Home of the Week: A $35M legacy estate along Carmel’s prestigious Scenic Road is one of the area’s priciest

Georgie Mihaila
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Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

A historic estate in Carmel, California designed by famed builder M.J. Murphy has recently been listed for a staggering $35 million — and it’s making waves as one of the priciest homes in the idyllic coastal community.

Located along the prestigious Scenic Road in Carmel, the luxurious Spanish-style mansion, aptly named Villa Del Mar (which translates into Sea Villa), boasts uninterrupted oceanfront views, grand interiors, and a lot three times the average size for the area.

It also has the potential to set a new record if it sells anywhere near the asking price.

And we have little doubt that it will, as the real estate agent that holds the listing — Tim Allen — is the same one who delivered last year’s record sale (the Butterfly House, sold for a whopping $29 million).

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What $35 million buys you in Carmel

So, what does shelling out a cool $35 million net you in the quaint-yet-pricey town of Carmel? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

We’re talking a sprawling 5,529 square feet of luxury living space that’s perched on an oceanfront lot triple the size of your average Carmel pad.

With five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, and not one, not two, but three cozy fireplaces, Villa Del Mar has plenty to offer its future owners.

And the location is simply unbeatable. Imagine having Carmel Beach as your front yard, with downtown’s chic cafes and boutiques just a stroll away. This isn’t just a home; it’s a slice of coastal heaven with a VIP pass to Carmel’s top spots.

An M.J. Murphy Legacy Home

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

Crafted in 1928 by none other than M.J. Murphy, a master builder who literally shaped early Carmel-by-the-Sea with his architectural prowess, this home is a true legacy estate.

Murphy, known for erecting nearly 350 buildings between 1902 and 1940, certainly left his mark, and this home is a testament to his legacy. It’s not just a structure; it’s a piece of history.

Sophisticated interiors

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team
Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

From the grand entrance with its spiraling staircase and custom iron chandelier to the formal dining room ready for swanky gatherings, every corner screams elegance. The heart of the home, a lavishly updated kitchen, can accommodate even the most demanding chef.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

The Spanish influences continue inside

As you wander through, you’ll notice the Spanish vibes aren’t just confined to the architecture.

Arched doorways, ornate tiles, and sumptuous furnishings all echo the Mediterranean spirit. Each room is a leaf out of a design magazine, adorned with intricate chandeliers and floral motifs that just beckon you to stay a while longer.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

Rooms open up to uninterrupted ocean views

Nearly every room here frames a picture-perfect snapshot of the Pacific, turning every moment into a tranquil retreat. Whether you’re waking up to the soft sounds of the waves or enjoying a sunset, it’s all about the views.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

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Outdoor amenities

Outside, the extravagance continues. A private pool, surrounded by lush gardens, offers a secluded oasis. Fancy a pizza? There’s an outdoor oven ready for those alfresco dining adventures. Plus, a spacious terrace lets you entertain or unwind with the ocean as your backdrop.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

One of Carmel’s most expensive homes

One of the priciest homes to ever hit the market in Carmel, and nearly matching the price of the historic DL James house Brad Pitt owns nearby, Villa Del Mar has all the potential to beat the record set last year by the Butterfly House, which sold for a hefty $29 million.

Especially with real estate wizard Tim Allen of Tim Allen Properties Team (with Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California) at the helm. Remember him? He’s the one who brokered last year’s top sale.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

Listing held by a record-breaking realtor

Speaking of Tim Allen, having the same powerhouse realtor who managed last year’s record sale means this listing might just set new highs. If history is any indicator, we might be witnessing another milestone in Carmel’s real estate saga.

Photo credit: Sherman Chu / Tim Allen Properties Team

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com