Holy Bat Cave! This Malibu Estate is Fit for a Dark Knight

If only Bruce Wayne had a sense of whimsy and liked horses as much as bats, he wouldn’t be able resist this stunning beach property.

Photo courtesy of The Agency The mansion was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France and completed in 2006. It was designed by notable architect Steve Giannetti, built by Finton Construction and interiors were done by celebrated designer Madeline Stuart.

Even though this gorgeous 6-acre estate overlooking Zuma Beach in Malibu includes a 10,270-square-foot designer mansion with top-of-the-line everything, extensive and luxurious equestrian facilities and some of the finest ocean views in California, the first thing everyone wants to hear about is the “Bat Cave,” which, we admit, is pretty impressive in its own right.

It seems that the owner and creator of the estate, Dan Romanelli, was the founder of the Consumer Products Division of Warner Bros., and constantly worked with merchandise from the studio’s films. The Batman franchise was the real standout for him, so when he built his grand estate, he decided to create his “own personal Bat Cave,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Photo courtesy of The Agency In addition to the two-lane bowling alley, the subterranean suite also features a home theater with bar, built in shelving to display part of the owner's Warner Bros. collection and free throw machines.

Accessed through a secret door and passageway from the living room, his version doesn’t contain bat vehicles and a high-tech crime fighting lab. Instead, the subterranean suite features an 800-bottle wine cellar, a home theater with bar, built in shelving to display part of this Warner Bros. collection, and, most striking of all, a complete 1960s-era bowling alley. 

The alley is a vintage Brunswick Bowl, with custom soundproofing on the floors, walls and ceiling. A vintage neon BOWL sign illuminates the room, which includes an original Brunswick 2000 scoreboard. And if bowling isn’t enough sport for you, behind the lanes sit two basketball free throw machines.

Of course the estate also includes plenty of facilities for outdoor sports as well.  There’s the horse barn with stalls for up to eight horses, a tack and feed room, a large riding arena, four grass sun pens and two large grazing pastures, as well as riding trails that meander throughout the property. There’s also a large pool and a lighted bocce ball court.

There’s also a full gym inside, which is part of the lavish master suite. That’s on the second level, and entered by two antique French doors that lead to the suite’s antique stone fireplace, private outdoor patio with white water views, his-and-hers walk-in closets; his-and-hers baths with heated stone floors and bidets, a deep soaking tub in hers, a rain shower/steam shower in his; and a custom safe room in his closet. A French window-lined breezeway leads to a private master office with the attached gym, bathroom and patio.

The house itself was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France and completed in 2006. It was designed by famed architect Steve Giannetti, built by Finton Construction and interiors were done by celebrated designer Madeline Stuart. It’s full of dramatic stone work, hard wood detail, and views that go for miles.

As you’ve probably guessed, a spectacular home like this comes with a spectacular price tag: $24.95 million, to be exact. You might wonder why Mr. Romanelli would be leaving such an elaborately customized spread. The Wall Street Journal reports that although he retired from Warner Bros. in 2006, he still does a lot of consulting work in the city, and also travels frequently. Romanelli’s wife Luana would like to be closer to town. For more information on the property, contact Santiago Arana of The Agency.

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