Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas Home and Garden Tour


1925 Spanish Manor House: The home was built in 1925 and has had four owners including a Countess. The dining room’s round table is actually a wishing well repurposed from one found in the front garden. Terra cotta, stucco, rounded corners, hammered metal and hewn beams along with original floor tiles are highlights of this home.

Carmel Bach Festival (, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, is hosting its second annual Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas Home and Garden Tour, a one-of-a-kind event celebrating hometown architecture, nature and artistic expression on May 2. The self-curated tour features five area homes, including two T.J. Murphy properties that have never been open to the public. All locations are in Carmel or on Carmel Point.

Participants can tour the five homes in any order and at their own pace between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and learn about each location’s historic elements from on-site docents as well as enjoy baroque and classical music from Carmel Bach Festival’s young musicians.

“The ‘Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas’ event is a beautiful way to experience the rich culture of Carmel, which has long been a destination for artists of all backgrounds from the world of art, music and performance,” said Gail Dryden, chair of the event and a member of Carmel Bach Festival’s Board of Directors. “This event was envisioned last year as an opportunity to meld our love of classical music with these elements that are particular to Carmel. Many of us that are newer residents of the community, and those who enjoy Carmel as frequent visitors, do not typically have the opportunity to see the lovely artist cottages and larger-scale manors and gardens up close and with the added benefit of amazing musical accompaniment.”

Tickets to “Cottages, Gardens & Cantatas” are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, and are available online at or by phone at 831-624-1521.
On the day of the event, tickets may also be purchased at Carmel Bach Festival’s office located at the corner of Mission Street and 10th Avenue in Carmel-By-The Sea. A map with details about each home will be released to ticket purchasers.


Carmelo Contemporary Home: This home is incredibly engineered with a steel-framed structure and features glass and stone. The house itself is art, from the steel blades making a wave from the atrium through the living room and out to the back patio to the cantilevered glass stairs beckoning upwards in the family room.


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