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June 24, 2011 / Linda Hartong


I am strolling up Santa Fe and I am “on a roll”. I have located and photographed 7 Hugh Comstock cottages this morning and am delighted. “Our House” is impossible to get good shots of from the street, so I snap a quick photo and go on. Wait a minute. There is a pink house on the other side of Santa Fe that has to be its twin.

I get some shots and post it incorrectly as the Comstock home called “The Twin on Palou” . I am way off. The “twin” is indeed on Palou St- not here on Santa Fe. This is not a Comstock! But this little pink cottage has so much charm that I am back again to examine it in more detail. This time I choose to walk down, and not up the steep hill. Yep. There it is peeking over the neighbors grape stake fence framed by their pink daisies

A sandy path leads through the flowers to the house.

Aha. Someone is painting the trim.

Boy, that sure looks like the hand-carved trim on a Comstock. And that nifty Carmel stone chimney. I catch a peek of the front porch

and go on around to the front. This house opens to the side ( again like many Comstocks) and sits up on a terraced lot.

I love this color. Surely my Kansas City neighbors would not mind this color on my staid, gray Tudor! 

A vine is being trained to clamber up the light.

The cut-outs on the second story deck railing lend a slightly Swiss Chalet touch.

A cafe table and chairs sit at the end of the gravel driveway.

Look at that door in the stone foundation.

That is just like the one I saw on “Gretel”- only minus this “artistic” touch.

I can see there is a sign hanging on the window and go up the porch steps to see. How Funny!

A pig sleeps in the sun and geraniums stretch up to the window sill.

As I go down the driveway , I see this invitingly curved stone path leading to a rustic birdbath.

I really do love this little cottage.

Today , in Kansas City, I call City Hall to see if they can tell me who built the house. They are too busy but they give me the owner’s name so that I can contact her in San Francisco for more information. I will keep you posted. Now if I can just fine that darned Palou St.

Update: City Hall calls me to report that Mr. Brown bought this lot in 1926. They still do not have time to find the builder. But “you know who” was building his homes right down the street at this same time. 


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  1. jeanette sclar / Jul 2 2011 10:50 pm

    You could be on to something!

  2. Annie Westlake / Jul 15 2011 9:40 pm

    I am living vicariously through your every move! Love it.

  3. Karen / Feb 5 2012 10:30 pm

    Just noticed this house is for sale and there are some interior pictures on So cute! They have it listed as a Comstock. Interesting!

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