Coastal Compound in Carmel Featured in ‘Big Little Lies’ Is Available for $52M – Wire Real Estate

Coastal Compound in Carmel Featured in ‘Big Little Lies’ Is Available for $52M

Jul 23, 2019

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A spectacular cluster of five homes on 4 acres on the cliff side of Carmel Highlands has come on the market for $52,375,000.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” listing agent Tim Allen with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury says of the spectacular property in California’s Monterey County. “Rarely does an opportunity come up for four properties in a row.”

Owner Gary Vickers began with one parcel over a decade ago, and slowly purchased adjoining properties as they came up for sale. There are now four lots with five homes, one of which he bought less than a year ago. The final and most recent addition in September 2018 was a notable purchase—the home was featured in the movie “Basic Instinct.”

More recently, a couple of cottages in the compound served as backdrops for an episode of the popular HBO drama “Big Little Lies.” The bohemian setting was the location for the couple’s therapy scene between Madeline and Ed MacKenzie, played by Reese Witherspoon andAdam Scott.

Aside from brushes with Hollywood, the property offers an upscale escape, where friends and family can fan out and take in views from perfectly placed benches along the walkways. They can also walk along meandering paths, work out at the gym, or relax in the spa.

Called the Seven Coves, the residential resort offers 180-degree oceanfront views and over 1,000 feet of rugged coastline. 

All combined, the main house and four other homes offer 12 bedrooms, 13 full bathrooms, and four half-baths; a separate caretaker suite; and over 17,000 square feet of cumulative living space. 

Seven Coves compound in Carmel Highlands
Seven Coves compound in Carmel Highlands

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The Lodge at Seven Coves (setting for “Basic Instinct”)

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Living space in the lodge
Living space in the lodge

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Library at the lodge

Writer’s cottage (featured in “Big Little Lies”)

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North cottage (also seen in “Big Little Lies”)

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Vickers, a software entrepreneur from Colorado, had gone to high school in the Carmel area, and had an affinity for the location. He has enjoyed the spread as a retreat with his family, restoring and rebuilding the various structures, which now combine modern amenities with a rustic look.

Noting the stonework and woodwork, Allen says, “The way he rebuilt them, they’re beautiful. It’s a work of art.”

Details include numerous stone fireplaces and oak flooring. The north cottage and south cottage each have two bedrooms, a living area, and a kitchen. The structures look down 100 feet to the waves crashing below. 

Then there’s the writer’s cottage and forest cottage, nestled in the rare, private cypress forest, each with one bedroom, common areas, a kitchenette, and a wet bar. 

The property’s main residence, known as the Lodge at Seven Coves, recently underwent major renovations. It was also the setting for a crucial scene between the characters portrayed by Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone in their memorable erotic thriller from 1991.

Today, the contemporary space features a library, health spa, and gym. The 12,000-square-foot layout also includes a commercial kitchen with a 1,250-bottle wine fridge, plus a pool, steam room, dry sauna, and large public space for social gatherings.

Previously owned by Steve and Peggy Fossett, the home made headlineswhen it came up for sale in early 2018 for $17 million. Vickers bought the place for $14.4 million to add to his compound.

The locale is an unincorporated area of Monterey County, close to Carmel and partway to Big Sur.

“The Highlands are really close to Carmel, but you feel like you’re away from it all,” Allen says. “It’s privacy but you’re not in the boondocks. You can pop right into the town and you do have neighbors.”

And you have views.

“These may very well be the most sublimely beautiful oceanfront lots in the world,” Vickers says. Now that he’s collected all of the properties in this single magnificent compound, he’s ready to move on.

“I see the painting as complete and ready for the next blessed patron,” he says.


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