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Valley View Home – Story Road – Mid Carmel Valley


3000 sq. ft. | 3 Bedroom | 2 ½ Bath | Sleeps 6 (3K) | Max. Occupancy 6

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Enter through ornate, arched wooden doors and pass through a fern-lined corridor to a sunny patio with a Koi pond and bubbling fountain, fruit trees, flowers, and majestic views of Carmel Valley. This comfortable, single story Spanish style “hacienda” features Saltillo floors, plaster walls, and Mexican tile counters. The owners extensive collection of native art is on display everywhere: from hammered silver platters to colorful woven textiles and hand-painted pottery.

The home is designed around the patio and the view. The main living room (with fireplace and large TV), a small office/library, a guest room, laundry room and powder room are opposite the kitchen, which features a ceramic cooktop, two ovens, a built-in microwave and a a butcher block island.

On the other side of the dining area, there’s a second small sitting room with a fireplace, a hallway with a long loveseat, and two additional guest rooms. A bath with a stall shower is accessed via the hallway and guestroom two. The valley view master suite has a King bed, a TV in the armoire, a massage chair, and a private bath with two lav sinks, a soaking tub, and a walk in shower.

You’ll be spending considerable time outdoors, relaxing in a rocking chair, barbecuing, or dining al fresco. In the evening you can warm yourself by the wood-burning chiminea under a canopy of stars, absorbing the peace and contentment this area is noted for. And when you’re ready to leave this idyllic retreat, you’re less than five minutes away from fine restaurants and a plethora of excellent wineries and tasting rooms.

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Carmel Highlands Ocean View Beach House – Seacliff

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Beach House – Seacliff

Carmel Highlands Ocean View Beach House - Seacliff
3280 sq. ft. | 3 Bedroom | 3 ½ Bath | Sleeps 6 (1K, 1Q, 2T) Max. Occupancy 7

Located just south of Point Lobos at Yankee Point—“Carmel’s Riviera”—this area exudes the peace and beauty the Big Sur coastline is renowned for.

The great room, in soothing shades of seafoam and dove grey, features wall-to-wall glass framing ocean panoramas. There’s a comfortable sectional with a large wall-mount TV—but with these views, we don’t know much you’ll be watching.

The adjoining dining area seats six, and there’s a bar area with a small sink and wine cubbies. The large kitchen, with painted cabinetry, granite countertops, a double oven, French door refrigerator and gas cooktop, has everything you need to create gourmet meals.

French doors lead out to the spacious deck with a table for four and a sofa with side chairs. A pathway—with strategically-placed benches—arcs to the edge of the cliff (Please exercise caution), affording even more dramatic views of the beach below.

On the main floor, the expansive master has a settee for lounging and an en suite bath with two lavs, a spa tub, walk-in shower, heated towel bars and toilet seat. The second guest room has a skylight and two twins; the third has a queen. A shared bath in the hall has a separate vanity and a deep soaking tub/shower.

A powder room is conveniently located off the foyer, and carpeted stairs lead to a mini-suite with a sofa and a daybed, a bar area with an under-counter refrigerator, a private bath with a large walk-in shower…. and views of forever.

Gated entry and double car garage. Limited cellular reception.

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Available Monterey Rentals – January 8, 2015

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January 8, 2015

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Cozy, 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Cottage in Pacific Grove $1400/mo.

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Views! Views! Views! Pacific Grove Lover’s Point 2 Bed and 1 Bath $2850/mo

Tuscan-Inspired Magnificent Dream Home in Gated Monterra Ranch with Monterey Bay View

Tuscan Inspired 5 Bed, 5+ Bath, 3 Car, Gated Monterra Ranch Estate

Located within the private gated community of Monterra Ranch is this Mediterranean and Tuscan inspired 2011 built estate home of over 5,300 square feet on five oak studded and scenic acres.

Ideally situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Monterra Ranch combines the best of convenience and ease of access to all area points of interest while giving residents a sense of privacy.

