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NEW & IMPROVED “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” - Michelle Obama

2018 is our year of change. Our year to remember not to lose ourselves in the daily grind. And our year to look around and acknowledge the people in our community who have helped us grow. Under new ownership, Malibu Magazine is undergoing a great deal of change itself. As we re-center our focus on the people of Malibu, our editorial content highlights 10 main categories: People, Our Topic of the Month, Restaurants, Shopping, Fitness, Wellness, Hotels, Art, Getaways, and Real Estate. With this division we aim to give our readers not only a clear distinction between stories but also a breadth of information regarding the city of Malibu and it’s community members. We want to highlight the people of Malibu who have helped the city grow and flourish, both in big ways and in small ways. We have all heard the saying, “New Year, New You”. At Malibu Magazine, we like to say “New Year, New Bu” to reference the importance of growth in our hometown by the ocean, not only as a community but also as a magazine. Our first issue of 2018 spotlights Health & Wellness. The cover story on the amazing Helene Henderson and her Malibu Farm Empire delivers us the narrative of how a simple garden party turned into a restaurant sensation. Cynthia Webb’s Malibu Pure Barre provides us with the tools for getting back in shape after a fun-filled Holiday and SQN Sport makes us look good while doing it. We cannot forget to heal and restore with Lauren Freiman’s Malibu Acupuncture or a weekend Getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn. We are brought back to our Malibu home with tips on how to succeed in Real Estate in 2018 and maybe most importantly, how to prepare our homes in the case we have to face yet another tragic fire, like the ones that swept through Ventura and Los Angeles county in December. This year, we encourage you to put yourself higher on your to-do list. To allow yourself the time to heal, restore, change, and grow. To indulge in the incredible developments of this community and to recognize the people who have supported Malibuites along the way. We would greatly appreciate your support by subscribing to MALIBU MAGAZINE, so that we can continue creating a magazine worthy of the city of Malibu. To all of our readers, we want to take this time to say thank you for giving us this amazing opportunity to share our vision of MALIBU MAGAZINE. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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PEOPLE

A look at what Malibuites have been up to, from the Point Dume Elementary School holiday recital to the 46th Malibu ArtWalk Festival.

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As Southern California reels from December’s catastrophic fires, we speak with fire officials to learn how to prevent future tragedies. 26 WILDFIRES Everything you need to know about our fire seasons, how

to prevent wildfires, and what to do in case one does break out.

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SHOPPING

From the best shops in Malibu to out-of-town favorites, we highlight the best area places to get all your shopping done.

56 INNER GARDENS A look inside

the new addition to Nagel Nursery.

68 SQN SPORT and Torquato

create colorful workout clothes.

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FASHION

Malibu favorite, Wildfox teams up with Comedy Central’s Broad City and SQN Sport with artist Torquato for fun, new fashion in 2018.

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FITNESS

From cycling to yoga to barre, we explore the hottest studios in town guaranteed to help you get fit for the new year.

98 78 PURE BARRE Cynthia Webb’s Pure Barre studio is there to help you

get fit and toned with ballet and yoga inspired Barre workouts.

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WELLNESS

Serra Retreat and Malibu Acupuncture offer locals some well-deserved

relaxation.


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RESTAURANTS

An exclusive interview with Malibu Farm’s Helene Henderson, a look into a Calabasas Kardashian favorite, plus all our top restaurant picks.

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HOTELS

A tour of Nobu Ryokan’s luxurious new Carbon Beach inn, plus all the best places to stay in Malibu from fancy hotels to Airbnb. 106 HELENE HENDERSON and her Malibu Farm are expanding beyond our beloved Malibu Pier; read about her background and rise to success.

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ART

From the world of award-winning surfer, artist and filmmaker Mike ‘Torquato’ DeNicola to a look inside Malibu artist, Carla Bate’s studio.

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122 NOBU Take a look inside the

new Nobu Ryokan Malibu.

136 CARLA BATES All about

the ocean inspired artist.

GETAWAYS

For Malibu locals in need of a quick, luxurious change of scenery, nothing beats the Ojai Valley Inn all that Ojai Valley has to offer.

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REAL ESTATE

An exclusive interview with developer Scott Gillen and a check-in with some of Malibu’s influential agents to get their take on 2018 housing trends.

168 156 SCOTT GILLEN is known for his extravagant mansions, come along to

our sit-down interview and tour of the new Malibu castle.

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HOMES ON MARKET

From quaint beach cottages to spectacular million dollar mansions, a look at what’s up for sale in Malibu.


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MALIBUITES

Marianne Bema from Bantu Arts

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CROSS CREEK

46th Malibu ArtWalk Festival Over the weekend of November 17-19th, artists, art lovers, locals and tourists came out to Malibu for the cities 46th Annual ArtWalk. The ArtWalk took place at Cross Creek and featured some of the most talented local artists from Malibu and surrounding areas. Guests strolled through designated areas such as the fine art village, the sculpture garden, and artisan handcrafts & mixed media art. Various bands such as the Mark Olson Band, Damon Van Buren and the Demons and Pete Pidgeon entertained ArtWalk goers throughout the weekend in the Fine Art Village. Sponsors SoCalGas, Malibu Village, and Tesla were present at the ArtWalk to answer questions and hang out with guests. One of the many hits – a mini tesla for toddlers to ride in.

Pamela Wangenheim-Hawkins Lisa Mitchell

Jerry Sawitz

Carrie Kaplan

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Nicolas Koles

Melina Byrne and Caro Gamboa

Stephanie Crowley

Lenise Soren Ceylan Hulya

Linda and Charles Perkins

Marlene Benson and Alex Bellucci

JoAnne Unger and Jaqueline Blue

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Fiona Corrigan and Sky Stipanowich

Alla Rockwell and Candice Arciaga-Banueloz

COUNTRY MART

Room At the Beach Holiday Party

Rockwell Venice Catering Katherine Schwarzenegger

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On Friday, Dec. 1st, Malibu’s Room at the Beach celebrated its annual Holiday party. Owner and designer, Elizabeth Lamont put on the event in typical gorgeous, beachy Malibu fashion. The party had live music, giveaways and author, Katherine Schwarzenegger there to sign copies of her new children’s book, “Maverick and Me”. Tova Malibu also scored a spot inside the store to showcase her jewelry. Just outside of the cozy store, you could get complimentary makeup done by Trick McEvoy’s team while listening to the Rodney Taylor and Friends play classic holiday music. There to help cater the celebration was Executive chef, Alla Rockwell. All in all, it was a lovely party that really put guests in the festive holiday spirit while perusing Room At The Beach’s gorgeous Malibu inspired home décor.


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Chap Holland and Houvi Jharazi

Cathleen Crone

Jessica Alper, Susan Reed and Iris Alper

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Christina Alvarez and Sue Okamura Rodney Taylor and Friends

Sonia Weinfeld getting her makeup done by Ingrid

Meghan Hudgins and Kristen Kanjo

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Jean and Scotty Cramolini, Michal and Barbara Malamut

Blake Sewell-Howel and his father Gerard Cappello with their dog, Kona

Lean Rice and Dave Sack

Suzi Specht with her son, Colin Specht Rick and Eliane White

Stephen Scrofani and Gay Summer Rick

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Chaya Cohen and her father, Andy Cohen

Sisters Christine and

Elizabeth Mulhern


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Maurizio Tognacci and Monique LaVoie Norman Guimond

MALIBU VILLAGE

Christmas Woodie Parade Going along with the holiday spirit, most of the woodies boasted their best holiday decor.

On Sunday, December 10th Malibu Village celebrated its 14th annual Malibu Christmas Woodie Parade. The event was filled with Christmas cheer, live music by The Hodads, and lots of vintage woodies. The woodies, historic cars made partly out of wood, were dressed up in their best Christmas looks like many of the guests who came out to see them. Food was catered by the neighboring Malibu Burger Co. and Marmalade CafĂŠ, and the event also featured an environmental sustainability booth by the City of Malibu. All in all, this was a lively and cheerful event that gave Malibu-ites and out-of-towners a chance to connect, hangout and get in that festive, holiday spirit.

The Hodads

John and Lauren Schiess with their daughters Kelly and Keri Schiess

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Sandi Turner and Chris Wyrick

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Julia Bowman and Helen McKeon

Phillip Manser with 5 Point Yoga owner, Ted McDonald

Nic Johanson and Joi Stearns

Jodie Cegelski and Parker Johnson

Brooke Wexler

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Yana Ballan and Dean

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Beldon Long and Alex Ring


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Jenny Rusinko with daughter, Campbell Taylor

Dharmata Tara

Michelle Greathouse, Carmen Serano and Tilita Lutterlon

COUNTRY MART

HEAL Screening at 5 Point Yoga On December 7th, yogis and wellness enthusiasts from all over Malname xxxxxxxxxxx ibu came out to 5 Point Yoga’s meditation and documentary screening of the film HEAL. The yoga studio, converted into a screening room as completely packed, with people sitting on yoga mats and cushions on the ground to enjoy the film. Before the screening started owner of 5 Point Yoga and Lululemon ambassador, Ted McDonald led the whole group in a five-minute meditation. The event was brought on by sponsors, Lululemon and Saje Natural Wellness. Lululemon funded the event and invited guests with the intention of bringing people together to promote mindfulness and wellness amidst the busy holiday season and Saje Natural Wellness provided natural essential oils to all guests.

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One of Point Dume’s 1st Grade angels

Ms. Ferguson’s 3rd Grade elves

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POINT DUME ELEMENTARY

2017 Holiday Concert On Dec, 15th, Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School put on its Holiday Concert. The children, grades K-5, dressed up as angels, elves, snowmen, angels, and Santa’s among other things to put on a festive, holiday show in the well-decorated gym. The audience was packed with parents, grandparents, friends, and teachers who came out to support and admire Malibu’s children. Principal, Mark Demick was there, of course, to help organize the event as well as cheer the children on. The school’s mission to make sure every student feels important, once again shone through, as it was easy to see that all the children had a great time.

Point Dume Elementary’s Kindergarten Penguin. “Holiday Cheer” Finale by 3rd Grade elves

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“Frosty the Snowman” by 2nd Grade angels.

Ms. Campbell’s 1st Grade angels

Ms. Ferguson’s 3rd Grade elves

Principal, Mark Demick

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PEOPLE WE LOVE

MICHAEL NOVOTNY

Real Estate Manager, Altruist and Now Mentor Michael Novotny seems to know everyone in the Malibu Real estate community – and everyone knows him. Always friendly, always funny, always busy, he has been selling and buying homes in Malibu for over 30 years. For many years he and his partners owned Prudential Malibu, which they sold to Sotheby’s in 2014 and he continues to run their Malibu and Topanga locations as Vice President and Brokerage Manager. He was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2000. When he is not working in real estate, Novotny is working for the community. He has served as both a Public Works Commissioner for the City of Malibu and Director and President of the Point Dume Community Association. For his efforts he was recognized with the MAR Community Service award where he also formerly served as its President. Together with his wife, Kate Novotny, the Tesla-Driver, golfer, diver, and sushi-lover has been a resident of Malibu since his days studying at Pepperdine University. He recently was tasked with teaching at the Fred Sands Institute at Pepperdine on Modern Real Estate issues where he hopes to teach a new generation about the industry he has been involved in for so many years. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Michael Novotny, not only because he is one of the most respected professionals in Malibu but also for his friendly and helpful attitude.

LOU LA MONTE

Creating a Better Malibu through Civic Service Director, Producer, former Mayor, and Councilmember, Lou La Monte has been bettering Malibu for more than two decades. After his work in the film industry brought the East Coast native to California some 27 years ago, La Monte quickly became active in local issues. He served as president of the Big Rock Mesa Property Owners Association before eventually joining the Malibu City Council, where he has been working tirelessly on the issues closest to his heart such as, “Ball fields for our kids, our own school district and controlling the overconcentration of Drug and Alcohol Rehab facilities in our neighborhoods”. Passion and persistence have been the key to La Monte’s many achievements in Malibu, of which he is most proud of, “the [land] swap for Bluffs Park; this beautiful place is part of Malibu, and belongs in our city”. La Monte is not sure what’s to come after his term as Councilmember ends in late 2018, but until then he is focused on, “accomplishing the things I set out to do when I got elected”. We wish him continued success during the remainder of his term. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Lou La Monte for his drive to create a better Malibu, not just for his own children, but for all of Malibu’s children.

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PEOPLE WE LOVE HELENE EISENBERG

The Angel of Malibu Urgent Care Malibuites have relied on Malibu Urgent care for years, but few realize what goes into keeping it open. For the past 15 years, Helene Eisenberg has devoted her life to doing just that as president of the Friends of Malibu Urgent Care foundation, believing strongly in the importance of having health care closely accessible to Malibuites. At 85, the Malibu resident is busier and happier now than most people half her age; she plays tennis three times a week, spends time with her three children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and of course devotes much of her time to charity, “I love doing it, that I can tell you. I love doing charity work,” she said, “ Shopping is for people that don’t have anything else to do.” Her compassionate spirit seems to resonate in all Eisenberg does, she is just a grateful receiving a five-dollar donation as she is a large one, “the thing is, whatever anyone wants to give is great” she said. This next year, she plans on focusing her time on raising even more money for the Urgent Care so that the 60-year-old building can be renovated. The new plans include adding handicap access, new beds as well as new equipment among other things. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Helene Eisenberg for her loving attitude and devoting her time to keep Malibu Urgent Care running 365 days a year.

