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Magical Malibu: An Insiders Guide

Its 27 miles of pristine Pacific coastline have attracted surfers and stars for decades, but Malibu is still about embracing the California lifestyle

A native of southern California, Jeff Hyland is partner at Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. He spoke to Luxury Defined about the enduring appeal of this most iconic stretch of sea, surf, and sand that is home to some of the world’s most enviable real estate.

Why would buyers want to live there?
Malibu, the legendary “27 miles of scenic beauty”, is home to spectacular coastline and pristine beaches, perhaps the finest of which is Broad Beach (along with Carbon Beach, it’s known as Billionaire’s Beach). Even more than simply a name or place, Malibu is really a lifestyle. Although less than 30 miles from the heart of Beverly Hills, Malibu feels a world away and has long been a refuge for celebrities, nature lovers, and surfers alike.  

The Borman Estate, an iconic estate in Malibu, California

This dramatic Frank Gehry beachfront masterpiece sits on just over one acre with an unprecedented 160′ feet of beachfront

The residence features a fabulous outdoor entertaining with spa fireplace and adjoining separate kitchen

What stand-out properties are available?
We are currently marketing The Borman Estate. Built in 1989 by Frank Gehry, this six-bedroom, 11,400-square-foot home is selling for US$57.5 million. The bold and contemporary estate sits on just over an acre with an unprecedented 160-foot-wide stretch of Broad Beach. The home also features a tennis court and 60-foot lap pool. 

How do I get there?
Malibu is less than an hour’s drive from all of Los Angeles’ airports, including LAX, Burbank, and the private airfields in Van Nuys and Santa Monica.