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February 16, 2014 / Linda Hartong


The one square mile of Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have home addresses. Owners give their home a name. 

Sometimes it is its geographical location like the 5th house north of 13th  on the west side of Casanova St. 

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Sometimes descriptive

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and sometimes just delightfully  whimsical.


I often admire “B BY THE SEA” and its guest house “Nothing Happened Here in 1936”. Although I do not give much thought to the names, I am intrigued by the gargoyle atop the chimney. 


This is a handsome home and I would love to see the owner’s garden, so I march up to the front door 


and tap the knocker.


While I wait ,I photograph this wonderful jar. 


No one answers so around the house I go 


Into the formal boxwood garden this gardener has created.


Such tasteful ornamentation.





I read the sign on the side door, but it is not so… she is not in the garden.


So off I go again admiring the vine espalier on the fence. 


I am tickled to find that Jerry Gervase, columnist for the Pine Cone, has written about the house in one of his clever articles.

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He enlightens me on the gargoyle and the name.

The gargoyle caused a bit of a flap when it was added to the chimney. So much so, it had to go before the planning committee who voted to allow it.

The home was named by the Brieholz’s daughter . The “B” stands for their name. 

An enterprising fellow has mapped all Carmel’s named homes on a google map. I think you will enjoy looking it over. Below is the link.

I would be remiss if I neglected to tell you that you can enjoy more of Jerry’s articles in Carmel’s weekly paper, THE CARMEL PINE CONE. I receive my free weekly paper by e-mail. Click below to subscribe.



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  1. Terri Smith / Feb 16 2014 10:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing this ! We always laugh when we see this sign !

  2. jfr / Feb 17 2014 12:48 am

    Hi Linda,

    Enjoyed seeing the names of the cottages and the Google map.

    However, he missed two of the most beautiful cottages in all of Carmel: Biddlestone and Jays’ Nest; both subjects of your blog.

    Do you know how we can contact the developer?


  3. Betty / Feb 17 2014 5:58 am

    Your posts get more and more interesting, if that’s possible, as I learn more about this wonderful town. Thank you for the time and patience you take in sharing these delights with us.

  4. Annie Westlake / Feb 20 2014 9:06 am

    How much fun! Thanks for the great information and the link to subscribe to The Pine Cone.

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