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					Carmel, California (also known as Carmel-by-the-sea) is a world-renowned city for
people with a passion for the arts. Nestled among the trees and white sands of
California's coast, the village is rich in cultural, artistic and architectural appeal. The
area was first settled by the Franciscan Fathers, who established Mission San Carlos
de Borromeo in 1770. A century later, a developer from nearby Monterrey began
selling lots and a township was established in the hills surrounding the mission. The
original investors wanted to make the area a Catholic retreat, but in 1903, developer
James Franklin Devendorf had other ideas.

Devendorf envisioned the town as a "Bohemia-by-the-sea" and made it his life's work
to establish a cultural haven for artists there. He co-founded the Carmel Development
Company and began marketing the area to painters, poets, musicians and writers,
which descended on the tiny village in droves. Cottages by famed architects began
popping up along the town's cobbled streets and became highly desirable among
locals.

The original price of the cottages was $100, which came with a parcel of land. Today,
one of the same cottages is valued at $8M. The original cottages do not have street
numbers, but bear the name of racehorses instead. In keeping with this idea, no house
in the village has a street number. Mail is addressed by geographical location and
locals pick it up at the post office.

Visitors continue to flock to Carmel today to experience its vast cultural offerings as
well as its scenic beauty. Cottages and quaint little shops line the paved streets. Many
are surprised by how few cars they see in the area. Most people choose to enjoy the
town on foot. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour that includes 100 art
galleries, restaurants and specialty shops as well as 60 hidden courtyards. Carmel
offers a wide range of shopping options, such as outdoor malls and family-owned
businesses.

Events are frequently hosted in one of the town's several cultural centers. The most
popular of these venues is the Sunset Center. Aside from holding a number of concerts,
theatrical performances and other events each month, the Sunset Center also offers art
classes, dance classes and other artistic training programs.

In keeping with Carmel's theme of Old World charm, lodging accommodations are
quaint and cozy. You won't find large hotels or chain properties -- instead, guests will
enjoy the home-like atmosphere of one of the town's many inns.

Carmel enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate year round, which allows visitors and
residents alike to enjoy the town's two beach areas most any time of the year. Winter
temperatures are, on average, 48-60 degrees, while average summer days range from
51- 70 degrees.
Today, the one-square-mile town is home to just over four thousand residents. The
city is careful to protect its ambiance, described as "a village in a forest overlooking a
white sand beach." For instance, new buildings must be constructed around existing
trees, and lots that have too few trees are required to plant more.

Thanks to the excellent year-round climate, the rich artistic and cultural roots, and the
small-town atmosphere, many people desire to make Carmel their permanent
residence. There are many lovely homes available at considerably lower prices than
have been seen in years. Whether you would like to just visit the town or make it your
home, it has a treasure trove of art, culture and history to offer.

				
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