By Philip Ferrato

Where: 6770 Wildlife Road, Point Dume/Malibu

Asking: $6.45M

What: A 3-bed, 2.5 bath, 1.6-acre retreat built in 1980 and renovated in 2003 with great sensitivity and attention to detail, retaining the original architect’s simple palette of cedar, concrete and stone.

W. Earl Wear (1925-2011) was a Canadian architect and disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright who moved to Topanga Canyon in the mid-1950s. The immense central chimney of rough-formed concrete and stone is straight out of the Taliesen West playbook, and even though the house was built in 1980, Wright’s Usonian houses echo throughout. There’s no air-conditioning. Solid cedar and concrete construction keeps the home cool; radiant heat in the stone floors takes the occasional chill out.

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A-List Malibu: Chris Cortazzo

Malibu is one of those dreamy, sun-kissed California beach towns that few people ever want to leave. The laid-back atmosphere, coupled with its striking natural beauty from sea to mountain and status as a celebrity retreat (everyone from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to Tom Hanks and Barbra Streisand reportedly own homes there) has always made the ‘Bu (as locals call it) a high-class barefoot escape. The town has come a long way from its more humble beginnings, and now touts a world-class art museum, a growing pool of great local wines, upscale restaurants and chic boutiques among its offerings for those residents who can afford its multi-million dollar real estate.

No one knows Malibu better than luxury real estate specialist Chris Cortazzo. He is not only Coldwell Banker's No. 1 in Malibu, but he grew up on Point Dume, where he currently resides. A passionate surfer, art collector and home builder, Cortazzo has personally built or renovated six homes in the area as well. Clearly, he lives and breathes the Malibu lifestyle; he’s just the luxury expert we need to give us an insider’s view of his hometown just in time for the long Labor Day weekend.

1. No. 1 luxury value enclave in Malibu:  “Point Dume. It’s become the family mecca of celebrities. There is an elementary school there and beach rights to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s a West Coast version of the Hamptons.”

2. No. 1 advice for buying in Malibu right now: “Be educated on the different areas and the different lifestyles that Malibu could provide for you.”

3. No. 1 locals-only secret: “A ramshackle little place near Topanga called Cholada Thai Beach Cuisine. It’s a hole in the wall with great food.”

4. No. 1 trend I’m seeing: “Architectural homes.”

27368 Escondido Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265. $14,995,000 USD. Represented by Chris Cortazzo.

5. No. 1 place to surf: “Little Dume. It’s hard to get to, has clean water and it rarely gets blown out by the wind. A very local spot.” 

6. No. 1 for post-surfing happy hour: “Duck Dive Gastropub or The Sunset Restaurant.” 

7. No. 1 place for sunsets: “Big Dume State Park. You can watch the sunsets and watch the whales go by during migration.”

8. No. 1 for celebrity sightings: “I would never tell.”

Paradise Cove

June 08, 2012

Located at 28128 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Paradise Cove is the most famous private beach in the area. Visitors to Paradise Cove enjoy swimming, tidepooling, fishing, beach volleyball, and body surfing.

Paradise Cove is also home to The Beach Café, the only restaurant in Malibu that is located right on the sand with its own private beach and cove. The café was recently featured in LA Confidential for its fun approach to food. The magazine credits owner Bob Morris’ success for both the café and beach to the high priority he places on creating a “fun, family-friendly beachside environment that welcomes everyone”.

Visitors to Paradise Cove often experience feelings of déjà vu upon arrival. This is not surprising as Paradise Cove has been featured in a long list of shows, movies, and commercials including Gidget, Lethal Weapon 4, American Pie 2, The Rockford Files, Sponge Bob Square Pants: The Movie, Monster in Law, Alias, The OC, Charlie’s Angels, Indecent Proposal, and Happy Days.

Malibu luxury homeowners that are looking for a one-of-a-kind, contemporary home need to look no further than the Classical Progression architectural firm in Santa Monica. Founded by principle architect Kevin Cozen, the firm is known for designing unique residential and commercial masterpieces using unusual, creative, and stimulating elements.

Classical Progression has a long list of clients including the Hilton Family, Pat Benetar, and Seven for All Mankind Jeans. Kevin Cozen is also well-versed in production design for feature films such as Frailty, Imposter, and Living Out Loud. Classical Progression designs have also been featured in numerous publications such as Design Bureau, Hip Hollywood Home, America Homestyle and Gardening, Distinctive Homes Malibu, Malibu Times, and Beverly Hills Misawa Homes of America.

