Tour an Adorable Carmel Cottage

I came across this cute cottage in Carmel recently and it was love at first site. Hard to believe it’s 85 years old!

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It’s been carefully restored and is absolutely enchanting. Enjoy the tour!

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This home has so much charm with touches of whimsy throughout. Love that! Notice the black and white check pillows. That accent is repeated again in the kitchen.

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Love the character of old homes, like the beautiful arch in the breakfast nook. The kitchen has a bit of a European feel. (You’ll find additional photos of the kitchen at the link at the end of this post.)

The chandelier, canisters and knobs under the sink remind me of MacKenzie-Childs designs…lots of whimsy!

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Beautiful, restful colors here in the bedroom. I wonder if this is the master or a guest room?

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There’s a sweet little guest house out back.

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Window seat…adorable!

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Beautiful gardens!

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Summers is coming…hang in there!

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You’ll find additional photos of this cute cottage HERE

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  1. Carra Harris says

    Merry Christmas Susan—-Thanks for giving me a treat each morning with my hot tea.

    • Thanks, Carra! Merry Christmas! Can you believe it’s going to be close to 70 degrees this weekend?! Good time to do a little winter clean-up in the garden except I’ll probably be doing last minute shopping instead. πŸ™‚

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        That’s because you’re busy keeping us entertained with lots of cozy posts, rather than out shopping! πŸ˜› (not that I’m complaining) πŸ˜‰

  2. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Absolutely adorable. The outside has a whimsical look to it. I love the blue bedroom. I haven’t been to the Carmel / Monterey area in years (decades, actually, lol) but remember it as being one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen (and I have seen a LOT of the US and Canada.) I’m not surprised that tiny little house is priced well over $1M. Gosh, I wonder what it would be like to live there. I used to live in Southern California and I wouldn’t ever want to live there again. Not sure even the beautiful Carmel would be enough to lure me back. Thanks for sharing, Susan. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Pam! You know, I’ve only been there once and it is a beautiful place. Location, location, location…and of course the historical significance is what drives the price, I guess. What did you not like about Southern CA? I def couldn’t handle the traffic there…it was worse than ATL and that’s saying a lot! I’d also miss having seasons. As much as I love my porch, I do like to experience all the seasons and even the occasional snow as long as it doesn’t stick around too long.

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Oh, Susan, unfortunately, just about everything. Imo, California is one of the most beautiful states, but it has just been ruined by everything from millions of illegal aliens to pollution, crowding, TRAFFIC, road rage, high crime, you name it. And it has really goofy politics. [-( But let’s not let all that unpleasant stuff creep into our little cozy corner of the world on the porch. Where all things are warm and inviting, peaceful and bright. πŸ™‚

  3. Such a sweet place. I love the ceiling in the blue bedroom. Bringing the ceiling color down on the wall makes it seem taller.


  4. Perfectly charming! Thank you so very much for sharing!

  5. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Btw, I forgot to mention that ridiculously cute and ‘size appropriate’ wood stove by the window seat. Lol. So cute. πŸ˜€

  6. Elaine in Laguna says

    Good morning – Of course, being here in So Cal I had to chime in. I’m a native and wouldn’t live anywhere else! Although as I’m getting older would like a slower pace – it wasn’t always crazy fast-paced and traffic-y here! I’m lucky to have a simple commute, though. I love having a green and flowery garden in December along with warm weather year round. Thank you for sharing such beautiful places and posts on your blog, Susan. I especially love the interesting houses (including yours), tabletops and the creative projects. Wishing you and the followers a wonderful holiday from So Cal!

    • Thanks, Elaine. Elaine, when did the traffic start to get so crazy fast-paced? How many years ago? Atlanta has been horrible for years and it continues to get worse with every passing year. Even when I worked outside my home, I would never take a job that was more than a 15-20 minute commute. I’d rather make less than drive into ATL which could be an hour each way because there’s ALWAYS an accident that shuts down multiple lanes every day.

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Eek! I was afraid something like this would happen, that I would offend someone with my California comments. Sorry, Elaine. I do think California is stunningly beautiful, from the beaches (I lived at a beach, yay! πŸ˜€ ) to the mountains. The topography is so varied and rich. It’s just the people that messed everything up for me, lol. And Susan, I was living and driving there in the late 70’s and early 80’s and remember sitting on 6 lane highways that were like a parking lot. I’m not sure if they were ever able to do anything to alleviate that problem, but drives that would have taken maybe 20 minutes just in terms of distance, might take as much as 2 hours. πŸ™ I’m sure Elaine can tell you more.

        • My husband and I left So Cal for the reasons you’ve mentioned Pam. I’m sure you didn’t offend anyone, it’s just the reality of how things have become there. Not to mention, the crazy cost of living! We’re paying hundreds less here in FL for an apartment twice the size of the box we lived in in Orange County.

