HUGH COMSTOCK’S THE DOLL’S HOUSE
After leaving The Birthday House, I continue down Santa Rita St. I walk by Fables who is getting a new driveway.
The bright yellow Doll House with its inviting red door sits on the corner of Santa Rita and Ocean Ave. My perfect light is gone. The sun is now up and shadows from the live oak trees dapple the house walls .
This house shows more signs of life than the others. One of the larger Comstocks’ it has two stories, three bedrooms and two baths.It has a chimney placed in the center of the roof which was really rare in 1928 when it was built.
I am enchanted by the elaborate name plaque hanging high in the tree branches. The doll almost looks like a Raggedy Ann who has finally gotten a better hair-do. I notice the little heart at the bottom for the first time.
A vine is starting to clamber up the wall, a new wreath in on the front door. I like that little awning.
The Camel Stone patio wraps around the house and the family obviously loves spending time out there. One planter overflows with geraniums and lobelia.
The south side of the house is densely planted to protect it from the noise and the view of Ocean Ave., Carmel’s main drag.
The wicker chairs , little tables and decorative birdhouses face the house. I catch of glimpse of a swing hanging from a tree branch.
Ok, I have to see the south side. Its a good thing it is early and traffic has not picked up. I quickly hike up the hill where I can finally see the front door of the house. It is under a little porch. Those are big wind chimes.