This home will please the most discriminating who seek high-end appointments, creature comforts, and attention to detail. From custom color, thin plaster, bull nosed walls, to the selection of stone and tile, high-end caliber building materials and finishes adorn throughout.

This home is bathed in natural light through walls of glass windows. There is a feeling of grandeur upon entering as one’s eyes soar to the vaulted wood beam ceilings above.

A total of five bedroom suites each feature private en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets. There is a dedicated restroom for visitors. The two master bedroom suites are well placed to allow for separation of family and guests visiting. There is access to multiple private outdoor patios. The open living room-to-kitchen floor plan transitions nicely onto the backyard Travertine marble patio area as an expansion of the entertaining space.

There is a view of the blue water of Monterey Bay as it arches it way north towards Santa Cruz to be enjoyed daily. A total of four fireplaces; three fireplaces inside, and one outside on the outdoor patio area, and radiant heat, delightfully warm this space. The master chef in the family will be inspired by the showroom kitchen which features a center island demonstration and preparation area with wet bar.

A complete stainless steel appliances package includes Viking dishwasher, GE Profile dual door refrigerator with matching cabinet faces, Viking microwave, Jenn-Air six burner gas range and dual oven with pot filler and Viking ventilation hood.

Food storage is well accommodated in the spacious walk-in pantry. The wine bar is adjacent to the dedicated dining room area. There is a set of front loading LG washer and dryer, laundry sink, and cabinets in the dedicated laundry room and a second laundry room downstairs. Vehicles are put to bed in the spacious and clean three car garage.

The 168 exclusive home sites on 1,700 acres of Monterra Ranch blend the natural environment with a unique residential opportunity. While driving through Monterra Ranch sightings of soaring hawks, deer, and wild turkey are reminders that you living in a special place. This home is currently on the sales market with various flexible, and perhaps discounted, rental terms available to suit the tenant’s and owner’s needs.

Depending on the terms and conditions of the lease, Owner may temporarily remove the property from the sales market.

Please note the Owner will self manage this home upon move-in of the residents.

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Please contact Frank at 831-293-8720 or email info@CVRents.com  to arrange your private tour of this rare rental opportunity.

What The Locals Know–Where To Work Out

Whether we are looking to exercise while on Christmas vacation, or whether we’re planning on making regular exercise as part of our New Year’s Resolutions, there are plenty of places to exercise on the Monterey Peninsula.


Gyms:
In-Shape is a fairly new health club chain that has opened 2 locations in the Monterey Peninsula.  The Monterey facility is located at 2370 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA 93940-5407 (831) 333-1835.  The Pacific Grove facility is located at 1146 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, (831) 649-2348.  Call each facility for daily operating hours.


Monterey Sports Center is city-owned and -operated by the City of Monterey.  It’s beautiful and very affordable for drop-in, out-of-town guests, and it has a large pool area, cardio room, basketball court, weight room, exercise classes, and well-tended locker rooms.  Monterey Sports Center is located in downtown Monterey at 301 East Franklin Street, Monterey, CA 93940-3044, (831) 646-3730.  Call for daily operating hours.


Outdoors:
The Recreation Trail is a very popular destination for walkers, runners, and bikers, for this coastal trail offers gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay.  The Rec Trail goes all the way from Asilomar State Beach to Marina, so you have plenty of entry and exit points from which to choose.  Just park somewhere near the water’s edge and start your nice, long stroll.


El Estero Park has many areas of diversion for the whole family.  From walking around or paddle boating within El Estero Lake, to playing with the little ones in Dennis the Menace Park…from picnicking by the lake to skateboarding in a safety zone, El Estero Park is a popular family destination.


Monterey County’s Beaches are lovely and there’s something for everyone.  Get close to the sea lions at the Coast Guard Pier at San Carlos Beach at the foot of Cannery Row in Monterey.  Take a nice, long beach walk and dream of owning your own condo on Del Monte Beach.  Surf or body board the beaches in Seaside, but be careful of the strong current.  Paragliders and kite aficionados can be found along the windy shores of Marina’s beaches.  They’re all lovely and they all beckon you to come over for a visit.


