Why Would Anyone Want To Live In Malibu?
By: Date: October 30, 2021 Categories: Forbes Global Properties,lifestyle,Real Estate,Uncategorized Tags: , ,

row of beachfront homes including 23634 Malibu Colony Rd #50 Malibu, CA

Multimillion-dollar homes line the shores of Malibu.

Berlyn Photography for Hilton & Hyland

The question might seem so ridiculous that it borders on idiotic—after all, Malibu is known around the world for its epic coastal hills that slope dramatically into soft-sanded beaches lining the Pacific, as well as its Mediterranean climate and famous residents that include the likes of Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Pierce Brosnan.

But if high-profile residents, nice weather and a beautiful shoreline are the main reasons people move to Malibu, then there are in fact alternatives— for example, La Jolla, California, or Kahala, Hawaii.

So then why is Malibu such a desirable location? What makes it so special?

Beach in Malibu on a sunny day, LA, California, USA

Being a Malibu resident means not just living by the sea but living with the sea. The local … [+] community shares a strong tie to the Pacific.


While other luxury seaside communities have grand homes by picturesque beaches, nothing quite compares the relationship Malibu has with its landscape—to be a resident of Malibu means not just living by the sea but living with the sea. This not only means an abundance of opportunities for surfing, hiking or boating but also a serenity that is usually found deep in nature.

With a stretch of coast that runs for 27 miles and a population of approximately 16,000, Malibu provides ample space to feel a sense of seclusion without having to be isolated—the city is home to renowned bars and restaurants and Los Angeles is less than 25 miles away.

ocean decking from oceanfront house 23634 Malibu Colony Rd #50 Malibu, CA

The gated Malibu Colony community is among the most desirable areas in the coastal community, but … [+] prepare to get out the checkbook: This beachfront home in the enclave is listed for $25 million.

Berlyn Photography for Hilton & Hyland

“People sometimes think of Malibu only as this removed beach community—but it’s so close to LA,” says Malibu native and star real estate agent Chad Rogers of Hilton & Hyland. “You get to live in two worlds at once.”

So while there may be other options for seaside living, the vibe of “the Bu” is truly one-of-a-kind.

The homes in Malibu

A large portion of the properties that sell in Malibu are undeveloped lots, and many homes in the area are custom built, making for a highly diverse array of architectural designs and styles. It is not uncommon to see a contemporary eco-friendly house next to a Tuscan design, with a modern ranch-style home across the street.

lot and ocean view 3338 Malibu Canyon Road Malibu, CA

A large portion of the properties that sell in Malibu are undeveloped lots. This 3.57-acre estate … [+] site with straight-on ocean views is listed for $5.95 million.

Hilton & Hyland

These large plots also provided developers with sufficient room for both a spacious home and a sprawling yard, many with views of the endless ocean horizon.

“Malibu is a dream home destination,” Rogers says. “It’s a place where people spend as much money as necessary to build the beach house they’ve always wanted.”

The real estate prices in Malibu

According to realtor.com, the median price of sale in April 2021 was $3,115,000. Buyers can expect to find a well-sized four- to five-bedroom home located about a block or so away from the water for this price.

living room inside beachfront house 23334 Malibu Colony Rd Malibu, CA, USA

This Malibu Colony compound with 55 of frontage was recently updated and enhanced. Asking price: $29 … [+] million.

Hilton & Hyland

Like many other seaside communities, proximity to the ocean is a significant factor in price point—but properties directly on the beachfront are not always more expensive. In some cases, homes located in the hills just off the shore can be more desirable as they offer extra privacy and vista views of the Pacific.

That being said, properties located directly on the coast or with private access to the beach make up some of the most expensive real estate in the entire state of California, with prices reaching above $100,000,000.

Lower price points hover around one million and are predominately large condos or smaller single-family homes, many of which are located near or in the Santa Monica Mountains.

brick courtyard living room looking at ocean 23334 Malibu Colony Road

In some portions of Malibu, roomy oceanfront properties can fetch upwards of $100 million. This … [+] compound at 23334 Malibu Colony Road is listed for $29 million.

Hilton & Hyland

The Malibu vibe

“I grew up in Malibu,” says Rogers, “and what I always loved was how it has this small-town feel. You go to the local store and you know everybody’s name.”

A small-town feel, however, does not mean an absence of elegance and vibrance. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is teeming with luxury shopping and high-end restaurants, like world-renowned Japanese fare found at Nobu, where a celebrity siting is not rare.

Malibu schools

Students living in Malibu are served by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which three schools located within city limits—Malibu Elementary School, Webster Elementary and Malibu High School.

aerial view of 23111 Mariposa De Oro St, Malibu, CA 90265

Homes located in the hills are coveted for their extra privacy and vista views of the Pacific. This … [+] 1.25-acre estate on Mariposa De Oro Street sold in early Mary for $11.69 million.

Hilton & Hyland

In 2019, students at Webster Elementary tested well above state averages on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress—76% scored proficient in English compared to the state average of 55% and 69% scored proficient in math compared to the state average of 41%.

Established in 1992, Malibu High School, which serves approximately 1,000 students, has outperformed state averages and was ranked No.184 in Newsweek’s top 1200 Schools in America.

Malibu Pier Aerial with Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains

Aerial of the historic Malibu Pier, beaches and the Santa Monica Mountains on the Southern … [+] California Pacific Coast.


Private school options include MUSE School, an environmentalism-focused school founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of film director James Cameron. Our Lady of Malibu, a co-ed Catholic school located next to Pepperdine University, and New Roads, a prep school serving students K-12, are among other options.

Out and about in Malibu

Most routes going to and from Malibu are accessed via the PCH, though farther west, routes may utilize the 101 via Route 23. Once on the 101, destinations like Hollywood or Burbank are less than 40 minutes away.

Upscale neighborhood on a hillside in Malibu, California

A look at Pepperdine and residential homes nested on the Santa Monica Mountains with Pacific Ocean … [+] views.


LAX is less than an hour drive away due south on the 405.

Sitting 50 miles to the north is Ojai, a popular getaway known for its scenic hiking trails and charming downtown. Less than 100 miles away is the Santa Ynez Valley, where small towns like Solvang and Los Olivos offer renowned wine tastings.

Hilton & Hyland is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

Wondering what your home is worth in today’s market?

Find out in seconds, ONLINE at: HomeWorth.TheMansourTeam.com

Get New HOT listings to your inbox daily, before any other buyers at:




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *