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Aug. 30, 2018

How Can You Help Our School Districts Win $100,000 at the 2019 U.S. Open?

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If you live here in the Monterey Peninsula, odds are you’re either a golf fan or you know someone who is. Next year the U.S. Open is once again coming to town at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and when it does, you have a chance to help the Monterey school districts win $100,000.

The U.S. Open has a great history at Pebble Beach, and it’s produced a ton of memorable moments. Next year’s tournament will be particularly special, though, because it is the course’s 100th anniversary. Normally, the U.S. Open is held at Pebble Beach every 10 years, but they’re making an exception in 2019.

When it does, the city of Pacific Grove has reached a deal with the Pebble Beach Company that states if they can raise 600 volunteers for the tournament, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation will donate $100,000 to Pacific Grove school districts.

The U.S. Open isn’t the only golf tournament that generates money for local charities in Monterrey. Last year, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am generated over $10 million. It’s no small wonder, then, that these events produce armies of local volunteers. We have friends of ours who come from as far away as Pennsylvania to lend a hand. We ourselves volunteer by providing physically challenged transportation so that those with special needs have access the golf course.

If you would like to volunteer and help our school districts win $100,000, click here and use the registration code PGUSD2019.

Let’s work together to raise this money for a good cause. If you have any questions about this opportunity, feel free to reach out to us.

As always, if you have any real estate questions, please feel free to call or email us anytime. We would love to help you.

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Aug. 20, 2018

Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Real Estate for Sale

Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Real Estate for Sale 

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Listing Details

  • Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Real Estate for Sale
  • 4134 Sunridge Road, Pebble Beach CA 93950
  • Brand New Luxury Construction
  • Offered at: $2.650,000
  • MLS#: ML81707995
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Living Space: Approximately 3579 square feet (Third Party Source)
  • Basement: Approximately 2467 square feet (Third Party Source)
  •  Lot Size:  Approximately 11,963 square feet

Contact Mark Bruno or Jeff Davi with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this Pebble Beach luxury property is still available.  Call (831) 313-2289 to set up a private appointment to view it.

Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View home for sale

Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Home for Sale

Pebble Beach Luxury living roomYou will enjoy blue water views through the Monterey pine forest from this brand new southern facing Pebble Beach luxury Ocean view home for sale that is tucked behind the private gates of Pebble Beach. 

Local architect Chad Brown from Monterey Designs, Inc. designed this modern luxe Mediterranean with nearly 3600 square feet of living space and an additional almost 2500 square feet basement! Modern conveniences such as a Lutron RA2 whole-house lighting system that can be controlled by your phone, a multi-zoned audio system with surround sound in the living room, and a Nest controlled radiant heating system.  It is conveniently located close to the Highway 1 Pebble Beach Gate, which is just a few minutes from Carmel by the Sea, Monterey, and Pacific Grove.  Shopping is close, along with access to the many beaches around the Monterey Peninsula and all the fantastic golf courses Pebble Luxury home in Pebble BeachBeach and the surrounding area has to offer.

The new owner of this Ocean view home will be fortunate enough to be the first resident to occupy this brand-new luxury Pebble Beach property! And if you are from the area, you know how rare it is to find a new construction home here and this one is a beauty!  From the travertine stone or the beautiful strawberry blonde walnut floors to the Venetian plaster walls, you can tell the builder took pride when constructing this luxurious home.  

The kitchen is open and conducive to entertaining.  There is a large knotty alder center island covered in polished granite, which is perfect for people to gather around while you are preparing a great meal on the Thermador gas range.  The cabinets are knotty alder and blend perfectly with the plaster walls and stone floors. There is a butler’s pantry with an additional sink and dishwasher and room for an additional refrigerator.

There is a formal dining room that opens to the front entry courtyard for al fresco dining opportunities in the great climate upper Pebble Beach offers.

The living room is spacious and has great views of the ocean through the indigenous Monterey pine trees, a look only available on the Monterey Peninsula. The open beams and fireplace adorned with Carmel stone add to the coziness of this space.

The main level is also home to two bedrooms and an office with a half bath, which could be converted into a guest bedroom.  There is a large hall bath with a soaking tub and a walk-in shower.

The ocean view master suite is over 1000 square feet and is located on the upper level.  It includes a sitting room and large bedroom with hardwood floors plus a 278 square feet balcony covered in stone.  There is a fireplace to take the chill out of the cool Pebble Beach evenings.