The golf course at the end of Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove is known as the Pacific Grove Golf Links, and it’s an incredible bargain considering its location by the ocean.  Rated as one of the best golf courses under $50, it’s a must-see for golfers who don’t want to pay the higher rates at Pebble Beach.
Scuba Diving is very popular around Monterey Bay, due to the fact that it’s a national marine reserve.  If you’re okay with diving in cool water temperatures from 50 – 55 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll love this region of gorgeous dives.  Popular dive sites include Breakwater at San Carlos Beach for diving newbies, right by the Coast Guard Pier in Monday; night diving at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove; and doing the “Monastery Crawl” at Monastery Beach in Carmel–which can be extremely dangerous and is known by locals as Mortuary Beach.  The BEST diving can be found at Point Lobos in Carmel, but you’ll need to make reservations, for they only allow 15 dive teams per day.  Be warned, diving here is splendid, but DO NOT dive in poor diving conditions…regardless of how far you’ve traveled to dive here.  Dive smart!


Kayaking is tremendous fun and a great way to get some exercise on the water.  You can kayak out in Monterey Bay, or go inland down Elkhorn Slough by Moss Landing.  Either way, you are very likely to pull up close to sea birds, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, jellyfish, kelp, and fellow kayakers.


Paddle Boarding is a pretty cool new sport where a person stands up on a surf board and paddles around.  Paddle boarders get ripped abs and arms and say that it’s pretty easy once you’ve mastered balancing on the surf board.  There’s even a local paddle boarder who takes his dog along for a ride on the board.  So cool!  Paddle boarding lessons are available at Adventures By The Sea and gear is available at Monterey Bay Kayaks.


Bicycling is fun for all ages and there are plenty of places to bicycle around the Monterey Peninsula.  There are plenty of places to rent a bike if you don’t have your own, and the types of bike rides to choose from are endless.  Here is a link to several bike routes around town.  For novice bikers, choose the Recreation Trail.  For diehard mountain bikers, try some of the tougher trails up in the hills.  Just be careful of cars when you’re sharing the road–especially around blind corners or narrow mountain roadways.

What The Locals Know–Dining Out During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, our delightfully gut-busting national holiday is around the corner, and for a few, that means a terrifying experience in the kitchen. Not everyone has what it takes to prepare a large feast that tastes great and hasn’t gone cold before reaching the dinner table. That’s why a brave few choose to opt out of cooking during this Thanksgiving holiday and find a yummy turkey dinner at a local restaurant.

Not all restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, but here are a few worth mentioning:
Whole Foods: If you are staying in one of the lovely vacation rentals offered by Monterey Bay Property Management and want to have Thanksgiving Dinner within your rental, you may want to reserve a fully prepared Thanksgiving Meal from Whole Foods. It’ll be an easy solution that will allow you to celebrate Thanksgiving at “home”. Whole Foods is located in Monterey.
Asilomar Conference Grounds: Offering a Thanksgiving Package that includes Thanksgiving dinner. Asilomar is located in Pacific Grove.
Il Fornaio: The Italian eatery located at the NE Corner of Ocean and Lincoln Avenues in Carmel is offering Thanksgiving Dinner, and reservations are required.
Fresh Cream: With it’s French-inspired California cuisine, located at the NW Corner of Dolores and 8th Avenues in Carmel, just published its Thanksgiving Dinner menu. The menu makes our mouths water with their descriptions of roasted butternut squash soup, oven roasted turkey, sweet potato puree, savory bread pudding stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Wow! Make a reservation at Fresh Cream by contacting 831-250-7943 or dining@freshcream.com.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa: Offering a 4-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM in their Duck Club Grill. The Duck Club Grill is in side the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row in Monterey.
Cannery Row Brewing Company: Offering Thanksgiving Dinner and beer. They’re new, so it might be worth checking out their Thanksgiving Day efforts. Call 831-643-2722 for details.
Fandango Restaurant: Offering a special Thanksgiving Day menu. Contact them for reservations at 831-372-3456.
Chart House: Is doing something a little like Whole Foods, where they are offering a full Thanksgiving Dinner that will feed 6 – 8 people and it’s all To-Go! Or, you can eat there. Call 831-372-3362 to make your order.

