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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 ;-).

May 4, 2020

Real Estate Update - Covid-19 Shelter In Place Week 5

Market Update - Covid-19 Shelter In Place Week 5

The following video was recorder May 1, 2020 by the Monterey Peninsula Home Team and Kal Financial and includes Market data for Monterey County, the cities of Carmel, Carmel Valley, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach and Seaside, plus the Monterey Peninsula as a whole. It also contains information on what buyers and sellers can expect with the latest Shelter in Place (SIP) orders from the Monterey County Health Department. 

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March 31, 2020

Monterey Peninsula Market Update During Corona Virus Stay At Home Order

Monterey Peninsula Market Update During Corona Virus Stay At Home Order

Corona Virus PictureMany people have been asking what the Stay At Home order is doing to the real estate market. Below are some basic weekly market activity statistics for Monterey Peninsula cities for the past 4 weeks (from March 3rd thru March 30, 2020.

In general the market has been pretty sluggish as you can imagine. I know there are a lot of buyers who want to look at properties however the Shelter in Place order from the county has left Realtors unable to show property as they are sheltering in place as ordered. 

Inventory has increased by 19% over the past 4 weeks, which can be a good things since inventory has been so tight. However new weekly inventory coming on the market has slowed by almost half over the past 4 weeks from 45 new listings the first of the month down to an anemic 23 new listings last week. Finally, the number of homes going under contract has dropped from 21 the first week of March to only 12 last week.

Normally the month of March is when we see inventory start to build and the real estate market start to take flight. The year started off with a bang. We will need to see what the next month of sheltering in place and social distancing does to the market.


Monterey Peninsula Market Statistics during Corona Virus Stay at Home Order

March 3, 2020 through March 9, 2020
City Active Listings New Listings Went Under Contract Off Market Closed Escrow
Carmel 104 10 6 0 3
Carmel Highlands 5 0 0 0 1
Carmel Valley 42 5 1 1 2
Del Rey Oaks 2 2 1 0 0
Marina 19 7 7 0 2
Monterey 43 5 2 2 6
Pacific Grove 30 7 2 0 3
Pebble Beach 62 5 1 0 2
Seaside 12 4 1 2 3
Monterey Peninsula 319 45 21 5 22


Monterey Peninsula Market Statistics during Corona Virus Stay at Home Order

March 10, 2020 through March 16, 2020
City Active Listings New Listings Went Under Contract Off Market Closed Escrow
Carmel 110 7 4 4 6
Carmel Highlands 5 0 0 0 0
Carmel Valley 44 3 1 1 1
Del Rey Oaks 2 1 2 0 0
Marina 22 5 4 0 5
Monterey 49 8 2 2 2
Pacific Grove 32 3 2 1 3
Pebble Beach 63 2 1 5 2
Seaside 16 8 2 2 1
Monterey Peninsula 343 37 18 15 20


Monterey Peninsula Market Statistics during Corona Virus Stay at Home Order

March 17, 2020 through March 23, 2020
City Active Listings New Listings Went Under Contract Off Market Closed Escrow
Carmel 111 2 7 6 8
Carmel Highlands 5 0 0 0 0
Carmel Valley 44 2 2 2 5
Del Rey Oaks 3 1 0 0 0
Marina 25 3 2 2 2
Monterey 52 4 3 4 5
Pacific Grove 34 5 2 4 2
Pebble Beach 67 4 1 2 0
Seaside 19 4 1 2 3
Monterey Peninsula 360 25 18 22 25

Monterey Peninsula Market Statistics during Corona Virus Stay at Home Order

March 24, 2020 through March 30, 2020
City Active Listings New Listings Went Under Contract Withdrawn Closed Escrow
Carmel 115 4 2 1 6
Carmel Highlands 5 0 0 0 0
Carmel Valley 46 2 2 1 3
Del Rey Oaks 4 2 0 0 1
Marina 31 7 1 1 3
Monterey 55 3 2 3 2
Pacific Grove 37 3 2 3 3
Pebble Beach 67 0 0 3 3
Seaside 20 2 3 1 3
Monterey Peninsula 380 23 12 13 24




