Rancho Ballena

31525 Highway 1, Carmel Highlands

Located in a private gated community of only six residences, just five minutes down Highway 1, lies this quaint property known as Rancho Ballena, or “whale ranch” for its spectacular whale watching. The main house consists of two bedrooms with the second floor dedicated to the primary suite with a large bathroom and walk-in closet. Above the two car garage lies a one bedroom guest suite. This meticulously maintained ranch offers an abundance of buildings with a saloon, barn, tack room, horse arena and pen, children’s playhouse, and pool equipment room disguised as an outhouse overlooking the ocean view lap pool. This playful property is move-in ready and awaiting it’s next chapter.

Sale Price: $2,950,000

Sold November 2020



3 Full | 2 Half


2,296 sqft | 484 sqft

Main House | Guest House

4.96 acres

Lot Size

31525 Highway 1
31525 Highway 1

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Lead Agent

Nic Canning

Nic Canning



Carmel Highlands

Carmel Highlands, located just 3.5 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, is an unincorporated community within Monterey County, CA. At an elevation of 318 feet, it is also located just south of the Point Lobos State Reserve, and serves as the northern gateway of the Big Sur coastline along California State Hwy 1.   It was developed in the early 1900’s by Frank Powers and Franklin Devendorf.

The neighborhood rests on a fairly steep incline affording spectacular views of the Big Sur coastline and back towards Point Lobos and Pebble Beach. Several of the properties are on the oceanfront, some with access to private coves and beaches.

Amidst the residential area, there is a gas station, a few shops, Tickle Pink Inn and the Highlands Inn (a Hyatt Residence Club facility).