Classical Progression has designed numerous luxury homes within Malibu. In 2003, they designed an ocean view home at 27366 Winding Way. The 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom home is surrounded by 3 acres of gardens, seating areas and decks. Located close to Paradise Cove, the home features a vineyard, a wine cellar, a home theater, a gym, a professional batting cage, a beautiful pool, and a 500-square-foot guest house.

Contact Chris Cortazzo at 310.589.2472 to make the dream of owning a Kevin Cozen oceanfront home a reality!

The Malibu real estate community is abundant with recreation opportunities for visitors and residents alike. The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum that is a great destination for adults and children alike.

Located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, The Getty Villa was founded with the mission to study and spread awareness of the arts and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruri. Visitors to the Villa enjoy viewing Roman-inspired architecture, gardens and antiquities. The Getty Villa offers guided tours of the garden and architecture several times throughout the day.

The Getty Villa features specialized exhibitions year round. There are six galleries on Floor 2 of the museum devoted to changing exhibitions on themes related to the arts and cultures of antiquity. Currently, they are featuring Aphrodite and the Gods of Love, Glassmaking in Antiquity, The Sanctuaries of Demeter and Persephone at Morgantina, and Roman Ephebe from Naples. The Getty Villa also offers family-focused activities such as ArtQuest! and Art Odyssey. Admission to the museum is always free; an advance, time-entry ticket is required.

It is no secret that the Malibu real estate community is frequently featured in some of Hollywood’s most successful films. Whether film-makers are seeking beautiful ocean views or breathtaking mountain views, Malibu has it all.

One of the luxury beach homes that has become an increasingly popular filming location is La Villa Contenta located at 26848 Pacific Coast Highway. Located on nearly 8 acres of prime Malibu real estate, the home has recently been featured in the films Funny People, starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann and I Love You Man, starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Rashida Jones, as well as HBO’s award-winning series True Blood.

La Villa Contenta was designed by Los Angeles architect Robert Shachtman for Richard and Liane Weintraub. A University of California Berkeley graduate, Shachtman now has 25 years of experience in designing high-end residential real estate. With styles ranging from contemporary to classical, all of Shachtman’s designs are created under one common theme: form follows function. Shachtman’s La Villa Contenta features 13 bedrooms and 14 baths, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, an infinity pool, one of the largest private greenhouses in California, and a 2500-year-old lion’s head sculpture found at the base of Mount Vesuvius.

Contact Chris Cortazzo today to take the first steps in making your dream of calling La Villa Contenta your home.

It is no secret that the Malibu real estate community is home to some of the most famous surf spots in the world. For the past 28 years, the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club has hosted one of Malibu’s most popular surfing competitions. The competition is open to all longboarders of all ages, many coming from within the local Malibu community. Proceeds from the competition are donated to non-profit organizations. This year the competition will take place on August 10th through August 12th at Oceanside Pier.

Founded in 1984, the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club contributes greatly to the local community by promoting amateur longboard surfing and spreading awareness of Malibu’s longboard surfing history and culture. The club puts a high priority on making all of their events and activities family-friendly.  This has been crucial in their success at stimulating interest in all of their activities from longboarding history to ocean conservation activities.

Membership to the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club is open to anyone that supports the club’s mission statement: to promote longboard surfing among its members and the local community in a family oriented atmosphere. The club meets monthly to plan events that support their mission within the Malibu community. Six times a year, club members participate in intraclub surfing contests. The club uses the contests as a tool to gauge placement of surfers, according to their surfing ability.

Since 1986, celebrities, visitors, and residents of the Malibu real estate community have gathered every September to participate in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. The Triathlon raises funds for pediatric cancer research at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The event is consistently an overwhelming success; tickets nearly always sells out. In 2011 $1,120,000 was raised for the hospital’s research.

Participants in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon Classic complete a 1/2-mile Pacific Ocean swim, an 18-mile bike ride, followed by a 4-mile run. Those participating in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon International are challenged to a 15-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, ending with a 10-kilometer run. Both the Classic and the International races commence at Zuma Beach and continue through some of Malibu’s most beautiful areas. Triathlon runners are surrounded by spectacular ocean and mountain views throughout the entirety of the race. Those not participating in the race have the opportunity to take part in beach volleyball tournaments, sand castle contests, and the Nautica Tot Trot.

