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April 17, 2018

What Should You Do When Faced With a Multiple Offer Situation?

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Knowing how to navigate multiple offer situations is critical for buyers and sellers alike.


The first thing buyers should do when they encounter a multiple offer situation is to make your strongest offer from the beginning. Also, make sure you’re working with a high-quality, local lender and that you are pre-approved before you submit your offer. Especially in a market like ours, national lenders won’t be able to perform as effectively as a lender who understands our area. I’ve seen offers rejected simply because of the lender the buyer was working with.


It really does matter whether the lender has a positive reputation or not. It’s very important that the agents involved with the transaction know the lender and are aware of their reputation. Also, buyers should think about reducing timelines and contingencies. This will be attractive to any seller.



If sellers respond too quickly to an offer, they may end up missing out on better offer in the future.

For sellers, the best way to handle a multiple offer situation is by being patient. If you respond too quickly to an offer, you may end up missing out on better offer in the future. Even more importantly than that, make sure you work with an experienced agent.


If you have any other questions, would like more information, or want our help with your next real estate transaction, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

April 9, 2018

Monterey Ocean View Home for Sale – 760 Dry Creek Rd

Monterey Ocean View Home for Sale – 760 Dry Creek Rd

Monterey Skyline Forest Area homes for sale

Monterey Ocean View Homes for Sale

 

Listing Details

  • Monterey Ocean View Home for Sale in the Skyline Forest Area
  • 760 Dry Creek Road, Monterey, CA 93940
  • $1,195,000
  • MLS# ????????
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Square feet: approx 2090 sqft (Measured. Buyer to verify)
  • Lot size: 10,000 square feet (County)

Call Jeff Davi or Mark Bruno with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this property is still available and to set up an appointment (831) 313-2289.

 

Incredible Ocean View Monterey, CA Home Located in Skyline Forest

Ocean View Monterey Mid Century Modern Home for sale

Are you looking for a remodeled home for sale in Monterey with an ocean view?  This might be the one for you…Keep reading…

Monterey Ocean View home for saleLocated in Monterey on one of the highest peaks in the area, 760 Dry Creek Road has a unique view of the city lights and the ocean below.  Tucked on the edge of the Pine forest in the desirable Skyline Forest neighborhood, this Mid Century Modern home with unique sawtooth roofline will not disappoint!  With views of not only the waterfront but also Del Monte Beach and the distant mountain ranges, you may have one of the most unique views on the Monterey Peninsula.

The residence is 1964 Modern style home with a sawtooth roof design, which makes a classy mid-century modern look both inside and out.  Tall ceilings abound inside the interior of this custom-built home with dramatic near floor to ceiling glass. 

The current owners remodeled the home with high-quality laminate flooring that you would swear is real wood!  The room has the original gigantic fireplace surrounded by stone. There is a hip dining room with a hip lighting fixture and a sliding glass door leading out to the patio in the backyard. The stone from the fireplace continues into the dining room.

The kitchen has been totally remodeled with brand new stainless steel appliances, all new cabinets, extra thick natural stone countertops, under cabinet lighting, upgraded electrical, new LED lighting and even a new exhaust fan! They even opened the wall up between the dining room and the kitchen!  The kitchen was all done in a modern style that is in harmony with the style of this home.

There are two master suites, although the one in the front of the house has the best views of the ocean and distant mountains!  Again, it features the unique nearly floor to ceiling Mid Century modern Monterey home for salewindows allowing incredible amounts of light into the room while the location on the high side of the street still offers some privacy.  The master bathroom is clean and contemporary with great lines, plenty of natural light and a shower over tub.

The second master suite is in the rear of the home and is very spacious with tones of room for not only your bed but a sitting area as well. The vanity for the bathroom has been updated but the remainder of the bathroom has been left in its original condition so the new owners can design it as they like.

There is a spacious third bedroom with glass that runs to the ceiling and room for a desk as well. This bedroom is opposite the hall bathroom, which is totally remodeled with a new vanity and a new tub with a shower.

Monterey home for sale with a remodeled kitchenThere is a spacious garage that is extra deep allowing tons of space for storage p[lus the laundry room.

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Living in the Skyline Forest Area in Monterey

Monterey’s Skyline Forest Area is a great place to call home! It is ideally located close to the coastal cities but sits high enough to be just beyond the reach of the summer fog on most days, making the climate particularly enjoyable. Residents enjoy average high temperatures of 77 degrees in the summer and 58 degrees in the winter! It doesn’t get much better than that! 

