Tour A Dream Carmel-By-The-Sea Cottage

Prepare to fall in love. You’ve been warned! πŸ˜‰

This Β house proves a 1970’s home can be made-over and given lots of cozy, cottage feel. I thought when I looked at the build-date for this home, it was going to be from the 1920s or 1930’s. It has that much old-house charm.

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Though different and certainly more modern, it has the same warm, inviting feel of the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday, don’t you think? (Tour the English cottage in The Holiday movie here: The Holiday)

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The interior is open but somehow still maintains a charming, cottage, almost cabin-like feel. That’s hard to do–have an open interior and still feel warm and cozy.

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Check out this kitchen! Love it when the refrigerator just doesn’t exist. πŸ™‚

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Can you believe this home was built in the 70’s?

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Breakfast nook…

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The dining room…

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You can glean so many awesome ideas from the design of this home. For example, notice the built-in niche for the TV and how they even took advantage of the space inside the windows for bookshelves. It looks like there are bookshelves on both sides of the window on the left. I bet they are on one side of the other window, too.

I wonder if those windows could be enlarged to go all the way down for the addition of window seat? The depth is already there for a window seat. Ummm, may not be possible depending on what’s on the outside of those windows.

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Adorable, absolutely adorable sunroom with arched windows and a Dutch door. Oh My Gosh, this room is killing me it’s so cute! I love the stone floor, rock fireplace, board and batten walls, arched windows…the furniture. Just perfect!

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Great design for a laundry room. Love it when appliances can be made to completely disappear!

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Adorable bedroom! Would love to know the color of that green paint!

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This must be the bathroom for this bedroom since we see the same pretty green paint. I’ve never seen a shower done quite like this. It almost looks like beadboard on the lower part, doesn’t it. Wonder what that is…it’s obviously not wood. They used it on the lower half of the walls in the rest of the bathroom, too. Wonder how this would look in my son’s old bath when I renovate it? Ummm…..

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Love the leaded-glass window, such a great bathroom! Betcha anything that’s a heated towel holder! Would love one of those!

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This must be the master bedroom. I could force myself to live with a fireplace in my master. πŸ˜‰

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Another beautiful bath, so many ideas here! Love that big shelf for storing shampoos, etc…Cute window, too!

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Another lovely bedroom, this one with a fabulous view! Look at that wall of windows and how the doors open. Does it look like they bi-fold to you? What a wonderful space! I wonder if there’s a TV hiding behind those panels above the bed?

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Another cozy bedroom…

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A cute patio for enjoying all that great Carmel weather!

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And when you grow weary of looking at the beautiful flowers in your cottage garden, you can enjoy this view!

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Everyday would be vacation, wouldn’t it?

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Pictures in this post are from Trulia HERE where you’ll find more information and photos of this charming cottage.

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  1. I know this cottage–I live in Santa Cruz and we go to Carmel often. So cute!

    • Darrielle, if I lived near Carmel, I would be stalking that area regularly. lol They would be calling the police saying there’s a crazy woman who keeps driving around taking pictures!

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Susan, that would be two of us. We might as well save gas and drive together, lol.

  2. WOW Susan what a charming home!! I kept scrolling up and down to make sure I didn’t miss anything…LOVE that room with the plaid sofas! Heck I loved all the rooms!

  3. Add this one to our list Susan….just think of the vacations we could all have!! πŸ™‚ It is so adorable, I wonder if it was built originally like that, or if someone has changed it since. The only hint to the 70’s I saw, was the solid wall on the staircase going down. Does it have a basement?
    I loved the deep windows which you find in English cottages because of very thick walls.
    Yup….could live there too!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Ha, just saw the price….well….we could rent it at $17,690 PER MONTH!! πŸ™‚

  5. I’ll take one sunroom and one laundry room, please. Oh, and both garden and sea views. Thank you.

  6. Jake's a Girl says

    Beautiful! I could live there. And beautifully done.
    I’d say the bottom of the shower is bead board tile. I’ve seen is used a time or two.
    Pretty stuff and very costly if memory serves. Thanks for the tour. *sigh*

  7. Elena Wortman says

    Gorgeous home! Seller is asking $3.6 million for it, YOWZA, that’s out of my price range. :0) I knew Carmel was an expensive area, but I didn’t think it was that expensive.