Since the Nautica Malibu Triathlon raises funds for such a worthy cause, many celebrities are attracted to participating in the race. Since its beginning, the event has had more than 1500 celebrity participants including Rainn Wilson, Teri Hatcher, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Jennifer Lopez, David Duchovny, Will Ferrell, and Jeff Probst.

Located at 30000 Pacific Coast Highway, Zuma Beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches in all of Los Angeles County. Zuma Beach is ranked as one of the healthiest beaches for clean water conditions. Visitors to the beach enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing, volleyball and diving.

Every September, Zuma Beach hosts the Malibu Nautica Triathlon, a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The event is consistently a success; in 2011 $1,120,000 was raised in donations for the hospital. The event has had more than 1500 celebrity participants including Rainn Wilson, Teri Hatcher, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Jennifer Lopez, David Duchovny, Will Ferrell, and Jeff Probst.

The beach is also a popular filming location. Zuma Beach has been featured on Baywatch, I Dream of Jeannie, Zuma Beach, Planet of the Apes, and numerous commercial advertisements. The beach was the source of the title of Neil Young’s album Zuma, and was referenced in Some Girls by the Rolling Stones and Why I Came to California by Leon Ware.

Ranked one of Los Angeles’ most well-regarded architects, there is no question as to why homeowners seek out architect Melinda Gray to design their Malibu luxury homes. A class of 1982 UCLA graduate, she established the architectural firm GRAYmatter alongside her design partner, Noreena Manio.

GRAYmatter takes pride in their unique architectural style that “takes cues from nature, composing form, space, light, materials and detail to add depth to the human experience.” The firm’s architectural designs have been featured in local, national, and international publications such as International Yearbook of Architecture, Guide to the Architecture of Southern California, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, West Coast Wave, Brave New Houses, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. One of the Malibu homes designed by Melinda Gray was the featured home in the movie House on a Hill. Gray has received numerous awards for her designs including several Los Angeles Business Council Urban Beautification Awards, the Pacific Palisades Beautification Award, and the USGBC LEED Platinum Award.

GRAYmatter has designed several Malibu beach homes. In 1991, they designed The Downey Residence, located at 31616 Broad Beach Road. In 1992, they designed The Walker Residence located at 2935 Las Tunas Canyon Road. In An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, Gray describes architectural style of The Walker Residence as “toys in a playpen connected by an invisible string of timber and glass gridwork.”

For potential home buyers, Malibu’s abundance of wildlife makes the Malibu luxury real estate community one of the most attractive areas in Southern California. During the months of December through April, Malibu becomes the ideal spot for gray whale watching. Due to Malibu’s close proximity to the gray whales near-shore migration route, visitors and residents witness the most spectacular views of these magnificent animals.

Every October, small groups of gray whales begin their southern migration from the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 40-tonne whales travel day and night to complete their 14,000 mile round-trip journey from feeding ground to breeding ground. This is thought to be the longest annual migration of any mammal.

One of the best locations for gray whale watching is Point Dume State Beach. Located at the northwestern tip of Point Dume, the beach features headlands, cliffs, and rocky coves. In addition to whale watching, visitors also enjoy swimming, scuba diving, fishing, and swimming. The beach has also been featured in numerous films such as Entourage, The Big Lebowski, D-Day Sixth of June, and the Iron Man films.

There are several exclusive areas within Malibu’s real estate community that are especially attractive to celebrities. Three of the most popular areas include Carbon Beach, Malibu Colony, and Broad Beach.

Carbon Beach is a crescent-shaped coastal community that stretches from Carbon Canyon Road to just east of the Malibu Pier. In addition to the privacy and exclusivity that the area provides, celebrities are attracted to this area because of its fine beach, and its convenient, central location within Malibu. Carbon Beach has been home to Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Lou Adler, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Haim Saban.

Malibu Colony is located east of Malibu Bluffs Park and west of Malibu Lagoon State Park. This private and exclusive gated community provides residents with some of Malibu’s most beautiful ocean views. Malibu Colony has been home to countless celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Sting, Bruce and Laura Dern, Bill Murray, Tatum O’Neal, and Linda Ronstadt.

