Monterey Peninsula Update

Monterey County: The Ideal Place to Find a New You in the New Year
(from Chatterbox PR/Monterey, CA)
MONTEREY, CA. (Jan. 16, 2019) — Monterey County embodies the perfect backdrop to uncover a new, relaxed and inspired you in 2019. The natural beauty of California’s Central Coast  redwood forests, verdant valleys and sweeping, towering cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean will erase stress and inspires a new state of being.
“With plentiful offerings that will rejuvenate mind, body and soul, Monterey County is the ultimate destination for travelers to disconnect and focus on themselves in the New Year,” says Rob O’Keefe, Chief Marketing Officer for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From spas and meditation studios to hiking trails and literary sites, travelers will surely be relaxed and revitalized after a trip to Monterey County.”
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Below are some ideas for the perfect new you escape to Monterey County:
The newest luxury resort in Marina, The Spa at Sanctuary Beach Resort leaves guests feeling refreshed and inspired with their range of custom treatments focusing on body care and total wellness. For ultimate pampering time, guests can indulge in the unique Salt Wood Spa RX treatment, a sea salt exfoliation using seasonally inspired salt blends to aid the body in releasing toxins while unveiling a healthy glow. For head to toe relaxation, The Spa at Sanctuary Beach Resort offers the Pacific Ocean Body Treatment – a basalt stone face massage, mineral rich seaweed body mask and a full body massage.
To further cultivate and elevate well-being, consciousness and kindness, visit Monterey Bay Meditation Studio for a variety of movement, nature and relational meditation sessions, retreats and courses. Sessions are held on the beach, in the forest, by the river, and in meadows throughout Monterey County, as well as in their ocean-view studio in Pacific Grove. In 2019, the studio will be offering a Conscious Living Series, which includes several courses focusing on different aspects of incorporating mindfulness into daily life.
Among the rolling hills and sun-dappled vineyards of Carmel Valley, the Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers a variety of unique experiences for rejuvenation, inspiration and indulgence. With seasonal body treatments focusing on the solstices and equinoxes, the experiences integrate celestial reminders to take time for ourselves; reflect on the past, renew for the future and optimize balance.
Find inner peace at Refuge in Carmel – America’s first co-ed outdoor relaxation spa. This sanctuary is a wellness paradise offering the ultimate in relaxation through a three-step thermal cycle featuring a cedar sauna with Himalayan salt walls, eucalyptus infused steam rooms, cold plunges, and warm pools with thermal waterfalls. Repeated use of Refuge’s thermal cycle soothes aches and pains, speeds up metabolism, and enhances muscle recuperation– the perfect recipe for a new you.
More than 50 years ago, the Esalen Institute was founded as a retreat and educational center focused on creating a space where people could explore holistic approaches to wellness and personal transformation. Esalen attracts a worldwide network of teachers and seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change. Located in Big Sur, visitors can enjoy a plethora of experiences from moonlit baths in natural hot springs to unique forms of massage that focus on energy exchange and psychological well-being.
To expand the mind in the New Year, don’t miss out on some of Monterey’s most notable literary sites including the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas, Robinson Jeffers’ Tor House in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Henry Miller Library in majestic Big Sur.
Visitors looking to reconnect with nature will discover the exquisite beauty of Monterey County’s great outdoors. Take a stroll or bike ride along the 18-mile scenic stretch of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail from Castroville (also known as the “Artichoke Capital of the World”) in the North, to Pacific Grove in the South. Picnic on the white sands of Carmel Beach, hike through Fort Ord National Monument or explore Pebble Beach’s gentle tide pools.
Learn how to unplug and discover mindfulness in beautiful Monterey County by uncovering incredible, life changing, and enriching experiences. Additionally, Monterey minimize negative impacts to the environment, and preserve the cultural and natural resources of the destination. Visit responsibly and preserve the wonder of Monterey County on the beautiful California Central Coast in the New Year, and for years to come.
The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) is a 501c6 non-profit destination marketing organization that drives tourism for Monterey County as a premier destination to leisure and business travelers. Tourism is the largest industry on the Monterey Peninsula and the second largest in the County. MCCVB is a partnership of the hospitality community and local governments that drives business growth throughcompelling marketing and targeted sales initiatives that maximize the benefits of tourism to our guests, members and the community. Travel spending in Monterey County was $2.85 billion in 2017, representing a 3.5 percent increase from 2016. Visitor spending supported 24,990 jobs, contributed $255 million in total taxes and generated $127 million local tax dollars that directly benefited the community.
 County has become one of the country’s leaders in sustainable travel while offering unforgettable moments. Visitors are asked to practice responsible travel that will help


