Blog Archives

Carmel-by-the-Sea named as one of 10 Beautiful Small Towns in America

Redfin offers blog articles on real estate topics including Buying and Selling a home, Home Improvement, Life & Style, Finance, and News & Data. Recently they’ve published an article that includes our neighbor, Carmel-by-the-Sea, as one of their recommended 10 Beautiful Small Towns in America Worth Moving To Today. They’re right, Carmel-by-the-Sea IS BEAUTIFUL!  If you’re taking a cue from Redfin and visiting Carmel’s picturesque coastal community, consider including a leisurely drive inland towards the sunshine, heading southeast on Carmel Valley Road. There’s plenty to see; Carmel Valley’s pastures, vineyards and mountains offer a perfect compliment to the white sand shores and towering pines of Carmel-by-the-Sea.


Posted in Valley History

The History of Carmel Valley’s Robles del Rio Subdivision

Carmel Valley Historical Society


Back in 1927 developer Frank Porter and two partners purchased 678-acres of Rancho Los Laureles, naming it Robles del Rio (“oaks by the river” in Spanish) Carmelo Subdivision. In 1932 Porter bought out his partners and built Robles del Rio Lodge that included 35 guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, pool, spa, tennis courts, theta , and horse stables. He also formed the Robles del Rio Carmelo Water Company to provide water to Robles residents. Porter sold the 10-acre lodge in 1939.

Many people who’ve heard of the exhibit are beginning to share their personal stories about the Lodge much to our delight. One of our members was on a remote island off the coast of Japan and ran into a couple who once they learned that Andy lived in Robles said, “Oh, we loved the Lodge and returned often!” 5,000 miles away and the three of them had connection! Still others recount their early years working in the Lodge restaurant or for wedding and anniversary parties. One person remembered making 50 cents/hour as a waiter.

Posted in Valley History