I recently moved from San Mateo to Pacific Grove, California to fulfill one of my dreams. All the stress of packing, moving and relocating was worth it for the happiness I find in this little town. After living here for about a year after college, I fell in love with the scenery, creative energy and lifestyle; it was somewhere I always hoped I’d move back to.
I enjoyed working and raising my kids in the Bay Area, but my husband and I are excited to be finding some peace and quiet by the coast. Little things like walking my dog along the water in the afternoons after work and breathing the fresh ocean air are bringing me lots of happiness. I find the ocean air and the town to be very restorative and they nurture my creative juices.
A small town on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove, California is picturesque, quiet, friendly, artsy and beautiful. It’s certainly an adjustment from living in a busy city where there were lights and sounds at all hours. Here in Pacific Grove, we’re enjoying that there are so few interruptions at night, and in the evenings, the roads are still. It’s also very quirky; the house that had these amazing rock “sentries” also had a sign out alerting it was a “tsunami watch station.”
This ice plant was in full bloom as I walked past it and it painted in incredible lavender carpet across the seashore. Since we’re located in between Carmel and Monterey, I still get to enjoy all the fun tourist activities and feel the artistic vibe of the community. It’s a beautiful place to take a weekend vacation getaway and living here truly is a treat; there’s always an event or happening to attend.
We’re also close to nature here in Pacific Grove. My husband is a big fisherman and we love being so close to the water. After shopping for fresh local fish at the Farmer’s Market recently, we were greeted by a neighborhood doe munching on our greenery!
My husband and I love our new home; it’s everything we’ve been dreaming of and we’re looking forward to fixing it up in our style. Many of my clients and friends are in the Bay Area, so I’m glad Pacific Grove is close enough to travel to Silicon Valley’s busy cities at least once a week. I’m excited to be making the coastal town my home; if you’re ever in the area, stop by and visit!
Photos: 123RF and Jana Meewes Magginetti