Film Legend Doris Day’s House in Carmel, CA, Is Listed for $7.4M

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.

Doris Day’s longtime home

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Fountain

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Golf course view

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Living space

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Fireplace

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Kitchen

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Bedroom

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Red gatehouse

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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

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Legend of Lizzie Borden (and Maybe a Ghost) Lives On in Victorian House for Sale


Is it too soon in the season for a ghost story? The Victorian home in a small town in Massachusetts where the infamous Lizzie Borden lived after her time in jail until her death can be yours for $890,000.

The legend of Lizzie Borden has gripped the town of Fall River since the gruesome ax murders of Borden’s father and stepmother in the house where they lived on Aug. 4, 1892.

Borden was accused of the murders, tried, and acquitted. She died of pneumonia in 1927 at the age of 66.


“This was not the house where the murders were committed,” says listing agent Suzanne St. John, explaining that Borden inhabited the home on French Street known as Maplecroft until her death. It may also be the home of some spooky inhabitants.

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Borden lived in Maplecroft with her sister Emma from 1893 until the two had a fight in 1905, and they never saw each other again.

The home where the murders took place is on Second Street. It is now the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, a top tourist attraction in the town.

“Lizzie just has a lot of fans, a lot of curious people. The legend of Lizzie Borden just brings thousands of visitors to the area from all over the world,” says St. John, who is also a tour guide at the B&B.


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Parlor

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The current owner bought this property, which sits on a half-acre lot, in 2018 for $600,000. His aim was to turn it into a B&B, like the “murder house” that he also owns. But since it had never been used commercially, storms, permitting issues, and the COVID-19 slowdown intervened. The owner instead decided to sell it.


Maplecroft was built in 1887 and has seven bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It measures nearly 4,000 square feet. It was restored by the previous owner.

Dining room

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Interior

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“The house is like stepping back in time but with modern amenities,” St. John says. “It’s three floors and restored in high Victorian style. The fireplaces are very ornate and original. Some of the wallpaper has been uncovered and is original, dating back to Lizzie and Emma.”

Kitchen

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The sale price includes all of the furnishings, which are period pieces. The kitchen has antique-looking appliances, but everything works.

Some of floors are parquet, and some ceilings are tin. A few of the house’s six fireplaces are carved—and Borden legend says the carvings have hidden meanings. St. John is not one of those believers.


“We don’t actually even know if it was Lizzie who put in the mantelpieces or if they were ordered from Sears, Roebuck or something,” she says. “They have these sayings, and I have read the sayings and I don’t think they actually have a hidden meaning. They are poems that are engraved into

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Former Baltimore house of jazz legend Cab Calloway demolished despite activists’ push

The fight to preserve the house involved numerous appeals against demolition, a site research endeavor by the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and other back-and-forth steps over the course of more than a year. Most recently, CHAP recommended that the city designate another house at 1316 N. Carey St., which belonged to Cab Calloway’s maternal grandmother Annie Reed, as a historic landmark, based on a June bill introduced by Councilman Leon Pinkett.

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