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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 ;-).

Dec. 17, 2021

2022 Housing Forecast

2022 National Housing Market Forecast

The #1 question I get asked this time of year is what is going to happen with the housing market next year. I have found digesting what is being forecasted on a national level is a great way to help understand what might happen to the Monterey Peninsula housing market in 2022. Here is some great information from some industry professionals on what they believe is going to happen in 2022.


2022 Housing ForecastSome Highlights


Mortgage rates are projected to rise and so are home prices.

Experts are forecasting buyer demand will remain strong as people try to capitalize on rates and prices before they climb, creating another strong year for home sales.

Let’s connect and discuss what this means for your home.


Mark Bruno

Monterey Peninsula Home Team

Dec. 9, 2021

Remodeled New Monterey Home for Sale

Remodeled New Monterey Home for Sale 

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Listing Details

  • New Monterey Real Estate for Sale
  • 700 Newton Street, Monterey, CA 93940
  • $998,500
  • MLS# ML81871051
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Home Size: 1189 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5000  sq ft


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

700 Newton New Monterey Real Estate for Sale

Turnkey, Immaculate, Remodeled New Monterey Home for Sale 

Monterey Real Estate remodeled kitchenBe the first to live in this immaculate, turnkey and freshly remodeled cottage with great curb appeal. It is centrally located just a few blocks from Cannery Row, the DLI and Pacific Grove in a great New Monterey neighborhood. This roughly 1189 square feet home has been extensively remodeled with a new roof, new driveway and patio, fresh landscaping and fences, fresh flooring, a new HVAC system, new doors and new windows…The list goes on and on!. It has great natural light with great indoor and outdoor spaces. There are three nice sized bedrooms, 1 spacious remodeled bathroom with dual sinks, a great living room with a gas assisted fireplace, a brand-new kitchen with an attached dining area, new flooring, and fresh paint inside and out. Close to Pacific Grove, the bike trail, Old Town Monterey, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and everything else that makes the Monterey Peninsula a great place to live. This is a must see!

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New Monterey real estate with remodeled bathroomLiving in New Monterey

New Monterey is most known for the lifestyle it offers it’s residents.  This neighborhood is close to all of the things that make the Monterey Peninsula the special place it is.  Obviously Cannery Row is a great attraction today with great restaurants, sightseeing, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fun shopping, no wonder it is the biggest tourist attraction in Monterey County.  Scenic Pacific Grove with it’s beautiful rocky shoreline, quaint downtown and American hometown feel is on the border of New Monterey.  Homes in New Monterey are a bit more affordable than Pacific Grove, making New Monterey popular with some second home buyers. New Monterey is known for having some of the best views of Monterey Bay.  It is very common to find a Monterey Bay View home or condo in New Monterey on the hill New Monterey landscapingwith outstanding views of the bay.


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Nov. 1, 2021

Private Carmel CA Ocean View Contemporary Home for Sale

Private Carmel, CA Ocean View Contemporary Home for Sale

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Listing Details

  • Carmel Ocean View Home for Sale
  • 3680 Via Mar Monte, Carmel, CA 93923
  • Asking Price: $3,995,000
  • MLS# ML81868823
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Approx. Size:  Approx. 4136 Square Feet* (Third Party Measurement)
  • Patios: Approx. 3500 Square Feet*
  • Lot Size: 43,124 Square Feet (County Records)
  • Year Built: 1990

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

*Buyer to satisfy themselves as to the actual square footage if that is important to them.


Private, Gated Carmel Ocean View Home for Sale

Carmel Ocean View Home for Sale

Carmel High Meadows neighborhood If you are looking for both privacy and the convenience of being just a few minutes from downtown Carmel and still close to The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Downtown Monterey, the wineries of Carmel Valley and the rest of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, you are going to love this private, spacious, light, bright turnkey home that has been freshly remodeled in the Carmel High Meadows neighborhood. Tucked behind a gated and fully fenced nearly 1 acre parcel of land, this 4136 square foot home with over 3500 square feet of brand-new decking takes advantage of extensive ocean views of Carmel Bay, Point Lobos and views of the Fish Ranch, Carmel Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains.

