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Monterey, California
Monterey, California | Realtor.com

Monterey, California

$1,358,000

This California-style ranch, sits on just over two acres in the Monterey hills.

It has "views that just don't quit," says Joy Jacobs, Realtor with The Jacobs Team at Keller Williams Realty in Monterey. "It's a beautiful piece of land."

And the house was built to make the most of it, with three decks and oversize windows which, with the flip of a lever, roll back to reveal screens.

The eat-in kitchen has three ovens, marble counters and a butler's pantry. The home has four fireplaces, including one in the master suite and another in the billiards room, which has a wet bar and wine fridge.

Built in 1991 and recently renovated, it has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,325 square feet, says Jacobs.

A little about Monterey

Once an old fishing village, Monterey is known for its historic wharf and cannery, as well as the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, says Jacobs.

The average home sale: $686,486, according to Realtor.com.

Monterey's stretch of ocean hosts whales and orcas, and it's not uncommon to look out and see a sea lion "lying on its back, cracking an abalone shell on its belly," she says.

The city is "a gem," says Jacobs.

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