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As a resident of Malibu and business owner, I have learned so much about this community over the years. When I first arrived, I was probably like many others drawn in by the mystique of Malibu. But driving up PCH, I started to wonder what the big deal was – all I saw was garages. Having lived on the beach half my life, I know there is something truly magical about the energy you draw from the ocean. Once I was able to get on the other side of “the garages”, that’s when I knew; Malibu is truly a unique beach community. I grew up in a home built in 1898 in Kentucky, so I learned from an early age to appreciate history and where things come from. Malibu is somewhat of a mystery to most that do not live here or don’t visit often. Because of my appreciation of history, I decided to learn more about some of my favorite neighborhoods in Malibu. Just like any other city, Malibu is segmented by different neighborhoods. While it is 21 continuous miles long and 3 miles wide, each area has its own personality and rich heritage. I compiled a very brief summary of this information to give you a sneak peek into what makes these areas so special. At Explore Malibui, it’s important to give back to our community. This guide is one small way of helping you understand how special Malibu is and facilitate a way for you to find your “way of life” in Malibu. Our entire team hopes you enjoy learning more about Malibu and we’re happy to provide more information if you’re interested on these and other neighborhoods in Malibu. Enjoy and hopefully you too will make Malibu, a way of life!
All the best,
Laura Doughty, CSO Broker DRE# 01861790
Fun Facts about Malibu History Learn interesting facts about our starlit city and explore the history behind the birth of our famous seaside community, including surrounding Malibu attractions from the Adamson House to the legendary Getty Villa.
Malibu was originally settled by the Chumash, Native American settlers. The name "Malibu" was derived from the Native American word "Humaliwo" which means "the surf sounds loudly."
Most of Malibu's land was privately held by Frederick Hastings Rindge and Rhoda May Rindge until 1929, when the state won a court case that allowed construction of what is now known as the Pacific Coast Highway to begin in Malibu.
The Rindge house, originally built for the family's yacht, is now known as the Adamson House (a National Historic Site and California Historical Landmark) and is situated across from Serra Retreat, beside the Malibu Pier.
Once construction of the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu became inevitable in 1929, May Rindge was forced to subdivide her property and begin selling and leasing lots throughout Malibu. Malibu Colony was one of the first areas inhabited after Malibu was opened to the public. Today, Malibu Colony abounds with celebrities and remains one of Malibu's most famous districts.
In 1974, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened the Getty Villa in Malibu as his second museum in a building inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporating additional details from several other ancient sites. After closing for extensive renovations in 1997, the Getty Villa reopened in 2006 and is currently home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.
In 1976, Cat Stevens had his famous near-death experience in Malibu, when he nearly drowned while he was swimming. Shortly thereafter he converted to Islam, adopting the name Yusuf Islam.
Also in 1989, Actor Martin Sheen was named honorary mayor of Malibu.
Las Flores Neighborhood Las Flores, Spanish for “The Flowers,” has beautiful ocean-front as well as canyon properties. Las Flores Canyon was one of the first residential settlements in Malibu because a guarded Rindge Ranch fence west of the road prevented westward development beyond Las Flores Canyon Road. The Las Flores Inn (now Duke's) served travelers from Santa Monica who had to turn around at the Rindge gate. The office of Malibu's first justice of the peace -- also a bartender at the Inn -- and some Rindge Ranch bunkhouses were on Las Flores. A few of the buildings near the mouth of Las Flores, easily identified by their architecture and wood siding, are nearly 100 years old. Though close to Pacific Coast Highway, the lower Las Flores Canyon area feels isolated and tranquil. This stretch of beach boasts beautiful rock formation in the water. Seals visit these rocks to sun and have their pups. The neighbors are known to be friendly, and dogs run freely, as there is no open access to the highway. For this reason, Las Flores is also known by locals as “Dog Beach.” Las Flores Canyon has an eclectic mix of single family, multi-family rentals, commercial, horticultural, institutional and public facility zoning within the city limits. Cosentino's Malibu Florist sits at the intersection of Las Flores and PCH. About a block and a half north on the east side of the road is a place of business. On its south is a four-unit apartment building. The balance of land north of the business and on the east side of the road is all single family. County zoning permitted multi-family development to four-tenths of a mile up Las Flores. Further up the Canyon, the Carden Malibu School is at 3504 Las Flores Canyon on the east side, a county maintenance yard on the west, at the north end of the road as it begins to ascend toward Upper Las Flores and Saddle Peak. The very few infill lots remaining are used for parking overflow (in particular and on a regular-basis by the office building for employee parking and the 20-unit apartment building). The majority of parcels are one-quarter acre. Houses average about 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. There has been no "mansionizing". Most structures have been built at the canyon floor; a few are on hillsides or hilltops. Wood is the predominant siding for single-family and multi-family buildings and reflects the "woodsy," rustic character of the neighborhood. Multi-family rentals include four duplexes, two triplexes (one is uninhabitable, due to flood damage), three four-plexes, one six-plex and one 20-unit apartment building. Units range from one- to twobedrooms. A triplex, fourplex, and sixplex are on the creek side (west of the road). There are no condominiums. Two small Rindge bunkhouses are rentals. There are granny unit rentals in single-family residence.