The main level features a formal entry, living room with a fireplace, dining room, a wet bar with a wine fridge, a kitchen, and a master suite with a fireplace, all with high ceilings, great natural light and views of Carmel Valley or the ocean. There is a Carmel home for salefull hall bath that is used as a powder room and a laundry room. The main level features a large deck with multiple access points including an accordion door off the living room. It also features what I would call a full outdoor kitchen, an outdoor dining area, a gas fire pit and several other gathering areas. The views from this deck are amazing making it a great place to entertain guests, enjoy sunsets or the beautiful weather this High Meadows location has to offer.

The lower level is equally as impressive with a large family room, a secondary master suite, 2 additional bedrooms each with and adjacent bathroom, and a bonus room that can serve as an office or a storage room. The lower-level deck is connected to the upper deck via a staircase and can be accessed from the lower level of the home through sliding glass doors in the family room or the lower master suite. The lower-level deck is quite expansive and outdoor Kitchenfeatures a hot tub and a gas fireplace and also offers great views.

If you are looking for both privacy and the convenience of being just a few minutes from downtown Carmel and still close to the rest of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, and you want plenty of space and beautiful views, be sure to put this home at the top of your list to buy.


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Carmel High Meadows Neighborhood

Carmel CA High Meadows Neighborhood

High Meadows in Carmel, Ca is a hidden gem of a neighborhood that seems to attract more full-time residents than vacation home buyers although it is a good fit for either wanting to own quality real estate.  Centrally located to all of the Monterey Peninsula cities, High Meadows real estate in Carmel sits just east of the Highway 1 and Carpenter Street intersection.  Although some of the homes and condos are near the highway, traffic noise is minor in the majority of the real estate in the High Meadows.

Perched up near the top of Carmel hill, many homes in the High Meadows have excellent views of Point Lobos and Carmel Valley, including the Fish Ranch.  Homes here are a bit newer than other parts of Carmel with a lot of the real estate construction being completed in the 1970's and 1980's.  As such, you will see more contemporary styled homes here along with the traditional California ranch homes and Spanish style homes.  In general lot sizes in Carmel High Meadows are around a quarter of an acre although there are homes on 1 acre or even larger parcels of land in this neighborhood.

If you love Carmel-by-the-Sea but want a larger home with some space between you and your neighbors, and you want quick access to Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach or the highway, High Meadows is an area you should check out. 

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Oct. 12, 2021

East Garrison Real Estate for Sale

East Garrison Real Estate for Sale 

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Listing Details

  • Beautiful Newer Construction Home for Sale in East Garrison
  • 14929 Breckenridge Rd., East Garrison, CA 93933
  • Coveted Heritage Savannah Model with mudroom and loggia option
  • Craftsman Elevation upgrade
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Home Size: 2945 square feet (County)
  • Premium oversized 7,181 square feet corner lot ($30,000 Upgrade)
  • Over $124,000 in builder options
  • $1.195,000
  • MLS# Coming Soon

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


One of The Nicest Homes in East Garrison Is Available

East Garrison Craftsman Home for sale

East Garrison Heritage Home for saleAre you looking for one of the nicest homes in all of East Garrison?  Look no further! This coveted Heritage Savannah model is chocked full of beautiful upgrades and is situated on a premium oversized lot. 

The sellers of this home not only went all out when they had this home built for themselves, they have impeccably maintained it since it was built new in 2017. It shows like a model home, only cleaner, and it has all the features you would find in a model home as well. Situated on a large corner lot, it is extremely handsome with great curb appeal from either street it fronts. The craftsman style exterior upgrades and color choices are a nice touch as well.

