Friday, May 24, 2013

Cottages By The Sea

Short and sweet.

The definition - "make your point"

And, that is exactly what these little cottages do.

What's their point?

Simply, to provide a comfortable place to relax after a day on the beach.

Walk with me through my neighborhood to see a few of my favorite little cottages.

This little storybook cottage sits just 7 houses from the ocean

and is packed full of sweet details -

 mullioned windows

keyhole archway at the front door

romantic turret 

Don't you just love the three long rectangular windows and the tiny window at the top?

I picture overstuffed chairs and a window seat inside.

Right next door is a classic gray and white beach cottage.

Old friends live here and daily their home is filled with the chatter of their two precious grandsons while their mother is at work teaching with me.

Over twenty years ago, I made the lace curtains on all the windows.

 A bougainvillea covered fence hides the patio of the shingled house sporting a red mailbox and a bell to alert the owners that guests are at the gate.

What's a beach house without a dolphin weather vane and a classic blue and white paint job?

A little gray cottage sitting at the entrance to our lane is a short term rental with guests from all over the world coming to enjoy sun and sand.

And, my favorite little cottage by the sea - 

short on space, but sweet in character.

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Dawn said...

I love them all, it would be hard to pick one to move into. Such charming places:)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I could spend hours walking along your street gazing at the seaside cottages. Yours may be small, but it's big on charm.

beachcomber said...

they're all gorgeous! it looks like a great area you live in.
the painting of your cottage is beautiful.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a lovely neighborhood!
I love the story book interesting to look at~!

The painting of your a good one. I love to see the colors of your home by the sea. So vibrant and full of life.


Melanie said...

I love beach cottages ~ thanks for the tour! That storybook one is really interesting. Looks like something out of a fairy tale. I love yours because of its beautiful colors and charm. :-)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Just love these beach cottages-- the first one looks magical! What a beautiful place to live :)

Melanie said...

Loved all of these cottages! Each look inviting and loaded with character! Thanks for sharing this fun post!!

a breath of fresh air said...

Hi Carol

Think my next blog will have to be the same, hope you will join me for a stroll down my lane so different from yours but all cottages by the sea also :-)

Annie ( have a lovely weekend )

Mary Clark said...

What an awesome area to live in! Your house is my favorite ;)

fiona anderson said...

It's so easy to see why you love it there, all the cottages are so cute, and yours most of all, and ofcourse the great weather makes it all look so inviting.

Cozy Little House said...

Wow, you are lucky to live in such a beautiful neighborhood!

Karen said...

What a beautiful neighborhood, it looks like a storybook.

20 North Ora said...

I am drooling over all of those precious beach cottages. How I would love one. But, I think it might look a little out of place here in Oklahoma! LOL

Thanks for sharing.


Jann Olson said...

Carol, I am really quite envious over your cottage by the sea. It is full of charm and beauty. I can only imagine how fun it would be to have the sand to tiptoe through so very close by. Love all of these darling cottages, but yours is my favorite! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
p.s. Still laughing over your T.J's comment.

Down by the sea said...

Carol, I do love looking at cottages by the sea too and it was fun visiting the ones in your neighbourhood. I love the one with turrets and it would be lovely to visit and stay in any of them for a holiday but for me yours looks the most cosy and welcoming. Steve's painting is wonderful!
Sarah x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear Carol,

You have strummed a chord of my heart since I first "met" you in your cottage, but today, you have sealed the deal!!!!! I had NO idea you lived where I think you live...because I grew up NOT TOO FAR from a place very similar to this.That first cottage, would you believe, is very close in appearance to the house my sister lived in (she was already married with a family when I was a child). How I loved her home, and the homes surrounding me. My mum and I used to walk to the stores, and the walk there was a treat because I used to enjoy looking at all the turrets, the seawave roofs, the unusual shapes of the was pure enchantment.

I live in a cottage now, but very far away from where I grew up. Thus the name of my blog includes the word COTTAGES since I have a deep love for this style of home and the coziness you can find there.

All of the cottages you share today are simply divine. And thank you for visiting and I WILL BE AROUND; I just need to take a very short POSTING break until I see what the demands are for this poetry class I will be taking! I'm keeping my eye on your blog from my blog roll because you share two things I love so much: the ocean, and the sweet life of a seaside dwelling. ENJOY! Anita

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Even if you didn't tell us that these beautiful homes were on the ocean, I could just tell. So much character including your sweet cottage. Thank you for the tour:-)

Christina said...

What a fun house tour- i just love how each house has its own distinct personality.

Sue said...

There is not a house I do not love. These are the best houses I have seen...ever. I agree with Anita above who says they are all divine. You live in a wonderful neighborhood and we need to see more.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I enjoyed walking in your neighbourhood a lot! Thanks for the tour.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love beach homes...they are always so much fun! Every one different...every one with special details! I dream of living near the of these days, I will! Sweet hugs!

chateau chic said...

CHARMING cottages!!!! But I have to say, yours is my all time favorite! You have given it so much wonderful personality!
Mary Alice

livingsimplyfree said...

My favorite cottage would be yours. The homes in you neighborhood are beautiful but so much larger than the cottage in my community which are between 600 and 900 sq ft for the most part.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Wow, what a beautiful neighborhood you have! I love that you took us on a tour. Sigh. It was like a min-vacation.

Junkchiccottage said...

Wow carol what a beautiful neighborhood! I loved the tour. My favorite cottage was yours. It is so charming and beautiful. You can tell two beautiful and very talented people live there. So pretty and the charm! Thanks for sharing your pretty neighborhood.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Damn Girl! You are living the life (especially now that you're almost retired)! I like your house the best. But that storybook cottage is quite enchanting! My dream is to live somewhere where bougainvillea grows so beautifully.

Paula said...

First of all, your husband is SUCH a talented artist! The painting of your cottage is just beautiful! I love all the photos of the beach cottages. All so different, but each so beautiful and charming.

We are experiencing some lovely weather (finally) and people are out and about in their gardens, getting outdoor projects done, walking on trails, playing fetch with the dog and camping (Miguel went out to a little island last night to camp). And we had Northern Lights last night for an extra bonus!

Mimi Sue said...

The neighborhood has certainly changed since my husband lived there in the 50's. But I guess everything has! What a wonderful place to explore. Mimi

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing your charming neighborhood! I'll have to stop in that area in one of my travels to San Fran to see my daughter. I'll be stalking you! Just kidding! I love an eclectic beach town. I live near the water, but on a man made island. Some of the homes have character, the others are tract homes and not very unusual. Great photos! Cindy @

Stacey said...

They are all so dreamy! You know I love the colors of yours the best. :)

Chel C said...

Wow! You have found me my perfect house! That story book cottage is everything I dream of, and being right near the beach makes it overly perfect. Thanks for the tour. Chel x

Boucherie Beach said...

The beach cottages are a place of healing and joy. The salt cleanses us and the sun embraces us in its warmth.

Carla said...

I love them all but yours tends to be my fav. I think it's the colors and then I also know what's inside

Have a great day!