Brand New in the ‘Bu

The rare and luxurious Spanish Estate, on the north Malibu Coast, was recently completed and is now ready for an elite owner.

Photo courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate The weather on Malibu's Pacific coast is such that residents can enjoy an outdoor living room, complete with kitchenette, fireplace and TV, almost year-round. 

It isn’t often a brand-new house on the Malibu coast goes up for sale, but the “Spanish Estate,” the first of 17 luxury properties in the 80-acre Marisol development, has been finished and furnished and is ready for its first owner to move right in.

It would have to be a well-heeled owner, of course, because the asking price is $16.9 million, including designer furniture and decoration. And it would have to be someone who doesn’t mind having a bit of a drive from Los Angeles. This development sits about 30 miles north of L.A., just above the Ventura County line, not far from storied Neptune’s Net. It does remain within the much-lauded Malibu School District, however.

The home is situated on a bluff, just across PCH from the beach, which affords it whitewater views of the ocean and mountain views as well. The land, once part of Rancho Malibu, was previously used for farming and pretty much scraped clean of natural flora. But developer Richard Morris took great care to restore to the development about 20,000 native plants, nurtured in Santa Barbara, and to relocate nearly 2,000 trees, including mature coastal oaks.

Photo courtesy of Christie's International Real Estate This home on the Northern Malibu coast is situated on a bluff, just across PCH from the beach, which affords it whitewater views of the ocean and mountain views as well.    

Award-winning architect Barry Berkus designed the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom single-story Spanish mansion that encompasses about 7,088 square feet of indoor space, and plenty of outdoor deck/patio space in addition, with a 50-foot infinity pool made of native stone and a separate spa.

The home is unique in that it has two separate master suites, at either end of the house, one to catch the sunrise, the other to catch the sunset. Both have vaulted wood ceilings, fireplaces, dual walk-in closets, and views of the backyard and the ocean. But one is a bit larger than the other, and features an office, limestone floors and counters, an attached double shower and an oval limestone tub. The vanity also has one of those very clever vanity mirrors with a discreet television hidden inside.

Other striking features of the home include a 60-foot-wide great room with limestone floors and fireplace, and a 14-foot ceiling. There’s also a chef’s kitchen with custom oak cabinetry and CaesarStone surfaces, adjacent to a glass-walled breakfast area.

And what Malibu luxury home would be complete without a media room that comes equipped with a 3-D television and projection system with a 120-inch screen that drops down from the ceiling? Or a wine room with oak racks and space for 1,500 bottles?

There’s also a state-of-the-art security system and privacy walls that can help keep residents safe, which is important when you're so far from much else. If the feeling of getting away from it all in a luxury resort setting, yet being only a half-hour away from a major city is a priority, this home would be the ideal spot.

See listing details at Christie's International Real Estate

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