DR. DEAN GRAULICH

A Hero to Malibu’s Pets Whether your fur-baby needs routine care or more serious help, Dr. Dean Graulich, a vet of 22 years, can handle it all with ease. The Long Island native dreamed of getting into veterinary care from an early age and pursued that dream all the way to Cornell University and later in 2005 to Malibu to open Malibu Coast Animal Hospital. Today the easy-going vet works at MCAH along with his wife, Dr. Dana DePerno. He fills his days seeing a wide range range of clientele, “We try and really treat every animal,” he said “it’s just the way we are.” His love for veterinary medicine comes from a passion to not only help animals and their people but also for the diversity the work affords him, “I do orthopedic surgery and ultrasounds, then one day I might be doing a cesarean section to deliver puppies”. But he doesn’t just leave his love for animals at work. When he leaves the office, the Malibu resident and father of two goes home to his small zoo of two dogs, cat, pig, fish, chicken and tortoise. In his free time you can find him at either Crossfit Malibu, kitesurfing, with his classic cars or out and about town, “I love going out and seeing my clients and animals around town,” he said. ‘I love the small town feel”. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Dr. Dean for all the 14-hour days he puts in to save and care for the pets of Malibu and his all-around friendly, reassuring demeanor while doing so.

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PEOPLE WE LOVE JULIA TOWNSEND

An Inspiration To Just About Anyone It’s not often one meets someone as inspiring as Julia Townsend. At 24, the Malibu local is a familiar face around town, having working in the community for eight years, from Ollo to Bui Sushi to Ollie’s Duck and Dive and now at the Westlake Village Inn, received a BA in psychology, and been an all-American athlete, but its her astonishingly hardworking, passionate and yet humble attitude that sets Townsend apart. “I’ve grown up very privileged,” she said of her Malibu upbringing. “And [now] I want to help people who don’t have a lot. I was always taught to give back”. Despite being used to working back-to-back shifts, running 15 miles up Las Flores Canyon on a daily basis and volunteering in underserved areas in her spare time, Townsend’s warm smile and compassionate soul never wanes. “If you’re happy, I’m happy,” she said. Now her focus lies on getting into graduate school for Speech and Language Pathology, her dream is to inspire those with learning differences to believe that they too can do great things. Her own inspiration comes from her brother who after having a seizure at age six developed several learning differences himself, “He’s my hero completely” and her parents who helped him overcome his challenges and truly live life to the fullest, “You’ve never met anyone like me? Meet my parents! Trust me” she said laughing. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Julia Townsend for her fierce determination to make everyone’s life better, from people she used to seat at Ollo, to guests at the Westlake Village Inn to underprivileged kids with learning differences.

KHALIL RAFATI

Love and Healing for Everyone SunLife Organics has become a Malibu institution in recent years, their beautifully-hued smoothies and juices ubiquitous from Trancas to Cross Creek. And just as beloved in the community is the chain’s owner, Khalil Rafati. While it’s hard to imagine him as anything but the charismatic, buoyant presence in his shops, Rafati’s journey to his incredible success has been a long one. Once dealing and addicted to drugs, Rafati ended up homeless before going clean in 2003. His sobriety inspired him to found a sober living house in Malibu, Riviera Recovery, in 2007, and continue his passion for healing and nourishing with his first SunLife Organics shop in 2011, “I wanted to do my own version of a juice bar, “ he said. “A place where we could come together as neighbors, strangers and friends”. MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Khalil for inspiring hope for a better future in the people who need it the most, and of course for bringing Malibu some of the most delicious smoothies around.

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PEOPLE WE LOVE

LUCY TOURESIAN

Keeping Malibu Healthy for Over 15 Years

MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Lucy Touresian for always taking time to help customers with a smile, no matter how hectic Vitamin Barn may get.

Photo Credit: Will Power Studios

If you’ve set foot in Vitamin Barn sometime in the last 15 years, chances are you have met Lucy Touresian. Driven by a passion to help people and a love for all things natural medicine and health, the ever-helpful and upbeat Touresian has been working in the health industry for over 20 years, first as a Sales Rep and then at Vitamin Barn. The Lebanese American Touresian grew up in the San Fernando Valley in a home filled with music, as both of her parents were international musicians, and while she has a strong love for music in the end her Zen, health and life-loving nature won out. Nowadays, the newlywed fills her days spending time with her husband, taking their dog for walks, doing yoga and nurturing her new-found passion for pottery. When talking about her passion for skincare, Touresian tells us that, “I wish to one day to open up a [medical] salon”. But for now she’s working on saving up to buy a house with her husband and adding a labradoodle puppy to the family.

LENISE SOREN

Creating a Deeper Community Connection Even though Lenise Soren hasn’t been in Malibu for too long, she has already made a lasting impact on the community. Among other things, the East Coast native is a wellness advocate, producer, crystal collector, philanthropist, business owner and chairwomen at the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. Over the last year she has managed to create one of the most unique spaces in Malibu. Sorenity Rocks is not only a store but also a venue that showcases Malibu artwork, holds classes, workshops, Broadway play readings, meditations and whatever else may come up in an effort to build a deeper community connection through art and and wellness. Soren’s gentle yet passionate spirit is evident in all she does, from mentoring kids to bringing her cat, Merlin, into the store to working closely with various charities such as Wolf Connection. Recently, the avid gift-giver launched her own charity, Malibu GIVES with a goal very much consistent with the way she lives her life, “to develop and expand wellness community and artistry in Malibu and beyond.” MALIBU MAGAZINE loves Lenise Soren for giving the community of Malibu a space to connect, grow and heal through art, crystals and wellness.

If you have suggestions for community members to feature in our next issue, email us at info@malibumag.com To read full interviews, go to our website at www.malibumag.com

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WHAT MALIBU CAN LEARN FROM THE WILDFIRES Veteran wildfire photographer, Ray Ford was on the front lines to document the recent Wildfires. To see more of his work visit his website, The Nature Photographer at www.thenaturephotographer.com

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MATILIJIA CANYON COMMUNITY BURNED IN THIS EARY PHOTO A home along Matilija Canyon Road burned either the night of December 6th or early the next morning. Our photographer Ray Ford was there to capture the aftermath.

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THOUSANDS OF FIREMEN ON THE FRONTLINES TO PROTECT OUR HOMES Cal Fire crew member lights his heli-torch along the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains on December 16 in an effort to burn out the mountainside south of East Camino Cielo and keep the flames from crossing into the backcountry.

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775 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES WERE DESTROYED & 208 DAMAGED DURING THE THOMAS FIRE IN VENTURA COUNTY A large home in the Oakview Community near Ojai, caught on fire Tuesday night December 5 when winds began to whip up just before dusk.

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THE AFTERMATH OF WILDFIRES THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA A homeowner sifts through the ruins of his Fountaingrove home above Santa Rosa in the aftermath of the October 2017 Tubbs Fire which destroyed almost 4,000 other homes.

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126 FIRE ENGINE CREWS WITH ROUGHLY 300 FIRE ENGINES WERE SENT TO STOP THOMAS IN ITS TRACKS Santa Barbara County Fire crews fire out off the west ridge of Santa Monica Canyon on December 10th when the winds shift back to the east, allowing them to stop its advance towards Toro Canyon.

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CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST WILDFIRE IN HISTORY SPANDS OVER 273,000 ACRES A fire crew attempts to douse flames that have crossed Highway 101 the night of December 5 heading down to Pacific Coast Highway and homes near Faria Beach.

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THE DRY COLD FRONT WITH WINDS GUSTING UP TO 50 MILES PER HOUR Firefighters remove the burning portion of a fallen eucalyptus tree on December 16 at a home along Mountain Drive in an effort to save the house.

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THE AFTERMATH OF THE WILDFIRE THROUGH MATILIJA CANYON On December 7, the Thomas Fire roared through Matilija Canyon, causing the land and steep hillsides on both sides of the canyon to be completely burned out.

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“WHEN THE TIME COMES TO EVACUATE... JUST GO.” In the aftermath of California’s largest fire in history just miles north of our home by the ocean, we sat down with District VII’s Chief Anthony Williams to talk about the Thomas Fire and to learn how to avoid a fire of this magnitude in Malibu.

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s we begin to understand the immeasurable loss the fire has caused, thousands of Ventura Country residents are still displaced from their homes. With wind gusts up to 65mph from the Santa Ana winds, wildfires appeared from San Diego to West LA to Santa Clarita. Thousands of firemen worked tirelessly for weeks to fight the flames that threatened homes and lives. The Thomas fire being the largest fire in California history at roughly 273,000 acres, the devastation is clear as you drive through our sister cities just miles up the California coastline. How do we rebuild? Who is to blame? And what can we learn from the lives lost and communities destroyed? We sat down with Chief Anthony Willams to learn more about the Thomas fire, how likley it is for Malibu to see a major fire in the future, how to prevent wildfires and what to do if one does break out in Malibu. Chief Williams, Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Lets get right into it. Ventura is home to the 1st (Thomas), 6th (Matilija), and 12th (Day) worst CA wildfires in history. What about Ventura makes it susceptible to wildfires?

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CHIEF ANTHONY WILLAMS Battalion Chief Anthony Williams of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Distrct VII has been with the department since 1985.

When you say worst, you mean in terms of acreage. The Santa Monica Mountains have had some of the “worst” fires in terms of dollar loss and life loss. There isn’t anything that makes Ventura County more susceptible to wildfire other than the majority of the northern part of the county is U.S. Forest Service land that is left to be in a relatively natural state. The Matilija Fire occurred in 1932 when there were very few resources dedicated to combatting wild fires. The Day Fire occurred in 2006 and burnt in areas that had not burnt since the Matilija fire or 1932 and provided extreme challenges due to fuel loading and topography. Lets talk about the Thomas fire for a minute. The fire devastated the area for weeks. What was it specifically that made the Thomas fire so difficult to contain? The main reasons it took so long to contain the fire were the critically low fuel moistures and high speed winds. After battleling a fire for as long as the Thomas fire, are there any tactical changes that the fire department will be making in the future? No. The wind was moving with such high speed that aircraft was not able to assist


in the firefight. During future fires, we hope that this will not be the case and aircrafts will be able to assist firefighters.

have been small in acreage size, with the largest fire in the last 10 years being the Old Fire of 2016, 516 acres.

This fall, firefighters were battleling not just the massive Thomas fire but numerous other fires. Do you consider fall and winter to be the worst seasons for wildfires? Leading into Winter, the vegetation has had little to no moisture on it through the Summer and Fall months driving Live Fuel Moistures well below critical levels. Fall provides challenges due to late Santa Ana winds if they occur as they have late this Fall. No wind and early rains means Winter fires are more easily combatted. Diminishing solar radiation in Fall and Winter due to shorter days also increases ability to combat fires. Winter fires historically are short lived in duration, the Thomas fire is an anomaly due to the prolonged Santa Ana winds that have driven the fire over large expanses of decadent brush and vegetation.

Have the early winter temperatures and current weather behaviors contributed to the Thomas fire at all? The current Fall temperature has had little to do with the Thomas fire. The contributing factors were extremely low Live Fuel Moistures (that comes from no rain in over 250 days) and the extreme Santa Ana winds that have been going on since December 4, 2017.

Do the rare summer fires differ from the types of fires we see in the fall? Yes, they do. Summer fires without wind usually are fuels and topography driven.

What are the types of homes that are at highest risk in terms of fires? Those homes that disregard recommended hardening of homes in favor of potentially more susceptible aesthetically pleasing materials and are built in topographical features such as chimneys, saddles or mid slope.

You said the Thomas fire was an anomaly, but could these types of major fires in fall and winter be the new normal? The Thomas fire is an anomaly that was driven by a prolonged extreme wind event. It remains to be seen if this is the new normal. It occurred in Fall; and Winter will not promote large fire growth as the solar radiation produced by the sun is greatly reduced in the Northern Hemisphere, hence Winter. Larger more destructive fires are more a product of houses and dwellings being built in the Wildland Urban Interface, policies restricting vegetation modification that may be based more on myopic emotional speculation rather than science in totality. Finally, some of our successes extinguishing wildland fires with the sheer amount of resources that are put on these fires to extinguish them, while great in the short term, may be a contributing factor to larger fires. Our fires in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2007

Assuming we once again do not get a lot of rain in Southern California this year, what can we do to prepare for the next fire season? The best way to prepare is to harden the home by following tips from the Ready, Set, Go program and maintain brush, vegetation and flammable item clearance around the home

Can you expand a little on what it means to “harden your home�? Hardening of the home, means to take action to do specific acts to make your home less susceptible to flames and embers. These items include but are not limited to: Boxing in your eaves, installing a non-flammable roof, utilizing stucco, cement or other non-flammable wall materials as opposed to wood, keeping your roof clean and clear of vegetation and combustible materials, clean gutters of leaves and vegetation, ensure attic and roof vents are either properly screened off or completely closed off during wildfires, ensure there are no gaps in door or window openings, ensure planter boxes are not filled with combustible material, ensure balconies and decks are boxed and not susceptible to embers gathering underneath structure.