The luxury spa-like master bath is covered in travertine and features a large jetted soaking tub, a walk-in shower for two, dual vanities and a walk-in closet.


Dreaming of A 2500 Square Feet Wine Celler?

Potential Pebble Beach 2500 square feet wine cellar

In addition to the nearly 3500 square feet, this luxurious residence has to offer, there is a big bonus!  Have you ever dreamt of having a 2500 square foot wine cellar to entertain your friends in?  This is your opportunity to do so!  The basement has been finished and is ready for you to make it whatever you would like it to be.  And at 2467 square feet, this is a ton of bonus space to be used as you please,

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 luxury ocean view real estate in this neighborhood due to its unique vantage point.  Read more about Pebble Beach’s Upper Forest Neighborhood.

About Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Real Estate

Pebble Beach is synonymous with luxury and I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that Pebble Beach is full of luxury real estate, especially luxury real estate with Ocean views.  To some people, Oceanfront real estate is the epitome of luxury living while others prefer a Pebble Beach Golf Course home with ocean views in the background.  It is hard to argue whether Pebble Beach Ocean Front Real Estate is more luxurious than Pebble Beach Golf Course Real Estate when they both are incredible pieces of luxury real estate.  


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Aug. 14, 2018

Why the Monterey Car Week and Concours d'Elegance Is a Must-See

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Today we want to talk about something that is near and dear to both Jeff's and my heart: car week. It is amazing how the Monterey Car Week & Concours d'Elegance event started as a one-day event and has since turned into a 10-day celebration of vehicles.

Out of all the events in Monterey, this is Jeff's favorite. He loves cars and enjoys seeing the auctions. Over the 10 days the event takes place, the city comes alive with an estimated 500,000 people.

The event, which is held on Pebble Beach Golf Links 18th hole, is among the greatest car events in the world. Last year they had cars set up on the first fairway as well as the 17th hole with a collection of classic Ferraris set up all the way back to the first hole.

Jeff says that his favorite event besides the car show is the auctions that take place. There are six different auctions that take place including the Mecum Muscle Cars and More Auction, Russo and Steele Auction, RM Auctions' Sports and Classics of Monterey, and Bonhams Auctions. No matter which you go to, if you like to watch auto shows live, this is the place to do it because there is so much diversity.

Personally, I love the Pebble Beach Rally where priceless vehicles are taken down the coast of Big Sur on a set course. They even stop for breakfast to allow people to see the cars closer.

Another event you should check out is The Barnyard Ferrari Event. This occurs Friday afternoon and is sponsored by our brokerage, Keller Williams Coastal Estates. We will be there if you want to come and say hello.

McCall's Motorworks Revival at the airport hanger is on Wednesday, the Concorso Italiano at the Black Horse Golf Course is on Saturday, August 25, and of course The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is on Friday, August 24.

The Quail is an amazing time and, even at $600 per ticket, the event sells out every year. A ticket earns attendees a chance to enjoy amazing food and, of course, the cars. If you have never attended this event, it is very decadent. The last time I was there, I had oysters and shrimp with champagne as well as the ability to go inside a private aircraft to look around.

All of the fees paid by the people that participate in the Concours d'Elegance go to charity.

This event is less than a month away and we are very excited about all of it. Our team volunteers at the Concours d'Elegance event and all the proceeds go to charity. We also help with transportation to and from the 18th hole for people who normally would not have access to the event so they can experience it as well which benefits the Monterey Veterans.

All of the fees paid by the people that participate in the Concours d'Elegance go to charity as well. The fees do vary as people who come from overseas pay thousands of dollars to have their car in the event. People come from all over the world to be a part of this major international event.

To find out more about these events as well as get a complete list of the events for this week-long celebration, you can visit our blog here. If you have any other questions about this or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to call or email. We look forward to speaking with you soon.


Aug. 13, 2018

Del Rey Oaks Home for Sale

Del Rey Oaks Home for Sale

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Listing Detail

  • 1033 Via Verde Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940
  • Price: $739,000
  • MLS number: ML81717508
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Square Footage: 1560 square feet
  • Lot Size:  6237 Square feet (County)

Call 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 to look inside.

Remodeled Del Rey Oaks Home for Sale Great for Entertaining

Del Rey Oaks home for sale

del rey oaks real estateYou are going to love this remodeled, turnkey Del Rey Oaks home for sale located right smack in the middle of the town and just a short walk to the wonderful outdoor space Del Rey Oaks has to offer. 

