Peek Inside Betty White’s Longtime Beach Getaway in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The wood-and-glass residence—now under contract for $7,950,000—features three levels that overlook the craggy Pacific coastline.
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Location: 2625 Ribera Road, Carmel, California

Price: $7,950,000

Year Built: 1981

Footprint: 3,621 square feet (four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths)

From the agent: "Situated on sought-after Ribera Road, this midcentury masterpiece displays panoramic ocean views of the Point Lobos Nature Reserve, Ribera Beach, and Monastery Beach from nearly every room, thanks to the genius of architect Richard Hicks. Infused with an effervescent energy, this three-story manor offers a parade of serene moments from outdoor decks, discrete spaces lush with blooms, and through generous windows that showcase the majesty of land meeting sea."

Late comedian and actress Betty White bought this cliffside lot in Carmel, California, in 1978 with her then husband, game show host Allen Ludden. The couple commissioned architect Richard Hicks to design the three-story, wood-and-glass manor, which was completed in 1981.

Throughout the 3,621-square-foot home, huge picture windows frame impressive coastal views.

On the home’s upper level, a full-height fireplace made with rough-cut stone is framed by the pitched ceiling and walls clad in light wood.

Shoji screens allow the living/dining area to be opened to or closed off from the kitchen. A series of ridgeline skylights fill the top floor living spaces with natural light.

The principal suite comprises a large bedroom with a fireplace and an en suite bath. An adjoining sitting room with a second en suite bath can be used as a separate bedroom.

The principal bathroom includes a tiled vanity with built-in storage.

On the upper level, glass sliding doors connect the living areas to a tiled terrace and wooden deck.

An exterior staircase links all three levels to the landscaped backyard with an aggregate patio and manicured grass, flower beds, and shrubs.

The Carmel-by-the-Sea home overlooks the area’s Point Lobos Nature Reserve, Ribera Beach, and Monastery Beach. 

The late Hollywood icon’s expansive coastal retreat is currently under contract for $7,950,000.

2625 Ribera Road in Carmel, California, is listed for $7,950,000 by Nicole Truszkowski and Zak Freedman of Sotheby's International Realty – Carmel Brokerage.

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