Nov. 2, 2023
Monterey County is known for is lush farm land in the Salinas Valley as well as the Monterey Bay with Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Del Rey Oaks, and Carmel-by-the-sea. However, few seem to venture down the freeway to explore Southern Monterey County. Southern Monterey County offers picturesque landscape and it's larger, more affordable land for sale. Portions of the Los Padres National Forest are public lands available for hiking and camping. Many property owners offer hunting and guide packages, for a fee. Take a drive down the scenic corridor of Jolon Road from King City, stop and visit the Mission San Antonio de Padua, pass Fort Hunter Liggett, through the San Antonio Valley and visit Lake San Antonio.
What to do in Southern Monterey County
Williams Hill is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and hunting (hunting permits are regulated by California Department of Fish and Wildlife). Lake San Antonio offers water sports, fishing, hiking as well as camping. If wine tasting is on the to do list there are a number of fabulous wineries throughout Monterey County including The River Road Wine Trail. Many communities throughout the county offer farmers markets offering fresh produce from the Salinas Valley- proclaimed the salad bowl of the world due to the large variety of fruits and vegetables grown in the area. You can be sure you are getting the freshest produce and supporting local farming families at the farmers market.
Many of the small communities have their own elementary schools. The community of Lockwood is home to the San Antonio Elementary School. San Ardo has San Ardo Elementary and the community of Bradley has Bradley Elementary. All of these schools are free, public schools.
Many areas in Southern Monterey County are centrally located with easy access to Paso Robles, Monterey, and San Francisco. Our team sells properties in the communities of Lockwood, Bradley, San Ardo and King City. All of these areas are located within a short drive (45-60 minutes) of Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo County) and Monterey. Bay Area Cities are an easy commute up Highway 101 with San Jose Airport about 2 hours away and the San Francisco International Airport is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes north. If you like to dabble in the snow sports, Shaver Lake is just over 3 hours away, however sometimes the hills around Monterey County get a light dusting of snow.
Properties available for purchase
Disclosure~ We are the listing agent for all of the properties detailed below. Although we pride ourselves on honestly, we do not verify information provided from other parties. Accuracy of all information will need to be verified by prospective buyers.
This property is a simply stunning 160 acre parcel located at the end of Lockwood Road within the community of Lockwood. Much of the land is nearly level to gently rolling and dotted with oaks. This is the rare opportunity to own a piece of land that has been predominantly untouched with some elevated building sites to build your dream home. The lands usability offers many uses, stunning estate property, vineyard, olives, equestrian estate, and more. There is no well installed, which means a new owner can work with a local well drilling company to place the well in an ideal location. The family has owned this property for generations and it is the first time it has been on the market. The property is priced at $750,000, which is less than $5,000 per acre.
Almost 900 acres featuring paved road frontage along Carmel Valley Road. The property is located between the City of Greenfield and the prestigious Carmel Valley Village. The the terrain is comprised of open rolling valley oak grassland, dense covered blue oak woodlands that include large pine trees and live oaks. Most of the landscape is rolling hills with views of the Arroyo Seco valley and two seasonal creeks running through the property. The ranch is mainly level next to Carmel Valley Road and runs to the west and increases in elevation. There is an abundance of water on the ranch. The lower part of the ranch is supplied by a domestic well with a 5000-gallon water tank and two troughs. The seasonal creeks usually have water year-round and the upper part of the ranch has 2 springs and several ponds. One spring is developed with a holding tank and water trough. The ranch will typically run 25 to 35 cow/calf pairs year-round. There is a wide variety and an abundance of wildlife on the ranch, which includes deer, wild pigs, quail, bobcats, coyotes, and wild turkeys. The property is adjacent to thousands of acres of BLM Land making it a magnificent recreational retreat. The facilities include an old redwood cabin that needs to be remodeled and a set of cattle corrals. Both are just off of Carmel Valley Road and have water and power to them. The ranch has a good border fence and is cross fenced separating the lower part of the ranch from the upper part. This ranch is a great place to get away from it all on this one of a kind property. This offering is another untouched slice of land and amazing opportunity to purchase a slice of Monterey County History. Priced at $5,500,000.
This 165+/- acre parcel is ready to become your dream estate. The land is nestled among the foothills above the beautiful San Antonio Valley. Choose from one of many build sites offering stunning views of the valley below. The varied terrain lends itself to many uses from horses and livestock to homesteading and gardening. An onsite well is already installed and currently set up for livestock. Whether you are looking for a recreational retreat or land to build your home, come tour this property, you will be glad you did. Price to sell at $495,000
Located on the San Antonio Valley floor nestled near the foothills; this vineyard is sited in a unique location to provide natural protection from frost. The 121+/- acre parcel has approximately 85 acre planted to award winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah. Historically contracted with Hahn Winery in Soledad, and more recently Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande, the fruit from this vineyard has produced 90-point wines and has a strong production history. There are approximately 20 acres that can be planted or used for a homesite. Price at $2,975,000.
Val du Soleil Vineyard in Lockwood is just 22 air miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, over the Santa Lucia Mountains. The land is nestled among the beautiful estates, flourishing pastures and stunning vineyards of the Southern Monterey County Wine Country. When meandering along the scenic Jolon Road corridor, keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife such as elk, deer, wild pigs, hawks and more. Val du Soleil Vineyard encompasses approximately 150 total acres of land, with roughly 40 acres planted in producing wine grapes. The remaining 100+/- acres is nearly level to gently rolling and is suitable for a wide variety of uses. Currently the land is used for cattle grazing but the vineyard could be expanded. The property is improved with a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom house with beautiful mountain views out every window. The property is bisected by Jolon Road, allowing convenient paved road frontage to both portions of the property. The seller has joined the Monterey County Wine Growers Association, this network of professionals provides access to a unique mix of local vitners who have dedicated their lives to delivering high quality wines throughout the west coast and united states. Check out our blog on this specific property here.
All of the properties above are zoned for agricultural uses, although the county could have restrictions. If you have a specific use in mind, please call Monterey County and chat with a planner about your ideas for a specific land use. The title for each property contains a link to download the marketing flyer for each property. Of course these are not the only properties available for purchase in the area. If these prospective properties are not a fit for you, please give us a call and we can chat about your ideas and goals. We have a database of properties and can send you properties listed by any real estate company.