By Lindsay Blake | Dirt
Legendary actress Sharon Stone turns 64 today. “Basic Instinct,” the movie that turned her into a megastar, also celebrates a milestone this month. March 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. The neo-noir erotic thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven (now streaming on HBO Max) caused a stir from the start, with critics and audiences challenging its misogynistic inclinations, rampant – and sometimes violent – sexual imagery, and certain scene – l ‘one of the most infamous and talked about in film history – in which Stone’s character Catherine Tramell comes to life during a police interrogation.
Three decades later, we are still talking about the controversial film! Sharon’s 2021 autobiography, “The beauty of living twicepushed “Basic Instinct” — and its famous leg-crossing scene — back into the limelight, much like the #MeToo movement a few years prior, which had people watching the movie as a whole from a different angle. Stone also recently detailed the story behind the white turtleneck dress her character donned during the police interview, a look created especially for the actress by costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, in an article for InStyle magazine just last month.
And now the beach house where Tramell lived in the high-profile film, on sale since 2019, has gotten a significant price drop from its original asking price. Originally offered for a smashing $52.375 million as part of a grand apartment complex, the sleek modern California-style property is now available on its own for a deeply discounted price of $29.625 million.
Said to be located north of San Francisco at Stinson Beach, the contemporary pad is actually about 120 miles south of the city by the bay at 157 Spindrift Road. in Carmel. Jonathan Spencer of Compass holds the list. (Please remember this is a private residence. Do not enter or disturb the property or its owners in any way.)
The largest beachfront home in the Tony Carmel Highlands region, the pad is known as the Lodge at Spindrift. Originally built in 1983, the stunning estate, perched atop a steep cypress-lined cliff overlooking a pristine stretch of shoreline, features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread over three floors in an incredible 12,100 square feet.
The residence is currently owned by software engineer Gary Vickers, who bought it for $14.4 million in 2018 and added it to a huge complex of plots and adjoining properties he’s amassed over more than a decade. a decade. Consisting of a total of five dwellings and over four acres of coastal land, he dubbed the complex “The Seven Coves of Spindrift” in honor of the seven coves it overlooks. A labor of love, the Lodge proved its final annexation, and just a year after acquiring it, it put the vast swathe of property up for sale, telling The Mercury News, “I feel like accomplished what I wanted to do. I went into this as an investment. . . think of it as the final brushstroke.
For some reason Vickers recently changed course and are now trying to sell the Lodge individually, although the entire complex remains available for rental.
Prior to Vickers, The Lodge at Spindrift was owned by Steve Fossett and his wife, Peggy, who purchased it in 1996. An adventurer, Steve is best known for being the first to fly solo around the world non-stop. per balloon. Sadly, he lost his life in a plane crash in 2007. Peggy kept the Carmel Highlands home until her own death in 2017, after which Vickers purchased it from her estate.
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During their tenure, the Fossetts hired an interior designer Paul Vincent Wiseman to reinvent the interior of the residence, after which it was featured in a spread in the September 2004 issue of Architectural Summary. Of the aesthetics of the pre-renovated block, Wiseman told the magazine: “The house was very confusing. It was part suburban neighborhood and part French chateau, with Art Deco touches added by a Hollywood art director when it was used to film scenes for “Basic Instinct.”
sage and architect Karin Payson modernized the property, giving it a more cohesive look. According to The Mercury News, the redesign “allowed in more natural light, offered a greater view of Point Lobos, opened up the space between the dining room and the gallery, and gave the master bedroom a neutral tone to offset the views centered on blue out the window.”
The duo also added a spectacular two-story library to the premises, which AD says took over a year. With oak bookshelves, a spiral staircase, a bronze fireplace and what the magazine describes as “an elliptical domed ceiling adorned with a silver and gold leaf mural that depicts, under the shape of a star chart, Johannes Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion”, space is the crown jewel of the domain.
A trophy property through and through, the spectacular home also features a glassed-in dining area, living room with vaulted ceiling and concrete and limestone fireplace, gym with sauna, and full gourmet kitchen. by a wood-burning stove. pizza oven, a central island topped with a butcher block, open shelving and a massive wine cellar.
The surrounding 2.1 acre land, which looks like it was ripped straight from the pages of Carmel Magazine, is full of mature cypress trees, shaded walkways, manicured gardens, a fire pit, swimming pool and hot tub. whirlpool.
The Lodge at Spindrift appears extensively throughout “Basic Instinct” as San Francisco homicide detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) attempts to solve a brutal murder with Catherine as the number one suspect.
The exterior and interior of the estate are featured in the film. While the 2004 remodel drastically changed the look of the interior, it remains highly recognizable from its appearance over 30 years ago.
“Basic Instinct” isn’t Seven Coves’ only claim to fame. Another of the resort’s residences, a small glass-walled bungalow known as Writer’s Cottage, appeared in the season two episode of “Big Little Lies” titled “Kill Me” as the location where Ed ( Adam Scott) and Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) attended a cuddling seminar as part of a healing retreat in an effort to fix their marriage. However, very little compound can be seen in the short segment.
Bonus – the Lodge at Spindrift is on the right next to the residencee featured in the climactic final sequence of “Play Misty For Me” and is just a mile north of the House owned by Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) on “Big Little Lies.”