  8. Wonderful place! Thanks for giving the tour. You make a superb docent. πŸ˜‰

    When I first saw the floor lamp at the right in pic #2, I said, “That’s my lamp!”; but then I realized it’s by the same artists, but not exactly a duplicate of the one I own.

  9. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, you are so right. This house is so COZY! For me it’s the combination of natural elements like the stone fireplaces, wood ceilings and furniture, tile floors, etc. along with the homey plaids and ridiculously cute arched windows, french doors, pretty colors and casual decor elements. If you were invited to stay the weekend there, you just can tell you’d feel comfortable and ‘at home.’ I even like the window in the living room that appears to look out over an exterior entry way and through to the kitchen window! Those types of things, along with the half walls, wide arched door ways, board and batten give it that English cottage feel. I wish there were a place like this you could rent for a week (along with cook, housekeeper, butler – (hey, why not? πŸ˜‰ ) and a stable of masseuses. Sigh. Wouldn’t that be a lovely vacation?

  10. That is SUCH a beautiful area!!! franki

  11. Beautiful house. Love all of it. It just proves you don’t need a 5,000sf house to have elegance. The furnishings are perfect. Love the sunroom. The nod to the 70s is the wood paneled walls & ceiling w/ exposed beams. Very common in the 70s as you probably know….The laundry room is very nicely done but consider the difficulty in servicing the W/D should something go wrong. No easy access to water connections behind the washer & the cabinets have a toe kick at the base so even that would make it difficult to slide out of the way unless that panel is easily removed. (Being married to an engineer makes me look at things differently). …I wondered about the bead board shower too. I wonder if it is tile, there are so many new kinds, colors & shapes. Since there is marble in the shower, I wonder if their tile person cut strips of white marble to imitate the bead board & beveled the edges? With this price tag, they could do a lot of custom work….or perhaps it’s some acrylic material since so many bath fixtures are made with acrylic these days. Whatever, it’s just lovely & so spacious. Thanks for the tour. I’m California dreaming now.

  12. What a lovely home with an even lovelier view!

    That lamp is very similar to one my friend has. I don’t know if the artist originates here in Massachusetts, but there’s a store nearby that is almost dedicated to these lamps. Also, once a year there is an art fair and there are hundreds of these lamps for sale. Pricey but nice :).

  13. Oh yum! This is more my style rather than more fancy places. Don’t get me wrong, this is GORGEOUS, but not off-putting in a more formal way. I could kick off my shoes and drink a big tall glass of iced sweet tea and just chill… Yeah, Jives bring me my flip-flops wouldja, dear? I wanna take a stroll in the garden~~

  14. Susan, Carmel-By-The-Sea would be an ideal spot for a second home. Fun to dream about. This is a wonderful property. I could spend endless hours enjoying the view and the garden. Yes, add this one to my dream list!

  15. Open and cozy at the same time! That’s something to appreciate, isn’t it?! I love that it feels very much like a true home. They used lots of color which adds to the charm. A+!!

  16. I could move right in! It’s so charming. I have been following your blog for years. First time I’m leaving a comment.
    I always enjoyed your home on rate my space too.


  17. Margaret Robinson says

    Hi —

    So glad you’re showcasing our area – this is one of the really cute re-do’s (which is certainly reflected in the price!). The house did not start out with the basement (at least not one that was able to handle bedrooms – which is where at least some of the square footage is now). The downside is that (a) closet space is at a premium in all these Carmel-by-the-Sea places unless you are able to get thru the Planning and Historical Committees to change things for more space and good luck with that), (b) the lot sizes are usually very, very small (note this is only 1,000 square feet of pure acreage – adequate for a tiny garden obviously) and ( c) most all these darling places have a 1-car garage and on-street parking is limited as visitors usually grab any place they can. The work was custom and I believe the interior designer is one of our own.
    On that note, I say everyone should visit and take a tour of this lovely Peninsula (and should include Santa Cruz too). It’s certainly located with easy access (everything’s right off Hwy. 1). Prices are rising because the economy is improving in California and certainly in the Silicon Valley where people are looking for homes away from the frenzy. Come dream, come enjoy good food and extremely friendly people (and beaches are dog-friendly)! Perhaps Susan, you should plan a girl’s trip out here and everyone who reads your blog should meet up in Carmel.

