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June 18, 2011 / Linda Hartong


I have been out all morning with my camera. As I approach our house, I see an unusual amount of traffic . Bill is just returning from a bike ride and informs me I am missing a garage sale down the street. We both love poking around these sales on Thursdays and Fridays. It is only a block and a half away. Oh wow, its at the Short-Stop cottage.

I love the front garden here and am always frustrated by the fact I am on the wrong side of the fence.

Now is my chance. Oh, oh. I am way too late for all the wonderful furniture pieces that are going out the door. The owners have collected some really special things. They are from Canada and are selling the cottage too.

I browse through the rooms, admiring the improvements they have made to this home.

Lots of built-ins and clever storage.

And they have improved the flow, not easy to do in these little houses. Oh, I wish I could have seen it before it was dismantled.

I find an old book on Cottage Design and a colorful pottery pitcher and carry my treasures home. Then I get the camera and shoot a photo of them  so that I can share them with you.

The next day, the sale is over and even the house has sold.  I check for a listing with photos, but it is gone.

Then this morning in Kansas I am reading the real estate section of the Carmel Pine Cone and see that The Short-Stop is back on the market again with photos taken before the garage sale.

It is weird to see all those pieces back in the house – like watching a movie re-wind or time traveling. I knew it would look great.

The deck overlooks the ocean as always, only now the furniture and pots are once more in place.

The master bedroom which opens to the deck again looks like a cozy retreat.

I love the cove lighting

and the stained glass window over the bed.

And the kitchen with its added eating space

and green tile counters (hey there is my pitcher on the shelf )

once again overlooks the comfortable living area with its great fireplace

window seat

and unusual front door.

The bath has those great mirrored cabinet doors. I see the planter I almost bought reflected in them.

One enters the second bedroom and bath from outside the main house. Now its charm is clear.

Oh , there is that mirror I saw being carried out the door.

The people who ran the estate sale did a great job. If you would like to be my neighbor, visit the web site for the property.

Carmel Short Stop

Carmel Short Stop

This completely renovated home is the ideal Carmel Cottage. Nestled in the intensely desirable “golden rectangle”, the “Carmel Short Stop” features an ocean view and is a stroll to Carmel Beach and the shops and restaurants of downtown Carmel. This two bedroom two bath provides the ultimate in Carmel living experience. Well worth a look! $1,350,000       2 BED       2 BATH       1050 SQ. FT.       4,000 sf LOT

2 SW 9th and Lincoln, Carmel



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  1. Kathy / Jun 18 2011 4:29 pm

    I love the window coverings…any chance you checked them out?

    Great blog…my dream to drive 101 from Washington State to Carmel and Hurst Castle. Thanks so much for sharing, it makes me feel as though I’m there.

  2. kathysue / Jun 18 2011 4:30 pm

    What a fun post!! Love your new pitcher and I have that same book on my book shelf!!! Always fun taking the tours with you, Kathysue

  3. Susan @ pinkportugueseroses / Jun 18 2011 5:46 pm

    I can’t be sure…because it’s been 15 years..but, I think I toured that home at an open house. I used to take a summer trip by myself (before kids) to Carmel/Monterey just for fun. I remember seeing an open house sign and visited the house. Of course, this beautiful house is WAY out of my price range.

    Darn, I should have played that super lotto! LOL!!!

    If I don’t end up going to visit my sister in Idaho, this year, I’m taking a trip to the coast.
    Thanks for the lovely blog postings….please keep them coming!!!


  4. Nita@ModVintageLife / Jun 19 2011 7:53 pm

    What a delightful cottage. Loved this post…seeing it as you saw it during the sale and then seeing it as it is with all the things in place. Such a beauty. Love the pitcher you bought. I have that book…it’s a good one. I loved all the green tile in that cottage. Once again…a great post!

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