With many custom designer type treatments, 1033 Via Verde is a fantastic Del Rey Oaks home to live in.  It is roomy with 1560 square feet of living space although it lives much larger with the large deck and the great outdoor space.  

The kitchen has been totally remodeled with stainless steel appliances, new Shaker style cabinets, tile backsplash that extends to the ceiling, hardwood countertops and a fantastic hammered copper farm style sink.  There is tons of natural light with the open-design the kitchen and dining area offer. There is a door that leads out to the backyard, making it perfect for Del Rey Oaks CA Home for saleentertaining guests.

The living room is very spacious and benefits from a ton of natural light.  There is a brick fireplace, the original refinished oak hardwood floors, a large built-in bookcase and two sliding glass doors, one leading to the front balcony and the other leading to the backyard.

There are three nice sized bedrooms all with hardwood floors and one being the master suite.  The first bedroom offers a cool designer accent wall, while the other is currently set up as “the princess room.” The hall bath is modern with glass countertops, a ceramic raised sink, and contemporary cabinets.  The master bedroom has two closets!  The master bath is spacious and has a modern feel.  It features a walk-in shower, a raised colored glass sink, and contemporary vanity.

Del Rey Oaks CA real estateOne of the stars of this house is the backyard, with it’s 600+ square feet of deck.  It is perfect for entertaining day or night with the floating canvas shades and the warm glow of the included mood lighting.

If you are looking for a Del Rey Oaks home for sale that is in move-in condition and won’t bust the piggy bank, you must make an appointment to see this Rel Rey Oaks home!

Del Rey Oaks Neighborhood

Del Rey Oaks, CA is a small city of roughly 1600+ people located on the southern end of the Monterey Bay, just north of Monterey, CA. It was incorporated in in 1953.  They do however have their own police department and post office!

Del Reay Oaks CA out door livingConveniently located with easy access to Hwy 1 and Scenic HWY 68, Del Rey Oaks is a great, more affordable place for locals to live.  The climate is pleasant with average temperatures in the low 70’s in the summer time making it slightly warmer than nearby peninsula cities of Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and about on par with Carmel and most of Monterey.

Del Rey Oaks Real Estate

Del Rey Oaks real estate is a little more expensive than Seaside, CA real estate, but less than Monterey real estate, making it “just right” for many home buyers. With only 741 homes in the city, real estate for sale is always scarce in Del Rey Oaks with normally only 1 or 2 homes available on the MLS at any given time.  Homes in Del Rey Oaks were predominately built in the 1950’s through the 1970’s and tend to have a mid-century modern feel to them with flat roofs and more angular lines.

The Monterey Regional Airport boarders Del Rey Oaks on the southern side although noise from the airport seems to be minimal, depending on your location in Del Rey Oaks.

Del Rey Oaks has two parks.  One is dead center of the city and is home to a baseball diamond, a basketball court, a couple of slides for the kids and a dog park for the locals who live in the city.  The other park is a 17-acre wetland Preserve named the Frog Pond.  It is a great place to go for a walk and check out the local bird wildlife.

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July 20, 2018

Monterey Beach House for Sale

Listing Detail

Call 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 to look inside.

Monterey Beach House for Sale in Del Monte Beach Neighborhood

124 Duncrest Monterey CA 93940

Calling all Beach Bums!!! 

With the waterfront just a few short blocks away, you will absolutely love this 2 bedroom, 2 bath beach house located in the best beach neighborhood in Monterey.  Recently remodeled, there is really nothing for you to do but move in and enjoy the coveted lifestyle this beach cottage offers.

Monterey Beach Cottage bathroomStep through the front gate to a private side yard that leads you to the front door.  Although this isn't a waterfront home, you can certainly hear the waves of Monterey Bay slapping against the sandy shores of Del Monte Beach close by.

Once inside, you can tell this is not your ordinary remodel!  Your eyes are treated to a light and bright open concept dining room and living room with a new kitchen with wood countertops, vaulted ceilings, a subway tile backsplash, high-end appliances, beautiful brand new floors under feet, and an antiqued fireplace. There is a large sliding glass door leading to a spacious backyard.

There are two spacious bedrooms, one a master suite with its own dedicated bathroom with a large walk-in shower and marble countertops.  There is a hall bath with a shower over tub and does double duty as the laundry room. In addition, there is a great backyard that is surprisingly spacious and offers a lot of privacy.  

