This weekend, I travelled to San Francisco to visit my sister. We headed down the coast to spend the weekend in Carmel-by-the-sea. On the way, we took in the 17 mile drive. The wind was perfect for flying a kite.
The lone Cyprus.
The 18th tee at the famous Pebble Beach course.
In Carmel, we stayed in at the Monteverde Inn, a small inn just a few blocks from the beach. With the help of the Visitor Information Centre, we scouted out the fairy tale cottages. There are approximately 20 cottages which were built by Hugh Comstock in the late 1920s to early 40s. Mr. Comstock originally built the cottages as a studio and showroom for his wife, who was a maker of rag dolls. Generally, the cottages have a thatched roof or a whimsical cedar shingle roof. The style has also been imitated throughout many homes Carmel. You feel like you are walking through a real life film set. Many of the houses are located around Santa Fe & 5th Avenue and Santa Rita and 6th Avenue and they are inhabited.
(I loved these cottages so much that I purchased a book by photographer Mike Barton. He photographed the cottages during the summer months when the gardens were at their peak and had better access to the cottages. There is also an interesting post on architect design which shows some of the interiors.)
Below are some photos of the original cottages as well as some newer builds.
The cottage below is located near the Carmel mission and is on the market right now for approximately $1.55 million.
It was a wonderful mini break and chance to explore a little spot on California’s stunning coast.