Turning off of Carmel Valley Road and approaching Del Mesa Carmel through its tree-lined drive, you realize you’re entering a special world. A stop at the guarded security gate gives you the feeling of safety—and you know this is a community that cares about residents’ well-being.
Continue up the driveway . . .
Amenities for Fitness & Pleasure . . .
Coming to the top of the entry drive, you emerge on the mesa. On your right you’ll see the Clubhouse and on the left you’ll see the Fitness Center with its indoor pool and spa, as well as a room full of exercise equipment.
A full-sized lawn bowling green is next to the Fitness Center. Here residents meet three times a week for friendly games or a bit of practice. New players are welcomed with open arms and there’s no expectation that they need to become experts in the game. Camaraderie is key and some residents come just to socialize after games are finished.
A putting green rounds out the area and allows many resident avid golfers to sharpen their skills at home before going out to play on one of the Peninsula’s many courses.
Group exercise classes are held in the large Redwood Room of the Clubhouse on a weekly basis.
Clubhouse & Restaurant . . .
Across the road from the bowling green is a generously sized Clubhouse—the heart of so many Del Mesa social gatherings, events and activities.
Here you’ll find the Mesa Club restaurant, as well as meeting rooms that double as card and game rooms, a library with kitchenette included for gatherings, and a large room with a pool table and large screen HD television. In the basement, there’s a wood working shop for those inclined toward that hobby. And of course, there’s the Front Desk and administrative offices where you’ll get questions answered, reservations taken, homemade soup-to-go, and other services.
Meeting Rooms in the Clubhouse can be booked for private events with family and friends. Catering is available to round out your event.
The Gallery Hallway is used by the Art Association to hang displays of residents' art as well as works by other artists on the Peninsula. A reception with wine and snacks is usually held so that residents can meet the artist.
Art House . . .
From the Clubhouse, follow the road around the bend and downhill to find the Art House—a place where painters and crafters can gather to chat while they work or attend the occasional art class. There are cubby holes available to store personal art supplies for those who don’t want to take them home each day.
If you join the Art Association, you’ll find camaraderie, monthly art-themed movies, and occasional group trips to museums and places of interest.
Guest Units . . .
Follow the curving road toward the top of the hill and you’ll pass the Guest Units situated among the trees on the right. There are six tastefully furnished rooms, each complete with two queen beds, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and all the comforts of home away from home. It’s a great way to keep visitors close to home while letting them enjoy a bit of privacy and the ability to come and go.
Garden Plots & Dog Park . . .
At the top of the hill, you find a sunny clearing where residents can have personal garden plots for vegetables or flowers. There’s also a large plot where Del Mesa staff grow herbs and vegetables for the restaurant. And among the trees, you’ll see the Grassy Paws dog park where residents take their dogs to play while the humans sit and chat.
Beautiful Grounds, Walks & Hikes . . .
While in Del Mesa Carmel, you may see numerous residents out for walks. There’s a choice of wandering the landscaped walkways on the flatter mesa terrain or choosing an aerobic walk up the hill among the homes on the forested inclines. For ambitious hikers, there are trails connecting the top of the hill with Jack’s Peak Park to the north and with Roach Canyon Park on the east side.
Many residents of Del Mesa Carmel enjoy hiking and get together regularly with other residents to either saunter at a snail’s pace or do some serious hiking on nearby trails of the Peninsula, Garland Park, Toro Park, Point Lobos Park, Big Sur and more.