A COMSTOCK COTTAGE ON CARMEL POINT
Bill and I love to walk from our house to Scenic Ave. and follow it all the way past Carmel Point.
We often walk by Tor House, Robinson Jeffers home built on the point. Today, I stop to chat with some other walkers who tell me that Hugh Comstock built a home on the Point in the 1920’s.
This is news to me. I am always looking for Comstock homes. This area is relatively far from the location of the other homes I have found. They describe the house and tell me to turn on 17th St. which I do.
I spot a home that I suspect to be a Comstock, but there is nothing to identify it as such.
It is so quaint with its window boxes, copper downspouts, and trim and that I clamber around on the raised stone wall in front of the house and point my camera over the gate.
The plantings in the front are lovely.
The next trip to Carmel, I try again. Oh dear, the owners have added arbors and gates making photography even more difficult. The potato vine is starting to cover the fence.
I am reduced to desperate measures. I really want a photo of that window box, so I slip through the open gate. The windows are framed by shutters with trim and those window boxes are overflowing with impatiens and fuchsia How cute is that!
Ok, “in for a penny, in for a pound”. I walk around the east side of the house
and then around back on the Carmel stone walkway.
Wow, the house has two lots and a lovely garden and patio.
The owners have started several “fairy gardens” – all the rage now.
It appears that the garage has been turned into a guest house. I am puzzled by the “Cypress Inn West” sign in the back but find it encouraging because Hugh Comstock helped design the Cypress Inn. I let myself out and click the back gate shut.
This week I see the house for sale in the Pine Cone real estate section. Hooray! They identify it as a Comstock.
“Sited on a quiet side-street on Carmel Point and built in the 1920’s by Hugh Comstock, the man who virtually invented the ‘Carmel Cottage’. This property offers 4 Bdrs, 4 Bas., and & 2-car garage on two lots. Consisting of a 2-bedroom home plus 2 guest apartments, the property features wood-beamed ceilings, hand-restored fir floors, Carmel Stone Fireplaces and new kitchens (2) and baths.”
The asking price is $4,295,000. The website even has a few photos of the interior.
I am still puzzled by the location of this home. So I “google” Carmel Point in the 1920’s and find this poem by Robinson Jeffers.
“The extraordinary patience of things!