Bathroom remodel in Monterey ocean view home for saleSkyline Forest is located in the city of Monterey, CA and has the same general zip code as the rest of Monterey, 93940. This unique neighborhood incorporates a thin swath of land at the top of the mountain just west of downtown Monterey. It borders Pebble Beach to the west, Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve and Veteran’s Part to the north and the intersection of Skyline Road and Forest to the South.

Monterey and Skyline Forest offer all sorts of outdoor activities making it a popular place to purchase a home on the Monterey Peninsula.  With Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve and Veteran’s Park bordering the north of the Skyline Forest neighborhood, there are plenty of hiking trails around.  Downtown Monterey is only a mile or so away which has great restaurants, nightlife, museums, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Sports Center and more.  Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is nearby along with quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, America’s last hometown Pacific Grove and the home to several of America’s favorite golf courses, Pebble Beach.  You will never run out of things to do her in Skyline Forest.

 

Monterey’s Skyline Forest Area Real Estate

Monterey’s Skyline Forest area real estate represents real estate with some of the best Monterey Bay views in all of Monterey.  If you are looking for a Monterey luxury home or ocean view real estate in Monterey, Skyline Forest is a great place to start your search. Homes inside the Skyline Forest neighborhood generally start above $400,000 for a condo and are estimated as high as $3M+. Recently a Craftsman style luxury home in Skyline Forest sold for $1.6M which is not uncommon for this neighborhood.

 

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April 4, 2018

Pebble Beach Luxury Home for Sale near Pebble Beach Lodge

3195 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953Pebble Beach Luxury Home for Sale near Pebble Beach Lodge

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Listing Details

  • Pebble Beach Luxury Estate for Sale in Central Pebble Beach
  • 3195 Forest Lake Rd., Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • 1412 Riata Rd., Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • Price: $5,300,000
  • MLS number: coming soon
  • Main Home: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths approx. 4900 square feet 
  • Guest House: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, approx.. 950 square feet
  • Guest Unit: 1 bedroom, 1 Bath, Approx 850 square feet.
  • Total Home Size: approx., 6700 sqft 
  • Architect: Francis Palms
  • Lot Size: 1.1 acres 

Call Anthony Davi (831) 601-3284 or Mark Bruno (831) 917-8190 to see if this property is still available and arrange a showing.

Pebble Beach Luxury home for salePebble Beach Luxury Compound for Sale

Here is a very rare opportunity to own a special luxury home for sale inside the gates of Pebble Beach. It is not every day you get to purchase a 1.1 acre compound inside Pebble Beach, let alone a luxury compound with two stand-alone properties and two addresses!  Welcome to 1412 Riata and 3195 Forest Lake Road, both located just above the Pebble Beach Lodge and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

If you are looking for the Pebble Beach luxury experience, this might be the home for you.  With all of the major events inside the gates of Pebble Beach taking place literally right in front of this home, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Whether it is Pebble Beach Home for sale near the Pebble Beach Lodgegetting out and being seen at Pebble Beach Food and Wine, enjoying the cars on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance, filling up your garage at The Gooding and Company Auction during Pebble Beach Car Week, being in the thick of it for the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach or enjoying the entertainment and celebrities who attend the annual Pebble Beach AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, all of these events take place right across the street from this luxurious property.

In the past, MLS listings have made note of this being a tremendous property for short-term rentals.  It is no wonder why based on this location and flexibility of this property. The location is as good it gets and the property can be very accommodating.

3195 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

3195 Forest Lake Rd. Pebble Beach kitchen pictureUpon approach through the gated, paver-stone driveway from the Forest Lake side of the property is a luxurious French Country style estate designed by noted local architect Francis Palms. There is a large circular driveway leading you to the formal entry of this elegant home. The three car garage is on your left.

The entry itself is cozy but immediately opens up to a grand staircase at 20’ tall ceilings.  The floors are marble, polished and there is crown molding dressing up the entry.  To your right is the formal living room with a fireplace and a beautiful coffered ceiling. To the right of the entry is the family room, which also has a fireplace and has a pass-through to the kitchen. 

