Are you thinking about moving to Carmel, California, but aren’t sure which areas best suit you, your family, and your lifestyle? Here is a helpful view into the lifestyles of the four major sections of Carmel. living in carmelWhich part of the Carmel region is right for you?


With gingerbread homes, a town-wide love for dogs, quaint shops, terrific restaurants, a white sandy beach, and lots of tourists, Carmel-By-The-Sea is an adorable town for those who wish to live in the heart of it all. Carmel-By-The-Sea is the heart of the region, so expect limited parking, expensive homes, a handful of street lamps, and a neighborhood that gets quiet again after 10 PM.


Though Carmel is technically part of Carmel-By-The-Sea, locals will refer to this area as the part of Carmel outside of downtown, or closer to the Carmel Mission. Here, you will find homes that are a bit more spacious, more families, larger yards, and less tourist foot traffic. Even though Carmel residents that live behind Carmel High School, in the unincorporated areas, near the Mission, or by the mouth of Carmel Valley aren’t in the downtown hustle and bustle, they still take pride that Conde Nast Traveler named Carmel as the Second Best Small City in America.

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Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley is the rural region, complete with plenty of acreage, horses, vineyards, wine tasting rooms, fantastic restaurants, and a long, winding road that takes you into parts of the not seen by many tourists. Carmel Valley is also one of the warmest, sunniest places in the entire region. If you like sun, mountain views, wide open spaces, and a small community where everyone knows their neighbors, Carmel Valley may be your cup of tea.

Carmel Highlands

If you own a home in the Carmel Highlands, you “have arrived” in life. Home to some of the world’s elite, the Carmel Highlands is balanced on the coastal cliffs that lead you south towards Big Sur. If you like sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and want to feel like you are one with Mother Nature, live in the Carmel Highlands. It’s where the elite go to retreat.

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If you wish to purchase a home in Carmel or the surrounding areas, Gregg Camp and his team of real estate professionals will help you find one in the area that best suits your budget and lifestyle.

With over twenty years experience in the Carmel real estate industry, Gregg and his team are able to service all your real estate needs in Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, and beyond. Call Gregg Camp today at 831-818-7524, view our Ocean View homes, or send Gregg an email.