On June 5th, 1928, Hugh agrees to build yet another residence for W.O. Swain.
Fables, as it is later named, is estimated to cost $2,600 and build in 2 months time.
Like most of the Comstock Cottages, Fables has a steep roofline and a Carmel stone chimney. It also has an attached garage which was very unusual.
The living room is two stories high and graced with the huge bay window. I find the floor plans at City Hall and include them here for us. The first floor is the living room with its inviting fireplace and practical wood box.
Joanne Mathewson writes that “from the top of the staircase inside, you have a full view of the beam work, and the living room below.
The tiny kitchen has a dutch door that opens to the west, cooler, sink and dining nook.
The upstairs balcony leads into a bedroom with Dormer windows.”
The entrance is on the south side of the home
and is reached by walking down a flight of stairs
to the stone patio interlaced with iridescent abalone shells.
I have no idea how many owners Fables has had but I am aware that some work is being done to spruce it up when I photograph it in July of 2010
I find an old listing on the internet that gives me more information and the small interior photos above.
The listing suggests that I “ picture myself snuggled up to the original Carmel stone fireplace and dream about my own search for the perfect Carmel getaway”. It informs me that this 2 bedroom, 2 bath light-filled cottage is 927 sq.ft. The plans on file at City Hall show just one bedroom and bath
but this elevation suggests that the 2nd bedroom and bath may now be in what was the garage.
Such a charming little cottage. Of all the Comstock cottages, this is the one I can picture myself living in.