These sister communities, the larger town of Seaside surrounding the smaller Sand City, are in many ways the commercial heart of the Monterey Peninsula. Residents of Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove flock here for visits to Target, Costco, the Home Depot, and other invaluable chain stores that can’t be found in the other communities. The commute goes both ways, though, as those who work in Carmel and Monterey often call Seaside or Sand City home. Their friendly and affordable neighborhoods, parks and recreation, thriving artistic community and gorgeous beaches appeal to residents of all ages, as do the educational opportunities of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). For a beautiful balance between the charms of rural coastal living and the conveniences of city life, look no further.
In 1910 President Theodore Roosevelt opened the US army base Fort Ord in Seaside which housed 20,000 infantry members and civilian workers. This location was a highly desired base for its close proximity to the beach and mild climate. Fort Ord closed in 1994 and has undergone several transformations over the years.