You mentioned maintaining brush and vegetation clearance around your home but there are experts saying that brush clearing did little to stop the highly wind driven Thomas fire, why is that? Brush clearance is not designed to halt the forward progress of a fire, it is designed as a tool to assist firefighters in protecting structures. Brush clearance was clearly evident on the Thomas fire in Montecito where many homes were saved due in part to an extensive and comprehensive brush modification program in the city of Montecito. The Cal Fire website talks about maintaining a defensible space and creating zones around your home for safety measures. Is this part of brush clearing? Would you be able to explain this is more detail? Yes, this is part of brush clearing. Defensible space is the area around a structure free of flammable vegetation, plants and objects that creates a zone in which firefighters can operate AN ANOMALY safely in order to help The Thomas fire is protect a home during an anomaly but it a wildfire. This space remains to be seen if is wide enough to this is the new normal prevent direct flame for Fall and Winter in impingement and Southern California. reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure. The defensible space for each structure varies depending on the type of vegetation and topography. Defensible space can be discussed and written about in volumes, but bottom line is, keep your place clean and clear of brush and vegetation and materials susceptible to embers during a wildfire. For homeowners who are thinking about landscaping their property, are there specific types of plants that more beneficial to fire prevention? Succulents and low growing drought tolerant shrubs are usually best for reducing fire risk. The Los Angeles County Fire Department – Forestry Division has volumes of advice about Fuel Modification and plant selection.

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While you said that succulents and low growing shrubs are the safest, many homeowners also have trees on their property. Unfortunately, in recent years California has been having an increasing problem with bark beetles killing those trees. Obviously, when a tree dies, it becomes fuel for wildfires. Do you have any advice to homeowners who are dealing with this problem? Unfortunately, once the beetle has infected the tree there is relatively little that can be done to save the tree other than extensive pruning of infected limbs or complete removal of tree. What should homeowners do if they have a dead tree on their land? From a fire safety standpoint, all dead and downed fuels should be removed. Please review local policies in the area which you live as dead and downed trees also provide habitat for wild animals which depending upon your point of view is either beneficial or harmful to your style of living. Aside from removing dead trees from their properties, homeowners often do a lot of maintain their yards and homes. We’ve learned that, hundreds of fires are created by equipment use. Can you provide us with some steps to prevent an equipment fire from for example, a lawnmower? Have a water source nearby, such as a charged hose line or IN CASE OF FIRE a backpack pump so Have plan for yourself one can extinguish and your animals. small fires before When the time comes they become large. to evacuate, don’t Do not utilize brush think, just go. Get out clearing equipment as early as you can. during the hot part of the day or when high winds are present. Most of our equipment fires occurring in the brush are from weed whips utilizing metal blades that strike a rock or another hard object and create a spark that ignites the brush or vegetation. Used properly metal blade weed whips also clear a great deal of vegetation and brush efficiently. Would reforestation help prevent wildfires?

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If so, how can local California residents help in planting trees? Plant trees that are indigenous to the area one lives in. Coastal Redwoods are not native to Southern California and when stressed due to lack of water become volatile for fire and infestation as do some various specimens of conifers. Southern California chaparral is fire dependent for regrowth, however too much fire allows non-native invasive species to take hold and potentially have an adverse impact on the ecosystem. Speaking of Redwoods, California is a really outdoorsy place and a lot of people love going camping especially in the hot, dry summer months. For those of us who love campfires, what preventions should be made so that these fires don’t cause a wildfire. Open campfires are not allowed in the portion of the Santa Monica Mountains protected by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Keep the flames relatively small, ensure wood is dried and not putting off excessive embers, have a water source and hand tool nearby to extinguish. Extinguish fire completely when done using, do not allow it to “burn out on its own”. Don’t have campfires in windy conditions. Lets talk about Malibu specifally for a moment, Malibu had a small fire by Horizon Drive that was put out quickly. What made this fire easier to put out than the Thomas fire? Mostly the position of the fire, it was near the coast and had little vegetation to burn due to outstanding community fire prevention. Malibu West was one of the first communities in the Santa Monica Mountains to embrace Fire Safe Councils and through great work and community involvement over the past 15 or so years, a very defensible space exists. Since Malibu hasn’t had any really large fires in about ten years now, how likely is it that we will face a major fire in the near future? The longer an area goes without fire past normal climatic life of vegetation, usually 15-20 years depending upon species, the

more likely a larger more intense fire will occur. Malibu has a decent amount of ranch/ equestrian properties in our mountains, what extra precautions should ranch and horse owners be taking during fire season? Have a plan, leave early. Know how to hook up your horse trailer. Know how to drive your vehicle with a horse trailer attached and of course ensure your trailer is mechanically sound. Having a vehicle of your own that can tow your trailer is also very helpful. If you have horses that aren’t used to trailers, train with them to load in and out of trailers quickly so they are ready to go in the event a fire does break out. Is there anything Malibu-ites can do to help our local firefighters? The same goes to people in Malibu as all people in the Southern California. Comply with brush clearance and make efforts to harden your home. Have a plan to evacuate for not only you but for your animals as well. When the time comes to evacuate, don’t think about it, do it. Get out early and keep the streets clear so the firefighters can get in and do what they do best, put out the fire. If you stay back and try to fight the fire yourself then decide in the midst of the firefight you have to get out, that detracts firefighters from extinguishing the fire and now the focus is on you and getting you safely out of harm’s way. As a community that heavily relies on only a couple of ways in and out (PCH & Canyon roads), are there extra pre-cautions Malibu-ites should be taking? Leave early! What steps do you recommend for residents who must evacuate? Have a plan (Ready, Set, Go). Again, Leave early. Finally, what is the best way for residents to stay up to date on fire warnings, notices and evacuation orders? The media is a great way to stay up to date. On Twitter you can follow @lacofdMM pio and the city of Malibu.


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THE ALCOVE

Casual Yet Chic from the New Kid on the Block This Long Beach favorite recently opened their second outpost in Malibu, and are already getting high marks from locals for their well-curated collection of effortless, beachchic pieces. Featuring staples like cozy oversized sweaters from LA favorite Joie, Mes Demoiselle tops and lived-in denim from Frame and Citizens of Humanity, The Alcove features a strong sense of the casual yet elegant SoCal aesthetic while never compromising comfort and quality.

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Beachy Meets Sophisticated Founded by twin brothers Mike and Alex Faherty in 2013, Faherty offers luxe casual clothing with a beachy vibe. Established in New York City, Faherty opted for the Malibu Country Mart for their West Coats shop, opening their doors in May of 2016. Featuring a range of beautifully made, relaxed yet chic pieces for men and women, Faherty has quickly become a favorite of Malibu shoppers. The shop features accents such as a cacti mural by California-based artist Abel Marcias and Faherty’s now signature design element – a tiki hut.

FAHERTY

3835 Cross Creek Road Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 317-0103 www.fahertybrand.com

PLANET BLUE

A Taste of Old Malibu A shopping trip to Malibu is never complete without a stop in Planet Blue. A staple of the Malibu Country Mart for more than a decade, perhaps no store in town better captures the Southern California laidback yet chic look. Featuring effortless dresses from up-and-coming brands like Misa and For Love and Lemons, to in-demand denim from Levi’s and Frame, prices do tend to run on the higher side, but if you’re in the market for trendy investment pieces, there is no comparison.

PLANET BLUE

3835 Cross Creek Road Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 317-9975 www.shopplanetblue.com

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SUNROOM

Hard-to-Find Designers, Found. This new Malibu Country Mart store is quickly becoming a local favorite. Owner Lucy Jolis has filled Sunroom with a bevy of up-and-coming, exceptionally chic designers, including Apiece Apart, Nikki Chasin and Mara Hoffman. In addition to clothing, Sunroom features a strong collection of hard-to-find accessories, from woven leather bags from Dragon that have amassed a cult following in recent years, to Rafe clutches to a unique selection of hags and sunglasses. Those that aren’t able to make it to the Malibu or original Austin store in the South Congress Hotel can always visit their online site, shopsunroom.com.

CULT FAVORITES Sunroom stocks women’s clothing, shoes and accessories from up-and-coming and cult favorite designers. ELECTRIC Feathers’ Infinite Rope Jumpsuit in blue.

SUNROOM

3900 Cross Creek Rd Ste 3A, Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 317-0944 www.shopsunroom.com

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JAMIE

Point Dume Staple Northern Malibu-ites who don’t want to schlep all the way to Cross Creek for their fashion fix head to Jamie Malibu. Opened by local Jamie Lewis in 2004, this Point Dume staple offers a well-curated mix of chic staples chosen specifically for the laid-back Malibu lifestyle, from designers like ALC, 27 Miles and Sundry. Jamie’s denim selection is also particularly strong, with in-demand offerings from Frame, JBrand and Current Elliot..

JAMIE

29169 Heathercliff Rd Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 457-9819 www.jamiemalibuboutique. com

HOUSE OF KINGA

The Scent of Malibu House of Kinga recently opened its first bricks and mortar store in the Malibu Country Mart. Established in 2010, the luxury candle and fragrance line was created by Fred Segal veteran Alison G. Roth, who started a popular collection of silk pajamas before discovering her passion for mixing scents. Inspired by the smells of California, House of Kinga features luxury fragrances and candles featuring notes of citrus trees, avocado groves, rose and herb gardens. Many of Roth’s candles are housed in one-of-akind pottery she has picked up in her travels around the world.

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23410 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-7001

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PRODUCTS range from antiques hand-chosen by owner Stephen Block from around the world to Inner Gardens’ eponymous own label.

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or 40 years, Inner Gardens Malibu on Busch Drive was known as Nagel Nursery, a destination for Los Angeles-area plant lovers. Since buying the property in early 2017, Inner Gardens has expanded the nursery to offer full-service design, installation and interior plant maintenance. This tropical paradise also offers one of the largest collections of garden planters, furnishings, and accessories in the United States, including antique, vintage, and the Inner Gardens Collection of reproductions. The 1.3-acre nursery

offers 20,000 square feet of greenhouses, including an enormous 25-foot tall greenhouse, one of the tallest in southern California. The size of their greenhouse allows Inner Gardens to offer the tallest interior specimen trees available in Southern California, Inner Gardens Malibu specializes in tropical plants from Hawaii and Florida, while expanding the range of plant offerings to include Mediterranean plants such as olives, lavender, and rosemary. They carry only the most high-quality plants, which are hand-selected and grown by owner Stephen Block.

INNER GARDENS

6432 Busch Drive, Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 457-9091 www.innergardens.com

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BURRO

For the Knick-Nack Obsessed It’s hard to say what treasures you’ll discover at Burro on any given day, but we guarantee a trip there will yield countless things you never knew you wanted but suddenly, obsessively, do. From delicate and surprisingly affordable jewelry, to drool-worthy stationary and coffee table books to a well-curated selection of clothing from favorites such as LACAUSA, Burro offers a little something for everyone. Established by Califonia native Erinn Berkson, Burro’s first store opened on Abbot Kinney in 2011, followed by the Malibu location and a third in Westlake Village.

BURRO

23410 Civic Center WayMalibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-3700 www.burrogoods.com

ALL SAINTS

Simple Meets Edgy Malibu-ites in need of chic, minimalist womens and menswear with an edge should head to the Lumber yard outpost of this upscale British chain. While its obsession-worthy leather jackets might have earned AllSaints its cult status, the brand has greatly expanded its offerings since opening its first U.S. store in 2010. Shoppers now enjoy a variety of well-tailored, unique pieces, from beautifully draped dresses and slinky tops to a range of accessories and footwear in their trademark leather.

ALL SAINTS

3939 Cross Creek Road Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 494-9310 www.us.allsaints.com

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Left: Yas Yas Sommers Sweater, $118; Right: YAS Middle Tee, $64

Right: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater, $118; Mike Perry Skipper Skirt, $88

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Left: Mike Perry Doodles Sommers Sweater, $118; Right: Mike Perry Doodles Keaton Tank, $66

ABOUT WILDFOX Established in Los Angeles in 2007 by musician turned restaurateur Jimmy Sommers, Wildfox has gained fans the world over for its soft sweats and expanding collection of chic womenswear, all made here in L.A.While the brand has made strides since opening its first shop on Sunset Blvd. a decade ago, with Wildfox stores in Malibu and Austin and availability in high-end shops and chains around the world, Sommers says the line has always had an eye towards staying true to their roots. “We try to grow up with our customers and we’re always trying to evolve, but we still want to stay true to our core audience,” he said. “When you get too serious, you can lose what you’re known for.”

Wildfox Sunset Plaza Flagship 8710 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Phone:(310) 855.9030 www.wildfox.com Wildfox Malibu 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu Phone: (424) 217.7727

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Fashion Meets Fitness Get into gear with SQN Sport and artist, Torquato’s graphic collaboration of fitness fashion and street art. This match will make your work-outs pop bringing you the best in Spring 2018 Athleisure.

