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How to protect your ocean view – Rancho Palos Verdes homes

Have you ever wondered how to protect your ocean view if you own one of the Rancho Palos Verdes homes with an ocean view?  I can share with you some first hand insight into the process.

While it wasn’t terribly difficult, it did take a good degree of proactive footwork to get it done.  It’s an easier process if you’re dealing with a cooperative neighbor and much more difficult if your neighbor is, shall we say, less than cooperative.

First of all, let’s go into the two pathways you have if you own one of the Rancho Palos Verdes homes with an ocean view.  There is the

  • View Restoration Process and the
  • View Preservation Process

You have a much better chance of getting the view back that you want, if you go the “View Preservation” route.  But, to do so, you have to first meet some criteria.

  • You have to have documentation of what your view looked like to prove that’s the view you want to go back to
  • View rooms are only “living room”, “family room”, “kitchen” and “bedrooms”; they are not bathrooms or garages
  • The view documentation you submit has to be taken from either within your home or no further than 10′ from the exterior wall of your home (in other words, walking way out to the back corner of your lot to get a view picture, isn’t going to work)
  • There are some other conditions and I strongly advise you read the city of Rancho Palos Verdes website to get the information (click here) and the forms

How to protect your ocean view

So what’s the difference between “View Preservation” and “View Restoration”.  With preservation, let’s say you’ve owned your Rancho Palos Verdes home for 30 years and you have pictures from 30 years ago taken in the appropriate accepted sections of your home to document your view.  You can then “force” the offending neighbor to cut down trees so as to get that view back.  However, the city strongly urges you to to mediate (and they offer a service to do so, one person the city uses is Coleen Berg and she’s an excellent fair minded person).  But if mediation doesn’t work and you have the right documentation, you can persevere and get, at worst, very close to what you want.  But be ready for a long process.  Don’t forget, the city will only require an offending tree owner to cut their tree during the winter months.

As to cost, with the “View Preservation” route, the offending tree owner is the party that must pay for the cutting/trimming.

The “View Restoration” process is less “satisfying” to the homeowner that wants their view back.  But it may be the only avenue you have if you don’t meet the tight criteria for “View Preservation”.  There are more costs involved that you may have to pay for if you’re the person wanting to recapture the view and you probably will not get everything you want.  For example, instead of an offending tree coming down completely, maybe the best you get is thinning of the tree or some minor topping.

Palos Verdes Ocean View Homes Listed in the last 90 days

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$1,075,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,075,000
MLS# SB18244365

4403 Miraleste Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,380,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,380,000
MLS# PV18254809

28277 Trailriders Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,398,000 - 5Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,398,000
MLS# WS18267446

28621 Leacrest Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,598,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$1,598,000
MLS# SB18264455

6755 Kings Harbor Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$1,899,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$1,899,000
MLS# 18399624

2112 Chelsea Road
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,099,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,099,000
MLS# PV18245533

30311 Palos Verdes Drive E
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,355,000 - 3Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,355,000
MLS# SB18226682

515 Via Almar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,390,000 - 4Br/6Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,390,000
New
MLS# SB18285560

6333 Via Colinita
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,469,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,469,000
MLS# PV18269706

2833 Via Victoria
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,495,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,495,000
MLS# TR18235441

2805 Palos Verdes Drive W
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,500,000 - 4Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,500,000
New
MLS# SB18286864

30143 Matisse Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,690,000 - 7Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$2,690,000
MLS# AR18269780

6440 Chartres Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,800,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,800,000
MLS# PV18271783

2724 Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$2,999,999 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$2,999,999
MLS# SB18244523

1500 Via Asturias
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,299,000 - 4Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,299,000
New
MLS# SB18285469

2940 Via Alvarado
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,500,000 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$3,500,000
MLS# PV18283072

10 Marguerite Drive W
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,875,000 - 5Br/4Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$3,875,000
Open House
MLS# PV18244257

22 La Vista Verde Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$3,895,000 - 5Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$3,895,000
New
MLS# PV18289251

1356 Via Coronel
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,299,000 - 4Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Rancho Palos Verdes
$4,299,000
MLS# PV18239272

13 Calle Viento
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,850,000 - 5Br/8Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$4,850,000
MLS# PV18277250

2730 Via Victoria
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$4,998,000 - 6Br/5Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$4,998,000
Open House
New
MLS# PV18274163

2012 Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$5,890,000 - 6Br/8Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$5,890,000
MLS# PV18269063

2108 Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$5,999,999 - 6Br/9Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$5,999,999
MLS# SB18242856

2812 Paseo Del Mar
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence
$11,900,000 - 6Br/7Ba -  for Sale in Palos Verdes Estates
$11,900,000
MLS# SB18232942

1724 Via Coronel
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Property Type: Single Family Residence

 
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