Iconic 'Butterfly House' in Carmel hits market for $40 million

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A famed midcentury modern property in Carmel, CA, known as the Butterfly House has landed on the market for $40 million.

Named for its flared roof construction, which resembles wings, the recognizable design is perched on a rocky outcropping on the coastline.

“There are only five houses in Carmel that are on the west side and truly oceanfront,” says listing agent Shelly Lynch, with Carmel Realty Co. This home is "really known as one of the iconic properties” in the desirable coastal town.

The home was designed by architect Frank Wynkoop for his family in 1951. With its unusual roof and angled walls of glass, the build required so much steel, Wynkoop reportedly needed approval from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Illness forced Wynkoop to sell the home in 1956. It changed hands again in 2008 for $9.1 million. Venture capitalist Kevin Comolli and his wife, Hannah Comolli, picked up the property in 2014 for $16.5 million.

Beautiful Butterfly House

The Comollis tapped Jamie Bush for a top-to-bottom renovation and restoration. The 2.5-year project included shoring up the home's foundation. Original features such as the sunken viewing deck as well as a kidney-shaped pool were restored.

Courtyard and pool


The 3,700-square-foot, three-bedroom home sits on a double lot that measures a half-acre. It comes with 280 feet of coastline and access to a private beach and swimming cove.

The home features an office, media room, and playroom. However, the focal point is a jaw-dropping sunken living room with built-in seating and unrivaled ocean views.

Living room


In fact, Architectural Digest called it one of the most beautiful rooms in the world in a profile of the home in 2018.


'Special property'

“The scenery changes daily, hourly,” says Lynch, who notes that you can spot pelicans, whales, and more in the surrounding seascape. “It really is an ever-changing backdrop of this incredible marine sanctuary.”



Designed around the courtyard and pool, the layout beautifully connects the outdoor and indoor living spaces. The outdoor area also has a hot tub and fire features.

The updated kitchen features teak cabinets, and the primary bedroom has a built-in bed and luxe bath with quartzite stone slab walls. Specially commissioned art also can be found around the property.

As Lynch says, "It’s such a special property."



Family room




$40 million tie?

This home is currently the most expensive listing in Carmel. If it sells at this price, it would tie the town's most expensive sale. That's because Brad Pitt recently added to his property portfolio with the purchase of a historic home nearby for $40 million.

Still, if that amount is paid for this remarkable residence, it would be more than double what the owners paid less than a decade ago. That's quite a metamorphosis for this beautiful Butterfly House.

Butterfly House


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