Entering the home from the covered patio and through the front door, you are greeted to an abundance of natural light, high East Garrison Heritage home for sale kitchenceilings adorned with crown molding and tall baseboards, large, planked hardwood floors and a modern but comfortably warm color palette. There is a parlor room and a formal dining room to either side of the wide hallway, which leads to an open concept kitchen and family room with a fireplace.

The kitchen is well appointed as you would expect of a residence of this caliber with upgraded soft close cabinets and granite countertops, Kitchen Aid stainless steel appliances including a large gas cooktop and a built-in oven and microwave. Counter space is abundant, with a large center island as the focal point. The butler’s pantry sits between the formal dining room and the kitchen and offers a ton of extra storage. There is also room for an informal dining table and a built-in desk. 

The sellers opted for the mudroom and loggia to be added on, East Garrison Heritage craftsman home for sale master bathwith really makes this home special. The mudroom is home to an additional refrigerator, custom cabinets with granite counters and a second sink and it conveniently connects the garage to the kitchen area. In addition, the loggia is the perfect spot to take advantage of the milder temperatures outdoors while being sheltered from the wind in the summertime.

The second level is home to all 4 bedrooms, including a very spacious master suite. This level too has an abundance of natural light and upgrades are evident with custom cabinets installed at the top of the landing area. The master is light, bright, with room for a sitting area. There is a deep walk-in closet with plenty of hanging space and the bathroom is well appointed with huge vanity with dual sinks and granite countertops. The floors are covered in large tiles plus there is a large soaking tub as well as a walk-in shower also tastefully covered in tile. In addition, this East Garrison Heritage home for sale with a mudroom upgradelevel has a nicely appointed laundry room with custom cabinets and tile floors, plus a hall bathroom with dual vanities, and a shower over tub that is tile as well.

The lot this home sits on is fantastic and in addition to offering a 2-car garage, it also has room for up to 2 additional vehicles to be parked off street! There is a great side yard that is open to the loggia, making it perfect for entertaining outdoors or in. Finally, it only has neighbors on one side making your privacy a premium.

If you are looking for a very special home that has been impeccably maintained, set on a premium lot and is only 4-year-old “new construction,” you need to add this to your must-see list.


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Oct. 7, 2021

Monterey Motorsports Park Car Condo for Sale

Monterey Motorsports Park Car Condo for Sale

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Listing Details

  • Monterey Motorsports Park Car Condo
  • 2969 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Building C Unit 6/7
  • Approx. Size:  2195 Square Feet 
  • Year Built: 2019
  • Offered at $1,500,000

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


 Monterey Motorsports Park Luxury Car Condo

Rare Opportunity To Purchase a Luxury Garage Condo at Monterey Motorsports Park in Monterey, CA

Monterey Motorsports Car Condo for saleIf you are a car collector and love to participate in Monterey Car Week, why don’t you store your vehicles in the near perfect year-round weather Monterey has to offer?  Well, here is your opportunity to own your very own private and secure luxury car condo situated right in the middle of everything Monterey Car Week has to offer. Adjacent to the Monterey Airport off Hwy 68 and just minutes from Laguna Seca, Carmel and The Lodge at Pebble Beach, your cars will be ready for all Monterey Car Week has to offer. This one-of-a-kind oversized luxury garage condo features 2 large roll up doors and 2 man doors with frosted privacy glass that give you access to 1651 square feet of garage space on the main level. In addition, there is an additional 544 square feet on the mezzanine level, which is perfect for an office, storage or lounge to just hang out in or to gather with friends. You can even run your business out of this space as long as it is approved by the MMP board members!

