Malibu Colony is often called the “the original Malibu.” It was one of the first Malibu neighborhoods in the mid-1920s when the early land owners decided to begin leasing beach lots to movie stars – giving birth to what became known as the exclusive “Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony.”
Today, entertainment and business professionals find Malibu Colony attractive for its beautiful beach properties and privacy in this guard gated enclave in central Malibu. Close to the central shopping areas, restaurants, markets, Movie Theater, medical services, Pepperdine University and Legacy Park.
Malibu Road runs parallel and off to the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) for about 2.5 miles. Its two lanes give it a “country road” feeling. It is close into the shops and the center of Malibu. It has one entrance, Webb Way.
Beachfront lots average about 50 feet wide by 100 feet deep. Landside homes are on larger lots ranging from 1 to 4 acres. One of the most active beach areas in sales last year with a median sale price of $14,950,000. The southern end of the road is known as “Malibu Road, Malibu Colony Beach,” and has the widest sandy beach in Malibu Colony.
Broad Beach is one of Malibu’s most exclusive and sought after beach community. The 1.1 mile stretch includes about 100 beachfront homes, many of which are extraordinary. There are only a few undeveloped lots. Broad Beach suffered a great loss of sand during the past 2 years and remediation work has stabilized the situation. More work is planned to further restore and preserve the beautiful sand dunes.
Sea Level Drive, the best kept secret beach, has two sections, both of which are among Malibu’s most quaint little streets. East Sea Level Drive is along the beach. It forks off from the central portion of Broad Beach Road. Most homes are across the street from the beach. Gardens stretch along the edge of the road on the beach side. Walkways between the homes and the beach have created a community feel.
West Sea Level Drive is a road that leads to the beach. It forks off from the western portion of Broad Beach Road. Homes are located on both side of the street leading to one of Malibu’s most beautiful beaches. Both roads have gated entrances.
The El Matador Beach neighborhood has one of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu, with spectacular sea caves, large rocks, and eroded sandstone pillars called “sea stacks”. Pelicans and Sea Lions can be seen almost daily.
The Encinal Bluffs neighborhood is a secluded area, west of Broad Beach and El Matador State Beach. Many of the homes are large estates, with acreage overlooking the ocean commanding some of the highest prices in the area.
Known as Billionaire beach, Carbon Beach is home to notable business leaders and entertainment professionals. Prime attractions of Carbon Beach are the quality of its beach, its privacy, and its many beautiful homes. It has the reputation of being one of the highest value beach areas on the Pacific Coast Highway.
The beach is crescent-shaped. The most valuable lots, with the most sand, are in the middle of the arc. Several homes are on multiple lots. One of the highest sales in Los Angeles County last year was a property on Carbon selling for over $40 million.
The La Costa area was one of first Malibu areas to be developed along the Pacific Coast Highway. Homes range from original styles to ones that have been remodeled. Homes on the hillside include membership to the locally beloved La Costa Beach Club, a true paradise for families and a great community gathering place. Homes at the beach range from the high $6 million to low double digits. Homes on the hillside behind range in the mid $2 million.
Malibu Cove Colony is a private, exclusive area with contemporary homes on an intensely beautiful beach. The area has edge-to-edge homes accessible by Malibu Cove Colony Drive, a gated small tree-lined street. The beach here connects to the tide pools at Latigo Shores and the deep sanded Escondido beach and beyond to Paradise Cove and Point Dume! Amazing long walks!
Latigo Shore Drive and Malibu Cove Colony Drive became private streets when the former Roosevelt Highway became Pacific Coast Highway and was re-routed over the bluff. The streets do not connect, but the beach has interesting rock formations and a great surf break that surfers love. There is a mix of property styles in this corner from charming beach cottages and Multi-family condos to exquisite modern architectural homes.
Escondido is Spanish for “hidden”. The Escondido Beach road, a small private street, forks from the Pacific Coast Highway and runs parallel to the beach. The homes are large, with many on lots combined from formerly adjacent properties. The architecture is designed for openness and relaxed beach living. Escondido beach homes front on a deep sandy beach that stretches to Point Dume.
Las Flores Beach, affectionately known as “dog beach,” is one of those often photographed sections of Pacific Coast Highway with “wall-to-wall” homes. The homes are directly on PCH. Many of them are built above a beach that is frequently underwater at high tide. Sea lions and dolphins are often seen in the ocean.
