You have to admit: the Monterey Peninsula is one of California’s most scenic places to live. From the sweeping panoramas along the 17-Mile Drive and iconic Bixby Creek Bridge to the white sand beaches, tree-studded coastal terrain, superb whale watching, and world-class golf, the region really presents you with a feast for the senses. (No wonder the Emmy award-winning HBO drama, Big Little Lies, was set in this misty locale!) It’s a destination of incomparable allure. But if we were comparing — and we are, because we call this series “Cali Comparables,” after all — it becomes apparent that not all Monterey-area towns are created alike and each offers a little something different to the residents. Whether you find yourself drawn to Pebble Beach, Monterey, or Carmel, the properties available for sale in these areas offer either views and easy access to golf or beach — and if you’re lucky enough, maybe all three. We take a closer look at three outstanding homes for sale in the area in the $4 million range.

 

3183 Palmero Way | Pebble Beach, CA 93953 | $3,970,000

Hailed as a “true work of art” by listing agent Tim Allen, this mid-century modern abode resides in the estate area of Del Monte Forest, within walking distance of the Pebble Beach Lodge & Resort and boasting bird’s-eye views of Stillwater Cove and the grand Pacific beyond. Internationally renowned architect Marcel Sedletsky, featured in N.Y. MOMA and Smithsonian, designed the 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home to be an experience of its own accord. You cross a dramatic bridge through a custom-designed redwood and copper front door, before encountering 3,100 square feet of space and light intersecting with artistic detail and views. Standout features include a master suite with balcony, sunny patio off the kitchen, upstairs loft with an ocean view balcony, 3-car garage, and lower floor living area with a kitchenette and outdoor patio. Sited on 1.2+ acres, this property provides exquisite living, privacy, and plentiful opportunities to entertain family and friends. Listed by Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Realty in Carmel-by-the-Sea/Junipero.

 

900 La Terraza Ct | Monterey, CA 93940 | $4,199,000

Set in Monterey’s Pasadera gated community with a connection to a Jack Nicklaus golf course, this Mediterranean-meets-Contemporary meets every expectation for a coastal retreat. A generously sized floorplan features five bedrooms and eight baths. A large living room with walls of glass open to a gorgeous outdoor infinity swimming pool with waterfall, separate spa, outdoor full kitchen w/warmers, fire pit, fans plus pretty mountain views. A glass bridge brings you across from the primary suite to four one-bedroom suites, all with Juliet balconies and sliding doors to the back yard. Amenities to admire include projection TVs in the glass walls of the dual baths in the primary suite, Crestron smart home technology, and a stellar gourmet kitchen with two islands, a Sub-Zero fridge, and more. A location close to The Club at Pasadera, where you can dine, workout at the gym and golf, plus easy proximity to the Monterey airport and minutes to Carmel make it a dream property in every sense. Listed by Deba Christensen of Coldwell Banker Realty in Aptos.

 

26334 River Park Pl | Carmel, CA 93923 | $4,195,000

The sweet charm of Carmel awaits in this 2021 elegantly reimagined cottage only a short distance to the beach. Spanning over 2,000 square feet, the three-bedroom turnkey home takes a desirable position in the Carmel Point neighborhood and incorporates custom quality and designer elements. Highlighting the bright, open floor plan are high ceilings, skylights, tasteful custom finishes, top-of-the-line cabinets, appliances, flooring, and fixtures. A separate guest house provides more space — perfect for guests or in-laws. A beautifully landscaped yard offers several patios to relax from, including a central courtyard with a custom fire pit for entertaining. Listed by Buff LaGrange of Coldwell Banker Realty in Carmel-By-the-Sea/Junipero.