Highway 68 & River ROaD
“Highway 68” (SR 68) is a state highway that runs from Pacific Grove to Salinas in Monterey County, California. It is about 20 miles (32 km) long. The highway 68 stretch of road to the Monterey Peninsula showcases a host of communities.
Corral de Tierra was formally John Steinbeck’s “Pastures of Heaven.”
Some of the most prestigious communities along Highway 68 Include:
- Belmont Heights (Salinas)
- Indian Springs (Salinas)
- Las Palmas (Salinas)
- Toro Park (Salinas)
- Corral de Tierra Country Club (Salinas)
- Bay Ridge Estates (Salinas & Monterey)
- Pasadera Country Club aka Nicklaus Club Monterey (Monterey)
- Monterra (Monterey)
Monterey Salinas Highway 68 home owners enjoy the area’s convenient location, rural beauty, and unbeatable weather. Toro Park Estates, Belmont Heights, Indian Springs and Las Palmas sprawl along the region closer to Salinas. These communities are surrounded by protected parkland and beautiful rolling vistas. Belmont Heights is valued as one of the most luxurious gated neighborhoods in Salinas. Although Toro Park Estates is not gated, it conveniently lies along Highway 68 and backing up to the National Monument of Fort Ord with quick access to the public lands as well as superior schools!
Corral De Tierra stretches south along the highway and up into the hills for a truly rustic and isolated setting. Corral De Tierra also is known for the Corral de Tierra Country Club. Corral de Tierra also is home to beautiful gated rural estates such as Markham Ranch and Pattee Ranch. Further west along Highway 68 include the upscale Pasadera Country Club, aka Nicklaus Club Monterey, with its golf course villas and a wide range of custom luxury homes. The prestigious neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Halcyon Heights are located on the opposite side of Highway 68 from Pasadera. Rising high above the shimmering blue waters and sweeping coastline of the Monterey Bay is the private gated community of Monterra. 168 exclusive homesites on 1700 spectacular acres an area of large home sites for custom luxury home building and spectacular custom estates.
Highway 68 is part of the DeAnza Trail, a route that linked all of California’s mission settlements during the Spanish colonial period. With the advent of the automobile, Highway 68 was upgraded from a dirt wagon road to a 2-lane paved road in 1937. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caltrans had planned to upgrade Highway 68 to a freeway between Salinas and Highway 1 in Monterey, that was to start at US 101 south of the city and proceed west between Salinas and Spreckels, serving as a bypass for Salinas. The freeway was to then follow the existing Highway 68 alignment into Monterey. The freeway plan died as a result of environmental concerns along the route. The only portions of this freeway that were actually built were a 1-mile section approaching the Highway 1 interchange in Monterey, and a 3-mile segment starting in Spreckels and heading west, bypassing the unincorporated village of Toro Park.
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