Carmel California

Carmel Valley Ranch is a Great Staycation Destination

Carmel Valley Ranch is a Great Staycation DestinationIf you live in Santa Cruz or Monterey County and are looking for a great staycation idea, may I suggest the Carmell Valley Ranch. 

What is a Staycation?

The definition of staycation has changed and adjusted to mean slightly different things to different people. In general, it is the concept of staying at home or close to home instead of taking a trip to a faraway destination. It is like being a tourist in your own hometown.

Why Staycations are Growing in Popularity

Staycations have been growing in popularity as a way to get away in a shorter and easier timeframe. Some people have found that taking a staycation allows them to pack up on a Friday and trade all the stress of home for the weekend without spending paid vacation time. As more workers remain working remotely they find it easy to pack up and work from a fun location and then when work is over they can instantly enjoy some fun. Staycations are also a less expensive way to enjoy a break from the everyday hustle. 

Staying at the Carmel Valley Ranch

Located in the lesser-known town of Carmel Valley an inland neighbor of Carmel-by-the-Sea (Carmel) at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The Carmel Valley Ranch is 500 acres of resort on the sunnier side of the Monterey Peninsula. It is consistently ranked as a top resort destination and it is right in the backyard of lucky homeowners in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. 

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Fractional Homeownership is Gaining Ground in Carmel By The Sea

Fractional Homeownership is Gaining Ground in Carmel By The SeaCarmel by the Sea has long been a highly desirable destination to not only live in but to visit. It is one of the most beautiful locations along the California shore. With that comes an increased interest in people interested in purchasing homes for vacation purposes. A new way of owning a vacation property is fractional ownership.

What is fractional ownership?

Fractional ownership is a somewhat new term in the vacation home ownership world. Though the term is new, the actual concept has been around for some time. Fractional ownership is essentially a group ownership of a vacation property. Group ownership has been around for years most commonly through owned trusts, nonprofits, and other legal arrangements.

Fractional ownership is unique in that companies purchase homes in desirable vacation destinations and then fix up the homes, furnish the homes, and expertly decorate them. Once the home is ready to sell they will divide the property into individual shares. Depending upon the size of the property it is often sold between eight and 12 individual shares. This means that eight individual owners or families now have a stake in a new vacation home. This model of fractional ownership is said to be making vacation properties in highly desirable destinations a more affordable and attainable reality.

When shares are sold in a fractional ownership home there is a legal framework of the co-ownership created often times through a limited liability corporation or LLC. This LLC will hold...

Carmel-By-The-Sea is Consistently Named a Best Place to Retire

Carmel-By-The-Sea is Consistently Named a Best Place to RetireCarmel California or Carmel-by-the-Sea as it is also known is one of California's most picturesque coastal towns. It is often on many best-of lists and one of the most frequent best-of lists that Carmel can be found is California's Best Places to Retire.

Here are some of the best places to retire lists that Carmel has recently made

California.com"s The Best Coastal Towns in California to Retire

Caramel topped the category for quaint coastal retirement towns in california.com's article. The website notes that Carmel by the sea has an effortless elegance. It also shares Carmel's amazing white sand beaches and great local shops and dining opportunities with the most amazing views from pretty much any point in the town. And the majority of Carmel's residents are age 55+. They name it a can't-miss central coast beach town in California.

Stacker.com Best Places to Retire in California

Stecker.com ranks Carmel-by-the-Sea at number 19 out of 25 for the best places to retire in the entire state of California. They share some statistics about Carmel by the sea along with how they arrived at their data to compile what they believe is their best places to retire in California list. They noted that the most popular places on their list tend to have great walkability or proximity to healthcare sources and businesses of interest for entertainment and activities.

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Things to Know When Relocating to Carmel

Things to Know When Relocating to CarmelOver the last three years many Americans have been relocating to completely brand new areas for several different reasons. One of the best places to relocate is the city of Carmel in California.

The process of relocating can be uncertain, a lot more work as compared to a shorter distance to move, stressful at times, and maybe a little bit scary. Even moving to one of the most beautiful cities in America like Carmel. If you are considering a move to Carmel here is some helpful information about the area as well as a few tips about moving long distances.

Some information about Carmel California

The weather is great

The state of California is very large in terms of both population and landmass. Because of its size in terms of taking up geographical space, there are many different climates and microclimates all across the state. Not every location in California is going to be the cliché warm and perfectly sunny 24/seven climate.

The nice thing about Carmel is that its temperatures do not hit the extreme highs that many of the locations in southern California are known for. It is a much milder climate here in Carmel. The average high summer temperatures hit somewhere around the mid-70s. And an average low winter temperature is somewhere around the mid-40s. For the majority of the year, the temperature is between the high 50s and the mid-60s. This means that the weather stays fairly consistent in the middle and comfortable range in Carmel.

The atmosphere

Carmel is home to the most beautiful and stunning nature views in the state of California. It is located right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. One of the biggest draws to relocating to this beachy California...

