The stretch of the Monterey-Salinas Highway, Highway 68, connecting the Peninsula to Salinas, the county seat, is home to nearly 14,000 residents. Real estate on Monterey-Salinas Highway enjoys the area's convenient location, rural beauty and unbeatable weather. Toro Park Estates and Las Palmas are closer to Salinas and are surrounded by protected parkland and rolling vistas. Corral De Tierra stretches south along the highway and up into the hills for a truly rustic and isolated setting. Other neighborhoods adjacent to Highway 68 include the upscale Pasadera Country Club, with golf course villas and a wide range of luxury homes; the prestigious neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Halcyon Heights; the Meadows, with beautiful planned unit developments; Monterra, an area of large home sites and custom luxury home building; and Markham Ranch, with properties ranging from planned unit developments to spectacular custom homes. Numerous golf courses make this area one of the fastest growing on the Peninsula.