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California International Air Show Salinas


This year’s edition of the California International Air Show Salinas is its 35th! Since the beginning in 1981, it has always been and done two things:
1. It has been exciting.
2. It has helped charities, to the tune of almost $8 million dollars.
If you like the roar and beauty of planes, and you’re happy when you help charities on our Central Coast, then you should buy a ticket!

Mark your calendars for September 26 & 27, 2015. The doors and the show open at 9 a.m. each day. Either day, regular ticket prices are free for children under 6 years, $10 for children from 6-12, and $15 for General adult admission. For something really special, you may want to try to obtain a special Box Seat for $30. The show is usually a sell-out, so consider purchasing tickets in advance here.

As a special show stopper, you’ll see the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team. The plane is amazing! It’s a twin-engine, all weather, tactical fighter. It provides air superiority, but can additionally handle ground attacks, electronic warfare, and intelligence. It’s worth the price of admission, but of course many other planes and teams will be at the show, including:

• A USAF Heritage Flight
• The Canadian Forces CF-18 Jet Demonstration
• The Patriots Jet Team
• Jacquie B Warda Extra 300 Aerobatic
• A flying tribute to the Doolittle raiders with a B-25 Mitchell formation
And more!

If you’d like to do a little advance reading on the show, please visit their main website:

This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Big Blue Live – Television Event Reminder

Big Blue Live Monterey

The story of Monterey Bay is a story of the ocean, its mysteries, its rich life forms, and the efforts you have put forward to preserve it. It’s our story.

Previously, we posted a detailed article on Big Blue Live: you can find that post here. What we’d like to do now is remind you that PBS and BBC will soon air an amazing, live, unfolding tale. In conjunction with Monterey Bay Aquarium, PBS’ Big Blue Live will air August 31 – September 2, from 8 – 9 p.m. ET, and as well, for us on the West Coast, from 8 – 9 p.m. PT.

The PBS/BBC presentation will feature live feeds from ocean view decks, and from out on the bay. You’ll see blue and humpback whales, sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, seabirds, and underwater kelp forests. To find out more about this broadcast, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Web page, or PBS’ original press release on the same.

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Porsche Festival at Laguna Seca

Porsche Festival at Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca has just about all the thundering race cars and motorcycles you can handle; each and every year. Porsche lovers, your time is coming soon: very soon. In fact, you’ll want to mark down September 25-27 right now, as that will be the next time the “the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers who drove them to victory” will appear in person, right around our corner. 2011 was the last time the Porche Festival at Leguna Seca was held.

The hosts of the event, Porsche Cars North America, is promising something special not only for Porsche enthusiasts, but for “everyone interested in motorsports and automobile history.” They will be hosting a wide variety of historic Porsche racing cars, from the 550 Spyder, to the 917, 956/962, right through to the RS Spyder. Gates open at 7 a.m. each of the three days, and parking is free. Seven distinct groups of Porsche will be represented, including:

  • Group 1 – PCA Sholar-Friedman Cup: Porsche Club of America race cars
  • Group 3 – Eifel Trophy: 911 (911 up to 2.5 liter), 911TR, 911ST, 914, 914/6
  • Group 5 – Carrera Trophy: 911 (over 2.5 liter), RSR, 3.0 RSR, 2.1 Turbo, 934, 935, 936, 924 GTS, 924 GTR
  • Group 7 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge

Whether a long-time Porsche lover, or someone who simply appreciates the elegance, power, and flourish of a great sports car, you’ll want to attend this show. You can find a lot more information about this event on the site’s official Web page, or by phoning 831-242-8200. If you know you want to go, and are anxious to purchase your tickets online, you can do so on this Web page.

This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Songs about California: Monterey Peninsula Edition

“My indiscreet heart, how it longs for that sweetheart, that I left in old Monterey.” These are the lyrics Frank Sinatra sang in It Happened in Monterey, back in 1956! There have been many songs about our area – Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Monterey, and of course California itself – since then. The Beach Boys had at least three songs about California in the title alone, including California Feelin’ and California Girls. Native Californians love, and rightly so, to write and sing about our state, and, yes, even about the beloved cities and towns you and I live in. Whether or not you grew up in the 1960s era of peace and love (and protests), who can forget Eric Burdon & the Animals Monterey, about the famous Monterey Pop Festivals that included the likes of Jimi Hendrix? Are there more titles, or songs that include our neighborhoods in their lyrics? Many more.

Here’s a shortlist of a few other songs we know that have our neighborhoods in the song title:

There are more songs than this with our towns and cities named in them. And there are far too many songs to list that have Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, or Pebble Beach in their lyrics. Here are just a few, covering several musical genres:

    • Road Trippin’ (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – mentions Big Sur in the lyrics

    • Cloudy (Simon & Garfunkel) – mentions Carmel in the lyrics

    • Generic Crunk Rap – The Graduate (MC Lars) – mentions Carmel Valley in the lyrics

    • Mobile Home (The Presidents of the USA) – mentions Pebble Beach in the lyrics

    • Carmichael (Neil Young) – mentions Pebble Beach in the lyrics

Did we miss one of your favorites? Please drop us a line, and tell us the title of the song that mentions your town.