Top 5 Neighborhoods in Carmel in 2021

Carmel or Carmel-by-the-Sea is basically the same place. This city in Monterey California was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1916 situated on the Monterey Peninsula. This 1 mi.² village is as unique in charm as it is fun and entertaining residents. One fun fact is that unwilling to see their village become too engulfed in the city culture, Carmel's founding fathers rejected the practice of house to house mail delivery in favor of a central post office. And to this day, there are still no addresses, parking meters, street lights, or sidewalks outside of Carmel's downtown commercial area. You're likely to hear neighbors call out directions such as it's the second house on the right past the driftwood fence and so forth.

Often referred to as simply Carmel, there are still a few neighborhoods that are becoming quite popular or have fluctuated with the ebb and flow of today's society. If you're considering a move to Carmel, here are some of the top five neighborhoods for 2021.

Carmel PointCARMEL POINT

Located just south of downtown, technically outside of the city limits, this beautiful small peninsula offers unobstructed views of Carmel Bay, the Peninsula up along the Pebble Beach and south to Point Lobos and Pine Ridge. This community features the Carmel River elementary school, a few bed and breakfasts, inns and Mara Beach Carmel. You won't find any fussy homeowner association dues or major restrictions but all these homes are already built out so if you're looking to customize a property on Carmel Point, you'll probably have to find an older home that needs a major renovation. Properties on Carmel point offer stunning views, especially those along...

What to Know About Roofing Your Home

Many people do not consider the roofs over their heads until calamity strikes and water is coming through the ceiling. A replacement roof, installed in a timely fashion, is vital for a home's wellbeing and value. Whether the inhabitants are considering selling or simply wanting a safe, dry environment in which to live for years to come, the roof is an essential consideration when it comes to upkeep.

Signs a Roof Needs Replacing

damage roofThe first place to check, when looking to see if a roof needs replacement, is looking at it from the street. If you see curling or missing shingles, shiny edges, then the next place to check is in the attic. Check for light entering in beams through the house's top. Stains and streaks on the wood in your attic can also signal a leaky roof. Also if you notice brown stains on your ceiling inside your home that could be a sign as well, and you might notice something is amiss there first. The next place to check is a home's improvement records. These may be found at the city or county building department. Different roof types last varying lengths of time; check to see that, for example, it has not been 20-25 years since an asphalt shingle roof has been installed or reshingled.

Replacement Options for Pitched Roofs

Asphalt Shingles

pitched roof houseThe most common of America's roofing materials, asphalt shingles are effective in every environmental condition. Because of the wide variety in the quality of shingles, check to see...

The Beautiful Homes of Scenic Road in Carmel and Their Million Dollar Views

Amazing Scenery at Your Front Door

Scenic Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a stretch of road that runs from Ocean Avenue to just past the intersection of 17th Avenue and Valley View Avenue. The road winds down the coast along Carmel Beach and offers breathtaking views of the dazzling blue ocean on one side and unique and quirky million dollar homes on the inland side. Traveling down Scenic Road is an interesting stroll that presents a myriad of things to see and experience in a wholly accessible manner.

The ocean side is easy to explore because of the walkways that lead down to the beach, which makes traveling back and forth from the road to the beach a breeze. Sea lions, otters, whales, dolphins and different varieties of birds are just some of the sea life you may observe in the ocean or on points of land while you walk along the road. The beach offers a variety of terrain such as small rock pools, white sand, cypress trees and large rock formations.

Charming and Interesting Homes All Around

carmel golden rectangle homes for saleIf you want to explore the amazing homes that are further inland, just walk down any of the streets that branch off Scenic Road. These streets will then take you into the neighborhoods of the Golden Rectangle. Homes in Carmel in this coveted...

Improving your child's math in Carmel with new technology

Using Technology to Help Children with Math Has Big Benefits

kids mathIf you grew up in a Carmel home and went to a typical California school, odds are you have memories of how boring math class was. It's no secret -- surveys show that roughly 40% of Americans find the subject dull or intimidating. Luckily for today's kids, new advances in technology have demonstrable benefits when it comes to helping them engage with the material.

Part of the problem that children face stems from parental help, or a lack thereof. Many parents are reluctant to sit down and work with their children on their math homework. While your average parents with a Carmel home understand the importance of teaching language skills and reading to children frequently, most parents regard teaching subjects like math as a school's duty. Increasing parental engagement alone isn't the answer, however, as a recent study from the University of Chicago found that receiving frequent help from parents who weren't confident in math actually undermined children's performance.

Luckily for those families, a subsequent study may have found the answer -- an iPad app. Bedtime Math is an app that offers children and parents math problems to solve in the context of a bedtime story. It makes the material fun and engaging for children who are anxious or apathetic about math, and provides structure to help prevent math-anxious parents from getting in their children's way.

improving mathDuring the course of the study, the experimental group used Bedtime Math while a control group used a similar bedtime...

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