Welcome to Monterey
While being the social and geographical hub of the Peninsula, Monterey is also known for its rugged coastline and seashore charm. This is where you will find all things “marine life”. The waterfront accommodates Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Plenty of restaurants to try your taste at abalone, clams and salmon.
Having been named the Capital of California (Baja lower and Alta upper) by Spain in 1776, there is a lot of history to catch up on. Many of the original state buildings are on a preservation list which protects the early California architecture.
There are many parks along the coastline for picnics and relaxing as well as a variety of outdoor activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, bike riding, sailing and, of course, whale and seal watching
Living in Monterey means embracing the authentic coastal community lifestyle. Its unique, historic character is preserved in the city’s decidedly small-town vibe. The influence of Colonial architecture is prominent in the variety of homes you can buy in this market.
If you are looking for your next home here, you will be delighted to find an assortment of houses and residential buildings that hark back to California’s earliest days. From luxurious hillside estates overlooking the rest of the city, to exceptional beachfront properties that give you sweeping Pacific Ocean views, there is something for everyone here.
Top local highlights
- Monterey State Historic Park
– A treasure trove of historic sites and landmarks, including 17 contributing buildings to the Monterey Old Town Historic District.
- Cannery Row
– This waterfront street, formerly the site of sardine canning factories, is now a bustling commercial and cultural area that features historic attractions, restaurants, shops, and hotels.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
– One of Cannery Row’s repurposed sardine factories, this outstanding local destination is for anyone who wants to appreciate the diverse marine life in and surrounding Monterey Bay.