Feb. 4, 2020

Luxury Ocean View Estate for Sale in Pebble Beach

Luxury Ocean View Estate for Sale in Pebble Beach Above “The Lodge at Pebble Beach”

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Listing Details

  • Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Home for Sale
  • 1519 Riata Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
  • $12,950,000
  • MLS# ML81781286
  • Bedrooms: 5 Suites
  • Bathrooms: 5 Full, 3 Half
  • Approx. Square Feet: 8087 square feet (Measured by a Third Party )
  • Lot Size: Over 1 Acre

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Pebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Home for sale


Pebble Beach Lodge Area Ocean ViewsPebble Beach Luxury Ocean View Estate Home for Sale Above “The Lodge”

Wow!!!  That is what you are going to say when you first walk through the front doors of this one of a kind Pebble Beach Ocean View Estate. The view of Point Lobos, Still Water Cove, Carmel Bay and the Pebble Beach Golf Course are spectacular! The best part is you have these views from just about every room inside this 8000 plus square foot home. 

The 4100+ square foot main level of this Mediterranean estate home features a stunning entry with the iconic view of Point Lobos and Stillwater Cove framed by the 12-foot-high living room Pebble Beach Luxury Kitchenwindows and what appears to be 20 foot open beamed ceilings. It is an open concept home with the Livingroom at one end, the breakfast nook at the other, a dining area and a sitting area in between, flanked on each end by marble fireplaces. There are exposed beams overhead, plaster walls around you, stone floors under feet and lots of natural light from the large southern facing windows and French doors. The kitchen is large and has beautifully crafted cabinets which even envelope two refrigerators and the dedicated freezer.  There is a butler’s pantry with an additional sink, a second trash compactor and a second dishwasher not to mention tons of additional cabinets and even a desk.

The luxurious master retreat is also on the main level and features more beautiful ocean views both from the bedroom and the bathroom. Enjoy a hot bath while taking in the scenic beauty A tub with a view Pebble Beachof Carmel Bay and the coastal mountains from the marble soaking tub. In addition, the spacious master bathroom includes his and her vanities, a makeup counter, a mirror with a built in tv behind it, and an incredible walk in closet with a secret door.

Finishing off the main level of this luxury estate is a beautiful office next to the master retreat, an elevator to the lower level, two powder rooms. And an attached 2 car garage with an additional detached 2 car garage opposite it.

You can ride the elevator or take the grand staircase down to the lower level where you will find a spacious family room with a wine bar and a large temperature-controlled wine cellar. This level is also home to three en suites with an ocean view, a large guest suite with an ocean view and a veranda, a workout room, the laundry room and a large home theater with murals of Pebble Beach painted on the walls.

Pebble Beach Office with a View

The majority of the estate is controlled by a Crestron lighting system programed to turn on lighting themes throughout the home, control tv’s and audio through various parts of the home and handle other functions via handy remote controls and large touch screen panels.

The home has been expertly sited near the top of a gated 1-acre lot that offers some elbow room from neighbors and lots of privacy. The landscaping is lush and has elaborate low voltage lighting, automatic sprinklers and even a cistern to collect rainwater in the wintertime to be used for watering in the summer. 

Pebble Beach Lodge Neighborhood

Home TheaterThe Lodge area of Pebble Beach includes some of the most luxurious and spectacular homes on the Monterey Peninsula. Some of the luxury homes in this part of Pebble Beach are built right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean making them some of the most sought-after ocean front homes in the world! Other homes are built on either Pebble Beach Golf Links or Cypress Point Golf Club, two of the most desirable golf courses in the world! And still other homes are built on home sites with amazing Pebble Beach ocean views of Point Lobos, Stillwater Cove, Carmel Beach, and the Pacific Ocean…Not to mention breathtaking views of some of the most famous golf holes in the world. If you are looking for a truly unique and luxurious piece of real estate, the Lodge area of Pebble Beach might just be what you are after.

