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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

For the second year, the wording of the cottage tour description included “dream homes”.

I gleaned that there were a couple of reasons for this.  In recent years, some larger homes have been featured.  It had become more difficult to find historic small cottages, as many have been remodeled and enlarged.  (I find that heart rending but I am probably in the minority. I’m an avid watcher of tiny house shows on HGTV and I appreciate the small and humble.)  I admire the tour organizers for changing the description to reflect the new reality of the tour, and I appreciate their efforts in finding as many small cottages as possible.

So far today, we been touring in the low lying neighbourhood north of the Ecola Creek estuary.

satellite view

We were about to go uphill to the ocean view ridge.  A docent at the last cottage we had viewed noticed my decrepitude and suggested we drive to the last two homes because of a steep hill.  While I have never in the past, no matter how hobbled, resorted to driving on this tour, I am glad we took his advice.

Our route took us up this hill.  Walking tour-goers took the stairs.

I saw I had a raindrop on my lens!

Then we went down a steep, gravelly street to the lowland again.

Mindy’s Cottage

You can read Mindy’s blog here.

Allan’s photo

I somehow missed noticing the garden to the north, and did not peer over the fence.

Oh, but look! Allan noticed and got a photo!

inside: Classic white, blue, and yellow beachy decor (Allan’s photo)

I met Mindy’s delightful cat.

sweet tucked in feet

a lovely sit spot

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo. I missed seeing kitty emerge onto the porch.

Allan’s photo

I wish I had gone out there and looked back.

Allan’s photo

Driving around the block took us to the wealthiest homes on the ridge.

ocean view home

beside the driveway

The east side has a cottage look.

From steps down to the dune path, north side, you can see why the house is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.

 

Allan’s photo

 

artful gate

The gate pivots vertically though the outer edges taper outwards. Allan admired that the offset upper hinge is the solution.

Allan’s photo

 

looking out the west window; Chapman Point and Bird Rocks to the right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A fireplace door handle (Allan’s photo)

Allan went to the lower level:

surfboards

on a closed door

green on green

west side patio

postscript

We walked half a block to a view point.

house next door for sale, by Sotheby’s, of course.

I sometimes wish we had put a circular drive in our front garden, so that we would not have to unhook the work trailer at night.

I peeked in.

houses continue up the hill to the north (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo nearby

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Allan’s photo of another house nearby

public beach path half a block north

Although there be many mansions, the beaches in Oregon are public.  You can read the history, here.

Chapman Beach

We drove back through the flatlands.

a house that I would like to live in and surround with a garden

We wanted to look at Pam Fleming’s downtown Seaside gardens.  Unfortunately for us, the street was blocked off for a car show and we were out of energy to find a parking spot nearby.

a brief drive through Seaside

Pam’s diligent watering of the Seaside hanging baskets has paid off beautifully.  She stands and counts (to one minute, I think) as she waters each one daily.

The Astoria-Megler bridge seemed to disappear before reaching Washington State.

Thus ends one of the most anticipated events of our summer, and with it comes the end of tourist season.  I am already looking forward to next year’s cottage tour.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

1972 Cottage

from the program:  This house was built in 1972.  There have been a few changes to the house, including remodeling the kitchen, bathroom, new floors, windows, the deck and the skylight.  And interesting feature is that the deck is built around the tree.  The homeowner’s kids have enjoyed walking to the beach and playing in the sand; the pictures in the home tell many stories.  The owner was the vice principal and principal of Seaside School for many years.

Allan’s photo

over the inside of the front door

high school theatre productions by the cottage owner

bunk bed book nook

interlude

The house just to the south of our next destination had a beachy garden.

the house next door

We overheard one of the docents say that this part of north Cannon Beach was hit hard in the 1964 tsunami.  You can read more about that here.  We could see that the estuary was just a couple of blocks to the south.  It was disconcerting to imagine a tsunami flowing up the street. Allan found a map that shows, in orange, the low lying area where these cottages sit.

1924 Cottage

darling dining nook with view of that beachy next door garden

reminds me of our friends Don and Jenna

kitchen tiles

on a bedroom dresser

bedside reading

I have read this book.

Must read this one.

I was smitten with this cottage and its books.  Of all the cottages today, it was my favourite.

