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Information about Monterey Peninsula Real Estate including new MLS Real Estate Listings by the Monterey Peninsula Home Team. You will see posts about Monterey Peninsula cities including Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Seaside, Marina and the HWY 68 Corridor.  These posts will have stories and information about local issues including real estate, news, and other helpful information, plus anything else we want to write about ;-).

Feb. 15, 2019

Pebble Beach 100 Year Anniverary And The 119th US Open

Pebble Beach 110th US Open

With the recent unveiling of Pebble Beach Resort’s new Visitor’s Center, the intention was not only to share the resort’s storied 100-year history to today’s golfers and visitors but also to showcase it to those attending this June’s U.S. Open Golf Championship. The approximately $10-million facility’s ribbon cutting also symbolized the formal kick-off of the resort’s 2019 Centennial Celebration.

“The year 2019 is a special one for our company with the Open and the Centennial and it’s also the 20th anniversary of our current ownership group,” said CEO Bill Perocchi, before the crowd of approximately 200 that included guests and officials from the United States Golf Association, Pebble Beach Resorts and cities across the Peninsula.

But the new 8,000-square-foot Visitor Center located across from the Pebble Beach Lodge that features 25 exhibits, many ceiling to wall displays highlighting iconic scenes from the resort’s history, was really just an introduction to the resort’s preparations.

119th US Open Pebble Beach 100 year anniversaryAs the 119th U.S. Open Championship draws closer to the June 10-16 event, a renovation that has been taking place for the last 20 years on all 454 of resort’s rooms and the new Fairway One complex is complete. The renovation of four of the course’s greens has also taken place. More recently, leading up to the actual Open, fairways are in the process of being narrowed.

It’s the sixth U.S. Open to be held at Pebble Beach, and it is that much more special because of the 100th year anniversary of the course.

Pebble Beach Co. President David Stivers emphasized how much larger the U.S. Open is in scope to the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with over 220,000 spectators expected for the week and roughly 40,000 a day on one golf course.

In reality, Perocchi noted all of the planning and preparation for the upcoming Open began long ago.

“We started planning for this event the day after (the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble) was over,” he said, noting that executive RJ Harper, who was instrumental in golf operations at Pebble Beach before dying in 2017, would be the 2019 U.S. Open’s honorary chairman.

Now, with approximately four and a half months to go, Stivers points out the resort’s recent and current undertakings, which include the building of venue infrastructure and sales and marketing efforts.

“They’re subtle improvements,” said Stivers, noting that last November, the process to make the course’s fairways approximately 30 percent narrower also began. Archival photographs were used to gather information about what the course looked like back in the 1920s and ’30s while state-of-the-art techniques were also used to refine the course to specifications of the USGA, which oversees the tournament.

Stivers said the USGA wants to bring the ocean into play more, so there will be very little rough along the cliff’s edge.

“For this golf course, it’s a tough challenge already – the average green is 3,500 square feet – some of the smallest greens they’re going to play in a given year so there’s really not a whole lot more we can do for the world’s best players,” said Eric Steimer, senior manager of U.S. Open Championships.

Steimer is part of “the boots on the ground” team of five who have worked with Pebble Beach on what will go on “outside the rope lines.” That includes working with law enforcement and other agencies to try to control the impact of the event on local residents.

Needed infrastructure build-out (tents and grandstands) will start in March at the Peter Hay Golf Course and then be transported to Pebble Beach Golf Links for the event – what Steimer said is a seven-day build-out process to get the vendors on site.

“In earnest, it all begins three months before the Championship,” he said.

Stivers said the number of grandstands will basically be the same as in 2010.

Parking will once again be at CSU Monterey Bay on the site of the former Fort Ord property with visitors bused in while the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel are expected to offer their own shuttle services. The U.S. Open is expected to fill up most hotels in the community.

June’s U.S. Open corporate hospitality presence will be different than in 2010.

The Trophy Club, a main vendor that’s associated with an upgraded ticket featuring an air-conditioned sports bar-like setting and indoor/outdoor patio will be located between the second and third fairways, a short walk from the 17th and 18th holes. In 2010, it was located on the Peter Hay Golf Course, which company officials determined was too far away from the golfing action.