Upper Las Flores Canyon Outside the Malibu City Limit, Las Flores Canyon Road rises steeply into the Santa Monica Mountains, eventually intersecting Rambla Pacifico just below Saddle Peak. Homes in the upper canyon area cling to the mountain sides individually or form small communities in generally low density development. A few side roads branch from Las Flores along the way. Hume Road is a connector to Rambla Pacifico about half way up the canyon. Environmental Factors in Las Flores Canyon Las Flores Canyon is the only residential deep canyon in Malibu and has been designated by the County as a "Most Important" Significant Ecological Area. Las Flores Creek, which flattens as it runs through the city limits of the canyon, carries runoff from one of the largest watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains and provides sand for Las Flores Beach. Within city limits, the creek is bounded on the east by housing and the nursery; on the west by Rambla Pacifica. Besides coastal shrub and wildflowers, Las Flores Canyon also has pine trees, sycamores, pepper trees, and cactus. Minimal formal landscaping (lawns, etc.) gives the area a "natural" appearance. Wildlife, including deer, quail and rattlesnakes, can be found in the canyon. Open space is visual, not publicly owned. The visually open, aesthetically pleasing areas are the byproduct of the steep canyon walls and "natural" vegetation. Man-made sounds echo in the canyon, but are normally unobtrusive. Because the road is now a main thoroughfare, traffic sounds can be a nuisance, particularly in the warmer months. Natural sounds of frogs, coyotes and birds abound. Flood Danger in Las Flores Canyon Las Flores Canyon is the flood plain of Las Flores Creek. Many of the buildings along the creek are built on pilings. Two properties, a triplex and a single-family residence which sit below the creek bed as a result of the Rambla Pacifico slide, were destroyed by flooding in February of 1992. The triplex was remodeled and re-rented, but again was destroyed by flooding a year later. The two Rindge bunkhouses (at creek bed level) received substantial water damage but are again rented. The balance of creek side properties sits four to fifteen feet above the creek bed. During rains, the creek either rises and widens or runs narrow and deep. Also, the bed level is negatively impacted by rocks tumbling and siltation streaming from the steep upper watershed outside the city limits of Malibu. Slide Danger in Las Flores Canyon Las Flores Canyon is sandwiched between two slides, Rambla Pacifico and Las Flores Mesa. The Rambla Pacifico slide was the subject of litigation and resulted in a settlement with homeowners. The 1995 rains caused several problems on Las Flores Canyon Road from Las Flores Mesa: runoff, surficial mud sliding, rocks and boulders, a fallen dormant, natural spring which ran down Las Flores Mesa Drive and onto Canyon Road for several weeks, undermining the asphalt.
