Carmel is proving to be a popular location for vacation properties and second homes, thanks to its close proximity to the Silicon Valley as well as its peaceful atmosphere and laid back lifestyle. The heart of burgeoning technology, Silicon Valley is known for it’s fast pace lifestyle. Even those who reside in more secluded areas such as Los Altos Hills, the routine of daily life is one from which they wish to escape and disconnect.
The enchanting Santa Lucia Preserve offers 20,000-acres of stunning landscape, 18,000 acres of which are conserved. Within this sanctuary is an affluent gated community with 300 parcels on which sit equally splendid custom homes. Adjacent to Pebble Beach and Carmel Valley, homes in the Santa Lucia Preserve range between $3.6 and $11.8 million. Many of these residences are second homes to the Silicon Valley’s tech elite. It is where they go to unplug during weekends, summer vacations and holidays.
The community offers a pool club, equestrian center, the 365-acre award-winning Tom Fazio golf course and 100 miles of hiking trails to explore its hills, valleys and vistas. Billed as a retreat where families can ‘go outside and play’, The Preserve offers camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding at Moore’s Lake as well as summer camps and an annual dog show. The Preserve’s hospitality center, The Hacienda, is a 1920’s social center set on an expansive landscape. It offers weekly social events, nightly culinary dining experiences and holiday events.
In 2015, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported that 5.3% of homes sold fell into the category of vacation or second homes. Though this is well below the nation’s 21% in 2015, it still equates to a significant number of people, many in Silicon Valley, who purchased a second home. Owning a vacation property is a sound investment and provides a way to recharge, reconnect and unwind with family, friends and nature.
Are you in the market for a vacation home to allow you and your family to unplug from the stress and demands of everyday life? The Dawn Thomas Team specializes in luxury properties and can help you find the ideal house in Carmel’s Santa Lucia Preserve or beyond.