Homes with names not numbers in Carmel-by-the-Sea

It's time for me to write something about real estate in Carmel-by-the-Sea. How about the fact that finding a particular property can be a challenge?


For example, I used to live at 2 NE of San Antonio on 11th Avenue.

Translation: go to the intersection of San Antonio and 11th. Turn EAST on San Antonio. Face NORTH, and count the second house from the intersection.

This is totally confusing to everyone, hey, you MIGHT COUNT WRONG. Don't laugh. What if the 1st house is actually part of San Antonio and not 11th Avenue?


My house used to be named "Birdsong", so named by the lovely artist lady who used to live there. She would open up all the doors, and birds would fly through and, presumably, sing a lot.

Today, on my regular walk to the beach to watch the sunset, I took photos of some of the houses along my way. Mostly, they were right along the ocean, or pretty close. They are in no particular order, except the first one which needs a little explaining.

The home below actually has TWO names and always had. The north side is called Periwinkle, the south side Sea Urchin. A few years ago the owners made some major renovations which took a long time to get through the various permitting phases. The Carmel-by-the-Sea City Planning Department, and the rest of us, started to call it SEAWINKLE.  I could not get close enough to take photos of the actual names and not trespass, so I am just showing the home(s) themselves.


Home called both Periwinkle and Sea Urchin

Carmel House called Anything Goes Carmel House called Bella View

Carmel house called Carmelot Carmel house called Diamond Sands

Carmel house called Reflections Carmel House called Rosecliff

Carmel House called Sea Gate Carmel House called The Best Nest

Carmel House called Seaquest Carmel House with Unicorn

Carmel House called Whitecaps Carmel House called White Sands

Carmel home called Xanadu

Carmel sunset





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Comment balloon 4 commentsHella Mitschke Rothwell • January 21 2013 08:06PM


Hella - I did not know this about Carmel-by-the Sea and how they addressed their addresses.  Very cool!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your walk and beautiful sunset with all of us. You would think, if everyone comes up with a name for their home, eventually they would run out of the perfect name?

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 6 years ago

Laura: Or how about "No Parking", a lot of homes have that in front of their gate.

Laura: I have yet to see two named the same. But there is nothing "legal" about doing that.

Joe: Interesting how there are the "old style" cottage names like WHITE SANDS, and new ones like ANYTHING GOES.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) almost 6 years ago

Hello Hella,

How fun, I never knew this about Carmel...clever!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 6 years ago