The kitchen and dining areas are beautifully laid out in this home with many details and wonderful views of the grounds outside.  The ceilings have great lines and extras including recessed areas Luxury Dining roomand crown molding. There is a pop out bay window behind the dining room table framing the yard, beautiful wood built-ins in the dining area and tons of cabinets in the modern kitchen.  There is a huge Viking range and all of the other kitchen amenities one is accustomed to in a home of this luxury stature.  

Additionally, there is a breakfast nook in the corner that gets bathed in light, a large pantry and the door to the detached garage is right there as well, making it convenient to bring in groceries.

Finishing off the main level of this home is a large master suite area that includes a large sitting room with built-in cabinets, a bedroom and a full bathroom.  Although this isn’t the main master in the home, it is a full main level master for those looking for this.

Pebble Beach luxury bedroomThe second level is home to 3 more bedrooms, including a large master suite that takes up the right side of the entire floor!  This is the “real master and has a large sitting area with a fireplace, elegant arched recessed windows and a spectacular bathroom with a large jetted soaking tub, a huge shower and his and her vanities.  Of course, there is a walk-in closet.

The other two bedrooms share a hall bath.

Over the garage is a bonus guest bedroom and bathroom, bringing the total to 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.  This is a large guest suite with hardwood floors and keeping with the theme of the main house has large recessed windows that are arched on top.

 

Riata Street Cottage1412 Riata

Pebble Beach Luxury guest house living roomFinally, in the style of a cute French cottage you might see in Carmel by the Sea, there is a full guest house with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom that is completely separate from the main house.  This is 1412 Riata and is actually approached from the street behind!  It has its own fenced yard with private outdoor space that has a much more privacy than the main house, making it a great artists studio, private office for writing or even a yoga room.

The living room has plenty of light and features a wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors and tall ceilings.  The updated kitchen has all that one needs for a small guest house including a full sized frig, a range, a dishwasher and even a passthrough to the living room.

The two bedrooms are ample in size and have great light, tall ceilings and hardwood floors or Saltillo tile floors. The sole bathroom features a large walk-in shower and an upgraded vanity. It even has its own laundry!

Be sure to reach out to Anthony, Mark or Jeff if you would like to take a look at this Pebble Beach luxury estate for sale close to the Pebble Beach Lodge.

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Stevenson School a Block Away

Just a block up the hill is one of the highest ranking high schools in the country, Stevenson High School.

Stevenson School is a private high school recognized nationally and internationally for its excellent track record of delivering top notched college prep education in a balanced environment where students learn how to excel not only in school but in life after school.  Located inside the gates of Pebble Beach, the Stevenson campus is surrounded by Monterey pines and is just a short walk to the waterfront making it truly a magical place for academic achievement. There are boarding students, both boys and girls, mixed with day students and certainly has an international feel to it as many of the boarding students come from abroad for the opportunity to experience all this quality school has to offer.

Stevenson opened its doors back in 1952.  Founder Robert Ricklefs was a former major in the army and worked under General Eisenhower during World War II.  He had the vision to turn this small school with 6 old buildings and just 18 boy students into a 38-acre campus with 16 new buildings with 312 boys enrolled just 18 years later!

Today Stevenson has two campuses, with 520 students in Pebble Beach and another 200 students in Carmel.

Central Pebble Beach

Real Estate inside Central Pebble Beach is very diverse and can be quite expensive. It is not uncommon to see luxury homes in the lower sections of Central Pebble Beach near Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Pebble Beach Lodge as well as the Macomber Estates area coming on the market in the $20,000,000 range. The upper part of Central Pebble Beach will see the lowest real estate prices around $850,000 with the majority of homes in the $1,000,000 to $2,500,000 price range. Homes inside the Central Pebble Beach neighborhood will vary in size from as little as 1500 square feet to over 10,000 square feet. 

Central Pebble Beach is located in the central part of Pebble Beach with Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Poppy Hills Golf course as well as Stevenson's Upper School within its boundary. 17 Mile Drive along Pebble Beach Golf Links serves as its southern edge, 17 Mile Drive between Birdrock Rd. and Spyglass Hill Rd. is the western border and the border to the north is primarily open space up to the Morse Gate in Pacific Grove. The majority of the dedicated open space inside Pebble Beach lies inside the Central Pebble Beach boundaries.

 

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April 3, 2018

Why Is Professional Photography So Important When Selling Your Home?

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Today, 95% of home buyers begin their search online. That means you only have one chance to make a great first impression, and photographs of your listing will matter.


The quality of the photographs people see online may be the most important factor in how well you promote your home.



