Want to own a piece of local cinematic history?
The Carmel Highlands house that provides the setting for the opening and closing aerial shots of Clint Eastwood's 1971 classic "Play Misty for Me" is on the market.
The ocean-front location's not so bad either.
"It's all about the views," said listing agent Ed Stellingsma, an associate broker with Carmel's Alain Pinel Realty. The asking price is $5.7 million and the Spindrift Road house goes on the market at the end of the month.
Perched a hundred feet or more above the sea, nestled in a canopy of Cypress trees, the mid-century home has two decks — one with a built-in hot tub — that look out over the property's 178 feet of coastline and a dozen or so ocean rocks.
"During the winter storms, the big waves coming in and crashing against those rocks are phenomenal," said Stellingsma.
The top deck is where Eastwood's character, jazz-playing Carmel disc jockey Dave Garver, had a final confrontation with stalker Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter), whose request to hear Erroll Garner's "Misty" leads to a one-night stand and an unending infatuation with Garver. The movie was Eastwood's directorial debut.
The 2,100-square-foot, single-level, three bedroom, two bath home on 1.3 acres was built in 1956. The seller purchased it in 1978.
The seller, who does not want to be named, is unloading the house because of retirement, said Stellingsma. The property has been a rental for the past decade and includes a 700-square-foot guest house built in 1987.
Perhaps a relatively basic home by today's standards, with a carport and fireplace, it has lots of floor-to-ceiling windows accentuating what Stellingsma sees as the home's biggest appeal.
"The view obviously," he said. "The setting, the size of the lot ...
"It's actually a privilege to get the opportunity to sell something of this historical and cinematic significance," said Stellingsma. "It's obviously a unique property — one of a kind."
Stellingsma speculates the buyer could end up being someone from out of town.
"This area seems to have a high appeal to people from Texas, the Central Valley and Southern California, someone associated with the film industry," he said. "Texas — maybe the oil business; the Central Valley — some big ranchers or growers."
The house's cinematic pedigree does not end with "Play Misty for Me." The balcony views were used for "Basic Instinct," starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, said Stellingsma. Actress Kim Novak owned a home just down the road.
"Play Misty for Me" featured many Peninsula locales, making the area an uncredited co-star of the movie.
Locals will recognize shots of Eastwood driving his Jaguar XK 150 across the famous Highway 1 bridges and the Little Sur River, and past the now-defunct Odello artichoke fields at the mouth of Carmel Valley. There are also Carmel and Monterey scenes, including the Sardine Factory and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
The cinematographer, who collaborated with Eastwood on many movies, was Carmel resident Bruce Surtees, who died last year.