Five Great Reasons to Buy a Home In Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is where you’ll find the dream home you’re seeking. With a wealth of architectural styles all set into one of the most breathtakingly beautiful coastal settings, you’re sure to find the perfect place to call home right here in this sought-after community. Location is so important when choosing your next home, and here’s five great reasons to buy a home in Pebble Beach!

  1. Golf: This may be the most obvious reason to golf aficionados, as the area favorite, Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the US Open five times. Pebble Beach boasts eight 18-hole courses, and is only a short drive from the oldest continuously operating golf course west of the Mississippi.
  2. Views: The rocky coastline, Monterey Pine forest, and the Pacific Ocean combine to make a spectacular natural landscape available from every vantage point.
  3. Community: Pebble Beach is an exceptional gated community rich in history, natural beauty, and beautiful architectural styles. You’ll love living here!
  4. Conservation: The community here is dedicated to protecting the wild, beautiful open spaces that make this such a wonderful place to live. The Del Monte Forest Conservancy preserves the open spaces on land and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration protects the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the Bay.
  5. California Dreams: The California Dream of the perfect home in a beautiful natural setting is alive and well here. Pebble Beach is the perfect place to relax, refresh, renew, and reward yourself for all your hard work!

Contact The Heinrich Team today to find out more, or to start looking for your dream home in Pebble Beach!

Runners Unite! Monterey County Triathlon

Monterey County Triathlon

Runners Unite!

Triathletes and distance runners must mark their calendars and plan to participate in the Monterey County Triathlon at Pacific Grove this September 11-13. For the beginner to elite triathlete, there is both an Olympic distance triathlon and a sprint distance triathlon. There are also Fun Runs that cover 5K and 10K distances. The fun begins on Friday the 11th, where participants can register, check out the course layout, attend clinics, and shop for triathlon-related merchandise.

Regarded as one of the most scenic in the world, the mornings are cool and misty, average high temperatures in the mid-70s, flat spaces for biking and gently rolling hills for running. The course begins with the well-known “Kelp Crawl” at Lover’s Point. Cycling runs along the coast, and running also offers coastal views from Lover’s Point to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Triathlete teams must have at least 2 participants. The Olympic course is Saturday with the Sprint course on Sunday. Awards ceremonies will be held after each event. Elite triathletes in the Olympic course will be competing for a $20,000.00 cash purse. Registration fees range from $75.00 for Youth to $200.00 for adults to compete in both triathlons.

Both Fun Runs happen on Sunday the 13th and start at Lover’s Point Park. This is a run/walk geared for family participation. Children 12 and under run/walk for free!

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Monterey Pre-Reunion and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

monterey motorsports

What is as great as Monterey Car Week & Concours d’Elegance (which begins on August 10), and happens at the same time? Two things, actually: The Monterey Pre-Reunion and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. If you love vintage, collectible, or racing automobiles, look no further than your own neighborhood this August!

The Monterey Pre-Reunion takes place on August 8 and 9, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, off the Monterey-Salinas highway. Gates open at 7 a.m. Setting the scene, you’ll see 300+ race cars in competition, prior to the Motorsports Reunion. Some of the vehicles are fully restored, while some are still in their original, vintage condition. Each will race in its appropriate group. Here are just a few of the race groups you’ll see:

  • Pre-1951 Sports Racing and Touring
  • 1955-1962 GT
  • 1966-1972 Trans Am
  • 1968-1978 Formula 500
  • FIA Manufacturers Championship

And there are many more. Tickets are reasonably priced at $25 per day and can be purchased race day. Parking is free. For more information about this event, please visit their website at or phone ahead to (831) 242-8200. If you do visit their website, there’s a Buy Tickets button handily available.

During Monterey Car Week, from August 13-16, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion takes place. This iconic event, also at Laguna Seca, draws a huge crowd every year. The organizers of this event have described it as “a museum springing to life”; no wonder. It’s the largest event held during Car Week. It is also the only event where you can see an amazing collection of thundering, powerful, classic cars actually racing. Over 500 are invited, and those accepted must meet authenticity, provenance, and period correctness. The circuit is as iconic as the cars on it. Some of the race groups you’ll see include:

  • Pre-1940 Sports Racing and Touring
  • 1973-1981 FIA Manufacturing Championship and IMSA GTO/GTP
  • 1965-1970 Shelby Mustang

The Marque car will be the Shelby GT350 Mustang, on its 50th anniversary! In addition to the main attractions, the automobiles, there will be autograph sessions, Q&A sessions, wine and cheese tastings, and much more. To learn more about this event, please visit their website at For ticket information specifically, please phone (831) 242-8200.

