A few short miles south of Carmel by the Sea, along the breath-taking Pacific Coast Highway, is the unincorporated area known as the Carmel Highlands. Homes in the Highlands sit high above the sea, and from their sheltered perch in a pine and oak-wooded forest many have enviable views of the dramatic and ever-changing coastline. Many residents have access to a private-gated beach off the rocky shores and beautiful coastline.
Easily accessible to both the natural wonders of the Big Sur coastline and the convenience and amenities of nearby Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Highlands offers this perfect combination of seclusion and convenience, juxtaposed with natural wonders of the sea and coastline.
Carmel Highland real estate can be described as some of the most picturesque and exquisite land on earth to own. Dramatic ocean front homes are situated along winding steep roads dipping at the edge of the mighty blue Pacific Ocean. This is a quiet secluded area, without stop signs, street lights, and sidewalks. On a fogless night you can see the stars and drift off to sleep listening to the crash of the ocean waves on the rocks below. Privacy is honored in this small yet friendly community.
Across from the Highlands and stretching along the Pacific Ocean is the Point Lobos State Reserve, called "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world" by revered local poet Robinson Jeffers. (c. 1887-1962)
Carmel Highlands has attracted many private citizen, captains of industry, and celebrities alike who have purchased homes here wanting to escape from the fast pace of everyday life. Joan Fontaine currently resides here at her estate, Villa Fontana, where she spends her time in her gardens and with her dogs. She can occasionally can be seen dining at local restaurants.
Renowned photographer Edward Weston (c.1886-1958) built a house he called "Wildcat Hill" in the Carmel Highlands and shot numerous nature photographs, many at Point Lobos. Legendary photographer Ansel Adams (c. 1902-1984) moved to Carmel Highlands in 1962 and resided here for his remaining years. It was in his Carmel Highlands studio that he printed and published the majority of his life's work.
Carmel Highland's popular destinations for locals and tourists include the Highlands Inn with its famous Pacific's Edge Restaurant . Pacific's Edge is known as one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the United States by Zagat and one of the "Top Ten Restaurants with a View" by USA Today.
Offered in this very special community is 129 Cypress Way, a sturdy ranch style home with ocean views on a private almost half acre lot. It has a recent 50-year roof, open beamed ceilings, and central forced air heat. Residents have keyed access to a private gated beach. The garage has been converted to a studio/rental. With hardwood floors, a wood burning fireplace and two spacious decks, this home is the most affordably-priced in the Highlands. Please call for your private showing.