The rolling, grapevine-clad hills of Carmel Valley rival those of Napa and Sonoma to the north. The Carmel River drains the valley and, aside from providing the name, creates stunning landscapes for the sparse resident community to enjoy. Most residents either run the vineyards or work the tourism industry that arises from them, making the community both tight-knit and welcoming.
Properties in Carmel Valley tend to come by the acre. Since the surrounding mountains distance the valley from other Monterey County settlements, residents enjoy a higher level of privacy and relaxation. The largest population cluster in the entire area is Carmel Valley Village, which features the bare necessities for residents and many wine tasting rooms for the tourists.