This remodeled beach house is in turn key condition and is ready for its new owner to move on in. They will enjoy an incredible lifestyle that only living on Del Monte Beach can offer…Enjoying walks on the beach and incredible sunsets every day from your new Monterey beach house!

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Del Monte Beach Neighborhood

Monterey’s Del Monte Beach neighborhood is a hidden gem that many newcomers to the area don’t even know exists.  It is comprised of many mid-century modern styled beach homes, a large architecturally significant condo complex as well as some apartment buildings. It attracts people from other significant beach cities in California who are looking to purchase a home with that great “beach bum” lifestyle. It has great access to what is probably the best stretch of sandy beach in Monterey County.  This great neighborhood is located at the western end of Casa Verde Way, on the west side of Del Monte Blvd. in Monterey and includes the aptly named streets of Surf Way, Beach Way, Dunecrest Avenue, Spray Avenue, Foam Avenue and Tide Avenue, which fronts Del Monte Beach.

Monterey’s Del Monte Beach occupies the southern-most tip of Monterey Bay and offers Del Monte Beach neighborhood residents uninterrupted walks from the Monterey Wharf all the way past Marina State Beach!  This is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the Monterey Peninsula and makes for incredible sunset walks and daytime adventures.  It is common to see marine wildlife from the shores of Del Monte Beach including encounters with dolphins, whales, sea lions, sea otters, pelicans, and other shorebirds in addition to the incredible spectacle that is the Monterey Bay.  Fishing, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking and other water sports are abundantly available from this location. Ahhh, and don’t forget the sunsets!

It also shouldn’t be a surprise the neighborhood is occupied by renters as well as second homeowners and primary homeowners, all who love the lifestyle associated with living this close to the water.

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July 11, 2018

Remodeled Ocean View Pebble Beach Home for Sale

Remodeled Ocean View Pebble Beach Home for Sale

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Listing Details

  • Remodeled Ocean View Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale with Legal ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)
  • 3071 Strawberry Hill Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • $1,650,000
  • MLS# ML81713860
  • Main House:  3 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit:  2 Bedrooms and 1 Bathrooms
  • Approximately 2150 square feet total

Call 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 to look inside.


Remodeled Pebble Beach Home for Sale with Ocean Views and a Guest House

Pebble Beach Ocean View Home for sale with and ADU

Pebble Beach Ocean View Home for sale with and ADU 2Don’t miss this unique opportunity to buy a remodeled Pebble Beach 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! Not only can you see the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean from this Pebble Beach home for sale, you can take a short stroll to the beautiful waterfront trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean waves crashing the rocky coastline.

As you enter the cottage, you are greeted with open beamed ceilings, fresh hardwood floors and a stone covered fireplace.  On your left is a dining area that is open to the brand-new kitchen.  There is a ton of natural light bathing the interior. This home sits up a little from the street and you really take notice when you are inside looking through the front windows at the Monterey pine trees and the Pacific Ocean in the distance.

Everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink is brand new!  There are Pebble Beach Ocean View Home for sale kitchen remodelnew cabinets, shiny new countertops, new subway tile backsplashes, brand new stainless steel Thermador appliances, LED Lights, Hardware and even the kitchen faucet!  And you will be the first to use this brand-new kitchen! 

There is a hallway off the living room leading to the three bedrooms and one of the bathrooms the cottage has to offer.  One of the bedrooms is a brand-new master suite which has two large windows and a sliding glass door looking out on the courtyard out back. The master bath is new as well and includes a dual vanity, tile floors and a large walk-in shower.

The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) has been totally remodeled with a new bathroom, new kitchen with copper counter tops, updated flooring a small living room/dining room and two bedrooms.  This unit is the perfect little rental or it could serve as your second home and you could rent the main cottage.Pebble Beach Ocean View Home for sale with and ADU 3

The grounds around both properties has been nicely landscaped with mostly drought-resistant plants and is very low maintenance except for the front lawn which is going to need mowing maybe once a month.

In addition, there is a large garage with plenty of off-street parking.  

3071 Strawberry Hill Road lies in the Pacific Grove school and is within walking distance to Monterey Peninsula Country Club and the Ocean.

Click here to see additional images of this Remodeled Ocean View Pebble Beach, CA Home for Sale with Legal ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit).

