Butterfly Dreams Made Real: A Stunning Home at the Edge of the World, $12M

Where: 243 Highway 1, Carmel
Asking: $11,900,000
What: A superbly wrought fantasy in glass and steel by architect Wallace E. Cunningham, dubbed Serenity, and built for Joan Murray, a successful business executive and polymath who had lived all over the world and settled in Carmel. A decade in the planning and building, Serenity is actually one of Cunningham’s simpler projects. He’s best known for grand estates that elegantly fuse a strong organic aesthetic in steel, concrete and glass with impeccable construction values and detailing.

In his hands, a 3-bed, 3.5-bath house becomes a pavilion floating gracefully above the rocky shore. For once, "mesmerizing views" is not a cliché.


Motorized shades are concealed at the top of the glass panels; there's a sophisticated radiant heat system throughout, plus construction meets the area's strict "green" building codes. The master suite, below.


In the kitchen, a cypress canopy instead of overhead cabinets.


More: Go to the listing for additional details and images. The property is represented by the team of Brad Towle and Nicole Truszkowski at Sotheby’s International Realty’s Carmel Rancho brokerage.

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