The Lodge area includes all of the homes built on the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point Golf Club, as well as all of the homes built along the coastline between Carmel Gate and Spyglass Hill Road where it meets the Pacific Ocean. This area also includes the “dunes” portion of Spyglass Hill Golf Course (the part of the course that is south of Spyglass Hill Road), Peter Hay Golf Course and the prestigious Lodge at Pebble Beach.


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Jan. 29, 2020

Country Club East Home for Sale in Pebble Beach

Country Club East Home for Sale in Pebble Beach

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Listing Details

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Country Club East Home for sale 1155 Arrowhead



Pebble Beach Home for Sale Near the Country Club

1155 Arrowhead Pebble Beach CA 93953You are going to love this single level ranch style Pebble Beach home for sale on a very quiet street. This handsome home is set back on an oak studded lot with a fully fenced yard that is great for entertaining or your 4-legged buddies. The home has been updated over the years and includes a remodeled kitchen newer cabinets and granite countertops, a new built in wi-fi enabled oven, a new gas cooktop, a new Bosch stainless steel frig and a new dishwasher. There are two ensuites, one of which has its own family room and would be a great granny unit. The other is the master suite and is on the other end of the house along with 2 additional bedrooms and a remodeled hall bath. There is hot tub in the back yard, a two-car garage and a circle driveway, making parking a breeze. And it is in the coveted Pacific Grove School District. Call your Realtor and get over to see this one!

Pebble Beach home for salePebble Beach Country Club East Neighborhood

Pebble Beach's Country Club East Neighborhood is located East of the Pacific Ocean and Spanish Bay Resort in Pebble Beach, CA with the Country Club West neighborhood to the west and Pacific Grove and Central Pebble Beach to the east. Forest Lodge Road and Sloat Road dissect the two Country Club neighborhoods.  The beautiful and private Monterey Peninsula Country Club Dunes Golf Course (MPCC Dunes) was built through the middle of this neighborhood offering many homeowners the ability to live on a golf course.  Although there are no ocean front homes and few ocean view homes in the Country Club East area, there are plenty of homes with forest and dedicated green space behind them, especially near Sawmill Gulch.  Some of the quietest areas can be found in the Country Club East.

The Country Club East area is a fabulous area to live and play in. It has the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Dunes Golf Courses front nine running through it. This is a very desirable part of Pebble Beach as there are many nature trails carving through natural Monterey Pine forests, making it ideal for those that like to hike and enjoy nature. In addition, this great part of Pebble Beach is in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, making it highly sought after.

Living in Country Club East is easy. You are only a few minutes from Pacific Grove where there are supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, shopping, a farmers market on Monday's, as well as any other service you can think of.


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Jan. 14, 2020

Luxury Craftsman Style Home for Sale in Pacific Grove

Luxury Craftsman Style Home for Sale in Pacific Grove

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Listing Details:

  • Pacific Grove luxury craftsman’s style home for sale
  • 218 Bentley Street, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • $2,095,000
  • MLS# Coming Soon
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Approx. Square Feet: 2519 square feet (third party measurement)


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218 Bentley St Pacific Grove, CA


Luxurious Pacific Grove Craftsman for Sale within Walking Distance to Town and the Waterfront

Luxury Craftsman in Pacific Grove, CAHere is your chance to own a luxurious Pacific Grove craftsman style home that is close to downtown and the waterfront! 

This beautiful craftsman home is set back on an oak tree studded lot and has tremendous curb appeal! The 8300 square foot lot is beautifully landscaped and offers plenty of elbow room, especially by Pacific Grove standards. And at just over 2500 square feet, the residence has luxurious and spacious living areas including a large living room with open beamed ceilings, plaster walls, big, beautiful wood trimmed windows with stained glass insets, hardwood floors and an antiqued fireplace. The dining area features trayed ceilings with crown molding, a beautiful antique exterior door that leads to a 171 square foot patio, wood floors, and wood accents.

