Bedroom Communities in Monterey

Inland and oceanfront neighborhoods of Monterey County.

The bedroom communities of Monterey County offer a variety of inland and oceanfront neighborhoods within easy reach of Monterey, Salinas, San Jose and other cities throughout the Bay Area. These bedroom communities include Seaside and Marina along the coastline adjacent to Monterey and Prunedale on Highway 101 to the north of Salinas. 

Housing options within the bedroom communities of Monterey County cover all bases. Salinas and Marina feature spacious single-family homes in quiet residential neighborhoods. Prunedale offers affordable ranchettes and several gated communities in a tranquil area with lots of sunshine.

What to Love

  • Wide variety of communities and housing options

  • Fort Ord National Monument and Dunes State Park

  • Monterey and Salinas attractions

Bedroom Communities

Seaside has sunshine throughout the year and some of the best views of Monterey and Pacific Grove. This beautiful oceanfront community is located directly to the east of Monterey and was originally known as East Monterey. This conveniently located community has a proud heritage of serving the former Fort Ord with summer concerts in the park. Fort Ord is now home to PGA Tour golf courses and the campuses of California State University, Monterey Bay, and Monterey College of Law. 

On the north side of the university campuses and Fort Ord, Marina is known for its Asian influence and some of California’s best Asian markets. It also has a local airport known for its skydiving adventures. Just north of Salinas, Prunedale covers a rural area north of Salinas with a friendly, close-knit atmosphere and lots of gorgeous open space.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Seaside and Monterey are both within easy reach of Monterey’s many attractions. The famous destinations of Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf both offer cute boutique shopping and eclectic dining with plenty of options for delicious fresh seafood. Cannery Row is home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, while Old Fisherman’s Wharf offers nightly entertainment at Monterey Magic & Comedy Club. Each of these seaside communities also has its own share of local shops and restaurants. 

Marina’s numerous Asian markets offer specialty items and authentic foodstuffs. Located between Prunedale and Salinas, Northridge Mall features more than 110 retailers in Monterey County’s largest shopping center.

Things to Do

Covering a large area of coastline between Seaside and Marina, the former military base of Fort Ord has been repurposed into a recreational oasis. Fort Ord National Monument spans an area of more than 14,000 acres with 86 miles of trails that can be explored by hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. These trails traverse a diverse terrain of maritime chaparral, rolling hills, grasslands, marshes, oak woodlands, and beautiful fields of blooming wildflowers. 

Fort Ord Dunes State Park stretches along four miles of gorgeous sandy beachfront backed by ocean bluffs. The state park connects to Marina State Beach, and the Marina Dunes Natural Preserves to the north. Marina State Beach is famed for its hang-gliding. Radio-controlled gliders and kites are also common here. 

In the southwest corner of Seaside, Monterey State Beach is a popular destination for swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, volleyball, and beachcombing. There are numerous smaller grassy parks dotted through Seaside. 

In Prunedale, Manzanita County Park features baseball and soccer fields surrounded by scrub-covered hillsides. Many youth sports leagues are based at Manzanita County Park. The park has also been used for BMX Olympic qualifiers. Prunedale’s 122-acre Royal Oaks Park encompasses a valley studded with coastal live oaks. Amenities here include courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball, plus a softball field, a playground, and miles of hiking trails.


School districts serving the bedroom communities of Monterey County include the Monterey Peninsula Unified and North Monterey County Unified school districts.

  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Public, Higher Education.

  • Monterey College of Law, Private, Law School.



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