$16M View…and Much More - Page 2

Carmel home by Gregory Ain set at one of California’s most iconic coastal locations
Fridays on the Homefront
"The whole house is glass all around, and you can see the whole peninsula," says
Bixby House co-listing agent Noel Beutel.
Fridays on the Homefront
Fridays on the Homefront

"There was a colony living below that house that nobody knew of," he continued of a group of about 50 from which all the otters from Santa Barbara to Pidgeon Point have since descended. "That little colony has pretty much repopulated our sea otters."

If one of the state's premier views and environmental successes isn't enough to warrant the eight-figure asking price, said the elder Beutel, "There's some amazing features."

Several were added by the home's longtime owner, Allen Funt of television's ‘Candid Camera' fame. These include stained glass windows and a gorgeous, mosaic-tiled bathroom. The house also boasts a deck, outdoor seating area, and artwork by former Monterey sculptor Gordon Newell.

Funt died in 1999 and the property was sold to investors. The following year, Silicon Valley inventor/entrepreneur Armand Neukermans and wife Eliane came to Monterey to see Tiger Woods' memorable 15-shot win in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

"They bought it at the U.S. Open," says Noel Beutel of the Neukermans, whom she said made few changes to the property since paying $7.2 million for it. "It's pretty much as it was 20 years ago."

Significant traffic issues at a bridge now commemorated in 100,000-plus Instagram posts rule out any chance of tours for the listing, she said, adding, "Anybody that calls and wants to see it, we're happy to meet."

"We've had offers, but we don't have any pending…," she said, stating that the house needs little work but could use some upgrades.

"There's some maintenance, deferred maintenance, a little dry rot," admitted the veteran realtor. "That's pretty much it. I mean, I could happily live in this house as it is."

To which all we can say is…'Oh, ya think?'

For more information about the Bixby House, click here.