Homes include single family, duplexes, and triplexes. The area has been undergoing a gradual upgrading with better designed and constructed homes.
Big Rock Beach is truly where the mountains really meet the sea!
This wet rocky beach is known for its astounding beauty and incredible views from beachside windows and decks. Homes are a mix of single- and multi-family homes set on pilings reaching over the ocean.
Homes in the Topanga Beach neighborhood have astounding views stretching from Santa Monica to the north. The Topanga Beach neighborhood includes a small neighborhood of homes on the beachside of the Pacific Coast Highway, and on Topanga Beach Road, a short, private street.
Like Big Rock Beach, homes are a mix of single family and multi-family, set on pilings reaching over the ocean. The beach is a wet rocky type.
Las Tunas County Beach. The Las Tunas homes are a mix of single-family and multi-family residences, with varied architectural styles. The neighborhood is one where the space between the beach and mountains is one of the narrowest in Malibu. Along the landside are steep cliffs; on the ocean side, the beach is rocky and wet.
The “Malibu Riviera” One of Malibu’s most sought after locations is Point Dume, a peninsula extending on the beach side of the Pacific Coast Highway. It has a massive sand dune at its ocean end. On each side of the dune are bluffs. Point Dume hosts the only large “neighborhood” on the Pacific Coast Highway beach side – with about 400 homes. The peninsula has a rural atmosphere. Streets have no sidewalks and streetlights. The inhabitants can often be seen walking, riding bikes, or on golf carts.
Many homes have ocean or mountain views. Some homes have deeded access rights to the beach, with entry at one of three private gates.
Homes range from single story “original” ranch-style on lots that average an acre, to larger homes along the perimeter bluff streets with panoramic ocean views on the picturesque secluded edges of the cliffs. Point Dume homes exhibit a wide range of architectural styles.
Point Dume beaches range from traditional Southern California wide, sandy beaches, such as Westward Beach, to more unique beaches, such as the “Big Dume” and “Little Dume” beaches, with their extensive tide pools and famous surfing spots. The south-facing “Little Dume” beach is a well-known and sought after locale by experienced surfers.
The sand dune is an ancient coastal bluff that is now Point Dume State Beach and Point Dume State Preserve that includes headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. On a clear day, the view is spectacular – encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and Catalina Island. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to March migration period.
Properties range from $2.1 million to $40 million and is one of the premier family neighborhoods in Malibu. It has its own commercial center and award winning elementary school.
As Malibu’s historic ranch center, the rural character of Serra Retreat is unique and treasured. Serra Retreat is a wooded canyon area adjacent to Malibu Creek in Lower Malibu Canyon. Sweetwater Mesa is the only street in this area that has commanding views of the ocean. The approximately 100 property owners in this small, secluded area belong to the Serra Canyon Property Owners Association, which was formed to maintain and protect the privately-owned, country road of the canyon community. Residents can walk or bike ride to Malibu’s Cross Creek shopping area.
Serra Canyon consists of approximately 100 lots ranging from under 1/2 acre to 4 acres, with a few in excess of 4 acres. All but a few are developed into single-family residences at this time. The homes range from small to large, reflecting the diverse economic and architectural make-up of this special Malibu locale.
The area, defined by Winding Way and Murphy Way (formerly De Butts Terrace) north from Pacific Coast Highway to the Escondido Falls, is a community of about 100 properties that are accessed by these private roads.
The majority of parcels are two to five acres in size, although parcels range from one-third to over 100 acres. These are mostly Equestrian properties with direct access to trails.
Bonsall Canyon is a combination of big estates and horse properties on flat lots. The common element with the people who live there is the enjoyment of the Canyon’s uncommon beauty and tranquility. What is unbelievable is that traveling just a few hundred feet from the profusion of fast, noisy cars and crowds of beach goers on Pacific Coast Highway, you can be in an area of uncommon beauty with trees and flowers everywhere.
Bonsall Canyon is part of Zuma Canyon which is located on the eastern side of Pacific Coast Highway along the stretch of Malibu between Kanan Dume road to the south and Trancas Canyon to the north. At one end of Bonsall Canyon lie the Zuma wetlands and beach; at the other is land designated as a National Park with extensive hiking and riding trails.
