Visitors rate Carmel-by-the-Sea #6 favorite city in country to visit

Now you see why I want to open up my main California brokerage office in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A Conde Nast poll by readers rates Carmel-by-the-Sea as the #6 favorite city in the country to visit. The reader's poll chose the cities in this order:

1. Charleston

2. Santa Fe

3. San Francisco

4. Honolulu - where I have my Hawaii broker's license.

5. Chicago

6. Carmel-by-the-Sea - to which I am switching my California broker's license.

Note that all the other cities are MUCH LARGER than Carmel-by-the-Sea, which is only ONE SQUARE MILE, by far the smallest city on their list, but it  “has a big personality with ‘endless charm and beauty'".  

Visitors are impressed with "its quaint cottages and shops" besides the restaurants and "artsy boutiques," but what really blows everyone away, are the picturesque and romantic ocean views.

Carmel-by-the Sea only has a little over 3,000 homeowners living in that square mile, of which 2/3 are not full-time residents, but it is their second (or more) home. And very high end homes they are indeed!

Rounting out the top 10 on Conde Nast's list were:

7. New Orleans

8. New York City

9. Savannah

10. Napa.

Is it any wonder that I just signed a lease right here in Carmel-by-the-Sea where my California brokerage license will be hung? So much paperwork to do right now, it's incredible. 

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • October 18 2013 08:34PM


Hi Hella I have heard many people say Carmell By The Sea is one of the best places to visit and to be. I want to find that out myself one of these days. You have motivated me.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 7 years ago

Noah: It is a truly charming little city in the forest. And it's ocean views are fabulous. In fact, the Carmel Beach is the place to go at sunset, everyone just stops to just stare.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) about 7 years ago

Hella, it is amazing that you have offices in two of the top six cities on the list.  Carmel does sound beautiful.  I would love to visit there too.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) about 7 years ago


You're an amazing woman! If I pack up and move, can I hang my license with you after I get my CA license?

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 7 years ago

Lisa: That AND at the Royal Hawaiian. Yes, both fabulous places.

Patricia: You are on!!! Am looking for a few good agents right now.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) about 7 years ago

I have often said one of the most favorite place on this earth that we have ever visited was Carmel. I can understand why you have always been drawn there.

Make it a great weekend!


Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 7 years ago

I am so excitied for you that this dream is being realized. It will be so artsy and have the Hella Flavor.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 7 years ago

Joe: There is something about this place that draws me here at this stage in my life. However, I still need the "playfullness" of Hawaii. So there you have it, I will be spending a lot of time in the air between my two homes.

Debbie: Yes, I love to walk around Carmel any time of the day or evening. And if you have a dog on a leash, or see someone else with a dog on a leash, that is your excuse to stop and talk to them. Or discussing a glass of wine at one of the fabulous wine tasting rooms. And the artsiness? Don't get me started, that's why I have been on the board of the Carmel Art Festival (plein air) for many years. We also attract world renowned theater and music artists.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) about 7 years ago