The kitchen has everything you could want, including beautiful Pacific Grove Luxury Craftsman home for salecustom cabinets, stone countertops, a gas range, a built-in microwave/convection oven, a trash compactor, a dishwasher, a stained glass skylight, and even a butler’s pantry with a beverage cooler. Finishing off this part of the house is a cozy breakfast nook and a handy eat up baron the back side of the peninsula.

The master retreat is very spacious and features a sitting area with a gas fireplace, a trayed ceiling with a fan, accent lighting, and crown molding. The craftsman styling from the living room and dining room continues with the same beautiful treatments in the master including solid wood craftsman doors, door trim and accents throughout the room. There are French doors leading to the patio area which includes a gas firepit and sitting area. The master bath is spacious with dual vanities, an abundance of cabinets, a walk-in closet and a large tub with stained glass shower.

Pacific Grove Luxury real estate for saleThere are two additional bedrooms, both with trayed ceilings, plaster covered walls, craftsman doors and trim and French doors leading outside. The guest bathroom is beautifully done with a stone tiled shower and a vanity with shaker style cabinets. Additional amenities include an audio system for the entire house with built in speakers, a two-car garage with plenty of off-street parking, and a 600+ square foot patio area with a fire pit and gas hook up for a BBQ.

Walk to Downtown Pacific Grove and the Pacific Grove Waterfront

Pacific Grove, CA is known for having on of the most beautiful coastlines in California and the Pacific Grove waterfront is truly magnificent! You can enjoy the sites of large Monterey Bay sea Luxury Craftsman Kitchen in Pacific Grovemammal sightings from the PG shoreline that are truly a gift to behold. From gray whales, humpbacks, dolphins, orcas, sea lions and even sea otters, you can see it all from the Pacific Grove waterfront. 

But that isn’t all Pacific Grove has to offer. The downtown area has great restaurants, great shopping, great coffee shops and ever a great bakery or two! Grove Market is a fantastic little local market, just like you would expect from America’s Last Hometown!  The schools in Pacific Grove are also extremely good and have been since I was a kid here!

So whether you are looking for a second home or you want to call Pacific Grove home, it is a fantastic place to live. You can walk everywhere from 218 Bentley, which allows it’s new owner the very best lifestyle Pacific Grove has to offer.



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Dec. 6, 2019

Tee Party on the MPCC Shore Course

Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course Home for Sale in Pebble Beach

1040 San Carlos Pebble Beach CA 93953

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Listing Details

Monterey Peninsula Country Club Golf Course Front Home for Sale

1040 San Carlos Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953


MLS# Coming Soon

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Extra Water Credits (Ask us why this are important)

Approx. Square Feet: 1847 square feet (county)

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Pebble Beach Home for Sale on the 3rd Tee of MPCC Shore Course

MPCC Country Club West home for saleThrow a “tee” party where you and your friends will enjoy front row seats to the Pebble Beach AT&T Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tourney from your very own living room and back yard of this remodeled Pebble Beach classic. For a few days a year, celebrities and pros alike will be teeing off on the rather short Par 3 third hole of the ultra-exclusive Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course right in front of you during this world-famous event! The rest of the time you will love the scenic beauty of oak trees, Monterey pines, cypress trees, local wildlife and the views of the 2nd green and entire 3rd hole of one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the country.

At roughly 1847 square feet, the single level home has great curb appeal, is light and bright on the inside and has been recently remodeled. The original home was built in 1951 and has a mid-century vibe, but new French oak style floors have been laid Pebble Beach golf course home for saledown which have added a cottage-cozy feel to the modern lines. The living room is spacious and open, has a gas fireplace and large windows looking out to the golf course. 