Country Club East in Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Pebble 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 home offers a unique combination of location, flexibility and lifestyle that delivers the high standard of living that is Pebble Beach. 


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July 6, 2018

Pacific Grove Victorian Cottage For Sale

Pacific Grove Victorian Cottage For Sale 

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Listing Details

  • Pacific Grove Victorian Cottage 
  • 514 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Asking Price: $848,000
  • MLS# Coming Soon
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • 1/1 guest unit
  • Approx. Size:  1159 Total Square Feet (Tax Records)
  • Lot Size: 3485 Square Feet
  • Year Built: 1889

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


Pacific Grove Victorian Cottage with Guest Unit

Pacific Grove Victorian Cottage

Inside a Pacific Grove Victorian CottagePacific Grove Victorian Era cottages are super cute and are among the most desirable homes in Pacific Grove.  When combined with a location where you can walk to town, some might say they are irresistible!  This little beauty also has a 249 square foot guest unit and a 2-car garage and it is on a street to street double lot!  I guess there will be people that just have got to have 514 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove, CA.

Just two blocks from downtown shopping and eating and a few more blocks from Lovers Point and the waterfront, who wouldn’t want this 2-bedroom, 1 bath Victorian Era Craftsman home situated smack dab in the heart of Pacific Grove!  With classic Victorian curb appeal and good looks, this Pacific Grove Victorian cottage has everything you need plus a ton of flexibility! It starts out like most Victorian cottages with a great front porch and high-pitched roof angles.  Large double-hung windows, decorative Pacific Grove 514 Forest Avenue Guest Unitshingles and tongue and groove siding round out this classic 1889 structure located in “America’s Last Hometown” which just so happens to have one of the largest concentrations of Victorian Era homes in the US.

Inside, 514 Forest is just as you would expect it…Charming!  Look up and take notice of the high ceilings Victorians are known for.  Look down and notice the original hardwood floors are still intact. In fact, so are most of the original windows, doors and trim.  The bedrooms are ample size and the remodeled bathroom includes a claw-foot tub with a shower.  The kitchen has evolved over the years and has two sinks plus there is a ½ bath (Think water credits people!)

Behind this little beauty is a free-standing, 249 square foot guest unit with a full bath, a countertop and a microwave.  With the Large garage st 514 Forest Avenuenew California Accessory Dwelling laws, who knows, maybe you could turn this into a legal rental.  Check with the city of Pacific Grove for their policies on ADU’s.

Behind the guest, unit is a nice sized 2 car garage that backs up to 16th Street behind.  So, although Forest is a busier street, with a little bit of work to the garage (flip the garage doors to the other side) you can park it in your very own garage.

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Pacific Grove Victorian Cottages

Pacific Grove is said to have over 1000 Victorian homes, making it the highest concentration of Victorian homes per capita in America!  The Victorian craze took place from around 1830-1910, but specifically, the Queen Anne style, which is what Pacific Grove is noted for was popular from 1870 through 1910, when many of Pacific Groves first homes were being built.

Pacific Grove was a Methodist Retreat founded in 1875 and the first annual camp meeting was held in August of that year.  The Retreat Association began selling lots in the retreat area near Lovers Point and downtown Pacific Grove to members of the retreat, so they could build homes.  Up until then, the lots were outfitted with tents for the summer.

1880 - 1910 the town would experience hundreds of new Victorian Era homes being built including primarily Queen Anne Victorians and Arts and Crafts (Craftsman) style homes.  Large Victorian homes were built on the Pacific Grove waterfront including the Green Gables in January of 1888, the Grand View Inn at 105 Grand Avenue was built in March of 1910 and the Seven Gables Inn (was the Page Cottage) was built at 104 Fountain Avenue in May of 1886.  These are all exquisite examples of Pacific Grove Victorian homes.  Other notable Victorian homes in Pacific Grove include the Brandt Mansion was built in January of 1895 on the corner of Lighthouse and 17 Mile Drive, 225 Central Avenue was built for Senator Benjamin Langford (Judge Langford) and is now known as the Gatehouse Bed and Breakfast, the Trimmer Hill at 6th and Laurel was built in March of 1893…The list goes on and on of incredible examples of Victorian homes in Pacific Grove.