More venues have been added because of the greater interest from businesses. In 2010, many were suffering from the recession.

Stivers explained that in these final days leading up to the event the emphasis is on sales and the different ticket packages available at Steimer, in particular, noted the Centennial Club, an all-inclusive ticket providing fans access to the championship grounds and the Lodge at Pebble Beach in celebration of the resort’s 100th anniversary.

While Stivers recognized the dedicated team of about eight employees spending 100 percent of their time just on U.S. Open preparations, he also noted the 750 temporary employees hired on for the Open week and the 5,500 volunteers who do everything from managing concessions to helping in retail endeavors and directing traffic. Currently, there’s a volunteer waiting list.

“Both for the AT&T and U.S. Open, those events couldn’t be put on without the generous support of all the volunteers,” said Stivers, noting that many travel from all around the country to participate. “It’s a critical part,” he said looking back to prior championship tournaments. There have been 78 USGA Championships at Pebble Beach, with more on the horizon. Scheduled in 2023 is the U.S. Women’s Open Championship and in 2027, another U.S. Open Championship.

Pebble Beach had hosted the tournament in 2010, 2000, 1992, 1982 and 1972.

Graeme McDowell shot even par to win the U.S. Open the last time it was in Pebble Beach in 2010. Brooks Koepka won the 2018 U.S Open at  Shinnecock Hills on Long Island shooting 1-over par.

Steimer predicts this year’s U.S. Open winner — Koepka is going for his third straight title — will be a player with the mental and physical resolve to not get lost in Pebble Beach’s picturesque setting, which often presents its share of weather-related elements. In 2000, the tournament dealt with fog delays.

He also noted that historically the Open has infused over $120 million into the regional economy.

“Right now, we’re forecasting with the Pebble Beach model close to $170 million in economic impact,” said Steimer. “For us, that’s pretty significant.”

Besides that, both Pebble Beach and USGA management intend for the event to be extra memorable in light of the iconic course’s Centennial landmark.

“People coming to the Championship – they’re going to know its Pebble Beach’s birthday,” said Steimer, noting that those marketing efforts are in the works now and that it was in 2000 that Pebble Beach, in turn, helped the USGA hold their 100th U.S. Open Championship.

“To be able to tell that story and the history of Pebble Beach is what it means to reciprocate,” he said.


Feb. 15, 2019

3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home in Monterey Peninsula

If you’re looking purchase a second home and have your sights set on Monterey Peninsula, you should know that there is an abundance of options here that many are unaware of.

The first thing the Monterey Peninsula Home team will do for you as a buyer looking in our area is drive you around the neighborhoods.

Pacific Grove, for example, has three areas within it that are all radically different from each other:

  • The Old Retreat—Near the downtown area, the Old Retreat the most Victorian homes per capita than any other city in America.
  • Asilomar—This area sports huge lots.
  • Beach Track—This area has one of the most beautiful stretches of coastlines on the peninsula

Carmel is similar to Pacific Grove in that respect. Everyone thinks they want to live in the Golden Rectangle area of Carmel, until they realize that it’s very expensive and the homes are relatively small. Carmel Point affords homebuyers more privacy, as it’s set away from much of the summer traffic the area is likely to get.

Secondly, we can have a discussion about property taxes. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you feel about it, property taxes are really very simple in Monterey Peninsula. Currently, the property tax is at 1.025% of the sales price of the home, and unless Proposition 13 is modified, no community will change that rate.

To live in Monterey Peninsula, you’ll need to think about the lifestyle you want to lead. Even just within the peninsula, there are microclimates. Depending on where you are during the summer, you might expect the beach areas to be sunny and warm, but it actually might more often be foggy and cool. This may be a good or a bad thing for you—we often get buyers from hot areas coming here to escape the heat, but many people come with the expectation of sunny beaches and are soon disappointed.

Additionally, think about your preferences for travel. If you’re a fan of being able to walk around and enjoy the downtown area, you’ll want to choose an area close by. Other areas with larger lots may suit your style better, but they’ll be some distance away from downtown, so you’ll need to drive.

