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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
NRT

Five Great Reasons to Purchase a Carmel Home

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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!

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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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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PBS, BBC, Monterey Bay Aquarium present Big Blue Live

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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

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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 www.pointpinoslighthouse.org, 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 news@maita-pr.com Carmel REALTORS®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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 team@theheinrichteam.com.

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 www.CaliforniaMoves.com 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 news@maita-pr.com Carmel REALTORS®

Historic Monterey Home: Larkin House

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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. BringFido.com and NatureDogs.com 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! CarmelCalifornia.org 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.

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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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The Advantages of Monterey Peninsula Condos

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Take a look at the Monterey Peninsula Condos for sale and you’ll see the condo advantages. If you’re looking for the perfect home, think condominiums. All the best of home ownership, with fewer expenses, chores, and worries!

The Monterey Peninsula Condos for sale right now offer a choice of canyon, mountain, or ocean views, the same views offered by the finest homes on the Peninsula. As close or even closer to the same dining, shopping, entertainment, golf, and outdoor recreation opportunities as those single family residences, too! Several condo communities in the area are favored for their walkability. All the amenities you’re looking for can be found in a condo community, too: Pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, world-class golfing, marina access, and more.

The real difference is what we call the Monterey Peninsula Condos Advantages:

  • Never manage lawn services, landscaping services, pool care schedules and vendors again!
  • Exterior maintenance is done by skilled professionals, worry-free.
  • Repairs and maintenance of external amenities are shared by the HOA.
  • There is a condo for every price range, whether you are looking for the perfect year-round home, or a vacation or weekend home for Monterey Peninsula getaways.
  • A sense of security and peace of mind with nearby neighbors and professional staff aware of the activity in the neighborhood, means fewer worries about break-ins.
  • HOA rules and standards keep the community looking great and protect the value of your condo.

Monterey Peninsula Condos for sale include single story, townhomes, garden homes, and duplexes with a wide array of interior amenities, such as fireplaces, spa tubs, a choice of views, skylights and more. Gorgeous condo communities offer a wide range of common features, such as pools, tennis courts, marina access, hiking and biking trail access, and so much more.

Take a little time to explore all the Monterey Peninsula condo advantages; you’ll be so glad you did!

Happy Easter!

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Wishing your entire family a happy Easter from The Heinrich Team.

7 Fabulous Features of Carmel Homes for Sale

Looking for the perfect home? Consider our 7 Fabulous Features of Carmel Homes for Sale, each home is unique and special, but they all have features in common…there is so much to love about Carmel and so much to love about making your new home there. So take a look at the features our listings share, and then take a closer look at all our featured Carmel and Carmel-by-the-Sea homes for sale…you’ll be so glad you did!

The 7 fabulous features of Carmel Homes:

  1. Location, location, location!

    Carmel is consistently rated one of California’s Top Ten destinations. From the beautiful natural features of the area, to the charming European village downtown, there’s everything to love about Carmel!

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  3. The commute!

    We know, it’s an unusual claim in California, but the commute is one of the best in the nation. Nationwide, your average commute is 25 minutes or more, but in Carmel, it’s a mere 15 minutes! Let’s not even compare our commutes to Los Angeles…

  4. Your Best Friend is welcome!

    Carmel is known for our love of canine companions. From restaurants and pubs, to hotels and shops, our city welcomes your furry friends with open arms. There’s no better place to live with your pup than right here in Carmel.

  5. Small Town Living.

    Carmel has chosen to keep our friendly village atmosphere, and we honor our roots. Our village post office still serves all our residents without house-to-house delivery, our street names are quaint, and our homes have names and character all their own!

  6. Water.

    Whether you love the ocean, rivers, pools, or hot tubs, Carmel homes have a deep connection with water, both the natural coastline and the exquisitely designed water features in our homes for sale.