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July 3, 2018

2018 Monterey Car Week Schedule of Events

2018 Monterey Car Week Schedule of Events

2018 Monterey Car Week

Monterey Car Week is one of the most anticipated celebrations of classic and exotic automobiles in the world and is probably the most famous one too.  And why wouldn't it be with the amazing collection of cars in the world that converges on one of the most beautiful settings on the planet!  The worlds rich and famous car lovers all come out to play during Monterey Car Week!

There are many amazing events that go on during Monterey Car Week including car rallies, car shows, historic races, foodie events, auctions and even car art and memorabilia shows. If you are a car person, Monterey Car Week is a must-see spectacle in an amazing setting, the Monterey Peninsula...A treat to the senses.  The rumble and roar of the exotics down Highway 1, the purr of a finely tuned vintage in the corkscrew at Laguna Seca, the smell of old exhaust without catalytic coverters and the sites of all of these classic and exotic automobiles all around... Truly a bucket list item that must be checked fulfilled.

Monterey Car Week Car Shows

Monterey Car Week is full of various car shows in and around the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding areas. These events allow automotive enthusiasts to get up close and personal with their favorite automobiles.  




Concours on the Avenue will be held Tuesday, August 21 from 10am-5pm. Sixteen blocks of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea will showcase multiple marques: 1940 thru 1973 with Porsche and Ferrari thru 1989



Hundreds of classic sports cars and vintage and exotic automobiles lined up along 525 Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. Sponsored by Classic Motorsports Magazine. For more information please contact Rick Goolsby at (386) 239-0523 or visit 




The beautiful Carmel Mission serves as host for a variety of vintage automobiles, their owners and fans during the Carmel Mission Classic on Wednesday, August 22 from 10am-4pm. Previously known as the "Blessing of the Cars" this event will feature food, wine and yes, the blessing of the cars will still happen! 



All marques from all countries may be accepted this year. We'll accept a total of 100 vehicles 25 years and older. That means this year we will accept model year 1993 and older, micro, mini and arcane vehicles with no greater than 1,601cc displacement engines or electric powered vehicles.



The Prancing Ponies Car Show is back for the second year. This all-women car show lines the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, August 22 from 1pm-5pm.



Be seen at this luxury VIP event of exotic and classic cars, jets, food, music and of course wine!  This exclusive event takes center stage at the Monterey Jet Center from 5pm-10pm. It sells out every year, so get your tickets early!




In this awe-inspiring drive that traces portions of the famed 17-Mile Drive, hundreds of vintage cars traverse the roads and show off their impeccable elegance. - Forbes. This is an incredible opportunity to see many of the same vehicles that will be parked on the lawn at the main event on Sunday, The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, driving on the streets of Pebble Beach, Carmel and Highway 1 on their way to Big Sur and back.  The cars start to line up at 7:00 on Portola in Pebble Beach and the Tour departs at 9:00.




Legends Of The Autobahn® is an all-German marque Concours d’Elegance held at the prestigious Nicklaus Club-Monterey during Monterey, California’s famed Pebble Beach Concours week.  Legends is hosted by the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club of America.



The popular Porsche show Werks Reunion will be headed back to the Corral de Tierra Country Club near Laguna Seca Raceway, during Monterey Car Week. Porsche Club of America (PCA) welcomes all Porsche clubs, owners, and enthusiasts to join us at the fifth Werks Reunion in Monterey.



10 am to 4 pm. For sixteen years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.



On Friday, August 24, from 12 pm to 5 pm, The Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally is an annual event presented by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove on the Friday of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend of Monterey Car Week. Drivers show their classic, vintage, and sports cars along Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove in the afternoon. Following an evening rally along the spectacular Seventeen Mile Drive coastline of Pebble Beach, all are welcome to enjoy a barbecue dinner in Chautauqua Hall




Concorso Italiano is the world’s largest luxury and exotic Italian Car show.  This is truly a multi-faceted luxury lifestyle event celebrating all things Italian; fashion, food, wine, art, and products. Concorso Italiano, famous for the diverse and significant collection of exhibited Italian cars, is centered on as many as 1,000 Italian & exotic automobiles, Italian motorcycles. This year's event will be held Saturday, August 25 from 9:30am-5pm.



An ugly oil stain on the Pebble Beach Auto Week, the Concours d'Lemons returns once again to Seaside, CA on Aug 25, 2018. Hoopties, Rust Buckets, Misfits, Mistakes and the worst of the automotive world will be on display and as always celebrity judges will be accepting bribes for our Thrift Shop sourced trophies. Hagerty Insurance, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine have inexplicably sponsored the debacle, so it is really all their fault. The best part is that the show is free for participants and spectators, so you'll get exactly what you pay for. 