Monterey Luxury Car Condo InteriorThis luxury space isn’t an just an ordinary garage…These two combined and secure units have had the wall removed that separated them which created the second largest unit in the complex! It features modern polished concrete floors, stylish sheet metal walls, custom matte black painted stairs and rails, two exhaust fans, fully insulated walls and several high windows feeding an abundance of natural light during the day. There is electricity in the unit along with water and is ready for your use it like it is. Or if your prefer to modify your cars, you will likely want to trick out this unit and decorate it exactly how you want it. Either way, it is a perfect place to safely store your cars and show off your memorabilia, not to mention just hang around with friends.


Luxury Car Condo in Monterey CAThe Monterey Motorsports Park complex features the following amenities:

  • Car Wash Station
  • Wide Drive Aisles
  • Large Roll Up Doors
  • Monitored Security System
  • Common Area Bathrooms
  • MMP Community Events
  • Power, Water and Electrical in each unit
  • Prewired for internet


MMP is full of automotive enthusiasts who love to come and work on their vehicles and meet other likeminded individuals. With the Monterey Motorsport Park mezzaninelack of homes with larger garages on the Monterey Peninsula, this is a perfect solution for car enthusiast that live here and want to own a space to store and work on their collection instead of renting a space or for someone who loves to visit the area and has a second home with little or no garage space. This gives them an opportunity to have their cottage on the beach and their large garage full of their favorite cars to enjoy while they are here.


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Oct. 7, 2021

Pacific Grove Beach Tract Home for Sale

Pacific Grove Beach Tract Home for Sale 

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Listing Details

  • Pacific Grove Golf Course Home in the Beach Tract 
  • 1254 Del Monte Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Asking Price: $2,895,000
  • MLS# 
  • Bedrooms:3 plus an Office/Den with an ocean view
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Approx. Size:  2153 Square Feet (Third Party Measurement)
  • Basement: 227 Square Feet
  • Patios: 1518 Square Feet (Third Party Measurement)
  • Lot Size: 8100 Square Feet (County Records)
  • Year Built: 1992

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

 Pacific Grove ocean view home for sale

Pacific Grove Ocean View Home Located Across the Street from the Pacific Grove Golf Course

Pacific Grove Ocean ViewsTalk about a great place to live…The Pacific Grove Beach Tract neighborhood is already one of the most desirable areas in Pacific Grove, CA! Add the fact this home is just 3 blocks from the waterfront, and across the street from the best golf value in Monterey County and perhaps the state, this home has the location part of the equation nailed! 

With over 2150 square feet of living space, this Pacific Grove golf course home for sale has more than just a great location going for it. The main level has a spacious living room with hard wood floors and a fireplace, an adjoining dining room that has a large sliding glass door leading to the back yard and an extremely functional kitchen featuring modern cabinets, granite tile counter tops, tile floors and modern appliances. In addition, there is a master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, and a spacious hall bath all Ocean views from a Pacific Grove beach tract homeon this main level. The upper level is home to an office/den with an ocean view and a deck with stairs down to the back yard, which has been beautifully designed with 1500+ square feet of patio space.

Additional amenities include a 227 square foot basement, a two-car garage and over 1500 square feet of patio space spread between the front and the back of the house. Being close to downtown Pacific Grove shops and restaurants, the beach, the walking/bike trails, and the waterfront, you many options on how you would like to pass the time enjoying the temperate weather Pacific Grove has to offer.

Pacific Grove Beach Tract Neighborhood

The Pacific Grove Beach Tract, along with Asilomar, is one of the most desirable areas in all of Pacific Grove real estate.  The weather in the Beach Tract is a little better than Asilomar due to the fact it is inside Monterey Bay and therefore gets a little more protection from the elements.  Don’t let that full you though, this area is still next to the tip of the Monterey Peninsula and will see a lot of foggy days, especially during the summer months.

The Pacific Grove Beach Tract neighborhood started to take form in the late 1920’s after most of the Old Retreat area was developed.  Del Monte Property Company owner, S. F. B. Morse thought it would be easier to sell the neighborhood if it had a golf course built right through the middle of it.  H. Chandler Egan who worked closely with the now famous golf course Architect Alister Mackenzie on the redesign of Pebble Beach Golf Links, was chosen to design and oversee the construction of the then 9-hole Pacific Grove Golf Course. The course opened in 1932 as the Great Depression took hold of the Nation.  It would take 30 years before the second 9 holes, the ocean side 9, would be constructed.

