26317 Scenic Road

Carmel, a town home to winding, hilly roads crisscrossing sloping, ocean view oriented neighborhoods, provides just the right, or in the words of Edith Wharton, correct, setting and milieu for this striking, seaside stone cottage, sheltered from prying eyes under the canopies of mature Monterey cypress.

Upon arriving at Carmel’s 26317 Scenic Road, you are at once welcomed up the most divine slim stone walkway to a small home constructed out of buff, cream, and ginger-colored stone, up to a massive white entry door with equally hefty storybook wrought iron hinges and flourishes, which may or may not bid you inside.

If you do make it past the door—perhaps it requires a secret password to enter this magical cottage—the cozy, yachty, interiors will warm the cockles of even the most compartmentalized of hearts. At some point during the middle decades of the twentieth century, an owner of yesteryear constructed a rear addition to the cottage, thereby adding much needed additional living space, albeit of a slightly different, yet somewhat complimentary, aesthetic style. This tension could easily be heightened to create a new world within a world—the true dream. And, with ocean views abounding around every corner, a sensitive, personalized remodel is just what the doctor ordered for this property.

A light, crisp, firm vision and hand are required for this personalization endeavor, and I have procured three designers who could skillfully grasp, complete, and further the vision I hold for the property.

Our first designer is Peter Block & Associates Architects who, in 2014, created a wondrous “American English” home in Atlanta, Georgia that fuses clean lines, traditional building materials and craftsmanship, illustrated by the beamed ceilings, wood paneled rooms, lath and plaster walls, and delicate ironwork, as well as a grounded, light flooded sense of casual elegance throughout the composition of the home’s spaces.

Another, more traditional, source of inspiration comes from the work of the office of Fairfax & Sammons, an architectural firm with offices in both New York City and Palm Beach. Here, in their renovations to a stone cottage, we can see their deep commitment to and understanding of fine craftsmanship and bespoke design elements, also expressed in generous amounts of brick, wood, glass, and iron.

As the rear wing of the home is a midcentury addition, why not consider a fresh start? While you could easily continue the cottage theme through to the newly rebuilt wing, let’s have a little fun with the design and interweave contemporary and traditional building practices to create a truly Carmel home: Mullet Haus 2.0, as inspired by the 2008 Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Idea House designed by architect Seth Howe of STUDIOHOWE.

Instead of having a midcentury addition, the home would instead boast a cutting edge steel, glass, and concrete wing flooded in light, ocean and garden views—a truly California design.

26317 Scenic Road is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,601 square foot circa 1928 home located on a 7,215 square foot corner lot. The house is currently listed courtesy of Canning Properties of Sotheby’s International Realty and Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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