  7. Architecture.

    Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Sumner Greene, Hugh Gutterson, Henry Hill, and other famous architects have been tempted into creating beautiful homes here. Carmel is known for the eclectic style of its homes, with English Cottages sitting side-by-side with Craftsman homes and modern glass and stone marvels. A stroll through our winding streets is always inspiring!

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  9. The stroll.

    Carmel is a village, and we value a leisurely stroll. A visit to the town post office can lead you to a favorite coffee shop where your canine companion can also receive a drink. Then stroll down to the beach and enjoy the sun and sand. Stroll back through the village for a lunch with friends. Everything you need here is within easy walking distance.

  10. Now that you know more about the area, take a look at our featured listings to find the best combination of fabulous features and truly unique designs. We have the most beautiful Carmel homes for sale, so take advantage of the 7 fabulous features they all have in common to find your dream home right here!

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2015

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Everyone’s talking about the eighth annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine, coming up on April 9-12. It’s being billed as the best yet, with 75 chefs and 250 wineries representing some of the greatest pleasures an epicurean or oenophile could desire. Indulgent, enlightening, and even whimsical at times, this is a must-attend Monterey Peninsula production.

From fabulous themed tastings to cooking demos, the world-class chefs offer a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never forget. Expert Sommeliers present reserve tastings, wine seminars, and pairing events. Want whimsy? Try the bacon and bourbon event or the comfort food indulgence. All events are exquisitely planned and designed to suit refined palates and adventure-seeking fans of both food and wine.

While you can enjoy individual events by purchasing separate tickets, there are certainly savings and special incentives to be found when purchasing a package. Individual events range in price from $100-500, and the golf tournament is $1,000. All three packages offer extra VIP amenities and certain events that are only available with the purchase of a package. All packages offer daytime events, VIP access to the Lexus Grand Tasting and a choice of luncheon options. Magnum level offers many daytime events and discounts on Jeroboam and Imperial level seminars, and is perfect for those who want to attend at least four events, a great value at $995 per person. The Jeroboam package offers access to the day and night events plus a greater choice of luncheon options, a choice of four dinner options and a choice of four reserve tasting options for $2,000. The Imperial level package includes Lexus chauffeured transportation between events, VIP seating at all demos and seminars, access to After Hours Parties with Chefs/Winemakers/VIPs each night, access to the VIP lounge in the Lexus Grand Tasting, and a greater choice of luncheons, dinners, and reserve tastings, all for $4,750.

Indulge yourself in the greatest food and wine adventure of the year! For more information visit the official site at www.pbfw.com.

Coldwell Banker Unveils Homes for Dogs Campaign

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“Dogs. Making happy homes even happier.”

Of course, you would know this already; so many of our neighbors are dog lovers! We love our pets. They’re family. Our homes are their homes. And all pets deserve a good home, with a loving family. Did you see Coldwell Banker’s ad campaign on Oscar night? Their Homes for Dogs Program has taken off. You can help.

Being in the business of finding homes for people for over 100 years, Coldwell Banker understands your special needs. Now, in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com, we’re extending our help to ‘man’s best friend’! This synergistic relationship with Adopt-a-Pet works: they are North America’s largest not-for-profit pet adoption website. Together this year, we intend to assist up to 20,000 of our furry but homeless friends in finding their perfect family. Is there anything more heart-warming than arriving home, opening your door, and greeting your special animal friend? In case you missed it, here’s the commercial that was run on Oscar night:

It’s heart-breaking to know that dogs – along with other animals – often find themselves abandoned or otherwise in need of serious TLC. On Coldwell’s Adopt-a-Pet page, you’ll be made aware of three key ways to help dogs in our Homes for Dogs Program:

  1. Volunteering. Adopt-a-Pet makes it easy for you to find a way to volunteer.
  2. Social PETworking. We know many of our friends enjoy some degree of social networking. To Twitter a Critter, or use Facebook to get the message out, couldn’t be easier. Search for a dog, cat, or other pet on Adopt-a-Pet’s website. Choose the animal friend you want to help. This gives you their vitals. Click on a social media button to get things started. Please use the #homerocks hashtag in any post you create.
  3. Welcome homepage. Do you have a personal or business Web page? Adopt-a-Pet has a variety of ‘pet search widgets’ you can easily add to your site.