The kitchen has slick new quartz counter tops done in the waterfall style, and brand-new stainless appliances including a Wolfe gas cook top, Wolfe oven, microwave and warmer drawer built in, a wine frig and a side-by-side frig. A new farmhouse sink and a veggie sink were installed along with new brushed gold faucets for a fresh, modern look. There is even a matching quartz bar and butcher block! Oh, and let’s not forget the cozy breakfast nook…It is just adorbs!

The family room features open beamed architecture with exposed ceiling joists leading you to a wall of windows exposing the beautiful golf course and allowing the room to be bathed in Monterey Peninsula Home Team Listing for sale in Pebble Beachnatural light. The gas fireplace has been outfitted with ceramic logs and a remote controlled 3 level burner.

The master bedroom features fantastic views of the golf course, the same French oak style floors and has a walk-in closet. There is an additional bedroom at the other end of the hall and two full bathrooms, plus water credit to add an additional bathroom.  If you are not familiar with how our water credits work here in Pebble Beach and on the Monterey Peninsula, contact Jeff or Mark and they can explain why these water credits are like gold!

Other amenities and upgrades to the home include a fantastic back deck with a gas fire pit, new Wi-Fi enabled central forced air heat, a new tank-less water heater, and a new Wi-Fi enabled garage door. There are other upgrades as well including some to the plumbing and electrical systems, new spark arrestors on both chimneys, new vents in the foundation, plus others. 

If you are looking for a just right sized home in Pebble Beach, right on the MPCC Shore Golf Course that has been remodeled and has water credits allowing you to do even more to make this home yours, then you ought to call your Realtor and have them show you this property.  If you don’t already have a Realtor, then give us a call and we would be happy to show this fantastic home to you!

Pebble Beach Country Club West Neighborhood

Pebble Beach's Country Club West Neighborhood is located along the Pacific Ocean between Spanish Bay Resort and Spyglass Hill Golf Club in Pebble Beach, CA.  The beautiful and private Monterey Peninsula Country Club (MPCC) was built through the middle of this neighborhood offering many homeowners the ability to live on a golf course.  Although there are no true ocean front homes in the Country Club West area, there are plenty of front-line golf course homes with incredible ocean views and views of MPCC.  Some of the best sunsets on the Monterey Peninsula can be viewed from this part of Pebble Beach. 

The Country Club West area is a fabulous area to live and play in. It surrounds the Monterey Peninsula Golf Courses including the back nine of the Dunes Course and most all of the Shore Course.  This is a very desirable part of Pebble Beach as the land is mostly flat making it ideal for strolls along the waterfront, a bike ride or walking 18 holes of golf.  In addition, this great part of Pebble Beach is in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, making it highly sought after.

Living in Country Club West is easy.  You are only a few minutes from Pacific Grove where there are supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, a farmers market on Monday's, as well as any other service you can think of.


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Sept. 5, 2019

Las Palmas Ranch Home for Sale in the Gated Prominence Neighborhood

Las Palmas Ranch Home for Sale in the Gated Prominence Neighborhood

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Listing Details

  • Estate home for sale in the Prominence area of Las Palmas Ranch
  • 19607 Longview Terrace, Salinas, CA 93908
  • $1,395,000
  • MLS# Coming Soon
  • Bedrooms: 4 beds plus an office
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Approx. Square Feet: 4410 square feet (Measured)


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Immaculate Prominence Estate for Sale in Las Palmas Ranch

Are you looking for a spacious estate home offering luxury living in the sunbelt between Monterey and Salinas? If so, you are going to love this 4410 square foot home built behind the gates of the Prominence neighborhood inside Las Palmas II. With 4 bedrooms plus an office, 3 and one-half baths, dramatic high ceilings including “tray” ceilings in the family room, dining room and kitchen. If 4410 square feet isn’t enough, there are three outdoor entertaining areas including a front entry courtyard with a koi pond, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in BBQ, cooktop, refrigerator, and a sink and the back yard with a large patio, a lush lawn, and a chipping and putting green!

This home has been lovingly maintained and updated by the current owners and includes many extras both inside and outside.  

