Finally, A Beach House To Rival The “Something’s Gotta Give” Beach Home

Welcome to the 308th Metamorphosis Monday!

It’s always struck me as so ironic that one of the most well-loved beach houses ever to exist, didn’t really exist. Do you know the one I’m talking about? Yep, that one–the beautiful and iconic home in the romantic comedy, Something’s Gotta Give, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Movie goers everywhere fell head-over-heels for the amazing interiors of that home, only to discover that the rooms were all sets created and assembled in a movie studio for the movie. Drat! Hate it when that happens!

Something's Gotta Give


Well, take heart beach-house lovers because dream beach homes do exist! The home we’re touring for this Met Monday belongs to comedian Dennis Miller and per the real estate listing, it’s been fully renovated in recent years. As I toured this beautiful home, I couldn’t help but wonder if some of the rooms were inspired by those in Something’s Gotta Give. I don’t have “Before” pics to share but the “After” is totally movie worthy if ever a beach house was!

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House 02


Upon entering this Carpinteria, California beach home, you would find yourself standing in a beautiful two-story foyer. This home was designed by Architect Don Nulty to have the look of a beach home you would typically see on the east coast, but with all the luxury you would expect from a modern day home on the west coast.

Entry Beach Home of Dennis Miller


Views from the living room are breathtaking! The rug reminds me so much of the striped rug in the Something’s Gotta Give living room.

White Slipcover Sofas For Beach House


Is that rock fireplace not perfect for this room! Love! This home feels more casual than the SGG house and I really like that.

Dennis Miller's California Beach House


A comfy TV/family room is located just off the living room. It has a great bay window, shutters and a darling window seat. It’s going to be all I can do to not say “love” 485 times in this post!

Dennis Miller's California Beach House


The kitchen is outfitted with a Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Does any room in this house not have an amazing view? How did they do that…give every room a fabulous view?! Wait until you see the breakfast room!

Beach House Kitchen, Dennis Miller's Beach House


Is this not heaven?! Can you imagine having breakfast here with the doors thrown open on both sides just as they have it in the view below. Just imagine starting your day to the sounds of crashing waves and seagulls, as ocean breezes  swirl all around.

It even has a fireplace to keep you warm when nightfall comes, because there’s no way you’re going to want to close those doors. What a great house for entertaining! Before we leave this room, look at the floors! I love that weathered look for a beach home! Perfect!

Breakfast Room Dennis Miller Beach House


The bedrooms are just as fabulous as the rest of this beautiful home. The fireplace in this master suite was created from an antique French window!

Beach House Decor


The French window became the mantle and the shutters from the window make a great backdrop for the bed. I could definitely handle waking up to these views! It would be wonderful to throw open the doors on warm summer nights and let the sound of the waves and the soft ocean breezes lull you to sleep.

Shutter Wall Behind Bed in Beach House


If Something’s Gotta Give had been filmed here, this is where Diane Keaton’s character,  playwright, Erica Barry, would have been found writing her book. I think I’d prefer a proper desk for this study, maybe something with a beach vibe. Oh, who am I kidding, I’d never get any work done in this room! How could anyone actually focus on work with those views!

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House 04


Such a cute spool bed in this darling guest room. This bedroom has its own ensuite bath and access to the beach, as well. Your guests would never leave!

Spool Bed Dennis Miller's Beach Home


This bedroom is just as charming as the others. Again we see another clever wall design behind the bed. Feels so tropical!

Beach House Bedroom


Even the bathrooms have amazing beach views!

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House Bathroom


I always like the “beach side” of a beach house better than the front. Have you noticed that…how the beach side of a beach house is always so much prettier than the road side?

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House 14


Talk about right on the beach! Yep, this would work! I could suffer to live here. 😉

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House 05


Gorgeous sunset…what a dream location!

So what do you think, does it rival the Something’s Gotta Give house? The kitchen isn’t as big but this beach house has one big advantage over the one in the movie. It’s REAL! 🙂

Dennis Miller's Carpinteria, CA Beach House 01


You can see more of this wonderful beach house at Riskin Associates where these pictures were found.

Take a tour of the the beach house in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give here: Tour The Home In The Romantic Comedy, Something’s Gotta Give

Living Room in Movie, Something's Gotta Give

Looking forward to the other Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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  1. I want to live at this beach house!! It’s amazing. Love tge cozy bedrooms..and the to-die-for kitchen! Where is it? I guess I missed that factoid. Thanks again for a peek into yet another fabulous home.

  2. That beach house is amazing! And what a view!! Thanks for hosting another great party. Merry Christmas!!

  3. What a gorgeous home Susan, thanks for the tour! Wishing you a Merry Christmas week!

  4. I subscribed to Postcards but have never received it. Your blog is wonderful. I enjoy it so much

    • Molly, I may have sent it out before you subscribed so I’ll forward you a copy. I think that may have happened to several folks. I’ll forward it in just a few minutes. You should start receiving once I start back after the holidays. Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Thanks so much, Molly! I just forwarded you a copy so check your email. I’ll also double check and make sure you’re signed up okay.

