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Luxury Homes for Sale in The Preserve, Carmel Valley, CA

The Preserve is a community in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range, dedicated to appreciating and respecting natural beauty.

In the 1800s, the land was parceled as a “rancho,” where cattle and horses roamed freely. Then, in 1939, business tycoon Arthur Oppenheimer transformed it into a working ranch. Today, The Preserve is a sanctuary of exclusivity spanning 20,000 acres, with 18,000 dedicated to protection in perpetuity through a conservation land trust. It features 297 homesites and sprawling estates, offering the privilege of living harmoniously with the environment and an intimate connection to the Central California landscape. With its commitment to preservation and providing an unparalleled living experience, the community invites you to discover a life of elegance and tranquility. 

PRIVATE RETREAT: Tucked behind a stone gatehouse on Rancho San Carlos Road, The Preserve, Carmel Valley, stands as a private retreat, ensuring exclusivity and security. Access is strictly limited to residents, their families, guests, and dedicated staff, guaranteeing a secluded and serene environment. Lots are meticulously mapped and strategically positioned, offering not only exceptional views of open meadows, grasslands, wooded hillsides, and oak savannas but also exceptional privacy. This translates into a lifestyle where you can truly escape, unwind, and connect with nature.

ARCHITECHTURAL MARVELS: While Carmel Point boasts the extraordinary Butterfly House renowned for its wing-shaped roof, The Preserve also showcases architecturally significant residences that celebrates the beauty of the natural landscape. The Caterpillar House, a masterpiece by Feldman Architecture and Brian Groza Construction, is a true work of art featuring innovative and sustainable design. The walls curve gently in response to the site’s contours and function as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a 270-degree view of Carmel Valley’s flora and fauna, and the wood materials bring a warm and inviting atmosphere.

PRESTIGIOUS CLUBS: At the heart of the sanctuary lies The Preserve Golf Club. The Tom-Fazio-designed course effortlessly integrates into the natural terrain and offers a world-class experience amid the breathtaking beauty of Carmel Valley. Another jewel is The Ranch Club centered on the beautifully preserved Spanish colonial-style Hacienda as its social hub. You will also enjoy the world-class Equestrian Center, a state-of-the-art Sports Center, glamping and water sports at Moore’s Lake, sporting courts, and a swim center. These top tier amenities promote an active and well-rounded lifestyle.

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Homes in The Preserve, Carmel Valley, CA

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  • Delight in wildlife encounters as over 90% of The Preserve, Carmel, California is dedicated to permanent protection, showcasing habitats like maritime chaparral, coastal scrub, oak woodlands, coast redwood forests, grasslands, oak savannas, riparian areas, and wetlands.
  • The Preserve, Carmel, real estate are mainly luxury custom homes from $4.7M to $7.3M, featuring expansive footprints between 3,800 and 7,100 square feet.
  • Build your dream estate on the vacant homesites measuring 2.25 acres to a sprawling 171 acres. They are priced from $325,000 to $7.4M. 
  • Resident services cater to convenience, encompassing house cleaning, laundry, dry cleaning, sewist services, pre-arrival grocery shopping, handyman assistance, pool cleaning, mail services, landscaping, lot maintenance, pest control, and optional transportation and vehicle maintenance.
  • The Preserve’s recreational offerings, activities, and experiences are accessible through club membership. It requires application approval and is not automatically included with real estate purchases, ensuring a curated and exclusive experience.
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The Preserve is between the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Access roads include Robinson Canyon Road and Chamisal Pass.

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Things to do Around The Preserve

The Preserve Clubhouse

Designed by Hart Howerton, this clubhouse offers intimate spaces for gatherings, including private lounges, a card room, a dining room and more.

Equestrian Facilities at the Santa Lucia Preserve

The facility features 12 paddocks, two riding arenas, and private boarding services for an exceptional equestrian experience.

Moore's Lake

Enjoy glamping in fully provisioned tents and partake in water sports for a luxurious outdoor escape.

The Nest Coffee House

An on-site café and ice creamery offering grab-and-go eats, hand-crafted coffees, smoothies, and artisanal home goods.


Schools near The Preserve

School NameGradesAdmission
Carmel River Elementary SchoolK - 5Public
Carmel Middle School6 - 8Public
Carmel High School9 - 12Public
All Saints Day SchoolK - 8Private
San Carlos SchoolK - 8Private
Stevenson SchoolK - 12Private