How a walk to Carmel Beach inspires me...a photo blog.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Carmel Beach between rain stormsYesterday between about 5 and 7, the weather took a break from a succession of rainstorms. It was the perfect moment to walk down the hill from the Carmel-by-the-Sea business district where my office is located, to Carmel Beach.

Amazing how the mental cobwebs melt away when the Pacific Ocean is right in front of you. Strange cloud formations and even stranger incoming waves that go around sand bars that have sprung up all up and down the one mile beach. Black clouds loom in the horizon, gathering strength for the next stormy onslaught. 

Carmel Beach to Pebble Beach

But in this moment in time, everything was glorious. Residents and visitors, many of them with their dogs, are enjoying the beach. Some are bundled up, like me, others are wearing shorts. They must be visitors from the east coast where there is snow.

Once I've walked the length of the beach, I go up to Scenic Drive and walk back to Ocean Avenue, Carmel's main street. I saw some tree trimming, with this particular tree having a great shape.

View from Scenic Drive to Carmel Beach

And then there is all the remodeling or construction of new "oceanfront" homes (although they are actually across the street--still, they are worth quite a few million dollars each). Yes, that's my shadow, in case you wondered.

New home under construction on Scenic Drive at Carmel Beach.

Did you know that Carmel-by-the-Sea does not have any street numbers? So each owner gives a NAME to his house, many of them whimsical. Some of them, well, it means something to the owner and that's what counts.

No street numbers in Carmel-by-the-Sea, owners come up with their own names.

Here and there along Scenic Drive are the new rules for beach fires. There has been quite a controversy about wood beach fires for the last couple of years. Well, here are the new rules as of today.

Carmel Beach's beach fire rules

Oh, and you might wonder about "garbage day" in this area where the market value of each house is many millions of dollars. Well, this owner parks his containers right in front of his garage, a garage which costs as much as the average house in any other area. The plaque on the garage is "Diamond Sands" the name of the property, one presumes, not the garage.

Driveways can have "feng shui", don't you think? This is a personal favorite of mine:


Finally, trudging back up the hill from sea level to the business district, I notice a sign that is perfect for someone like me who is a real estate broker in this beautiful area.

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Hella Rothwell at Carmel Beach during Concours WeekCarmel-by-the-Sea Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Course California

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell (R)

Real Estate Broker/Owner/Realtor®
Licensed in California #01772851 & Hawaii #RB-21268

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Comments (12)

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hella, this is the kind of post that does my heart good! Traveling with you along your tryst, both to water and land...such a treat to behold through your eyes! I loved it all. Thank you. 

Mar 20, 2018 07:48 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - I see something new every time I walk to the beach. Usually, I come back on a different street so I can see more of what owners have come up with. And, as real estate everywhere, it's ever changing.

Mar 21, 2018 07:53 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella I have been to Carmel a couple times and never knew about the Street Numbers, I feel bad for the Postal Workers as well as the Fed/Ex & UPS guys:))Endre

Mar 20, 2018 11:06 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Endre Barath, Jr. - MAIL DOES NOT GET DELIVERED. Every home owner gets a mail box in our cute little downtown post office - for free. And that includes businesses like mine which I'm entitled to when I annually renew my business license (I have to have a LOCATION not just a license which anyone can get) . And the FEDEX guys? Well they are great. They go by "5 NE of 6th on Dolores" kind of descriptions.

Mar 21, 2018 07:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® the beach to you is like the gym to me.... it's calming and it clears your head.... you refocus....beautiful photos..... I'll be returning to view again as our 4th blizzard hits later today....

Mar 21, 2018 03:35 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Barbara Todaro - I love to go there just before sunset. Often, I get back to my office totally revitalized and I get some more work done. Other times, it's time to find a friend to go have a glass of wine with in town.

Mar 21, 2018 08:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Hella... it's been many years (40+) since I was in Carmel-by-the-Sea... but I still can remember the beauty and tranquility of the place. Had no idea, however, that houses didn't have street numbers... how fun!

Mar 21, 2018 05:30 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Nina Hollander - The beauty has not changed over the years. Artists still come and paint our vistas, it never gets old. As to no street numbers, GOOGLE maps had a problem with it for a long time until they gave us access to the little "blip" that can be moved to the right location.

Mar 21, 2018 08:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Carmel is definitely one of the most beautiful places in California.  I still have fond memories of our day in Carmel and Spanish Bay this past November.  A

Mar 21, 2018 06:13 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - And I missed your visit! Give me a heads-up next time so we can meet in person.

Mar 21, 2018 08:04 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. I really really like this and your photos are terrific. 

Mar 21, 2018 08:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Sheila Anderson - Thank you so much, I love to share my "walks" this way. There is so much to see, it's fun to point out some of the oddities in addition to the beauty here.

Mar 21, 2018 08:07 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Carmel By The Sea sounds incredible.  I can't believe you don't have street numbers.  

Mar 21, 2018 10:40 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Chris Ann Cleland - One of the many reasons I love it!

Mar 21, 2018 12:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hella- thank you for taking us along on your walk!  Those pictures brought a big smile to my face!

Mar 21, 2018 12:16 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Kathy Streib - I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Everywhere you go, there is something special about Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Mar 21, 2018 12:19 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

The ornament of the house is the friends who visit it.

Tell THAT to my ornery Kona neighbor next door. He is always over here complaining. So much now that I am padlocking my gate and trying to find a place to install a RING doorbell, so I know when he's coming. He just shows up unannounced to complain that my phone rings and I talk too loudly.

Mar 22, 2018 07:01 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Didn't he want to move to Waimea to be closer to his kids or something? You should encourage that. But the kids probably "discouraged" him. PS. Tell him he's too used to you NOT being there quite a bit of the time. Mention you are thinking of being there permanently then he will get used to your chatter and phone calls.

Mar 22, 2018 09:32 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Thanks Hella for sharing your lovely walk in a lovely area.  With no house numbers is that a problem for medical emergencies?  Hope not!!

Yes being out in nature is good for clearing out those cobwebs.


Mar 23, 2018 07:57 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Gloria Todor - Fire and ambulance is located right in town and they know their way around. Carmelites all understand where what is, so I presume they have it down pat.

Mar 25, 2018 04:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hella

I so enjoyed this photo journey to the beach and back. What a wonderful way to relax, and to notice all that is going on around you. And even better that you shared your walk and thoughts with us!


Mar 25, 2018 11:28 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Jeff Dowler, CRS - That's also why I walk different streets to get to the beach, there is always something different to notice and photograph.

Apr 16, 2018 08:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® - What a delightful photo journal! I enjoyed every step of the way! How interesting that you don't have addresses. I learned so much from you and enjoyed reading your blog post very much! Looking at life through your introspection is fun and enjoyable!

Apr 15, 2018 08:47 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Patricia Feager - There are so many things to observe here in Carmel-by-the-Sea, never mind the rest of the Monterey Peninsula. I think I'll write about FENCES next.  Yep, fences.

Apr 16, 2018 08:17 AM