You need photos that make buyers want to see your home in person.

High dynamic range (HDR) photography has come a long way. It allows us to shoot in a variety of lighting environments and make interiors look excellent. It allows us to capture views through windows clearly, without losing light in the interior. This is critical, especially when shooting properties with great views as a significant selling point.


Often, you’ll see a photo of a window in which the view is washed out, or conversely, the view is okay, but the interior is dark. With HDR, we can create a balanced lighting environment and capture both.


We often hear that the pictures are almost nicer than the actual house. Those are the kinds of pictures you want. You want people to want to see your house in person. That’s the kind of great first impression that professional photography makes.


Be sure that you hire an agent who takes professional photographs. Don’t hire someone who will just drive by one day and snap some photos with their phone. That is a huge pet peeve of ours.  


We hire professional photographers but if we don’t like their photographs, I will go out and reshoot the house myself. We spend about two days making sure that the pictures are great because pictures are very important.


If you have any questions about the quality of professional photography we provide our sellers or if you have any other questions about buying or selling a property, just give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

March 19, 2018

Why Can’t You Trust Zillow to Calculate Your Home’s Value?

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If you want to find out what your home is worth, you shouldn’t trust Zillow and their Zestimates.


Why? Zillow uses an algorithm to calculate your home’s value, and this algorithm is based on a cookie-cutter cutout of all other homes in the area. Zillow doesn’t have the ability to see inside your home and give it its true value—it doesn’t know whether your home’s been remodeled, what kind of flooring it has, whether your kitchen is granite or Formica, etc.



Homes are like people—they’re all different in their own way.

 

This is especially true in the Monterey Peninsula, where we have an eclectic mix of homes.

 

Compounding the problem is the fact that we also have a lot of oceanfront lots. If you own an oceanfront home, it could be worth three or four times as much as another home that’s right across the street but not facing the ocean.


In general, you have to be careful with how Zillow values your home. Homes are like people—they’re all different in their own way. Zillow’s algorithms are designed for big developments with cookie-cutter style homes, which we don’t have in our area. Even then, a Zestimate still can’t account for any upgrades you make to your home.


A perfect example of why you can’t trust Zillow is the fact that the CEO of Zillow himself undervalued his home by 40% by using a Zestimate. That 40% totaled a whopping $700,000.


If you have any other questions about Zillow or how to accurately determine your home’s value or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help you.

 

March 8, 2018

Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale with Ocean Views

Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale with Ocean Views

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Listing Details

  • Ocean View Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale with Legal ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
  • 3071 Strawberry Hill Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • $1,285,000
  • MLS# coming soon
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Approximately 2149 square feet total

Call Mark Bruno with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this property is still available and to set up an appointment (831) 917-8190.

3071 Strawberry Hill Aerial

Pebble Beach Ocean View Home with a Legal Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

3071 Strawberry Hill BathroomDon’t miss this unique opportunity to own an ocean view home with a legal accessory dwelling unit (ADU) located smack dab in the middle of Pebble Beach near the Monterey Peninsula Country Club!

The main house is move in ready although it could use some updating.  The home is currently configured as a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home with a nice living room with a fireplace and ocean views, an older but extremely clean kitchen with a Wolf range, a dining room with ocean views as well, a butler’s pantry, a large bonus room and a laundry room.  This home could be converted to a 3 bedroom with a true master suite and an open kitchen/dining room/living room, completely changing the functionality, feel and marketability of this property.

The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) has been totally remodeled Ocean View Pebble Beach home for salewith a new bathroom, new kitchen with hand hammered copper counter tops, updated flooring, and two bedrooms.  You could live in this unit while you updated the front unit!

In addition, there is a large 2 car garage with a laundry sink and low maintenance drought resistant plants.  3071 Strawberry Hill Road lies in the highly rated Pacific Grove School District and is within walking distance to Monterey Peninsula Country Club and the Ocean.

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Country Club East in Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Ocean View Pebble Beach home for sale with an ADUPebble Beach is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the Country Club East neighborhood is no exception! Names after the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which cuts through this neighborhood with two world-class private golf courses, the Country Club East neighborhood offers a uniquely “Pebble Beach Lifestyle.”.  If you live here, you know! If not, you are truly missing out on one of the most incredible places in the world to spend live your life!