Long Sleeve Cashmere Crewneck Shirt ($130), High Rise Liquid Legging Navy ($96), Racerback Rib Dress (Torquato $268, Plain $68)

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Torquato Surf Board ($7,500), White Muscle T-Shirt (Torquato $269, Plain $69), Sumatra Reef Legging ($125)

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White Jersey Racerback Tank (Torquato $255), Side pocket Navy Liquid Capris (Torquato $299)

Long Sleeve Cashmere Crewneck Shirt ($130), High Rise Liquid Legging Navy ($96), Racerback Rib Dress (Torquato $268, Plain $68), Lux Infinity Scarf ($50), Black Chester Wallace Bag (Torquato $250), Torquato Skateboard ($450)

Torquato Surf Board ($7,500), White Muscle T-Shirt (Torquato $269, Plain $69), Sumatra Reef Legging ($125)

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Chester Wallace Canvas Tote (Torquato $350), White Muscle T-Shirt (Torquato $269, Plain $69), Sumatra Reef Legging ($125)

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Left: Reef Leggings Nicaragua ($125), One of a Kind Long Sleeve Moss Shirt ($295); Right: Jersey Racerback White Tank (Torquato $255), Liquid Side Pocket Legging (Torquato $299)

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SQN SPORT SQN Sport offers luxurious women’s activewear made in the USA. An acronym for Sine Qua Non, meaning “only the essential” in Latin, SQN Sport blends effortless luxury and active performance with an emphasis on minimalist design and American manufacturing. Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, with stores in Sun Valley, Aspen and Malibu, SQN’s activewear supports a healthy and active lifestyle, and their chic, versatile pieces easily transition from activity to activity, throughout your day and night. SQN Sport is dedicated to 100% American apparel manufacturing. Buying USA-made products support American workers, safe and fair working conditions, child labor laws and the reduction of our carbon footprint. Shopping SQN Sport not only supports American jobs and our economy but also safe and humane working conditions.

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NATI Bohemian chic style with fair prices, Nati Boutique has

everything one would need to be trendy without blowing their bank account. What makes Nati Boutique an even more interesting Malibu store is that they have new stock every Tuesday, allowing them to always stay up to date with the latest trends while constantly having new items for customers.

NAKED CASHMERE It’s officially sweater weather, and we know the best spot to score cozy deals. The high quality, wholesale priced pieces are not only beautifully made, they’re also unbelievably soft. From cute sweaters, to long cardigans to cozy scarfs, Naked Cashmere offers a range of cashmere items to fit any occasion or climate.

BURRO offers a curated collection of swoon worthy items

PAIGE As the weather gets colder, it’s all about denim, denim,

from local vendors to artisans in Europe. Even though the holidays are over, gifts will be needed for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner. Whether it be stunning stationery, coffee table books, handcrafted jewelry, or lovely trinkets for friends and family, Burro is the ultimate one stop gift shop.

denim. When looking to find the perfect skinny jean, Paige is usually the answer. Its denim and clothing pieces embody the intersection of pure sophistication and the casual Southern California vibe. Its premium materials and timeless fits, make any item from Paige a winter closet staple.


SHOPPING GUIDE Over the next two and a half pages, we will introduce you to the most note-worthy fashion brands and stores in Malibu and surrounding areas. The stores marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. FASHION

HIPTIQUE (310) 399-6105 Since opening its second L.A. outpost in the Trancas Country Mart last summer, hiptique has become a go-to for Malibu shoppers looking for casual yet chic wears. The store features 1,600 square feet packed with much-loved contemporary lines such as ALC, Ulla Johnson and Marissa Webb. 30745 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.hiptique.com

good deal. Or, as it turns out, one in the market for good cashmere. Offering luxury cashmere at very reasonable prices, Naked is one of Malibu’s best-kept secrets. 23405 Pacific Coast Hwy www.nakedcashmere.com CANVAS (310) 317-9895 Inspired by an appreciation for contemporary art and design, husband and wife duo Jac and Arlington bring their customers classic, clean clothing lines made with high quality fabrics and impeccable attention to detail. 23410 Civic Center Way, www.canvasmalibu.com

ALL SAINTS (310) 494-9310 Edgy, stylish and one-ofa-kind describe All Saints perfectly. The quality of their leather jackets is phenomenal and the Malibu store has been hailed as having some of the best customer service around. 3939 Cross Creek Rd, www.us.allsaints.com

SUNROOM (310) 317-0944 For beautiful, design-forward pieces from hard-tofind designers, head to Sunroom, a new addition at the Malibu Country Mart. 3900 Cross Creek Rd. Suite 3A www.shopsunroom.com ENCORE (310) 456-7292

NAKED CASHMERE (424) 387-2918 It is the very naïve or very mistaken shopper who generally ventures to Malibu in search of a

Encore has been a Malibu staple for over 20 years and even after moving to its new Cross Creek location still brings its customers the casual, chic beach wear that it is so loved for. 3900 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 7 www.encoremalibu.com

IL SANDALO (310) 307-0767

SQN SPORT (310) 633-4966

Directly from Naples, Italy, Il Sandalo has spent 30 year specializing in making some of the finest quality women’s sandals. Pick from one of many beautiful styles or have a pair of sandals custom made just for you. 23410 Civic Center Way Suite D2 www.ilsandalo.com

SQN sport brings its customers a line of effortless, luxury sports wear. From comfy leggings to stylish tops, this line focuses on versatile, minimalistic pieces that can take you to the gym just as well as around town.

INTERMIX (310) 456-7809 For the latest in high-end contemporary and designer fashion, this Malibu Lumber Yard boutique never disappoints. Intermix features a well-curated selection of clothing and accessories from storied designers like Missoni to hot up-and-comers. 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Suite b110, www.intermixonline.com

THE GIRL LOVES PEARLS (310) 317-9975 Featuring only sustainably sourced, fine-quality pearls and gems, this online shop offers a range of unique, beautifully-crafted pieces all produced locally. For quality and craftsmanship, prices are exceptionally reasonable. www.thegirllovespearls. com

VICTOIRE (310) 317-0020 French clothing line, Victoire, has flagship stores in some of the most glamorous cities around the world; Paris, Saint-Tropez, Lyon and now also Malibu. This chic, sophisticated store brings together an exclusive and unique team of designers and brands to curate a collection perfect for the worldly woman. 23410 Civic Center way Suite B-2, www.monvictoire.fr M FREDRIC (310) 317-8601 M Fredric is known for its charitable efforts and ever evolving, trendsetting clothing collection. Frequented by celebrities, stylists and anyone looking to stay on trend M Fredric brings you a collection of clothes that are truly unique, chic and high-end. 23410 Civic Center Way www.mfredric.com PLANET BLUE (310) 317-9975 If you’re looking to nail the beachy yet elegant Malibu look, no where compares to Planet Blue. The brand describes itself as, “Malibu Born” and is truly the epitome of effortless, beachy sophistication. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., www.shopplanetblue.com

23410 Civic Center Way, Suite D-1 www.sqnsport.com

WILDFOX (424) 217-7727 Launched in 2007, Wildfox has been a favorite of trendsetters looking for California-chic pieces with a bit of an edge. Head to the Malibu shop and indulge in their trademark, ridiculously soft graphic tees which only get softer with every wash. 3835 Cross Creek Rd wildfox.com 9026EYES (310) 456-9991 Long-time Malibu residents Steve and Jen specialize in curating a unique collection of high-quality eye wear and meticulously repairing the glasses you already have. 3835 Cross Creek #20 www.9026eyes.com

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SHOPPING GUIDE ACCESSORIES

BURRO (310) 456-3700 Be it hand-dyed gift wrapping paper, a trendy Lacausa slip dress or an ironic coffee table book, if you’re in the market for something cute, Burro is your store. With wonderful little knick-knacks and wellpriced jewelry galore, we dare you to go in without buying something. 23410 Civic Center Way, Unit #3 www.burrogoods.com

BEAUTY COLLECTION (310) 317-0117 Featuring cult brands like By Terry and Cosrx as well as a large range of haircare products, Beauty Collection has everything you could ever dream of among the 500+ brands they carry in store. This is truly a one-stop beauty shop and the knowledgeable staff is there to help find the perfect product for you. 3900 Cross Creek Rd., Suite 2, www.beautycollection.com

FLORAL

A long-time favorite of makeup lovers all around the US, the Malibu Sephora is no exception. Customers can find a large selection of upmarket beauty, skincare, and perfume brands sold by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Head to Sephora for a full or partial makeover or if you’re not sure how to use a product enroll in one of their many beauty classes to learn all about it. 3896 Cross Creek Rd www.sephora.com

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MALIBU BEACH HOUSE (310) 457-5600 From swoon-worthy pillows to unique flatware, anyone on the prowl for luxe décor would do well to begin at Malibu Beach House. The Trancas shop features a collection of everything you need to achieve an elegant yet cozy Malibu feel for your home.

MALIBU DESIGN CENTER (310) 317-9922 SEA LILY (310) 457-8100 If you are looking for stunning floral designs made from flowers grown by local farmers, head over to Sea Lily. The eco-friendly floral boutique focuses on creating a wide range of bouquets in a sustainable manner. Find everything from romantic, garden bouquets to contemporary succulent designs. 6444 Trancas Canyon Rd, www.sealilymalibu.com COSENTINO’S (310) 456 6707 For over 40 years, Cosentino’s has been providing Malibu residents and visitors with quality florals. Their flowers are grown right in Malibu at the Cosentino’s nursery or are sourced locally. 21201 Pacific Coast Highway www.cosentinoflowers.com

globe, no local store beats Oasis Imports. Their large inventory features one-of-akind pieces from Argentina to Burma. 3931 S. Topanga Blvd oasisimports.com ROOM AT THE BEACH (310) 456-9777

30745 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.Bubeachouse.com.

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Looking to outfit your new Carbon Beach place? Malibu Design Center is your place, with a range of furnishings and accessories that perfectly capture the Malibu look. If you are in the need for some design assistance, Malibu design center also offers complete interior design services tailored to your needs. 25001 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.malibumarketdesign. com MALIBU COLONY CO. (310) 317-0177 This Country Mart staple offers high-end gifts and home accents that fit perfectly into the beachy, luxurious Malibu lifestyle. From diamond-encrusted starfish to crisp linens, this one-stop-shop has it all. 3835 Cross Creek Rd www.malibucolonyco.com

With over 20 years of design experience, owner Elizabeth Lamont opened Room at the Beach with a strong eye and passion for classic California-chic interiors. Featuring a curated selection of furniture, bedding, lighting, tableware and much more, this is one of the best spots in town for casual yet sophisticated home goods. 3835 Cross Creek Rd. Suite 23, www.roomatthebeachmalibu.com

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INNER GARDENS (310) 457-9091 As part of a long-time Malibu staple, Nagel Nursery, Inner Gardens offers Malibu residents full-service design, installation and maintenance of gorgeous interior gardens and landscape projects. Previous clients include the famous Soho House and numerous high end residences throughout the area. 6432 Busch Drive www.innergardens.com OASIS IMPORTS (310) 456-9883 For indoor and outdoor furniture from around the

PETS

PACIFIC COAST PETS (310) 317-8600 (Colony) (310) 317-9755 (Zuma) Happy and healthy pets are at the heart of this Malibu pet store. Pacific Coast Pets not only offers a wide variety of treats, toys, food and other pet supplies but also works with various shelters and rescues to hold recurring adoption events. There are two locations in Malibu to better serve the needs of all Malibu pet lovers. 23705 Malibu Rd (Malibu Colony Store) 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy (Zuma Store) www.pacificcoastpetsmalibu.com MALIBU GROOMING CO (310) 456-6088 Next time your four-legged friend is in need of a wash or cut, head here for friendly service and reasonable prices. While you wait, peruse their boutique for excellent doggie accessories or if you think your pooch needs a little more zen in its life, sign him or her up for the “doga” massage therapy and yoga class. 22523 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibugrooming.com


SHOPPING TIPS FOR OUT OF TOWN SANTA MONICA

VICTORY FURNITURE (310) 264-1046 If you are looking for a large selection of quality outdoor furniture head to Victory Furniture. The company has been around since 1945 and has a hard earned reputation for being one of the best. 2512 Santa Monica Blvd, www.victoryfurniture.com LOVE ADORNED (310) 450-2227 As a fine jewelry company that values aesthetics and craftsmanship, Love Adorned is the perfect place to treat yourself or your significant other. You won’t find your regular diamond rings and necklaces but will find unique, vintage pieces collected from all around the world. 2923 Main St, www.loveadorned.com CP SHADES (310) 392-0949 CP shades prides itself on its 100% natural, sustainable fabrics and clothing all made in Northern California. As a result of their efforts, they are able to create high-quality clothing such as their cotton T shirts that customers adore. 2937 Main St, www.cpshades.com HUGO BOSS (310) 260-0109 The Santa Monica outpost of this fashion institution features the designers’

namesake collections and fragrances. 395 Santa Monica Pier, #162 hugoboss.com

ence with their comfortable clothing but their fashion forward pieces are just as great for running around town and are often seen on celebrities doing just that. 370 N Canon Dr, www.aloyoga.com

with modern accents. 23528 Calabasas Rd www.shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com

VINCE (323) 603-4210

XIV KARATS (310) 551-1212 CISCO HOME (310) 857-5659 Cisco Home boasts beautifully-crafted sustainable furniture all handmade here in Los Angeles. The Santa Monica store features a sprawling showroom and a variety of gorgeous pieces from Environment, a line recently added to the Cisco family that oozes casual sophistication. 1443 Lincoln Blvd, www.ciscohome.net

