The Carmel, CA, home of Doris Day, singer and film icon, is on the market for $7.4 million. It’s available for the first time since it was built in 1960.
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The actress and singer Doris Day, star of “The Doris Day Show” from 1968 to 1973, was known for being an activist for animal welfare. The sunny star, who memorably sang “Que Sera Sera” in the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” died last year at the age of 97.
Now, her longtime home is on the market for $7.4 million, and is listed with Doug and Lisa Steiny of Sotheby’s International Realty Carmel Rancho Brokerage. This is the first time it has been sold since it was built in 1960.
The estate in Carmel, CA, includes a three-bedroom, two-story house of 8,382 square feet; a 1,236-square-foot guesthouse; and two caretaker apartments in the bright red gatehouse.
Three “lofts” totaling 909 square feet provide additional space for either guests or extended family members to spread out in comfort.
Fun fact: The property includes a spiral staircase that was featured in Day’s show.
Signs of Day’s love of animals are everywhere. The spread also features a large dog-care area, including a canine-friendly kitchen and a dedicated 100-square-foot space for her cats.
On 8.62 acres, the property’s structures—although built during the 1960s—have been well maintained, and their interiors are awash in light and bright hues and crisp white.
“Everything exudes her lovely demeanor—light, bright and sunny,” says Doug Steiny, “down to the color choice of buttercup yellow.”
The animal-friendly elements are pure Doris. That “dog kitchen [is] pretty unique,” says Lisa Steiny.
Lofted ceilings in many of the rooms coax in natural sunlight. Exposed brick and stone, such as a towering fireplace in the master bedroom and another crafted from Carmel stone in the living room, carve out cozy nooks.
Golf lovers will be enticed by the view of the Quail Lodge and Golf Course. The main house also has two offices, ideal for remote learning or working during the pandemic, plus a library.
The grounds include multiple patios and decks, gardens, and numerous walkways where the animal lover walked her dogs,.
The secluded property is secured with fencing, a gatehouse and gatekeeper. Large live oak trees and beautiful shrubbery fill the grounds. Day, who reportedly loved to garden, surrounded the home with flowers, manicured lawns, and gardens.
Carmel is a town of 3,859 residents and hugs the Pacific Ocean 75 miles south of San Jose. Selling points for the local market, say the Steinys, are its “natural beauty, local charm, sophistication, the arts, and a culinary presence.”
According to the Steinys, all proceeds from the sale will go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which Day founded in 1978.
What kind of buyer are the Steinys targeting? Now that many people are looking for an expansive property because of the pandemic, a wide spectrum of potential buyers are out there, they say, noting the property’s size and its “many living options.”
Of course, a buyer with pets would feel right at home in the manicured gardens and courtyards, or under the shade of towering oak trees.
Day had a successful singing career and was one of the biggest film stars in the 1950s and 1960s. She’s known for “Pillow Talk” and several other films with Rock Hudson, “Calamity Jane,” and the aforementioned “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” with James Stewart.
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