With two world-class resorts (Pebble Beach Lodge and The Inn at Spanish Bay), three of the world’s highest-rated public and private golf courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Golf Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course), jagged coastline, Monterey pine and cypress trees, private beaches and equestrian trails, it's no wonder why Pebble Beach is one of the playgrounds for the rich and famous! And the Country Club East neighborhood is located smack dab in the middle of all the action in Pebble Beach.

This is one of the most prestigious gated communities in the country with truly spectacular vistas at every turn.  The Pebble Beach coastline and Bird Rock offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  This is the ideal environment for recreational pleasures such as golfing, biking or just taking a leisurely stroll along the beach.  If your heart is set on living the good life, there is no better place on earth. This estate offers a unique combination of location, elegance, and beauty that delivers the high standard of living that is Pebble Beach. 

 

 

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Feb. 6, 2018

Ocean View Pacific Grove Home For Sale Near Downtown

Remodeled Ocean View Pacific Grove Home For Sale Near Downtown

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Listing Details

  • Remodeled Pacific Grove Home for Sale Near Downtown and the Ocean
  • 488 Junipero, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • $989,500
  • MLS# 81691492
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Approx. Square Feet: 1511 sq ft

Call Mark Bruno with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to make an appointment to see this property at (831) 917-8190.

488 Junipero Pacific Grove, CA 93953

Pacific Grove Ocean View Home for Sale

488 Junipero Pacific Grove CA 93950 Living RoomThis impeccably remodeled Pacific Grove home for sale with an ocean view is within walking distance to downtown shopping, restaurants and the waterfront.  At 1511 square feet, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home has been extensively remodeled and is in move in condition.

The main level includes a large living room, a completely remodeled kitchen, dining area and a built-in desk. The living room is spacious and features two large windows allowing plenty of light in and offering great ocean views of the Monterey Bay.  There is a beautiful fireplace, hardwood floors and overhead flush lighting.

The spacious kitchen is basically new with tons of beautiful Shaker style cabinetry, a farmer’s sink, a pasta pot filler, stainless steel appliances, impeccable white countertops and hardwood 

488 Junipero Pacific Grove CA 93950 Kitchen remodelfloors.  The dining room if off the kitchen and has a built-in desk for a home office or for a place for the kids to do their homework.

There are three bedrooms including a nicely sized master suite with a remodeled bathroom including a walk-in shower and custom vanity.  The other two bedrooms are of ample size and share a remodeled bathroom down the hall.

Although the yard isn’t huge, it is fenced and there is enough room for a dog to roam.  However, this property nestles up to Robert Down’s huge grass field offering up tons of opportunities for kids to get out of the house and still be under the watchful eye of their parents.  There is actually a deck off the dining room looking out over a large portion of the grassy field.

Finally, 488 Junipero has a 2 car garage which is also home to the laundry hookups.

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Forest and Pine Neighborhood in Pacific Grove, CA

The Forest Avenue and Pine Avenue neighborhood is a desirable area centrally located in the heart of Pacific Grove, CA just above the old retreat neighborhood. What makes the Forest Avenue and Pine Avenue neighborhood so desirable to those who live there is its relatively flat terrain and the fact it is within walking distance to all Pacific Grove, New Monterey and Cannery Row has to offer. Lover’s Point, downtown Pacific Grove shopping, Lighthouse Shopping District in Monterey, Cannery Row and the Pacific Grove waterfront are all short walks from this convenient neighborhood.

This neighborhood butts up to the Washington Park & Marino Pines neighborhood on its western border of Congress Avenue. The Old Retreat neighborhood is to the north with Lighthouse being the border. Sinex Avenue and the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood is the southern border and basically New Monterey (Eardley and 2nd St) make up the border to the east.

Pacific Grove’s Forest Avenue and Pine Avenue neighborhood has the oldest elementary school in all of Pacific Grove named Robert Down Elementary School. Many families who have purchased homes to take advantage of Pacific Grove’s schools like the Central Avenue and Pine Avenue area as it is close to Pacific Grove High School, PG Middle School and Robert Down.

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Feb. 2, 2018

Remodeled Pebble Beach Home for Sale in the Country Club West Area

Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale

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Listing Details:

  • Pebble Beach Remodeled Home for Sale in the Country Club West Neighborhood
  • 2852 Elk Run Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • $1,895,000
  • MLS# coming soon
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Home Size: 2039 square feet

Call Mark Bruno with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this property is still available and to set up an appointment (831) 313-2289.

