A typical street scene in one of Pacific Grove's oldest neighborhoods
One of Carmel's original Bohemian's was a writer named Mary Austin. She was a close friend of George Sterling, and she was known for her unconventional ideas, ecccentric personality and hot temperment. Austin had a house on Monte Verde street. On her property she built a platform in the trees where she did her writing. From the platform she had a clear view of the ocean for inspiration. There she wrote a number of novels, short stories, plays (many produced at the Forest Theater) and various articles. The following description of Pacific Grove is an excerpt from an article she wrote in 1914 for a British travel guide. It seems just as accurate today as it did then.