Steward of the Land
“Taking an interest in the land was the only way to protect it.”
Clint Eastwood’s adoration of Carmel began in 1951 when he was drafted in the army and stationed at Fort Ord, which overlooked Monterey Bay. He later filmed his directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, in the area, named his production company “Malpaso,” after a local creek and, from 1986 to 1988, served a term as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
When it comes to real estate, Mr. Eastwood has become a champion of preservation. In addition to the purchase of Teháma, he saved the historic 150-year-old Mission Ranch—a setting long remembered for barn dances, dining and local tradition—from becoming condominiums in the 1980’s, stating “I will do the best I can to keep it like it is.”