Levels of Style in Carmel
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Even at first glance, guests can see the artistic flair that flows throughout the three levels of the historic cottage just remodeled by architectural designer Chris Mack and his wife, artist Karen Gelff Mack.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home was originally designed in the 1930s by C.J. Ryland, architect of Carmel’s Sunset Center, Monterey City Hall and Santa Cruz City Hall. The Mack duo has stayed true to Ryland’s classic style while adding creativity and craftsmanship.
“Chris does the stuff and I do the fluff,” says Gelff Mack.
The front archway to the home is dotted with jasmine, and a Carmel stone walkway and patio is surrounded by lilies, rosemary and colorful flowers. A single-car garage has attic storage space and is perfect for restoring surfboards or creating masterpieces. The sloped property has been terraced to make good use of the space.
Inside the house, guests find a clean and welcoming atmosphere. With completely new plumbing, electrics, heating, roof, and insulation, the house has a fresh feel to accompany its elegant style. Oak hardwood floors run throughout the main level and upstairs, while plush light carpet blankets the master suite downstairs.
The guest bedroom and bath are a visitor’s first stop. The bedroom has newly vaulted ceilings and plenty of space with a view of the front garden. The bathroom has detailed tile work with hand-carved leaf tiles as accents.
Upstairs are the second bedroom and half bath that overlook the bay. Through the pine and oak treetops that take root in the back garden, “it almost feels like you’re in a tree house,” says Gelff Mack.
Returning to the main floor, visitors find an inviting Carmel stone fireplace and antique wrought iron touches in the living room. The dining room has a stunning view of the ocean through expansive windows and French doors that open onto a sun deck.
The kitchen is completely gourmet, with custom cabinets, an intricately designed tile floor, and granite countertops. The Viking four-burner stove and Miele dishwasher add convenience to this luxury kitchen, and a side entrance tucked away off the back adds practicality.
Downstairs, the master suite has a walk-in closet and lavish bathroom. The bedroom has a newly vaulted ceiling, and looks out onto the back garden and patio area. The bath is situated under windows that look onto the tiered side garden, giving bath-takers a natural view. The shower has the same professional craftsmanship as the upstairs bath, and the sink has a hand-painted leaf design by Gelff Mack.
“I like that you can have a whole other level to go to,” she says. “It’s a serene getaway. It feels like an in-town retreat.”
Price: $2,250,000. Lincoln, 3 N.W. of 9th Avenue, Carmel. Contact Marjorie Fiorenza of Alain Pinel Realtors at 622-9809.