The onetime escape of movie star Kim Novak recently surfaced on the open market in Carmel, California, with a $12.5 million asking price.
The two-bedroom, three-bath cottage and guest house collectively span 2,070 sq. ft. The main house, which has been appropriately titled Gull House, is positioned on a dramatic, rocky promontory that might’ve provided a shooting locale for the crescendo of Vertigo.
The house and guest house date to 1957, and feature exterior architecture that appears to marry the styles of Irish coastal cottage and Craftsman. Exteriors are clad in stone, and designs include turrets, hip and valley roofs, and a mix of window styles.
Interiors take in the high drama of the location through oversized windows. The shared spaces are floored in stone and feature raw ceilings, and a rustic stone fireplace commands attention in the living room. A highlight is the enclosed staircase, which descends from the entry level and is decorated with a stained glass window.
The master features a private deck. Other outdoor living spaces include an intimate stone overlook with a fire feature accessible by a stone staircase. A magical property.
Novak starred in Hollywood classics such as The Man With the Golden Arm and Pal Joey, with Frank Sinatra. She also starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.