Golf with a View: Pebble Beach Homes

Pebble Beach Golf Links. Photo by Bart Keagy

7th Hole, Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo Credit: Bart Keagy)

Trade representatives from Monterey County, Calif., hosted a media dinner I attended recently, making an excellent case for the coastal area two hours or so south of San Francisco, plying us with agricultural products from the region.  It was a knockout meal, not surprisingly, as the area is home to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Salinas Valley (nicknamed the “Salad Bowl of the World”),  and numerous California-caliber restaurants and wineries.

Eating local here is as good as it gets.  (Full disclosure: the dinner included fabulous abalone, lamb, artisanal cheese, glorious produce, fine wine — and, yes, it was comped.)

Today’s post features one of the premier residential communities in Monterey County: Pebble Beach.  It’s a bucket list golf destination for many, with more than half-a-dozen golf courses, including  Pebble Beach Resort’s famed Spy Glass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Pebble Beach Golf Links,  rated the No.1 public course in the U.S. by Golf Digest Magazine,  and a frequent setting for the U.S. Open.

Much of Pebble Beach is gated, open to the public willing to pay the $10 toll to drive the renowned 17 mile scenic route that winds along its shoreline. Homeowners and resort visitors on this road enjoy some of the most spectacular oceanfront views in the country. Housing prices in the area reflect the stunning beauty.

Soak it up, viewing housing options in a range of prices:

3325 17 Mile Drive

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The sky’s the limit? It doesn’t get much more prestigious than an address on 17 Mile Drive, nor are you likely to find more spectacular floor-to-ceiling panoramic ocean and golf course views than in this 9,200-plus-square-foot, four-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath midcentury modern home listed by Jamal Noorzoy of Alain Pinel Realtors offered at $14.998 million.

Views like this extend throughout the house, and exterior lounge spaces in this dream estate designed by noted architect Germano Milono, AIA.

(I shall not covet my neighbor’s house.
I shall not covet my neighbor’s house.
I shall not covet my neighbor’s house.)

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1217 Padre Lane

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 Set on the western tip of the Monterey Peninsula, just off 17 Mile Drive and a five minute drive to The Lodge at Pebble Beach, is this beautiful 5,600-plus-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bath home with extensive patio gardens on 1.3 acres, and panoramic views from every room. It’s listed by Molly McGee of KW Coastal Estates for $4.295 million.
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Aerial view of 1217 Padre Lane

2868 Oak Knoll Road

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A contract’s pending, but it’s worth taking a look at this pretty 2,027-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath, ranch-style property on a 0.23 acre lot,  listed for $1.695 million by agent Marta Karpiel of Luxury European Estates for the sake of seeing what this price point will buy (and, there’s always the chance the deal won’t make).
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43 Shepherd’s Knoll

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And, it’s possible to get into this opulent area for under seven figures. For those who seek minimal space (and, perhaps, want to be on the greens all day anyway) with updating, this  contemporary two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,537-square-foot end unit condo with a fireplace may do quite nicely. Brokered by Peggy A. Lafferty of Lafferty Commercial Brokerage, it’s listed for $535,000.
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 Summary: Gorgeous scenery, proximity to world-class golf, with price points to match. But, oh, what a view!