And it has a clawfoot tub (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

back garden

outdoor shower (Allan’s photo)

by the door to the garage loft

Allan went up to the garage loft, not me.

nautical things table in the loft

west garden

Allan’s photo

We walked half a block north to look for the farmhouse and barn.

We think this is the farmhouse.

And this has to be the remodeled barn.

interlude

across the street

I would like this. It is probably only $300K or so.

Next: the last two homes of the tour.

 

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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cannon Beach Cottage Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Oznick-Muncy Cottage

from the program:  This modernized traditional craftsman style dream home was built in 2007 and is a great example of how the past meets the present.  The owners used a contemporary approach to their living quarters by featuring original art by Cannon Beach’s own Bill Steidel and Portland’s Richard Thompson.  Be sure to check out the beautiful man-made fireplace which is constructed from original Oregon river rock.

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Allan’s photo; as you can see, we were allowed to take photos here.

The table settings had belonged to the owner's great grandmother.

The table settings had belonged to the owner’s great grandmother.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

from the local shop Sesame and Lilies

 

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Quinn’s Cottage (a vacation rental)

From the program: This classic maritime architectural style cottage was built in 1930 and the current homeowners purchased the home in 2004.  This home is a traditional Cannon Beach cottage with exposed shingle siding and parlor windows.  The cottage is thought to have started as a single-walled fishing shack in the early 30s and slowly got added onto over the years, with the most recent addition of the second floor from about the 1970s.

Quinn's Cottage

Quinn’s Cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Quinn Cottage living room

Quinn Cottage living room

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borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk.

borrowed from the vacation rental website, as I failed to photograph this cute desk by the front door.

kitchen

kitchen

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host's daughter guarded the way.

The upstairs was not available to view because of the narrow stairs. The volunteer host’s daughter guarded the way.

You can view photos of the upstairs on the vacation rental website.

Sea Salt

from the program: This beautifully tranquil home as built in 1986 and formerly sat across the street from an earlier version of the Surfsand Resort, which was located on Spruce Street.  It is rumored that Sea Salt was one of Surfsand Resort’s units and was later relocated and remodeled in 2006 to its current location.

Sea Salt is a vacation rental, so you can see more photos here.

Sea Salt

Sea Salt

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

Allan’s photo: The house looks modern on the outside but has cottage charm inside.

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downstairs bedroom

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

A peek out the bedroom window revealed this chimney!

and a Buddha in the back garden.

and a Buddha in the back garden.

upstairs bedroom: Allan's photo

upstairs bedroom: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, upstairs deck

Allan's photo from the upstairs deck

Allan’s photo from the upstairs deck

Sea Salt side yard

Sea Salt side yard

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

The view down the street toward the beach, two blocks away.

interlude

We had a walk to a few blocks to the next cottage and we photographed cottages, gardens, and beach.

a cute little cottage

a cute little cottage

with a corner table

with a corner table

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

We walked down the highway for a block and admired the gallery building across the street.

cottage just uphill from the gallery

cottage just uphill from the gallery

Allan pointed out that we could walk west for a couple of blocks and take the beach road to the next cottage, so we did.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.

What I liked about this fancy big house was the copper roof.  This two bedroom, two bath home two blocks from the beach with hardly any yard is for sale for $635,000.

my kind of cottage

my kind of cottage

I took so many photos of that white picket fence cottage exterior that I felt I might be bothering the folks inside.  They must be used to it.  I knew they were home by all the shoes on the front porch.

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note the windowboxes!

note the windowboxes!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; I was using my cane and was mighty glad to have it.

I like the porch and dormers.

I like the porch and dormers.

house with honeysuckle arbor

house with honeysuckle arbor

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

just my size, with garden space: would probably sell for $300 thousand or so here.

just my size, with garden space: would sell for $325 to 400 thousand or so here.

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

a back yard of the beachfront row of houses

I asked "May I photograph your horse?"

I asked “May I photograph your horse?”

"Yes, you may." (Allan's photo)

“Yes, you may.” (Allan’s photo)

horse

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

intersection of beachfront road and dune path

looking north

looking north

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan had a look at the rock.

Allan's photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan’s photo: the iconic Cannon Beach symbol, Haystack Rock

Allan's photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan’s photo: grass planted to stabilize dunes does not look to us like native beach grass.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next:  We turn the corner at the end of that block and arrive at the next cottage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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