The majority of the Pacific Grove Beach Tract real estate was built in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  There are also many newer construction homes as well as major remodels in this area of Pacific Grove.  Real estate here is very eclectic like most of Pacific Grove…  Read more


Aug. 27, 2021

Monterey Oceanview Bay Ridge Estate For Sale

Private Ocean View French Country Estate in Bay Ridge

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Listing Details


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 Monterey Bay Ridge French Chateau

Bay Ridge Ocean View French Chateau for Sale

Monterey Bay Ridge home for saleMajestic, spacious, private and secure are words I would use to describe this Bay Ridge French chateau perched up high with expansive views of Monterey Bay, the Salinas Valley and the surrounding mountains. Expertly sited on 3.75 acres by local award-winning architect Eric Miller this gated estate boasts over 5700 square feet of living space including 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half bathrooms and an additional 1168 square feet of outdoor patios including a 674 square feet grand terrace. Inside you are treated to dramatic 18’ ceilings with crown molding in the living room and dining room, a soaring 2 story entry with a custom chandelier, a spacious master suite on the main level of the home and tons of natural light bathing the interior. Whether it is an intimate view of the impeccably landscaped grounds, a view of the city lights of Salinas, or the dramatic views of the valley and bay, every room has its own view. This estate is something you must see in person. 

Monterey oceanview Bay Ridge home for saleOnce you pass through the private gate, you approach the formal entry through a porte cachere. When you walk through the front doors, you are greeted to a fabulous view looking out over the grand terrace to the mountain range on the other side of the valley. There is natural light coming in from 2 stories above! The main level offers almost 3500 square feet of living space and includes everything you need to enjoy this wonderful home. There is a living room with 18’ ceilings and a fireplace, a formal dining room, also with 18’ ceilings, each with fantastic views. The kitchen boasts custom maple cabinets with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances and the adjacent family room has a fireplace and there is a conveniently placed breakfast nook. Off the family room, there is a set of French doors leading out to a 300 square feet patio, which is perfect for BBQing or enjoying the fantastic weather Bay Ridge has to offer. 

Oceanview Monterey homes for saleThe main level master suite is elegant and spacious at approximately 700 square feet, feels more like a suite at a high-end resort! There is a fireplace with a sitting area, dual walk-in closets, a jetted tub, walk in shower and dual vanities. 

The main level is also home for a more formal powder room near the entry, a wet bar, making it a great set up for entertaining. There is also a less formal ½ bathroom, mud room and a laundry room near the three-car garage.

The upper level is accessed through a grand staircase near the entry, or there is a second stairway near the garage side of the lower level. Once upstairs, you will notice an abundance of natural light coming through the many well-placed windows on this level plus the open areas from the rooms below on the main level. One of my favorite features of this home are the den and the sitting room on this level. Each is well placed with great natural light and can be configured for so many different purposes, depending on your specific needs.

There are 4 bedrooms on the upper level and three full baths. The largest of the bedrooms on this level (bedroom 2 on the floor plan) is over the main level master suite. It is nearly 300 square feet with incredible views and great natural light. It has a walk-in closet, and it shares a spacious bathroom with an additional bedroom (bedroom 3) on the other side of the bathroom. At the other end of the home, there are two additional bedrooms. The fourth bedroom is a traditional bedroom and utilizes the hall bathroom. The fifth bedroom is a mini suite with its own bathroom and a walk-in closet. All the bedrooms have exceptional views and great natural light.

Fully Furnished As Seen In The Photographs

This property is being sold with the furniture, exactly as you see it in the photographs. If you are looking for a turn key property that you can start to enjoy immediately without the huge expense of furnishing a home this size or the hassle of moving, this is your opportunity.


