Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove became a haven for artists, attracted by the stunning natural beauty of the area.

Welcome to Pacific Grove

A tranquil coastal city with a small-town feel

The coastal city of Pacific Grove, located in Monterey County, California, is a scenic and quaint place to raise a family. Due to the area’s natural beauty, it’s been used as a filming location for various TV shows and films but maintains a charming hometown feel.

Founded in 1875, Pacific Grove quickly became known as a peaceful spot for Methodist retreats due to its fresh ocean air and abundant flora and fauna. Robert Louis Stevenson visited the area during this time and described it as “dreamlike”—a description that certainly remains true today. Similar to other Monterey cities, Pacific Grove became a haven for artists, attracted by the stunning natural beauty of the area.

​​​​​​​Many unique homes in Pacific Grove were designed and built in the Victorian style, adding to the city’s quaint and cozy feel. Some of these have become bed and breakfasts in recent years. The area is popular with San Francisco vacationers looking to escape the bustle of city life, so home prices are typically high.

What to Love

  • Artistic and laid-back community
  • Coastal natural beauty
  • Local conservation areas

People & Lifestyle

A coastal city with a cozy small-town feel, Pacific Grove is the perfect place for a tranquil and relaxing lifestyle. It’s hard not to feel at ease among the natural beauty, and the many local beaches, parks, and nature preserves offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy it!

Pacific Grove is a popular spot for vacation homes, typically for San Francisco residents. It has also attracted artists, including painters and musicians, for many years. Due to the excellent local school district, Pacific Grove is also an excellent place to raise a family with young children.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown Pacific Grove offers plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining, many located right along the water. There’s a focus on seafood due to the city’s proximity to the ocean and plenty of other delicious spots to dine with friends and family!

American Tin Cannery Outlet Shops is a low-key shopping mall located right near the water, offering trendy specialty boutiques and an art gallery along with standard outlet stores.

Residents love dining at Fandango Restaurant, an upscale Mediterranean eatery located in a beautifully-restored house, and La Mia Cucina, a small and cozy bistro serving homemade pasta and fantastic wine. There’s also First Awakenings, a casual breakfast café.

Things to Do

Pacific Grove offers plenty of events during the year, adding to the city’s close-knit community feel. The variety of festivals and get-togethers ensure lots of opportunities to meet your neighbors and expand your social circle.

The Good Old Days Festival is one of Pacific Grove’s most popular events, featuring parades, live entertainment, carnival rides, and more! The city also hosts the Feast of Lanterns Festival, a community tradition that has been around for over a century and includes a beautiful lantern pageant. Athletic residents can also participate in the Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Beautiful Lovers Point Park, located right on the water, is one of Pacific Grove’s most popular spots. Residents typically spend time picnicking or painting on its grounds, and it’s the perfect place to experience all the natural beauty that Pacific Grove has to offer.


Pacific Grove is zoned in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, home to many excellent schools, including two elementary schools (Forest Grove and Robert Down), one middle school, and Pacific Grove High School. Local private schools include:

  • Santa Catalina School, co-ed PK-8, girls 9-12, Roman Catholic
  • Robert Louis Stevenson School, PK-12, private boarding and day school

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