The variability of Monterey Peninsula is one of its greatest charms, but it also means that you’ll need to take a number of things into consideration before buying a home here. That’s why we invite you to come out and take a tour with us; we can show you around before you begin your in-depth search for a home and tell you about certain factors that will help you make a good decision about where to buy.

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to hear from you.

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Feb. 12, 2019

Linda Tunney Retires From AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association After 24 Years

AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association LogoWith the AT&T Celebrity Pro-Am was again upon us, it seems fitting to look at the young up-and-coming golfers that have dreams of someday playing in the tournament themselves.

That’s why after 24 years as the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association’s executive director, it’s also appropriate to acknowledge the recent retirement of Linda Tunney. 

The announcement was made inadvertently at a recent reception dinner and awards ceremony that took place at Monterey Peninsula Country Club celebrating 30 years of junior golf. The event, which also served as a fundraiser in conjunction with the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational, honored CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz as 2018’s golf ambassador of the year and Brad Cursio as PGA golf professional of the year.

It was also Tunney’s last big event serving as the association’s executive director.

Tunney, 75,  said it was time for her to spend more time with her family and to devote efforts to her campaign to raise awareness and funds associated with Parkinson’s disease. Tunney’s daughter has early onset of Parkinson’s disease.

Tunney, who is the wife of former National Football League official Jim Tunney, was first hired part-time by Pebble Beach Academy Director of Instruction Laird Smith in 1995 to work for the local nonprofit organization. It was created in 1988 to introduce the game of golf to young people between the ages of 6 and 17 who live and attend school in Monterey County. Since its inception, the association has gained approximately 1,300 junior golfers who have benefited from the various activities and scholarships it offers.

She said the program has been a meaningful and huge part of her life as she’s watched and been part of the lives of hundreds of junior golfers helping them develop their golf skills and personal characteristics for almost 24 years. 

“The most important thing is watching the children go through the program and a lot of them receive scholarships, go on to college and even become pros. So it goes full circle,” she said. 

PGA professional Justin Russo, who founded the Justin Russo Golf Academy in 2014 and was the first recipient of the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf scholarship of $5,000 in 1993, said that if it weren’t for her influence, he wouldn’t be in the profession. 

“She was very active in introducing me to the local professionals like RJ Harper and producing a bond that facilitated what I do today,” he said.

Today, the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association has six scholarships including the RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship, the Payne Stewart Memorial Scholarship and the Johnny Miller Memorial Scholarship.

During Tunney’s tenure, nearly $1 million in scholarship money has been granted. She was inducted into the Northern California PGA Hall of Fame with the Jim Langley Award for professionalism and leadership.

Marc Pritchard, president of the association’s board of directors, credited the Tunneys with an ability to get support for the program from the heavy hitters in the community.

“It’s their absolute commitment to this area and the kids. What they do is out of the goodness of their hearts and desire to make sure the kids in this area have a chance to go into golf,” he said.

Pritchard noted the numerous kids who have gone on to play golf in college because of the scholarships that are given out.

“Last year, one student played golf at Harvard, another at Brown and the year before, one at another Ivy League school. It’s phenomenal what we get with these folks,” said Pritchard. 

“Linda Tunney is just a caring and giving, wonderful person,” added Russo. “She and her husband have been great ambassadors for junior golf.”

Said Tunney, “I have to pinch myself when I think about how grateful I am to have had a career with this outstanding organization. It’s been a labor of love of which I’ve always been proud to be a part of.”


Feb. 11, 2019

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am’s Club 15

Marking its 16th anniversary, the group behind the banter of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am’s Club 15 remains committed to the steadfast fight against cancer.

For the Club’s members and the raucous fans staked out between Pebble Beach’s 14th hole and the 15th tee, come rain or shine their event continues to bring out a sizable crowd every year.

Club 15 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am“It’s special because despite possible complications or weather conditions the same core group shows up and is not afraid of a little water,” said Steve Kasper, one of the group’s founders. “And somehow, every time the sun comes out.”

That was the case Saturday, at least until about noon when the raindrops made an appearance as they had on both Thursday and Friday, with Friday’s play suspended early due to weather.