Helping a homeless pet already has our help, hopefully your help, and a lot of traction and press. In a recent Mashable article, Rob Siltanen of Siltanen & Partners, Coldwell Bander’s ad agency, was interviewed about the Home’s Best Friend commercial that launched this year’s Academy Awards. While it may seem that this is the “year of the dog in advertising”, we who love dogs might say every year – every day – is the right time for our beloved pets. In the interview, Siltanen said the true value of one’s home “extends far beyond dollars and cents and square feet.” And as stated earlier, what better way to bring the message home about pets than to show so many coming home scenes where our animal friends eagerly greet us at the door?

For more information about how to help others ‘extend’ their loving homes, please visit Coldwell’s Home’s Best Friend website, Adopt-a-Pet’s website, or catch the Brand Channel interview of Coldwell Banker’s CMO, Sean Blankenship.

Here are some of our favorite videos about the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs program:

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Ocean View Home: Coastal Inspiration Decor

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Coastal inspiration is a perfect design style for an ocean view home. Coastal inspiration uses the colors outside your windows, the whites and creams of sand, the golden sun and tan shadows, the sun-baked olives of sea grasses, and the infinite blues and greens of the sea in your color palette. It also embraces the casual, easy feel of beach living, with approachable comfort and natural elements like wood, stone, and glass in both the architecture and the interior design.

Gone are the days of kitsch and clutter with shell-encrusted lamps and tide-pool wallpaper. Modern coastal inspiration is clean and elegant, mirroring the spare and sweeping designs of nature at her most elemental and majestic. A touch of whimsy can be found in some designs, but the overall focus is where the sea meets the land and sky.

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Trip Haenisch offers a wonderful example of strong coastal inspiration in this Malibu living room, with white sands, golden sunshine and shadow, ocean blues and greens coming together in a fresh, breezy look that makes you want to dive right in. The ocean blue-green that is carried throughout the house isn’t a single note, though. It varies like your own Monterey Peninsula views, sometimes stormy and deep in a whimsical bath, sometimes pale sea-foam in the glass tile of a kitchen backsplash.

Want a bolder pop of color in your sand and sea? Try a nautical touch, but you don’t have be literal and use signal flag accent pillows or sailing prints. Take a look at the accents in a Joan Behnke coastal home with pops of color taken from nautical signal flags in vivid reds, golds, and black, which hint at nautical without being obvious. Behnke also has a great example of natural elements in the powder room mirror framed in curvy polished driftwood

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You don’t have to stick to a single influence. Combine and build a richer design with Mediterranean or Asian. These other elements can add rich texture and form, such as the estate designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, which has distinct Asian notes. The colors echo the coastal view with rocky hills and gorgeous oceanfront, but the shapes and textiles have an oriental flair that hints of Morocco or Malaysia. Malibu and Martha’s Vineyard aren’t the only coastlines in the world!

We love the beautiful and welcoming coastal inspiration seen in modern design trends. It’s clean, classic, and easily enriched with other inspirations to create a design that fits your taste and lifestyle while honoring the beauty of nature right outside our ocean view homes.

7 Fabulous Features of Big Sur Homes for Sale

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Looking for the perfect home? Consider our Big Sur homes for sale, each home is unique and special, but they all have 7 great features in common…there is so much to love about Big Sur and so much to love about making your new home there. So take a look at the features our listings share, and then take a closer look at all our featured Big Sur homes for sale…you’ll be so glad you did!