Known for its array of luxury beach homes, Broad Beach is one of Malibu’s best kept secrets. Situated between Victoria Point and Zuma Beach, the exclusive community provides its residents with unspoiled natural beauty. Broad Beach has been called “home” by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Pierce Brosnan, Robert de Niro, Danny DeVito, Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Redford, and Goldie Hawn.

To preserve Malibu’s natural beauty, many home owners are turning to real estate that features eco-friendly design, such as homes created by S|A (Sorensen Architects). Born in Chicago, Chris Sorensen studied architecture at California Polytechnic University. Designing real estate in Malibu since 1997, Sorensen founded S|A shortly thereafter in January 2000. Since then his designs have been featured in many publications such as WIRED Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, and VLife.

Sorensen’s designs range from traditional to modern style, but they all share one common theme – environmental sustainability. Sorensen developed this passion for green design while studying architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. Luxury homes designed by Sorensen embrace alternative building systems and renewable sources of energy with no sacrifice of style. Some of S|A’s most famous Malibu homes include the Bright Beach House, the Barish House, the Siemons House, and the Bridge House.

Located at 27312 Winding Way, the Bridge House was built in 2010. Every room of this contemporary home provides spectacular ocean views from its private hilltop location. The 7,000 square foot home features rift sawn oak floors, a sundeck and a pool with your own mountain to hike and enjoy.

Contact Chris Cortazzo for a private showing of The Bridge House today.

Malibu is infused with a seemingly limitless amount of recreation-based activities. If you venture 300 yards north of the Topanga Canyon you will find one of Malibu’s most famous wineries, Rosenthal Estate Winery. This Pacific Coast Highway winery is located four miles inland in a scenic valley, 400 feet above the coastal fog.

In 1985, founder George Rosenthal began carefully investigating the soil, drainage and weather conditions at his private 250-acre Malibu property. He hoped to find his real estate was conducive to one day hosting a winery. Two years later, he confidently began planting his vineyard. Today the property is home to 32 acres of hillside vines. The area that the winery is located within is now known as Malibu Newton Canyon and is its own American Viticultural Area. Weather conditions within Malibu Newton Canyon are unique from other parts of Malibu, as it experiences cool evening breezes that offset warm, sunny days.

Rosenthal Estate Winery has received over 100 medals for their wines; more than 25 of these are gold medals. The winery’s Surfrider Wine Tasting Room provides visitors with the chance to sample a variety of these wines. Although Rosenthal’s Vineyard Estate itself is not open to the general public, there are opportunities available to reserve the property for special events and private tours.

The Point Dume community features one of the most unique elementary schools in the area. Since 1996, Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School has been providing the children of Malibu with a unique, hands-on learning environment. Surrounded by coastline, tide pools, and wetlands, the school operates under the philosophy that children learn best when they are connected to things that they are familiar with.

From kindergarten through 5th grade, the faculty of Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School integrate Malibu’s environment into every subject. Students become educated about their natural surroundings through exploration, laboratory experiments, and by reading and writing about their experiences. Students of all grade levels experience hands-on learning in the school’s onsite science lab. The lab features tropical and cold water fish tanks which allow students to observe species, habitats and ecosystems first-hand.

Point Dume Marine Science Elementary credits much of the success of their science program to their Parent Science Committee. The committee is made up of parents and teachers who volunteer their time and energy to directly support the school’s science program.

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.

Once a desolate peninsula, the community of Point Dume is currently an emerging hotspot in the Malibu real estate market. Homeowners are drawn to Point Dume because it offers quiet oceanfront living with the best private beach experiences in Malibu.

Although Point Dume was once primarily occupied by equestrian enthusiasts, it is now a popular location for celebrity residences. In 1984, TV host and comedian Johnny Carson purchased a bluff-top estate in Point Dume. Soon after, many other celebrities began to realize the attractiveness of Point Dume. Today, Robert Duvall, Cher, Rob Lowe, Nick Nolte, Julie Andrews, Bob Dylan, Martin Sheen, Pink and Barbra Streisand all call Point Dume “home.”

Want to own a piece of Hollywood history? The luxury home located at 6970 Wildlife Road is the location where Madonna married Sean Penn in 1985. The home features stunning floor-to-ceiling glass, making for spectacular views from nearly every room of the house. Additionally, the property also offers a bluff top ocean view pool and beach rights to Little Dume private beach. Contact Chris Cortazzo today to view this home and make your dream of Point Dume living come true!

