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Summer, Both Buyer and Seller in Aptos, CA

Cantamar vs Sonoma in Carmel Valley

Asked by Summer, Aptos, CA Mon Oct 8, 2007

We always seem to lean towards the most tropical looking neighborhoods in close proximity to secondary school, high school, and shopping. The Cantamar and Sonoma neighborhoods seem to interest us. (The smaller the house and the larger the lot, the better...In looking at the Sonoma neighborhood, the houses seem to have a higher price per square footage. Has that always been the case and is the quality of the neighborhood the main reason? How would you compare the two neighborhoods? Thanks.

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Mike Lewis eHomeConnect Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 26, 2007

Excellent Question!

You can’t go wrong with either community. I live one community over from Cantamar and have many friends that live in both areas. My kids go to school here too. They both were built by the same builder, Baldwin – and my wife worked for them in the 80’s and early 90’s when these were built. My wife and I live in Carmel Valley and know the area inside and out. We took our time to choose our neighborhood very carefully and the size of the landscaping “trees and shrubs” was real important to us too. I have seen about all the homes in Carmel Valley and can be your guide to finding the right home.

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Mike Lewis eHomeConnect Agent
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 26, 2007
Hi Pam,
I have clients looking exactly the areas you are talking about so I've physically seen over 30 homes in Carmel Valley 3-4br 2.5+ba homes between $750K - 1.1M. in the past month! The main difference is Cantamar houses were built earlier than the Sonoma houses. 80's vs. early-mid 90's. As such, the Cantamar houses have all the features of a typical 80's style homes and many are begining to look sort of run-down. Some of the higher priced Sonoma homes have pools while I haven't seen that at all in Cantamar.

In terms of the neighborhood, again you can see the 80's vs. 90's feel but they are very close in proximity, just across one of the main streets.

In terms of schools, Ashley Falls ele. is really a great school, but so are all the other schools in the district. For middle and highschool info, click on the link below. There's only Carmel Valley M.S and Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest Academy. There are other really nice areas in Carmel Valley outside of these neighborhoods at both sides of the pricetag, high 800s to over $1M.

If you like big lots, there's an area closer to the beach in Solana beach district that have great lots, built in the late 80s but bigger than Cantamar and there's also a new neighborhood near Sycamore Ridge Ele. that were built after 2000 that are really nice. I can talk about this area ALL DAY LONG. Hope that answered your question. If you have more, let me know!
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