August 17, 2022

A Carmel, Calif., house featured as the backdrop of the award-winning HBO series “Big Little Lies” has hit the market for a colossal $29.62 million. 

While a hefty number, it’s still a far cry from three years ago when it listed for a whopping $52.4 million. 

Made up of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, the Bohemian-style setting is considered the largest oceanfront residence in the Carmel Highlands and served as the location for the couple’s therapy scene between Madeline and Ed MacKenzie, respectively played by Reese Witherspoon and Adam Scott.

Owner Gary Vickers, a former software entrepreneur, purchased a five-home compound on the 4-acre estate in 2018 for $14.43 million. 

Vickers had first bought one parcel of land more than a decade ago, and slowly began purchasing adjoining properties as they came up for sale.

But the portion he is now selling, known as the Lodge at Spindrift, only comprises one main residence, which spans 12,100 square feet. 

The home features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
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The property spans 12,100 square feet.
The property spans 12,100 square feet.
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An oceanfront fire pit.
An oceanfront fire pit.
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A living area.
The great room.
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A glass encased dining area.
A glass-encased breakfast room.
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The two-story library.
The two-level library.
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Set on two landscaped areas and recently “extensively remodeled,” according to the listing, the home was also the backdrop for the ’90s thriller “Basic Instinct,” starring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. 

The main level of the home features a gourmet kitchen, a glassed breakfast room, a grand living room, a palatial primary suite and a two-story library. 

Amenities on the other two floors (which includes a bonus room level) include a gym, a sauna and a secondary kitchen.  

Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman, and Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Mackenzie in 'Big Little Lies.'
Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman, and Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Mackenzie in “Big Little Lies.”
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The primary bedroom.
The primary bedroom.
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A center pool surrounded by the house.
A center pool surrounded by the house.
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The property is surrounded with manicured garden.
The property is surrounded with manicured gardens.
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A space for al fresco dining.
A space for al fresco dining.
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A bench to sit overlooking the ocean.
A bench to sit overlooking the ocean.
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Outdoor features include meandering pathways that lead to landscaped coastal gardens, a private oceanfront fire pit, and a pool and hot tub “protected from the elements,” the listing notes.

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Meanwhile, the idyllic coastal city is iconic in its own right, and has served as the setting for many Hollywood features, including the original “The Parent Trap” and “A Summer Place.” 

Jonathan Spencer of Compass holds the listing.