As you enter through the impressive solid wood front doors, you are greeted to a stone covered entry and a beautiful view of the impressive living room with super high ceilings with an abundance of windows bathing the interior with natural light.  It has a fireplace, a wet bar and a grand staircase leading to the upper level. The kitchen, formal dining room, and family room feature high “tray” ceilings with crown molding. There is a chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and freshly refinished cabinets, plus a large center island allowing this room to become the focal point for guests. The family room adjoins the kitchen and features a beautiful built-in entertainment center and a fireplace. There is a large formal dining room with a fireplace and has beautiful views. Rounding out the lower level is a dedicated office that could be a 5th bedroom and a powder room.

The upper level is home to 3 bedrooms and an amazing master retreat. The master has fantastic views of the Salinas Valley and includes a large bedroom with a two-sided fireplace separating it from the bathroom. The master bath includes a huge walk-in closet, a jacuzzi tub, a walk-in shower, heated floors his and her vanities. The suite also has a private balcony facing the setting sun. Rounding out the upper level is a spacious ensuite plus two more bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath between them plus a laundry room.

At over an acre, the outside is equally impressive as the inside and starts with an entry courtyard off of the driveway that is covered in pavers and features a lush Koi Pond. There is a stamped concrete patio off the family room with a full outdoor kitchen and room for an outdoor dining experience. It includes a built-in BBQ, a cooktop, a refrigerator and a sink. The back yard has a large stamped concrete patio, a lush green lawn and a putting and chipping green.

Additional amenities in this impressive home include dual-zone air conditioning units, one for the main level and one for the upper level, a 5-zone audio system, plantation shutters throughout and a three-car garage.

This is a must-see property if you are looking for a luxurious lifestyle in the sundrenched Prominence neighborhood of Las Palmas II.


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Las Palmas Ranch Community

Las Palmas Ranch II is located about a mile east of Scenic Hwy 68 off of River Road and consists of 700 single-family homes and is broken down into 10 different neighborhoods including Acclaim at Las Palmas Ranch, Bavella at Las Palmas Ranch, Cortina at Las Palmas Ranch, Crown Point at Las Palmas Ranch, Fieldcrest at Las Palmas Ranch, Legends at Las Palmas Ranch, Prestancia at Las Palmas Ranch, Prominence at Las Palmas Ranch, Stonegate at Las Palmas Ranch and Summer Hill at Las Palmas Ranch.

Las Palmas Ranch is ideally situated between the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Valley making it easy for commuters to travel to either area for work or for pleasure. This part of Monterey County tends to get more sunshine than the coast, which means warmer temperatures most of the year. However, Las Palmas Ranch isn’t located so far inland that it gets extremely hot. The coastal breezes normally keep temperatures pleasant.

Las Palmas Ranch (Phase II) was developed around 2000, making it a relatively new community for our area, which doesn’t have too many new developments, with the exception of East Garrison, Sea Haven and The Dunes in Marina. If you like newer floor plans, with large master suites, larger closets and many of the things we have grown accustomed to over the years, all in an affordable package, this is a great place to look for your next home.

Prominence and Crown Point Neighborhoods

The Prominence neighborhood in Las Palmas is a smaller gated community inside the gated community of Las Palmas Ranch II. Like the Crown Point neighborhood, Prominence is considered to be the high-end luxury homes of Las Palmas Ranch. The floor plans are more spacious, the appointments more luxurious, the lots are larger and there is an extra bit of privacy and exclusivity if you live in either of these two Las Palmas neighborhoods. The pricing in these two areas is at the upper end of what homes sell for in the entire Las Palmas community. 


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Aug. 6, 2019

Reality Version of Big Little Lies Coming To Monterey

Big Little Lies The 5 picture

After watching HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and living on the Peninsula since last November, non-scripted television producer/director Philippe Denham decided to create his own “more realistic version” as he described it of the “Monterey Five.” 

