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‘Basic Instinct’ home in Carmel asks $16.9 million

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This unabashedly California home, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, has a major claim to fame: Sharon Stone. Her 1992 breakout film Basic Instinct—Paul Verhoeven’s yarn about sex, murder, and casted shadows—used this multimillion-dollar home as her character’s abode.

Both Stone and Michael Douglas can be seen in the film getting randy inside the bedroom and talking on the cliffside patio.

Paul Vincent Wiseman, the architect who remodeled the sprawling home, told Architectural Digest it was “part suburban tract, part French chateau, with Art Deco touches added by a Hollywood art director when it was used in filming scenes for Basic Instinct.”

Now, after the recent death of the former owner, it lands on the market. Coming in at five bedrooms, seven and two half bathrooms, and roughly 12,000 square feet, 157 Spindrift features two kitchens, a two-story library lined with built-in oak bookcases, a pool, water elements galore, and 12 fireplaces.

Opulence aside, the ’90s interiors do leave something to be desired. But the new owner(s) will surely be able to afford an imaginative renovation.

Also of note, the home’s former owners were Steve and Peggy Fossett. Steve, according to Realtor, was “an adventurer who broke a number of speed and distance records in the air and on land and sea.” He went missing in 2007 after a small-engine flight above Reno. Peggy, who lived between Chicago and Carmel-by-the-Sea, died in October 2017. The couple purchased the home in 1997, years after the release of Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’ cinematic gem.

Asking is $16,995,000.