It is June 2011 and I am on a mission to find and photograph Hugh Comstock’s Fairytale Cottages.
I find the Comstock “Historic District” quite by accident and see 7 homes in one morning. My cup runneth over.
Up Santa Fe, I see what appears to be another Comstock and stroll up.
Boy, that sure looks like the hand-carved trim on a Comstock. And that nifty Carmel stone chimney.
I catch a peek of the front porch and go on around.
This house opens to the side ( again like many Comstocks) and sits up on a terraced lot.
I love the whimsical touches the owner has added
And the small front garden.
I call City Hall from Kansas City and they tell me that Mr. Browne bought this lot in 1926.
They still do not have time to find the builder. But “you know who” was building his homes right down the street at this same time.
Then in February 2012, the house goes on the market and Karen, one of my readers , writes “Just noticed this house is for sale and there are some interior pictures on realtor.com. So cute! They have it listed as a Comstock. Interesting!”
How convenient that I am again in Carmel. I go by to pick up a listing sheet. The house has already sold in a bidding war that brought over the “ask”. The new owners are touring with the realtor and invite me to tag along.
This room was once the living, dining and kitchen
This window is in the study- once the cottage bedroom
And this bath has been remodeled.
A major remodel drawn by Robert Walker occurs in 1986
We climb the circular stair case
to see two new bedrooms
With this fabulous view
A new kitchen is below.
Back at City Hall, I pull the papers once more and discover how the original, modest floor plan evolved.
City Historian, Kent Seavey, visits and proclaims it to be a Comstock.
Hooray! Another sweet little treasure now sure to be saved from demolition.
The new owners are preservationists and are thrilled.