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November 12, 2013 / Linda Hartong


I am wandering around the area where Hugh Comstock built several of his Post Adobe ranches when I turn and see this. 


This has to be a Comstock. I approach the red gate as a neighbor walks by.

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I ask if she knows anything about the cottage. Nope.

She watches me for a while and I slink away.

Some time later, I see a listing in the Pine Cone. The little cottage is for sale.


Image 3And it is a Comstock.

The listing shows a living room

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And bath

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The little guest house out back appears to have a living room

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And bath

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The next time I am in Carmel, I make another visit. The For-Sale sign is in the front yard so I again approach the gate,

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Walk up the front walk

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Along the side of the house with it half-timbering, steeply pitched hipped roof

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And back to the guest house.

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Yup, there is a signature light fixture

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And tall Chimney

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And narrow window

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Kent Seavey provides more information. 

At this time (1926) well-to-do visitors were building vacation homes in Carmel. And this home could well fit into this category.

The design is Tudor Revival.

The little cottage has the distinction of an addition by Lee Gottfied in 1929

And an interior remodel by George Mark Whitcomb in 1947.

So three of Carmel’s master builders worked on this house.

I am back again and revisit. The cottage is sold and new signs of life are clear.

Handsome chairs in the front yard


Trees are protected


The back yard now has a brick patio and arbor


And the ledge on the studio 

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Has pots waiting to be planted.


This gentleman leans against the side of the studio clearly surprised by the changes taking place. 


It will be fun to watch.


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  1. Maura / Nov 12 2013 10:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s so nice to see your posts and then sit back and dream about what it would be like to live in what ever cottage you are showing us. Would we dare make changes? Would we change the landscaping? Or would we just sit back and enjoy. Thanks for the dream. 🙂

  2. Joyce / Nov 12 2013 10:26 pm

    It always makes my day to see your new post and visit Carmel again

  3. lynn momboisse / Nov 14 2013 7:08 pm

    Great post Linda – I have told my husband to be on the lookout for one of those Comstock lights! I would really like to own one 🙂

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