Review of Monterey, California

If you're not a millionaire good luck living here
Star Rating - 12/31/2013
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 here.
s. Marie | West Haven-Sylvan, OR
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- 1/25/2017
Here or Exit California
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JD | Monterey, CA | 1 Reply

- 9/13/2012
How wealthy are we talking about?
My husband and I are just crazy about Monterey. I wonder if we take housing expenses (mort...
Olga | Ogden, UT | 1 Reply

- 7/15/2012
Not a great place if you're single
Most people here seem to be married and wealthy, or here temporarily for the military. I ...
Mike | Monterey, CA | No Replies

- 1/31/2012
Monterey Peninsula Area
I have lived here for 9 years and love the clean air and beautiful nature but I don't feel...
Yvette | Monterey, CA | 1 Reply

- 2/3/2011
One of the best Cities we have lived in.
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Jaime | Temecula, CA | No Replies