Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Nearly one hundred years ago, the Palos Verdes Homes Association and Art Jury were established and entrusted  with the preservation and enforcement of the Protective Restrictions, Covenants and Conditions for the benefit of all property owners to bring about the most attractive and satisfactory development possible.

When a buyer signs a deed and receives title for their property in PVE or Miraleste, that homeowner agrees to accept, abide and uphold the Protective Restrictions, Covenants and Conditions as they pertain to their property.  The homeowner also takes ownership of any non-complying (as-built) condition on their property or encroachments into City Parklands or Right of Way that existed at the time they received title  (See ‘Why do I have to pay for it?’ answer below).

The purpose of the Homes Association is to assist homeowners understand and comply with the restrictions when proposing improvements to their residence or propertyand to enforce compliance where violations have occurred.

Palos Verdes Homes Association is made up of four components: A Board of Directors, Art Jury, Manager & Office Staff and Members (Property Owners).

The Board of Directors consists of five annually elected members charged with managing Association finances, holding public meetings and elections, the keeping of all minutes, approving amendments and adopting resolutions.

The Art Jury is a  group of five qualified local Architects elected by the Board who have a thorough understanding of the deed restrictions and their importance to this community.  The Art Jury reviews plans  weekly for minor projects and twice a month for major projects.  Each project is judged on its own merits and must be a design that is ‘good of its kind’ as well as meet the criteria of the restrictions pertaining to that property such as architectural type, zoning class, roof type and compatability within the neighborhood.  The Art Jury reviews anything visible from the exterior of the property range from Exterior Paint colors, Landscaping, Pools and Trellises to the overall design of the new Residence or Addition, Door and Window Details and Roof Materials – focusing on accurate historical detailing and massing of the proposed design including appropriate landscaping  so that the entire property is seen as one cohesive design.

The Manager and Office Staff  are the face of the Homes Association.  They conduct the daily operations of processing applications, previewing preliminary and working drawing submissions for completeness, keeping records and logs up to date in the database, making sure plans on file are current, performing framing, final and completion and compliance inspections out in the field, stamping approved plans, working with City Inspectors, receipting payments, corresponding by phone and email, interacting face to face and occassionally dabbling in psychology with Homeowners, Architects, Contractors, Appraisors and Real Estate Professionals.

The fourth component are the Members.  Everyone who holds title to a property in Palos Verdes Estates or the Miraleste area of RPV is automatically a member and as such, is entitled to one vote per title.  Therefore, a couple who holds title to one property gets one vote, whereas a couple owning titles to four properties gets four votes. Members are responsible to the community by maintaining their property in compliance with the approved plans on file at the Homes Association and responsible to PVHA to submit plans for Art Jury approval under the legal binding restrictions tied to every deed in PVHA’s jurisdiction.  As with any group, large or small, there are those that go by the book and those that do what they want.  But whichever side of the coin a homeowner is on, they all have one thing in common.  That is, they bought a house in this community because they loved the way it made them feel – whether it was the abundance of parkland, open space and vegetation or the historical nature of the architecture and neighborhoods.  Either way, it is because of the Protective Restrictions, Covenants and Conditions set forth by the founders of this community and preserved by the Homes Association, Art Jury and complying Members that have maintained the unique beauty of Palos Verdes Estates.  Ultimately, credit goes to the longstanding members who for decades have appreciated and perpetuated the C, C & R’s.