The charming town of Carmel is one of the most sought after areas for those who want a combination of small town ambiance and appeal mingled with culture and history. This California community is perfect for a second home. It is located on the Monterey Peninsula and seniors as well as families will find there are a variety of amenities to be enjoyed here. Moderate temperature year round are another beneficial aspect that many find appealing.

Carmels Appeal 

Founded in 1902, Carmel has the old world charm with modern amenities. It does not have fast-food restaurants, parking meters or neon signs nor do the houses have street numbers. New buildings are built around trees rather than cutting them down. This community is described as “a village in a forest overlooking a white sand beach” due to the city's plan to develop it with the idea of enriching the beauty of the coast. 

Dog lovers will find Carmel especially inviting because it is a very “dog friendly” village. Many of the restaurants with outside dining areas permit dogs there and some have “doggie menus”. Treats and water is very common outside many of the retailers in the area. 

Modern homes, cottages, log cabins, townhouses, and beach houses are all part of the landscape in this small quaint town. The community is only 125 miles from San Francisco and just two miles from world-famous Pebble Beach. If golfing is a passion, this area has some of the most desirable golf courses by far. Privacy is highly respected in Carmel and it is for this reason that celebrities may be seen walking through the town as well as enjoying fine dining at one of the many restaurants. 

When it comes to the arts and culture Carmel has it all. The Carmel Music Society, Bach Festival, Monterey County symphony, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Blues Festival, and the Carmel Art Festival are just a sampling and add to the appeal of the town. History plays an important part as well. The Carmel Mission was established in 1770 and has been restored offering residents and visitors an impressive look at the natural, spiritual, and historical beauty of the area. 

When you consider the art galleries, boutiques, top schools, great people, and the beautiful surroundings, it is not difficult to understand why this town is so appealing. These are just a few of the reasons this California community is perfect for a second home.