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September 19, 2011 / Linda Hartong


Although not many people will admit it, I suspect that visiting Open Houses in Carmel is on their list of the top 10 things to do while they are in town.

I comb the Pine Cone when it comes out on Thursday to see what homes are open over the weekend and pick a home described as a”Classic Carmel Beach Property” located at Carmelo and 4th.

This turns out to be an excellent choice. The Stewart home has been in the same family for 50 years and the heirs are selling this Arts and Crafts bungalow on its 2 lots.

This home  still  retains all the character of an old Carmel home.

I peek in the top of the open dutch- door

and Susan Fox who is holding the home open today, allows me to take photos and wander around.

This is not a sunny day, but the house is flooded with light. The enclosed front porch makes a great entry.

The living room and dining room are spacious and bright.

This house did not have to be staged. The owner’s tapestries,


and knick-knacks

are charming.

The hall leads to the first bedroom and bath.

The bedroom has a wall of storage.

The long hall has windows on the east that look onto the large garden space.

I love the way it turns with focal points along the way- much like a garden path.

Now I am in a vaulted family room with a wall full of books

and then into the master bedroom.

This room has windows on the north, east and west, and a dutch door on the south – again opening onto the garden.

I am back down the hall

with its unique storage drawers ,

through the dining room and into the kitchen.

Two ducks

look down on the banquette seatingwith its charming chandelier.

This is a true cottage kitchen.

After seeing the charm these ceiling add, I may have to vault our cottage ceilings. (Poor Bill, this is why he does not like to go to open houses with me.)

Out onto the patio,

I admire its rustic charm

and then spot the guest house.

It has a welcoming bedroom with its own wood burning stove and a bath.

Susan and I chat before I leave. She tells me this house sold the first day it was on the market and the buyer backed out.  I am not worried. This cottage will sell fast.

I pick up a floor plan for us.

The asking price is $2,195,000.



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  1. Jeff R. Claiborn / Sep 20 2011 6:48 am

    I would love to visit.

  2. janet bishop- magina / Sep 20 2011 1:53 pm

    Thanks Linda; this makes me think I may want to visit on Sunday. For some reason it never occurred to me, the retired Realtor, to plan on going to an open house or two on my visit:) Guess it’s a good thing I retired before my brain is totally shot;)



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