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About Architect Eric Miller

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Eric Miller opened his award-winning architectural firm in Pacific Grove in 1987 and has since completed over two hundred projects in Monterey County. Eric Miller balances the vision of his clients with site features, such as views, to create buildings with character defining appearances resulting in extraordinary interior and exterior spaces. These exceptional buildings, both commercial and residential, allow his clients to live a lifestyle that includes convenience, style and beauty.


  • Residential Design, Award of Merit
  • American Institute of Architects, Monterey Bay Chapter
  • Historic Awards
  • Pacific Grove Heritage Society
  • Commercial Design, Award of Merit
  • American Institute of Architects, Monterey Bay Chapter
  • Monterey Bay Design Competition Best Residential Exterior
  • Best of Houzz, Design 2016

Bay Ridge in Monterey, CA

Where is Bay Ridge?

Saddle Road and Bay Ridge are located off of HWY 68 just 10 minutes from downtown Monterey and the Monterey Bay. Access to all Monterey Peninsula cities is easy from the scenic HWY 68 Corridor with Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach just a few more minutes away.  Even closer is Laguna Seca Raceway, Pasadera Country Club and the Monterey Airport.  This 10-minute drive can make all of the difference when it comes to Monterey area weather.  Residents of the Bay Ridge neighborhood can expect warmer days with more sunshine and a lot less foggy weather.  If you are looking to escape the coastal fog, Boots Road and the Bay Ridge area is a great place to start your search.


Bay Ridge Real Estate

Bay Ridge was established in 1985 on top of the southern hills above Scenic HWY 68, just 5 miles outside of Monterey, CA.  There is approximately 400 acres of land inside the gates of Bay Ridge, including 113 residential lots that range in size from 1.7 acres to 15 acres. The terrain is hilly as you would expect for the coastal ranges of California and at an average of 1100 feet above sea level, the views can be quite amazing!  There are breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay as it wraps around to Santa Cruz.  The twinkling lights of Salinas are also visible along with the Salinas Valley, Mount Toro and the Santa Lucia Mountains.  There are also golf course view homes, with several golf courses in the valleys below.

Bay Ridge was once touted as the Pebble Beach in the sun.  The views are smashing, and the weather is far superior to that of the coastal areas.  Many thought Bay Ridge would instantly take off as one of the favorite places on the Monterey Peninsula for people to live.  As such, some very spectacular homes have been built in Bay Ridge over the years.  Although it never quite reached Pebble Beach status, many locals prefer living in Bay Ridge over the peninsula based on the weather and lifestyle it offers.

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July 6, 2021

115 1st Street MJ Murphy Brochure

July 6, 2021

Pacific Grove MJ Murphy Cottage

Pacific Grove Ocean View Cottage For Sale 

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Pacific Grove Real Estate Listing Details

  • Pacific Grove Ocean View Cottage
  • 115 1st St., Street Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Asking Price: $1,795,000
  • MLS# ML81851118
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Approx. Size:  991 Square Feet (County Records) 1026 Square Feet (3rd Party Vender)
  • Sunroom: Approx. 344 Square Feet 
  • Lot Size: 5511 Square Feet
  • Year Built: 1934

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) 917-8190. 


115 1st Street Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove Ocean View Cottage for Sale

MJ Murphy Home in Pacific GrovePacific Grove cottages are among the most desirable homes in Pacific Grove, especially cottages with Ocean and Monterey Bay views.  This particular cottage was designed and build in 1934 by none other than M.J. Murphy, who has been called one of the most prolific builders on the Monterey Peninsula. The English Country style home is sited just a couple of homes above Ocean View Blvd in Pacific Grove on an oversized triple lot and has fantastic views of the Monterey Bay and the whitewater from the waves crashing against the granite outcroppings of the PG coastline. The location is fantastic, with Cannery Row just a few blocks up the coast and Lovers Point, Downtown Pacific Grove just a few minutes away as well. The beloved bike and walking trail is just outside and across Ocean View Blvd, making this an ideal place to call home or as a weekend getaway.

