Hooked on a Cottage in Carmel

by hookedonhouses on September 24, 2009


Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, when we celebrate the things that make us happy. Here’s what got my heart pounding a little harder today: this sweet cottage in Carmel, California, featured on Lookiloos (love that site!). It was built in the 1920s as a caretaker’s cottage.


It’s on the market for about $5 million, which means I can buy it if I can come up with, let’s see, about $4.9 million! (Maybe if I checked under my sofa cushions…)


You can read all about it and see the rest of the beautiful photos at Lookiloos.


Stop by Melissa’s Beautiful Life party in full swing today at The Inspired Room, too!

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

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Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home September 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Hi Julia. What a charming cottage! I think I’ll buy two. ;-) ~Arleen
.-= Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home´s last blog ..Color Combination ~ Brick Red & Cheerful Yellow =-.

DesignTies September 24, 2009 at 8:52 pm

What a sweet house — and what a big price tag!! Yikes!! I’m so into black-framed windows right now — some of these pics are going straight into my inspiration folder!!
.-= DesignTies´s last blog ..Colourful Nova Scotia =-.

Stephanie@Geezees September 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm

That is my favorite house yet!!!
AMAZING…love the roof and floors…and ..I am drooling!

Christi at A Southern Life September 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm

It looks like something from a fairytale. Love all of the windows and the roof line! Fantastic!

.-= Christi at A Southern Life´s last blog ..Hooked on Southern Laughter =-.

Joan@anythinggoeshere September 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I am so sorry. My first link is incorrect. The correct link is the one mentioning “old garden tools”.
.-= Joan@anythinggoeshere´s last blog ..Tools of the Trade =-.

Susan September 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I just love all those windows! Very dreamy!

Suzy September 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I love that expensive cottage!! Especially that lovely pine floor and Irish pine furniture!! Love Lookiloos too!!
.-= Suzy´s last blog ..Hooked on FAME…. =-.

Maya@Completely-Coastal September 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

There are so many fairytale cottages in Carmel…, so adorable. They’re rather small too, which I happen to love.
.-= Maya@Completely-Coastal´s last blog ..Vessels from the Beach =-.

Twice Remembered September 24, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Oh my, I love that cottage! That kitchen sink is to die for!
.-= Twice Remembered´s last blog ..Red Cottage Kitchen Vignettes and Hardwood Photos =-.

Linda aka Heartfire At Home September 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm

The cottage is absolutely charming…. but the price tag! Phew! Love the front door, it’s gorgeous!
.-= Linda aka Heartfire At Home´s last blog ..13 Questions To Reveal Your Own Design ‘Must Haves’…Part Two =-.

Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas September 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

What a cute cottage. Looks like the garden is beautiful and tranquil too.
.-= Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas´s last blog ..Runts Fruit Candy Cupcake =-.

m September 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I’ll be that “caretaker”!!!! How adorable!!!!

m ^..^
.-= m´s last blog ..Steeple In The Storm… =-.

Atticmag September 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Julia, if you EVER get the chance to visit California, Carmel is a must-see destination. The town is filled with adorable cottages like the one you pictured. So much to see and a true romantic getaway! In addition to spending weekends there, I used to drive down for the day to go to the beach because the scenery and quaint downtown was just that beautiful. Jane T.
.-= Atticmag´s last blog ..My Favorite Pasta Secrets =-.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions September 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

How charming! Can $5 million be charming?

Jenny September 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

That’s a little costly! It’s cute though!
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..Homeschooling: Week 6 =-.

Lindsay @ Likely Design September 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I love it!! But yes…the price tag is quite hefty. I love the windows…and the landscaping. :)
.-= Lindsay @ Likely Design´s last blog ..Adventures in Saving the Planet =-.

Jenny K September 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm

That is the cutest cottage!
.-= Jenny K´s last blog ..The Staffordshire Hoard =-.

Robin All Things Heart and Home September 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

That kitchen! Love the cabinet color. And the outside garden! Wow!
All Things Heart and Home
.-= Robin All Things Heart and Home´s last blog ..Figure Friendly Recipe ~ Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

Styling by Coty Farquhar, Australia September 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Julia,

I am hooked on so many things this week, “it’s spring” and everywhere I look and everything I do I just get hooked on it. So…. I have linked two of my blogs with you today, my main blog with collecting pale blue china and my garden’s blog on Wisteria, which is totally amazing in my little town at the moment.

I love your posts this week, especially the loft in London, I really could live there.

Have a great weekend,

xx Coty

Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst September 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

What a charming little cottage! I may be able to spare a few pennies to help with the purchase ! :-)
.-= Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst´s last blog ..Flash Forward =-.

Fifi Flowers September 25, 2009 at 1:51 am

THose cottages are ADORABLE!!! I would love to see them in person some day! Bon week-end!
.-= Fifi Flowers´s last blog ..Football Season… Fashionable time… =-.

Heather September 25, 2009 at 2:06 am

Lovely! I spend my honeymoon there. It seems like each cottage is more adorable than the next!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Bubbles =-.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove September 25, 2009 at 4:37 am

What an adorable cottage!

