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March 19, 2017 / Linda Hartong

High Tide- A storybook cottage in Carmel


If you have strolled along Scenic Drive in Carmel, no doubt you have noticed this handsome home. High Tide is just outside the one square mile that is Carmel-by-the-Sea, so I have no city hall records to tell me about it.

The house combines many elements of the Storybook Style such as the wave roof and rounded doorways and windows.

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The smooth stucco is a distinctively California exterior material.

The towers, eyebrow windows, ornamental chimney pots and dutch door all add to the charm.

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Add a cottage garden and you have charm, charm, charm.

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  1. leontrice / Mar 19 2017 5:53 pm

    Have often admired and wondered about this cottage.

  2. Lynn / Mar 19 2017 6:13 pm

    Oh Linda I am so very happy to open my emails and see one from your blog! I had been missing them as I enjoy these unique homes and gardens so much. I hope to visit Carmel some day and see these houses in person. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Carol / Mar 19 2017 6:32 pm

    I, too, am happy to see your blogs and photographs once again. And it makes me even happier to know that you are spending time in Carmel. Hope to see you there one of these days…..

  4. Chris Martin / Mar 19 2017 6:36 pm

    Linda, I LOVE your eMails. I am 71 years old. I was in Carmel By The Sea as a ten year old when my dad had a business conference in the area. I literally fell in love with the quaint little town, flowers, cottage homes, stone walls & walkways, and people. On my 60th birthday, my husband brought me back for a visit. I was still enthralled with the towns charm, residents, homes, close location to the ocean! I still have sea shells the size of cantaloupe that my family collected on the beach 61 years ago, plus a large jar of small shells. When there 11 years ago, I was able to purchase a book with history and photos of many of the cottages. If I could pick anywhere to live, it would be Carmel! Of course my family is all here in Wichita, Kansas so I would need to bring them. Keep the eMails coming. 💜

  5. Valerie / Mar 19 2017 6:41 pm

    Love your posts !

  6. Dan / Mar 19 2017 7:39 pm

    So glad to see that you are sharing again. You are Carmel’s best ambassador. Getting your blog is like taking a mini trip to Carmel each time I open it. It takes me on a slow, relaxing trip down Ocean where I enjoy looking in the gallery windows at the art, a stimulating walk where I enjoy being inspired by the flower gardens and the Comstock architecture, or a lazy trip down Scenic Drive watching the surfers and the waves along the Carmel and Pebble Beaches. I can almost see the cypress trees and feel and smell the cool ocean breeze. Thank you.

  7. Margaret Robinson / Mar 19 2017 7:53 pm

    This house did not look like this at all 10+ years ago – it was an English, but much more “stern” looking and owned by a slightly doty lady who hung her hand washing outside. This look better and has more character (well, minus the other Lady of the House).

    Thanks for showing this and all the other wonderful place you find! MMR

  8. Katerina / Mar 19 2017 9:03 pm

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Donna Kohler / Mar 19 2017 9:12 pm

    So wonderful to see you blogging again! I’ve missed you and have emailed a while back but didn’t get a response. My hubby’s Carmel-by-the-Sea Coloring book was published in December, available on Amazon. We have been invited to tour an interesting Carmel home this week. Can’t wait. Would love to meet you some time.

    • Linda Hartong / Mar 19 2017 9:40 pm

      Hi Donna,
      I just ordered you hubby’s book for my 6 year old granddaughter. She comes to Carmel often and is quite an artist. I am so glad someone thought to to this coloring book. Best of luck

  10. Linda O'Brien / Mar 19 2017 9:41 pm

    I’m so glad to see your back I ‘ve missed tales from Carmel
    We live here in Carmel by the Sea and really enjoy your blog.

    • Linda Hartong / Mar 19 2017 9:43 pm

      Thanks Linda. We still have our home at 8th and Lincoln and are there off and on. Look for me on the front porch when you drive or walk by.

  11. carmelcottage / Mar 19 2017 9:52 pm

    I would so love to see everything you have “blogged” so far made into a beautiful picture book. The perfect find at Pilgrims Way bookstore. Remember as a child, reading your favourite fairytales over and over? This is like “Fairytales for Grown-ups”.

  12. Barbara Miner / Mar 19 2017 11:27 pm

    Linda, I love that you are writing/posting again. I’ve missed you!

  13. Marti / Mar 20 2017 11:58 am

    Welcome back, thanks for sharing.

  14. Bobbie Belvel / Mar 20 2017 5:50 pm

    What a surprise to see your blog in my email! I have missed your postings and am delighted you are back! I now live in Pacific Grove, a stone’s throw from Carmel and am so grateful. Hope you continue with your blog and we hear from you again, Linda.

  15. Joanne / Mar 20 2017 10:24 pm


    I was thrilled to see your story about High Tide Cottage! I named my own Wisconsin cottage “Hightide” after seeing this home — and also use it in my yahoo handle!! I instantly fell in love with this cottage about 20 years ago on a trip to CA. It was my first trip to Carmel❤. Actually, if I could live anywhere, it would be Carmel! I drive past this home every trip there.

    Love, love, love getting your email!!

    Joanne Brown Kenosha, Wisconsin

    Sent from my iPhone


  16. GGFlorida / Mar 20 2017 11:38 pm

    Enchanting! Brings back memories of when I lived in Pebble Beach in the 70s. Carmel will forever hold a special place in my heart and your pics are precious reminders of the beauty it holds. Thanks for sharing your lovely photography and comments.

  17. Lorrie Denning / Mar 21 2017 2:04 am

    So happy to see you back in the blog world once again. You have been missed.

  18. Jo Ann Cummings / Mar 28 2017 4:21 am

    Love this!!! thank you so much for sharing. We are visiting in July and can’t wait to see this wonderful house. Love your blog… please keep it up!!

  19. Clay McCleery / Apr 3 2017 5:28 am

    Thank you, Linda! I stumbled upon your blog by accident, today.
    I have recently “discovered” Carmel, and have been voraciously researching it.
    I have known of Tor House for over twenty years; that, and Doris Day were all I really knew about Carmel, until recently.
    Cottages by the Sea, by Linda Leigh Paul, arrived two days ago. I immediately read it in one sitting.
    I have a book about Greene and Greene, that gives me good accounts of James House and The Studio.
    While reading about Charles Sumner Greene yesterday, I came across you! I read everything readily available, and perused all of your photos, and then I did what you suggested…and ordered SIX books about Carmel! The Comstock Fairy Tale Cottages is already on its way!
    Again, many thanks, for a great blog, and encouraging me to spend $!!!😜

  20. Roslyn Worcester / May 28 2017 2:22 pm

    Dear Linda, What a wonderful surprise to find your recent posts! We haven’t been able to get down to Carmel from Oregon for a couple of years, so your beautiful pictures keep my spirits up. I used to live in Carmel, so almost every picture recalls a wonderful memory. I, too, think your photos & interesting Carmel histories & reflections would make a great book. There hasn’t been a good newer book about Carmel in a few years. Hope to enjoy more future posts!!! Blessings.

  21. Patty from Colorado / Oct 27 2017 9:42 pm

    Linda, THANK ‘YOU’ so very much for this wonderful post on these beautiful cottages in Carmel! It was truly a feast for my eyes. I have such a LOVE for storybook cottages….they speak volumes to my ❤️

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