The 7 fabulous features of Big Sur Homes:

1. Location, location, location! Big Sur is the best of California living, where the forest meets the hills, and the hills meet the sea. You can have nature at your door, while still staying close to world-class dining, shopping, and golf.
2. The views! Whether you’re home looks out into the redwood forest, the rocky hills, or the Pacific Ocean, the views from Big Sur homes are unparalleled. Big Sur homes are designed to maximize the views and bring the outdoors into your living space.
3. Wide open spaces! Out here, everything feels bigger. It may be that this is where the sky meets the sea and the hills, or it may be our large land parcels and our spacious homes built for living large and entertaining…but you’ll love all this space, both inside and out.
4. Privacy. Big Sur homes are a far cry from city living. Here, you have enough land and enough home to truly relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Many of our homes have the additional privacy of being located in gated communities.
5. Water. Whether you love the ocean, rivers, pools, or hot tubs, Big Sur homes have a deep connection with water, both the natural features and exquisitely designed features.
6. Nature! From whale and dolphin watching, to rare birds in the redwoods, nature is all around you in Big Sur. We live right alongside nature’s kingdom, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness from the comfort of our own homes.
7. Natural elements. Big Sur homes are designed in harmony with their natural surroundings. Wood, glass, and stone are combined to create homes that belong shoulder-to-shoulder with Manzanita, Redwoods, the rocky coastline, and the ever-changing sea.

Now that you know more about the area, take a look at our featured listings to find the best combination of fabulous features and truly unique designs. We have the most beautiful Big Sur homes for sale, so take advantage of the 7 fabulous features they all have in common to find your dream home right here!

Dog Friendly Hotels in Carmel

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Are you looking for the best dog friendly hotels in Carmel? Carmel is crazy about dogs, so it wasn’t hard to find places to stay that welcome furry family members. We found the most accommodating places to stay in the area and a list of places that are happy to host you and your dog. Some list size restrictions, many charge an additional fee, but all are pleased to welcome your pup.

While there is a substantial list in the Monterey Peninsula area, some lodging stands out as being an extra special place to stay with your best friend:

  1. Svendsgaard’s Inn welcomes a limit of two pets to each limited pet friendly guest room for $25 per pet, per night. Aggressive breeds are not allowed, and all pets must be well-groomed and vaccinated. The Inn provides a pet bed, blanket, food and water dishes for each pet, and they have crates and leashes you may borrow at no cost. Pet treats are available throughout the day. While pets may not stay unaccompanied in the rooms, pet sitting services can be arranged through the front desk. A lovely courtyard and pet pick-up station are available for your dog’s use. Ask for a pet friendly room when you book your stay. (rooms from mid $100’s + pet fee)
  2. Carmel Garden Inn is a beautiful B&B which welcomes one or two pets of any size with a $25 per pet, per night fee. They offer a comfortable pet bed, sheet, water bowl and treats for each dog. Some of the rooms have enclosed private patios to enjoy with your dog. Ask for a pet friendly room when you book your stay. (rooms from mid-high $100’s + pet fee)
  3. Cypress Inn, Co-owned by animal lover and advocate Doris Day, welcomes up to three dogs for fees of $30-75 per day depending on the number of dogs, and your pup is welcome throughout the Inn, including the restaurant and lounge. Offering pet bowls and blankets for every furry guest, the inn asks that pets not be left unattended in the room and offers pet-sitting information for when your canine companion has to stay behind. (rooms from $200’s + pet fee)
  4. Carmel Valley Ranch puts no limit on the size or number of pets, and for $150 per pet includes a pet bed, water bowl, and an amenity for each pet, and all their rooms are pet friendly. Well behaved dogs may stay unaccompanied in the room, but are also welcome to enjoy the nature trails, outdoor restaurant, and evening campfires with you. (rooms from mid-high $300’s + pet fee)
  5. Many chain hotels also welcome dogs for a fee in addition to the room charge.  Try Best Western, Travelodge, and Hyatt Regency located in nearby Monterey to name a few.

