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In California’s Carmel Valley, a Picturesque Retreat Lists for $11 Million

Nestled amid rolling hills and world-class wineries, homes in Central California’s affluent Carmel Valley enclave have long drawn Hollywood stars and industry tycoons ranging from Doris Day and Merv Griffin to Apple co-founder and former CEO Mike Markkula. One particular spot, just east of scenic Highway 1, also holds the 392-acre Holman Ranch where the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Theda Bara, Marlon Brando and Clark Gable once went to escape. Nearby is the former estate of the late Monkees singer/songwriter Michael Nesmith, which recently sold after a swift 17 days on the market for $3.2 million.

Then there’s the sought-after Miramonte neighborhood, where a stunning Ring Lane home owned by veteran Bay Area trial lawyer Jay Neukom has hit the market for a speck under $11 million; and according to Mark Peterson, who shares the listing with fellow Compass agent Dana Bambace, if the place goes for anywhere near asking it would be one of the priciest residential sales ever recorded in the 93924 ZIP code.

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Ring Lane House Carmel Valley
The living room rests beneath a soaring vermilion-hued ceiling, and hosts a fireplace and expansive windows framing views of the grounds.

Originally built in the 1990s as the “biggest home on the block with no expense spared,” per marketing materials, the stone and slate-roof structure has been extensively renovated during the past two years. Featured are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in nearly 9,000 square feet of two-level living space adorned throughout with French oak floors, stone fireplaces imported from London, and high-end fixtures by Rose Uniacke, and Roman and Williams. French doors also provide seamless indoor/outdoor environs.


Sited on a bucolic parcel of land spanning well over 3 acres, just minutes away from Carmel-by-the-Sea, the residence is tucked away behind gates and a 300-foot stone wall crafted by Masons from Ireland, and fronted by a circular driveway that passes through a porte-cochère before emptying out at a four-car garage. Once inside, a double-height foyer displaying herringbone-style floors and a curving staircase flows to a fireside living room topped by a soaring vermilion-hued ceiling and formal dining room flaunting a hand-painted mural.

Ring Lane House Carmel Valley
The property hosts numerous spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining.

A gourmet kitchen sporting top-tier La Cornue and Miele appliances connects to a breakfast nook and spacious family room warmed by a fireplace, and a bookshelf-lined library/office has a stone fireplace and discreet wet bar. The main-level primary suite is decked out with a fireplace, its own patio, a walk-in closet, gym, sauna, and spa-inspired bath equipped with dual vanities, a soaking tub and large shower, while two upstairs en-suite bedrooms open to tiled balconies, and a guest wing holds three more bedrooms, two bathrooms and a lounge area.

There’s also a secret bookcase that opens to stairs leading upstairs and wine cellar with room for more than 1,000 bottles, as well as a bonus space that could easily be used as a playroom or an office; and outdoors, the manicured grounds are laced with grassy lawns, crushed-stone pathways, moss-clad oak trees and fountains, and hold a swimming pool and spa, tennis court, hedge maze, stone-walled “secret” garden for al fresco dining and even a private well.

Click here for more photos of the Ring Lane house.

Ring Lane House Carmel Valley
Ring Lane House Carmel Valley

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