Aerial of Seaside Highlands, photo by Phillip Nicholson, copyright 2008
Seaside Highlands: a beautiful community of homes surrounding a landscaped green-belt of lawns, walking paths, bay views, and great neighborhoods in an incredible location on the beautiful Central Coast of California. Seaside Highlands is a planned urban development of 380 homes perched on the hills of Monterey Bay. It is surrounded by the cypress groves of the Bayonet-Blackhorse Golf Courses with a south-western view of the Del Monte Forest along the scenic skyline between Monterey and Pebble Beach, and the distant Santa Lucia range to the east, and Santa Cruz mountains to the west.
The sand dunes above the surf attract hang-gliders, kite enthusiasts and photographers. Colorful sunsets and the twinkling lights of Monterey and Pacific Grove sparkle across the waters of the old Monterey harbor at night. By day, fishermen, scuba divers, resident sea otters, and whale-watchers discover riches of the sea.
Its central location allows Seaside Highlands residents easy access to the entire Monterey Peninsula, which is a popular tourist destination.
North of Seaside is California State University Monterey Bay, founded in the 1990’s on former Fort Ord lands, where hiking and biking trails abound. Following Hwy 1 north around the bay is Moss Landing, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz at the northern most point of the bay.
East off Hwy 68 are the world -famous Laguna Seca Raceway, the fertile farmlands of Salinas, and the rolling oak-studded hills of Steinbeck’s ‘Pastures of Heaven’. Over Laureles Grade are the many wineries and tasting rooms of sunny Carmel Valley Village.
Southward, Hwy.1 enters Monterey, California’s first Capital and home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Jazz Festival and Monterey Blues Festival. The village of Carmel-by-the-Sea offers distinctive dining, shopping, art galleries and beaches. And a short drive down the scenic Coast Highway is Big Sur, with its Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park campgrounds and redwood canyons opening onto to beaches and the unparalleled vistas of the vast Pacific Ocean.
Seaside Highlands is 2 ½ hours south of San Francisco, and just an hour to Silicon Valley in San Jose. Southern California destinations of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles are within a day’s drive.
A Short History of Seaside includes its founding by Dr. L.D. Roberts from New York, who moved to the Peninsula in 1887. The area at that time was known as 'East Monterey'. Roberts bought his uncle’s ranch and subdivided 150 acres into lots selling for $25 each! Dr. Roberts renamed the area Seaside in 1890, and it was incorporated in 1954.
Seaside was once home to the U.S. Army Base at Fort Ord. In 1993, the soldiers and their dependents were relocated, and the community began replacing the military with the educational sector. California State University at Monterey Bay (C.S.U.M.B.) was founded in the 1990’s on former Fort Ord lands.
Today Seaside is linked to the other towns of the picturesque Monterey Peninsula by a bike and walking trail along its shoreline. Any where you look, nature invites your participation in celebrating the abundant beauty of the Central California coast. So, welcome to Seaside Highlands…more than a place to live.