In the Malibu community, home owners put a high value on real estate that is both unique and environmentally conscious. Doug Burdge is the Malibu architect that home owners trust to meet these needs. Burdge has designed more than 100 premium luxury homes and retail centers in the Malibu area alone. A Southern California University graduate, Burdge established the architectural firm Burdge & Associates in 1987. Since then, his award-winning designs have been featured in numerous prestigious publications such as Architectural Digest, Leading Architects, Luxury Kitchen and Baths, Western Interiors, and Distinctive Homes.

Burdge’s unique architectural style is self-described as Rustern; a fusion of rustic, old world materials and modern, contemporary, clean lines. As a member of the US Green Building Council, Burdge puts a high value on creating environmentally responsible, sustainable, eco-friendly designs.

In 2011, Burdge designed one of the most spectacular bluff properties in the Point Dume community. The luxury beach home at 7377 Birdview Avenue was designed under strict green-building standards. The seven-bedroom home features a spacious, open floor plan with spectacular ocean and beach views from every room.  Contact Chris Cortazzo today to take the first steps toward owning this Rustern luxury beach home.

With 21 miles of coastline, the Malibu is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Sadly, in the past 25 years there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of urban pollution that is entering the beaches.  Fortunately, there are some simple preventative measures that Malibu home owners can take to counteract any further damage to the beaches in the area.

Malibu real estate owners can play an integral role in the reduction of the amount of urban runoff pollution that is entering Malibu beaches by incorporating Ocean Friendly Gardens into their landscaping plan. Ocean Friendly Gardens prevent urban pollutants from destroying the ocean through Conservation, Permeability, and Retention (CPR): Conservation of water, energy and habitat; Permeability of soils and surfaces; and Retention of rain water, preventing wet water runoff. Some of the ways that Ocean Friendly Gardens are successful in CPR include:

  • The use of native plants and grasses that are drought- and pest-resistant
  • The replacement of grass with hardier plants such as Santa Barbara Daisy or Thyme
  • Restricting watering to early morning to reduce evaporation
  • Installing “smart timers” on sprinkler systems
  • Encouraging the use of natural compost instead of fertilizer
  • Discouraging the use of toxic pesticides

The Malibu Bluffs Park will soon be home to an Ocean Friendly Garden, which will serve as an example to homeowners that are interested in integrating an Ocean Friendly Garden into their yards. The City of Malibu, the West Los Angeles/Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the West Basin Municipal Water District also offer several community classes on making your Ocean Friendly Garden a success.

Luxury homes in Malibu are surrounded by the most amazing natural areas in Southern California. Malibu Bluffs Park is a 6-acre community park that is situated where the Pacific Coast Highway meets Malibu Canyon Road. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the park will satisfy your craving to connect with Malibu’s beautiful natural environment.

Malibu Bluffs Park houses baseball diamonds, a multi-purpose sports field, an enclosed play area, a jogging path, wide-open grassy areas, picnic facilities and a whale-watching station. There are also several access points to trails that lead from the park’s edge to the beach.

The park is also home to the Michael Landon Community Center. Built shortly after the actor’s death, the center offers a wide variety of community classes and sports leagues including organized sports camps and music, pet obedience, Spanish and tai chi classes. The Michael Landon Community Center is also available for rental for various functions such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, meetings and training classes.

The Malibu Parks and Recreation Department has recently partnered with the Surfrider Foundation and the West Basin Municipal Water District to create an ocean friendly garden within Malibu Bluffs Park.  Ocean Friendly Gardens aim to reduce the amount of pollution that is entering beaches within Malibu. The garden that will be located in the park will serve as an example for homeowners that are landscaping with ocean friendly gardens.

The Malibu luxury real estate community houses some of the most famous recreational areas in southern California. Malibu Lagoon State Beach is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. The 22-acre park has something for all ages including, Malibu Pier, The Adamson House, Surfrider Beach and plenty of activities for the nature lover.

Malibu Pier is described as being a “southern California icon in an area once called the Riviera of America.” In 2009, California State Parks won the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for its restoration of Malibu Pier. On this historic pier, you will be entertained with deep sea fishing excursions, the Surf Museum, beach equipment rentals, salt water fishing, gift shops and numerous dining options.

