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February 22, 2014 / Linda Hartong


Perhaps you have read about Carmel’s Golden Rectangle and wondered “what the heck is that?”.

Courtney Jones of Carmel Realty informs us

“it is literally a rectangular area outlined by Ocean Avenue, Scenic Avenue along Carmel Beach, Santa Lucia and San Carlos Street.


What you’ll find in this highly desirable area is typically a 1,600 sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a 4,000 sf lot. 

40-60% of these properties are vacation homes.  The average price per square foot runs about $1,100 these days, down from about $1,500 in the hey day.”

We bought in this area many years ago so that we could walk to all that Carmel offers. Real Estate values tended to be more predictable here than in other areas and we needed that as second home owners.

Our bungalow is 900 sq ft with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Monte Verde 5 SW of 12th is a newer home in the Golden Rectangle. It was built in 2005.


The landscaping and the stained glass window always catch my eye.


Today a “For Sale” sign is up so I go to its website. It is listed by Mike Canning of Carmel Realty for $2,2500.00.

Courtesy of the web site, I slip in the gate and 

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admire the stone patio. 

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I love the open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, pecan floors and arched doorways.

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The patio is built around this tree because trees “trump”  floor plans in Carmel. I see many homes with this configuration.

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The fireplace is welcoming. Carmel’s temperate climate encourages the use of patios and decks every day.

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The kitchen has Viking appliances, granite counter tops, and a walk-in pantry.

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The master bedroom and bath are on the main level. 

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The master has a fireplace.

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Love that porthole window in the shower. That used to be a trademark sign of a Don McBride built home.

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and the sink configuration.

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There is one half- bath.

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Upstairs two bedrooms

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share a bath.

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Such a pretty home. It was a treat to tour courtesy of Carmel Realty.

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  1. Susan / Feb 22 2014 5:23 pm

    What a wonderful place to live! Thanks for sharing~

  2. MTNYC / Feb 22 2014 7:05 pm

    I have a feeling you meant $2,250,000. (on zero missing in the price).

  3. Michael Smith / Feb 23 2014 5:40 am

    Great pictures! Michael

  4. Kathy Spencer / Apr 30 2014 1:16 pm

    Dear Linda, I’ll sure miss your emails! They really brightened up my inbox. 🙂 I have bookmarked this so I can go back and be whisked off to fairyland. You’ve inspired me to put Carmel on my bucket list, so I can see these places for real some day. My internet service changed recently, and I finally got a new email squared up. Well I wish you much success in your new endeavor. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful stories. I told you I wanted inspiration for my Gingerbread Dog House and you certainly delivered it! Spring is sprung around here in WNY, so I’m dreaming about my garden… 🙂 Thanks again for everything. I hope all is well for you . God bless you and your family. ❤️

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