Many California "firsts" took place in Monterey. These include California's first theater, brick house, publicly-funded school, public building, public library, and first printing press. If you are looking to make a personal “first” by owning a Monterey home, you couldn't choose a better place. The owners of Monterey homes enjoy all the cultural advantages of a city, but also the charm of a seaside village with the jaw- dropping beauty of the Monterey coast. Search for Monterey homes here or read more about Monterey below.
Monterey is a town packed with history that also offers an almost endless variety of outdoor activities. The city’s temperate climate means that if you buy a Monterey home, you will be able to pursue outdoor activities year round. Most of all, Monterey is set on the beautiful blue waters of the Monterey Bay whose haunting presence permeates the town with the cry of the gulls in the morning and the tang of salt in the fresh air.
The bay is part of the 5,322-square-mile Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which is almost one and a half times as large as Yellowstone National Park. Sea otters, sea lions and whales can be spotted in the cool, blue waters. Many Monterey homes for sale come with stunning ocean views. Listen to the water crash on the rocky coast as the sun sets, or take a kayak to get a close look at the sea creatures.
Monterey has a rich literary past. You can see the desk in his Monterey home where Robert Louis Stevenson reputedly jotted down ideas for “Treasure Island.” John Steinbeck was a frequent visitor to Monterey (he lived at various times in nearby Pacific Grove) and drew inspiration from area landmarks including Cannery Row, which he immortalized in his novel of the same name. Today, restaurants, boutiques and attractions, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, have helped make Monterey a favorite destination for visitors from around the world. You can still watch each morning as the fishermen unload their catches at Fisherman's Wharf.
First established in 1770 by Father Junepero Serra and Gaspar de Portola, Monterey served as the capital of California from 1777 to 1849, under the flags of Spain and Mexico. When you come to look at Monterey real estate, one of the places you should visit is the Monterey State Historic Park that offers a glimpse of California's political past. Monterey offers everything from spectacular ocean view luxury villas to smart condominiums. With a population of 30,000, there is a reasonable turnover of homes in Monterey, and it is possible to find the home that is just right for your family.
The city is attentive to the environment and Monterey home owners who are looking to make their domiciles greener, have an ally in the form of a unique new program, StepUp2Green, which trains and certifies inspectors who will come to your home and offer concrete ideas on how to make your dwelling easier on the environment. Being green can start with your actions, as well as making changes to your Monterey home.
Searching for a home in Monterey can, like any real estate search, go easy with the right Monterey agent. Gregg Camp, has been a Monterey Bay real estate broker for 25+ years. He knows the whole Monterey Bay area from Santa Cruz to Monterey and the surrounding areas. Let his experience assist you in a smooth transaction. Understanding markets, offers types, financing and the likelihood of certain types of properties can speed the process up and eliminate many problems.
As an active broker, I see many homes and know many neighborhoods. It starts by listening to what you want or hope to get then, informing and guiding you to those Monterey homes that best fit your needs. Monterey real estate comes in many flavors. Let me help you find yours.
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