It took 12 years of importing thousands of pounds of raw material to create , but as current owner Gary Vickers likes to say, "I’m a bit biased to the more natural use. If you do it right, people react to that."
Vickers fell in love with the region after attending boarding school nearby and returned after a successful career in investment banking and software development serving the energy industry. Upon relocating to Carmel Highlands, he decided to tackle the major overhaul of what started out as a one-acre property with three buildings and became an assemblage of four adjoining one-acre lots with a total of five livable homes totaling 18,000 square feet of habitable living space, with 12 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.
One of those lots was the site of a luxury home belonging to adventurer Steve Fossett, who at one point held over 100 world records and was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. Another of the houses on the property was featured in the film Basic Instinct as the home of Catherine Tramell, the character played by Sharon Stone.