Five properties that will make you want to move to Malibu
Encompassing a 44-kilometre stretch of sand on California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu is a treasure trove of craggy bluffs, secluded beaches, roadside fruit stands, and sweeping ocean vistas.
Long a popular day trip destination for those eager to escape the traffic-induced trauma of Los Angeles, the oceanfront oasis is an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy a beach home in a scenic, tight-knit community. The following properties showcase the very best of the 'Bu.
$76 Million Cape Cod–style home
Modelled after homes in Cape Cod, 33740 Pacific Coast Highway, currently on the market for $US57.5 million (about $A75.8 million), showcases the best of both coasts. Designed by architect Doug Burdge and formerly owned by Friends producer Marta Kauffman, the gated, bluff-top residence provides private beach access to Billionaire's Bluff.
Situated at the edge of a 6960-square-metre lot, the two-story residence was designed to maximise ocean views from all angles.
Equipped with six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, the Malibu manse shows off floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors, and oak plank floors. With an arched roof, fireplace, circular windows, and glass doors that lead to a wraparound patio overlooking the water, the master suite is reminiscent of a cosy cottage.
The stunning white master bathroom features a deep soaking tub with prime ocean views. Hostesses will be reluctant to leave the gourmet kitchen, which features a striking stone island and top-of-the-line appliances. Outfitted with a fireplace and built-in cabinets, the first-floor great room can accommodate a crowd. The home also includes a dining room, office, and elevator.
Though the home is gorgeous, the real star of the show is the limitless ocean located just outside. Accordingly, the backyard amenities highlight the brilliant blue ocean. An open-air pavilion includes a fireplace and an outdoor kitchen with a grill, pizza oven, and bars.
A resort-style pool, sunken lounge area, and fire pit are silhouetted by the ocean. A one-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse is located on the property. buaia.com)
$30 Million ultra-modern home
Situated on 4047-square-metres of oceanfront property dotted with palm trees and exotic foliage, the MariSol Modern home is a seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom beachside masterpiece. Built in 2015, the home is located in the exclusive MariSol Malibu community, a 17-home neighbourhood located on an oceanfront bluff.
A stone walkway leads to the compound-style home that is bedecked with floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and slate-grey stone accents. The ultramodern chef's kitchen — with a centre island and breakfast nook — funnels outdoors to a covered dining area and barbecue station.
The master suite (accessible by elevator) features his and her closets and a spacious patio overlooking the ocean. But perhaps the most enviable space in the house is the master bedroom, equipped with a glass-walled, walk-in shower with stunning oceanfront views. Elsewhere, a cosy theatre lined with comfy couches and plush ottomans is sure to become a family-favourite retreat.
The free-flowing living room entertains with a coral-filled aquarium, adjacent game room, and direct access to the backyard. A 140-square-metre stone deck spotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas overlooks the spa and 20-metre infinity-edge pool in the backyard.
A fully stocked bar, outdoor shower, putting green, and pavilion furnished with chairs, a television, and a fireplace round out the resort-style backyard amenities. A home this extravagant should never be kept to oneself, so the developers created a 63-square-metre guest studio, sure to satiate a revolving roster of friends and family.
Furnished with Minotti furniture and modern art pieces, the two-story domicile exudes beachfront charm. The ultramodern home is the sixth estate built by developers at MariSol Malibu in partnership with Cal-Pointe Builders and is the first in collaboration with furniture design firm Minotti and Doug Burdge. It is currently on the market for $US22.9 million (about $A30.2 million). (marisolmalibu.com; buaia.com)
$17 million renovated farmhouse estate
Los Angeles–born clothing and furniture designer James Perse has listed his personally remodelled Malibu farmhouse for nearly $US13 million (about $A17.13 million). Resting on almost 8093-square-metres, the roughly 688-square-metre estate features an exquisite pool approximately 15 metre in length, a two-car garage with motor court, and keys to fenced-off Little Dume Beach.
After buying the house in 2013 as an investment, James redesigned and renovated the property to capture the rustic and laid-back feel of Point Dume — a peninsula on Malibu's coastline with a bluff-top nature preserve and a quiet community of large estates overlooking the Pacific.
As a designer who values simplified upscale living, it is only fitting that James decorated this home with minimalist yet sophisticated furnishings. The house combines antiques and modern pieces from his eponymous brand alongside a custom shuffleboard and several decorative surfboards that complete the relaxed beach feel.
Though the furniture is not included in the sale price, items can be purchased individually or together for a price ranging from $US750,000 to $US1 million (about $A988,300 to $A1.32 million). (compass.com)
$15 million Broad Beach home
Nestled between multilevel houses on a wide stretch of sand on Broad Beach in Malibu, the residence at 31454 Broad Beach Road overlooks the shimmering azure waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Inside, all-white interiors and white hardwood floors contrast with the strikingly blue ocean outside. Spread across the 700-square-metres beachfront property, the residence's seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms mean there is plenty of room to accommodate family and friends.
The open-concept living/dining area features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. The adjacent, newly remodelled kitchen features a breakfast nook and an elongated marble-top island. Sliding glass doors open to an outdoor patio equipped with a glass table and chairs, as well as comfortable couches and lounge chairs.
Skylight windows provide natural illumination for the palatial master suite, which pampers owners with a fireplace, a sitting area that opens onto a patio, and a master bathroom with a vanity, a deep soaking tub, and marble backsplashes.
Oenophiles will appreciate the 3000-bottle wine cellar, a temperature-controlled space with rock walls and exotic-wood racks. A separate tasting room is equipped with custom-made wine-barrel flooring and a Hobart wine-glass washer.
After pouring a glass of wine, residents can retreat to the 12-chair home theatre to watch a movie of their choice. Outside, a secluded swimming pool and hot tub offer additional options for repose. The home is currently listed on the market for $US15 million (about $A19.8 million). (Inquiries: Sally Forster Jones, 310.691.7888; sallyforsterjones.com)
$55 million La Villa Contenta estate
Set on 2.55 oceanfront hectares, the 1500-square-metre estate La Villa Contenta is lavish even by local standards. Built in 2002, the stately family home of developer Richard Weintraub has a timeless presence — from its Kentia-palm forest and landscaped gardens to the antique-marble pietra dura mosaic in the entryway.
Although quite regal — with significant architectural details in every room — the four-bedroom, 1115-square-metre main house still feels like a home. Rare antiques furnish the double living room panelled in pale maple.
The dining room comfortably seats 24 beneath twin chandeliers and a French limestone ceiling. An elevator ride to the lower level reveals a billiard room, a climate-controlled wine cellar for several thousand bottles, a screening room, and a gym.
Among its several outbuildings, which include a six-bedroom guesthouse and staff quarters, the pool house is the estate's claim to fame, having posed as the New Orleans mansion of Queen Sophie-Anne in the HBO series True Blood.
Approximately 1 million seashells adorn the doorways, chandeliers, and sculptures under its 6 metre glass ceilings. Swimmers change in rooms panelled in onyx before jumping into the Murano-glass-tiled lap pool. Just outside the building, a second swimming pool showcases Pacific Ocean views.
Finding a buyer for someplace this extraordinary has proved difficult, as the home has been on and off the market for several years at various price points. Today's going rate: around $US55 million (about $A72.5 million). (Inquiries: Chris Cortazzo, 310.589.2472, chriscortazzo.com)