From classic engagement rings to pearls to multi-million diamonds, XIV Karats has it all. This favorite to A-list celebrities and Fortune 500 corporations has been creating gorgeous jewelry for their customers for over four decades. 314 S Beverly Dr, www.xivkarats.com

CALABASAS

Inspired by a Bob Marley song, Johnny Was brings customer’s clothing ripe with bohemian spirit and a sense of authenticity. The brand really shines with its embroidered tops and effortless silhouettes. 395 Santa Monica Blvd, www.johnnywas.com

BEVERLY HILLS

DAISY DUKES (818) 805-9007 Described as having a “Hollywood meets Western Saloon” vibe, Daisy Dukes showcases clothing brands just as iconic as the “Daisy Dukes” name. Among those designers; Page Denim, Rails and Joe’s Jeans. 23655 Calabasas Rd, www.shopdaisydukes.com OPTX FINE EYEWEAR (818) 789-7600

JOHNNY WAS (310) 656-0600

THE KINGDOM (818) 912-6990 If you’re shopping for luxury shoes or handbags, head to The Kingdom in the Calabasas Commons. This stunning new store offers an impressively curated collection for high-end designers such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Fendi. 4719 Commons Way, www.shopthekingdom.com

Operator, Wayne Fletcher, has been in the business of helping customers get some of the finest eyewear possible for over 30 years. Optx prides itself in offering personalized optical service and Fletcher goes above and beyond. 23673 Calabasas Rd, www.optxbywaynefletcher. com

Head over to Shoppe Amber Interiors for a flavor of interior designer Amber Lewis’s bold, colorful styling. The store offers customers a dynamic mix of unique, hand-made pieces

Go to Vince for classic, contemporary designer lines. The clothes are timeless staples fit for anyone’s closet that are made from high-end fabrics but yet are not as outrageously priced as many other designer clothes are. 4000 Thousand Oaks Blvd Suite A, www.vince.com LES BOUDOIRS (805) 409-0950 As a lingerie store that set out to create the best customer experience possible, you are greeted by friendly staff who would be more than happy to pour you a glass of wine of champagne as lingerie is shown to you. 966 S Westlake Blvd #10, lesboudoirs.com

REDONDO BEACH

WESTLAKE VILLAGE

SHOPPE AMBER INTERIORS (747) 226-3898 ALO YOGA (310) 295-1860 This LA based company is quickly becoming a favorite of Yogi’s all around the US. The brand aims to truly elevate the yoga experi-

create a sophisticated yet casual store full of high-end denim, chic clothing and fine jewelry perfect for every woman. 160 Promenade Way,

THE CLOSET (805) 777-7019 Known for its outstanding Daughters of Fred Segal, Sharon and Nina Segal have come together to

TEAK WAREHOUSE (800) 343-7707 Redondo beak might be quite a trek from Malibu, but Teak Warehouse makes it worth it. The large showroom features some of the high-quality outdoor furniture available at wholesale prices. 2653 Manhattan Beach Blvd, www.teakwarehouse.com

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PURE BARRE AT One of the trendiest workouts to sweep the nation, barre classes are a also improving posture and flexibility. These 55-minute ballet inspired workouts

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CROSS CREEK low-impact, high-intensity way to sculpt and tone muscles while offer you a fun and effective way to get in shape for the new year.

PURE BARRE just celebrated its two year anniversary in Malibu. Effective workouts, a fun environment and a supportive community all contribut to its success.

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FITNESS CYNTHIA WEBB opened Pure

Barre Malibu two years ago. While she has always led an active lifestyle, she fell in love with the full body workout that Pure Barre provides when she first tried their workouts nine years ago.

THE 100 CLUB

Loyal members who have gone to 100 classes, join the Pure Barre 100 club and get to sign the barre, a proud moment for any barre enthusiast.

BALLET BARRE

Inspired by ballet and yoga, barre workouts incorporate the classic ballet barre into a lot of their exercises.

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FLEXIBILITY Barre workouts focus on increasing flexibility while sculpting muscles to create that long, lean ballerina’s body.

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or those unfamiliar with barre classes, they are total body workouts that combine cardio and strength training through various movements and exercises, many of which incorporate a ballet barre. Pure Barre, the country’s largest barre studio, has thrived since its opening in 2001, and now has over 460 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The Malibu Pure Barre studio just celebrated its two-year anniversary. Owner Cynthia Webb is a So-Cal native that got hooked on the Pure Barre lifestyle, enough so to open up her own franchise. Her firsthand success with Pure Barre sparked a passion that she brings to not only how she runs the studio, but how she instructs her classes. “I started taking Pure Barre 9 years ago and have been passionate and devoted to it ever since,” Webb said.

“While I have been exposed to a life of athletics and fitness, I did not experience such a full body workout with immediate and noticeable results until I committed Pure Barre into my weekly routine.” A typical Pure Barre workout starts with a warm up to get the blood flowing, followed by standing weight exercises to sculpt your arm and shoulder muscles. You then hit the barre for some intense lower body and ab work before finishing with a cool down stretch to work on that flexibility. In addition to working just about every muscle in your body, Pure Barre workouts clear your mind, allowing you to “get in the zone” and tune out all of the distractions and stress from your outside life. Although you will definitely feel the burn during each workout, Pure Barre’s low-impact nature is easy on your

joints and ligaments, and there is little to no learning curve making Barre workouts unique in that there are no skill levels associated with each class. You can increase or decrease the intensity of the movements based on your comfort level or specific needs to get what you need out of every workout. Above all, Pure Barre offers a sense of community, with friendly staff and like-minded classmates from different walks of life. This is incredibly important — because we all know that it’s easier to stay on track with your fitness goals when you’ve got a good group of people supMM porting you. Pure Barre Malibu, 23410 Civic Center Way Phone: 310-456-2134 www.purebarre.com

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NABIL MARDINI Dig Cycle

SAMANTHA BLAUSTEIN Yoga

NIKKITA WEERASINGHE BeneFit Body Pilates

In the upcoming year, I believe wearable tech, body weight training, and high intensity interval training (HIIT) will be huge. When it comes to wearables, we are going to incorporate the chest strap at Dig early in 2018 and ride the wave of this trend. Second, its easy to see why no-equipment workouts are so popular: They’re relatively easy to learn, can be modified to suit any ability level, and require more movement and dynamic as opposed to the traditional static exercises one may exert at a big box fitness place. Digfit and Digbody classes at Dig incorporate TRX training along with other exercises performed on a Bosu Ball, resistance bands and kettle bells. Finally, HIIT helps you torch calories fast by alternating bursts of high-intensity exercise with short rest periods. Our signature Dig 50 cycling classes incorporate internval training with a mixture of rhythm rides.

Yoga originating in India, did not become a popular fitness trend until the 1980s. The past decade, yoga has taken on a new trend. Yoga has shifted towards mindfulness, loving-compassion, and the use of pranayama (breath work). Using these yogic tools combined is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and ease ailments. Yoga is for all who seek peace of mind, focus, connection to oneself, and being present in the moment. Sthira and sukkah, Steadiness and ease, in each pose enables us to have the ultimate experience. Choosing to turn our focus inward and find peace, helps not only the individual , but also has a ripple effect into the community. Yoga now, is beyond fitness; it has the ability to change our vibrations, and make us the best version of ourselves. Hope to see you all in the next yoga class of 2018!

With every year comes a new trend in fitness. From underwater cycle to paddle board yoga, the possibilities are endless. The thing about a trend is that it lacks longevity; it comes and goes. I’m a believer and promoter of any kind of movement, mostly because we live in a very fastpaced society spending most of our time being sedentary. Over the last few years, studios like the one I own, BeneFit Body in Woodland Hills, have taken the fundamentals of Pilates and created a more contemporary form of exercise. We have evolved our Pilates practice to fit the fast-paced mindset, constantly offering a variety in each class while still prioritizing the importance of correct form and alignment. This new version of Pilates can safely and effectively help a wide range of resolution seekers in every age group and fitness level to achieve their New Year’s goals.

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Every year fitness sees developements, from wearable tech to the age-old practice of Yoga. We asked eight fitness trainers from various backgrounds what their take on fitness trends in 2018 is.

NATALIE MACAM Malibu Beach Yoga

MIKE ANDERSON Crossfit Malibu

NATALIE NEWHART Crossfit Costa Mesa

Yoga’s popularity has increased tremendously in recent years, and studies show it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Yoga is attracting a more diverse range of practitioners than ever before. We now have professional athletes such as Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun on the mat, with their yoga practice paramount to their fitness regimen. In addition to a range of bodily benefits including improved flexibility, balance and physical fitness, many people look to yoga for mental wellness and stress relief as well. Yoga seeks to realize the nature of—and obstacles to—higher awareness and fulfillment, to connect us and bring us back into wholeness, to remember what our bodies know to be true. The development of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years. This time-honored tradition stands to grow, evolve, and become aneven more vital part of our culture.

The CrossFit Malibu mission leads people along a pathway of fitness that yields the strength, confidence, and freedom to do anything and everything. In 2018, our goal is to provide new CrossFit trainees with support and a solid foundation to be successful in the sport. As CrossFit trends more and more to outdoor activities, our training program extends beyond the confines of our Quonset Hut to the beach, into the ocean, and up the trails as we cultivate the spirit of our motto, “Go Outside and Play.” Each day of training brings something fun and different. We devote time towards skill work and practice resulting in gains that transfer to any physical pursuit.

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman describes his workout by saying saying “It can kill you. I’ve always been completely honest about that.” My first CF Games experience was in 2013, and I’m currently working on earning my spot back. Every year the sport gets harder, the weights get heavier, the times get faster and the competitors get better. The trend in CrossFit year after year is not about training harder (everyone does that), it’s about training smarter, and that’s what I set out to do. As for off the matt, CrossFit’s social media following and technology is growing rapidly. In 2018, I predict there to be better smart phone apps for CrossFit athletes to plan and achieve their goals, more CrossFit stars on social media, and even bigger numbers of participation at the Games.

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DIG INDOOR CYCLING Far from your average spin studio, Dig Cycle combines the cardio-centric indoor cycling with and Andre Saab, the studio offers a cycling experience that tantalizes the senses, complete

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AND STRENGTH the strength building of TRX suspense training. Owned by Nabil Mardini with dazzling light shows, pump up music, and plenty of good vibes.

DIG CYCLE recently opened in Calabasas and offers fun, high-energy cycling and TRX workouts guaranteed to make anyone sweat.

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NABIL MARDINI Former volleyball player, Nabil Mardini turned to low-impact cycling in order to get his cardio in. He immediately fell in love and opened Dig Cycle in 2016.

TRX TRAINING These en-

tire-body workouts are designed to get you fit in no time.

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COMMUNITY Co-owners, Nabil Mardini and Andre Saat share in the fun and

vibrant community that they have created at Dig Cycle.


FUN FOR ANYONE with a shallow learning curve, Dig Cycle is the perfect workout for fitness newbies & seasoned cyclers alike.

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fter co-founder, Nabil Mardini tore his Achilles playing volleyball in 2014, he turned to low-impact, joint-friendly cycling workouts to get his cardio work in. Immediately falling in love, he knew he could elevate the workout to another level, and decided to open Dig Cycle, a 2,400 square-foot facility in Calabasas. With a locker room that includes charging ports in every locker, shoes provided at no extra cost, and an enthusiastic team of instructors, Dig provides a premium fitness experience. Indoor cycling, a fitness trend that only continues to grow in popularity, provides a plethora of benefits. Besides the obvious increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance, cycling can greatly reduce stress, releasing those friend-

ly endorphins that produce a euphoric feeling also known as “runner’s high.” In addition, it offers a judgment-free environment. No more looking at your neighbor to see that they’ve already completed 12 miles or hiding that you’ve been on a lower resistance setting. Dig encourages everyone to do what is right for them. “Cycling is the one cardio workout anyone can do without having to compare,” Mardini said. “As a matter of fact, one of our mottos at Dig Cycle is, ‘Become and never compare.’ In indoor cycling, you get into a zone where it’s just you and the bike, and you forget about everyone else in the room. You control the resistance and speed, and only you can see and feel how hard you’re working.” But that’s not all. On top of the cycling classes, Dig offers TRX suspense training

as well. Standing for total body resistance exercise, TRX workouts involve specially designed bands that offer — as the name suggests — workout options for the entire body. Incorporating the TRX workouts allow members to supplement the cardio work covered by cycling with a muscle sculpting exercise. Dig offers hybrid classes that consist of 30 minutes of cycling with 30 minutes of TRX for the ultimate complete workout. Also, members can reserve a spot in Open Gym, in which they can go in on their own for some TRX training without an instrucMM tor in between classes. DIG Indoor Cycling + Strength 5727 Las Virgenes Rd. Phone: (747) 900-1344 www.digcycle.com

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A CLASS FOR EVERYONE The studio offers classes for all experience levels from gentle Hatha to more advanced Vinyasa.

MALIBU BEACH YOGA With a great community, knowledgeable instructors and a zen athmosphere, Malibu Beach Yoga is the perfect studio for anyone looking to start practicing yoga in the new year.

