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January 28, 2013 / Linda Hartong


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Most of my posts are about Carmel-by-the-Sea,  one square mile area of Carmel. Initially a small artist’s community with cute small “Hansel and Gretel” type cottages, today the quaint little town of Carmel-by-the-Sea houses more vacation homes than year round residences. Our cottage is in this neighborhood.

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Carmel Woods is a larger geographic area than Carmel-by-the-Sea with many homes priced lower than its counterpart. It borders Carmel-by-the-Sea and has more full-time residents.   This area has many cute Carmel cottages but is father away from the beach.


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Mission Fields is Carmel’s entry level neighborhood. Located just off of HWY 1 and Rio Road it is just a hop, skip and jump from the Carmel Mission and the Crossroads Shopping Center. Mission Fields backs up to the Carmel River on one side and up to the local little league field to the other. Just across the street is Mission Trails, a great place to walk your dog or take a hike.

Carmel Point is a wonderful area located between Carmel beach and Carmel River Beach. Generally these are large homes on larger sized lots of land. This area is within walking distance of the beach and the Carmel Mission . 

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Some of the properties here have breathtaking views of Pebble Beach’s Stillwater Cove, Point Lobos, Carmel Bay and the Fish Ranch.

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In this blog I feature a home located in Hatton Fields, an area of Carmel with many full-time residences. Located right off Highway One near Carmel High School, Upper Hatton Fields has large “estate” style homes generally on large lots.  Lower Hatton Fields is an area with many young families.

The Spanish colonial home at 25500 Shafter Way sits on a large, beautifully landscaped lot behind iron gates. 

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The home is a U shape built around a patio.

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The living room with its arched windows and rustic ceiling beams opens to the patio.

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The kitchen, family room and eating space are open. 

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I love the way the tile floor, vaulted natural wood ceiling and the decorative tile repeat around the fireplace and the stove hood help unite the space.

One master suite opens to a balcony that overlooks the garden. 

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The main house has 2 more bedrooms

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The guest “Casita” looks comfortable.

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Step off the patio 

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And enjoy the extensively landscaped property.

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 The Heinrich Team of Coldwell Bankers lists this home for  $3,250,000.


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  1. House Crazy Sarah / Jan 28 2013 3:00 pm

    Thanks for the tour of the different neighborhoods… I don’t think there is a house in the entire region that is not completely charming! I hope to someday visit in person, but in the meantime, thanks for doing this website!

  2. Kathy Spencer / Jan 28 2013 4:34 pm

    Thanks for posting these pictures! I must say I’m afraid I’m not in the market for purchasing a home, though. I’m actually a pet stylist and the owner of The Gingerbread Dog House in western NY. I am going to be remodeling my home/business soon. It’s a home built in 1896 with hardwood floors and stylish oak woodwork. I found a similar home in a George Barber book, Victorian Cottage Architecture, design # 15. My front porch doesn’t look like that pic anymore (concrete and wrought iron- ugh!) I have always loved the storybook cottages of Carmel, found your blog and spent all Sunday soaking in the romantic architecture! Thanks a million for all the inspiration! The interior views have been so helpful too. I love how they are quaint without being too childish! – Kathy Spencer

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. jeanette sclar / Jan 28 2013 4:50 pm

    Love the map and neighborhood identifications!
    This house looks worth every penny!

  4. Susan Hill / Jan 29 2013 12:37 am

    Linda I love that cottage right under the Once Upon a Time email.  Tell me again…it is not for sale?  


  5. Sue / Jan 29 2013 9:41 pm

    I feel like I just visited a perfect place on earth.

  6. Annie Westlake / Jan 30 2013 10:41 pm

    Very helpful having all the areas in Carmel identified. Now it will be easier to choose where I would prefer to have my cottage. Ah….decisions…..decisions. (Great post!)

  7. Gretta Faun / Feb 5 2013 8:14 pm

    I was recently in Carmel and spent whole week walking up and down, left and right on a streets of Carmel by the sea and Carmel point. I did wander into Hatton and Mission fields too, and was wondering there the heck am I:0). Thanks to your map, I know there I was. Carmel Point is my favorite.

  8. kerrie / Feb 6 2015 4:24 am

    Thank you for posting such wonderful photos. I truly felt over whelmed with the beauty of some of the homes.

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