WHAT THE HECK IS A FAIRYTALE COTTAGE, ANYWAY?
Its defining characteristic might best be described as the kind of house you’d imagine Seven Dwarves or some happy Hobbits heading home to at the end of a hard day of work. I see them all over Carmel (not the hobbits, the houses) but have never really thought about examining the parts that make up the whole.
“Lilacs and Laughter” is one such cottage.
I pass it often and try to get a decent photo. I am either too late in the morning or too early in the evening and the harsh light wipes out the details.
Plus the owners’ landscaping is thriving and even when I poke my camera through the gate , I can only see parts of this boxwood garden.
Then a huge winter storm blows through and plantings suffer and the clean up is a photographers dream come true. Now I can see so much more of this little house.
I am not sure if the name is new or if the vines just covered it up before.
I take my shots and am pleased. Then I find a website called Storybookers. com.
What a wonderful resource for those of us who love these whimsical houses with towers and turrets.
I begin to look at “Lilacs and Laugher” in a whole new way. I start at the chimney and work my way down the house.
Yes that chimney is oversized for the house- definitely adding some charm.
The roof has so many storybook details and must have cost a small fortune. It is swaybacked and irregularly shingled with an eyebrow window and clipped gables.
The stucco looks like it has roughly trowled and that wood trim detailing is known as decorative half timbering. At one time this was the real timbering of the house left exposed and stuccoed in between. There was no insulation.
The casement windows are trimmed with the half timbering.
There is the darling little turret with its peaked roof line.
The front door is rounded at the top. This is one of my favorite hall-marks.
And that fence with its stone base, ironwork and wood detail is really icing on the cake. I see no others like it in Carmel.
When I read the Pine Cone Real Estate Section, I see this cottage is for sale. The address is :
0 MONTE VERDE 3 NW OF 10TH, Carmel, 93921 and it is listed for $1,550,000. The realtor says
“This astonishing Carmel home, appropriately named “Lilacs & Laughter” may be the single best representation of what “Carmel” was…and is, all about. “