The Adamson House was built in 1930 as a home for Merritt Huntley Adamson and his wife Rhoda Adamson, daughter of the famous Frederick Hastings Rindge. Featuring exquisite Malibu Pottery Tile, the home has been coined “The Taj Mahal of Tile.” Perched on an overlook, The Adamson House gifts its visitors with beautiful views on the Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach.

Surfrider Beach is one of the most famous surfing spots in the world. The beach has been featured in numerous films including some of the Tarzan films, Pleasantville, Secretary, Planet of the Apes, and several TV series such as M*A*S*H and Gidget. Known for having some of the best longboarding waves in the United States, Surfrider Beach welcomes 1.5 million visitors every year.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach features some of the most beautiful natural areas in Malibu, including a unique southern California saltwater marsh, flower gardens, and sandy beaches. There are guided tours of the wetlands and tide pools available year-round and guided wildlife excursions where excursionists often see mountain lions, golden eagles, mule deer, bobcats, southern steelhead and gray whales.

Shopping in Malibu

April 04, 2012

Many luxury beach homes in Malibu are conveniently located within walking distance to upscale retail shopping areas. The most popular of these shopping centers include Malibu Country Mart, Malibu Colony Plaza, and Malibu Lumber Yard.

Located on 6 acres in Malibu’s Civic Center, Malibu Country Mart is half a block off the Pacific Coast Highway. Known for its chic shopping and sophisticated dining, Malibu County Mart is home to world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining, picnic areas, and a children’s playground.  The high-end shopping center possesses a unique blend of Mediterranean, modern and rustic architectural style. Malibu Country Mart has been featured in many regional and national publications including Travel + Leisure Magazine, 805 Living Magazine, LA Confidential Magazine, Haute Living Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.

In the heart of Malibu’s Civic Center lies Malibu Colony Plaza. This open-air shopping center features Mediterranean style architecture with terracotta roofs. Malibu Colony Plaza has beautifully landscaped, palm-tree lined walkways. Located a few blocks away from the famous residential community of Malibu Colony, the plaza provides its patrons with a perfect mix of upscale dining, retail and services.

Malibu Lumber Yard is a two-story shopping center that was built on the grounds of an old lumber yard. As a tribute to this, the entire exterior of Malibu Lumber Yard features beautiful hardwood. The contemporary shopping center is unique in the fact that it is home to the largest, completely free-standing aquariums in Los Angeles.  On weekends, Malibu Lumber Yard provides live musical entertainment on their outdoor wooden stage.

When it comes to architectural style, there is no shortage of options in Malibu’s luxury residential real estate market. Southern California architect John Lautner designed some of the most intriguing luxury homes in Malibu. Lautner’s homes have been featured in numerous exhibitions, countless publications, and in several movies, including the James Bond and Die Hard films. Buildings designed by Lautner are best distinguished by the bold “space-age” geometry that they possess. Lautner strived to integrate “the relationship of the human being to space and of space to nature” into all of his architectural designs.

The Segel Residence, located at 22426 Pacific Coast Highway, was built in 1979 for Joann and Gilbert Segel. This Carbon Beach luxury home has had several famous owners, including Courtney Cox and David Arquette. The home was purchased by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in 2007. The 5,500-square-foot home features exposed concrete, natural wood, skylights, a curved roofline and a pool. Lautner viewed the Segel Residence as a breakthrough, describing it as a “space that felt safe and secure, but still opened up to the changing scenery outside”.

In 1983, the Beyer Residence was built for Stanley and Shirlin Beyer. Stanley Beyer was the former head of a company that owned Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company. The exterior of the home features beige stucco and blonde wood; the ocean side of the home is a wall of glass windows. At an exhibit that featured Lautner’s architecture, the home was described as straddling “a rocky point on the Malibu shore, following the form of the rock pools, waves, or clouds to shape space, bringing a fixed and sheltering room into conversation with mobile, ever-changing vistas of sea and cloud.” The 12,000-square-foot home is perched above the beach at 6515 Point Lechuza in Malibu.

In the world of real estate, Malibu luxury homes designed by architect Richard Meier are highly sought after. Richard Meier was born in 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. A class of 1957 Cornell University graduate, he established his own architecture firm in New York in 1963. Meier has received many awards for his architectural works, including the 1984 Pritzker Prize, the 1989 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, a medal of honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 12 national AIA Honor Awards, 31 New York AIA Design Awards and the Arnold W Brunner Memorial Prize for the American Academy of Institute of Arts and Letters.

