Welcome to Pacific Grove
Stunning Victorian homes in an artistic coastal community.
Hugging the spectacular Monterey Bay coastline lies the historic city of Pacific Grove. Home to quaint Victorian inns, a storybook lighthouse, and magnificent beaches and outdoor green spaces, Pacific Grove is the perfect little beachfront city in which to purchase a permanent or seasonal residence. The romantic landscape, picturesque seashore, and fairytale atmosphere of Pacific Grove have long drawn creatives to its quiet streets, from the acclaimed novelist Robert Louis Stevenson to the Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. The city has also been one of the filming locations for the 1989 film Turner & Hooch, as well as the Big Little Lies television series.
Originally founded in 1875, Pacific Grove has maintained much of its historic character and roots as a popular destination for artists wishing to paint and sketch outdoors. Today, the community has flourished while still maintaining strong ties to its history and traditions. Dominated by Victorian-style properties, the local real estate market can be highly competitive, especially as you approach the coastline.
The tranquil residential ambiance, laid-back lifestyle, and exclusive feel enjoyed by all Pacific Grove residents is one of the city’s most significant attractions. And, with Monterey just a short drive away, locals have access to all of the region’s best amenities and attractions while maintaining some sense of rural seclusion.
What to Love
- Idyllic shoreline and beaches
- Immaculately kept historic homes and buildings
- Many outdoor attractions and green spaces
- Numerous chic bars and restaurants
Pacific Grove’s lifestyle is typically laid-back and relaxed, with most residents choosing to live in the city for its quiet residential atmosphere, beautiful landscape, and secluded feel. Locals take great pride in their city and go to equally great lengths to preserve its beauty and charm, which has resulted in the development of an incredibly tight-knit community with a common goal of ensuring Pacific Grove remains a premier residential destination for years to come.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Despite its small-town reputation and quiet streets, Pacific Grove has many lovely restaurants and cafes to offer residents, including Passionfish, a local favorite serving California-inspired seafood and rare wines in an intimate, welcoming setting. Another one of Pacific Grove’s best eateries is undoubtedly Fandango, a family-owned venue serving upscale Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by an exhaustive wine list in a delightfully converted cottage.
The city is also home to several quirky, unique retail stores like The Quill, where visitors can pick up greeting cards, specialized stationery, gifts, and intriguing books to enjoy on the beach or in one of the many parks. Newcomers will enjoy a visit to Mum’s Place, an upscale furniture store offering items from over 80 different designers and brands.
Things to Do
Pacific Grove’s attractions and events are all as charming as the city itself. Resembling a private cove along Italy's Amalfi coast, the picturesque Lover’s Point Park enjoys sparkling blue water, soft sandy beaches, and the option to rent kayaks or bicycles on which to explore the coastline. Another popular destination among new and old residents alike is the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, which plays host to thousands of butterflies between October and March.
Oozing immense civic pride, one of Pacific Grove’s biggest annual events is the Good Old Days Festival, where the community celebrates being known as “America’s Last Hometown” by hosting a parade, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food stalls, and a classic car show. And, for those who prefer to spend their days lazing in the sun and listening to the lap of waves against the shore, Asilomar State Beach is not to be missed. With over a mile of sandy beaches and secluded coves, the park is a lovely destination to take in Pacific Grove’s beauty no matter the time of year.
As one of the biggest cities along this part of the Californian coast, Pacific Grove offers residents access to numerous highly-regarded educational institutions. The most prominent include:
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