2852 Elk Run Road Pebble Beach, CA 93953 Dining Room

Location, Location, Location…

2852 Elk Run Road Pebble Beach CA 93953 Living RoomThat is what real estate is all about, and 2852 Elk Run Road in Pebble Beach has a fantastic location within walking distance to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, The Inn at Spanish Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the incredible shoreline walking trail in Pebble Beach. It is close enough to the water not only to walk there, but to hear the surf as it pounds into the shores of Spanish Bay. If you are a golfer, there are a dozen golf courses within 20 minutes of this home and some of the greatest courses in the world including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point, Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore and Dunes Courses, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills (Home to the Northern California Golf Association) and the Links at Spanish Bay are all just a few minutes away.

You will love this completely remodeled Pebble Beach, CA home located near The Links at Spanish Bay.  2852 Elk Run Road takes advantage of a large corner lot that spans nearly a quarter of an 2852 Elk Run Rod Pebble Beach, CA 93953 Kitchenacre with mature oak trees and low maintenance landscaping surrounding a 2000+ square foot, 4 bedroom, 3 bath remodeled Pebble Beach ranch style home for sale.  

The residence boasts a classic Pebble Beach 3 bedroom, 2 bath floor plan plus a bonus room and an additional bathroom.  It has been heavily remodeled with new electrical and plumbing, a new HVAC system, new water heater, new windows, new doors, new insulation both above the ceiling and below the floors as well as new bathrooms, a new kitchen, new hand hewn hickory floors…You get the idea!  It is more new than not!

In addition to the practical “new” stuff, there is some bling too!  The owner used a generous amount of stacked stone wrapping the entire fireplace including the back and side that separates the living room from the dining room.  The hall bath and the master 2852 Elk Run Road Pebble Beach, CA 93953 Master Bathbath were also upgraded and have accent walls of stacked stone, giving the home a mid-century modern feel.  There are also some open beamed ceilings to raise the luxe scale of this home.

You will enjoy preparing meals in the new kitchen, which has been completely redone with classic shaker style cabinets, new counter tops, and top of the line stainless steel appliances.

The master suite is spacious with ample closet space and a beautiful master bathroom that includes a large walk-in shower.  There are two more nicely sized bedrooms that share a beautiful hall bath.

In addition, there is a large veranda patio out back with a fire pit that is accessed through the large living room sliding glass doors. This outdoor space will expand the usable living and creates a cozy, comfortable area to entertain guests or to wind down after a hard day at work.. 

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Country Club West in Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Pebble Beach is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the Country Club West neighborhood is no exception! Names after the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, which cuts through this neighborhood with two world class private golf courses, the Country Club neighborhood offers a uniquely “Pebble Beach Lifestyle.”.  If you live here, you know! If not, you are truly missing out on one of the most incredible places in the world to spend live your life!

With two world class resorts (Pebble Beach Lodge and The Inn at Spanish Bay), three of the world’s highest rated public and private golf courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point Golf Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course), jagged coastline, Monterey pine and cypress trees, private beaches and equestrian trails, it's no wonder why Pebble Beach is one of the play grounds for the rich and famous! And the Country Club West neighborhood is located smack dab in the middle of all the action in Pebble Beach.

This is one of the most prestigious gated communities in the country with truly spectacular vistas at every turn.  The Pebble Beach coastline and Bird Rock offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  This is the ideal environment for recreational pleasures such as golfing, biking or just taking a leisurely stroll along the beach.  If your heart is set on living the good life, there is no better place on earth. This estate offers a unique combination of location, elegance and beauty that delivers the high standard of living that is Pebble Beach. 

 

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Nov. 14, 2017

Alta Mesa Neighborhood Home for Sale in Monterey

Alta Mesa Neighborhood Home for Sale in Monterey

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Listing Details

  • Monterey Real Estate for Sale in Alta Mesa
  • Address:  778 Via Mirada Monterey, CA 93940
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Price:  $2,198,000
  • MLS# coming soon
  • Total Square footage: 3369 sq ft (3rd Party Vender)
  • Total Bedrooms: 4
  • Total Bathrooms: 4
  • Home Size:  2432 sq ft (3rd Party Vender)
  • Guest House: 937 sq ft (3rd Party Vender)
  • Lot Size:  .551 Acres (County)
  • Architectural Style:  Ranch

Contact Mark Bruno (831) 917-8190 or Jeff Davi (831) 594-3290 with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this property is still available and to set up an appointment.  Office (831) 313-2289.