Insider’s Tip: There is a little bar, tucked in the back of its row of shops in Carmel, called Ody’s Tavern, that sometimes serves up Thanksgiving dinner on the evening before Thanksgiving! It’s on San Carlos near Ocean Avenue and the building is light blue. Call them at (831) 626-6821 for directions if you get turned around.

What The Locals Know–Big Sur Half Marathon Events, November 13-14, 2010

For those who love to run and walk along our beautiful coastline, the Big Sur Half Marathon is worth checking out.  This is the 8th year of the Big Sur Half Marathon and its popularity has grown!

Here’s what to expect if you participate in the half marathon:

  • A gently rolling fast course that winds through historic downtown Monterey, along Cannery Row, and proceeds along Pacific Grove’s coastline with incredible views of the Monterey Bay.
  • An unparalleled race destination weekend.  After the race, take some time to enjoy world-class golf, a Spa afternoon, whale watching, world-class dining, shopping, wine tasting, a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and much more.  Visit the Big Sur Half Marathon’s Visitor’s Guide for more options.
  • A walker friendly course that welcomes Half Marathon walkers.  Other weekend events include the Run Forrest Run 5K and the JUST RUN!®Just Kids 3K fun run, both held on Saturday, November 13th.

Insider’s Tip on Registration:  Register early to make sure you get all your ducks in a row before the big weekend!

Insider’s Tip for Non-Participants:  For those of you not interested in participating, but wish to hang out near the popular Recreation Trail and Cannery Row, keep in mind the following things:  1) It may be harder to find parking during the event.  2)  The trail may be closed to non-participants during the event.  3)  You may find more traffic congestion during the event.


What The Locals Know–Halloween Events

Autumn is a fabulous time of year and October hops along with harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and corn mazes for the whole family.  The climax at the end of October is, of course, Halloween, the second highest grossing holiday of the year.
Here is a link to various locations that celebrate Halloween all month long:  http://www.mbaykids.com/Halloween.asp.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium will host its annual Halloween party on Oct. 30 for its members.
The Lighthouse District will also host its Second Annual Children’s Trick-Or-Treat on Lighthouse from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
Insider’s tip:  Even though there are numerous crosswalk personnel, drivers be AWARE and EXTRA careful when driving along Lighthouse that Saturday!
For adults, there aren’t that many events being promoted at press time, but here’s an insider’s tip:  Keep an eye out for event postings in the Monterey County Weekly and the Go! Calendar inside the Monterey Herald newspapers.

What The Locals Know–Weddings and Resources

by Jennifer Filzen

The Monterey Peninsula is a distinct wedding destination for many happy couples.  If you, or someone you know is planning a wedding, we hope this blog will be helpful.

First, if you’ve not yet seen it, our very own Monterey Rentals website has a wedding page.  We have found that many of the same people who are looking for a vacation rental through us are also looking for local wedding vendors.  So, we got smart and developed a resource guide for our clients.  We hope our wedding page proves useful for you and yours.

Second, if you’re booking a wedding here and you’re doing it during the high season–which is summer–know that room rates at B&Bs, hotels, and motels go up.  Believe it or not, the most economical way to stay on the Monterey Peninsula is to stay at one of our lovely vacation rentals.  If you rent a house, condo, or duplex and share the cost with others in your group, it makes it more affordable and fun.  Your wedding friends and family will likely have a ball at the “party house” that they’re sharing with other guests.  If they can have fun and save money at the same time, everyone wins!

Lastly, if you have questions about what to do, where to send your wedding guests, tours, etc., we have crafted our website to provide helpful information for you and yours.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our site, try visiting the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce site or the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Have fun planning for your big day!

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