Take a tour of the “Big Little Lies” and “Basic Instinct” Home for $29.6M


Carmel, California has been the backdrop for countless movies and shows looking to tell stories of extremes in a locale that fits the drama. One home was so dramatic that it was used in the 1992 thriller.Basic InstinctAnd the critically acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies. The home is up for sale at a staggering $29.625million. Photo by TopTenRealEstate.comIt is worth it, as the evidence shows.

Big Little Lies It was set in Monterey, where five women, Reese Witherspoon (Nikki Kidman), Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern were part of a murder investigation. The opening sequence of the show was set to Michael Kiwanuka’s music. “Cold Little Heart,”As viewers were taken on a tour of the show’s locations, it set the tone for the story. The show was based upon Liane Moriarty’s novel, and it was written by David E. Kelley. Although the show was originally intended to be a short series, it became so popular that HBO ordered a second season which added Meryl Streep. The series was filmed at the Carmel home, which is now for sale.

Paul Verhoeven featured the house in his book.Basic Instinct, the hit erotic thriller starring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas which was one of the highest-grossing movies of 1992. Stone’s character Catherine Trammell lived in Carmel. Scroll down to see inside the home as seen in both. Basic InstinctAnd Big Little Lies.

View of the pool and atrium

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The 12,000-square-foot residence includes five bedrooms, nine baths and 12 fireplaces. There are also two kitchens. It is located on two acres with lushly-planted grounds. The home has a spa, a pool and a grotto that are hidden behind the tropical foliage.


Two-story library

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A two-story library is also included in the house, so that you can read as much as you like from the comfort of your home. The main kitchen has a glass-walled breakfast space. A gym and sauna are also available.


Master bedroom with ocean view

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With glass walls, you won’t even need to leave the house to get great views of both the Pacific Ocean coast and the California coast. The grounds are so densely planted outside that owners could find new areas of the property every single day. A shaded oasis, a greenhouse and numerous terraces are available for outdoor dining. The hot tub is enclosed by a natural rock wall. The swimming pool is part of the open atrium.


Dining room with stunning views

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The home was originally listed for $16.9M in January 2018. Curbed San Francisco At the time, it was reported. Aviator Steve FossettIn 1997, Fossett bought the house with his wife Peggy. Fossett was killed in a plane accident in 2007. His wreckage was discovered the next year. Peggy passed away in October 2017.


The property is surrounded by lush plants that provide privacy

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Since Peggy Fossett’s passing, the house has been sold multiple times. Millions of dollars have been spent to bring it into the 21st century. In 2004, designer Paul Vincent Wiseman told Architectural Digest The style of the home was “very confused”Before the Fossetts hired he to remodel the house. “It was part suburban tract, part French château, with Art Déco touches added by a Hollywood art director when it was used in filming scenes for Basic Instinct,”Wiseman stated at the time.


Plenty of space available for outdoor gatherings at the seaside

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Carmel is a favorite destination for Hollywood stars. Clint Eastwood was the mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988. Doris Day, the late mayor of Chicago, called it home. Recently, her ranch-style estate was sold for $5.7million.