  5. What a stunning beach house! Thanks for the great tour and hosting the party each week!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours….

  6. OMG. I can’t stop looking and drooling. Thank you for showing this beautiful home. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

  7. Oh this home is so beautiful! My husband & I always judge a vacation by comparing it to home, which we love. THIS home would leave me wanting to go nowhere else. Even the water is calm, which is something my picky self desires. 🙂 Thank you for the tour, and lucky Dennis Miller. I guess all those tours with Bill O’Reilly have paid off. 😉

  8. Oh Susan,
    who cares about the kitchen’s size? 🙂
    I WANT that house, that view, that beach and that sunset to be a part of my everyday’s life!
    ~Sigh~… no, wait… big “SIGH”! 🙁
    (I think I’m going to play the lottery this week!) 🙂
    ~Hugs to you~

    • lol Well, if you win, I want to come stay there at least one week a year! 😉

      • Just one week a year?
        Oh Susan,
        if this was my home I’d name one of those darling bedrooms “Susan’s room” and keep it all white and blue (just for you!) and get it ready for you ALL YEAR LONG! 🙂
        I promise, if I win the lottery, you’ll be the first person whom I will tell about! (Before dear hubby and wonderful son! lol) 🙂
        Keep your fingers crossed! 😉

    • My sentiments exactly. Just one more good reason to risk a few dollars each time on the lottery. If you’re not a comic and you can’t earn it, you gotta go for the big one! Good luck to both of us! I cannot understand why Dennis and wife would want to sell after they got it perfect. Mine, all mine!

  9. Susan,
    Amazing homes with breathtaking views, dear friend!!!
    Thank you for hosting Metamorphosis Monday each week!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Dearest Susan! Thank you for all of these years hosting your party! I want to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and many joys for the year to come.
    You’re always a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  11. crumpety cottage says


    Beautiful place. Don’t know which room or item is my favorite; it’s all so wonderful. And I generally don’t care for all white rooms, but in this house, they are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this, Susan. Amazing place.

  12. the ceilings are fabulous as is the fire pit on the beach! Have a Merry week Susan and thank you for all the fabulous party fun throughout the year!

  13. Wow – what a stunning place to enjoy the ocean! I hope you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas, Susan. Thank you for hosting!

  14. Love that house…and the view! Wow! Thanks for hosting, Susan, and have a wonderful Christmas! Hugs…Debbie

  15. As always, I love the kitchen. I doubt I would be writing much if I had that scenery; it would zone me out and I would never get anything done. 🙂

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for all the good things you shared this year.


  16. I just saw this fun movie last night! The beach house is awesome!
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and many blessings dear Susan. Thank you so much for all the great parties you’ve let me join and have fun at this year.
    Big hugs,

  17. Well, I’m definitely ready to move in! Thanks for the tour of this gorgeous home, Susan. I love it. laurie

  18. What’s not to love about this home. Gorgeous all around! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures and for hosting us once again.
    Merry Christmas!

  19. Swoon! That is my new dream house!!!! I want to redecorate everything in my home now! Thank you for sharing. And thank you for hosting.

    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

    🙂 Linda

  20. What a magnificent house Susan – I do house tours every Wednesday – wish I would have saw this first LMHO !!!
    Thanks so much for the party – hoping you have a wonderful Christmas!
    Much love from Montreal

  21. Thanks so much for the party!!

    Merry Christmas!


  22. This house is beyond beautiful! There’s not one thing I don’t LOVE!!! What a treasure!

    Thank you for the party Susan!

  23. Thanks so much for hosting! That is a gorgeous home. Have a Merry Christmas!

  24. Thanks for sharing that great beach house, Susan! I’ll never have one like that but it is fun to look at the photos and get ideas for my humble little abode.

  25. Thank you for hosting, and oh my what a lovely beach house. Yes, I know they really exist, we go to Kennebunkport, Maine every year, and drool over the gorgeous beach houses there too! Merry Christmas!! Liz from

  26. I’ve never seen such perfection in a beach house! Thanks for sharing this! May have to buy a lottery ticket this week! Merry Christmas, Susan!

  27. Gorgeous views! My favorite house on the water has to be the Beaufort, SC, home that’s featured in The Big Chill. Beaufort has lovely homes all around, and when I visited for a conference once, I spent some time wandering around. The Big Chill house is hard to see clearly from the road, but I could hear laughter coming from it and had a fun moment imagining what it must be like to live there.