This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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How Much Rain does the Monterey Peninsula Get?

Rain in Monterey

The weather in the Monterey Peninsula is usually gorgeous. But periodically, clients who are thinking of moving here will ask us How Much Rain does the Monterey Peninsula get? The short answer to is not much. The longer answer now follows.

Ask a meteorologist what a normal amount of precipitation is, and she or he would want to look at the statistics for over a 30-year period! Why? In this case “normal” needs a long time to be established. Speaking then of our area, most of the rain we get falls between November and April, and our annual yearly average is about 18 inches of rainfall. As you know if you live in the area, our temperatures are moderate, and the spring and fall offer perhaps the best weather conditions. offers a good deal of insight and facts about our local climate, but the bottom line on precipitation can be summed up in these ways:

  • The rain we get here is usually light rain.
  • February would be the most likely month to see precipitation, while August would be the least likely.
  • Our warm season, from July to mid-October, has a less than 10% chance of precipitation most days.
  • The potential for snow in our area is “exceptionally” low.

If you’re wondering how much fog the Monterey Peninsula gets, you can find that answer here.

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Monterey Car Week and the Concours d’Elegance

Monterey car week

One of the world’s most recognizable automobile appreciation events takes place from August 10-16, 2015: Monterey Car Week. Racing in right on its heels, on August 16, is the Pebble Beach classic Concours d’Elegance. Car enthusiasts from the area, and far and wide, flock to the Monterey area every year for these prestigious, exciting events. The major components of the week include showing off amazing and classic automobiles on some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, the auctions, racing at Laguna Seca, and the Concours d’Elegance.

Multiple things happen every day over the life of Monterey Car week. Here’s a brief look at the daily schedule:

  • Tuesday, August 11 – Whether you’re taking in Concours on the Avenue, or Automobile Monterey (at the Embassy Suites on Del Rey), activities begin at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12 – Wednesday is a fuller day, with no less than five separate events. Starting at 10 a.m., you can go back to the Embassy Suites, as Automobile Monterey continues, take in The Little Car Show on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove, or perhaps head over to the Carmel Mission Classic. Lots to do!
  • Thursday, August 13 – The show’s in full swing this and the next several days. Among the offerings on Thursday are the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Presented, which begins at 7 a.m., Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Sports and Muscle Auction in downtown Monterey, and the Automotive Film and Arts Festival.
  • Friday, August 14 – Jam-packed as Thursday, some of Friday’s popular events include the Classic Americana, on Ford Drive in Carmel Valley, and Legends of the Autobahn, which takes place at the Nicklaus Club in Monterey, beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 15 – Lots of choices this day, such as the Concours d’LeMons Monterey, at Laguna Grande Park, Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
  • Sunday, August 16 – On Sunday, a couple of auctions are taking place, and a reunion, but arguably the most popular event of Monterey Car Week – the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – takes place. The prestigious line-up features 200 of the world’s most prized collector cars and motorcycles. This year, special classes such as Ferrari, Pope, and Postwar Cunninghams will be highlighted. Please click this link to see all the details about the Concours d’Elegance, including ways to purchase tickets.

For a full schedule of the various daily events of Monterey Car Week, please see this Web page. Each day’s events has links for individual websites where you can get all the information you need, or purchase tickets.

This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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Happy Independence Day!


Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!

NRT Top 100 Teams for the first quarter of 2015

The Heinrich Team received the following letter last week informing us that our performance has made us a top 100 Team for the first quarter of 2015. This is especially prestigious because the honor of Top 100 Team is across the entire group of NRT companies.

“NRT LLC is the subsidiary of Realogy that operates all company-owned real estate offices under Realogy’s world-renowned brands of Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Sotheby’s International Realty®, as well as the powerful regional brand, The Corcoran Group® and the technology-based brokerage, ZipRealty.”

Ben, we’re proud to be a part of your team, thank you for the exceptional leadership that produces these results for our clients.

2015-top100-agent-NRT-letter Dear Ben:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to elite company – the NRT Top 100 Teams for the first quarter of 2015. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

While tight inventory levels and various other real estate market obstacles continue to provide formidable market challenges, your team has demonstrated the kind of professionalism that produces results and earns new business regardless of the real estate climate. By placing your clients’ needs first and dedicating yourselves to outstanding service, you’ve risen to a position of unquestioned leadership. On behalf of myself and everyone at NRT, thank you for all of your hard work.

With such an impressive first quarter behind you, I look forward to seeing what you have planned for an encore and I’d like to wish you the very best throughout the remainder of 2015 . Thank you again for helping make NRT “The Place to Be.”

Bruce Zipf
President & CEO

Five Great Reasons to Purchase a Carmel Home

Home in Carmel

While some say there’s only one reason to purchase a home (location, location, location!), we can think of that plus four more great reasons to purchase a Carmel home!

  1. Location: Yes, it’s a great reason to purchase here. Carmel is a perfect California coastal community, with homes that have views of rocky coastline, ever-changing ocean, and sweeping hills. A small town with a distinctive European flair, we are consistently one of the top 10 U.S. destinations every year. Offering the best in dining, shopping, culture, golf, and outdoor recreation, Carmel is great place to live and play.
  2. Community: Our community is an active one, interested in welcoming the future and preserving our past. We embrace today while respecting and caring for our history. There’s value in both: The trendiest cuisine and freshest fashion live side-by-side with Old World hospitality. One visit can convince you to join us as a lifelong resident, we know!
  3. People: Walkable, and with a slower pace, people get to know each other here and stop to say hello. Getting together over a glass of local wine, waving during a stroll with your dog, or dining al fresco with Fido by your side, you’ll love getting to know your neighbors here. The people and places in Carmel are family friendly, pet friendly, and just plain welcoming.
  4. Value: Homes in Carmel tend to hold their value. While no Realtor can promise that a particular home or lot will hold or increase in value over time, take a look at overall property values in Carmel through the years. It has been a desirable place to live since it was founded, and that isn’t likely to change. Do your homework (view our market reports here) and we know you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
  5. Variety: Carmel-by-the-sea is known for charming bungalows, quirky cottages, and funky artistic dwellings. We also have homes for sale that are designed to melt into the natural surroundings and make you feel a part of the view. Looking for the unusual? Some Carmel homes are built with commanding panoramas and breathtaking design. There’s a home for sale in Carmel, California, for everyone, and every taste. The homes here are as distinctive and special as the people who live here.

There are far more than five great reasons to purchase a Carmel home! Contact The Heinrich Team for information about Carmel homes for sale and find YOUR California dream home!

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Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the world. Today we honor you.

Score! Ten Fabulous Homes with Private Tennis Courts!

The score is love, as we love every single one of these ten fabulous homes with private tennis courts. Full of remarkable details, lovely landscaping, and great kitchens tennis enthusiasts will adore along with courts that allow private practice to keep you at the top of your game. Worth a closer look, click to view more of each of these ten beautiful homes with tennis courts that would tempt Roger Federer or Maria Sharapova!

  1. 7111 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, PA 19034
    Just a short drive from Philadelphia, this home has something for everyone. Designed by Rafael Violy, the stone beauty is divided into three wings and includes museum quality galleries, gorgeous master suite, media room, gourmet kitchen, indoor basketball court, and both indoor and outdoor tennis courts for your year-round enjoyment!
  2. 10771 Bellagio Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077
    The “Bellagio House” is a Los Angeles estate with everything you’d ever need in one compound. Eleven bedrooms and fourteen baths in 20,000 square feet, it also includes a master suite with dual sitting rooms and baths, a state-of-the-art screening room, wine cellar, beauty salon, gift wrapping room and much more. We love the paddle tennis court with shaded patio entertaining space.
  3. 25585 Shafter Way, Carmel, CA 93923
    This spacious California beauty nestles into a gorgeous park-like setting on a generous double lot and includes a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, Carrera marble island, gleaming hickory floors, luxurious baths with heated floors, a ton of hand-crafted detail produced by the finest artisans, and of course, our favorite, a sunken professional stadium tennis court with viewing pergola! A perfect place for serious practice, and for entertaining fellow tennis devotees!

    Shafter tennis court

  4. 1230 Hopewell Crescent, Alpharetta, GA 30004
    Southern hospitality meets Old World charm, with a sweeping gated entrance and elegant courtyard fountain, this home is all about the welcome. Inside, the grand foyer with dual staircase is only the beginning of the beautiful architectural details including artisan ironwork, Italian marble, and a European saloon. Outdoor features include an open air kitchen and dining space, basketball court, and a gorgeous tennis court perfect for private practice and entertaining.
  5. 6626 Talmadge Laine, Dallas, TX 75230
    A stunning Dallas estate built by Mark Molthan, designed for entertaining on a grand scale. The home features Italian hardwood floors, a sumptuous master suite with 2-level master closet, 3 kitchens, a wine cellar, media room, 8 car underground garage, and gorgeous lighted tennis court nestled right next to the home, just steps away for the true tennis devotee.


  6. 6431 East Cactus Wren Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
    Comfortable elegance is offered in this Arizona estate, with recent remodeling done by Greg Hunt, it has a blend of classic details and the best modern features available. Wood floors, fireplaces, wainscoting are combined with a gourmet kitchen, Calcutta marble counters and travertine flooring. Outdoors features a lovely pool and entertainment space shared with a lighted tennis court nestled into beautifully verdant landscaping.
  7. 1 Casuarina Concourse, Coral Gables, FL 33143
    A stunning jewel in the exclusive Gables Estates, this corner lot estate boasts over 900 feet of waterfront. Includes three levels of living space, and includes all the amenities of the finest resort, including a boat house and a lighted tennis court with outdoor entertaining space.


