Monterey, CA is a stunning coastal city located on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Known for its breathtaking seaside vistas and scenic natural attractions, it is one of the most popular tourism destinations on the West Coast. Visitors to Monterey can enjoy a variety of activities including whale watching, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, cycling and more. The city also offers numerous historical landmarks like the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Cannery Row district. Additionally, Monterey boasts excellent seafood restaurants with fresh catches from local fishermen, as well as shopping districts filled with unique boutiques and stores.
The reviews of this lovely destination are consistently positive. Its picturesque scenery has earned high praise from visitors who marvel at its sunsets over the ocean and the beauty of its coastlines. The town's many outdoor activities have made it a favorite among families looking for adventure travel experiences while parents rave about their children's experiences learning about marine life at the aquarium or beachcombing for shells along a sprawling shoreline. Monterey's vibrant restaurant scene has also earned itself many accolades from travelers who relish in its abundance of fresh seafood restaurants that serve up delicious dishes inspired by local ingredients. All in all, Monterey is an ideal place to get away from it all and explore a unique slice of California’s coastline!
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The Monterey city area is an excellent place to live and one of the few California locales where it's relatively safe to raise a family. If I could no longer live here I would leave California. Read More
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If you're not a millionaire good luck living here
I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and had to leave to climb out of poverty. The median income is $35,000 and outside of the military, the jobs are mostly service (hospitality, etc.). The average home price is about $600,000 or higher. Rent for a studio apartment is $1,100 to $1,500, depending on location.
The only way to live comfortably in Monterey, Pacific Grove or Carmel is to have bought a house in the 1960s, like my parents did, or bring your money with you, like the millionaires from LA and Silicon Valley. They bought second homes in the area, which sit vacant for most of the year, but it saves the hassle of having to make hotel reservations when you want to take your private jet for a spur-of-the-moment round of golf at Pebble Beach.
If you're looking for Exhibit A of the disappearing middle class, it's Read More
How wealthy are we talking about?
My husband and I are just crazy about Monterey. I wonder if we take housing expenses (mortgage or rent) out of the picture, is Monterey still a very expensive city to live? Read More
Not a great place if you're single
Most people here seem to be married and wealthy, or here temporarily for the military. I couldn't think of less desirable area to live for a mid 20's single male. Other places I've lived recently are Walnut Creek and San Luis Obispo, both awesome places. Read More
Monterey Peninsula Area
I have lived here for 9 years and love the clean air and beautiful nature but I don't feel deeply connected to people here. It is a retired, family kinda of environment. Also lots of old money and family owned business. Not very stimulating but has it's good points one of them being lots of silence and peace. Read More
One of the best Cities we have lived in.
Monterey is one of the best cities that we lived in. Although expensive. The people are friendly and helpful. Great climate all year around, never too hot, never too cold. This is a very old city with great Read More
I'VE LIVED IN THE MONTEREY AREA FOR ABOUT 14 YEARS. IT IS UNDENIABLY A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, NOT QUITE AS UNIQUE AS LOCAL BOOSTERS SAY IT IS, BUT IT DOES HAVE AN EXCELLENT VIBE. BUT THE COSTS OF LIVING, IN PARTICULAR HOUSING, MAKE IT A DIFFICULT PLACE TO MOVE TO, OR TO STAY IN BEYOND ONE'S WORKING YEARS. IN FACT, MOST OF OUR PROFESSIONALS NOW SEEK AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUTLYING AREAS, INCLUDING SALINAS, WHICH I WOULD ADD HAS A UNFORTUNATE AND OVERDRAMATIZED POOR REPUTATION (CRIME.) EVEN WITH THE COLLAPSE OF THE HOUSING BUBBLE, REAL ESTATE IS BARELY AFFORDABLE UNLESS ONE CAN COMPETE WITH SYNDICATES AT FORECLOSURE SALES.
MONTEREY, WITH ITS FELLOW PENINSULA TOWNS OF PACIFIC GROVE, PEBBLE BEACH AND CARMEL (ALSO SEASIDE - BUT MONTEREY TYPES KIND OF LOOK DOWN ON SEASIDERS) PROVIDE AN EXTREMELY SAFE AND QUIET LIVING STYLE. HOWEVER, IT IS CLOSE ENOUGH (TWO HOUR DRIVE OR 20 MINUTE FLIGHT) TO THE MOST COSMOPOLITAN CITY ON THE WEST COAST, SAN FRANCISCO. SO, LIVING IN MONTEREY ALLOWS ONE Read More
Central Coast is beautiful with sea meeting mountains, clean air and nature is bountiful. Wonderful place to live if you have an income over Read More
Great Place to Visit
Monterey's main source of income is derived from the local tourist industry seconded by the military bases, and the fishing industry. Schools here are a couple of years behind most and budget cuts in the district county and state over the last ten years are sending public education south. Outside of the military population, the majority of residents here are over the age of 70. Housing prices are some of the highest in the nation and SLOWLY decreasing. Most people here are retired, in the military, or supporting the retired population who live here or are visiting. Because Monterey is just a few minutes drive to Salinas, the Salad Bowl to the World, food prices here are some of the most affordable in the nation (and the freshest). There is a farmer's market within 15 miles any day of the week. Public transportation is easy to navigate and free a good part of the year. Monterey Bay, Big Sur, and the Pacific Ocean makes this one of the most scenic areas in the world. Year-round temps Read More