LX41: Ocean View Historic Villa



This historic, century old property with stunning views and over 4,100 square feet of living space boasts seven bedrooms, four full and two half baths, seven fireplaces, a gracious living room with high ceilings, original redwood beams and skylights as well as a hottub. There is a private dining room with wainscoting, redwood plank flooring, a master bedroom on the main floor, two separate guest quarters, two working kitchens and a gated entry. The stunning grounds feature breathtaking ocean views, a hot tub, outdoor patios, winding pathways, custom fireplaces, artistic stonework, unique arches, fountains and lovely terraced gardens bearing fruit trees, flowers and vines. A true romance of artistry and historical design. Come experience a piece of history, romance and art. An exquisite artist estate sitting above it all on the Carmel Ocean Coast line, the estate is tied to the original artists of Carmel including the influential artist John O’Shea. 

Close to it All 
Whether you want to keep the group together and stay on the grounds or walk to the nearby restaurant, trails, or a quick drive to Point Lobos or the busy shopping district of Carmel by the Sea, this home is perfectly located for privacy and access to the wonders of the Carmel coast. 

A Century of History
The house was built in 1919 by art patron and socialite Elizabeth Bigelow. Elizabeth was instrumental in solidifying Carmel as an artist haven, serving as a mentor and muse for local artists. Most notably, the world renowned artist John O’Shea followed Elizabeth to Carmel in 1918 from Santa Barbara. John superintended the building of the house, “one of the show places of Carmel.” It is rumored that the two would steal away to the “Men’s room” during their long, passionate affair.  He did paint the view from the house (add photo).

Men’s Room
The Men’s room was originally a separate cottage. At the time, it was believed that men should not drink, smoke, gamble, and talk “masculine” topics in front of women. The men would leave the women inside and spend the rest of the evening in separate. It is believed that the men’s room was the location of Elizabeth and John’s elicit affair. The cottage was connected to the house in the late 50s.

We look forward to having you experience the view and piece of art history on the famous California Coast of Carmel !

John O'Shea Biography
One of the leading artists in the Carmel area between 1917-1945, he painted in oil, watercolor and charcoal. John’s avant-garde and vibrant paintings of landscapes helped soldiery Carmel as the artistic destination it is today

In 1917 O’Shea settled on the Monterey Peninsula. While maintaining a studio in his home, he became active with the art community in both Carmel (served as director-president of the Carmel Art Association) and San Francisco. Two years after his marriage to Molly Shaughnessy in 1922, the couple built a home near Smugglers Cove in Carmel Highlands. The O’Shea’s led a very active social life. One of their neighbors was artist Theodore Morrow Criley who would become O’Shea’s closest friend and painting companion. Other friends included poet Robinson Jeffers, photographer Edward Weston, artists Thomas Parkhurst, William Clothier Watts, William Ritschel and Burton Boundey (who had two one-man shows with O’Shea).

O’Shea continued to paint and having successful exhibititions, often solo, for many years receiving much praise for his work. Probably the highest artistic tribute was paid him by the Director of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, who was “sure that the gorgeous color and design of Mr. O’Shea’s canvases will make a tremendous impression with the San Francisco public,” and arranged for a showing of sixty-three of his works at the Legion in 1934.

Although trained in the East, it was through his travels in the Southwest, the South Seas, Mexico, and Hawaii, that O’Shea developed his unique style – a blend of American Impressionism, realism, and abstraction. A highly versatile artist, he left a legacy of over five hundred works in oil, watercolor, and charcoal. John O’Shea died at home on April 29, 1956 at the age of eighty. 


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  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Bathrooms: 4
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