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June 25, 2011 / Linda Hartong

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.

Carmel Point

“The extraordinary patience of things!
This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-
How beautiful when we first beheld it,
Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs;
No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,
Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-
Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide
That swells and in time will ebb, and all
Their works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty
Lives in the very grain of the granite,
Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff.-As for us:
We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;
We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident
As the rock and ocean that we were made from.”

It appears that this was the beginning of suburbia in Carmel and Jeffers did not like it one little bit. I had never thought of Hugh Comstock as one of the “spoilers” who “defaced” this area.  Carmel is full of surprises. Check out the listing website at

2478 17th Av Carmel CA 93923 Home for sale – MLS #81120395

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  1. Nita@ModVintageLife / Jun 25 2011 5:52 am

    Such a lovely cottage. Your photos are so fantastic. I especially love the moss covered stones of the pathways. Well….I love so much of this.

  2. jacqueline / Jun 25 2011 1:09 pm

    Beautiful, always such lovely images! Lovely to see the inside as well. Thank you..

  3. jeanette sclar / Jun 29 2011 5:55 am

    If the “defacing” had to happen – and of course it did, in this beautiful area- it could not have been done more beautifully!
    IMHO, the only problem with this property is the EXTRA kitchen! Pity the poor cook! Turn it into a massage room!

  4. Maryjane / Jul 26 2011 1:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge of Stoybook Homes. If you have a chance come by my blog, Storybook Cottage. We purchased a home in Cambria, CA that was designed with inspiration of the Carmel Storybooks. Maryjane

  5. Douglas Johnson / Oct 29 2012 12:22 am

    Nice report.. Donna and I own this home and spent several years restoring it..
    Doulas Johnsonn

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