La Costa Beach Neighborhood La Costa, Spanish for “The Coast”. This is a dry beach and known for its deep sandy cove. It’s the first neighborhood in Malibu to be developed where, in 1926, May Rindge's Marblehead Land Company sold the La Costa beachfront and hillside to developer Harold Ferguson for the sum of $6 million. Ferguson created the La Costa Beach Club for land-side property owners and had grand plans to develop the beach parcels. He laid out the La Costa development and gave the streets their names that remain today: Rambla Pacifico, Las Flores, Rambla Vista, and so on. Edgar Rice Burroughs, who created the Tarzan books, bought a home there, at 90 Malibu La Costa Beach, and in 1933 and was elected honorary "Mayor of Malibu Beach." But the La Costa project collapsed into insolvency and Ferguson went to jail for fraud. Marblehead repossessed the property and undertook the development, but the Depression stalled the project. Marblehead itself declared bankruptcy in 1936. Malibu's La Costa Beach Neighborhood Today Today the western end of the La Costa Beach neighborhood is an empty beach lot east of 21746 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) -- intended for public access but tied up in court -- located across from where the west end of Rambla Vista joins PCH. On the east, La Costa is bounded by the commercial property opposite the Rambla Pacifico shopping strip. It includes the La Costa Beach & Tennis Club property, still in operation today. The quality of the homes ranges from original styles to upgraded remodels in the spirit of Carbon Beach, just to the west and accessible by foot at low tide. Like other parts of the Malibu beach, home sales above $6 million are not uncommon. Noise is a problem here since the homes have little separation from PCH.
Carbon Beach Neighborhood Carbon Beach is known as “Billionaires Beach” because of its ten-figure income residents. It extends from Carbon Canyon Road on the east (just west of La Costa) to the area just east of the Malibu Pier, about a mile and a half. Just over 70 private residences line the beach wall to wall with only two access paths to the sand for the public. The quality of beach is one of the finest in Malibu and therefore, one of the fines anywhere in California. Carbon Beach is a crescent shaped tapering to shallower lots at each end. The best lots, with the most sand, are in the center of the arc. Because of the fine beach, generally good location in Malibu and other unexplainable factors, Carbon Beach is the highest value beach neighborhood on Pacific Coast Highway. Known for one of the highest real estate sales in Malibu, recently sold, the former home of Nancy Daly Riordan (wife of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan) for an undisclosed amount (reportedly over $40 million). Homes here have been purchased for millions of dollars only to be torn down for their inadequacy or to have the property combined into something more suitably grand. While not every home is inhabited by a celebrity, Carbon Beach has more than its share; names like Lou Adler (music mogul), Larry Ellison (software, billionaire), Eli Broad (billionaire businessman, Haim Saban (another billionaire, producer of Power Rangers and others), and David Geffen (Steven Spielberg’s and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s partner in DreamWorks), high ranking business people and Hollywood’s upper tier. Homes here tend to be carefully designed by leading architects and adhere to very tasteful standards. Privacy has a high value along with insulation from PCH noise. Then land parcels are 40 to more than 100 feet wide and some owners have purchased neighboring lots and created mega-parcels. Some lots are 150-285 feet of beach frontage. This has reduced the number of homes available on Carbon Beach. This beach also has condominiums and apartments along its western end. Like La Costa, it is located on PCH, which means the garages of these homes face the busy highway and parking on the street is limited (and can be dangerous). Access to Malibu’s Carbon Beach Carbon Beach itself is a wide sandy beach, with an expanse of dry area above the high tide line. This is unusual in Malibu where many beaches have minimal sand or are just rocks. As is the case everywhere in California, the beach is public “seaward of the mean high tide line.”. There are two public access ways where you can legally walk for PCH, between the houses to the beach. One is at 22131 PCH and the other is further west at 22664 PCH, near the Pier.
Serra Retreat Neighborhood Serra Retreat (also called Serra Canyon) is a wooded canyon area adjacent to Malibu Creek in Lower Malibu Canyon, as well as a portion of Sweetwater Mesa. Named after the famed Franciscan Monk retreat, the neighborhood of Serra Retreat provides a sanctuary for everyone who lives here. Nestled within the hills of the Malibu Canyons and overlooking the beaches below, the gated Serra Retreat is one of the most serene areas in all of Malibu and really lets residents escape from the everyday world. The approximate owners of the small, secluded area belong to the Serra Canyon Property Owners Association, which was formed to maintain and protect the privately-owned, country road of the canyon community. Entry to the community is controlled by two guarded drives, one off PCH and the other on Cross Creek Road. The Franciscan friars' Serra Retreat was originally planned as the home of Malibu's Rindge family, but it was sold to the Franciscans in 1942 during the disposition of the Rindge fortune. Today's Serra Retreat neighborhood is in the vicinity of the grounds of the original Rindge estate and lands. Serra Canyon consists of approximately 96 lots ranging from under one-half acre to four acres, with a few in excess of four acres. All but a handful are developed as single-family residences at this time. The homes range from small to large reflecting the diverse economic and architectural make-up of the special Malibu locale. Eighty-percent of the lots are one acre or less, with the remaining twenty percent more than one acre. As the historic center of Rancho Malibu, its rural character is unique and treasured.