Marianne@songbirdisnesting September 25, 2009 at 5:27 am

Well that sure is a cottage I could get hooked on! Sigh! Bigger sigh!
.-= Marianne@songbirdisnesting´s last blog ..Celebrate your life =-.

janice September 25, 2009 at 7:22 am

Wouldn’t it be nice if some Fairy Real Estate Godmother gave you a freebie house by the sea as a commission bonus, Julia, for getting us drooling over homes we wish we could buy! The great thing about visiting here, though, is I never feel envious, just inspired to make my own homelife better. This is a wee beauty. I do prefer the smaller, cosier ones like this; they’re always full of wee details we can take away with us and apply.
.-= janice´s last blog ..101 Slightly Unpredictable Tips for Novelists and Screenwriters =-.

TidyMom September 25, 2009 at 7:32 am

OH MY! how stinkin’ adorable is that cottage!!?

Have a GREAT weekend Julia!

.-= TidyMom´s last blog ..Things are Getting Exciting!! =-.

Kelli September 25, 2009 at 7:44 am

That cottage is so adorable. Would love to buy it! LOL! Thanks for hosting Hooked on Fridays. It’s a fun place to spend the day!!!
.-= Kelli´s last blog ..Silly =-.

Spencer Howard September 25, 2009 at 8:16 am

Beautiful house… thanks for sharing!

The Architectural Antique Review

Becky K. September 25, 2009 at 8:54 am

Oh that is soooo cute! I can see why you would get hooked on this one!

Becky K.
Hospitality lane
.-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Beautiful Life Friday… =-.

beth September 25, 2009 at 8:58 am

Very cute!! I can buy it if I can come up with 5 million dollars, and if we could figure out how to pay them pesky property taxes!! :)
.-= beth´s last blog ..Back in project mode with a furniture makeover =-.

Jane F September 25, 2009 at 9:07 am

Oh Julia, I adore that cottage. There is a similar house (fro the outside at least) in Beverly Hills, where I grew up. We always called it the munchkin house. It reminded us of something from a Hollywood movie. This one does too!
.-= Jane F´s last blog ..My Favorite Pasta Secrets =-.

Rhianna September 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

I love this house!
.-= Rhianna´s last blog ..Remembering Patrick / Part 4 =-.

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design September 25, 2009 at 9:34 am

Would not think you’d see an English cottage in Carmel. It looks like it was transported from Stratford Upon Avon. I love the stone.

MissCaron September 25, 2009 at 9:50 am

Charming home. Doesn’t fit with Carmel though … I think it would have been more appropriate in the New England area. Have a wonderful weekend!
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..Hooked on … a beautiful beach house =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints September 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

Lovely. Great house in a great spot. So charming:)
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Two weeks in and a Surprise! =-.

Leanne September 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

Beautiful cottage. I might be able to afford a small barbie size. I love the windows. Thanks for sharing and hosting. It’s great before the weekend!
.-= Leanne´s last blog ..Gardens & Farmer’s Markets and a Recipe =-.

Christy September 25, 2009 at 10:45 am

So sweet…I LOVE Carmel and the variety of storybook cottages that gives Carmel such charm!
.-= Christy´s last blog ..Welcome Autumn… =-.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger September 25, 2009 at 11:07 am

Ooooooh, I would LOVE to own a cottage in Carmel. My parents honeymooned there and recently went back for their 30th anniversary. So romantic!!!
.-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..Hooked on Farmhouse Sinks =-.

Tracy September 25, 2009 at 11:14 am

Julia, I actually prefer this house to the estate in the Hamptons on your other blog today! Crazy, right?
Do you know about the Storybook Cottages in Carmel? I haven’t seen them in person yet… that town is usually just a pit stop on our way further up the coast… but I told my husband recently that Carmel will have to be the actual destination one weekend very soon.
Thanks for this pretty post!
.-= Tracy´s last blog ..Falling for Purple =-.

Pat Smith September 25, 2009 at 11:41 am

Sorry Julia…just can’t get the trick of a correct listing! So I’m on 2x. I really enjoy finding new blogs to read.
.-= Pat Smith´s last blog ..Hooked on Boats =-.

scoots and cuddles September 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

adorable cottage. my parents live in Carmel and i visit for a month every summer. it’s a magical place. this cottage (shown) is one of hundreds of adorable, amazing homes in “in town” Carmel… also known as Carmel By The Sea. if given the opportunity, you must visit! also, there is fantastic shopping on and around Ocean Ave.
.-= scoots and cuddles´s last blog ..feeling fall-y =-.

Allison September 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Beutiful! Love it!
.-= Allison´s last blog ..Sports and Halloween! =-.

rachel September 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

gorgeous! and thanks for introducing me to Lookiloos!
.-= rachel´s last blog ..the BEFORE pictures… =-.

Stephanie September 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

What a charming house…thanks for posting it!!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..SoBright Designs Custom Babywear winner! =-.

Trish@TheOldPostRoad September 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Precious cottage! The wood (furniture, included) makes it so warm. Love the yard, too. I just like it ALL!
.-= Trish@TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Will We See More of This? =-.