Behind the privacy fence, a brick walkway leads you through a Historic Pacific Grove Cottagesnicely landscaped front yard to a charming English Country cottage with stucco walls, a high-pitched roof, storybook windows with shutters and a small, covered porch. The roof is wood shake shingles as you would expect for a home from this era. The curb appeal is a 10 out of 10 and the current owner gets many compliments from those passing by. 

Walking through the arched front door leads you two a small entry hall with the bedrooms and bath on the right, and the living space on the left. The living room is surprisingly spacious with lots of natural light and beautiful whitewater views of the Pacific Grove coastline and the Monterey Bay. The day I was there to write this, there was a huge school of dolphins frolicking in the bay near Lovers Point! In addition to the Dolphins, sea otters, whales, sea birds, sea lions, harbor seals and other sea life will be a part of your daily life when you live in this part of Pacific Pacific Grove Ocean View CottageGrove. There is a nice fireplace and hardwood floors in this room as well.

Beyond the living room is a dining room that is attached to a vintage kitchen. Both the dining room and the kitchen have views of the water. The dining room has an arched transition from the living room, and it gets tons of natural light.

The kitchen looks to be original with older cabinets and appliances and has not appear to have received a serious remodel over the years. The vintage tile seems to be holding up as do most of the cabinets, but I am sure whoever buys this special home will ultimately remodel the kitchen. It also has a utility room off the kitchen that leads to a large approximately 344 square foot covered sunroom located at the back of the house.

Sun room in Pacific GroveThere are two bedrooms, both with wood floors and plaster walls. There is a nicely remodeled bathroom between the two bedrooms with an ample sized walk-in shower, newer vanity and nice tilework that goes with the rest of the home.

The yard is well landscaped and has several opportunities to set up great outdoor areas to take advantage of the views and the fantastic weather the Monterey Peninsula has to offer year-round. The entire property appears to be fenced and there is even a gate for the driveway that leads to the single garage, but there is plenty of off-street parking, something that can be a commodity in beach towns like Pacific Grove, especially in the summer months.



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Provenance regarding the architect and builder of this home


Original Picture of 115 1st Street Pacific Grove

About Architect and Builder M.J. Murphy

M.J Murphy is known as one of the most prolific designers and builders on the Monterey Peninsula and had a large part in shaping the character of the city of Carmel By The Sea. He designed and built over 300 homes in Carmel starting with his mother’s cottage in 1902, which was relocated in the early 1990’s and is called First Murphy House. It is now appropriately home to the Carmel Heritage Society.

With no formal training as an architect, Murphy didn’t have a particular style of architecture that he followed, which is one of the things that makes his architecture so interesting. A good example of this is his mother’s home, which is a Craftsman Bungalow with Victorian Queen Anne windows. But as his experience grew, so did his reputation for building a good home, so he was soon in demand. He built over 300 homes in Carmel in his career on the Peninsula and countless other homes in Monterey, Carmel Valley and even some in Pacific Grove. His most notable accomplishments are the Highlands Inn, the Carmel Art Association, the Harrison Memorial Library, The Pine Inn, Sea View House.

Murphy’s cottages are highly sought after in Carmel by the Sea, CA and very rare in Pacific Grove, especially with an oversized lot and the views of the Monterey Bay this home has. Call your Realtor to make an appointment to see this home as in our current market, It will likely not last long.

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Pacific Grove old retreat cottage

Old Retreat Neighborhood Real Estate in Pacific Grove

115 1st St. is inside what would be considered Pacific Grove's Old Retreat neighborhood.  The Old Retreat is a reference to the area in Pacific Grove which was home to the old Methodist summer retreat which took place in Pacific Grove every year during this towns early days of development.  The Old Retreat was a very specific area of town located below Pine from New Monterey's border to around Congress Avenue, although today the general area around downtown is loosely referred to as the Old Retreat.  

