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ABC’s of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “C” is for “Car Week” Carmel~Pebble Beach~Pacific Grove~Monterey

ABC’S of the Monterey Peninsula ~ “C” is for “Car Week”

Carmel ~ Pebble Beach ~Pacific Grove ~ Monterey

Every August one of the biggest events of the Monterey Peninsula rolls along.  Mid August on the Monterey Peninsula is “Car Week” and it’s going on right now in 2017!

Every year car enthusiasts converge on the Monterey Peninsula (which includes the towns of Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Monterey)  from all corners of our nation and beyond to attend a week of events, road rallies, parades, parties, fashion shows, racing, and car auctions.

The week culminates on Sunday with the prestigious Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach.  But first on Thursday there is a Tour D’Elegance and Display on Ocean Avenue in Carmel- a free event.

A number of the cars showing on Sunday do a Road Tour of the Monterey Peninsula and stop in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch in the park and have their vehicles on display on Ocean Avenue.  How cool is that?

Wow! Love that color!

“Car people” look forward to this week with its events and parties all year.  For the locals it is just great fun to partake of some of the events and enjoy the “Car Eye Candy” on the streets of Carmel and Pebble Beach!

Antique cars polished to perfection, Ferrari’s, Corvettes, Porsches,

Bentleys – you name it and its here!

Owner polishing to perfection

The owners  furiously polish their cars because soon the judges will appear and their car will be judged for prizes – and who doesn’t like to win!

Every year new events are added and the menu becomes more and more diverse,  plentiful and delightful! For instance this year there was a new event called the “Prancing Ponies” which happened on Wednesday.  It was a group of Women Ferrari owners showing their cars and raising money for charity.  Now that’s a club I’d like to join!

Maybe next year??

There is something now for everyone’s tastes and pocketbook.  Many of the events, also, raise thousands for Charity ~ so that’s a good thing.

Other than the Thursday  Tour D’Elegance, another favorite event of mine is on  the Tuesday of “Car Week”  and is called “Concours on the Avenue” (Tuesday August 15th  this year from 10:00am-5:00pm) which takes place on Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world famous Ocean Avenue and is FREE!

This is the newest large event founded by Doug and Genie Freedman.  Sixteen blocks of downtown is filled with collector cars including Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Sporting Cars.

The spit and polish needed to prepare these automobiles for showing and judging is incredible!

Tiffany will be on hand with beautiful trophies for the winners and, of course, those famous “blue boxes”! This impressive presentation is free to spectators and benefits the Carmel Foundation that provides a wide variety of services to local seniors.

Tiffany trophies waiting for the lucky winners.

To add to the fun the merchants up and down Ocean Avenue have decorated their show windows with displays that depict the car industry.  Be sure to check out our Alain Pinel Realtors window display at the NW corner of Ocean and Dolores.

A Morgan unbelted!

It’s impossible to mention every event there are over 50.  There are the auctions, the car displays, auto road rallies, racing out at Laguna Seca, reunions of car clubs, Concours Italiano, and even Concours D’Lemons.  No matter what there is enjoyment and fun for all – so take your choice this week and the years to come.

If you are planning for next year,  The Concours D’Elegance will take place on the 4th Sunday August 26th and Car Week activities running from August 20-26th.

And if you fall in love with the Monterey Peninsula while you’re here and would like to find your Dream Home, give me a call!

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors, 831-320-6801

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten ~ Things To Do After Buying “Crespi Cricket” in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Top Ten 

Things To Do After Buying “Crespi Cricket”

in Carmel-By-The-Sea, Crespi 6SE Mountain View

Offered for Sale at $2,475,000

Open House, September 16, 2017 1:00 – 4:00pm

  1. Enjoy evening conversation with friends and a glass of wine around the fire pit.  An experience that can’t be beat!
    Amazing fire pit invites conversation

    2. Put your chef’s hat on in your fabulous gourmet kitchen and cook up a feast for family and friends with your 6-burner gas Viking range.

    6-burner gas Viking range
    Gourmet kitchen with 6-burner gas Viking range.

    3. Take a short stroll to the Forest Outdoor theater to see a performance of “Big” The Musical”.

    4. Enjoy your morning coffee on the sunny rear deck and listen to the birds chirping and  all the sounds of nature.

    Rear patio facing Mission Trail Park.

    Beautiful view . . . with the sounds of nature.

    5. Cruise the nearby  local art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea  ~ you have plenty of wall space to hang up all your favorite paintings.

    6. Hike the Mission Trail . . . the Trail Head is just 6 houses away!

  2. Overlooking Mission Trail

    7. Stroll to your favorite restaurants and you won’t have to drive home!

    Grasing’s

    Cassanova

    8. Grab your favorite book and curl up in front of the fire . . .  and yes, you have three choices!

  3. Living room
    Cozy family room to curl up in front of the fire and read a good book.
    Master bedroom suite with a fireplace

    9. Have a party and invite all your friends and relatives . . . there’s plenty of room.

    Formal Dining room

    10. Ladies, soak in the tub for hours drinking champagne and reading Vogue Magazine . . . Because your husband has his OWN bathroom!  That’s right, two full bathrooms in the master suite.

    One of two master baths!

    Ok, have I enticed you enough to come and see this amazing home?  Call Susan to make an appointment for a showing of this quintessential Carmel residence. 831-320-6801

    Offered for sale for $2,475,000

Stunning & Sophisticated in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA

 

Carmel 4 SW Ocean Avenue ~ Carmel-by-the-Sea

Open House Sunday 7/23 1:00 -4:30 PM $3,895,000

Carmelo 4SW Ocean Avenue – Carmel-by-the-Sea

Can’t wait to hold this beautiful Braden Sterling design open today!  Just  a few blocks from our amazing white sand Carmel Beach,

Carmel Beach
Welcome! Come on in!!

Sometimes words are just not needed.

Susan Clark, Alain Pinel Realtors

Hope you can stop by today!  If not, call me for all your Carmel real estate needs!

“Crespi Cricket” at Twilight in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Crespi 6SE MountainView, Carmel-by-the-Sea   $2,475,000

Real Estate photography and the powerful Twilight Shot

Crespi 6SE Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for market is to have excellent photography created that will show off your home at its very best!  As an experienced realtor with 30+ years in real estate sales, I make sure I use the very best photographers in the area.  Experience has taught me that the photos of the listing – whether in print ads or on the intranet – are usually the prospective buyer’s first introduction to the home.

Twilight shot – Crespi 6SE Mountain View, Carmel-by-the-Sea $2,475,000

This recent photo shoot by Ron Bird proved to be a bit challenging, because of our “summer” weather in Carmel.  First appointment had to be cancelled, because we were socked in with marine layer and we kept trying and trying in the week that followed.  Once earlier we had a perfect day, but Ron wasn’t available.  Finally it all came together!  What do you think?

Crespi 6SE Mountain View , Carmel-by-the-Sea~ offered at $2,475,000

The twilight shot with all the lights on is a powerful shot, because it makes an awesome impression and somehow stirs the viewers emotions as does a lit fire.  The combination of the house all lit up and the fire pit blazing is not only inviting but gets an emotional response from the viewer.

Which shot do you think is the one that will sell it?

For more information about preparing your home for sale, call me at 831-320-6801.  Susan Clark