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Seventeen Mile Drive, Carmel

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Nearly 8 million vehicles have visited Seventeen Mile Drive since 1990, to see what is known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. On this 17 mi (27 km) road, you will see a beach of pure white sand, a 2,150 hectare (5,300 acre) Del Monte Forest, three famous links golf courses, and much more. You'll have an opportunity to photograph one of the most photographed trees in North America--the Lone Cypress--which has withstood rains, winds, and fires for 250 years. Stop at the Spanish Bay, facing the Pacific Ocean, and have your own scenic picnic. Bear in mind, there is a fee to pay for the drive. Using our custom trip planner, Carmel attractions like Seventeen Mile Drive can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We stayed in Carmel for 2 nights so we decided to check it out. It was a beautiful sunny day and the view was awesome. We looped around so we drove it like almost 2 time. Well worth it and it is of co...  more »
  • This is a beautiful drive between Monterey and Carmel. The drive has lots of places to stop and take photos. A favorite thing to do is to stop for lunch at The Bench Restaurant at Pebble Beach.  more »
  • Beautiful coastline, with wild animals. Golf Resort on the coast. Swinging between nature and living houses by.
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  • The apartments are barely OK, and the area is nice, though everything is made very cheaply and noise is a real problem. Had plumbing problems due to faulty construction. We rented an apartment for 3 months only, and told them. But when we were leaving I was informed that they required 30 days notice despite our earlier stated plan to only rent for 3 months max, so we ended up having to pay another months rent at a highly inflated price, since it was only one month. When mentioned that it didn't seem fair, they just said we should have read the lease more carefully (and we should have). I paid to have the apartment professionally cleaned and had a few small things fixed, but were still charged $700 dollars; $200 plus our original $500 deposit. We still haven't heard from the furniture company, but I have a feeling we will be spending much more money. I will never rent from these sort of places again. I just rented a complete 3 bedroom house with garden near downtown Monterey for cheaper, so I can't say they are a good deal. Everything was legal, but the business is set up to invest the lowest amount into the apartments themselves (very cheap construction) but charge very high prices for renting. I'll be surprised if I see this review online.
  • A short walk to the beach, lovely grounds, a tip-top apartment and dog friendly. The 17 Mile Drive Village Apartments are a lovely place to call home. And many thanks to Erica and Francisco for all you did to help make our move here easier.
  • We have lived here three years. Our experience has been so nice that we sold our home in La Jolla and are planning on living here a while. The property is clean and well kept, the pool, jacuzzi, and workout facilities are well maintained. It is within four blocks of the beach and Asilomar State Park. A little further (1/2 a mile) down the beach and you're at Spanish Bay. I walk into town on Saturday (15 minutes) to take care of laundry, shopping, and banking. It is quiet and picturesque. Management on site is very nice and responsive.
  • A year ago after we sold our properties in Fresno/Clovis we decided to take the leap and move to the Peninsula. We made a few road trips over searching for a rental, but it was really difficult to satisfy our expectations – a property > 1000 sq. ft., reasonable cost per sq. ft. and the amenities we wanted, e.g., private and available parking, pool, spa, in-unit laundry, fitness room. The area is, of course, phenomenally beautiful, but we still wanted what we wanted. As we checked out a number of rentals, we found the 17 Mile Dr. Village Apartments and we met Erica. Although we started the process with her to secure an apt, we kept looking. And we also kept coming back to Erica, who was patient, accommodating and helpful as we worked through our decision to rent. We’ve lived here for a year next month and loved it. And, yes, we have private parking (and more for our visitors), plenty of room in our 2 bdrm/2 bath apt, a swimming pool and a spa, a fitness room, washer/dryer in our apartment and awesome support from Erica and Francisco. Whatever we’ve needed, they’ve provided and always professionally and truly accommodating to our requests. Friendly, funny, supportive, quick to help – it’s been great having Erica and Francisco to go to. We lovingly refer to our apartment as the “tree house” because we look out at the beautiful trees from our 2nd floor apartment. And we are just up the street from the Asilomar State Beach, Spanish Bay, the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and wonderful walking trails along Sunset Drive. We’re grateful every day for where we live.
  • In the last few months little things have come up, like the toilet not filling correctly and the kitchen facet squeeking. Things that are not urgent but irritating. When I mention these things casually when I see Francisco or Erica, within the day, things are resolved. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the way things are run here at 17 Mile Drive Village. If things don't work, they get fixed. Regular annual maintenance of the buildings is efficiently done. When an improvement is suggested, it is considered and often implemented, i.e., the benches in the green spaces. I think we have the best run complex on the Peninsula with the team of Erica and Francisco!!!