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February 21, 2012 / Linda Hartong

I AM INVITED TO TOUR HUGH COMSTOCK’S COTTAGE

Finally those darn cards I leave on the door pay off. The current owners of The Comstock Cottage ( sometimes called Obers) give permission for us to tour the cottage. The Obers family once lived in the house ,thus the name. But the current owners prefer to refer to it as the Comstock House to give credit where credit is due.

I am shown around by Abbey Baker, their project manager. She specializes in Historic Restoration and the Comstock Homes are her special love. She allows me to photograph this home which Hugh built for himself and Mayotta in 1926 and which now includes an addition Hugh did in 1940.

Soft light illuminates the entry with its distinctive front door and wide planked wooden floor.

The house is built around this two-story entry with its original skylights . From here I have a glimpse of almost every room in the house.

Looking to the right , I see the comfortable living room with its fireplace, low redwood ceilings and warm colors. 

Returning to the entry, I hesitate by the stairs

and then am drawn down the hall to the left into the dining room.

A corner fireplace has been well used. 

Storage is built into the room

The walls have the texture of the post adobe method Hugh introduced. 

I love textures,so how could I not be enchanted by the brick floor, rough walls and wooden beams. 

Light pours in from two exposures. 

I glance back at the living room

and then go around the dining room to the kitchen.

The owners have integrated some Italian tiles into the backspash

Added a farm sink

And a sporty lavender Viking gas stove.

Going full circle, I find myself back in the entry and ready to climb those stairs

with the hand carved railing.

Up I go . I can see both upstairs

And down from here.

Bunk beds tuck themselves under the eves ,each with its own light so a child can read himself to sleep.

Ahead is the room that has the window I love so much. Furniture snuggles under the high-pitched eves.

Across the entry I see a room so small that I can not even get the door completely open.

Now a bedroom, Hugh built this room as Mayotta’s sewing room ( remember she is the creator of the “otsy-totsy” dolls. French doors open to a balcony with a garden view. 

Diamond-paned windows sit under the eves.

The master bedroom and bath are large and have an ocean view.

Once more downstairs, I make sure all the lights are off and exit the front door.

What a treat to see the interior, as well as the exterior ,of The Comstock House.

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  1. janet bishop- magina / Feb 21 2012 4:49 pm

    Thank you, thank you ( and the gracious owners) 🙂

  2. Carolyn / Feb 21 2012 4:50 pm

    This is wonderful! What a delight. That two-story entry with skylights is a marvel. Love everything about this house. Thank you to those who opened the house for you and for your sharing.

  3. Charlotte / Feb 21 2012 5:05 pm

    Wow!! What a treat. Such an AMAZING home! So nice of the owners to share and for you to share with us. 🙂 Thank you! I love how the owners of the home have been so respectful of the house with their choice of decor. Classy, beautiful and reflective of the time period. I feel like I have just gone back in time. The home is clearily loved!

  4. Amie Gillingham / Feb 21 2012 5:08 pm

    How magical! The inside very much matches the outside. What a treat! Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.

  5. Sonia / Feb 21 2012 6:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This is just beautiful…such a fairytale cottage!!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. CashmereLibrarian / Feb 21 2012 9:26 pm

    Thank you, Linda, and Comstock House owners! A real treat~!

  7. Ruth / Feb 23 2012 1:45 pm

    Bravo to the owners of Comstock Cottage for the beautiful job they have done restoring, decorating and maintaining a genuine architectural treasure. Thank you for allowing Linda to photograph your home and your willingness to share it with us. And, dear Linda, thank you for the priceless experience you offer us of visiting these charming homes via your lovely photographs.
    Best regards, Ruth

  8. Cheryl / Feb 27 2012 1:27 am

    So wonderful. I echo the thanks to the owners for allowing you access, and to you, Linda, for creating this feature and this wonderful blog. We did a backyard playhouse for our granddaughter two years ago with Snow White’s cottage as the inspiration. I just wish I would have known then of the Comstock cottages in Carmel. I love the idea that there are adults still under the spell of these classic charming places. Regards, Cheryl in MI

  9. Deborah Miles / Apr 12 2012 8:52 pm

    I truly loved all the photos. I assume the kitchen was the addition Comstock made in the 40’s. It is just so mesmerizing, its hard to stop looking.

  10. maurakeith / Apr 14 2012 2:10 pm

    This home is what dreams are made of…at least for me and I’m sure lots of other out there. I could live here quite happily 🙂 Thank you for leaving your cards at these homes…we all appreciate it 🙂

  11. LU JEAN HILEMAN / Apr 21 2012 11:37 am

    LINDA THIS WAS A DREAM COME TRUE I WALK BY THIS HOUSE EVERY TIME IM IN CARMEL AND WONDER IF I CAN BUILD A HOME LIKE IT SOMEDAY. I HOPE TO DO THE WALKING TOUR NET VISIT THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING L.J. HILEMAN

  12. Jenni Swenson / Feb 1 2013 4:37 am

    I am so thrilled to see the inside of this house. I love looking at the outside of the Comstock homes and it is a delight to see the inside.

  13. Adrienne / Apr 26 2013 2:35 pm

    So grateful for these pictures! My family lived in this home from 1979-83 while I was in high school, and my bedroom was the one with the wonderful little diamond pane windows and the slanted wall. It had it’s own bathroom with a huge claw foot tub.

    My parents master bedroom had a large walk in closet with a window (how often do you see a closet with a window?!) and just a peek of an ocean view.

    Across from the beds on the landing there are huge storage closets.

    The bedroom with the balcony has a built in dresser area, and shh, don’t tell…there’s a secret drawer in the floor of that dresser!

    Downstairs my brother had a huge suite off the kitchen area, with a private bath and outside entrance to the back patio area. The bath used to grow mushrooms behind the commode because it was rather humid in there, being at the back of the house against the hill!

    The house is so much bigger than it looks from the outside. We had a grand piano in the living room, and a full sized organ across from the front door in the entry hall! We had two couches in the dining room along the windows, and a full sized dining table too.

    The kitchen has been remodeled beautifully! I love the new sink and range!

    I’ve never seen a house with such a combination of charm, livability, quirkiness, and practicality! I swear the goal of my life is to win the lottery and buy this house back 😉 I miss it!!!

  14. Marcela / May 22 2014 10:34 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THOSE PHOTOS. I IMAGINED MYSELF WALKING INSIDE JUST LIKE YOU DID. I LOVE THE BEAUTY, SIMPLICITY, AND CHARM OF EVERY ROOM. THE OWNERS WERE REALLY KIND ALLOWING YOU TO DO THAT. THOSE STAIRS AND BALCONY ARE DREAMY.

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