Up-and-coming Bayside town with an emerging art and food scene.

Welcome to Seaside

Up-and-coming Bayside town with an emerging art and food scene.

Home to an old military base along the coastline and serving as a university home base for California State University students, Seaside is a thriving coastal city. It is located in Monterey County and is home to a population of 33,956. It also encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Del Monte Heights and Sand City. Much of the area is up-and-coming and is becoming well known for garage art galleries and small third-wave coffee shops.

One of the best aspects of living in Seaside is the convenience and amenities available around the city. Whether you’re running errands or planning the perfect beach day, you can do it all here. The area also has several fantastic public schools, making it a wonderful fit for those with school-aged children.

Among all of the Central Coast cities and neighborhoods, you can get the most for your budget in Seaside. As an up-and-coming area, the median home list price sits at a mere $649,000. Compared to the millions of dollars you’ll spend on comparable properties just minutes away, you can score a cozy home that will continue to grow in value.

What to Love

  • Good public schools, convenient shopping, and numerous parks
  • Up-and-coming area brimming with potential
  • A fantastic value for home buyers

People & Lifestyle

Seaside is one of the more approachable cities on the Central Coast. Families, college students, and working professionals all call this area home. You can effortlessly access top shopping and dining establishments, and excellent schools are always around the corner. Additionally, Monterey is right next door, making it easy to enjoy all of the conveniences of this neighboring city.

Anyone looking to relocate to a rapidly emerging urban area that is situated directly on the ocean will want to explore Seaside. There are so many benefits to living here that the city experienced year-over-year population increases throughout the 2010s.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

The shopping and dining experiences that you’ll encounter throughout Seaside are an absolute delight. Running errands, going on a romantic date night, or catching a casual (yet delicious) lunch are made convenient and effortless by the many quality establishments in the area. 

Steps from the ocean, you can stop in to some of your favorite retailers at the Edgewater Shopping Center. Explore the latest merchandise arrivals at places such as Target, PetSmart, HomeGoods, Cost Plus World Market, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, and Costco. If you are shopping for a new vehicle, you’ll find nearly every dealership possible along Del Monte Boulevard.

Locally-acclaimed restaurants are located throughout every part of Seaside. Dine at resident favorites such as Gusto Handcrafted Pasta & Pizza, Googie Grill (a 1950s-era eatery), Harumi, El Migueleno Restaurant, Taco’s California Grill, Mariscos Puerto Nuevo, and Baan Thai Restaurant.

Things to Do

With its oceanfront location and beautifully maintained parks, there are plenty of fantastic ways for residents to spend their time off in Seaside.

If you ask the locals, there are several stand-out activities that are must-sees. If you enjoy playing a few rounds of golf, reserve your tee time at the upscale Bayonet & Black House Golf Course. Closeby, Sand City Beach is the area’s main beachside hangout. Prefer a quiet day at the park? Seaside has plenty of community parks from which you can choose, including Laguna Grande Park, Soper Park, Cutino Park, Pacchetti Dog Park, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and Lincoln Cunningham Park.


Seaside is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

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