  8. 1892 Rising Glen Road, Los Angeles, CA 90069
    Boasting gorgeous views of the Sunset Strip, this glamorous property is filled with beauty and excitement. From the luxurious master that opens onto a spectacular pool, to the views from every room, to the gourmet kitchen with Carrera marble countertops, this home is fit for Hollywood. The celebrity neighborhood and generous double lot can’t compete with the allure of the tournament tennis court and gazebo.
  9. 30 Round Hill Club Road, Greenwich, CT 06831
    This Cotswold inspired New England estate is on a generous 8+ acre lot landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll with gardens, curved terraces, and pool. The home includes heated French limestone floors, restored antique millwork, and leaded glass windows. We love the lighted tennis court surrounded by English gardens, perfect for three seasons of enjoyment!
  10. 536 Navesink River Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
    The historic Holly House Estate was modeled after the elegant French Chateaux of Loire Valley. Filled with rich hardwoods, beautiful fireplaces, and a coffered ceilinged mahogany media room, this estate is stunning. The beautiful tennis entertainment area is big draw, with a clay court, patio area, and nestled right next to the landscaped lake with fountain.


PBS, BBC, Monterey Bay Aquarium present Big Blue Live

Monterey Bay Aquarium Big Blue Live

The story of Monterey Bay is a story of the ocean, its mysteries, its rich life forms, and the efforts we have put forward to preserve it. Later this summer, PBS and BBC will do something unprecedented in helping to tell our story: in conjunction with Monterey Bay Aquarium, they will present #Big Blue Live. The producers refer to our conservation efforts as “one of the greatest wildlife conservation success stories on the planet.”

The story will be documented by the many scientists, filmmakers, photographers, animal behaviorists, and others who will be meeting here for two weeks in late August and early September. They will be here to discuss the thriving, populated and healthy ecosystem that comprises the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This area, once endangered, has undergone an amazing transformation over the years due in part to our interest, generous support, and efforts. This summer story is about the mammoth and diverse sea life that comes to Monterey Bay from all over the Pacific.

The show will feature live feeds from ocean view decks, and from out on the bay. You’ll see blue and humpback whales, sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, seabirds, and views of underwater kelp forests. PBS will air this “live television and multimedia event” over three nights: August 31 through September 2, from 8 – 9 p.m. ET. There will be a live West Coast feed for us from 8 – 9 p.m. PT.

Senior scientist at Conservation International, and host of EARTH: A New Wild on PBS, Dr. M. Sanjayan will be but one of the on-air correspondents for this amazing project. Joined by Liz Bonnin, a science broadcast journalist in the UK, Dr. Joy Reidenberg, host of SEX IN THE WILD and a comparative anatomist, and many other distinguished persons, you will be privy not only to a front row seat of and in our wonderful ocean, but also by expert opinion and insights.

To find out more about this once a year confluence of so many diverse and amazing creatures, please visit Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Web page on BIG BLUE LIVE, or PBS’ extensive press release on the same.

You have helped make possible the fantastic and unrestricted nature of our piece of the ocean.

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Unique Pacific Grove Properties: Point Pinos Lighthouse

Point Pinos Lighthouse

There are many unique Pacific Grove properties. One of the most fascinating is Point Pinos Lighthouse. It has a great story behind it. TripAdvisor’s Web page on this unique structure lists it as No. 8 of 18 different and unique things to do in Pacific Grove. They have over 150 reviews on the Lighthouse, with an average rating of 4½ out of 5. There are lots of reasons to include this on your list of to dos.

That you can tour the West Coast’s oldest operating lighthouse is a story in itself. Inexpensively too: the price is only $2 for adults! Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this fully functional tourist attraction is open all other days from 1 – 4 p.m.  Outside of those time slots, you can make special tour arrangements with the lighthouse’s organization.

The land that Point Pinos Lighthouse is built on was initially part of the 2,267 acre Rancho Punta de Pinos, originally granted to José Maria Armenta in 1933. Later re-granted and then following the Mexican-American War, became part of the American acquisition of Alta, California. Eventually, Congress, in looking to make seafaring journeys safer on the West Coast, ordered the building of eight lighthouses. One of those was built in the dangerous southern entrance to Monterey Bay at Point Pinos. Construction began in 1853, but due to difficulties in obtaining the lenses needed, wasn’t completed until 1855. That’s when the structure was first lit.

The lighthouse has a fascinating history of lightkeepers until it was automated in 1975. Its first lightkeeper was Charles Layton. He was killed while helping to track down the outlaw Anastacio Garcia! His widow Charlotte took over. All early lightkeepers had to undertake an arduous three-mile journey through forest and sand dunes to get to the structure. The author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about another lightkeeper, Allen Luce, who used to play piano, build ship models, and paint in oil. Emily Fish was the ‘Socialite Keeper’, most known for entertaining guests at the lighthouse.

This structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To get more information on the lighthouse, you can visit their main website at, or give them a call at (831) 648-5722.

