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Malibu

As you enter Malibu on Highway 1, a sign welcomes you: “MALIBU. 27 MILES OF SCENIC BEAUTY.” And it’s true! It was always a dream of mine to drive up that coastline in a convertible, with the top down, of course, and take all the beauty in.

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I often find myself craving Malibu’s beaches during the work week. One of my favorite beaches is at Point Dume. If you’re on the Southern end of it, there’s a secret beach. You’ll have to craftily and carefully make your way over a series of rocks, but it’s worth it.

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Imagine living in walking distance to this coastline. Recently, laws were passed to allow access to Carbon Beach, sometimes referred to as, “Billionaire’s Beach.”

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The Getty Villa is nearby and a must-see destination. Seeing art, special events, and fine dining in their gardens is one of my favorite things to do in the city.

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Several attractive piers border the Malibu coastline. Some even have restaurants, such as The Malibu Farm Pier Cafe, a perfect place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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The Malibu Country Mart is popular among locals and celebrities. “A wonderful place to spend the day” the sign reads. And it’s true. I’ve spent many days at the Country Mart. The shopping and dining is fantastic.

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Another picturesque restaurant in Malibu, just steps away from the waters of Zuma Beach, is The Sunset. Housed in a historical beach bungalow overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Sunset is a diverse mix of vintage Americana and seaside elegance.

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Homes in Malibu are often luxurious, opulent, and many are even historically and architecturally significant. The home below is Frank Gehry’s famed “Tin House,” built in 1968 as a combination studio and residence for artist Ron Davis and most recently occupied by actor Patrick Dempsey and his family.

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This is John Lautner’s “Stevens’ House,” built in 1968. An architectural masterpiece on the beach in the famed Malibu Colony.

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Talk about dream homes…

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Demographics

The 2010 United States Census reported that Malibu had a population of 12,645.[62] The population density was 637.7 people per square mile (246.2/km²). The racial makeup of Malibu was 11,565 (91.5%) White (87.4% Non-Hispanic White),[63] 148 (1.2%) African American, 20 (0.2%) Native American, 328 (2.6%) Asian, 15 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 182 (1.4%) from other races, and 387 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 769 persons (6.1%).

There were 5,267 households, out of which 1,379 (26.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,571 (48.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 403 (7.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 222 (4.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 269 (5.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 49 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,498 households (28.4%) were made up of individuals and 501 (9.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37. There were 3,196 families (60.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.87.

Malibu had a median household income of $133,869

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Schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District serves Malibu with three elementary schools: John L. Webster Elementary School (grades K-5, located in central Malibu), Juan Cabrillo Elementary School (grades K-5, located in northwestern Malibu’s Malibu Park district), and Point Dume Elementary School (grades K-5, located in northwestern Malibu’s Pt. Dume district).

Private schools include: Calmont, Our Lady Of Malibu (Catholic), Colin McEwen High School, New Roads, and St. Aidan’s School.

Malibu High School (MHS) provides secondary public education for both middle school (grades 6–8) and high school (grades 9–12). MHS is located in the northwestern region of Malibu.

Pepperdine University, a private college affiliated with the Church of Christ, which is located in central Malibu, north of the Malibu Colony at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Malibu Canyon Road. Malibu is also served by Santa Monica College.

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Film History

Malibu has been used as a location or setting for many films, television programs and music videos. Surfrider Beach was home to Gidget, and surfing movies of the 1960s. Jill Munroe and her sister Kris Munroe’s Charlie’s Angels beach house was located in Malibu. The residence can also be seen in the first scene after the opening theme song of Beach Blanket Bingo. Important scenes in the Planet of the Apes series were filmed at Point Dume. The hero’s trailer in The Rockford Files was parked by the Paradise Cove Pier. Love American Style and The Mod Squad are among many TV series and commercials filmed in Paradise Cove. A 1978 film starring Suzanne Somers was entitled Zuma Beach. In the Coen Brothers 1998 motion picture The Big Lebowski, the fictional chief of police describes it thus: “We’ve got a nice, quiet beach community here, and I aim to keep it nice and quiet”. In the 2008 movie Iron Man and its sequels, 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2013’s Iron Man 3, Tony Stark’s primary residence is located in Malibu, on Point Dume. In George Cukor’s 1981 film Rich and Famous, Candice Bergen’s character, Merry Noel Blake, resides in Malibu.

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Architecture

Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst purchased much of the Big Rock land in 1936, but sold half of his holdings to realtor Art Jones. Jones was one of the first in his profession to see the value of Malibu and invest there. Besides his Big Rock acquisition, Jones leased land from the Rindges in Malibu Colony and owned or part-owned the Malibu Inn, the Malibu Trading Company and the Big Rock Beach Café, now known as Moonshadows to those who drive along PCH.

Currently, the record sale in Malibu is at $75,000,000 for a nearly 10 acre estate purchased, in cash, by a Russian billionaire. The seller is reported to be Howard Marks, the money manager behind Oaktree Capital. By no means is $75,000,000 the limit in Malibu, but these record sales represent the current market conditions.

Malibu, befitting the original-minded, creative people who flocked to the beach community in the 1950s, is home to truly innovative architecture. Midcentury masters like Richard Neutra and A. Quincy Jones developed properties in Malibu. More modern architectural masters have worked in Malibu, such as local Ed Niles. The city also contains homes designed by Richard Meier, who is best known for his work on the Getty Museum high above West Los Angeles.

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