Brand-New $24.5M Cliffside Home in Carmel, CA, Is a Zen Masterpiece

There’s a gorgeous new landmark on California’s legendary Highway 1.

A few miles south of downtown


, and several miles north of

Big Sur,

is a sprawling

new cliffside estate

on the market for $24.5 million.

Nestled on a lush mountainside with spectacular views of the rocky Central California coastline, the home comes complete with an array of standout architectural features.

You have to look very carefully to actually see the home, though, because it was built to meld organically into the dramatic scenery. The 4.1-acre property contains a 7,491-square-foot, modern-style residence set among the Monterey cypresses. You can’t help but hear the “

Big Little Lies

” theme playing in your head as you approach.

When you actually arrive at the oceanfront house, all you’ll really want to listen to is the wind rustling through the trees, and the waves crashing against the rocks below. It was designed with a modern and Zen aesthetic by the firm of Field Architecture, using steel, stone, stucco, and wood to create something unquestionably unique.

Of course, the views are one of a kind, and they’re handled particularly well in this design. They’re framed with nearly invisible floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, punctuated by trapezoidal stacked-stone insets.

New coastal estate in Carmel, CA,


Great room


The outdoor deck and infinity pool, set into the hillside and exposed to the sea, are also fittingly original.

Infinity pool and deck


In a house like this, a standard modern kitchen simply wouldn’t suffice. The solution was to place the kitchen in the great room with no full walls. It’s accented by two asymmetrical islands and a peninsula, with appliances and cupboards neatly hidden behind wood paneling.


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Jaw-dropping ocean views can be enjoyed from two sides.

Unique kitchen island


Unique kitchen with views


Uniquely shaped kitchen islands


Also unexpected is a glass and wood wine room, where the bottles appear to float in midair.

Wine room with floating shelves


A glass-walled corridor bridge separates the home into two wings. That means the four bedrooms and even some of the 4.5 bathrooms offer equally open vistas.

Glass bridge




Bathroom with a view


The 713-square-foot guesthouse has an open kitchen and living room with a fireplace, and a single bedroom. The guest accommodations also feature a large deck and hot tub with sunset views, plus separate access and parking.



Guesthouse interior


Guesthouse deck


While it feels as if the estate is in a world apart, it’s actually just a few minutes’ drive from the upscale shopping, restaurants and activities that Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer. It’s also within walking distance of some of the best sea-view hiking trails in the state.

Sea view


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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on

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