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beautiful studio conveniently located in the Point Dume Village on PCH, Malibu Beach Yoga offers a wide range of practices for every type of yogi. Founded by Khalil Rafati, who has used the combination of yoga, juicing, and meditation to overcome addiction and depression, the studio aims not only to improve your well-being physically, but also spiritually. Despite not being a teacher himself, Rafati is no stranger to the lasting mental and physical benefits of yoga. “I truly believe health and wellness is paramount and intrinsically related to lasting freedom from addiction and sobriety,” Rafati said. “If I didn’t feel good for a sustained period of time I would have returned to drugs and alcohol. Everything we do is an attempt to avoid pain and gain pleasure. Drugs and alcohol may

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LOCATION The studio is conveniently located in the Point Dume Village.

feel good, but so does being in amazing shape and being super healthy. There are very few things that I’ve ever experienced that feel as amazing as doing a really awesome yoga class.” Malibu Beach Yoga offers a variety of classes and styles that fit the preferences and skill level of just about anyone. They’ve got everything covered — from slow and gentle Hatha, to more advanced and fast-paced Vinyasa, to hot yoga. The studio itself has plenty of open space, and has an uplifting quality, from its bamboo floors, to the mural of Hindu deity Ganesh, to the generous natural light that flows through the windows. “Malibu Beach Yoga is a space where people can immediately feel comfortable, calm and at ease as soon as they walk in the door,” Rafati said. “They see the beautiful artistry and power of the mural, connect with


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RELAXED ATMOSPHERE Malibu Beach Yoga prides

itself on its fun, relaxed atmosphere and great community of people in which every yogi coming to the studio can have a great time and make new friends.

OWNER & MANAGERS

Malibu Beach Yoga is owned by Khalil Rafati, who also owns SunLife Organics, and managed by Jodie Cegelski and Natalie Macam.

the earth energy of the crystals, and the expansive view of the mountains and ocean — all of these are a reflection and a remembering of what is in each and everyone of us.” The studio’s intimate setting has created a vibrant and thriving community, which only adds to the well being of each individual. “The community is phenomenal, where old friends can know they can see each other on a daily or weekly basis while also making new friends,” Rafati said. “And last but not least, the teachers are the key ingredient that holds it all together, all with such distinct and highly individual apMM proaches.”

INSTRUCTORS knowledgeable and friendly instructors such as studio manager,

Natalie Macam, provide a distinct and individualized approach to yoga.

Malibu Beach Yoga, 29169 Heathercliff Rd, #217 Point Dume Village Phone: (310) 738-5785

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PARK SIGNS There are more than 8 miles of interwoven trails that are clearly marked at the entrance of the park. You pay the $4 parking fee in the parking lot.

THE OCEAN OVERLOOK has many trails branching off that follow the coastline and offers some of the best ocean views in Malibu.

CHARMLEE WILDERNESS PARK In every issue, we will introduce you to one spectacular Malibu hike. With over 500 acres, 8+ miles of family-friendly hikes, spring wildflowers, gorgeous sunsets and sweeping ocean views Charmlee is the perfect hike to start with! ✎ written by Julie Wuellner

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e headed out to Charmlee Wilderness Park around 4 pm, the sun was still shining, there was a light ocean breeze, and the birds were chirping overhead. It was the perfect day to get out of the office and unwind in nature. Charmlee was easy to find, there is a giant sign that clearly marks the park entrance, and the only fee was a $4 parking fee that we paid once we got there. The park was almost empty, in fact, we only passed one other pair of hikers on our way out. Since

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Charmlee is dog-friendly, we brought our friend’s corgi, Gus, who trotted along the well-maintained trails happily. It did not take us very long to reach the ocean overlook, 15 minutes along relatively easy trails and through a giant sloping meadow. Once we made it to the ocean overlook, we were able to watch the sun slowly set over the ocean and turned the entire park into magnificent fields of gold. The views were absolutely incredible! From atop the mountain, we could see the clouds starting to roll in over the ocean below us. It truly felt like we were on top of the world! “There are lots of great places to hike in Malibu, but there is definitely something special about Charmlee. It has a surprisingly

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CHARMLEE HAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEWS. ON A CLEAR DAY IT IS POSSIBLE TO SEE FROM POINT DUME ALL THE WAY DOWN THE COAST TO VENTURA COUNTY

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ABOUT THIS HIKE Distance: 2.8 miles (loop) Elevation change: 272 feet Hiking time: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes Location: 2577 Encinal Canyon Rd, Malibu CA Open to: Hikers, dogs Fees & Permits: $4 Park Entrance Fee THE BASIC DIRECTIONS FOR THIS LOOP ARE: 1. Start at the Parking Lot on Carmichael Road. 2. Head straight on Old Ranch Road, this is paved at first but will quickly turn into a dirt trail. 3. Keep going past the Old Grove picnic area (0.08 miles). 4. Walk through the crossing of the Botany Trail and the Meadow Trail. 5. Continue heading southwest on the newly named Fire Ecology trail. Careful, this trail is not yet marked! 6. Follow the trail south until it meets back up with the Meadow Ranch Trail by an old water reservoir (1.4 miles). This route takes you right by some of the most spectacular ocean views the park has to offer.

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7. Take a break to enjoy the view from the water reservoir at the ocean overlook! 8. From there, don’t turn onto Meadow Ranch trail (For a shorter hike, this trail will take you back to the parking lot), instead stay to the left and go towards the old water pump. 9. At the water pump, follow the small trail towards the ocean. This is the most rugged part of the trail and has some more amazing ocean views! 10. Once you reach the Meadow Woodland trail junction, stay to the right. This will take you back to the fire road. 11. At the crossing of the Old Ranch Road, take a left to head towards the ruins of the old ranch house. You will first pass through a wooded area. 12. Explore the ruins! You will have a great view of the park from there. 13. Head back to the Old Ranch Road and the Nature Center. 14. Return to the parking lot (2.8 miles) For more info visit: modernhiker.com

SPRING WILDFLOWERS and green meadows can be found all over Charmlee Wilderness Park in the spring after it has rained.

varied network of trails, and most of them are moderate enough for hikers of all abilities” editor-in-chief of Modern Hiker and author of “Day Hiking Los Angeles,” Casey Schreiner tells us in an interview. “The Coastal views are some of the best in Southern California, and there’s always something interesting going on there, whether it’s at the nature center or on a ranger-led hike.” Charmlee first opened to the public in 1981, and after being traded in a land-swap is managed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The park is located in western Malibu, 3 miles south of Ventura County line. From PCH, Charmlee is a quick 4 miles up Encinal Canyon Road. The Park is clearly marked by a sign reading, “Charmlee Wilderness Park.” Make sure you get there early enough as the small OUR SPECIAL TIP parking lot can fill up quickly on There is a 3 mile hike that the weekends, especially in the will take you right past summer. While Charmlee is gorthe Ocean Overlook and geous all-year round, it is best to the Ranch house ruins. On a clear day, the overview visit earlier in the year. “This park offers great views from really shines in the winter and Point Dume all the way spring, though, when rains bring down the coast to Ventura back a lush carpet of green grassCounty. The Ranch House es and explosions of wildflower ruins offer one of the best views of the park. color appear in front of the Pacific Ocean,” Schreiner tells us. Aside from individual hikes Charmlee also offers a whole host of activities. Throughout the year there are many ranger and docent-led hikes. In the spring, Charmlee has wildflower hikes, and all year long there are monthly full moon hikes. The full moon hikes are docent-led and start around 5 pm. They are free of charge, aside from the $4 parking fee, and open to all age groups and experience levels. We definitely recommend Charmlee Wilderness Park if you are looking for fun trails for the whole family or simply a peaceful and scenic spot out in nature. Check back next issue for another great Malibu hike! MM


Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. - Emerson


FITNESS GUIDE On this page we will introduce you to Malibu and surrounding area’s best Gyms. Whether you want to build muscle, lose weight or just stay healthy, Malibu has it all. The gyms marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks.

MALIBU BEACH YOGA (310) 973-7685 Malibu Beach Yoga offers Malibuites a full schedule of yoga classes including hot yoga, vinyasa and hatha yoga in a relaxing, meditative space. 29169 Heathercliff Rd #217, www.malibubeachyoga. com MALIBU YOGA & PILATES PRIVATE STUDIO (310) 457-0667 Join instructor Michelle Kronenberg for an intimate yoga experience with small private & group classes. 29500 Heathercliff Rd, www.michellekronenbergyoga.com

JAM MALIBU (424) 781 7986 Dance your way to a toned, strong body with JAM’s fun, energetic cardio dance workouts. 3650 Cross Creek Rd, www.juicyathleticmoves. com

MALIBU FITNESS (310) 457-5220

WELLFIT MALIBU (818) 706-1600

For over 30 years, Malibu Fitness has been one of the friendliest community-oriented gym’s in the area. 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.malibufit.net

As a luxury fitness and weightloss program, Wellfit allows people of all ages to step away from their daily lives and really focus on getting fit, losing weight and improving their health. 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, www.wellfitmalibu.com

SOULCYCLE MALIBU (310) 973-7685

DIAMOND’S MALIBU GYM (310) 457-2450 Whether you like lifting weights in the weightroom, doing cardio on exercise machines or dancing in a spacious studio with skilled instructors, Diamond’s Malibu Gym has it all. 28955 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.diamondsmalibugym. com

PURE BARRE (310) 456-2134

One of the trendiest workouts, SoulCycle will have you doing intense cardio and sculpting strength training to rhythmic music in its candlelit studio. 3874 Cross Creek Rd, www.soul-cycle.com

The ballet inspired classes use low-impact micro movements to effectively build muscles and get you that long, lean ballerina’s body you have always wanted. 23410 Civic Center Way Suite E-9, www.purebarre.com

PILATES PLUS MALIBU (310) 317-4849

CROSSFIT MALIBU (310) 480-7000

Intense 40-55 minute classes that combine pilates with strength training are this studio chosen method of success. 22601 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.pilatesplusbylagreefintess.com/malibu

Crossfit brings together a community of people dedicated to working hard and pushing the limits through crossfit training. 3728 Cross Creek Rd, www.crossfitmalibu.com

5 POINT YOGA (310) 455 6681 5 Point Yoga aims to increase the quality of people’s lives through its yoga as well as aerial classes. 23410 Civic Center Way Suite E-3, www.5pointyoga.com

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BASECAMP FITNESS (310) 451-2861

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Basecamp Fitness is all about getting faster and stronger through HIIT workouts. 1315 Lincoln Blvd www.basecampfitness.co BURN FITNESS (310) 394-1300 Classes, personal training, nutrition counseling, Burn Fitness has it all. 1233 3rd St, www.burnfitness.com

ORANGETHEORY (310) 730-1399 Orangetheory’s success stems from their heart rate based interval training. 1431 2nd St, www.orangetheoryfitness. com

energizing music. 5727 Las Virgenes Rd, www.digcycle.com FITWALL (818) 665-5142

GRANITE GYM (310) 275-5005 Head to Granite Gym for state of the art equipment and world class trainers. 465 N Roxbury Dr, www.granitegym.com

DIG CYCLE (747) 900-1344 Head over to Dig Cycle for fun and intense indoor cycling classes that follow along to mesmerizing theatre illuminations and

Fitwall offers a unique blend of cardio, flexibility and strength training to ensure that your entire body remains challenged and that every day is different from the last. Their skilled instructors will help you train your body to move in many functional ways. 26799 Agoura Rd Unit 6-C , www.fitwall.com


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SERRA RETREAT

MALIBU’S BEST-KEPT SECRET Serra Retreat offers a much needed break from people’s hectic, daily lives through their peaceful gardens, stunning ocean views and spiritual retreat center. ✎ written by Molly Strawn

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idden among the Malibu hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean lies one of the best-kept secrets in the city: the Serra Retreat. Run by Franciscan Friars since its founding 1942, this peaceful location offers a haven for anyone to escape the whirlwind of their daily lives.

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“The essence of Serra retreat is a place for people to come for a spiritual experience,” Friar Mel Jurisich, Serra Retreat director, said. “Serra is known for its sense of peace. There is a sense of peace here that you can’t find even if you just go down the hill.” The land was initially part of Rancho Malibu, a property owned in the late 1800s by wealthy self-starters Fredrick and May Rindge. They owned 27 miles of the stunning coastline. After her husband’s death in the 1920s, she aimed to build her home, a 50-room castle, where Serra Retreat now sits. The building was never completed, and the property laid empty for several years while she waged a battle against the construction of Pacific Coast Highway. At the time, the Franciscans, Catholic priests and brothers who follow 12th-century saint St. Francis, were looking for a new seminary outside of the Santa Barbara mission


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call Serra Retreat their home. The retreat is there to bring peace and a sense of safety to members of all faiths and walks of life.

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THE GROUNDS The lighted cross on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Coast Highway is a symbol of peace and stability to many Malibu residents. The retreat chapel has panoramic views of the ocean and is the center of worship for the many different groups that visit Serra Retreat every week.

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FRIAR MEL

has been the director of Serra Retreat for nine years and believes strongly in the need to take care of God’s creation.

