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Kim Novak’s Home in Carmel, CA (Listed for $12.5 Million)

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Kim Novak was a famous and successful movie star from the 1950s and 60s with a short but memorable career of award-winning films that became classics. Her Carmel, California home from 1961 to 1973 is now on the market priced at $12.5 million.

The house is measured at 2,070 square feet with two bedrooms and the planning for a 4,300-square-foot additional three-bedroom, three-bath main house has been approved for those who wanted a larger house. The property sits on two acres of rocky coastline facing the ocean with several roof levels, designed to maximize the view. The house has wood-beamed ceilings, slate floor, wood-burning fireplace, and ceiling-to-floor walls of glass to capture the rock-and-water views.

The listing agent for Kim Novak’s former Carmel, California cliff home is Jonathan Spencer of Jonathan Spencer Properties, Carmel.

  • This is a view of the main house with a concrete driveway, a large garage door, stone exteriors, an arched main entrance and a side entrance that leads to the path of the guest house through a wooden door on the side with lush landscaping. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • Here you can see the path from the main house leading to a viewing terrace with outdoor chairs and a stone path with steps leading to the guest house near the cliff with stone exteriors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a close look at the front of the house with a large arched main entrance and wrought-iron designs to its glass door that pairs well with the stone exteriors and brick walkway. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the side of the house with a large turret structure of stone and bricks adorned with landscaping of grass and a sweeping view of the cliff and the sea. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a view of the living room with a stone mosaic flooring muted by the area rug under the beige sofa and wooden coffee table across from the large stone textured fireplace. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The living room is topped with a large arched wooden beamed ceiling that also has a skylight to let in more natural lighting. On the far side is the simple dining area with a wooden dining set. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • On the side of the dining area is a large glass wall with a couple of cushioned armchairs to maximize the view. On the other side of the dining area is the entrance of the kitchen. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the large glass wall on the side of the dining and living room area with a couple of leather armchairs facing the view of the cliff and ocean. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • Through the entry on the side of the dining area is the long and narrow kitchen with wooden cabinetry lining the walls that matches the wooden beamed ceiling topped with gray marble. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The kitchen also has stainless steel appliances that pair well with the dark gray stone mosaic flooring warmed by the yellow light from the pendant light and brightened by the natural lighting of the glass windows. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a view of the upper-level landing with a lounge area brightened by the large glass window fitted with a wide cushioned chair and a matching ottoman by the entrance to the bedroom. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • The bedroom has a large bed with blue and white stripes to its sheets that makes it stand out against the beige walls. On the far corner is a little study area with a desk by the glass windows. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • On the opposite side of the study area is the wall-mounted TV of the bedroom and the entryway to the walk-in closet and bathroom on the far side. Across from the bed are the glass doors leading to the balcony. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the balcony just outside the glass door of the bedroom leading to a stone mosaic terrace overlooking the ocean. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is other bedroom has a more rustic vibe to its wooden beamed ceiling, terracotta flooring tiles and the fireplace on the far corner by the glass windows. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • Across from the bed is the set of glass sliding doors that lead to a wooden balcony outside that has a great sweeping view of the ocean and the cliff. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer view of the wooden balcony just outside the glass sliding doors of the bedroom with a set of built-in wooden benches on the side of the wooden railing. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the home office with a large space, a built-in wooden desk on the far corner and a large wooden conference table paired with white modern swivel chairs. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the walkway and steps outside the guest house with stone structures, lush landscaping and outdoor lighting on the grass and on the steps supported with a railing on the side. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a closer look at the viewing terrace with dark outdoor woven chairs and a wooden coffee table on a textured stone flooring and a sweeping view of the cliff. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a farther view of the wooden balcony outside the bedroom glass sliding doors. You can see here the built-in wooden bench on the side of the railing and the cliff below the balcony. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a nighttime view of the house from the vantage of the stone walkway with a railing on the side. You can see here the warm lighting of the house that goes well with its exteriors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a nighttime view of the outdoor viewing terrace with stone mosaic structures and flooring lit with warm outdoor lighting that enhances the terrain. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a nighttime view of the front of the house with its lit stone brick walkway and main entrance that showcases more of its intricate designs against the warm lighting that pairs well with the stone exteriors. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is an aerial view of the house showcasing the cliff rock facing the ocean waves beneath the structures of the house that has multiple large windows and balconies facing the ocean. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is the other side of the cliff with an aerial view of the two structures of the house with a landscaping in the middle that maximizes the view of the cliff and the ocean. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
  • This is a top aerial view of the whole property showcasing the concrete driveway, the lush landscaping, the cliff terrain and the two structures flanking a courtyard in the middle. Image courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.

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Well known for her starring roles in the award-winning films Picnic, Strangers When We Meet, Pal Joey, and her twin roles in Vertigo, Kim Novak chose a shorter film career, but the movies she made have become classics enjoyed as much today by movie buffs as when they were released in the 1950s and ‘60s. Preferring a quiet lifestyle, in 1961 Kim chose a home far away from Hollywood on an outcropping of rock in Carmel, California where she lived until 1973. The home is now for sale, priced at $12.5 million.

One of California’s most interesting homes, the main and guest homes, with two bedrooms and 2,070 square feet, are set on two acres of rocky coastline dramatically perched over the ocean waves with unobstructed views to the horizon. The home has several roof levels, designed as a cozy escape with wood-beamed ceilings, slate floor, wood-burning fireplace, and ceiling-to-floor walls of glass to capture the rock-and-water views. There is an abundance of nature to enjoy watching from migrating whales and playful otters to pelicans soaring close to the water searching for their next fish dinner.

Kim wasn’t the typical movie star. In her mid-30s, Kim semi-retired from acting to focus on her talent for drawing and painting and to escape the artificial Hollywood environment. During this time, she painted, wrote poetry and song lyrics. Her lyrics were so good that they were used by both Harry Belafonte and the Kingston Trio. She made a few short forays back into acting with her last major film in 1969, The Great Train Robbery.

Born in Chicago, Kim, who is now 88, spent most of her adult life in California after a college gig touring the country as a trade show model, “Miss Deepfreeze,” for an L.A. refrigerator manufacturer, which led to the start of her film career. In addition to Carmel, Kim also lived in another of California’s prettiest areas, Big Sur, where she raised horses. In the late 1990s, Novak bought a ranch on the Rogue River in Oregon with her veterinarian husband. Though he died several years ago, she still lives there and still rides her horse and enjoys her art.

Carmel has been a celebrity hotspot since the early years of Hollywood, well known for its charming village and picturesque houses. Longtime-resident Doris Day made sure the town was pet friendly, and dogs are welcomed almost everywhere their masters are. Carmel has been either the home or preferred getaway for Clint Eastwood, who was Carmel mayor twice and owns a restaurant there, John Steinbeck, Salvadore Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, Joan Baez and Jack London.

As enchanting as the existing structures are, planning has been approved to build a 4,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath main house on the site should a potential buyer need a larger retreat for family and guests.

The listing agent for Kim Novak’s former home is Jonathan Spencer of Jonathan Spencer Properties, Carmel.

Photo credit: Jonathan Spencer Properties

Source: www.jonathanspencerproperties.com

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