Imagine gazing across the tranquil Pacific Ocean from the glass-walled gallery of your cliff-side home in Carmel. Ocean and sky seem to blend right at the edge of the horizon line. A pelican dives for its latest prey just as waves crash at Point Lobos. You hear the gentle sound of the wind rustling the nearby Monterey cypresses.  You feel on top of the world, and yet in it at the same time.

This is the promise made possible by a $25 million California Modern masterpiece offered as a pocket listing by Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Carmel. Featured in Architectural Digest and the filming location for 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” it’s a landmark in its own right. Set on a dramatic bluff at Wildcat Cove just minutes from Carmel, the 16-room, 12,000-square-foot residence stands on two amazing oceanfront acres.

“It’s one of the most stunning homes on the West Coast,” proclaims Allen. He should know. He’s a consistent top producer who has been selling homes in the Monterey and Carmel area for over 30 years.

A conscientious remodel overseen by architect Karin Payson and interior designer Paul Vincent Wiseman brought the residence to its current form. The home blends contemporary California sensibilities with Asian elements — creating an atmosphere that feels warm and one with the natural surroundings.  Views of iconic Point Lobos can be seen from many of the rooms.

The living room provides the first moment of “wow,” with views of Point Lobos and a beautiful fire surround made of limestone and concrete. The view extends into the dining room, spacious enough for large gatherings. Two graciously appointed kitchens, including one located on the party floor appointed with a Delfield Soda Fountain, makes entertaining easy.

A “must-see” two-story library, lined with built-in oak bookcases, features a bronze fire surround, a spiral staircase with bronze handrails and ebonized-walnut treads leading to gallery with an elliptical domed ceiling ornamented with a silver-and-gold-leaf mural that depicts, in the form of a star chart, Johannes Kepler’s laws of planetary motion. Other extraordinary details, from rich walnut floors to bronze work by master metal artisans Randell Tuell and Victoria Reynolds, capture the art and sophistication of this incredible residence. Five bedroom suites, with six full and two half baths, provide both privacy and connection to the beauty of the coastal setting just beyond.

Surrounded by more than two acres of masterfully thought-out landscaping, the residence blends the hand-of-man with the stunning natural surroundings which include winding stone paths, numerous stone seating areas and several water features.

“This landmark home will amaze all who see it and be a world-class treasure to own,” concludes Allen. No doubt, you’ll be able to enjoy your own cinematic moment from this home everyday.


For more information, contact listing agent Tim Allen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Carmel-by-the-Sea at (831) 214-1990 or at