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Palos Verdes Art Center Homes Tour April 13th and 14th - Exploring Portuguese Bend

Palos Verdes Art Center Homes Tour  by Kathy Shinkle and Anne Morris, as written for the Easy Reader

Portuguese Bend, with its stunning ocean views, tree-shaded roads and decidedly rural feel, is showcased in this year’s Homes Tour Extraordinaire from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Sponsored by The Circle and led by Co-Chairs Mary Sheh and Pam Sherman, this annual fundraiser for the Palos Verdes Art Center, features three distinctive homes full of ideas and inspiration. Each ticket also includes a delicious luncheon and the opportunity to shop at a variety of boutiques, including The Circle’s own Classy Collectibles booth, with its trove of fabulous gently used treasures.

This year’s homes tour will again have buses, shuttling guests from the Abalone Cove parking lot to the homes. The luncheon and boutique site will be at Palos Verdes Art Center temporary location at the Promenade on the Peninsula Shopping Center, located on the second level at 555 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates..Pre-sale tickets are $40 for Art Center members and $45 for non-members. The days of the event tickets will be $50 for all. For more information, call the Art Center at 310-541-2479 or visit

One of the homes included on the tour is the Vanderlip Coittage, that I have marketed for sale on behalf of the surviving children of Suzanne Vanderlip, who died in late 2010, and which is now in escrow. 


 Frank Vanderlip, the original developer of Palos Verdes, constructed this home as his first estate on the Peninsula in 1916 in the Portuguese Bend area, which he called the "Old Ranch Cottage", now known as the "Cottage". This was one of the first homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Cottage, located at 99 Vanderlip Drive, is ideally situated at the top of the Portuguese Bend community behind private gates, and adjacent to the famous Vanderlip Mansion.  The home has incredible ocean and Catalina views,and the site was hand-picked by Mr. Vanderlip as the ideal location on the Peninsula for views and the consistency of its delightful climate.

The Cottage has 4 bedrooms , 4 bathrooms, and is approx. 3,866 sq. ft. There is also an adjacent 1 bedroom 1 bath approx. 478 sq. ft. guest house. Both the dining room and living room exude a Victorian style of the 1920´s. The 3 upstairs bedrooms are very large, especially the Master Bedroom, with spectacular ocean views. The private entrance drive is up a beautiful tree lined promenade ending at the entrance to the Vanderlip Mansion and The Cottage. The sense of history and exclusivity of the home , combined with it´s beautiful architecture, pool area, and views, makes The Cottage one of the most unique homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Vanderlip Cottage

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A Hint of original Grand Vision

Photo Caption: The Vanderlip Cottage

What is the stuff of dreams?  For some it may be trip to an exotic land, for others it may be a beautiful home. For Frank A. Vanderlip, New York Bank President, financier and pioneer developer of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it was an idyllic Mediterranean-style community in the Portuguese Bend area of the Peninsula that would feature rambling villas, a country club, tennis courts, a polo field, terraced gardens, peacocks and coastal views reminiscent of those that he had admired on trips to Italy. In 1914 to facilitate the realization of his grand vision, Vanderlip hired the brothers John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to draw up preliminary plans for the seaside development. He also brought a climatologist on board to identify the optimal hillside zone for a complex of gardens in the Mediterranean style of coastal Italy. He selected a spot about 700 ft. above the sea, above most of the fog but protected from the windy summit of the hills. At the time of the garden’s installation, Vanderlip started plans for a magnificent mansion on the property, modeled on an Italian villa built by Pope Julius II in the 15th century.

While these plans were being set in motion, the Vanderlip family needed a place to live. In 1916 Mr. Vanderlip built the first home in the nascent Portuguese Bend Colony, a handsome residence that he named “The Old Ranch Cottage” after the Spanish land grant ranches that had previously occupied the area. The house was later nicknamed “The Cottage” and served as a summer home for the family for several years. The home, a Hudson River Craftsman design, was copied from their vacation house in Shrub Oak, New York.For today’s visitors touring this Portuguese Bend estate is like stepping back in time to a period in American history, before World War I and the Great Depression, when optimism and a spirit of adventure prevailed. We enter into the earliest and most personal part of Frank Vanderlip’s dream. Although the great mansion was never built, the Cottage, with its Mediterranean landscape and breathtaking ocean views, still whispers a hint of the original, grand vision.

For more information about Palos Verdes and South Bay Real Estate and buying and selling a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, visit my website at . I try to make this the best real estate web blog in the South Bay Los Angeles and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

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