Willi Franz, who is part of the core group that Kasper referred to, explained the group’s intent to raise and donate money to the Cancer Foundation. Franz lost his wife Debbie to breast cancer three years ago. “This is the one time a year we all get together and see people we haven’t seen all year,” said Franz. “It’s a hoot.”

This year, breast cancer was specifically focused on with the Club 15 ball caps available in pink and black, the colors of “breast cancer awareness.” The money raised from the sale of the Club’s paraphernalia goes back to the cause. 

“It’s a cause close to our heart,” said Natasha DiPretoro, administrator for the group. 

DiPretoro’s father was diagnosed with brain cancer this year. Her best friend Heather MacRae, a Monterey native, died from liver and spine cancer at the age of 40 last summer. A well-known Peninsula resident, she had won the LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) “Woman of the Year” award for raising awareness for the disease.

“She had wanted to come out with me to Club 15 this year,” noted DiPretoro. “Unfortunately she didn’t get the chance.”

It was 16 years ago that Kasper along with Scott Larson and Larson’s brother Ted, founded Club 15 at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Ted Larson later passed away from cancer in 2014. As Scott Larson explained, so many in the group have had loved ones affected by the disease. Since its beginning, Kasper’s father passed away from it, as did Larson’s mom’s best friend. 

“Every year it’s affecting another one of our members,” he said.  

Club 15 continues to evolve while still representing the overarching cause of “Stand Up to Cancer.” Larson said they’re working toward getting an official 501(c)(3) status so Pebble Beach can match the funds they earn on their own. 

“Remember this is 16 years old – we were dumb when we started,” quipped Larson, revealing that once they witnessed Club 15’s popularity grow they couldn’t help but 

wonder where the group’s popularity would lead.

“We are tour-sponsored but not an official fund-raising group with the tournament,” he explained while noting the incredible support that they’ve received from Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tour director. 

Larson said now the members would like to be hand-in-hand with the tournament. “We want to try to make this thing a real part of the tournament for whatever charities we’re looking to support and do,” he said, noting that next year the club’s founders hope to incorporate a benefit concert. 

While the initial group that shows up can start out with a few, as the day progresses, spectators seem to gravitate toward the spirited cheers at Club 15.

Some years as many as 800 have gathered. 

It can’t hurt that it’s where the level of interaction between fans, celebrities and amateur players is as close as it can get. And while it’s never been the intent of Club 15 founders to imitate the antics that go on at the 16th hole during the Phoenix Open held a week earlier, it’s always about professionally supporting the amateurs. The official protocol includes asking the golfers teeing off whether they want to be cheered on or not. 

On Saturday, actor Greg Kinnear wanted anything but silence as he asked for even louder encouragement and said, “I need all the support I can get.” That’s after he sprinted to the Club 15 couch, sprawled out on it and inquired, “Do you do therapy here too?” 

Kinnear was golfing with pro Seth Reeves and arrived after Condoleezza Rice made an appearance diligently choosing tees from the Club 15 giant-size wine glass. Charles Schwab also stopped by. The financial executive/philanthropist asked Larson in a serious tone what membership in Club 15 required.

“You just show up,” quipped Larson. After teeing off, Schwab kissed his black Club 15 cap.  

Later, Andy Garcia, Chris O’Donnell and Bill Murray were amongst the other celebrities making an appearance with both amateurs and professionals. 

Last year, quarterback Aaron Rogers and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald took a load off when they hung out on the warm black leather couch for a bit. 

“The Great One” Wayne Gretzky sauntered right over to the sofa and took a seat – a move that surprised many. He sat for a while as his teammates Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Country music artist Jake Owen took their shots before he signed a Club 15 T-shirt. 

Likely not all of them were as lucky as player Pascal Grizot this year. The PGA’s of Europe Honorary President, Pascal was paired with pro Tommy Fleetwood and twosome Russell Henley and Antoine Arnault, the CEO of French Menswear Company Berluti.

Grizot got his sore shoulders rubbed by DiPretoro while taking a break on the Club 15 couch.

DiPretoro was happy to do it, still amazed at the fact that it wasn’t raining. 

