About Carmel

About Carmel (Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA)


Carmel, CA (Carmel-by-the-Sea) is located on the central coast of California just 2 hours south of San Francisco on the southern side of the Monterey Peninsula. Carmel is bordered by Pebble Beach to the northwest, Monterey to the north, Big Sur North Coast and Carmel Highlands to the south, Carmel Valley to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. This page of LiveMontereyPeninsula.com and all of the links associated with it are focused on the City of Carmel, CA 93921.


When you think of Carmel-by-the-Sea you can’t help but thinking of a quaint, artsy village with great restaurants, art galleries, whimsical story-book cottages, Monterey pine and cypress trees, fantastic white sandy beaches and spectacular views of the rocky coastline of Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. There are art galleries, shops and small eateries on every street in the downtown area making Carmel-by-the-Sea a favorite destination for people from all over the world.


Carmel is also known for being incredibly dog friendly. Most of the beautiful hotels in Carmel allow dogs to stay, which is a relatively rare feature. Not only that, but many of Carmel’s restaurants allow dogs to eat with their owners, some of the restaurants even humorously hosting a “doggie menu.” How adorable!


Carmel Things To Do


Carmel-by-the-Sea offers visitors hundreds of activities to take advantage of while visiting this picturesque village. Things to do in Carmel include, eating at delicious Carmel restaurants, visit the Carmel Mission, go surfing, sailing, whale watching, sport fishing, relax in a Carmel coffee shop, walking on the beach, walking your dog, go to the Spa, horseback riding, tennis, hiking Point Lobos State Park or Carmel River State Beach, bird watching, kayaking Carmel Bay, go to the Forest Theater, painting, photography, bicycling, strolling around downtown, check out the art galleries, go on a Carmel historical cottage hunt, etc…Carmel-by-the-Sea is an amazing place to visit and an even more amazing place to live!


A Little Carmel History


Carmel was originally founded by the Native American tribe known as the Ohlones. Though some believe that there were inhabitants prior to the Ohlones, most of the history recorded surrounds this tribe.


Carmel was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916 the area was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Carmelite friar Sebastian Vizcaino discovered Carmel Valley for Spain in 1602. It was named for his patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It wasn’t until 1770 that the Spaniard Gaspar de Portola, Father Junipero Serra and Father Juan Crespi returned to Carmel to colonize Carmel and Monterey. The Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded in Monterey but was quickly relocated to Carmel just a few hundred yards from the Carmel River and Carmel Bay.  Read more…


Carmel Real Estate


When you think of Carmel real estate, you can’t help but think of the cute Carmel cottages that are modeled after English and French country villages with thatched roofs, high pointed roof lines, asymmetrical stone fireplaces, rounded doors and wooden inlays. These are highly sought after properties in Carmel-by-the-Sea along with Carmel ocean view real estate. Carmel ocean view homes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether an ocean front contemporary home with exceptional ocean views like the “Butterfly House” or the Frank Lloyd Wright House, or a Carmel cottage on the hill with views of Point Lobos Carmel homes with a view of the blue Pacific Ocean are always in demand.


Carmel real estate can be very expensive…In the tens of millions of dollars each, but there are very affordable homes in Carmel as well. Carmel real estate under $1 Million is alive and well in this town and although you wont find anything along the water in the price range, there are neighborhoods inland with plenty of homes under $1,000,000.


Carmel Representatives


Carmel abides by “general law,” which means it is governed by a mayor, four city council members, and a city administrator. Carmel is currently represented by Dave Potter, on the city level. District wide, Carmel is represented by Bill Monning, who is a part of the 27th Assembly. In the State Senate, Sam Blakeslee represents Carmel, and in the United States House of Representatives, Carmel belongs to the 17th congressional district.