With a population of nearly 34,000 residents, Seaside is one of the most affordable towns near downtown Monterey. Just a short distance to the coast, Seaside offers the same amenities as the other Monterey communities, for a fraction of the price. Home prices can differ significantly from neighborhood to neighborhood. Homes and lots in Seaside Highlands tend to be more expensive, larger and newer. Many of these homes were built in the early 2000’s, compared to other parts of Seaside where most development occurred between the 1950’s and 1980’s. Broadway Avenue, also known as Obama Way, received a renovation from 2017 to 2018. Broadway Avenue, with its many commercial shops, restaurants and bars, is a major street that cuts through the center of northern and southern Seaside.
In 2020, there were 134 single family home sales in Seaside compared to 174 in 2019. The average number of days on the market was just 24 days versus 42 days in 2019. 2020 sale prices ranged from $349,000 to $1,075,000 with a median sale price of $599,000, up from the median sale price of $540,000 in 2019. In Seaside there aren’t many condominium or townhouse complexes. In 2020, there were 11 condominium and townhouse sales, the same number of sales from 2019. Sale prices ranged from $320,000 to $600,000. The average days on market was 52 days in 2020, compared to 37 the previous year. The median condominium and townhouse sale price in 2020 was $475,000 in comparison to $519,000 in 2019.
Favorite restaurants and places: Other Brother Brewing Company, Papa Chevo’s Taco Shop, Chopstix Vietnamese Restaurant, The Butter House and The International School of Monterey (where I used to teach fifth grade).