“It always shines on us,” said DiPretoro, about the sunny weather. “Every year we get lucky and the sun shines on Club 15.”


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Feb. 1, 2019

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  • 4080 Los Altos Drive, Pebble Beach CA 93953
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  • Bedrooms: 3 plus Guest Suite or Bonus Room
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Square feet: 2721 sq ft (Third Party)
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The main level of the home has a spacious living room with 15-foot open-beamed ceilings, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows looking out on the Monterey Pines of enchanting Del Monte Forest. There is a nice sized deck accessed through sliding glass doors. The dining area is huge with a large window seat.  The kitchen has tons of counter space and cabinets plus an eat-in counter/breakfast nook.  Also on the main level is the master bedroom and bath.  Both private and spacious. Finally, the main level also has a laundry room.

When you approach the lower level of this Pebble Beach home, Pebble Beach Home for sale 4080 Los Altos Drive kitchenyou will notice an oversized hallway leading to two more nice sized bedrooms and a hall bathroom. At the end of the hall is a family room or if you prefer, a guest suite.  The guest suite has a small kitchenette and a full bathroom.

Other unique features of 4080 Los Altos Drive in Pebble Beach is the circle driveway that passes through a large carport.  In addition, there is a 2-car garage.

Pebble Beach Upper Forest Neighborhood

Pebble Beach's Upper Forest Neighborhood is located at the top of Huckleberry Hill and is the easternmost neighborhood in Pebble Beach. The Upper Forest is located to the north and slightly west of the Hwy 1 Gate into Pebble Beach and gets the most sunshine of all of Pebble Beach due to the coastal fog burning off here first. This neighborhood is known for its scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay, Point Lobos, and Carmel Bay. There is some amazing ocean view real estate in this neighborhood due to its unique vantage point.  Read more about Pebble Beach’s Upper Forest Neighborhood.

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Jan. 29, 2019

Trail To McWay Falls In BIg Sur Getting Revamped

The trail to McWay Falls, an iconic waterfall viewed by tens of thousands of visitors each month in Big Sur’s Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is getting revamped.

Photo of McWay Falls taken by W Tipton

California State Parks officials recently announced they have undertaken a resource protection project at the park in an effort to improve public safety and protection of the natural and cultural resources surrounding the popular waterfall. Increased visitation to the park has resulted in erosion along Highway 1 as visitors seek access to the Waterfall Overlook Trail. Traffic and stormwater runoff has also destabilized about 500 feet of coastal bluff above the falls on the west side of the highway. 

Jeff Frey, environmental scientist for California State Parks, Monterey District, said that because of the increase in usage of the park and unauthorized access and damage to its sensitive natural and cultural resources, new fencing and new signage is being installed. Both will guide visitors to the safest parking locations from which the Waterfall Overlook Trail can be accessed. About a half mile of the trail is also being rehabilitated by de-compacting the soil and planting native vegetation in order to return the area to its natural state. A home that was there in the late 1930s to the 1960s brought with it non-native trees and vegetation to the area.

“In the past, the whole area was coastal shrub vegetation,” said Frey, about that kind of vegetation that is lower growing and closer to the ocean and is trying to be restored there. “In addition to that, when fires come through areas, a lot of times the non-native vegetation that was being suppressed by native vegetation is able to gain a foothold.”

The project, which officially began in early November, is expected to be completed by March.

The McWay Falls resource protection project is one of a number of ongoing efforts to repair damage in Big Sur caused by fire, rain and increased visitation. A Park’s trail team has been working to repair and re-open the extensive trail system on the east side of Highway 1. Additionally, the parking lot at the main entrance of the park is slated for realignment, which will improve the accessibility of the restroom and picnic areas.

“Several parks in Big Sur that have been damaged by the last two major fires – the Basin and the Soberanes – and because of those, a lot of our trail systems have been damaged. said Fry. “In some cases it’s the trails and in other cases it’s the structures on the trails like stairwells and retaining walls.”

He also noted that for the last 10 years park officials have had problems with an increasing number of visitors accessing an off-limits beach in the park by way of steep cliffs. They’re now taking measures to prevent that.

