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July 16, 2011 / Linda Hartong

HAPPY LANDING INN – BUILT WITH THE ” HANSEL AND GRETEL” CHARM OF A BY-GONE ERA

I love taking Gale Wrausmann’s walking tours.

 www.carmelwalks.com

Although each tour is unique, she usually walks us through the grounds of the Happy Landing Inn on Monte Verde St and 6th Ave.

 It was built in 1926 by M. J. Murphy as a family retreat and later converted into a Bed And Breakfast.

Gale loves dogs and there is always a dog or two to greet us.

I love the English style design with the peaked gables over the doors and the pink and blue color scheme.

We wander through the garden and admire the pond and gazebo before we go on our way.

I am reading the Real Estate Section of the Carmel Pine Cone ( a favorite hobby) and find that the Inn is for sale. The realtor  announces :

$2,950,000

A charming, classic Inn located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Seven units including two suites and four fireplaces. The Great Room is great for entertaining and gardens for weddings. Steps to town and the beach. Attractive assumable financing available. 8000 s/f lot. May be converted to a residential use. Offered at $2,950,000

It is the “may be converted to residential use” that catches my eye. OMG!! It is  impossible to get this amount of land and all those water credits for that price. I e-mail the owner to see if she knows any history of this Inn and she promptly replies 

We have an article that was given to us by the previous owner, printed in the Pine Cone on Saturday, June 5, 1926, which tells about the house.  I tried to scan it to send to you, but it didn’t want to cooperate with me. So here is what the article says:

‘M. J. Murphy is building a large house on Monte Verde street for W. H.Blauer and W. J. Leet of San Jose.  The house is English in type, with steep roof and gables.  

The home is unique in design, and is built is three separate parts.  In front, facing the west, is a large living room, with dining room and kitchen on the north.  The living room is large with beamed ceilings and a fine rock fireplace.

Under this part is the servants quarters and the garages.

To the rear is a large patio with two houses on either side.  One for the Blauers and the one the north for the Leets.  There are four bedrooms in each cottage with standard bathrooms and showers and built-in dressers.

The patio is bordered with pine trees and will be a mass of flowers in the summer.’

If you would like to actually see the reprint of the article, please stop by the Inn sometime and we’ll gladly share it with you.  

Cordially, 

Dawn, Innkeeper/Co-Owner”

What a wizard plan these two couples have.

I find references to Mrs. W. J. Leet . She is a member of the Woman’s Club in San Francisco and is in The New Society Blue Book 1921-11 and in Who’s Who among the women of California.  

I wish I could see the two families in this setting.

I see me in this setting.

The main house with its great room, dining room and kitchen ( minus the servants)

and the garden are perfect spots for all my family and friends to gather.

 When we want privacy, we all retreat to our separate bedrooms and baths.

Oh this is heaven.

It is a great place to have weddings. 

I am curious to see if this sells as an Inn or a private residence. This place could be perfect for either.

Give the website a visit and if you buy this property please invite me over to have cocktails and watch the sun set.

Happy Landing Inn




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  1. Kathy / Jul 16 2011 2:32 pm

    Love your blog!!!!

  2. jacqueline / Jul 16 2011 5:04 pm

    Always excited to see a post from you! Beautiful as always!! Thank you.

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