On Saturday, August 25, from 3pm-8pm, this unique event focused entirely on the Super, Hyper and Exotic Car phenomenon. With the backdrop of historic Cannery Row and open admission, we are creating a whole new destination event for the auto enthusiast and collector alike. A venue showcasing some of the rarest and exciting cars of our time alongside the companies that can take these cars to the next level in performance and showmanship.



Saturday, August 25 from 4pm-7pm. The Barnyard once again brings this popular event to Carmel, partnering with the Ferrari Owners Club, and promises to be a Car Week highlight once more, with beautiful cars, great local wines, plenty of delicious food, and live music among the Barnyard’s signature gardens.




Begun in 1950, this Concours is the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. It is also the event to which most other modern Concours now trace their roots. Initially modeled on the early European Concours that showcased new cars, the Pebble Beach Concours shifted its focus to collector cars in 1955—and other Concours followed suit. It has also taken the lead by including racing greats and offering featured marques and special classes as early as 1953, introducing displays of dream cars and concepts in the 1980s, and instituting driving events and emphasizing the importance of preservation in the 1990s.

Guided by—and often driving—the interests of enthusiasts the world over, this Concours continues to set the bar for all others. Opens to spectators on Sunday, August 26 at 10:30 am.


Monterey Car Week Auctions

Monterey Car Weeks main attraction for many is the many different auctions and the diverse selection of cars here during Monterey Car Week.  Nothing gets the blood pumping quite like bidding on a high dollar classic or exotic automobile and there are many opportunities to do so during Car Week!  in 2017, over $328 million was spent on cars at auctions during Monterey Car week with the top dog being a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 Roadster, which sold for $22,550,000!  Which car are you looking to add to your collection this year?



The Worldwide Auctioneers Auction takes place at the scenic Pacific Grove Golf Links on Thursday, August 23. The first showcase and auction of the week features roughly 70 historic automobiles in the spectacular oceanside setting.



The Hyatt Regency Monterey hosts muscle cars, motorcycles and more during the Mecum Auction. The general public is invited to view items up for sale August 23-25. Admission is $30 per person.



Russo and Steele’s Annual Collector Automobile auction in beautiful Monterey, CA is among an elite list of events that contribute to Monterey’s Historic Car Week, and holds the hottest ticket to Monterey’s Race Weekend, billed as the “Mecca of Collector Automobiles”.  August 23-25. Previews open on August 22nd. Admission is $30 per person.



Quail Lodge Golf Club on August 24. Bonhams returns to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula for its 21st annual Quail Lodge Auction, featuring the world's finest and most exclusive collectors' motorcars displayed in a stunning setting on the grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. One of the landmark events taking place during the must-attend "Monterey Collector Car Week", the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction is the longest-running auction on the Monterey Peninsula, and is, therefore, one of the true highlights during a week of activities that serves as the focal point for the California summer motoring season.



Held at the Monterey Conference Center, August 24-25.  Fine classic cars and unique sports cars, including a dedicated Ford-themed auction, will be auctioned at RM Auctions' Sport & Classics of Monterey.  In total, over 200 investment cars will be auctioned off. Preview passes are $40; a $300 bidder registration includes two preview passes, two auction passes and includes an auction catalog.



The Pebble Beach Auction is the only auction that takes place inside the gates of Pebble Beach!  The auction itself takes place August 24-25, but window-shoppers can admire the breathtaking displays of automotive magic beginning on August 22nd.



June 29, 2018

Monterey Luxury Home for Sale in the Old Del Monte Area

Private, Gated Old Del Monte Area Luxury Home for Sale in Monterey

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Monterey Luxury Home for Sale in the Old Del Monte Area

  • 1320 Jacks Road, Monterey, CA 93940
  • $2,200,000
  • MLS# Coming Soon
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Approx. Square Feet: 3678 sqft
  • Lot size: approximately 0.777 Acres
  • Garage: 3+ cars (over 1000 sqft)

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

Luxury Monterey Estate Koi Pond

Monterey Custom Home Built on Private Park-Like .777 Acre Lot

Luxury Monterey Estate Living roomThis is an incredible opportunity to own a very private, custom built luxury home on a beautifully landscaped .777 acre refuge on one of the best streets in Monterey. This gated, park-like setting has a light and bright single level 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with tons of interior volume.   1329 Jacks Road in Monterey is a 3678 square foot single level home with a modern craftsman style and an Asian flair.  It features stone, wood, granite and other modern surfaces that are both durable and attractive.  The windows are wood clad throughout the house and are plentiful, allowing plenty of light in and showing off the beautiful grounds outside.  There are large exposed beams holding up the soaring ceilings in many rooms.  

