Engaging! Carmel-by-the Sea is a one square mile village reminiscent of a small European town. You will find small cottages built in the early 1900’s alongside newly built homes. The city has embraced keeping Carmel’s authenticity. We have no sidewalks or streetlights in the residential areas. The most unique feature is homes do not have traditional addresses. They are identified by the location. Hence, a house would be identified as on Carmelo, 3SW of 13th. (Physically on Carmelo Street, the count up 3 houses on the southwest side of the street) Since this can be confusing many homeowners name their home. So walking through town you might see placards such as The Rose Cottage, Fables, Lemon Drop, Curtain Call, Sea Urchin or Tinkerbelle in front of the house. Yes, people walk here and say hello as they pass others on the street. This is what makes it such a uniquely friendly place to live.
Downtown Carmel offers great shopping and restaurants with outside seating. Again, you will see quaint doll house type buildings -including the Candy store on Ocean Ave and Tuck Box on Dolores, which is famous for their afternoon tea. Carmel embraces the Canines and allows them in many motels and outdoor eating spots. Not to be missed is Happy Hour at the Cypress Inn, locally referred to as ‘Yappy Hour’ due to the dogs joining their owners.
Carmel Beach stretches a mile wide and has stunning views of Pebble Beach Golf Course and Point Lobos Reserve. Every season brings a different range of wildlife from pelicans to egrets and in the ocean otters, whales and dolphins. Carmel beach is owned by Carmel-by-the-Sea and not a designated state park. Because of this dogs can run leach-free when supervised by a responsible owner.
Approximately 40% of the homes are full time residents while the others are second homes to those who want to escape to this paradise called Carmel-by-the-Sea.