Perching on the edge of the water in California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea, The Butterfly House by Frank Wynkoop has become a local landmark – even if most have never set foot inside it.
The 1951 home is named for its striking roof, which echoes the poised wings of a butterfly about to take flight from the craggy rocks. It is undoubtedly Wynkoop’s most famous design, and its interiors revolve around an open courtyard and swimming pool while living spaces all point out towards the Pacific sunset and Big Sur coastline.
It currently belongs to venture capitalist Kevin Comolli, who bought it for $16.5m in 2014. Less than a decade later, the midcentury modern property has more than doubled its asking price, listing for a staggering $40m via Shelly Lynch of Carmel Realty Company.
This price increase is partly thanks to a two-year-long renovation led by architect and interior designer Jamie Bush which modernised its interiors and renovated its midcentury bones.
The three-bedroom California property has an office and media room and a classic kidney-shaped pool. Arguably as big a draw as the building itself is the private beach and swimming cove with a diving spot that comes with the home.