Welcome to Salinas
Cozy, family-friendly suburban community with spacious properties at an exceptional value.
Set about 10 miles away from the coast, Salinas is a diverse and picturesque community. Located in Monterey County, this city is home to a growing population of around 156,143 residents. The area is well-known for having ample green space, peaceful neighborhoods, and outstanding public schools at every grade level.
While not overloaded with commercial properties, Salinas has a balanced number of local shops, restaurants, and other essential businesses. Neighborhoods are primarily residential, but there are plenty of nearby establishments that make life here easy and convenient.
Since the city isn’t located directly on the water, prospective home buyers save hundreds of thousands of dollars when purchasing a house in Salinas. To the delight of many, the current median list price of homes here sits at just $650,000. Throughout every neighborhood, you can easily find beautiful ranch-style homes and spacious two-story properties. For high-end homes, be sure to explore available properties in both Corral de Tierra and San Benancio.
What to Love
- Highly-rated public schools
- Exceptional property values
- All-encompassing city that is a short drive from the area’s top beaches
People & Lifestyle
Life in Salinas is quiet, peaceful, and family-friendly. People here have a strong focus on the local community and strive to keep the area as beautiful as possible.
Most neighborhoods have a heavily suburban look and feel. While some are a bit more upscale, each community shares a common personality. Families adore Salinas for its highly-rated schools, ample parks, and close proximity to the beach and other attractions.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
No matter where you choose to live in Salinas, you’ll always be steps away from the city’s best stores and restaurants.
Along North Main Street (on the northern end of the city), you’ll encounter the bulk of the shopping in the area. At Northridge Mall, you can browse favorite national retailers such as H&M, Old Navy, Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, Windsor, and Bath & Body Works. Across the street, pick up the daily essentials at Target, Marshalls, Michaels, Safeway, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Party City.
Salinas also blends a wonderful selection of both locally-owned and national chain restaurants. Resident favorites include Gino’s, El Zacatecano, Little Sicily, Salinas City BBQ, The Village Restaurant, Golden Fish Seafood Restaurant, Eagle, The Steinbeck House Restaurant, Dudley’s Oldtown, Yangtse Taste of Thai, and Portobello’s.
Things to Do
Seasonally and year-round, residents enjoy their leisure time to the fullest without having to leave Salinas.
At the Salinas Sports Complex, locals get to attend concerts from today’s top artists and the Salinas Rodeo. Another favorite annually-hosted event is the Salinas Valley Airshow. For nearly 40 years, this show has delighted audiences with flyovers and daring air performances from the world’s most experienced pilots.
Whatever the time of year, there are permanent attractions and outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed in all parts of Salinas. Golfers routinely book their tee times at the scenic 18-hole Crazy Horse Ranch Golf Course. If you prefer an indoor attraction, check out the National Steinbeck Center. This interactive museum is dedicated to the life of revered author and Salinas native John Steinbeck. As a new resident, make sure to plan a morning or afternoon at one of the area’s gorgeous parks, including Toro Park (featuring over 20 miles of hiking trails), Santa Lucia Park, and Northgate Tot Lot.
Salinas is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: