Malbu Beach, Malibu
Malibu is the shining jewel of the Southern California Coastline, combining the glamour of Bel Air and Beverly Hills, with the natural beauty and casual ease of beachfront living. The 27 miles of coastline was originally owned by the Ringe family, who maintained it’s exclusive privacy and pristine condition until 1929, when they invited a few notable stars of their time to move in to what is now The Colony. The rest of Hollywood soon followed, and now the list of residents reads like the Who’s Who of the entertainment industry. In every phase of its development, this dedication to conservation, privacy, and exclusivity has been maintained. From the sweeping vistas taking in Point Dume to Palos Verdes, referred to as the Queen’s Necklace, to the vast ranches and canyons in its upper reaches, Malibu offers a vast array of choices for ultimate coastline living.
You can’t think of Malibu without thinking of the beaches: Zuma, Pirates Cove, Trancas, and Surfrider all typify the surf and sand romanticism of the Beach Boys, and are favorites for many. The privileged few that are lucky enough to call The Colony home, have the bright sandy beaches of the Pacific as their front yard, and are protected by security gates and walls lining Pacific Coast Highway to the rear of their properties, ensuring the privacy they seek. Point Dume has become very sought after as well, for it’s fantastic promontory views and access to white sandy beaches. The unique enclave of Paradise Cove is an exclusive and expensive trailer park, made famous recently by director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura fame), in his documentary about simplifying his life and living a purposeful life. This philosophy and approach is a hallmark of many Malibu residents, who have a particular collective commitment to spiritual and healing pursuits. The Serra Retreat, and the surrounding private homes, provides a setting for peace, serenity and reflection. High atop the hills are large tracks of land and ranches giving equestrian enthusiasts a prime location for raising and riding horses. The lovely campus of Pepperdine University is on the coast and is perched high above overlooking the beaches. Tucked into the beautiful hills above Malibu, are Las Flores, Ramirez, Coral, and Carbon Canyons, each with a personality and environment all their own. These canyons are not only settings for secluded and more rustic homes, they are also a sportsman’s paradise, with hiking, rock climbing, fishing and exploring. From the beach to the hills, there is a great commitment among all to preserve the natural beauty and lifestyle this area provides.
The shopping, nightlife, parks, and activities all make it easy and fun to stay close to home. While PCH, and nearby 10 and 405 freeways make it convenient to commute or to visit, there is so much entertainment locally that there isn’t much need to travel. The laid back atmosphere makes it just as likely that major movie deals are done more on the beach at “Deal Rock” than in offices, in a suit and tie. The Malibu Civic Center, Malibu Lumberyard, and Malibu Country Mart, all in Cross Creek, have some of the most posh shops and cafes in LA, where you can browse and eat side by side with celebrities. PCH, which spans the length of the Southern California coast and is the major route into Malibu, is a favorite for cyclists because of its views and cool sea breezes. In addition to some of the best beaches in the world, are an array of excellent parks, including Malibu Bluffs, Malibu Creek Park, and Point Mugu State Park. The new cutting edge Legacy Park, is designed to conserve and protect five coastal habitats, and environmentally clean the waters that feed Malibu Creek and the ocean, as well as provide a learning and cultural center. Pets are loved here and along with their owners, enjoy the pet friendly community. Public schools are very good, given the affluent and socially conscious profile of Malibu. Pepperdine and HRL laboratories draw an academic and technological element to the community.