Stunning contemporary residence located on a spectacular site in Otter Cove. Clear expanses of glass open to the shimmering surfaces of the ocean below. Created by renowned builder Bill McLeod, the design and structure are inseparable from the natural beauty of this powerful landscape. Carmel Real Estate at its finest.
Have you ever lived in a location as remote, or as difficult to get to for many years, as Point Sur, California? This beautiful but rugged coast has seen many shipwrecks in its day; it probably would have more if not for a successful petition in the late 1880s to have a lighthouse built. It wasn’t until 1974 that this lightstation was finally automated, and the last keeper left Point Sur.
The first keeper moved into his Big Sur home in the lighthouse on August 1, 1889. He, along with three assistants, staffed it 24 hours a day. Their lives were anything but easy. They were isolated. The trip to Monterey was lengthy and treacherous – it wasn’t until the completion of Highway One, in 1937, that the trip became practical. Each family was provided with a garden area where they could grow fresh vegetables. Major supplies such as coal and firewood were delivered every few months. A horse and wagon was provided by the U.S. Lighthouse service so mail and other supplies could be secured from Pfeiffer’s Resort.
Life for Point Sur residents was a stoic exercise. Up until 1927, school was not a daily affair for most children. One of the early keepers, William Mollering, asked the school district for a lightstation teacher – they complied. The teacher lived with the head keeper’s family. In the same way Highway One opened easier access to the area, it also meant that two more schoolhouses were built in the 1940s, each a little more accessible to Big Sur families.
Worth a mention is the key component of every lighthouse: the lens. The original lens, the largest Fresnel lens manufactured, can be seen today in the Allen Knight Maritime Museum of Monterey. It was 18 feet tall, all told. The optic component weighed over 4,000 pounds. Light from this spectacular lens could be seen as far as 23 nautical miles away. It was in use until the 1970s, at which time a modern aero beacon replaced it.
Today, you can tour the Lighthouse, and if you have enough nerve, you can go on one of three ghost tours in the month of October. For more information about the Point Sur area and Lighthouse, please visit their website at http://www.pointsur.org/.
On Sunday, October 5th, from Noon to 4 p.m., the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove is holding its annual Historic Home Tour. The Pacific Grove homes tour is $25 per person and will take you through six historic homes, as well as four other historically important properties in Pacific Grove, including the Society’s own Ketcham’s Barn, and Pt. Pinos Lighthouse, “the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States”.
Each home on the tour is unique. For example, you’ll see a residence on First Street designed by Julia Morgan, a well-known architect of Hearst’s San Simeon, as well as other recognized sites. Then there’s the home designed for Margaret Tennant, on Central. Another Pacific Grove home you may be interested in is the one built on 19th Street for Elihu Beard. These three homes, circa 1880, are not to be missed.
Three of the Pacific Grove properties are in close proximity, but you’ll want to bring your car to travel between others. The tour is self-guided, but at each home there will be someone to greet and direct you. Wear comfortable shoes. Booties will be provided for each home on the tour.
Please note that not all areas of all of these historic homes are fully special needs accessible.
Tickets must be ordered online at www.pacificgroveheritage.org/tickets/, and picked up at the Heritage Society Barn at 605 Laurel Avenue in Pacific Grove on the day of the tour. For additional information please visit the website, or phone the Society at (831) 372-2898.
Your gateway to the true bohemian culture of our fabulous municipality, the annual Taste of Carmel takes place this year from October 2 – 5. There are several events involved, which include local wine, food, music, culinary education, a silent auction, and more. The following provides you with a specific list of all the good things that Taste and living in Carmel offer.
This anytime passport, priced at $65, provides you with a Wine Walk flight that includes your choice of 9 of the 12 available tasting rooms. Best of all, the Passport does not expire, and can be used during or after Taste of Carmel.
The Royal Bash – Thursday, October 2
Held at historic Carmel Mission Courtyard, the price (please see below) includes sampling local cuisine and sipping on Monterey County wines. The Money Bank will entertain you, plus you can chip in and place a bid in the silent auction. You are advised to dress for the event, in anything from medieval to modern attire.
• $75 before September 19, or $85 which includes a Commemorative Riedel Glass
• $55 after September 19
Carmel Food Tour – Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4
A three-hour walking tour taking in culture, architecture, and seven tasting stops in historic downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. The price is $69.
Bay Bikes Wine Tour – Friday, October 3
The $135 price tag for this great tour includes stops at four wine tasting rooms, lunch at and a private tour of Chateau Julien winery, and a gift bag with a souvenir glass.
Winemaker Event – Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4
Details will be announced soon on the event’s website.
Aubergine Dessert and Wine Tasting Lunch – Sunday, October 5
Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendozza will serve up and describe in rich detail his three-course dessert, while Restaurant Director Nathaniel Munoz will offer up insight on the wines that are paired with each course. The price of this event is $114.58.
In addition to the silent auction, there will be a live auction, and an online one.
For more details about this annual, fun event, please visit the website at http://www.tasteofcarmel.com/, drop them an e-mail in care of firstname.lastname@example.org, or give them a toll-free call at 1-800-550-4333.
This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same. All prices are per person.
Most human beings spend all our time as human doings. Just being somewhere without the compelling need to do something is not easy. Every so often a place or a special insight triggers a refreshing notion of “stop and just enjoy!”
One of my special places is the Lafayette Bakery in Carmel. As you enter you are greeted by a message that makes me smile and turn off my phone….
Another “place apart from others” is Big Sur. Only miles south of Carmel, yet light years from the normal day to day doings. Nature has a way of saying, “no wifi here, enjoy!”
Runners in the Big Sur International Marathon are ready to run this Sunday! Start time begins 6:45 AM at the Big Sur Station and finishes at Rio Road at Highway One. There will be 13 aid stations along the course stocked with Gatorade and water, and fruit will be offered at all stations starting at mile 10.4. In addition to the Marathon, there will be five other races during the day- perfect for all athletic types.
A tradition for 29 years, the first Big Sur Marathon had 1,800 runners. Popularity and numbers running have exploded, with this year’s Marathon now sold out.
The Heinrich Team wishes all runners the best of luck!
Here’s a video Carole & I took of the Marathon course:
The Community Park is the heart of the Carmel Valley Village. This is where we live and play, from walks with our dog Puddin, to the fun and celebrations at Fiesta Time. When you visit the Village, stop and enjoy the open spaces and wonderful views.