Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming seaside town with gorgeous white sand beaches, storybook homes, and a quaint downtown filled with fine restaurants, shops, and art galleries. The oldest structure is the Carmel Mission founded by Franciscan Junipero Serra in the 1770’s, but as a village it was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916 and is only one mile by one mile in size. The town was laid out in small parcels of 40 X 100 ft and small cottages dotted the landscape. In the early 1900’s a colony of bohemians and artists were attracted to the amazing beauty of the area and still today, Carmel remains a magnate for artists and writers. It has been named the third most romantic city in the world by Travel and Leisure (behind only Paris and Venice) and is indeed a popular spot to become engaged or married. Residents and visitors alike think Carmel is one of our unique treasures.
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated residential community in the Del Monte Forest home to the world-renown golf course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as Spyglass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay and Poppy Hills. It is known for its stunning estate properties, however, more modest homes also exist within the gates of this prestigious community. Pebble Beach Lodge and the Inn at Spanish Bay are popular luxury hotels that attract visitors who come to play golf, take in the awesome natural beauty of the Pacific Coast, and enjoy the luxurious spa. All visitors, however, can experience the beauty of the rugged cypress-lined coastline by following the Seventeen Mile Drive that winds through Pebble Beach past the Lone Cypress outlook, the pri-vate Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Cypress Golf courses, the magnificent estates, and the beautiful pine forests.
Pacific Grove is a unique seaside town that boasts one of the most beautiful rocky coastlines on the Monterey Peninsula. It’s famous for its many Victorian homes, the amazing Asilomar State Beach, home of wintering Monarch butterflies, and boasts the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Residents enjoy inexpensive rates to play golf at the Municipal Golf Course and refer to their town as America’s Last Hometown and also Butterfly USA. In springtime the coastline is ablaze with the flowering “pink carpet” and the birth of the baby harbor seal pups attract thousands. Originally settled in the late 1800’s when it was a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove has become a home and destination for all who love the sea.
Monterey is a scenic coastal city bordering the Monterey Bay. Since it was the first capital of California, the town has a rich history and is filled with numerous Spanish adobes and historical buildings. The world renown Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row of John Steinbeck fame attract thousands of visitors yearly. Fisherman’s Wharf, also a hit with visitors, embodies the early importance of the fishing industry in this city. Also essential to Monterey’s economy is The Naval Post Graduate School and the Defense Language Institute. Monterey’s neighbor-hoods are diverse and reflect the rich history and cultures of its citizens.