Denham, who re-located to the Monterey area after coming consistently to the Peninsula for the last six years to visit his girlfriend Melena, said the impression given about the Peninsula isn’t accurate. 

Based on the same-titled best-seller by author Liane Moriarty, the popular and critically acclaimed series that stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have garnered multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards.

For his part, Denham wants to showcase real-life moms who live on the Peninsula.

“Every woman except one is this high-powered person who drives their Land Rover and is super intensely protective of their 4 year-old,” said Denham about the HBO show, noting that it’s not representative of Monterey’s residents. 

Philippe Denham Picture After working 30 years in Los Angeles, he now wants to showcase the real-life moms of Monterey – women with true stories of tragedy and triumph. “These are people who are being very open about very common but not very open problems – they’re significant social issues that these women are not afraid to talk about.” 

For his upcoming docu-series “Monterey Moms,” Denham said he is almost entirely through the casting process for the show that he expects to pitch to producers by September. Like the HBO production, it will also feature five moms living on the Monterey Peninsula.

This project comes after Denham has spent decades working on shoes like History Channel’s “The Curse of Civil War Gold” (2018) and Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” (2010). He foresees this project being picked up by a network like A&E.  

It was after placing a free ad on Craigs List last month advertising casting for the show, that the idea really caught fire.

For Denham, it as after meeting the film community here and the creatives and his girlfriend’s childhood friends, that he said he came across these unbelievable stories.

“I feel like I’m well placed here and what would really be interesting and relevant and topical is to use the success of “Big Little Lies” to pitch a docu-series of the real mothers of Monterey from Marina to Carmel Valley,” said Denham. 

Stories like that of Joleen Green, 40, who is just trying to make ends meet and financially support her teenage son and daughter after her husband of 20 years committed suicide due to what she described as “work pressures.” 

Green, who has been a house cleaner and personal organizer has struggled to move on without her husband Richard and continues to struggle to live in such an expensive place.

“My hope is that my kids can see me moving forward and somebody out there who is stuck in their sadness can learn how to live,” said Green. 

Meanwhile, the docu-series producer has also become involved in the community by working with down-and-out veterans at the Veterans Transition Center and other local endeavors.

“I interview them in a way where they can really see how far they’ve come – so that they see that maybe six months ago they were homeless, but now they look at it and say ‘Wow, I’ve seen the upswing my life … and want to keep this going’,” explained Denham. 

He also hopes to eventually open the New Academy of Cinema Arts for those who want to learn more about the medium.

“It’ll be someone in the thick of things teaching what the industry expectations are and how to make a story,” said Denham. “I call it a film school for all.”

In terms of “Monterey Moms,” Denham wants it to be representative of the Peninsula in regards to socioeconomic and diversity.

“There are so many fascinating stories here on the Peninsula that are anchored to the mothers here if we stay true to who these people are,” said Denham. “So I want to give a voice to these women.”


Aug. 6, 2019

Pacific Grove's Little Car Show 10th Anniversary

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Pacific Grove’s Little Car Show is one of the Peninsula’s most popular events during Monterey Car Week.

Held in downtown on Lighthouse Avenue, the show displays classic cars from all countries, including all-electric cars. While about 100 cars will be showcased, unlike in years past, the Aug. 14th event won’t be featuring any particular mark of car. It will, however, feature a performance of the National Anthem at the beginning of the show by 13-year-old vocalist Barbra Ann Wagner.

It was John Moulton, who had the idea for The Little Car Show in 2011 and has overseen it ever since.  To him, what makes this particular gathering of cars so special is the uniqueness of the automobiles and the fact that it’s also one event that’s free to the public.

He said this year there are more cars from the 1950s and ‘60s and not as many automobiles from earlier eras. That’s because, according to Moulton, the age group of those investing in these types of cars is getting younger. 

“When people get cars they get ones that remind them of the one in their youth,” said Moulton. “And a lot of car collectors are now in middle age so you see more from the 50s and 60s. “The older they are the harder they are to keep up,” he added.