We know you’re looking for places to stay that meet your needs and don’t just tolerate, but genuinely welcome and enjoy your canine companion. You’ll be pleased with any of our favorites, and be sure to check bringfido.com for accommodations here and further abroad: The site is regularly updated by users to ensure the most recent pet policies for all the lodging on their lists. If you know of other local hotels or Inns to add to our list, leave us a comment.

We hope you and your pets enjoy your visit to our lovely town and find a home away from home at the wonderful dog friendly hotels and inns in Carmel. Happy Travels!

5 Home Design Trends for Inspiration

Take a look at 15 of the hottest home design trends for 2015 on lushome.com. The current trends we see in architecture and interior design are variations on 5 home design themes. Use these 5 trendy design themes for inspiration to create the house and grounds that are a perfect fit for your lifestyle and family.

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1) Dedicated space:

From underground garages and wine cellars, to basketball courts and home theaters, spaces designed to fit your passions are a hot trend. Your home is your castle and should fulfill your deepest desires. Don’t stop with just the basics, add custom lighting, luxurious finishes, and all the fine details for a space both functional and fabulous. Make the trend your own, don’t limit your creativity. If you’re a connoisseur of fine vodkas instead of wines, a custom walk-in freezer can be designed to outshine the coolest ice bar. Is fashion your passion? Don’t settle for a basic walk-in closet, add mechanized racks for shoes or suits, up-to-the-moment lighting, and a safe for your cherished accessories. Your creativity, coupled with fine craftsmanship, can create the perfect space for your treasured items and pastimes.

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2) Glass:

It’s giving new light and life to your dream home. The breathtaking views in our area demand glass walls. Don’t let any architectural element obscure the views that made you fall in love with your home. Glass walls, glass balcony and deck railings, and other exterior glass elements can bring the beauty of nature right into your home. Want to expand that spacious feel without building an atrium that eats up valuable floor space? Consider the gorgeous trend of glass floors and ceilings, opening up space and flooding your home with light without losing a single valuable room! Many featured homes showcase the combination of glass and water. Outdoor pools placed next to a glass wall bring the elements of air and water right up to the interior and welcome their best qualities inside. Consider playful and practical uses for windows. A loft bed for a child feels like a sailing ship with round windows to gaze through, and a flip of a switch can frost a gorgeous glass wall in a bedroom or bath to preserve privacy when desired. Modern royalty are using glass for more than just slippers today!

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3) Outdoor and added living spaces:

Your property can expand your living space exponentially! Creative designs and uses for outdoor rooms and independent structures add both functionality and fabulous design elements to your home. Infinity or lap pools drenched in sun or lighting the night, elaborate decks and outdoor kitchens for entertaining, welcoming tree houses and guest cottages; you can make your home feel as expansive as your hospitality. Imagination is the only limit to the additions of comfort and extravagance these features can bring to your home and property.

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4) Family fantasies:

Add space and features for yourself and your adult interests, but don’t forget kid-centric spaces, too. Consider a slide on the stairs to the children’s wing, hidden indoor hideaways or passages between rooms, and fantasy built-ins to bedrooms and play areas. These family fantasy elements add to your family’s comfort. Your whole home doesn’t have to be kid friendly, but don’t forget that pirate ship beds, princess tower reading nooks, and outdoor play spaces can assure that you’re not just creating your own dream home, but your children’s dream home too!

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5) Invite Mother Nature in:

When imagining, creating, and installing your new architectural and design features; look to nature for inspiration. Natural materials continue to be the most modern and attractive choices available today. Rich woods, rugged stone, gleaming metals, and gorgeous glass are in demand as design materials. Sustainability is always on trend, too, when it comes to sourcing and installation. Expand on the natural theme and bring it indoors by adding water features or an indoor garden, and by showcasing striking views or landscape features and using glass to make them feel a part of your home.

Use these themes and this article as a spark for your imagination and invest in the value of your home, to pay dividends of comfort, luxury, and enjoyment in every square foot of your own personal castle and grounds. With these 5 trendy home design themes for inspiration, leverage creativity and craftsmanship into the perfect home for your lifestyle and family.