The kitchen offers tons of cabinet space, a center island with a stainless-steel gas cooktop and hood, built in double ovens, a built-in frig, and granite countertops. There is a large family room Monterey Luxury Estate bathroomand a dining area just off the kitchen with great views of the park-like backyard and the Koi Pond. 

The master suite of this Monterey luxury home for sale is very spacious and offers the same exposed beam treatment as the living room and it too has soaring ceilings above. There is a tone of closet space including a walk-in closet and several wall closets. Entering the attached master bath is like stepping into a spa! The floors are stone and are perfectly accentuated by the two glass block walls helping to define the space.  The is a walk-in shower, a jetted tub, dual vanities and tons of natural light flowing in from the outside.

In addition to the master, there are three more bedrooms including one mini master which includes a full bath.  The other two bedrooms share a hall bath.

Monterey Luxury Estate kitchenAs a bonus, this property includes a light-filled tea house which could be used for a number of purposes including an artists studio and a large 1000+ square foot garage which can accommodate a good-sized collection of cars.

If you are looking for a modern style craftsman home close to all of the things the Monterey Peninsula has to offer in a private park-like setting, this home is likely for you!

1320 Jacks Road in Monterey’s Old Del Monte neighborhood is an extremely well-built custom home located on a very exclusive street and offers its new owner a ton of privacy. Add this to your list if you love privacy and a large lot but still want to be close to all the action of downtown Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula cities.


Old Del Monte Neighborhood in Monterey, CA

The Old Del Monte neighborhood in Monterey CA consists of the homes that were built around or near the Old Del Monte Golf Course over a wide spread of time.  This area is one of the nicer areas in Monterey with homes, in general, being larger than average and sitting on lots that are above average in size. The majority of the homes here are mid-century modern homes or California ranch-style homes with many Spanish Revival homes sprinkled in.  Although there are homes that sit directly on Old Del Monte Golf Course, they really do not come on the market for sale that often and when they do they typically start over $1,000,000 and can go up significantly from there.  

Homes in general are an eclectic mixture, like most of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula cities with big beautiful luxury homes built right next to older homes in need of remodeling.  Manor Road, Jacks Road, and Deer Flat Road have some very large estate homes as does Castro Road, especially along the Old Del Monte Golf Course side of the street.

The Old Del Monte neighborhood runs from Mark Thomas Drive to the west, Josselyn Canyon Road to the north, Aquajito Road as its southern boundary and Monhollan Road as its boundary to the East.




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June 29, 2018

What You Can Learn From 2007's Housing Crisis


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Although it seems like it was just a short time ago, it has been 11 years since the 2007 housing crisis. We learned a lot from that time, which is why today we will be talking about these lessons.


First and foremost, we’ve learned that you should never buy a house that you cannot afford. Many people got in trouble back in 2007 by making this mistake. If a lender tells you that you qualify for a loan, but the payment looks like it will be too much for you, the reality is it probably is too much.

The next lesson to take away from the 2007 housing crisis is to not buy a home with little to no down payment. In 2007 and even before, people were purchasing a home without ever submitting a down payment, and although you can still submit a small down payment today, you should be careful about doing so. If you can afford to put more down, it can help protect you from whatever changes in the market may occur. Plus, you will not have to pay PMI, which can save you money each month.

Prior to the downturn in 2007, many people believed that you could buy a house and it would go up in value, however, this is untrue. Real estate is cyclical. In California, there is a 10-year cycle, on average. What we really learned from 2007 is that you have to be careful when you buy and sell real estate.

Statistically, now is a great time to buy a house because of where we are at in the real estate cycle.


Many people ask us when the best time to buy a house actually is and, truthfully, the answer is 20 years ago. We know that this isn't possible, but now is also still a great time to purchase a home because of where we are at in the real estate cycle.

If you want to know how much your home is worth for sale now before the cycle ends, please feel free to call and we can look at your home with you to evaluate its value. We look forward to speaking with you.

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