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May 2, 2011 / Linda Hartong


The meter reader moves across the Carmel Stone path that weaves through the garden of The Birthday House. This time I stay on the street and use my zoom lens. I figure it is only a matter of time before someone calls the cops and I make the Carmel Pine Cone police blotter. My husband will not be pleased.

The Birthday House is the largest of the Comstock cottages. It anchors the corner of Santa Fe Street and 6th Ave. I like the soft colors.

One door opens on 6th Avenue. Potted plants adorn the front door.

A sturdy wooden arbor forms an entrance to entice us down the path.

I scramble around in the bushes to see better. This results in a branch poking into my arm, some unknown plant blossoms in my hair, and a better view.   I love the way this window angles under the eves of that steeply pitched roof – a Comstock trademark.

On the east side are wonderful french doors that open to the patio. Above them is a large box bay window that surely has a window seat and a soft mound of pillows.

The owner has found a  wood and iron bench to place outside the doors.

It looks like the “front door” opens on the south, but it is a little out-of-the-way .  Many of the Comstock cottages open away from the street.

Hugh sold this house for $2,830. I can find very little about its history and would love to know how it got its name. It would have made the most wonderful birthday present.


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  1. Nita@ModVintageLife / May 3 2011 12:02 am

    Thanks so much for following the meter reader to get these shots. Love this home.

  2. Jacqui / May 3 2011 9:16 pm

    I am soooo enjoying this journey with you, what fascinating houses!! Love them all….

  3. jeanette sclar / May 7 2011 10:54 pm

    Police blotter? ROFL! Carry your iPad and show them your blog…maybe they’ll be more understanding?

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