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March 12, 2012 / Linda Hartong


I am still “Comstock hunting” when I discover Curtain Call. The little cottage is being renovated and so I slip in through the gate and start toward the front door. What a captivating roof line , very steep with flared eves and undulating ridge lines.

A vocal  West Highland Terrier stands on a wood deck , his head poked between the pierced decorative splat railing.

Tulips are already blooming in the pots and window box.

I rap on the knocker

and pause to admire the heart-shaped hardware on the french doors

Assorted bells hung on the knob. 

To the  left of the door is a milk box.

Hooray!! This owner is home.

Stephanie Kirz has purchased this home after a long search for the perfect Carmel cottage. 

With the help of John Gill Construction and Abbey Baker, project manager, she is restoring this treasure.

Hugh built this home in 1929 for Ms. Bertha L. Bowen. “The name “Curtain Call” was given the cottage in the mid 1940’s by a later owner, San Francisco bay area Journalist and writer Constance Ferris. The name is derived from her best known book, “Curtain Calls”, a series of short poems…..later adapted for the stage. Born in South Dakota, Ferris was somewhat of a recluse, having died in Carmel in 1979.” ( Kent Seavey).

Like most of the other Comstock cottages, Curtain Call sits to the back of its lot.  It is one-and -one -half stories of charm. The floor plan has two parallel front-gabled wings separated by the hyphen which is the entry. This floor plan is in the folder at City Hall.

Stephanie is a slender, vivacious woman who is delighted to show me around when she learns that I too am a Comstock fan. She has obtained historic status for her little cottage and is working hard to keep it authentic. 

She leads me into the kitchen. It is stunning with its white Carrara Marble countertops and  back splash,

glass-pained cabinets

and vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

I love the way I can see those tulips from the window.

A door opens off the entry to this back patio.

The lot is very steep past the retaining wall so I show you what it looks like from the architects drawings. 

Back inside at the end of the entry is the bath .

We turn right into the bedroom with its cozy study.

Then Stephanie leads me into the living room. This beautiful room flooded with sunlight opens to two outdoor patios.

 The stone fireplace is as Mr. Comstock built it flanked by antique light fixtures  authentic to the time it was built. 

I walk to the west end of the room and turn to a view of the upstairs sleeping loft.

 She cleverly places a mirror “window”at this end , beneath which she displays a signed copy of “Curtain Calls”.

The shape of the door openings “knock me out”. 

Every thing about this cottage seems feminine. From here stairs to the right lead to the loft and a door to the left opens to a patio.

Phone calls interrupt our tour. Stephanie is the owner of  White Dog Press – Welcome . While she takes care of business,

I slip out to walk around the cottage.

I love that little porch upstairs.

A new patio comes off the north side.

I climb the steps and step to the wall.


Wow! What a view.

Stephanie has finished her calls and takes me to the guest house being built on the front of the lot. This side faces her cottage and she has repeated the eves, 

door, hardware

and the heart theme. 

Inside is a bedroom, kitchenette, bath and loft.


She may be on the Carmel Spring Home and Gardens Tour. So I hope you too get a chance to see “ Curtain Call” and meet its charming owner.

Stephanie, thanks so much for sharing your home with me.


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  1. Charlotte / Mar 12 2012 7:07 pm

    Wow! What a lovely and one of a kind home. Love it!

  2. Karen / Mar 12 2012 10:40 pm

    Charming! When is the Home and Garden Tour?

  3. Annie Westlake / Mar 13 2012 2:58 am

    I followed this house longingly when it was on the market recently. I’m so glad that has been so beautifully and authentically restored by the new owner, and hope to see it on a future tour.

  4. Phebe / Mar 14 2012 2:29 am

    Lovely home. Love the decorating,… the marble in the kitchen, the view, and most of all, the white dog on the upper porch. How sweet that her business is named after her dog!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  5. Carolyn / Mar 15 2012 2:28 am

    Wow. Love it. The house is perfect and it comes with a fabulous view, too! Would like to see more of the stone guest cottage – perhaps when it’s finished?

  6. Carolyn / Mar 15 2012 2:48 am

    P.S. Any clue what the blue-green paint color is on the exterior trim here and on the other Hugh Comstock cottage Obers?

  7. Dianne / Mar 15 2012 1:27 pm

    Would love to know if she will be renting out the guest cottage on a weekly basis.

  8. Bella Remy Photography / Mar 18 2012 12:18 pm

    What a charming charming cottage. I’m ready to move in ! Beautiful photographs, and what a fabulous opportunity to be able to go in and see the inside. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Laurie / Mar 18 2012 5:00 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous cottage! I could move in and not change a thing (of course I probably couldn’t even afford the property tax!). I soooo love Carmel and it’s magic. Thanks for sharing!


  10. Nancy / Mar 23 2012 11:52 pm

    What a dreamy cottage. Your photographs are amazing, Linda. I love the way you capture the places you visit.

  11. Beth / Feb 15 2013 3:26 pm

    You are awesome to capture these cottages for all to enjoy Linda! This one is my favorite and so beautifully decorated. I also love the stone on the new cottage! Keep up on your search for Hugh Comstock cottages!

  12. Linda Klebe (@LindaKlebe) / Dec 27 2016 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the great tour! Do you know how big the living room is? It has perfect scale, so many homes these days are too big and lose the cozy feeling that this home has.

    • Linda Hartong / Dec 28 2016 5:01 pm

      I am not sure. We have found small rooms to be so much more inviting.

  13. cynthia stacy / Dec 11 2017 5:48 pm

    Love you home and the setting! It is soooo cozy and inviting. We love Carmel and all the beauty that surrounds the area. We have tried to visit several times a year for the past 25 years!!! Would love to live there!!! Thank you for sharing your home!
    Cindy S.

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