Malibu Colony Neighborhood Once known as “Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony”, today it’s famously known as “The Colony”. To establish Malibu as a desirable location, starting in 1926, Mrs. Rindge offered beach lots to movie stars of the day, working with Art Jones to handle the leasing. To maintain control, there were no sales but thirty feet of ocean frontage could be leased for $30.00 per month on a ten year lease ($1/foot/month was the promotion). Swedish silent film star Anna Q. Nielson was the first to sign up followed quickly by Clara Bow, Ronald Colman, Bing Crosby, Harold Lloyd, Delores del Rio, Warner Baxter, Constance Bennett, Gary Cooper, Jack Warner, Mervyn Leroy, John Gilbert, Gloria Swanson, Barbara Stanwyck and many others. Studio carpenters were brought in to build cottages, at an average cost of $2600, and the "Malibu Beach Motion Picture Colony" was born. Screenwriter and celebrity journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, who calls herself the "World's Greatest Girl Reporter," wrote of how she first came to Malibu to interview Anna Q. Nielson. She passed the guarded gate at Las Flores, then followed the one-lane dirt road that would become PCH to a "small weathered grocery store and lunch counter and bar and Art Jones' real estate office." Across the street was the entrance to another dirt road leading to a few cottages at the beach. She met with Nielson and fell in love with Malibu. Her son, Richard St. Johns, remembers: I went from the hospital where I was born to the Malibu Colony in 1929. Mama loved the beach and her house — No. 104 — was the third or fourth built. Ten years later the original Malibu Colony leases expired and residents were able to purchase their lots. Ownership led to expansion including larger homes, tennis courts and other luxuries. The Malibu Colony became and remains world famous as the beach retreat of movie, TV and rock stars, along with other wealthy personalities from the entertainment and business worlds. Today's Colony continues to attract superstars of the entertainment industry plus wealthy business and professional people who appreciate the combination of stellar beach property, privacy, and exclusiveness that the Malibu Colony offers. Its unique position as the "original" Malibu sets it apart from other locations. The list of well-known names that live in the Colony today or have lived in the Colony is amazingly long, including but by no means limited to Jeff Bridges, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Bill Murray, Rob Reiner, and Tori Spelling. Other residents have less familiar names but represent major money earned in business or behind the scenes of the entertainment world.
Problems at the Colony include a high water table that leads to septic tank malfunctions, hardly the kind of issue that megastars want to deal with. Since the Colony was one of the very first Malibu neighborhoods, some of the infrastructure (water, electric, etc.) shows its age and may require repair or upgrade. The beach is mostly dry, but there are partially dry areas as well. There are 70 plus beach homes in this gated community. The lots tend to be smaller than in areas like Carbon Beach, La Costa or Broad Beach. There are two significant advantages to living in Malibu Colony. First, you are in a gated community that is controlled by 24-hour security personnel. Second, unlike La Costa, Carbon Beach and Las Flores, it is located away from PCH, which means that it is not on the busy highway. Therefore, it truly has a neighborhood atmosphere.
MALIBU COLONY GATE 1934
According to Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s Lady Crook by Lynn Kear and James King: “In order to keep their sanctuary private, a gateman was hired to keep out stray cars and tourists. ‘Seven patrolmen are on duty night and day. Protecting the homes from gate crashers that may have gotten past the gateman, souvenir seekers, over-eager fans and yes, gangsters.’”