    • Margaret, that would be a fun trip! I’ve only been to Carmel once and unfortunately I didn’t get to see any of the homes there, didn’t even know about these darling storybook homes back then. It was preblogging days. Thanks so much for sharing more about the area…such a beautiful place!

  18. I love Carmel! I’ve always wanted to see inside one of those dreamy cottages! Thanks for sharing!

  19. What a beautiful place! So glad you featured it today. I love the warm paint colors. Too bad they are listed with the house information πŸ˜‰

  20. Oops… Susan,
    I guess I missed your warning! I “devoured” all of those beautiful pictures, then I went back to (re)read everything and… too late! I had already fallen in love! πŸ˜‰
    This is definitely a “dream home” … although I’m pretty sure it would look so much more beautiful if there were… MY chubby cherubs, MY favorite books, MY framed Bee Gees pictures and all of MY beloved
    “Americana” items and flags displayed here and there… Sorry, I’m just daydreaming… LOL
    ( Well, at least, now you know what I would pack in my suitcases if I could buy that house and move!) πŸ™‚
    Susan, I think you are right, that’s a heated towel holder. They’re very popular in Germany. Plus, I always smile when I read you mentioning how you love “hidden” refrigerators, because here they are almost always full integrated and “hidden” as they basically do belong to any new kitchen you buy, but lots of people would prefer “American” refrigerators, as we call “your” stainless steel and free-standing ones and they are willing to pay hundreds or even thousands of €uros to make a change. Funny, huh? πŸ™‚
    ~Hugs to you~

    • Cecilia, that is amazing! My dream kitchen would have all the appliances totally hidden, just beautiful painted cabinetry visible. Too funny! I guess we always think the grass is greener on the other side. lol

      • LOL,
        you’re so right, Susan!
        I love how much we Europeans (at least ME) do love Americans habits and customs and vice versa!

  21. Linda Page says

    I agree that this home needs to be added to our list of “homes to buy/rent/take over”. One of these days we need to select one and get serious about purchasing one!!! lol Susan, I am still thrilled every day when there is a BNOTP email in my email box!!! Never thought I would be so silly about a blog but yours just makes my day! I love this house. I could also manage to sleep in a room with a fireplace!!! Especially that room!! Thanks for the great tour!

  22. Beautiful home! I adore Carmel! we don’t live to far only a 3 hour drive at the most. I drool over the cottage homes every time I go to Carmel. If only I was rich…LOL
    Fun post! Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  23. Jill Brewster says

    What an adorable little cottage. I would have no need to go on vacation if I called this place home. Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. TippysMom says

    Be still my heart! I love the look and feel of this cottage and am wondering if the beadboard in the shower is finished w/marine varnish? Thanks for sharing this adorable home w/us.

  25. TippysMom says

    Be still my heart! I love the look and feel of this home and wonder if the beadboard in the shower is finished w/marine varnish? Thanks for sharing this adorable cottage w/us.

  26. For the green try ‘Breakfast Room Green’ by Farrow and Ball. I have the chart next to me and it looked very similar to the bedroom pic (but not the same green as in the bathroom). xx

  27. Deena S. says

    Another winner Susan! It’s amazing how all those beautiful, good-sized rooms fit in that cottage. Amazing! There’s a good chance the green paint in the bathroom is Benjamin Moore’s “Rosemary Sprig” (#2144-30). I work at Country Curtains and we have a section of rooms painted what looks to be that color (although in some of these pics the color looks a bit more lime) with Linen White trim. A beautiful combination. Green can be tough, but this is a great one! Cheers!

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