What Does a Real Estate Agent Do?

What Does a Real Estate Agent Do?

A real estate agent handles numerous tasks large and small, most which happen behind the scenes and often go unnoticed. Yet each one can have an impact (sometimes a significant one) on the property’s odds of selling, and the sales price—or in the case of a buyer, their odds of getting the property they want at the very best price. Heres a bird’s eye view of a busy real estate agent’s daily tasks.

Before the Listing

First, she must research the property to gather data and to determine the target market for selling the home, including info about the area, the schools and shopping, and possibly, conduct an initial exterior review of the home and neighborhood.

Meeting with Seller

The agent then meets the seller and discusses the property’s value while explaining the service she will provide in the form of a marketing and sales plan. This plan will address positioning the property in the best possible light to appeal to the current cache of potential buyers. After discussing a detailed plan and strategy, the agent will explain and sign the listing agreement with the seller.

Preparing and Listing the Property

From here the real work of selling your home starts happens. After researching and gathering paperwork and documentation related to the property, preparing a listing description of the home, the agent may suggest that the seller schedule a pre-sale home inspection. This includes a home prep checklist for the seller to utilise while getting their home ready to market. The agent may then suggest a stager stager to assist the seller to add pizazz to their show home. The agent will then enter the listing in the MLS database, if applicable.

Once the Home is on the Market

The agent will ensure that it is exposed to all the great real estate web sites, including Zillow and Trulia. She will start networking and promoting the listing to her trusted base of longtime real estate contacts, make appointments for tours and showings, as well as, solicit, field and negotiate any offers.

Red Tape and Legal Details

Once a contract has been ratified and accepted, the agent must attend an monitor the buyers inspections, appraisals, loan approvals, and solidify all buyer contingencies while preparing for the closing. These critical details are sometimes overlooked by clients, but can have costly or deal-killing consequences if not watched carefully by the agent..

The Closing

In California, the closing usually occurs at a title and escrow company with the assistance of an escrow agent. Here is where all closing documents are signed, the transaction is completed and title is exchanged between the parties..

Mark Cristofalo and Company

This a great bohemian/european style design firm in Sand City.  Mark comes from a long line of Italian master builders and masons and he brings a unique perspective to the idea of home design. He specializes in re-imagining interior and exterior home environments for high-end clients in Pebble Beach, Carmel and the Bay area.


Palo Alto 2014 Price Analysis

Here is the 2014 Price Analysis for the greater Palo Alto area.  Included are the average list to sale prices for Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

2014 Sales Price Analysis

Palo Alto

Org. Price       List Price        Sold Price       Sold$/Org$    Sold$/List$     DOM

$2,640,247    $2,627,207    $2,847,823         105%             106%             18

Menlo Park

Org. Price       List Price        Sold Price       Sold$/Org$    Sold$/List$     DOM

$1,999,490    $1,993,400    $2,089,565         103%             103%             20


Org. Price       List Price        Sold Price       Sold$/Org$    Sold$/List$     DOM

$6,090,929    $5,921,895    $5,833,922        94%                96%                58


Org. Price       List Price        Sold Price       Sold$/Org$    Sold$/List$     DOM

$3,468,306    $3,334,009    $2,876,912        80%                83%                69


2014 Sales Price Analysis Palo