Malibu Road Neighborhood Malibu Road is a two-lane "country road" which runs east-west paralleling the Pacific Ocean for approximately 2.5 miles. Still called "The Old Road", this stretch was the original Roosevelt Highway (now PCH) before PCH was relocated inland, over the bluffs in 1948. At the entrance to Malibu Colony you can see the point where the road diverges from its original path. Malibu Road exits onto eastbound PCH there, but to enter Malibu Road westbound you have to use Webb Way. The Malibu Colony Plaza shopping center is bordered by Webb Way, PCH, and Malibu Road and is technically located on Malibu Road. There are also professional offices and a fire station at the Malibu Road/Webb Way intersection. Since the shopping center was expanded in 1988-1989, egress and ingress to Malibu Road has been hampered due to the infrastructure's inability to handle the increased traffic. There are over 250 living units situated on Malibu Road, the majority of which are two story single family homes located on the ocean side. These beach front lots are approximately sixty feet wide and one hundred feet deep. The land side residences are also mostly two story homes, but sit on larger lots ranging from 1.25 to four acres. At the far north end of Malibu Road there are several multi-family units which offer rentals. In 1995, the City of Malibu took over management of Bluffs Park, which is located on the palisades above Malibu Road. The park offers active recreational opportunities with a visitor's community center (The Michael Landon Center), a Little League field, and open recreational space popular with those who like to fly remote control planes or simply enjoy the spectacular ocean views as they wander the designated trails which wind down to Malibu Road. The City's lease from the State expired in 2005 leaving the fate of the site undecided. The geological hazards on the land-side of Malibu Road are well known and have been the subject of ongoing studies regarding the watering practices of Pepperdine University which is situated across PCH upslope from the Malibu Road area. It is believed that excess watering of the hills surrounding the University have contributed to the movement of the bluffs above Malibu Road. Malibu Road residents are served by an active homeowners association which represents their interests and concerns.
Pointe Dume Bluffs Neighborhood Pointe Dume Bluffs dramatically juts into the Pacific. Within this beachfront section there is Pointe Dume and Little Dume. In 1925 Pt. Dume was a barren, wind-swept peninsula with no homes, trees or roads. The original Malibu railroad, operated by the Rindge Rancho Malibu, passed through the middle of Point Dume. It crossed over the lower part of Selfridge, then the middle section of Boniface. The tracks continued across the gulch to Grayfox to where the basketball courts sit at the school and along the backyards of present-day Fernhill on the north side. At Cliffside it curved right along the bluffs and around Birdview. When the Roosevelt Highway (PCH) was constructed in 1929, it cut across from the shoreline at Paradise Cove to the edge of current day Zuma Beach, a route chosen to avoid the impossible coastline of Pt. Dume. As a result, Point Dume is Malibu's only sizable neighborhood on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway, a fact that makes Pt. Dume one of the City's most coveted locations. Dume Drive was the original path onto Pt. Dume, naturally following the saddle of the massive sand dune, still appreciated for its excellent geological integrity and distance from brushfire threat in the hills. The barren, remote acreage of Pt. Dume was unattractive to many (it was often called the "Malibu Ghetto" in the early days) and therefore remained relatively inexpensive for many years. It attracted horse owners who could buy acreage for their animals. In the 1960s, you could still buy a small Pt. Dume house on a flat acre for $35,000 and about 400 homes have been built in the neighborhood, most in the ranch style of the 1950s and 1960s. Most homes have deeded access rights and keys for one of the three private gates to lead to the beach, rights that are part of the tremendous appeal and value of the neighborhood, so valuable that the gates have to be rekeyed annually, under tight security. Pt. Dume's obscurity ended in 1984 when top entertainer Johnny Carson paid a then-record $9 million for a bluff-top, gated estate on Wildlife Road. Other Hollywood celebrities surfaced on Pt. Dume including Bob Dylan, Nick Nolte, Kenny G and Martin Sheen, with Barbra Streisand in nearby Ramirez Canyon. The next generation Hollywood Brat Pack (Charlie Sheen, Rob Lowe, Sean Penn and Emilio Estevez) roamed the streets and Sean Penn married Madonna here August 16, 1985. Since then, appreciation has been steady for the residents. Over the years the neighborhood has grown more stately as trees matured and landscaping softened the views. Now Pt. Dume is called the "Malibu Riviera" for its panoramic ocean views and large private oceanfront estates. The essential character of Point Dume is a predominance of single-family homes on lots that are extremely large for parcels on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway, together with views from those parcels of and the proximity and access to the beach. Point Dume has a lack of sidewalks and street lights, as well as roads which are rarely straight or flat, all of which adds to the rural atmosphere prevalent on Point Dume. Many homes have ocean views or mountain views, and the surrounding beaches are both traditional Southern California wide, sandy beaches, such as Westward Beach, as well