Meier’s sleek, white designs are noted for their refinement and variation on classic modernist principles – pure geometry, open space, with an emphasis on light. Although Meier’s works can be found internationally, they can also be found locally. In Los Angeles, the Getty Centre and the Museum of Television and Radio are but two examples of Meier's designs. Additionally, there are several Malibu beach homes located on the Pacific Coast Highway that were designed by Meier.

The Ackerberg Home was built for Norman and Lisette Ackerberg in 1986. Located at 22466 Pacific Coast Highway, this luxury beach home is surrounded by the mountains that line the highway and the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The modern-elegant style of this two-story home was heavily influenced by the traditional style of courtyards that are typically found in southern California. In 1991, the home was awarded the AIALA Merit Award.

In 2001, the Broad Residence was built for Eli and Edythe Broad. Known for his heavy influence on the Los Angeles art scene, Eli Broad is ranked the 157th richest person in the world by Forbes Magazine. Also known as the Southern California Beach House, this luxury home is located at 21958 Pacific Coast Highway.

Richard Meier designed The Morton Residence for Hard Rock Café Founder, Peter Morton, in 2006. This Malibu beach home is particularly interesting, due to the fact that the exterior features wood (teak), instead of the white walls of many other Meier luxury homes. Covering over 7000 square feet, the home features a guest wing which is separated from the main house by a courtyard. The Morton Residence is located at 22258 and 22310 Pacific Coast Highway.

The small, secluded community of Serra Retreat offers some of Malibu’s most distinctive luxury real estate. The wooded canyon area is also home to The Serra Retreat Center, where you can enjoy a break from the everyday busy-ness of life to reflect and relax.

The Serra Retreat Center is a Catholic retreat and conference center, located on the 23-acre ‘Laudamus Hill’ in Malibu. Overlooking Malibu Lagoon and Billionaires Beach, Serra Retreat Center gifts its visitors with breathtaking, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Serra Retreat Center is rich in history. In 1928, 65-year old May Rindge was intent on fulfilling her dream of residing with her family in a mansion by the sea. It was at this time that construction began on her 50-room residence. After investing more than one-half million dollars into building her dream-home, the Rindge family was struck with financial turmoil and construction was ceased. In 1942, the beauty-adorned property was sold to the Franciscan Friars for $50,000. One year later, the Franciscan Friars began a tradition of warmly welcoming groups and individuals to utilize the facility for retreats and workshops. Today, Serra Retreat Center is enjoyed by individuals, church groups, schools, non-profit and profit organizations for reflecting, planning and setting new goals.

The grounds of the property feature serene, manicured gardens, paths, and walkways, providing guests with a peaceful and relaxing environment to reflect and contemplate. The grounds are open to visitors for personal prayer and reflection throughout the week. With accommodations for up to 120 people, the center also features fully-furnished bedrooms, two large conference rooms, dining quarters, smaller meeting rooms and a chapel.

Malibu Colony real estate provides you with the unique opportunity to own a piece of Malibu history. Known in the 1920s as “Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony”, Malibu Colony was Malibu's first celebrity community. This luxury home-filled community, has been called home to successful business and entertainment executives, as well as film, TV and music personalities, including Jeff Bridges, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Bill Murray, Rob Reiner and Tori Spelling, to name a few.

From 1892-1938, Malibu was owned exclusively by Frederick and May Rindge, founders of Union Oil and Southern California Edison. In 1929, the newly widowed May Rindge was faced with financial difficulties, forcing her to lease some of her land to a few wealthy celebrities. The opportunity to build a beach home in such an exclusive and private area appealed to many in the film industry, including Anna Q. Nielson, Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, and Barbara Stanwyck. Nearly 10 years later, still under financial strain, May Rindge was left no other choice than to begin selling the leased properties to those that had built upon them. It was at this time that Malibu Colony was born.

Malibu Colony is now one of the most famous communities in Malibu. Located east of Malibu Bluffs Park and west of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, this gated community provides residents with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean while giving them the privacy and exclusiveness they desire. Malibu Colony offers various styles of real estate from classic bungalows to spacious mansions. Beach homes within Malibu Colony are frequently outfitted with outdoor kitchens, private cabanas and seaside teahouses.

Whether you dream of owning one of Malibu Colony's longstanding homes or a new luxury dwelling, Chris Cortazzo can help you make that dream a reality.

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