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The Heinrich Team Named One of Top 10 Agents for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Steve Maita Maita Communications LLC for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 425.827.5577 Carmel REALTORS®


The Heinrich Team Named One of Top 10 Agents for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

CARMEL, Calif. – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Northern California’s leading provider of real estate services, announced today that Carmel REALTORS® The Heinrich Team ranked among the company’s top 10 agents in Northern California for team sales in 2014.

ben-carole-award-ceremony-2015-webThe Heinrich Team consists of Ben Heinrich, Carole Heinrich, Mike Gilson and Grace Koehorst.

The Heinrich Team, who work in the company’s Carmel Rancho office, outpaced more than 3,900 sales associates from Carmel to Lake Tahoe with sales volume last year of nearly $100 million. In addition, the team finished in the top 1 percent nationally for the company, surpassing more than 86,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates in the U.S.

“The Heinrich Team consists of some of the very best real estate professionals on the Monterey Peninsula,” said Mike James president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “They have earned a reputation for integrity, professionalism, market knowledge and superior customer service. We’re proud to have this group of associates on our team.”

Todd Porteous, manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on the Monterey Peninsula, said members of The Heinrich Team are held in high regard by discerning homebuyers and sellers throughout the region.

“Whether it’s marketing luxurious properties or helping buyers find that perfect home, Ben and his team are often the go-to REALTORS® on the Peninsula,” he said. “They truly know the local market better than just about anyone, and provide their clients with the highest level of service.”

The Heinrich Team was recognized for their accomplishments during a company ceremony last month. They have also been extended an invitation to Coldwell Banker’s Residential Brokerage’s Top 1% Retreat, which will be held later this year at the world-renowned Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach.

Ben Heinrich has been active in real estate since 1976, and is a past president of the Carmel Board of REALTORS® as well the Monterey County Association of Realtors. Since 1991 he has been a Director of the California Association of Realtors. He owned his own real estate company, Ben Heinrich Real Estate, for 20 years before it was purchased by Coldwell Banker Del Monte Realty in 2002.

Carole Heinrich has been a leader in the Monterey Peninsula financial community for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a licensed California real estate agent and mortgage broker in 1990, she was a stockbroker and a certified financial planner.

The Heinrich Team can be reached at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Carmel Rancho office, 3775 Via Nona Marie, by phone at 831.626.2434, or by email at

About Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is the largest residential real estate brokerage in Northern California and serves the markets from Monterey to Tahoe and nearly every market in between. The company has 57 office locations and more than 3,900 affiliated sales associates throughout Northern California. Last year the company handled 13.5% of all dollar volume sold in Northern California, more than double its nearest competitor. Through its internationally renowned Coldwell Banker Previews® program, Coldwell Banker leads the luxury home market in Northern California, representing more than 22% of all dollar volume sold of properties over $1 million. A subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), NRT operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information please visit or call 925.771.5285. CalBRE #01908304. ###


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Steve Maita March 30, 2015 Maita Communications LLC for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 425.827.5577 Carmel REALTORS®

Historic Monterey Home: Larkin House


It is claimed that Larkin House, located at 464 Calle Principal in Monterey, was the first two-story house in the state of California. It’s claimed that it was the first house in Monterey with a fireplace. Above and beyond the claims, we do know a few important facts about this historic Monterey home and treasure, deemed both a California and National Historic Landmark:

It was built in 1835 by Thomas Oliver Larkin, an American merchant operating a store out of his home, who was the “first and only United States Consul to Alta California under Mexican rule.” Larkin served during President James K. Polk term of office.

It is a two-story mud adobe brick home, with a design that incorporates Spanish Colonial, and building methods that incorporate New England architectural features. This originated the Monterey Colonial architectural style.

The home was acquired in 1922 by Alice Larkin Toulmin – Thomas’ granddaughter.

Today, the home contains many 19th century antiques from around the globe, and both floors can be toured.

Larkin was like many leading citizens of the day, in wanting to build a large house using sun-dried adobe bricks. For a time, he was in fact the most influential American in Monterey. His home was designated a California Historical Landmark in 1933, and then in 1960, a National Historic Landmark. According to the Online Archive of California, in their Guide to the Larkin House Collection, Larkin was able to adapt “eastern form to available materials: adobe and redwood.”  They go on to say his house was unique due to features like the broad roof overhang: stylish, yet practical, in that it protected the adobe from the corrosive effects of wind and rain.

Thomas Larkin’s influence saw five years where his adobe building served as the center of and headquarters for social life in the Capital. A number of historic decisions were made at Larkin House, some of which affected California’s future.

For more information this Historic Monterey Home, a good place to start is the Monterey County Historical Society website.

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Five Great Reasons to Purchase a Carmel Valley Home

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While some say there’s only one reason to purchase a home (location, location, location!), we can think  of five great reasons to purchase a Carmel Valley home!