are more unique beaches, such as the "Big Dume" beach, with its extensive tide pools. The most striking feature of Big Dume is the whale watching point. The military flattened the top of this hill years ago and today it’s an ideal place to take in the amazing views of the California coast. Little Dume has many cul-de-sac streets. At the end of the streets are private beaches. Many of the homes were built in 1960’s. Original construction on Point Dume customarily consisted of single story ranch style homes in the 2,000 square foot range, with "building standard" type interior finishes. However, most homes constructed on Point Dume since approximately 1985 have been large, often finished in a opulent style, and with widely divergent styles, and such homes now constitute a significant (although not overwhelming) portion of the Point. Such larger homes are particularly prevalent on perimeter drives and bluff streets (e.g., Cliffside and Birdview), while original styles predominate elsewhere (e.g., Wandermere). Although single-family residences predominate, a few multiple-unit structures were also built on Point Dume. Although multiple unit structures are rare on Point Dume, a significant number have recently been built in close proximity to Point Dume on the non-beach side of the Pacific Coast Highway, and the number of multiple-unit structures in the area is therefore at a saturation point. Most of the lots on Point Dume have now been built out, though sporadic unimproved lots remain.
POINT DUME 1949 Point Dume in the 21st century is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of California, home to the rich and famous, including Barbara Streisand, Julia Roberts, Chris Carter, Hans Zimmer, Bob Dylan, John C. McGinley and a cast of hundreds. One of the features of Point Dume — beyond the ocean views and the privacy of culde-sacs and secluded beaches — is the variety of flora and fauna along the roads, in front yards and backyards, and all over. This photo comes from a series of high-resolution, military aerial photos taken in 1949, when Point Dume was being converted from land used for raising cattle
Broad Beach Neighborhood The Broad Beach neighborhood is one of the most expensive and exclusive in Malibu. Home to many well known celebrities and entertainment industry titans (e.g. Goldie Hawn, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Danny DeVito), the 1.1-mile stretch of Malibu coastline includes a community of 108 beachfront homes. The axis of the area is Broad Beach Road, a section of highway that was Pacific Coast Highway before PCH was relocated inland and upslope. The eastern end of Broad Beach Road joins PCH at the Trancas Canyon Road traffic light while the western end reconnects to PCH just west of the Seafield Drive intersection shown in the photo above. Broad Beach itself continues to Victoria Point (originally Lachusa Point, owned by actress Paulette Goddard), at its western end. A spectacular home by modernist architect John Lautner sits on the point. There are many extraordinary homes within Broad Beach as well as homes that have not been upgraded for some years. A few lots are still undeveloped. The 1978 Malibu fire burned homes in this area on its way to the sea. Beach access is available through two sanctioned paths to the beach, one a stairway at 31344 Broad Beach Road and a cement walkway and steps at 31200. Public use of the beach is governed by the same rules as elsewhere in California. That is, private property starts at the mean high tide line. However, many of the homes along Broad Beach include easements in their property deeds, granting the public an additional 25 feet of beach, above the usual "seaward of mean high tide line" public beach. Dozens of Broad Beach homes have these easements, but the exact location of the line is not always clear. Between Westward Beach (Point Dume) and Broad Beach lies Zuma Beach. Zuma is one of the most well known public beaches in Los Angeles. It has a marvelous, well maintained shoreline with restrooms and snack shacks. Zuma Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allure has both advantages and disadvantages for the nearby residents. On one hand, it is a world-class beach within minutes of their homes. On the other hand, its appeal brings high foot traffic which can get in the way of its residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; privacy. Broad Beach has deep sandy knolls and public access entry points. Because of the depth of its lots, homes here can have expansive patios and grassy yards and swimming pools. The lots here are deep and wide. The beach is mostly dry and is the only beach in Malibu that has a combination of ice plants and sand dunes. For this reason, Broad Beach reminds many people of Monterey or Carmel, California.