“In the process, they’ve increased coastal erosion, caused vegetation damage and have endangered themselves and caused expensive and time-consuming rescues,” said Frey. “So for all those reasons we’re trying to decrease the number of visitors that try to gain access to this beach below the falls.”

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is located on Highway 1 approximately 40 miles south of Monterey. It encompasses more than 2,000 acres of land ranging from the Big Sur coastline to the nearby ridges of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Donated to the California State Park system in 1962, the park was named after a respected pioneer woman of the Big Sur country.


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Jan. 24, 2019

The Market Shift Has Begun and It’s Time to Sell


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Today we’ll be going over our market predictions for 2019 and why you should consider buying soon.

There’s been a lot of talk about an upcoming market shift, but you know what? We think the California market shift has already begun. We spoke in 2018 about how the Monterey Peninsula area was showing signs of shifting, and that looks to be the case now. Throughout 2019, we’ll see the market shift from a seller’s market to one that favors buyers.

We’re seeing signs of a balanced market in most California cities, and some have already shifted into a buyer’s market. However, some are still strong seller’s markets.

There are always people here looking to buy, but when there aren’t a lot of choices, sellers have the control. However, when there’s a lot of inventory, buyers gain the control. The days where sellers can price their homes for whatever they want are gone. You want to begin pricing your home more competitively.

If you’ve been waiting for the peak of our seller’s market before you list your home, you don’t need to wait any longer. We believe we’re in the peak now.

If you’re ready to sell your home, have any questions, or need more information, feel free to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Jan. 4, 2019

Pebble Beach Realtor Purchases Cannery Row’s Historical Red Caboose

Cannery Row Monterey CA

Pebble Beach resident and real estate broker Ed Ciliberti purchased the train car and longtime fixture along the Recreation Trail back in April for $27,000. But after acquiring and consulting with Monterey city officials on the new lease and its deed restrictions, he learned the lease would require the approval of more than just Monterey. It would also need the consent of the Pacific Grove City Council and the Board of Directors of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District for any commercial use. 

Keller Williams Cannery Row CabooseWeighing a hefty 20 tons, the steel car with wood exterior siding was built in 1916 as an outside braced boxcar and converted into a caboose circa 1940. It sits on property leased from the city and is located between Prescott and Hoffman avenues and adjacent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new Center for Ocean Education and Leadership.

Ciliberti purchased the caboose with the expectation to not only keep and maintain the Cannery Row piece of history but to also run an antique and collectibles business out of it as the previous owners Debbie and Randy Reinstedt did. He paid approximately $15,000 for the railroad memorabilia inventory owned by the Reinstedts.

He has also had the caboose’s original 102-year-old roof restored by Noble Pride Roofing Company, which he said cost $5,000 although the company donated the labor costs.

Additionally, he paid the Reinstedts separately for the original porcelain sign that was on the original boxcar/caboose that says “Western Pacific” and “Feather River Route” in its circular middle. Because of its history and monetary value he will keep it on display but will attach a new porcelain sign on the caboose’s exterior after the train car receives a new coat of deeper red paint. The original sign is worth in excess of $10,000 to $15,000.

So far the city of Monterey has approved the lease and given permission to the new owner of the Western Pacific Wood Caboose #641, as it’s officially known, to open the commercial space. The five-year ground lease will cost $469 per month, almost $200 more than the previous lessees.

Janna Aldrete, property manager of the city’s commercial leasing and property management department, said a new fair market analysis was done when explaining the rise in cost.

While Ciliberti is still waiting, he expects permission from Pacific Grove and the Park District to come because support behind the preservation of the historic piece is so strong.

He described the city of Monterey as being “terrific” to deal with and that the Cannery Row Foundation has also been very supportive.

Upon his passing, Ciliberti has offered to donate the historical caboose to the Foundation.

“I’m doing that because I know it will stay where it belongs,” said Ciliberti.


Dec. 27, 2018

2018 Market Recap and Predictions for the New Year

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Today we’ll be giving you a quick recap of what we’ve seen in our market for 2018, as well as what we predict for the new year.

