Corral de Tierra

Welcome to Corral de Tierra

Sunbelt area located halfway between Monterey and Salinas.

Corral de Tierra is a sunbelt area of the scenic Highway 58 corridor featuring gated communities and ranchettes with a country club. From gardens to horses and cattle, there are many lifestyles to choose from here. Corral de Tierra is located halfway between Monterey and Salinas, with easy access to airports.

Corral de Tierra Road branches off from Highway 68, leading to private roads ascending rugged canyons. This dramatic valley landscape provides the backdrop for beautiful large homes on sprawling acreage lots. Homes closest to Corral de Tierra Road are generally smaller, while those further up the canyon are grander and more luxurious. Real estate is a mix of new luxury construction and well-maintained older properties. Lot sizes are typically between three and four acres, though the largest can extend to more than 100 acres.

What to Love

  • Serene sunbelt community with lots of sunshine
  • Located halfway between Monterey and Salinas
  • Corral de Tierra Country Club 

Local Lifestyle

Corral de Tierra is a serene community nestled within a scenic valley around 12 miles east of Monterey and less than 10 miles southwest of Salinas. The hilly topography insulates Corral de Tierra from the ocean fog and provides temperatures that average between 10 and 15 degrees higher than the nearby coastal areas. Many residents are members of the Corral de Tierra Country Club and enjoy access to its exceptional golf, tennis, fitness, swimming, and dining amenities.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Corral de Tierra is ideally positioned for exploring communities through Monterey County. The city of Monterey offers waterfront dining and unique boutique shopping in the famous historic districts of Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Monterey’s entertainment options are legendary — highlights include races at Laguna Seca Raceway, world-class performers at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the traditional celebration of the Monterey County Fair.

Salinas offers lots more shopping and dining options ranging from classic American breakfast fare at First Awakenings to eclectic family recipes drawing on the cuisine of the United States’ countless diverse immigrant communities at Elli’s Great American Restaurant.

Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy trains chefs to work in top-class restaurants. Diners here can enjoy exceptional meals from chefs who are well on their way to culinary acclaim. Salinas is also home to the annual cowboy and cowgirl extravaganza of the California Rodeo Salinas.

Corral de Tierra Country Club

Corral de Tierra Country Club is the centerpiece of this rustic rural community. Drawing members from across the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley, this prestigious club offers exceptional amenities and magnificent mountain views. Corral de Tierra Country Club’s location in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains means the club even boasts its own idyllic microclimate. The ambiance is casual and family-friendly, and it offers an abundance of amenities for all ages to enjoy.

Monterey County is famed for its world-class golfing, but Corral de Tierra Country Club’s course is a standout even within this revered context. Originally designed by Bob E. Baldock in the 1950s, this 18-hole course moves through a variety of elevation changes and contains tree-lined fairways and lightning-fast greens surrounded by captivating towering mountains. The course attracts many professional players as a U.S. Open qualifier. Corral de Tierra Country Club also boasts one of the nation’s finest junior golf programs.

Other amenities available to members of the club include first-class U.S. Open green and California red Plexipave tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness facilities with massage therapies and personal trainers, and a swimming complex featuring a 20-yard pool, which hosts numerous youth swim programs, lessons, and aqua aerobics. The 19th Hole is a beautiful farmhouse-style clubhouse where members can enjoy special chef-driven dining evenings with wine pairings from local vineyards.


Corral de Tierra is served by the Washington Union Elementary school district.

  • Washington Elementary School, Public, 4-5.
  • San Benancio Middle School, Public, 6-8.

Other notable schools include Hartnell Community College in Salinas.


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