  1. Location: Carmel Valley is a broad valley with green forest and grassy plains where the Carmel River leaves the Santa Lucia mountains and meets the sea. Nestled into the valley are horse ranches, vineyards, world-class golf courses, a 4,000 acre park filled with hiking and biking trails, and a thriving village offering opportunities for fine dining, shopping, and the arts. Carmel Valley is great place to live and play.
  2. Weather: This lovely valley is known for it’s mild weather. Protected by the Santa Lucia mountain rage, Carmel Valley boasts warm, dry summers filled with sunshine, and mild winters that rarely feature the chill fogs and dreary rain of other coastal towns. The average temperature is a pleasant 71F, perfect for biking, hiking, golf, and enjoying the beautiful views.
  3. Wine: With the mild weather, dry summers, and coastal soil, Carmel Valley is the perfect place to grow the finest grapes in California. The conditions here are perfect red varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel, and for Sauvignon Blanc, as well as an unexpected Chardonnay here and there. 20 wineries, over a dozen tasting rooms, and a thriving restaurant scene in the village create a heaven on earth for oeniphiles.
  4. Pace: A smaller community with a thriving village and working farms, ranches, and vineyards, the pace of life here is a little slower, a little more casual, without sacrificing the pleasures of sophisticated city life. It’s the perfect California coastal town, offering privacy, tranquility, beautiful natural features, with fine dining, shopping, arts, recreation, and golf. Carmel Valley offers something for everyone.
  5. Variety: From Village homes that are mere steps away from dining, shopping, art galleries, and recreation options, to private homes with gorgeous views in the hills, and even a small ranch or vineyard: There’s a home for sale in Carmel Valley for everyone, and for every taste. The homes here are as distinctive and special as the people who live here.

You now know there are far more than five great reasons to purchase a Carmel Valley home, so contact The Heinrich Team for information about Carmel Valley homes for sale so you can find your California dream home!

Pacific Grove Butterfly Town

"Butterfly Town" an original song for the city of Pacific Grove, California, America's last hometown from HOUSE OF 8 MEDIA on Vimeo.

A beautiful song to represent Pacific Grove. Butterfly Town is an original song written by Julie Capili.

7 Considerations when Designing your Home Theater

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Do you have a home theater? Perhaps you designed it yourself, had help from a specialty store, or maybe you combined forces with a skilled tradesperson to get everything hooked up. And after choosing what you wanted – the screen, components, their respective qualities – the major hurdle that remains is the installation.  Unless you’re very handy, consider hiring a professional to help you create your perfect home theater room.

If you don’t yet have a home theater but are in the market for one, here are 7 considerations when designing your home theater system:

  1. Location: Have you picked out the best room in the house for your system? Whether large or small in terms of its square footage, when considering which room your home theatre will go in, evaluate items like the amount of ambient light, whether or not carpeting is in the room (or needed), how the walls are constructed, and even if there’s space to tuck away the components. Will there be in-wall or in-ceiling speakers? Also think about where you and your family will be sitting in relation to the screen.
  1. Viewing: What kind of display do you want? Large probably goes without saying, especially if you have the room for it. But will that be LCD, Plasma, OLEG, a video projector… or perhaps some combination? You’ll probably want a High Definition (HD) device, but in considering that, ask yourself if you’ll be viewing anything from an older, analog machine (a VCR or even laser disc player). You’ll need compatibility. Do you want a 3-D enabled device?
  2. Listening: Almost as important to many will be the audio components. Great, crisp audio can make a huge difference. Perhaps you love to watch concerts? Some components – such as an AV Receiver – might have much of what you need: AM/FM, HD Radio, XM, or even Satellite Radio. You’ll probably need a pre-amp. A Preamplifier controls which audio and/or video source is selected, and processes the stereo or surround sound. You’re going to want several speakers; to get the depth of sound required for a full theater experience.
  3. Components: Several source components will be needed. You most likely have a DVD or Blu-ray player. Do you still have a VHS collection? Do you have media in other formats you want to play?
  4. Internet: There are many other considerations in terms of designing or developing your ideal home theatre system. For example, most new devices – including televisions and Blu-ray players – can connect directly the Internet! This is a boon if you love your Netflix, or are addicted to YouTube. Most devices can be connected and online in a few simple steps.
  5. Protection: One of the components most-overlooked is a surge-protector. While none are 100% dependable, you’ll understand their value the moment a storm or some other force spikes your home’s voltage.
  6. For Consideration: Other considerations would be things like the wire used, the kind of wireless pick-up and protocols in place or available in your area, or even the question of how many remotes you want to deal with.

There are many great resources out there in addition to local experts. Home Theater Review has a great starter article that can help fill in some of the gaps. You can read that here.

Planning, planning, planning … it’s kind of like location, location, location. In truth, orchestrating a great home theater system does include location. Take your time with this, consider calling in a local expert for your Monterey Peninsula home. And once everything is in place, enjoy some spectacular entertainment at home!