 “Visitors to the Little Car Show are unique in the sense that they can relate to the size, make & models,” added Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar. “Little cars bring back memories of the early days of driving. It is a nostalgic experience.”

At this year’s event, retired meteorologist and local celebrity Jim Vanderzwaan will present trophies while the Dick Robins Ragtime Stompers will provide music. 

The show, which will be followed by a cruise down Pacific Grove’s Ocean View Boulevard, is presented by Marina Motorsports. Acceptance of $50 participant fees will go to benefit the Pacific Grove Library, the P.G. Youth Center and the Veterans Transition Center. 

Additionally, for the third year, the 18th hole of the Pacific Grove Golf Links will be the setting for Worldwide Auctioneer’s annual car auction on Aug. 15. 

This year, slated to cross the auction block is an original 1898 Riker Electric, owned and raced by early automotive pioneer Andrew Riker himself.

Other consignments to this year’s auction include a 1947 Cisitalia D46 Single-Seater Monoposto, raced in 1948 by Roger Loyer, with original chassis, engine and body and an all numbers-matching 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster, accompanied by GM Cadillac Heritage Certificate.

Auction preview days begin Monday, August 12th up until the sale itself. 

Also in P.G. on Friday, Aug. 16, the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. Presented by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove, over 200 cars will cruise down Lighthouse Avenue.


July 9, 2019

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home for Sale

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home For Sale

Listing Details

Contact Mark Bruno (831) 917-8190 with the Monterey Peninsula Home Team to see if this dream ocean view property in the Carmel Highlands is still available and to arrange a showing. 


Carmel Highlands Private Ocean Retreat For Sale

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Home for Sale

246 Hwy 1 Carmel Highlands Ocean ViewLeave the city bustle behind you as you drive down Highway 1 and up the gated driveway to your own private ocean view retreat in the Carmel Highlands. You will enjoy the laid-back and healing qualities of Big Sur in this uniquely special home with exquisite wood detailing and craftsmanship throughout. And while being tucked away in one of the most scenic spots in Monterey County, you’re still just a few miles from downtown Carmel shops and restaurants and just steps to the world-class Highlands Inn and other nearby award-winning restaurants on the way to Big Sur.

With a master suite that includes a large Jacuzzi tub, sauna and breathtaking ocean views, this home’s owner will have the ability to relax in a resort-like setting. 

Another of the home’s bathrooms includes a spacious fully tiled 246 Hwy 1 Carmel CA 93923wall-to-ceiling shower. Besides the tub and sauna, the master bathroom includes a double sink. Located on the third floor, the master bedroom also offers a balcony deck.

Both the third and fourth bedrooms on the second floor also include balcony decks while the main floor’s bedroom features a stone patio on alternating sides.

The kitchen includes high ceilings; recessed lighting and a stainless steel fridge flush with the wood craftsmanship. A large tiled island showcases a double-sink.

Included in this luxury Carmel Highlands property are a laundry room, skylights, stonework on both the patio and front-facing façade and hardwood floors. The living room showcases a built-in authentic stone fireplace with windows providing vast ocean 246 Highway 1 Carmel Highlands kitchenviews. 

This home and its setting is truly a little slice of heaven on Earth and must be seen to fully appreciate.


Carmel Highlands

Just a short drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley, the Carmel Highlands offers a view of the Point Lobos, which is considered the most beautiful meeting of land and sea in the world. It’s home to the famous Highlands Inn, which offers drinks and dining in a setting that overlooks the rugged coastline, unique only to the Central Coast. 

Carmel Highlands is also home to one-of-a-kind hiking and scenic areas known as Point Lobos, Wildcat Cove, Yankee Point, and Otter Cove. 

Because of its scenic beauty and peaceful location, residents are often less hurried and the lifestyle here is somewhat more laid back than in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The area attracts artists and writers and is an ideal location to leave all the stresses of city life behind while still being close to restaurants and other needed amenities.