Malibu: World-Class Oceanside Luxury
Encompassing 27 miles of scenic beauty along the Pacific Ocean, Malibu is one of the world's premiere beach communities for the high-end luxury buyer.
Malibu is located just south along the Pacific Coast Highway is Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, with Calabasas to the north and Ventura County to the northwest. Nestled between the Santa Monica Mountains and beachfront access to the Pacific Ocean, Malibu real estate is the ideal location for laidback, luxury living all while being a short 10-mile commute to the city life in Los Angeles.
Originally settled by the Chumash Native American tribe, an annual festival honoring this history takes place every year at Malibu Bluffs Park, the Chumash named this city Humaliwo meaning “the surf sounds loudly”. Today, Malibu is affectionately nicknamed “the ‘Bu” by locals and surfers alike. Malibu real estate boomed when May Knight Rindge, widow to ranching mogul Frederick Hastings Rindge, began leasing beachfront lots in the early 20th century to Hollywood’s Golden Age’s most prominent stars including Bing Crosby, Gloria Swanson and Gary Cooper. Malibu real estate blends the glamour of Old Hollywood with Modern-Day architectural design and remains a major draw for entertainment industry leaders and wealthy business executives with its mix of longstanding residences and contemporary luxury properties.
MALIBU REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
Beachfront and ocean side lots are very sought-after as Malibu Real Estate properties offer breathtaking ocean views and a variety of architectural designs ranging from modern style homes, bungalow lofts to elegant mansions. Gated communities like Malibu Colony and Point Dume, among other properties offer discretion, privacy and the utmost security for residents. The average price per square foot in Malibu is $902, an increase of 8.9% compared to prices last year.
THE PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
While Malibu is a tourist destination for beach goers, Malibu beaches tend to be less crowded than neighboring Santa Monica, but do expect light traffic on the weekends. Keep in mind Malibu is a hotspot destination for surfers, so if the waves are good you’ll find many surfers along Malibu Pier. Malibu is a popular destination for movie and television sets, so expect to see the occasional film crew at the beach or along Pacific Coast Highway. Catering to its affluent residents, Malibu offers high end shopping, with paparazzi free zones and gourmet dining. There are a plethora of hiking trails, horse-riding trails, wineries and beaches that make Malibu the perfect location for families looking for luxury homes and close proximity to the best nature amenities Southern California has to offer.
Parks, Nature & Clubs
Point Dume Beach
Dan Blocker Beach
Malibu Bluffs park
Trancas Canyon Park
Las Flores Creek Park
Malibu Creek State Park
Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park
Point Mugu State Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
The Malibu Beach Inn is charming a 4-star rated boutique hotel offering ocean views, in-room fireplaces and day spa. There is also a quaint restaurant that serves modern American cuisine on its terrace. The Villa Graziadio Executive Center at Pepperdine University is a conference hotel offering ocean views and campus privileges including access to its world-class fitness center, Olympic size pool and multiple tennis courts.
Malibu has some of the finest upscale restaurants with breathtaking, ocean views. Celebrate an intimate special occasion at Geoffrey’s. Experience Iron Chef’s Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese delicacies at the famous Nobu Malibu, where frequent patrons include Robert DeNiro, who is a part owner, and reality television stars such as the Kardashians. Enjoy American cuisine at Paradise Cove Beach Café, you can even choose to dine on their outdoor beachfront property.
Need a night out but don’t want to drive to the city? Moonshadows has an excellent cocktail menu and is a local favorite. Café Habana, owned by entertainment industry business man Rande Gerber and husband to supermodel Cindy Crawford, is a bustling, bohemian space known for its approachable, community driven environment and is a local favorite for its Cuban/Mexican café and delectable drink menu.
Malibu Country Mart
Malibu Lumber Yard
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District serves the Malibu community with the following schools:
John L. Webster Elementary (K-5)
Juan Cabrillo Elementary (K-5)
Point Dume Elementary (K-5)
Malibu High School (6-8 and 9-12)
Private schools include:
Our Lady of Malibu (Catholic, K-8)
Colin McEwen High School (7, 10-12)
Malibu Presbyterian Church Nursery School (PreK)
Malibu Methodist Church Nursery School (PreK)
Children’s Creative Workshop (PreK)
Moreau Academy (1-12)
Malibu Leadership Academy (6-8)
St. Aidan’s School (PreK-K)
Pepperdine University is a small, private college affiliated with the Church of Christ and is located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road.