Carmel Valley is just inland of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur. Drive 13 miles up Carmel Valley Road and you will find the Village that is the getaway for those of us who want to escape the coastal area.
Sounds kind of dumb when I write it, but who wants to get away from the ocean under normal circumstances? Well, we all need to go to some other place on weekend to escape from our daily lives.
And Carmel Valley Village is that place. On weekends it humms with local residents who mix with visitors in charming outdoor restaurants, in its many wine tasting rooms opened by Monterey vineyards, and cute little boutiques and art galleries.
Carmel Valley is still the laid back community that Joan Baez and her friends loved back in the day, and Doris Day and Betty White still reside in today.
For those who like an active lifestyle, there are still horse ranches and lots of opportunity to ride or hike at Garland Park. And when you go to the mid-valley area, there is Carmel Valley Ranch and Quail Lodge for golfing and tennis. There's a bike trail all down Carmel Valley Road past glorious vistas of the ocean to the west.
WHAT IS REAL ESTATE LIKE IN CARMEL VALLEY?
Prices range from $1,000,000 to mostly $1,600,000 for a detached home; and just under $1,000,000 for a townhouse/condominium.
I did spot a couple of REO homes around $500,000 to $600,000 but they are located beyond Carmel Valley Village.
For more information about Carmel Valley, please go to my website. Here you will find very specific community information with maps on where to play, stay and eat in Carmel Valley.