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May 5, 2011 / Linda Hartong


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.

Yes, there is my swing. I loved those as a child. St. Francis is guarding the occupants. A straw broom hangs on the wall, ready to sweep up those pesky oak leaves that are constantly falling. And the bright red Camellia is blooming .

Traffic is picking up. I am so “out of here”, retracing my steps and heading toward my car several blocks over.  Thoughts of breakfast are trumping thoughts of fairytale cottages.


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  1. Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl / May 5 2011 12:49 pm

    I love reading your blog. This little house is so pretty. I love yellow and red, so this one caught my eye. I live in a 1939 Cape Cod house, so I love all the capes that you post. Please come by and visit sometime.

  2. janet bishop- magina / May 5 2011 12:57 pm

    Thanks Linda, this made my morning. I need an escape right about now and this was brief, but delightful.

  3. marie arden / May 5 2011 12:58 pm

    Love the Doll’s House. So pretty. Does Carmel Chamber of Commerce know of you wonderful blog? I think it is a great marketing piece for the city. I look forward to the next adventure in Carmel.

  4. Nita@ModVintageLife / May 5 2011 4:10 pm

    Another wonderful cottage! Love the yard on this one. I so love your little adventure out with the meter reader.

  5. Dusti / May 6 2011 4:01 am

    You must have a great zoom lens! I am waiting for the pictures where the home owner is looking out their window and catches you snapping pictures! ha ha! I grew up close to Carmel (Aptos), but I never was aware of all this wonderful history on Carmel!

  6. Linda Hartong / May 6 2011 8:24 pm

    I have a little Canon Power Shot G9 that has a great zoom lens. This is a little point and shoot and takes great photos. Carmel home owners are used to having photos taken of their charming homes. Often owners will come out and tell me a little about the house. One even invited me in to photo the garden and have a glass of wine.

  7. Judy / May 7 2011 2:13 am

    I really enjoy revisiting Carmel through your blog. I loved it when I was there last year, and seeing it again makes me want to go back and spend more time! Thanks!

  8. Mary Alllender / May 31 2013 6:18 pm

    Linda, i was just recently introduced to your blog, which I think is great! My husband and I are the owners of The Dolls”s House, and wished to make a correction. It is located at the corner of Santa Rita and Ocean Ave., not Santa Fe. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

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