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January 23, 2011 / Linda Hartong


A year later we return to Carmel to try again. This time , after much searching, we purchase “the last good deal” in Carmel….. a 1948 bungalow with a floor furnace, old wiring, stinky carpet and a whopping 900 sq. ft. of living space.  Carmel-by-the Sea allows a maximum of 1600 sq. feet for homes on the small lots.

The cost is identical to the 3,000 sq. ft. home we own in Kansas City. But it is 5 blocks from the beach and 3 blocks from town with its 50 great restaurants and boutique shopping.

We put in hard word floors, cover every surface with fresh paint and buy new furniture which we load up and drive 3,000 miles from KC to Carmel. And we have never been sorry. This is a unique little fairy tale town.

The town’s character is formed in part by the natural beauty of the Pacific Coast, in part by the vision of developer Frank Devendorf, in part by the artists who moved here from San Francisco and in part by the “builder of dreams” Hugh Comstock.


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  1. Rita May / Mar 11 2011 12:36 am

    I love Carmel and your photos are great. I just wish they were bigger. I’ve gone back into some of my older posts and in edit I just click on them and choose large or ex-large. I think I want to move. Any deals left? I’ll start packing.

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