 

Remodeled Monterey Home for Sale in Alta Mesa Neighborhood

Alta Mesa home for sale in Monterey CA

New or completely remodeled homes on the Monterey peninsula are hard to come by, especially in Alta Mesa, which happens to be one of the best neighborhoods with some of the most expensive real estate for sale in Monterey, CA.  That makes this newly remodeled Alta Mesa Neighborhood home for sale in the heart of Monterey that much more attractive!

778 Via Mirada, located in the Alta Mesa neighborhood of Monterey, CA started life as a single level post adobe home back in 1954.  After 20 plus years of sitting vacant, it was recently striped down to the studs and brought back to life as a modern version of a California ranch style home.  Virtually no surface or system was left untouched inside this home.  New windows were installed throughout, along with new electrical systems, updated plumbing, two new HVAC systems and natural gas was added to what used to be an all-electric house.  The interior walls are now covered in light grey Venetian plaster and the floors are a beautiful wire brushed hickory through. The home was even upgraded to include fire sprinklers!

The exterior of the home is like new as well. The roof and flashing is all brand new along with the gutters.  The exterior walls, which are now a smooth colored stucco finish, covers the aging adobe underneath, making the exterior walls of this home amazingly well insulated from temperature swings as well as sound. What used to be the ugliest home in the Alta Mesa neighborhood is now handsome again!

Today, when you walk inside, a modern, single level home awaits you with all new finishes and a smart floor plan that takes advantage of its 2400+ square feet.  There is a large great room with an open kitchen design that is great for entertaining.  The living room has high ceilings with exposed beams while the kitchen and dining areas enjoy lower ceilings and a feeling of more intimacy. The fireplace is covered in split-faced stone, adding texture and just the right amount of color to the room to tie everything together. There are lots of new Milgard windows, a set of French doors and even back door made of glass that takes advantage of the sunnier days this part of Monterey has to offer.

 

Entertainers kitchen in Alta Mesa neighborhood of Monterey

Entertainer’s Kitchen

The kitchen has a traditional yet contemporary look to it with satin white shaker style cabinets, Jenn-Air Pro Style stainless steel appliances, a rich mocha limestone countertop and backsplash and a Carrera marble covered center island. This kitchen is set up to entertain, with a long peninsula and a center island with room for plenty of bar stools for friends to gather around while you prepare meals. In addition to the abundance of counter space, there is a ton of storage with cabinets galore including a pantry area with more cabinets plus a wine frig by the back door!

Master Suite with coved ceilings

The Master Suite

You are going to love the master suite in this home!  Although it is ample in size, it has an intimate feeling to it with its Venetian plaster coved ceilings, wire brushed wood floors, cozy fireplace and French doors looking out to the back courtyard and firepit.  It also has all of the modern features you are looking for in the master bath.  Dual vanities, of course, with her side including a makeup station with his vanity on the other side of the room…out of her way! The walk-in shower features a stacked stone accent wall that becomes the focal point of the room.  The marble countertops polish off the room.  Oh, and I almost forgot, there is a large walk-in closet with plenty of built-ins.

In addition, the main house has two more nice sized bedrooms and two more full bathrooms along with a laundry room and a two-car garage attached by a breezeway.

 

778 Via Mirada Monterey CA 93940 Guest House 

The Guesthouse

The 1 bedroom, 1 bath guesthouse comes in at just below 1000 square feet!  Everyone that walks into it says the same thing…”I could live in this!”  And it is true, most people have lived in something smaller in their life!  With a small kitchenette that includes a dishwasher and frig, plus a sink with a limestone countertop and a pantry!  It is open to the entire room which I flanked by a huge adobe brick fireplace.  There is a nice sized bedroom, a closet and a full bathroom in this almost self-contained unit.

If you are looking for new construction in Monterey, this Alta Mesa home for sale just might be the one.  Make sure it is on your short list of homes to see.

 

Alta Mesa Neighborhood in Monterey

Alta Mesa is a small neighborhood located near Monterey Peninsula College and Del Monte Shopping Center.  Located just west of HWY 1 in the city of Monterey the Alta Mesa neighborhood offers owners of real estate easy access to downtown Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove making it an ideal place to live if you are looking for a full time Monterey residence in a private, upscale Monterey neighborhood. Many Alta Mesa homes will have nice views of Monterey Bay which is always welcome in Monterey real estate.

