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December 29, 2013 / Linda Hartong


I am enchanted by this 100 year old home built by M.J.Murphy and delighted to see it is being held open while I am in Carmel.


I circle around the outside Tom’s Last Penny in anticipation of the open house.

M.J. Murphy was a Master Builder and extremely versatile. The home has a “Craftsman” feel to it.  

Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers — Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene — who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. 

The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution) to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine-made.

In 2000, the home is lovingly remodeled with meticulous attention to detail.

Carmel’s nationally trademarked and acclaimed woodworker, Ambrose Pollock, is responsible for some intricate wood working such as these stair rails.


I open the gate covered by its arbor and craftsman – style lighting and walk through the front garden. I am wowed by the unique windows. Multi-pane sashes over one large glass pane is typical but the curves add so much. 


The partially paned door is handsome.  


I sit in the red chairs


and admire the gargoyle. 


When Sunday comes, I make my visit. 

I suspect the house once had a generous front porch now remodeled into a entry and kitchen eating area. 

This is an open floor plan with hardwood floors, exposed rafters and beams, simple trim and beautiful wood walls that glow.  

The welcoming living room has  a new Carmel stone fireplace by DD Coopersmith.

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The owner has several collections of decorative objects and has edited them well so they do not clutter or overwhelm. Note the pottery on the mantle.


The checkerboards,


and the vintage irons.


The kitchen has open shelving.


And the stove is new “vintage”. To the right is dining area in the bright ,sunny window.

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The master bedroom


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has stained glass in exterior windows and built-in bookcases and shelving typical in a craftsman home. 



It opens to an inviting brick deck.

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Lets go upstairs. An inglenook is centrally located as a place to read and relax.

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I can picture a child curled up in the chair as the rain taps on the ceiling and walls. 

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Raggedy Ann and Andy wait to be played with. 


To the right is a bedroom.

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Where the roof slants down to the floor, ingenious book storage is installed. 


One more bedroom 

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and a bath between the two bedrooms 


has a claw foot bathtub.


So charming. It is listed by Tim Allen for $1,695,000.



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  1. Carolyn / Dec 29 2013 4:08 pm


  2. Jocelyne / Dec 29 2013 5:56 pm

    Wonderful house, I love everything about it !

  3. Von / Dec 29 2013 6:28 pm

    Love these tours of Carmel houses Linda. Keep them coming!! Best wishes to you for 2014!

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