  28. That house is amazing — definitely my favorite! Thanks for hosting, and have a very merry Christmas, Susan! 🙂

  29. If I am not mistaken Dennis Miller’s wife is a decorator. I wonder if the decorating reflects some of her work? She has a wonderful blog at I think the name is so clever. She took the names of two of her fashion icons Slim Hayward and Babe Paley and combined them for a small homage .

  30. Susan ~ That is an amazing home! We both have Diane Keaton in mind it seems! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  31. Oh be still my heart!! THIS is my dream house. Right on the beach and the inside is glorious. I loved every room, coveted everything in it and would die happy to see that view every day.
    Did I mention I LOVE this house. Better go out and buy a lottery ticket!! 🙂
    Thank you Susan for showing this to me as California is one of my favourite places to be. *sigh*

  32. My husband was reading about Dennis Miller’s house in the Wall Street Journal. While I always liked the Something’s Gotta Give house, I honestly like this one better. Thanks for sharing the pics with us. If I don’t have a chance to visit again before Thursday, I am wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  33. If I owned that incredible home with those breathtaking views I would never leave, let alone sell it !… is breathtaking inside and out!

  34. Um…no words, except WOW~ what a house!! Merry Christmas Susan, thank you for another lovely party and opportunity to share my posts. Thanks also for a full year’s worth of inspiration and drool worthy tours! It’s always fun to visit you and dream!! 🙂

  35. Stunning house! Thanks for showing us.

    I hope you are enjoying your holiday with friends and family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  36. Oh. Just oh. What is left to say? What a beautiful–and not to big, nor too ostentatious–home. Definitely a home. Every time you wrote, or even thought, “love,” I say ditto. Thanks for thinking of all your readers, and sharing this.

    • crumpety cottage says

      I thought the same thing, Mia. It’s ‘human sized.’ It’s a large house, but the rooms are comfortably sized and so inviting. Just a great look, all around. I wonder who designed the renovation and just how much they had to change (probably a lot). And whomever did the interior decorating did a wonderful job as well. Just beautiful.

  37. Oh my gosh….I can’t stop looking at that house, Susan. It’s utterly amazing. The huge windows, the sunlight pouring in, and the views!!! Oh my gosh!! I need to win the lotto….. lol

    xoxo laurie

  38. Wow… this is a home to love!!! I love every square foot of this beauty, and so tastefully decorated, not over done, really quite perfect!! Thanks for this tour……

  39. Love the beach house Susan! The ocean views are just breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for hosting. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  40. Sigh . . . Dennis Miller’s home is stunning and it does indeed seem more east coast than west coast. Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for this party and all the parties you’ve pulled together this past year. I hope your Christmas is filled with joy dear Susan.
    Big hugs to you dear lady,
    P.S. I’m sharing my new home tour and my new home looks so much like yours from the outside that I am curious if they are laid out the same on the inside. I’ve always admired your home and your porch so it is no wonder we ended up buying one so similar 🙂

  41. What a gorgeous property and I had no idea that the ‘movie house’ was not real, I so love that story! I am not sure if people also know that the cottage in England from ‘The Holiday’ (another fabulous Christmas movie!) was also a ‘set’. It was created near the small town of Godalming where my brother lives, about 30 miles south of London. We saw the streets where Cameron goes shopping, all decorated for Christmas with fake snow etc, it was after all June!!! Ah the magic of Hollywood, I wonder whether Cameron Diaz’ home in LA in The Holiday was also just part of movie magic, that too was a gorgeous property! Happy Christmas everyone!!!

  42. bobbi duncan says

    Oh, sure, go ahead and make me stop wrapping the last of the Xmas gifts. LOL! Honey, you had me at the foyer–can you believe this house? All I want is a cozy LITTLE house on the beach–IS THAT TOO MUCH TO HOPE FOR, SANTA???????PLEEEEEEEESE? Susan, thanks for hosting when I know your up to your eyeballs with your own holidays. Merry, Merry!

  43. This home was done so right!! What an outstanding design for beauty and livability AND thank the “decorating gods” NOT EVERYONE paints brick/stone white!! THANX for sharing!! franki

  44. THE perfect home. Cannot imagine why Dennis and his wife are selling after they get it so right. As with so many others who have commented here, I will be purchasing a few lottery tickets — can’t earn it, so gotta win it!

  45. I need to find these house plans. Any idea where I can get them?

  46. Janice Hewitt says

    My absolute favorite movie and being from the beach, I only dream of having either of these two spectacular homes.
    Thank you for a picture tour of this very special and amazing ocean side home.

  47. Can you tell me about the floors? Love the style and shade of color.

  48. LaTonya L Crawford says

    What a fabulous post! The pics of these views took me right there; I could hear and smell the ocean and felt relaxed as if I were laying on the be in front of that huge window. Dreaming of my own fabulous beach home brought me to your page and I am thankful for the few minutes that I had here.

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