Finally those darn cards I leave on the door pay off. The current owners of The Comstock Cottage ( sometimes called Obers) give permission for us to tour the cottage. The Obers family once lived in the house ,thus the name. But the current owners prefer to refer to it as the Comstock House to give credit where credit is due.
I am shown around by Abbey Baker, their project manager. She specializes in Historic Restoration and the Comstock Homes are her special love. She allows me to photograph this home which Hugh built for himself and Mayotta in 1926 and which now includes an addition Hugh did in 1940.
Soft light illuminates the entry with its distinctive front door and wide planked wooden floor.
The house is built around this two-story entry with its original skylights . From here I have a glimpse of almost every room in the house.
Looking to the right , I see the comfortable living room with its fireplace, low redwood ceilings and warm colors.
Returning to the entry, I hesitate by the stairs
and then am drawn down the hall to the left into the dining room.
A corner fireplace has been well used.
Storage is built into the room
The walls have the texture of the post adobe method Hugh introduced.
I love textures,so how could I not be enchanted by the brick floor, rough walls and wooden beams.
Light pours in from two exposures.
I glance back at the living room
and then go around the dining room to the kitchen.
The owners have integrated some Italian tiles into the backspash
Added a farm sink
And a sporty lavender Viking gas stove.
Going full circle, I find myself back in the entry and ready to climb those stairs
with the hand carved railing.
Up I go . I can see both upstairs
And down from here.
Bunk beds tuck themselves under the eves ,each with its own light so a child can read himself to sleep.
Ahead is the room that has the window I love so much. Furniture snuggles under the high-pitched eves.
Across the entry I see a room so small that I can not even get the door completely open.
Now a bedroom, Hugh built this room as Mayotta’s sewing room ( remember she is the creator of the “otsy-totsy” dolls. French doors open to a balcony with a garden view.
Diamond-paned windows sit under the eves.
The master bedroom and bath are large and have an ocean view.
Once more downstairs, I make sure all the lights are off and exit the front door.
What a treat to see the interior, as well as the exterior ,of The Comstock House.