Architect Frank Wynkoop’s Iconic “Butterfly House” Sells for $29M in Carmel, California

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Architect Frank Wynkoop’s Iconic “Butterfly House” Sells for $29M in Carmel, California

26320 Scenic Rd, Carmel, CA 93923

One of the most notable homes along the coast in Carmel, California has sold for $29 million, setting a local real estate record! Designed and built by architect Frank Wynkoop in 1951, The Butterfly House is one of the few homes on direct oceanfront at Carmel Point with a spectacular view of Carmel Bay and beyond. The 3,700 square foot Mid-Century modern home hit the market for $40 million in August of 2022 with Shelly Lynch of Carmel Realty Company. Tim Allen of the Tim Allen Properties Team, affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California, represented the buyers in the closing on July 17 for the property.


“We feel fortunate that we were able to help our clients acquire this iconic coastal property that they, and so many others, have coveted for years. The Butterfly House is one of the most notable homes along California’s Central Coast with its midcentury modern design and architecture by Frank Wynkoop. The canted roofline that resembles a butterfly spreading its wings just feet from the sea has given it worldwide notoriety as an architectural treasure.”
– Tim Allen of Tim Allen Properties Team, Coldwell Banker Realty

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Set just inches from the sea, the Butterfly House was built in 1951 by Frank Wynkoop, a commercial architect and original owner of the home. It has 3-bedrooms, 4 full- and 1 partial-bathrooms with 3,700 square-feet of living space on 0.55-acres with its own private beach and cove. It was recently renovated and restored by Los Angeles-based designer, Jamie Bush.


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