Carmel’s Hidden Secret ~ #Carmellifestyle#aprcarmel

Shhhh . . . .  I’m about to whisper a secret to you.  It’s Carmel’s hidden secret.


While I was holding open one of my listings in Carmel Woods a number of years ago, a neighbor stopped in and whispered to me, “Carmel Woods is our hidden secret!”  After selling a number of homes in Carmel Woods over the years,  I have to agree.  Removed from the tourist frenzy of Carmel-By-The-Sea, and just a few blocks from town, this peaceful neighborhood is a treasure.  Residents meander through their winding wooded streets taking their daily constitutional waving to their neighbors as they go by.  Home owners “in the woods” enjoy a rare intimacy with their fellow residents unknown in some of the other areas of Carmel.

24457 San Juan Road ~ listed by Alain Pinel Realtors ~ offered at $2,299,000

This weekend I’ll be holding open this lovely three bedroom, two bath 2,254 SF home located at 24457 San Juan Road in Carmel Woods.  Open House 1:00 – 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday May 7&8.

Living room with vaulted ceilings
Living room with vaulted ceilings

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Built in 2005 it features amazing amenities and ocean views.  And . . . . the kitchen is to die for!

Incredible gourmet kitchen.
Incredible gourmet kitchen.

Carmel Woods is located just north of the village of Carmel and includes many lovely homes situated on forested lots – many having ocean views.  Good values are to be had by the savvy buyer since these homes would sell for more if they were located in Carmel-by-the-Sea — particularly if they were situated in the “Golden Rectangle” south of Ocean Avenue where so many buyers go shopping.

Susan Clark, Realtor®
Susan Clark, Realtor®

Come by my Open House this weekend

24457 San Juan Road, Carmel, CA

May 7th and 8th from 1:00 – 4:00pm

or give me a call for more information about this home or other properties on the Monterey Peninsula!


Happy Teacher’s Day ~ #Carmellifestyle#aprcarmel


Best wishes to all the teachers out there for your dedication, your caring, and your hard work.


“Teachers.  I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society, because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.”

Before becoming a realtor, I spent many years teaching in the San Francisco Unified School district (4th and 5th grades mostly) and it was only once my first students began to get about 20+ years old and I started running into them around town that I realized what influence we, as teachers, had on our students.

Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background.
Golden Gate Bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background.

For one thing, students never forget what you tell them.  Oh, they forget most of the words of the Gettysburg Address even though you thought you had drilled it into their heads, but they do remember 20 years later that your favorite ice cream was French vanilla!  I remember mothers of students telling me that an expression they heard over and over again was,  “Miss Clark said . . . If only I had known at the time when they were coming out of my mouth how powerful my words were to the students I was teaching.


It was always fun running into past students after they had grown up.  I remember standing on a street corner in SF one day waiting to cross the street when Jimmy, now 25 years old and a mortgage broker, jumped out of his car which was stopped at a red light and ran up to me saying, “Miss Clark, it’s so good to see you!”  He then in the middle of the street while traffic was waiting behind his stopped car, apologized to me for being such a trying student in the 5th grade!  He was a smart kid, but loved to play basketball more than any subject I could offer.  Obviously, he came around to his brilliance as a student later on.


I could go on and on telling my stories, but what I want to do today is to say, “THANK YOU!” to all the teachers that are still out there teaching our young and the leaders of tomorrow.  I don’t think we ever really stop being students so teachers . . .  keep teaching!

We love you!


Have a great Monday #Carmellifestyle#aprcarmel

Grocho Marx
Groucho Marx

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.  I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

— Groucho Marx

The white sands of Carmel Beach
The white sands of Carmel Beach

Make it a great day!