People love the Old Retreat area of Pacific Grove and Old Retreat real estate because of the uniquely Pacific Grove lifestyle it offers.  The Old Retreat, as you will read below, was made of of tent structures in the early days so the lots are very small (30' x 60' to be exact) and don't allow for very large homes.  The location is perfect as you can easily walk to the water, Lovers Point and downtown Pacific Grove.  And although we are on rocky terrain, the terrain is relatively flat when compared with other seaside communities, making it an ideal place to walk.  With all of that said, Pacific Grove's Old Retreat real estate is among the most desirable in the city.  

Pacific Grove’s Old Retreat History

With 100 acres donated by the notorious local developer David Jacks, the Methodist Episcopal Church set off to develop a Christian Seaside Resort. Founded in 1875, Pacific Grove’s humble beginning was as a summer camp full of 30’ x 60’ tented lots where groups of Methodists came to rest, meditate and exchange ideas. The Pacific Grove Retreat was born.

Every summer would start with 3 weeks of prayer meetings held in the middle of the Retreat in what is now Jewell Park on the corner of 17th Street and Central Avenue. Just a block down 17th Street is the famous destination in Pacific Grove called Lover’s Point...Read more


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March 10, 2021

Private Carmel Retreat with Three Homes on 1 Lot

Private Carmel Retreat with Three Homes on 1 Lot

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  • Palo Colorado Home for Sale
  • 38618 Palo Colorado Road, Carmel, 93923
  • MLS# ML81830603
  • Three Cottages on 1 Lot
  • Main Cottage: 1259 square feet with 2 beds plus a den, 1.5 Baths
  • 2nd Cottage: 619 square feet with 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
  • 3rd Cottage: 319 Studio with a Bath
  • 2197 square fet (Measured)
  • 6.1 Acre Lot 
  • $1,495,000

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

Carmel Home for sale in Paolo Colorado Canyon

Private Carmel Compound Located in Palo Colorado Canyon

Looking for peace and tranquility at your own private retreat nestled between an ancient redwood grove and giant boulders?  This just might be the one for you?

Located several miles up Palo Colorado Canyon, but only 15-20 minutes from Carmel is a mini compound unlike any other. With three separate rustic cottages on the property, this is the perfect choice for those looking to get away from it all with friends and/or family for the weekend or even for more extended stays as we find ourselves in these uncertain times. 

The main cottage, or Harmony House as it was called back in the day, is a handsome home adorned with a stone façade, rustic weathered front doors and a raised covered entry that looks like it belongs in Yosemite National Park. Upon entering, there are large windows from floor to ceiling allowing the outdoors in, Rustic Big Sur fireplacealmost like you are in a treehouse. At the far end of the living room is a very cool large stone wood burning fireplace and I would guess at one point in the past it was this home’s only source of heat. It now benefits from a forced air system. The kitchen has all the modern conveniences one would expect in a more rustic setting including a gas range, ample cabinet space, tile countertops and a large refrigerator. The lower level includes a freshly remodeled bathroom with a shower over tub, a bedroom and a den. The upper level has a family room, the second bedroom and a half bath. The main cottage also has a pool with a pool room, and a laundry room along with several nice decks.

There is also a quaint 619 square foot 1 bedroom 1 bath cottage adorned with shake tiles. This cute little cottage an open beamed construction with a fireplace, a work functional kitchen, a full bath plus a separate bedroom. 

Finally, there is a studio cottage with its own bath and kitchen attached to the 2-car garage. 

Added amenities include a pool, avocado orchard, a well with a filtration system and a natural spring for water. The 6+ acre lot even borders a regional park!  What more could you ask for?


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