The main lodge served as the home of Sharon Stone’s character in the classic 1992 film
A Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, estate made iconic by its Hollywood past recently hit the market for $52.375 million. The main dwelling served as the home of Sharon Stone’s character in 1992’s Basic Instinct, and the four additional buildings on the property were built from the ground up by owner Gary Vickers.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Vickers explained that he had always wanted to own property in the idyllic bayside town after visiting every summer as a kid. “I loved the wild beauty of it,” he said. “It had a big impression on me.”
So, in the 2000s, he acquired a four-acre parcel on a cliff overlooking the ocean (which happened to be near the Basic Instinct house) and constructed four cottages from scratch. Each boasted monolithic stone fireplaces made up of 14,000-pound hearthstones, 8,000-pound mantels, and French oak floors. Vickers bought the house that appeared in the movie, which previously belonged to outdoor adventurer Steve Fossett, for $14.4 million last year, completing his compound. (The house hit the market after Fossett's wife, Peggy, passed away in 2017. Fossett, meanwhile, disappeared in 2007 after taking off for a pleasure flight in a small aircraft. His remains were found a year later.)