You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods with a series called “Cali Comparables.” We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

This week, we’re taking a virtual drive up the California coast to visit one of the most inspiring and breathtaking destinations in the entire state: Carmel.  Setting our budget at around $2.875 million, what kind of house can we buy? Let’s explore.


300 Country Club Hts | Carmel Valley, CA 93924 | $2,850,000

Chateaux Carmel Valley is a luxurious Carmel Valley single-level residence and “entertaining mecca” situated on more than 15 private acres that affords both breathtaking mountain and ocean vistas. There are five spacious bedrooms, most with en suite baths, two powder rooms, an atrium with lap pool and viewing deck, formal and casual dining areas, a Chef’s kitchen, a family room with picture window, three fireplaces and more all centered around a massive rotunda. Details such as imported marble floors, fountains and statues, manicured grounds and a large outdoor fireplace for magical evening gatherings add to the allure of this magnificent estate. An attached one-bedroom caretakers suite with veranda and views, plus additional guest quarters and cabana off of the outdoor kitchen ensures privacy and convenience. Car enthusiasts will also appreciate the attached three-car garage.


3407 7th Ave | Carmel, CA 93923 | $2,875,000

This bright, cheerful and nautically inspired home in Carmel has been extensively and tastefully remodeled to the highest standards of modern day living. Patios and decks are accessed through most rooms welcoming the beauty of nature and the property’s lush landscaping inside. A perfect home for entertaining large informal groups as well as intimate family gatherings, the residence boasts a total of four bedrooms and four full baths, including a separate guest quarters that features a private garden deck, full kitchen, bedroom, full Bath, laundry and private entrance. A totally remodeled kitchen feels inviting to all, as it connects to an adjoining family room, dining room and large peaceful inner courtyard. The spacious master bedroom suite, touched with a private and sunny deck, is a daily retreat to be enjoyed for years to come.


3311 San Luis Ave | Carmel, CA 93923 | $2,895,000

Located on a quiet street just a short drive to town, this properly-maintained, like-new Mediterranean home in Carmel features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a collection of ever-changing views extending past Point Lobos and on to the Pacific horizon. Interiors impress with lovely entertaining spaces such as the grand living area, complete with high-beamed ceilings, pecan floors and an open, gourmet kitchen. The ultimate California indoor/outdoor lifestyle is front and center with a garden level patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace and lush landscaping, and over-sized deck. An attached guest unit provides friends and family with privacy and serenity. The master suite beckons with a separate ocean-view balcony. Other conveniences include an elevator, a generous two-car garage plus carport and two laundry rooms.


Click here for other homes currently for sale in Carmel in the $2,850,000 to $2,900,000 range.

Click here to view other Cali Comparables posts from around the state.