The Malibu luxury real estate market is home to several gated communities. Homeowners turn to gated communities for a greater sense of privacy and security. Additionally, gated communities offer many other benefits including: a reduced incidence of crime, less traffic, higher standards when it comes to home quality (resulting in a higher real estate value), and a greater sense of community through planned events and group activities. The two most well-known gated communities within Malibu are Malibu Colony and Serra Retreat.

Located east of Malibu Bluffs Park and west of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Malibu Colony is one of the most famous communities within Malibu. In addition to providing guarded entrances, Malibu Colony also offers security and privacy to its residents through patrolled beaches. From classic bungalows to spacious luxury homes, there are a wide variety of home styles within Malibu Colony; all homes have one commonality – spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Malibu Colony is especially appealing to successful business and entertainment executives as well as film, music and TV personalities due to the exclusiveness and privacy the community provides.

Located near the grounds of the original Rindge estate and lands, Serra Retreat can be accessed through two guarded entrances; one on Cross Creek Road and the other off Pacific Coast Highway. The small, secluded community offers a wide variety of home styles, ranging from diminutive dwellings to sweeping estates and vast equestrian properties. The community is also home to the historic Serra Retreat, a catholic retreat and conference facility.