Owners of real estate in Alta Mesa can expect larger lots than most of the Monterey area homes offer and an extremely quiet and private neighborhood.  I have shown this neighborhood to potential buyers in the past and most didn’t even know this highend enclave existed this close to downtown Monterey!

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Nov. 2, 2017

8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling

8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling

By Daniel Bortz I Jun 8,2017

 

 

If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you're stuck in a sluggish market or have the poshest place on the block (always a tough sell). But there's another possibility, too—your home could be sitting on the market because of a rookie selling mistake. All of us can make 'em, even those of us who actually have a few home sales under our belts.

The good news? These basic slip-ups can be easily corrected or avoided. To help you out, we spoke to real estate agents to identify some of the most common mistakes people make in trying to sell their home. Sidestep these flubs to avoid sabotaging your own sale.

Rookie mistake No. 1: Overpricing your home

All sellers want to get top dollar for their house. Unfortunately, says Julie McDonough, a real estate agent in Southern California, “many people overestimate the value of their home." For example, she says, "if a neighbor sells their house for 3400,000, you might automatically assume that your house is worth at /easf that much money, but that's not necessarily the case."

“Price is typically the reason why a house doesn't sell," says Irvine, CA, real estate agent Benny Kang. And the last thing you want to do is list too high right from the start, because it could cause your house to sit on the market-which might require you to make a serious price reduction in order to sell it.

"If a home is on the market for more than four weeks, prospective buyers are going to assume that there is something wrong with it," says Kang.

Your best approach: Listen to your agent’s listing price recommendation, and try not to get too emotional if your agent's suggestion isn't as high as you'd hoped.

Rookie mistake No. 2: Not budging on price

Even if the price is right, you might need to be flexible—especially if you're in a buyer’s market. So, if you receive an offer that's below list price, you should at least consider making a counteroffer. After all, receiving $5,000 or 310,000 less for your house than what you wanted is a small concession in the long term.

Rookie mistake No. 3: Doing a lousy job of cleaning

Let's make this clear: Your home needs to be spotless. That might mean hiring a professional cleaner to do a deep and thorough cleaning of the entire place. You might want to consider renting a storage locker to make the process of cleaning out the garage, closets, and attic less onerous. But it will likely be worth it, because clutter distract buyers in a big way.

Bonus: A clean house will also enable you to take great photographs for your listing (see our next point).

Rookie mistake No. 4: Using crummy photographs

Unless you're an artist with the camera, you'll want to hire a professional photographer to take pictures of the house, because nearly half of home buyers start their search online, a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors® found.

“You can write a beautiful description, but people aren't initially focusing on the description," says Philadelphia real estate agent Patrick Conway. "They're looking at the pictures."

A photographer will cost between 3150 and 3400-a good investment.

Rookie mistake No. 5: Leaving religious or political belongings in plain sight

“You never know what type of buyer is going to look at your house,” says McDonough, so put away all personal belongings—specifically, religious or political items, which can be awfully polarizing. “You don't want anything that's going to distract buyers."

Rookie mistake No. 6: Lurking around at your own open house

This is a huge mistake for several reasons.

"If the buyer knows that the seller is there, they might feel uncomfortable asking the listing agent honest questions about the home,” says Kang. Buyers might also feel like they're intruding if you're present, which is kind of crazy.

“People like to open closet doors and look closely at the home without someone hovering over their shoulder," says Conway.

Rookie mistake No. 7: Making it difficult for agents to show your home

When selling your house, "be prepared for little privacy," says Kang. Translation: You'll need to be flexible when buyers ask to see your home on short notice. To make it easy for buyer's agents to show the property while you're away (see No. 6), let your agent install a lockbox with keys to the house, advises Conway.

Rookie mistake No. 8: Leaving pets at home during showings

Some people are simply scared of pets, (yes, even your cute little pug), or they might have allergies that will make them want to steer clear. So don’t just crate your dog or cat during showings; instead, take them with you or drop them off with a neighbor while buyers are viewing the house. And because pets, like humans, tend to accumulate lots of stuff—leashes, collars, toys, water bowls, and the like-make sure you stow their paraphernalia in a cupboard or closet. And do a quick vacuum of pet hair before you go!

Daniel Bortz is a Realtor in Maryland[ Virginia, and Washington, D.C., who has written for Money magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, CNNMoney, and more.