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Serra Retreat features art all over the property that has been collected and donated by members of the retreat community

with the aim of getting into retreat ministry. They became open and receptive to others.” Graham said purchased the property in 1942 and spent the next 20 that he tells all kinds of participants to go to Serra years finishing the construction including laying origwith an open mind and to let the location help you inal Malibu Tile. Serra became the first of eight Franfind peace. Each person gets something different out ciscan retreat houses on the West Coast. Years later, in of a retreat, something unique that they need in their 1970, a hillside fired swept into the property, burning lives. His retreat participants come to Serra from all down all but one original building. The building and over the country. “What you come up the hill with, did the priceless Malibu tile inside was saved by sheriffs you leave it there? What will you take down the hill who were already on the property for a with you?” Graham asked. weekend retreat. After the fire, the one In line with the Franciscan tradition, remaining building was converted to Friar Mel believes in the care of creation OUR SPECIAL TIP host all of the retreat’s needs so the reand preserving the beautiful grounds to If you would like to experience the peace treat could continue and the property soothe many more souls to come. “We and tranquility that Serra could remain open. This included being provide this environment. We are to take Retreat offers, the retreat the kitchen, washroom and also sleeping care of this Earth,” Friar Mel said. “Over opens its doors to the quarters. All other buildings were later 75 years, people have come and left their public weekdays from rebuilt. [emotional] junk on this hill and made 9am - 4:30pm. Once there, we recommend Today, Serra is run by 20 staff memthe hill holy.” According to Friar Mel, finding a peaceful spot to bers and 6 Friars. The location is rich Serra Retreat is needed now more than sit in the gardens and just in history and stunning views, making ever to give people the feeling of peace take in your surroundings it truly unique among its surrounding and safety. The Friars continue to evolve community. Serra encourages people with the times and provide faith-based from all faiths and walks of life to find tranquility services to give people the fullest perspective of life. among its hills. “If you just stop and look, you are on “Serra retreat is sacred ground. We think it is a sacred solid rock,” Friar Mel said. “It’s not going anywhere, place for people to come and find a bit of peace in a and you’re not going anywhere. You’re safe here.” The very mixed up world that we are living in,” Friar Mel retreat house offers sponsored and hosted retreats said. “Where do you go to center yourself when all of including high school Kairos events, a Roman Caththis is going on around you? Let creation bring your MM olic retreat programs for youths to reflect on the role spirit up.” of God in their lives. The spot hosts about 10 weekend group experiences per year and recovery meetings daily. During the week, they are open to the public and receive anywhere from 40 to 50 visitors every day. Serra Retreat holds a quality that keeps people coming back. Luther Wood has run a retreat held at Serra for the past 20 years and counting. “We treasure Serra, and treat it as our home away from home,” Wood said. “There’s a special place in my heart for Serra.” After his retreat group outgrew their location in Palos Verdes, his search for a new location to bring his participants a peaceful and beautiful spiritual experience landed him at Serra. Wood donates all profits from his retreat back into Serra, always wanting to support the organization in any way that he can. He respects the loving and inclusive environment Serra and Friar Mel provide for so many people. “[Friar Mel] represents his faith in a phenomenally human way,” Wood said. “He spreads good wherever he goes. You can feel that energy and light.” Doug Graham also holds the peace and quiet Serra embodies close to his heart. Graham has been facilitating two retreats per year at Serra since 1995 and has participated in retreats since 1989. “A retreat is to get away from society for HOME Six friars call Serra Retreat home. a while,” Graham said. “It was something completely They live in simple Franciscan-style quarters across the property from guest rooms. different than I experienced before. In that process, I

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COUNTRY MART Malibu Acupuncture is conveniently located on the second floor of the Malibu Country Mart, right next to Pure Barre.

WELLNESS From Himalayan salt to herbal supplements, it’s all about wellness.

MALIBU ACUPUNCTURE Rejuvinate your body and mind through the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. Lauren Freiman combines the ancient treatment with modern functional medicine to bring you the best of both worlds.

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riginating in China over 4,000 years ago, acupuncture is a time-tested medicinal practice effective at treating a wide range of ailments and conditions, from chronic pain to stress and depression. At Malibu Acupuncture and Herbs, health and wellness expert Lauren Freiman has combined this ancient treatment with the more modern functional medicine, which pinpoints the origin of disease in a patient-to-patient basis. Despite the age difference between these two practices, they both aim to address the underlying cause of a patient’s health issue rather than provide short-term solutions. In tandem, they can effectively treat a myriad of illnesses. “When most people think of acupuncture, they think of pain conditions,” Freiman said. “People are surprised when they find out acupuncture is

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effective for treating nearly every health concern from anxiety and depression, to acid reflux, IBS, insomnia, autoimmune conditions, menopausal symptoms and more.” Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of thin needles into specific locations in the body, may understandably stir up some apprehension in potential clients, but Freiman insists that the benefits are worth overcoming “needle-phobia”. “I am well versed in ‘needle-phobia’ because funny enough, I never liked needles either,” Freiman says. “It was only when I found out how powerful they were that I changed my mind. I began thinking of needles as tools for healing, which is what they are in my mind to this day. I notice the same pattern in my patients. While very few people begin by liking needles, they love the effects of acupuncture. Patients change their perspective


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RELAXING At Malibu Acupuncture, Freiman has created a relaxing space meant to help calm your mind and rejuvinate your body.

ACUPRESSURE POINTS

The insertion of thin needles to specific acupressure points is an ancient Chinese practice that still proved to be helpful in alleviating all kinds of conditions from traditional pain to anxiety , insomnia and even some autoimmune conditions.

of needles once they see the benefits on their body, mind and spirit.” For those that are still wary, Freiman also offers acupressure, which employs light pressure on acupuncture points in place of needles. Aside from acupuncture and acupressure, Freiman offers private yoga classes to help patients heal injuries, manage stress, and connect with their inner spirit. Special offers for January at Malibu Acupuncture and Herbs include a “Restore and Revive” package — in which you can either choose five acupuncture sessions or five private yoga classes and a “New Beginnings” package, which offers a combination of five acupuncture and priMM vate yoga classes . Malibu Acupuncture, 23410 Civic Center Way, Suite E1 malibuacupuncture.com Phone: (310) 456-5881

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WELLNESS GUIDE On this page, we will introduce you to the most noteworthy Wellness Centers and Retreats in Malibu and surrounding areas, perfect for a relaxing “me” day. The retreats marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. MALIBU ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBS (310) 456-8811

THE RANCH (310) 457-8700 The Ranch Malibu is legendary in wellness circles—not just because its stunning private cottages are frequently occupied by Lea Michele and Rebel Wilson, but because guests get exactly six almonds to sustain them during daily four to five hour hikes. The Scenic fitness retreat offers luxury bootcamps, upscale rooms & meals made with garden-fresh fare. 12220 Cotharin Rd, www.theranchmalibu.com

Malibu Acupuncture & Herbs offers holistic medicine through acupuncture, nutritional coaching, herbal medicine, stress management exercises and supportive lifestyle changes. 23410 Civic Center Way, www.malibuacupuncture. com

cal medical facility that offers walk-in service staffed by trained professional emergency room doctors. 23656 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibuurgentcare. com ROOTS AND WINGS (310) 894-6597 Through art workshops, family meditation and entrepreneurship classes for kids, Roots and Wings provide experiences that are proven to increase happiness and heal stress for the entire family. 3939 Cross Creek Rd Suite D210 www.rootsnwings.org

MALIBU URGENT CARE (310) 456-7551 Malibu Urgent Care is a lo-

shops with a dreamy 23 acre setting awash in crystals. The setting was once owned by none other than Teddy Rosevelt. 1821 Latigo Canyon Rd www.ajamalibu.com

AJA (310) 457-7024 Aja is spiritual center that blends profound work-

3872 Cross Creek Rd www.saje.com WATER AND SPIRIT (310) 804-7920 As a guided meditation experience performed on paddle boards out in the pacific, creator Jobi Manson designs each session to encourage self-discovery and spiritual transformation. 25001 Pacific Coast Hwy

SAJE (310) 457-7024 Husband and wife team Jean-Pierre and Kate Ross LeBlanc have set out to introduce customers to the best wellness products in the world, with their collection of 100% natural, plant-derived wellness products.

ZUMA WELLNESS (310) 317-4888 Zuma Wellness offers a wide range of premium Vitamin B Shots depending on your health needs. 21355 Pacific Coast Hwy #202, www.zumawellness.com

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element of your experience at this signature California retreat. 2 Dole Dr, www.chli.com

offers week-long health, fitness and renewal retreats in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains. 2025 McKain St., www.theashram.com

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CALIFORNIA HEALTH & LONGEVITY INSTITUDE (818) 575-1114 With one of the most highly regarded programs in the country, their health experts will guide every

THE ASHRAM (818) 222-6900 This bootcamp for the stars

A premier wellness center, Healing Compass specializes in acupuncture, fertility treatments, yoga, cosmetic acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and more. 24007 Ventura Blvd Suite 102, www.healingcompassnaturalhealthcenter.com

INNATE WELLNESS (310) 230-1899 Dr. Luke started his practice in 1999 and is widely recognized for his caring heart and modern approach. 16624 Marquez Ave, www.innatewell.com

ARBOR VITAE (310) 829-7339 Arbor Vitae specializes in chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy and massage therapy. 2730 Wilshire Blvd St. 230, www.arborvitaewellness. com


State-of-the-Art 25 Acre Equestrian Ranch Compound

Behind a private gate overlooking Malibu’s beautiful ocean, 549 feet of frontage offers a new world class, beautifully built 9-stall barn with ocean views for each horse, a private office, studio, fruit and avocado orchards, wells, and trails. Great for developers, horse lovers, resort and spa visionaries, and wine enthusiasts, this property has many opportunities to be subdivided into three 5-acre parcels. There is a 2 story, 4 bedroom main house with gorgeous ocean views, detached 3 bedroom guest house, koi pond, pool and tennis court. Secondary gate for bringing horses up and large equipment. Also available for lease with the following options: $150k short term, or $100k long term, or $30k for lower portion of the property for horses, stables, riding ring, hot walker, air stream, office/studio, or lease out avocado orchards, fruit trees, etc.

Barn/Hay Barn: • 9 Horse stalls • High-end tack room • Feed room • Large water/shower stall for horses • Large industrial heaters throughout the barn • Automatic water feeders in all stalls • Padded stalls for horse safety • Rubber floors throughout the barn • Camera system • Bathroom with Shower • Lounge and office space with refrigerator and sink

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MALIBU FARM The restaurant on the Malibu pier has quickly become the go to place for both tourists and locals alike. It has become so successful that it has expanded into Miami and Lanaii.

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resh. Organic. Local.” That is the slogan that greets you as you walk into Malibu’s coveted Oceanside eatery, Malibu Farm. It was just four years ago that Swedish-born chef, Helene Henderson, opened her first restaurant on the historic Malibu pier. Malibu Farm Café quickly went from pop-up restaurant to tourist destination, extending its stay permanently, and eventually adding a more formal dining experience at the foot of the pier. “I want all the food to feel like coming home,” said Henderson. And that it does. Henderson did not begin her professional life in the restaurant business, but af-

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SIMPLE AND CLEAN dining options

are what thrive in Malibu according to Henderson. Malibu Farm has been very successful since opening on the vacant Malibu Pier in 2015. MALIBU MAGAZINE

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CAFE AND RESTAURANT the pop-up cafe quickly became permanent and is now joined by the more formal restaurant at the base of the pier.

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RUSTIC DECOR, HEALTHY FOOD AND SOCIAL MEDIA ARE KEY TO SUCCESS.

MALIBU PIER is a historical landmark for the community. Maintaining a restaurant completely surrounded by water has brought its own challenges but Henderson has managed to create a unique and authentic dining experience that draws in customers from near and far.

ter her home (the original Malibu Farm) accidentally became one, she decided to stake her claim. She started modestly, cooking for friends with the fresh ingredients grown in her garden and soon she was filling a void that locals never knew they had. Henderson credits her prime real estate location to her husband, who informed her of the vacated Ruby’s diner space on the 112-year-old pier. The move was a risky one for Henderson, who recounts the many failed restaurants that attempted to run on the Malibu pier. The possibility for failure was omnipresent. Henderson recalls thinking the location would never make money or questioning if any customer would be willing to make the trek down the pier. In the end, Henderson’s gut instinct was the right one and the decision definitely paid off. She says, “simple rustic decor, with healthy food, and a social media campaign run solely by me proved to be the recipe to success.” Henderson says it was her longtime friend, local Malibu designer, Vanessa Alexander that helped channel Henderson’s “inner simple Scandinavian sensibility.” After all, it is Alexander who Henderson credits with being able to, “transform an abandoned red vinyled Ruby’s at the end of the Malibu Pier into the Malibu Farm Café.” The relaxed demeanor or the restaurants encapsulate what it means to dine at Malibu Farm. Seemingly simple, but always intriguing. Though the recipes seem unfamiliar in their pair-

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INGREDIENTS AT MALIBU FARM ARE ALL ORGANIC AND LOCALLY SOURCED

ings, the euphoric tastes and satisfaction that come from the dining experience Henderson has created not only invoke comfort, but also sheer bliss. The restaurants have become so intertwined in the definition of Malibu culture it is difficult to picture a pier without their presence. Henderson’s career before the farm was just as dynamic, from modeling and then graphic design, to an eventual transition into catering and cooking that brought her to where she is today. Sitting at her usual table, as the early morning sun bleeds through the windows and the pier begins to bustle with life. This isn’t the location Henderson had always imagined when contemplating opening her own restaurant. Her original vision was to find a space that kept in context with the ‘farm’ portion of the name. When hosting her dinners, Henderson would station different food items throughout the farm. “When you came to a farm dinner you would get this little welcome sheet and it would say something like, “in the front yard meet the chickens and have deviled eggs, in the barn meet the goats and have goat cheese pizza,” said Henderson. Henderson admits she is not the biggest fan of the water and even needs to wear a motion sickness bracelet when the tide is high down at the pier. She had originally envisioned a space surrounded by wilderness, perhaps even a garden, places where Henderson says she would love to open a restaurant in the future. But now,

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HER CHILDREN Henderson is a mother of three, pictured above with her youngest son, Caden, 13 (left), and her daughter Celia, 28 (right).