Alisa September 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I’m a total dork and completely linked to the wrong post the first time. Please forgive me and erase it please…if you can. I liked it better when you got the little smiley face on your own link and could delete it. Sorry!
.-= Alisa´s last blog ..Gettin’ ready =-.

Sarah @ In A Dream September 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

What an incredible cottage! There is so much charm! I love the windows and all the stone and wood! It seems like a place a writer would getaway to or something, or a house from a child’s imagination. Gorgeous!
.-= Sarah @ In A Dream´s last blog ..Linmar Gardens =-.

Greet September 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Hallo Julia,

This is a charming cottage! And because today I wrote about Walda Pairon, a Belgian Interior Designer, who lives in a beautiful cottage near Antwerp, I thought it would be nice to add my post Hooked on Fridays.

Greet from Belgian Pearls
.-= Greet´s last blog ..A passionated woman =-.

Robin September 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Be still my heart!
.-= Robin´s last blog ..Music Appreciation (or, how I am amusing myself at your expense) =-.

Struggler September 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Wow, I know Carmel is expensive (and a lovely town) but this seems like a crazy price, even for there! Unlike some of your other multi-million dollar postings, I somehow think there wouldn’t be room for all your commenters to chip in and live there together :)

pk September 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm

What an adorable cottage! Love the first photo especially. Have a great weekend!
.-= pk´s last blog ..Chocolate Anyone? =-.

Kellye September 25, 2009 at 8:51 pm

That’s a gorgeous place and I’m not even particularly fond of cottages!

Jeanne September 25, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Love that kitchen. Maybe if we all chip in we can share it!!!
.-= Jeanne´s last blog ..Renew, Reuse, Recycle =-.

The Stylish House September 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

I have always wanted to visit Carmel, it looks enchanting. This cottage is so charming, warm and inviting it makes me want to move in! Thank you for hosting Hooked on Friday.
.-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..Tieback Tricks! =-.

Celebrity Digs HQ September 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Sorry we missed your “hooked on . . .” yesterday. (We’re actually hooked on Christina Ricci’s house, which we posted on Friday.) Anyway, we LOVE this Carmel cottage! Be sure to let us know if it belongs to someone famous!
.-= Celebrity Digs HQ´s last blog ..Christina Ricci’s L.A. Home Up for Sale, Celebrity Home of the Week =-.

Julie September 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Hi Julia
This home if just lovely.. very warm and inviting. Carmel is one place that I would love to visit if I ever get over to the US again.

I have joined your party this week.. thanks for the opportunity.. I am ‘Hooked on Venezia’
.-= Julie´s last blog ..VINTAGE Venezia: Faded Beauty =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now September 28, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love those floors…amazing. :) I’ve never been to Lookiloos before, but it sounds like a site I would enjoy, me being so nosy and all. ;) Wish I could have joined the party last week!
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Veni, Vidi, Vici…Or…They Came, They Saw, They Took the Scenic Route =-.

Jen September 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Super swoon!
.-= Jen´s last blog ..Monday Giveaway! =-.

Laura @ the shore house September 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I love lookiloos, too! I am fairly sure I first found them through you, so thank you. :-) And if I could rip that caretaker’s apron-front kitchen sink out…my day would be made.
.-= Laura @ the shore house´s last blog ..Bay Head Bargains =-.

Angela @ Imaginecozy September 29, 2009 at 9:39 am

So charming. . . I could be a caretaker if my little cottage looked like that!
Thanks for hosting the party.
.-= Angela @ Imaginecozy´s last blog ..Arranging Your Photos on the Wall =-.

rue September 29, 2009 at 11:10 am

I love those houses! When I lived in Pebble which is right next to it we used to cruise them. My mom looked at a few of them to buy, but they are so small! She just couldn’t bring herself to live in such a tiny house. Did you know that they don’t have addresses (at least they didn’t 10 years ago when we lived there)? They only have house names and use a post office for mail :)

.-= rue´s last blog ..Love is… =-.

Kathy :) September 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Adorable…..I think Clint Eastwood was Mayor of Carmel ????

Kathy :)

Beach Vintage October 5, 2009 at 4:01 am

Hi Julia, I love that big mansion on Beach Cottage Love but this is more my style. Liking it a lot today, cheers. Simone xx
.-= Beach Vintage´s last blog ..Happy Monday & Coastal Living =-.

Alicia November 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

If you’ve never been to Carmel, its worth visiting just to walk around and look at all of the charming cottage style houses!

Colleen Marquez November 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I was blessed to grow up in Carmel Valley. Carmel is charming: O the shopping, the ocean, the fresh air, the cottages! But to escape the fog and the crowds, and to experience a slice of life my great grandmother lived in 1930, check out our secret hideaway. One guest dubbed The Ranch House, Carmel Valley’s “Little Ahwahnee”, and we think the name fits! I dare say this place corners the word “charming” – just check out the guest book to read what others have said! Thanks for letting me share our secret home with you! Take a peek, and let us give you a warm Carmel Valley welcome.

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