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October 7, 2011 / Linda Hartong


The first time I see it , I think this is one of the newer cottages in Carmel and later am startled to find out this house is 80 years young.

Hasenyager House was built in 1931 by M.J. Murphy in a French Tudor style and was restored in 1987.

I have taken at least 50 photos of this house, wading through the ivy in front of the fence for all of them. The owners must live here full-time because I often see them tending the garden or chatting with neighbors. So I look for a time when the car is gone and the light is right. This trip I am in luck.

I almost always approach this home from the south,which I still think is its best angle.

All of the wealth of M.J. Murphy’s experience in building is evident in this home. And the gardeners’ skills are impressive. This garden is noted for its roses and is said to be inspired by Sissinghurst. It has been on Carmel Garden Tours.

I am a lover of “clipped and tidy” in my own garden so the boxwood hedges are deeply satisfying to my senses. I always feel their structure allows all sorts of wildness to take place behind them without the garden seeming unruly.

I note the “door bells” which are such a Carmel tradition.

“H” markes the gate.

I point my camera lens through the wonderful wrought iron gate admiring the Norman tradition of arched doorways.

The gardener has created a charming vignette at the front door.

The chimney is marked with a decorative pargetted Renaissance medallion ( look it up).

And Mr Murphy has placed an eyebrow dormer in the steeply pitched roof. 

My carmera starts down the garden path

after noting the ground cover between the stones in the center of the driveway.

I love all the little treasures this gardener has tucked into her garden.

I follow the curve of the boxwood

past the large mullioned bay window in the living room.

The dining room is across the entry hall.

The stucco walls of this garden also provide wonderful structure and privacy for the inner from outer garden.

This garden is noted for its roses and many potted roses are waiting to be planted.

  The gardener is very generous with the view she allows us.

I particularly love this bird house

with its plaque

and this topiary tree that shelters its animal friends.

This garden teaches a lesson in how to use statuary.

It extends around the south end of the property.

Now I head north to the quaint garage door

and the north end of the garden. The signage leads me to speculate that the owner of the house  owned a men’s clothing store.

I can get but a glimpse of the north side of the garden

so I abandon my effort and head home. If you would enjoy a more detailed description of the interior of this home , I refer to Linda Leigh Paul’s  

Cottages by the Sea, The Handmade Homes of Carmel, America’s First Artist Community

 This photo of the kitchen is in her book


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  1. Linda / Oct 7 2011 11:58 pm

    Your posts are like a wonderful weaving…each is another colorful stitch in the wonderful tapestry we know as Carmel by the Sea. This is one of my favorite homes. It is a treat to see the lovely garden and have a bonus peek at the interiors! I especially love all of the found items placed throughout the garden. It makes it so personal…a memory here, a memory there!
    You know I am a fan,
    Biddlestone Cottage, Carmel by the Sea

  2. Jayne Kiskadden Bechtel / Oct 8 2011 2:15 am

    My name is Jayne Kiskadden Bechtel. Kiskadden is my maiden name and watercolor painting name. Bechtel is my married name. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas where my father was Dean of Art at Wichita State for 35years since 1982 I’ve lived and painted Carmel landscape, seascape and garden. Your most recent blog featues the Murphy House that a friend of mine owns. I’ve just completed a watercolor of her rose gardens, entitled “Peppy’s Garden,” named after her cat, Peppy.

    Another house/owner we share in common is Linda at Biddlestone Cottage– another recent completed painting.

    email me, if you’d like. . . sounds like we has similar taste in houses. . .

  3. Teresa O / Oct 8 2011 10:30 am

    What an enchanting garden and your photos capture the charm and elegance so wonderfully.

  4. Sheila / Oct 9 2011 2:07 am

    This time, image 3109 (the rose close-up) was my favorite. The whole shoot is lovely!

  5. Dianne / Oct 9 2011 5:31 pm

    Just found your site and how wonderful it is to walk the streets of Carmel by the Sea with you!
    I live in Michigan but I am “in love” with your beautiful town.

    Would like to know how to see older posts so I can enjoy those as well.

  6. Happy HealthWise / Jan 27 2013 7:27 pm

    Looking for a website of your watercolors…found a card from My mom to me in 2003 and I was taken wit the idea that we have one of you works, a diptych, hanging in the living room. Lovely use of color Jayne.

  7. Deb Boyd / Sep 4 2021 12:50 am

    Do the owners know you are in the garden taking pics?

    • Linda Hartong / Sep 15 2021 4:57 pm

      Hi Deb,
      Im outside the garden in the street with my camera . But no they are not aware. I leave a card with my info stuck in the door so they can contact me if they object.

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