Monterey is a town with just over 28,000 residents located along the coast of Central California. Known for its beauty, range of outdoor activities, historic Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. With a yearly average approaching 300 days of sunshine, a small town feel, breathtaking beauty and history, Monterey is an ideal place to live. Monterey may be perfect for you if you’re looking for a town free from traffic and congestion with an abundance of options from surfing, golfing, stand up paddle, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, boating, hiking, and biking. Not to mention the yearly events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Cali Roots Reggae Festival and race track at Laguna Seca. Check the blog section to learn more information about the race track and both festivals.
Historic Monterey feels much the same it did decades ago. Homeowners and business owners alike strive to preserve the integrity of the past while keeping up with the present. Monterey is filled with historical landmarks dating back to the 19th century. There is much to see and celebrate, from the Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island) House to California’s First Theatre.
Famed Cannery Row was etched in history by a John Steinbeck novel in 1945. As he wrote, “Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” Cannery Row is still intact today retaining some of the old canning factories that were used to can sardines for soldiers during World War II. Monterey has several historic parks and homes which have been dedicated to the California State Parks and are perfect for a picnic on a sunny day. The Monterey State Parks Trail tour is a fun app to download and explore.
In 2020, there were 210 single family home sales, up from 190 sales in 2019. The average days on the market was 48 days in comparison to 66 in 2019. Sale prices ranged from $272,000 to $6,100,000 with a median sale price of $965,000 up from $856,000 in 2019. In 2020, there were 88 condominium and townhouse sales, 89 in 2019. Sale prices ranged from $155,000 to $2,500,000. The average days on market was 35 days, less than half the year before, 86 in 2019. The median condominium and townhouse sale price was $534,000 up from $460,000 in 2019.
Favorite restaurants and places: Hula’s Island Grill, Esteban Restaurant, Crystal Fish, Wave Street Cafe, Melville Tavern, Montrio Bistro, East Village Coffee, Monterey Sportscenter, Del Monte Beach, Monterey Recreation Trail, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Alvarado Street Brewery and Dustbowl Brewery.