Best known for her two roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Kim Novak is a beloved actress straight from the golden years of Hollywood.
In 1961, Novak chose a home far from Los Angeles on an outcrop of rock in Carmel, where she lived until 1973. The home is now for sale, priced at $12.5 million.
Recognised as one of California’s most interesting homes, the property is 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, and is designed as a cosy 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, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
In addition to Carmel, Novak 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, riding her horse and creating 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, John Steinbeck, Salvadore Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, Joan Baez, and Jack London.