dolphins’ quick-tempo offense predicated on getting to the line of scrimmage quickly and snapping the ball before the defense can adjust.

Hassid, who has been vocal while on the sideline in crutches, is eager to get back in the huddle but in the meantime he is providing plenty of advice and encouragement to his backup, who is showing poise and maturity beyond his years.   

Palisades JV Football Dealt Its First Defeat

Sophomore Saxon Wald eludes a Newbury Park defender during last Friday’s nonleague game at Stadium by the Sea. The Dolphins lost, 21-13.
Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer

Finding opponents week to week has not been easy for Palisades High JV football coach Ray Marsden.  With so many schools dropping their JV programs he has had to scramble to find games, but he was happy to secure a matchup against Newbury Park last Friday.

The Dolphins were dealt their first loss of the season, 21-13, but battled all the way, scoring on their opening series when quarterback Roman La Scala threw a 40-yard strike to Braydon Sanford. It was 7-7 at hafltime.   

Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, Palisades drove 70 yards and scored on La Scala’s sneak. The Dolphins had the ball at midfield with one minute left and got a first down but the visitors held and ran out the clock.

“They were as deep, physical and organized as any team we’ve played in the last 10 years,” Marsden said. “They were way better than us but we went toe-to-toe with them for four quarters. Saxon Wald made several bone crushing tackles on defense and our offensive line played well too. I’m really proud of my team.”    

Athlete of the Week


A junior wide receiver, cornerback, safety and kick returner on the varsity football team at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Holden scored three touchdowns and accounted for nearly 200 yards of offense in last Friday’s 54-27 nonleague victory over Newbury Park. The Celts improved to 2-4 heading into tomorrow night’s Angelus League opener against Loyola. Holden was an All-League  Second Team selection in the spring. He played in the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association and was a member of the Cooperstown Bronco 12U team that reached the PONY West Coast Zone Championships in 2016. He also played on the Palisades Recreation Center’s flag football squad that reached the LA County regionals. Holden is President of his class and, with a 4.5 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society at Crespi. He previously attended John Thomas Dye Elementary and Harvard-Westlake Middle School. To nominate your favorite Palisadian for Athlete of the Week, email sports@palipost.com.

Bocce Buzz

Palisades Bocce Club President Jimmy Dunne is proud to report on yet another wild week of action is the books on the Veterans Gardens courts at the Palisades Recreation Center. Eight of the 12 teams in the “Bocce Brunch Bunch” Senior League are now moving on to the playoffs after the final round of games on Tuesday.

“Player of the Week” Vito Altieri, famed pedigreed Italian bocce legend, was signing autographs for adoring fans after a 4-pointer to close the deal for his “High Rollers” against the “Patriots.” John and Gretchen Arnold were a husband and wife one-two punch with their deep left-rail mastery.

“High Rollers” John and Gretchen Arnold.
Photos by Jimmy Dunne

Jon Tower was the man of the hour in a smashing 10-3 win for “I Sette” which upped its record to 5-1 with a vcitory over the “Bocce Buddies.”  Marty Epstein and Brian Davidson both rolled courageous “Bays” for one of the great emerging franchises, “I Sette.”

“Bocce Aces” pounced on “La Bocce Vita,” as Diane Tallant’s “Bay” set the sizzling tone. Jennifer Gaulke was absolutely stupendous on the deep “Bocce Aces” bench.

Christina and Kevin Vo

“By far the most impressive moment of the day was when all the “Bocce Brunch Bunchers” helped dry to and clean the courts after last week’s rain. Bud Kling stepped up by bringing in three rollers to help the cause.  Everyone’s incredible efforts spoke absolute miles about the hearts and integrity of the people in this amazing bocce family.

In the Thursday night Palisades League, “The Ball Busters” were on fire, giving an old-fashioned whooping to “Mission Imbocceball” 6-0, 6-2. “Player of the Week” honors go to Sherry Berman, who was crazy-great, mixing it up with wondrous short-center rolls and a dazzling deep game.

“Pompeii (with an undefeated record) squeaked out a close one with “Pallino Posse.” Jim Worms and Rob Weber played like champions but weren’t quite enough to handle the relentless rail games and unique stylings of Sara Vornproporn and Jeffrey Spitz.

George and Patty Pappas

“We Like to Baci” won a battle versus “Taco Tuesday” thanks to Brooke Temple’s “Kiss” and a super-clutch performance by Diane Elder in the closing moments. Dennis and Evette Richardson were like Russian chess masters with sage bocce moves.

“The Big LeBocce” took down mighty “Pali Dad Bods” in a fan-favorite seesaw match despite the intimidating presence and mastery of Dean Christopher. Carl Steeves and Danielle Lackey crushed it when it counted. Mark Waldrep of the “Rolling Stones” was a rockstar against the formidable “Pado Paesanos” with a game-clinching shot that was the length of the California coastline.