Fairytale Cottages In Carmel-by-the-Sea Are What California Dreams Are Made Of

Splurge: Buff LaGrange with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Pebble Beach has listed Santa Fe 2 NE of Mountain View, Carmel, California for $1.65 million.

Known for its storybook cottages and beachfront charm, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect place to start living your California dream. But all that beauty comes at a cost. Here we highlight two such cottages, each with idyllic locations mere blocks to town but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose the Carmel Cottage Splurge or the Whimsical Garden Steal? We would love to hear your pick in the comments.

Splurge: Carmel Cottage With Peek-A-Boo Ocean & Sunset Views For $1.65M

Privately tucked up on a prime Carmel lot rests this charming three-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage. According to the listing it has peek-a-boo views of the ocean and dreamy sunset colors from the master balcony. It’s described as bright and cheerful, and we can see why. The white-washed exposed beam ceilings and cozy fireplaces offer that quintessential beach cottage feel, while the quiet neighborhood allows you to unwind in style. All bedrooms come en-suite and one can even serve as a second master, study, or rental. The open layout and custom details throughout add to the charm. Plus, it’s only two blocks to downtown Carmel shops, galleries, and restaurants!

Buff LaGrange with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Pebble Beach has listed Santa Fe 2 NE of Mountain View, Carmel, California for $1.65 million.

Steal: Whimsical Two-Bedroom On An Oversized Garden Lot For $949,000


For under a million, you could do far worse than this cutie cottage just five blocks from town. The big draw is the oversized garden lot offering whimsical landscaping to lure any green thumb. You’ll become enchanted by the French doors in the living area which bring the gardens in. Hardwoods, archways, and a tiled kitchen with hand-painted cabinets offers a sunny breakfast nook. There’s even a steam shower and a gracious sundeck with private backyard for enjoying some peace and quiet. Additional highlights include cove ceilings, newer composite roof, plus garage and guest parking. No doubt savvy buyers will be swept away by this Carmel steal.

Linda Miller of Carmel Realty Company has listed 2nd Avenue 2SW of Carpenter Street, Carmel, California for $949,000.