Cincinnati-born Doris Day was the all-American actress that everyone loved – her blonde beauty and perkiness helped! She fought for animal welfare and knew how to sing. A powerful film star between the 1950s and 1960s, it’s hard to believe she left us on May 13, 2019, at 97, after contracting pneumonia.
Married four times, she chose Carmel, California, and called it home while she made Christmas songs for American families. She had many beloved dogs and cats and had a beautiful yellow house (her favourite color was yellow) in a town that also had other celebrities, like former Mayor (1986-1988) and current resident Clint Eastwood.
At the time of her death, the Doris Day Animal Foundation announced, per Doris Day’s request, there would be no funeral service, public ceremonies, or grave marker.
Recently, Doris Day’s home went for sale at $7.4 million USD but given market forces (possibly demand and COVID-19 pandemic), it sold for $5.7 million USD and just over two years after her passing. All proceeds for this sale will go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation. The home is 7000 square feet and sits on 9 acres.
Carmel by the Sea (Carmel, Monterey County) has some interesting quirks:
- Heels over 2 inches require a permit
- They banned chain restaurants. You can still dream about chains and junk food by visiting Jim Edwards’s JunkFoodBlog site.
- Dogs can accompany their owners to retail stores and restaurants.
I (and our team on EvolutDesign) are huge fans of the Golden Age of cinema, cinema noir, black and white westerns, and the golden age of luxury lifestyle and homes. It’s probably because the four of us have a real fascination with California’s mid-century modern design. We can thank Frank Sinatra for that! He helped make Palm Springs the first go to vacation destination for celebrities, politicians and the well-to-do business people that Made America Great back then. It wasn’t perfect, but many of us definitely miss it.
Thanks to our friends at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com for permission to use photos from Doris Day’s yellow home by the sea. Have a look at these wonderful photos. Photo credit: Wayne Capili.