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Dog Friendly Recreation in Carmel

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Looking for dog friendly recreation in Carmel?

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors with your pet! Whether you’re looking for beaches, hiking trails, or walking tours, Carmel is one of the most dog friendly towns around!

The SPCA of Monterey County has a complete list of all beaches open to dogs and their companions, please check website for contact info and directions. Here are the ones in Carmel:

  • Carmel Beach – Dogs allowed off leash with current vaccinations and license. Must remain within immediate voice control.
  • Carmel River State Beach – Dogs on short leash only, beware of strong surf, bird sanctuary.
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park – Dogs on short leach or within immediate voice control.
  • Garrapata State Park Beach – Dogs on short (6ft or less) leash only, beware of strong surf.

Local hiking trails and parks are a great place to take your furry family members to run off that extra energy. and offer great information on dog-friendly attractions all over the world, and they have a solid lists of parks and trails. Consult the websites for contact info and directions:

  • Carmel Meadows – 2 miles of trails along beaches and bluff.
  • Carmel Walks – 2 hour walking tours of downtown Carmel, dogs on short leash. Ask for dog friendly tours when making reservations.
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park – Dogs are allowed off leash in certain areas only. All other areas welcome dogs on short leashes. Be cautious with dogs on horse trails please.
  • Garrapata State Park – Dogs on short leash only.
  • Mission Trail Park – 35 acres of wooded trails. Mulched trails are kind to older canine joints.
  • Point Lobos State Reserve – Hike along the coast to view wildflowers, wildlife, and beautiful scenery. Dogs on short leash only.

Boating and surfing with your best friend is a great way to spend a sunny day! has some great suggestions of where to go to find the best water fun with Fido. For directions or contact info for each place, please visit their website.

  • Surf Carmel Beach – Bring your own gear. Dogs must have current license and registration and be within voice control or on a short leash.
  • Adventures by the Sea offers kayak rentals at Point Lobos and Fort Ord, and at Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Ask for dog-friendly rentals and tours when making reservations. Dogs on short leash.

Enjoy your favorite recreation in the great outdoors with your dog in Carmel!

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Early Carmel Homes

Our city and neighborhoods are as famous for their stunning natural beauty as they are for their real estate. We have a rich history of cottages and cabins that represent some of the most beautiful early Carmel homes. Here, we talk about four well-known, charming, and architecturally significant landmarks.

Whalers cabin

Whaler’s Cabin in Point Lobos was built in the 1850s. It would house Japanese and Chinese fishermen. In the mid-to-late 1800s, it belonged to the Carmel Bay Whaling Company, even the Japanese Whaling Company used this cabin for a couple of years to the turn of the century. It was a Carmel home until 1983 when the last resident moved out. Today it houses a museum that showcases the cultural and other history of Point Lobos. There used to be an abalone cannery in the area, as well as a granite quarry. Visitors to the site can enjoy all kinds of wildlife, including many species of birds. The museum opened in 1994. If you’d like more information on this famous and many other early area landmarks, visit the Point Lobos Foundation’s website.

The Carmel Heritage Society was named by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea as the official custodian of the First Murphy House. At the young age of 17 years, Michael Murphy built his first cottage. This early Carmel home, and many others built by Murphy, would influence the personality of the Village of Carmel. This important piece of early architecture was rescued from demolition in 1990 by the First Murphy House Committee, moved to 6th and Lincoln – its present site – and completely restored. It is often featured on tours offered by Carmel Walks. Did you know you can rent this historic home for events or meetings? Pricing is great, and it holds up to 40 people. Find out more by visiting the Heritage Society’s website.

Cottage of sweets

Do you like sweets? The Cottage of Sweets, originally at Dolores and Ocean, started out when it was built in 1922 as a loom shop. A year later the new Golden Bough Playhouse, owned by Edward ‘Ted’ Kuster, thought this cottage would make a perfect ticket booth; so, he moved it to Ocean and Monte Verde. (The theatre has a fascinating and bizarre history, which includes it burning down twice … once in the 1930s, and another time in the 1940s.) Today, this charming building, an important piece of early Carmel history, sells sweets! To find out more about the history of this landmark, visit the website for the Cottage of Sweets.

Hansel Doll House

In 1925, Gretel joined Hansel as one of two beautiful fairy tale-like cottages that Hugh Comstock built for his wife Mayotta. Mayotta created and sold a line of rag dolls called ‘Otsy-Totsys’. When the first home, Hansel, ran out of room for her collection, Hugh built the second one. In his application to build Hansel, Hugh estimated a cost of $1,400! The architectural style of Hansel is the Tudor Storybook substyle; it would help define Carmel for decades. The door and window casings were hand carved. Hansel is 1 ½ stories, on a concrete foundation. The twin cottages are part of the Carmel House and Garden Tour. Find out about the tours by going to the Carmel Heritage Society’s website.

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