It seems we’re finally finding ourselves in the shifting market everyone keeps talking about. The beginning of 2018 was more of the same seller’s market we’ve seen for the past few years, but the end of the year has spelled a different story. Things have slowed down, inventory has increased, and for the first time in years, we’re about to be in a balanced market.

If you’re a seller, now’s the time to sell before things shift further. From what we’ve seen, the shift from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market has already happened. So, if you’re a buyer, opportunity is knocking. However, there are still some pockets where the market is great for sellers. Though the market is shifting overall and we won’t be enjoying the same increases we had in the past, we believe things will stabilize next year.

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, have any questions, or need more information, reach out to us. We can give you a detailed look at your local market and help you decide the best steps to take going forward. Until then, we look forward to hearing from you.


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Dec. 20, 2018

Rateau Magenta Colored Credenza Donated to Habitat to Humanity

A recent donation to a Peninsula second-hand store turned out to be a major historical find.

Like most resale stores, the Habitat for Humanity Restore located in Fort Ord in Seaside picks up donated items of all kinds on a constant basis. Located inside the military community, donations come in from all over Monterey County.

Rateau Magenta Colored Credenza

That’s why when a Salinas resident wanted to get rid of their large buffet they had in their home for the past 10 years, those picking up the piece didn’t really blink an eye. The owner had acquired the piece from what was described as “an old cowboy bar” in town where they had once worked but it had since been shut down.

“It was extremely heavy though. It took three to four big guys to get it in here,” recalled Gabrielle Rubio, Habitat for Humanity Restore’s assistant manager. The piece was then displayed in the store’s showroom for a short time.

That was around the time that Calvin Otis had recently been hired as manager there and was reviewing the “how-tos” of finding and identifying furniture markings and manufacturers.

“The piece was obviously an antique by its dovetailing,” said Rubio, which is a quality describing the weaving of the piece’s wood grain and how it interlocks with other pieces. 

Whereas modernized machinery connects pieces uniformly, antiques were built by hand so the weaving is off, she explained.

But it was when Otis pulled out one of the credenza’s magenta-painted drawers, that he noticed the clearly stamped A.A. Rateau on the back. After a little research, the thrift store’s crew discovered Rateau to be an eminent French furniture maker and interior designer of his time.


“They looked it up and found that he was the father of art deco,” said Rubio. Architectural Digest has actually described Armand-Albert Rateau, who was born in 1882, as “one of the most exclusive interior designers of the 1920s.”


“Rateau is one of these designers that was at the top of his game but there’s not all that much available from him because he was so exclusive,” explained Adam Brown, a principal of Iliad, a New York City interior design studio. “Rateau is the quintessential furniture designer from the ’20s.”


Once the staff determined just who Rateau was they began reaching out to auction houses in Los Angeles and New York to get the piece appraised.

They also reached out to the donor of the piece notifying them of their newly discovered knowledge but its long-time owner still wanted to be rid of the piece. 


After finding Iliad through the Art and Antique Dealers League of America, the world-class purveyors of Austro-Hungarian Biedermeier, French art deco and art moderne furniture expressed desire to acquire the piece. The firm’s design studio in Manhattan, along with its restoration workshop in Prague, creates contemporary and period-inspired furniture to and for a list of distinguished clientele.


The interior design house acquired the credenza from the thrift store for $5,000.

“After restoring it, they mentioned putting in another $15,000 so they obviously think it’s worth at least $20,000,” said Rubio.


“Because we are antique dealers and experts in restoration as well as interior designers in New York, we could see the diamond in the rough,” said Adams, noting that the piece had been painted over a number of times. “We know what we’re looking at when we look at a period piece of furniture.”


What astonished Adams and Andrea Zemel, Iliad’s lead interior designer and fellow principal of the gallery, was just how rare it is to find a Rateau piece.

“Rateau — his pieces they just don’t become available, there are very few of them,” said Brown. “We have no idea what it was doing in the U.S., let alone in Monterey, California.” Brown said Rateau’s only big patron in the United States in the 1920s was the historic Blumenthal family.


Now, as the Iliad staff acquires more research and background on the piece, a photographic documentary of the rare find is also being created.

“We’re reaching out to experts in France and the Rateau family,” said Brown.