The unusual climatic conditions of the Canyon are favorable to producing a wide variety of plants, fruit, vegetables and rare varieties of orchids. Agriculture represents the only commercial enterprise permitted by RA-1 zoning in the road is dominated by narrow bands of dense native oaks and Western Sycamore woodlands.
Zuma Creek flows down the mountain through Bonsall Canyon towards the Pacific Ocean. The interaction between the ocean and streambed forms one of the last remaining wetlands along the Southern California Coast. The Canyon’s canopy of trees and shrubs provide a sanctuary for many bird species, including thrashers, quail and Golden Eagles. Members of the Audubon Society find the Canyon a paradise for bird watching activities.
Ramirez Canyon is a 2,880-acre watershed located between Kanan Dune Road and Escondido Canyon. Ramirez Creek is a significant Blue Line Stream with a thriving native riparian habitat lining the creek, and include many native tree species of oak and sycamore.
Ramirez Canyon Road, accessed at the Paradise Cove, is a private road that is gated at the Winding Way and Paradise Cove entrances. The topography of the area ranges from the stream bed and flood plain area, to steep mountains. The canyon has a relatively small floor, bounded by relatively steep hills on both the East and West sides. Properties in the area have large lots and lush gardens. Some have distant ocean views.
The abundance of vegetation and natural water course provides an ideal home to a number of species of wildlife, including deer, bobcats, raccoon, badger, gray fox, coyotes and cougar. Additionally, many species of birds inhabit the area, including hawks, eagles, owls and road runners.
A paradise for horse lovers. There is an equestrian center and direct access to riding trails at the end of Busch drive, entrance to Zuma Canyon. The boundaries of the friendly Malibu Park neighborhood are defined by the four shared and interconnected accesses to the Pacific Coast Highway – Bonsall Drive, Busch Drive, Morning View Drive and Guernsey Drive.
Malibu Park is the location of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Malibu Middle School and Malibu High School. The neighborhood is close to Zuma Beach and miles of hiking trails. It is well known for its equestrian properties, ocean views, and lush gardens.
Amidst a hillside setting, Carbon Mesa neighborhood homes are spaced widely, enveloped by trees and gardens. Most are large and have pools and tennis courts. Many of the homes have magnificent coastline views. The neighborhood can only be reached by Carbon Canyon Road which intersects the Pacific Coast Highway near the eastern end of Carbon Beach.
The Malibu Knolls neighborhood consists of sixty-five residential parcels situated on a crescent shaped area above and surrounding the Civic Center Area. All of the homes front on dead-end streets which can only be accessed from Malibu Canyon Road.
Most homes in Malibu Knolls have an unobstructed view of Santa Monica Bay from Palos Verdes to Santa Barbara Island. There is also an unobstructed view of the Malibu Civic Center. The physical terrain creates an amphitheater where the residents are the audience to the sights, sounds and any other activity that emanates now and in the future from the Civic Center.
The neighborhood is separated by a deep gulch into two distinct areas: East Knolls (40 parcels), and West Knolls (25 parcels). The largest lot is over 4 acres and the smallest lot is less than .5 acre. The average lot size is approximately 1 acre.
Malibu Country Estates is an enclave of single family homes north of Pacific Coast Highway and adjacent to the western border of the Pepperdine University campus, it consists of approximately 107 lots.
Malibu Country Estates has paved streets, sidewalks, public water supply, storm sewers, street lights – the amenities and look of a suburban community, which is unusual for rural Malibu.
Malibu West is another favorite with families. A private community located close to the beach with single family homes and condos. Its roads are private, and all utilities are located underground. The streets are flat and kids play around as in a forgotten era.
It has a range of amenities for its residents:
A private beach with a unique Club House, located on the ocean side of the Pacific Coast Highway
Scheduled social events
Special events for children
The Big Rock Mesa neighborhood is an area of beautiful homes and gardens high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The area has sweeping views of the Malibu Shoreline, Santa Monica Bay Coastline, and Catalina Island. Home density varies: some are isolated; some are in neighborhood-like areas. Trees and shrubs are plentiful. For commuters, Big Rock Mesa is among the areas closest to Santa Monica.
This review of Malibu neighborhoods can only give you a glimpse in to the diverse charms of the Malibu community. When you are ready to explore more of Malibu to see which area best fits your life style call me. It will be my pleasure to guide you and point out the special features of each area.
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