          But, if you have the money, it’s a beautiful place to live…darling little cottage:)

  7. Oh my goodness! This cottage is so quaint and most definitely charming. The outside if my favorite part. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  8. Love the gated entrance; it makes the adorable cottage even more “cottage-y.” It would make a wonderfully intimate B&B. Whenever my husband & I travel, we always try to stay in B&B’s – from cottages like this, to a Farm House Inn in NC, to the Seven Sisters B&B’s throughout California, to Castles in Ireland. Ooohhh, this makes me want to plan a trip!

    • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

      Oh … oh … oh … I’ve been wanting to visit North Carolina and would love to stay at a B & B. If you see this, please tell me which one you prize so highly. Thanks! πŸ˜€

  9. Hi — You know I couldn’t resist commenting Susan, as this is where we live (well, almost – we’re in PB). There’s another wonderful blog called “Tales of Carmel By-the-Sea” and the blogger does a marvelous job of taking photos and writing about the area, showing off the exterior and interior of these special homes. They are definitely small but most are beautifully restored or if fortunate, kept in the original, pristine condition. This home is wonderful and yes, as with most things here, expensive. Worth a day trip anyway – lots to see and do and it’s free to walk down the streets and just look!

    While we do have traffic here when it’s tourist season, this part of California hasn’t experienced quite the growth of our neighbors to the North (SF) or to the south (LA). The weather is fairly consistent with fog and lower temps on the coast, warmer with far more sunshine the farther one goes inland (as in Carmel Valley). We wouldn’t live any place else – have a tiny view of the ocean and can hear the sea lions every day. The smell of the ocean (on most days) is enticing and if you’re a golfer, this area is pure Nirvana!

  10. Linda C in Seattle says


    I noticed the 2 lighting fixtures in the kitchen are MacKenzie-Childs also.
    Not sure if I like the two different patterns of the valences above the sink and table.
    The gardens is where I wound spent most my time. πŸ™‚
    Having lived in So Calif for over 50 years, I still miss my home there.
    Seattle is beautiful ~ sometimes cold ~ a lot less concrete than So Calif.

  11. I love the cute cottages in Carmel. My favorite part of this one is the outside sitting area. Gee, I haven’t visited Carmel in a very long time, but I remember the tree lined streets and the quaint little shops.

  12. Vicki Daugherty says

    Oh Susan, those of us who love Mackenzie-Childs shreiked when we saw that kitchen! The teeny topiary, and the other one on the counter, plus her lotion dispenser by the sink are all McC. That probably explains the cushions on the sofa, they tie in. Someone has a whimsical nature and their decorating shows it. A charming house with a high price. And like you, I prefer all four seasons…..that’s why we moved from New Orleans back to Louisville, KY. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  13. LOVE everything about that beautiful home!!

  14. What a perfect little cottage. I would love one just like it! I’m sure those pillows and the rug, as well as the kitchen accessories are Mackenzie Child’s – absolutely one of my favorites!!!

  15. Juanita in OH says

    What an enchanting place. I would LOVE to spend about a week in that house; however, I would want to talk with Pam some more first, LOL. Thanks for the beautiful fantasy and someones else’s reality. Happy Holidays!

  16. Enchanting is the perfect word for this little charmer, Susan! Just like a doll house! I just love seeing homes from across the country. Kind of like a little Parade of Homes! πŸ™‚

    xoxo laurie

  17. Adorable cottage and I love the Mackenzie Child’s items. If I could afford them I would have a house full. Thanks to Margaret for the information on Tales from Carmel by the Sea blog. I’ll be sure to check it out ~ can’t get enough of those precious homes. Merry Christmas to you Susan! Vikki in VA.

  18. We visited there once…did the ocean scene….this cottage is just wonderful as are SO many homes in Carmel by the Sea! Are we ALL taking deep breaths about now….the panic attacks are coming more often…franki πŸ™‚

  19. Enchanting doesn’t even begin to describe this place! Love it, love it, love it!

    Just last week I went to the Mackenzie Child’s store in Manhattan. It was pure fantasy. I was with a friend who purchased a teapot and mugs for her son and soon to be daughter in law. Those canisters, knobs and chandy were in the store as well. I prefer their parchment pattern to the black &white check but those are lovely as well.

    The outside space of this home is so beautiful, but I suppose at a million for such a small space it better be!

  20. debbie widner says

    Thanks for the visit. Love this area and the unusual homes. My husband and I just visited Carmel in August. I had fell in love with the Big Sur coast and this area on a previous trip 3-4 years ago! Especially love the arch with the roses. Thanks.

  21. Had to take a look. My baby Will was born in Monterey at Fort Ord about 27 years ago. Carmel was beautiful then and so happy to see it still is.

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