I started writing “Tales From Carmel” in January 2011. I wanted to know the history and stories of this place I have come to love.
I wrote of Carmel’s curious customs,
its unique courtyards,
I wrote about its stunning cottage gardens,
and exquisite setting.
But what I loved the most was that I had an excuse to engage Carmelites in conversation. They were enormously generous with stories and tours of what they had created and held dear .
238 posts later, I find myself with little to add that is of significance. I am ready to take on a new challenge, one discovered by my experiences while writing this blog and while growing older.
We are all aware, to some degree, that our lives are a story, parts of which we wish we could put in writing to live on after we die. As we experience the dying process of someone we love, we may hear stories that we have not heard before. We see sides of them we have not seen before. Their stories become a precious gift.
As Gail Lumet Buckley says “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.”
Hospice helped both my Mother and Father die in the way they wished. I have looked for something I can give back and finally found something.
Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City
has started using volunteers to help patients create life journals to leave as legacies for family members . The Journals focus on heritage, special memories and life treasures. They contain family photos, favorite recipes, memories , bits of advice and a place for the family to write their own memories.
I have just started on this project, but you know how I like to tell a story.
Thanks for reading and commenting on the blog. It has really been a joy.
If you are new to the blog please take a look at the post of which I am most proud
Hugh Comstock’s Fairytale Cottages By The Sea
Carmel’s First Courtyard- The Court of the Golden Bough
What The Heck Is a Fairytale Cottage, Anyway?
I Am Invited To Tour Biddlestone Cottage and Garden
Maintaining The Essence Of Carmel
Carmel-By-the Sea’s Best-Kept Secret
Carmel’s Golden Hour
“On Little Cat Feet”
HOW DOES CARMEL MEASURE ON THE “LIVABILITY
I will not be posting every week as I have been but will post from time to time as I find things I want to share. Until then, be well, be happy.
The Jordan Center is located on the corner of 6th ave and Mission near Devendorf Park.
It is currently home to Grasings Restaurant, Cayen Jewelry and Forget Me Nots.
I stand across the street and catch a photo of one of the entrances. Then pan down to Grasing’s Restaurant.
At Grasing’s, chefs Kurt Grasing
and Narsai David offer creative coastal cuisine paired with Central Coast wines. The Carmel restaurant won a 2003 Wine Spectator Award for Excellence.
This is always a busy place but I am here mid afternoon and it is quiet enough to take photos without interrupting diners.
The bar is very welcoming and has a huge “Happy Hour” crowd but at this hour is empty.
The staff are decorating for Christmas.
I like the way the dining spaces are divided. Three spaces but on different levels to create a feeling of intimacy .
These photos from their website show how beautifully the food is presented.
Bill and I celebrated New Year’s Eve here and it was delightful.
There is also an area for outside dining.
Next up is Forget Me Nots and Forget Me Nots Too.
I have blogged about this delightful shop before.
Owner Shirley Jensen provides design services, incorporating antique and new linens, rugs, paintings, furniture and other items from her ample collection. I tour once again snapping a few shots. Tres elegant.
On down the lane is the Cayen Collection
Designer jewelry salon. Showcasing the works of over 20 artists and one of the best gemstone collections in California.
Products Showcased: Diamonds, Gemstones, Designer Jewelry, Custom Jewelry Design & Re-Design.
I peer in the window
and then through the dutch door.
They are just opening.
I visit their website where I see exquisite jewelry.
This courtyard is just one block north of Ocean Ave. and well worth exploration
Bill and I have watched the owners of this home settle in and lavish it with attention and personal details. It is obviously loved.
Paul Hollingsworth of Coldwell Banker Realty sends me a “heads up” that it is for sale.
The listing sheet information is courtesy of Peter Butler at Carmel Reality Company.
So lets tour The Frivolous Frog.
Originally built in 1924 and remodeled in 2007, this Cape Cod sits on 2 lots at the NE corner of Carmelo and 13th. I have often admired the name tiles and wonder how it got its name. This guy looks like he knows how to have a good time.
The flag is always flying its welcoming banner on the front porch.
The owners have created multiple spots to enjoy the temperate Carmel climate. A stone patio on the corner,
an intimate spot for two by the front door.
You would be able to find me in the rocking chairs on the front porch.
The living room is large enough to allow for two sitting areas.
One in front of the fireplace and
One that opens to a stone patio
with a beautiful water feature.
There is a formal dining room
and kitchen with emerald-green quartzite slab countertops
and another fireplace.
The master bedroom ,
walk in closet,
with steam shower
are also on the first floor.
is the family media room
From the deck outside one can enjoy ocean views while sitting by a cozy fireplace.
The guest wing is private with two en-suite bathrooms
and its own kitchenette.
The lower level boasts a wine cellar.
The asking price for this luxurious home is $6,950,000.
Click the link below for the site.
It is a pleasure just to window-shop at Robertson’s, especially at night. Lighting is their specialty and night or day the shop glows from all 7 windows.
It takes up most of the corner of Delores and 7th. 2,000 sq. ft. of treasures. They have been in business since 1972 under this striped awning.
The staff are friendly and laid back. They let me wander and photograph to my heart’s content.
Various levels help define the shop.
I start at the front door and admire this handsome desk.
I weave between treasures
and spot this Sextant from The National Physical Laboratory.
Then down an aisle. Cabinets of silver, china and jewelry sparkle on both sides.
I spot this Tiffany “Zodiac” Bronze Desk Set c.1910. Everything in the shop is meticulously identified and priced.
There are nooks
and crannies deep in the back of the shop.
I begin to make my way back to the front.
Nick Robertson loves lighting. These two gentlemen are a recent acquisition. Made of specter, a zinc alloy, and then painted bronze. The shades are leaded caramel flag glass. C.1920.
Such unusual pieces as this Pierpont lamp with its reverse painted shade and candlestick base. C. 1926-1930. $2,750
and this obverse painted glass shade with specter base C.1910. $2900
This specter panel lamp C.1915 is my favorite.
These outstanding Meissen Candelabra 39” tall have a fascinating story.
They were in the Meissen collection of Gustav von Klemperer before the Nazis seized it from his descendants in 1936.
Silver English tea kettles
and tea sets are polished to perfection.
I came into the shop looking for antique children’s books. But they have sold but other leather bound volumes wait for purchase.
The shop also carries an impressive collection of walking sticks
swords such as this British Naval Sword Nursing Corps C. 1915.
I am “antiqued out” and thank the salespeople for letting me take photos.
Mr. Robertson also does Estate liquidation and gives free appraisals.
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
admire the stone patio.
I love the open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, pecan floors and arched doorways.
The patio is built around this tree because trees “trump” floor plans in Carmel. I see many homes with this configuration.
The fireplace is welcoming. Carmel’s temperate climate encourages the use of patios and decks every day.
The kitchen has Viking appliances, granite counter tops, and a walk-in pantry.
The master bedroom and bath are on the main level.
The master has a fireplace.
Love that porthole window in the shower. That used to be a trademark sign of a Don McBride built home.
and the sink configuration.
There is one half- bath.
Upstairs two bedrooms
share a bath.
Such a pretty home. It was a treat to tour courtesy of Carmel Realty.
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.
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.
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.