If you told me I could live anywhere in the U.S., money being no object, I’d probably say Carmel California without hesitation. It is possibly the most charming community I’ve ever visited – storybook cottages and the gardens to match.
|A Frank Lloyd Wright bowl planter.|
There seems to be many more McMansions jamming their way between the pretty seaside cottages, but even those are of unique designs and made of stone, brick and sturdier finishes than you’d expect anywhere else. It’s pretty exclusive, as you would expect – being almost part of Pebble Beach, the scenic 17-Mile Drive toll road, the toniest town in California, and with Clint Eastwood being your ex-mayor.
We visited Carmel about 20 years ago and were itching to get back, just to walk around the trendy shopping district of art studios, antique stores, restaurants, and design shops. We wanted to show our daughter (a Frank Lloyd Wright fan) the Wright beach house (shown above). And I wanted to photograph just some of the gardens. What I have here are not even the best of the residential front yard gardens we saw – these are just the gardens in a small square block of homes by the ocean.
|A great fence right by the public beach|
|Path along the ocean – does anyone know what the purple flowered bush is? it’s all over northern California.|
|The Wright house.|