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FARM DINNERS Henderson knew she was doing something right when she began to get inquiries about her farm dinners and how to visit the farm coming all the way from Asia and across Europe.


HENDERSON LIVES AT THE ORIGINAL “MALIBU FARM” WITH HER FAMILY, AND PETS.

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ORIGINAL FARM Her Malibu farm home is where Henderson says her “farm life” truly began. Soon she hopes to continue her tradition of farm dinners at her home.

Malibu Farm, so synonymous with its oceanfront view at every location, could not be pictured anywhere else. The space she has created is dream-like, suspended above a stretch of cerulean, the rustic and simultaneously beachy demeanor of the restaurants embody a culture of Los Angeles dining that is often lost in insincere attempts at recreation. Henderson is the original. As a personal chef to what she calls, “the quintessential LA family,” Henderson became familiar with what people wanted and needed in a restaurant. “When you start spending that much time with other people’s families, you just start to get a pretty good sense of what people actually are eating,” said Henderson. She still keeps family in mind when creating new recipes. Henderson tries to envision what each member of the family would want, including the health-conscious mother, selective kids, a husband with a hearty appetite, and disillusioned relatives from out of town. She wants there to be “something” for everyone. Aside from curating a menu that serves what she wants to eat, Henderson has often been asked how she got her three children to eat her hearty health-conscious cooking. The answer is simple, “you don’t worry about what they eat, you just eat.” If there’s something for Henderson on the menu, it’s breakfast, at least twice, if not three times a day. She credits this love to her Swedish heritage, which has a visible influence on

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RESTAURANT MOGUL Henderson has opened four restaurants in three years, with two more on the way.

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her menus. A smorgasbord is a necessity ed Malibu Farm to be the new poolside for Henderson. “One of my biggest pet eatery at Four Seasons Lanai; she opened peeves is when someone just gives me a three months later. Miami is set to open sandwich,” she says. No plate at Malibu its doors in weeks, and Henderson is prefarm is simply a sandwich, and almost all pared. She expects the location’s first year abide by Henderson’s three side rule, her to work like Lanai, with upwards of five own kind of smorgasbord. visits. Henderson says it is funny now to Taking her farm to table idea to tables think the Miami restaurant has been in outside of California happened faster the works for two years, a move she says than Henderson could have expected. she may not have been ready for at the Meir Teper, co-owner of Nobu Malibu, time, but is now anxious to see through. has been a personal “When I signed on friend of Henderson’s Miami, I only had the for years now. He was café, and it definiteone of her first cusly felt like a really big tomers on the pier, leap,” said Henderand the two formed a son. “Now I feel like close bond which has I’m more ready for it.” led to many business Her new locations ventures. Henderson may not be within the believes Teper has an confines of the Maliindisputable talent bu coast, but they infor knowing what the corporate the unique MALIBU FARM LANAI serves guests at the Four Seasons community needs. blend of health and Lanaii Malibu Farm staples in a “He understands the heartiness that have relaxed poolside environment. restaurant business made Henderson and Malibu unlike an institution. As lianyone else,” says Henderson “[He’s] the censed establishments, the new Malibu only person who could turn a MalFarms incorporate a menu curated by ibu location into one of the highest Henderson as she works to make sure grossing restaurants in the world.” her brand is consistent. No matter where Teper introduced Henderson to Larry Henderson’s restaurants expand to, they Ellison, founder of Oracle, and owner of take a slice of the Malibu culture with Four Seasons Lanai as well as 98% of Lathem. Maintaining her motto of “Fresh. nai. Ellison has long been a driving force Organic. Local.” is a key part of this. That behind Malibu’s changing social scene. He means sourcing from fisherman in Lanai, owns several homes along Carbon Beach, and growers in Miami. Although the Lathe property that houses the Nobu restaunai location was quick to launch, it faced rant, as well as co-owns the Nobu Ryokan its own set of challenges as a private ishotel. Together the two have helped take land. Once known for being the home of Henderson’s pop-up on the pier to two the Dole pineapple plantation, Lanai is new shores already. The Malibu Farm still largely unpopulated. Henderson says Café had only been open a few months this has made it difficult to locally source, when a new location across the United as she generally prefers doing, with a lack States was proposed to Henderson. She of local business. However, soon with Elliwas offered a space in the new Nobu Hotel son’s launch of a hydroponic farm, the isMiami, in the renovated Eden Roc hotel. land will have food worthy of Henderson’s Following this partnership, Ellison wantbackyard.

As even more new locations in Newport and Montecito are forging ahead, it is easy to imagine that Henderson will soon become a household name. Even with these exciting changes, Henderson hasn’t forgotten her roots. She still finds herself at the original location almost every day of the week following her morning run and the firsts of her breakfasts. When Henderson walks into her restaurant, she immediately starts laughing wagging her finger, shouting “who did this,” playfully at her employees. She motions to the Malibu Farm cookbooks placed around the entrance, “they’re always doing this,” she says with a smile.

OUR SPECIAL TIP When you visit Malibu Farm, we recommend you try our favorites such as the Salsa Verde Egg Sandwich for Breakfast, the Cauliflower Crust “Pizza” for lunch and the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna for dinner.

Every cookbook’s page is flipped to a large portrait photo of Henderson holding one of her creations. “Sometimes I’ll be standing here, and everyone is laughing, and then I realize.” Henderson scolds her laughing employees as she promptly flips the pages back. However successful, she remains humble. Henderson hopes to continue her backyard meals in the near future, even as it may seem there is no time to take off from maintaining and expanding the Los Angeles institution. “One day at a time, one foot in front of the other,” she says. “While almost everything has changed, MM everything also stays the same.” Malibu Farm Pier Cafe & Restaurant 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu malibu-farm.com (310) 456-1112

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STEVE CHOI took over the successful family restaurant after his parents ran it together for over 30 years.

HEALTH NUT This fast-casual restaurant on the edge of the valley boasts delicious, healthy options and efficient service as its top priorities for its star studded clientele.

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ord is spreading about this well-kept secret, but Health Nut earned its spot on the map a long time ago. A husband-and-wife team from Korea bought the business 30 years ago as a vitamin store with a grocery section and a small restaurant in the back. But once the internet got its foot in the vitamin industry and locals learned about the homemade food, the business transformed into the full-time eating establishment it is now. Then a couple years ago the Kardashians started eating Health Nut salads on their reality show, and business boomed. Last year, current owner Steve Choi took over from his parents who have since retired. He says they are set apart by a commitment to good taste, healthy ingredients, and care in the kitchen.

HEALTH NUT is located on the border of Calabasas and Woodland Hills just off

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is Health Nut’s most popular dish. The homemade spicy asian dressing is what makes this dish a favorite with so many customers. All of Healthnut’s homemade salad dressings are now also for sale.

“Our lettuce and chicken is all hand-torn. The less materials the lettuce touches the more it stays fresh,” he said. “We have healthy options that actually taste really good. They’re special because of their homemade dressings. That’s what really makes us stand out.” Those homemade dressings include ranch, sesame, an original house recipe and their most famous spicy Asian dressing. Choi’s mother created them back when she and her husband started the restaurant, and still allow customers to pair their favorite flavors with any of their salad options. Efficiency is one of their highest priorities—second only to quality. As a fast-casual restaurant, customers order at the counter and, if they dine in, bus their own tables when they finish. Choi says encouraging that culture means more personal interaction and faster service for the grab-and-go customers stopping through. Health Nut’s recent success led to an expansion to a bigger space a few doors down in the shopping center. Choi says they hope to be fully moved-in before January, one of their busiest months, with customers fulfilling their healthy-eating New Years’ resolutions. MM Health Nut, 23373 Mulholland Dr, Woodland Hills Phone: (818) 222-7391 www.healthnutla.com

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BUI SUSHI opened in 2006 and has been serving local favorites ever since. From its Rock Shrimp Tempura to its famous Black Cod Miso, Bui has garnered a loyal Malibu following. In the new year you can expect delicious menu additions such as Peking Duck Pot Stickers with a special SautĂŠed Squid, Japanese cuttlefish, sesame seeds and miso garlic butter.

SPARROW CAFE This newly opened cafe is gaining local buzz with its healthy, delicious food and community values. Located in the Malibu Racquet Club, Sparrow Cafe offers clean and simple dishes to complement the active Malibu lifestyle. It also has a week long happy hour from 3 to 6 pm with small bites, two dollar tacos and discounted beers and wine.

CAFE HABANA Inspired by the bustling, bohemian space

OLLO brings farm to table dining to Malibu. As a family purveyor of California cuisine with Mediterranean and Italian influences, the restaurant sources of all its ingredients from local farms. Its seasonal menu is constantly changing and current dinner specials include Burrata and Apricots, Truffle Ravioli and a Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Crusted Pizzetta.

of La Habana in Mexico City, Cafe Habana brings the same upbeat and welcoming atmosphere to Malibu. Using only organic ingredients and products free of hormones and GMO’s, Cafe Habana offers clean, healthy Cuban dishes. From salads to tacos Cafe Habana has something for everyone.


RESTAURANT GUIDE Over the next three pages, we will introduce you to the most note-worthy restaurants in Malibu and surrounding areas. From burgers to sushi Malibu has it all. The restaurants marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. AMERICAN

American menu ahead. Standout dishes for dinner include the wild mushroom truffle tagliatelle and veal osso buco. 22821 Pacific Coast Hwy www.vsmalibu.com

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Point Dume favorite Ollie’s offers a range of dishes for every palette in a homey, neighborhood atmosphere. Favorites include the truffle fries and green lentil burger, as well as a classic, well-made margarita. The menu also features some excellent lighter fare such as a a chia bowl with broiled salmon. 29169 Heathercliff Rd., #102, www.olliesduckanddive.com PARADISE COVE BEACH CAFE (310) 457-2503 Few Malibu eateries boast a view quite like Paradise Cove. A perennial favorite of out-of-towners and locals alike, the old-world charm and beachfront location draw in crowds. The kitchen really shines at breakfast, with its out-ofthis-world pancakes and egg dishes. 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.paradisecovemalibu.com V’S RESTAURANT (310) 456-3828 This chic PCH eatery has been a welcome addition to the Malibu dining scene. The beautifully-appointed dining room intimates a sense of the elegant New

BURGERFI (310) 317-0200 The Lumber Yard recently welcomed the first California outpost of this upscale chain, and thus far reviews are good. With ethically-raised angus beef and fresh vegetables, Burger Fi offers classics as well spins on traditional fare, like the Conflicted Burger (one beef and one veggie patty). 3939 Cross Creak Rd. www.burgerfi.com. MALIBU BURGER CO (310) 317-0153 Head to Malibu Burger Co. if you’re looking for your burger with a side of ingenuity. While the eatery offers standards like cheeseburgers, its more unorthodox creations that really shine, including a tuna wasabi burger and the great black and blue burger with blue cheese mousse. 23359 Pacific Coast Hwy, #3874A, www.malibuburgerco.com

HEALTHY

MARMALADE CAFE (310) 317-4242

BURGERS OLLIES DUCK AND DIVE (310) 589-2200

delicious menu. You can’t go wrong with one of their excellent fish dishes. 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.malibubeachinn.com

SUNSET RESTAURANT (310) 589-1007 Located at the end of Westward Beach, Sunset restaurant serves up-scale pasta and seafood amidst its all-around ocean views. 6800 Westward Beach Rd, www.thesunsetrestaurant.com

This SoCal chain is one of the remaining holdouts of old Malibu, having stayed in its location for more than a decade. The food might not score points for creativity, but it’s reliable and decently-priced. 3894 Cross Creek Rd, www.marmaladecafe.com

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OLLO (310) 317-1444 This farm-to-table restaurant is a Malibu brunch favorite. It has a modern, comfy athmosphere and serves some of the best locally sourced foods a longside organic coffee and orange juice. 23750 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.ollomalibu.com GEOFFREY’S (310) 457-1519 Geoffrey’s is the perfect place to go to for a special occasion. The restaurant has sweeping ocean views and was frequented by much of Old Hollywood including stars like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.geoffreysmalibu.com CARBON BEACH CLUB RESTAURANT (310) 460-7509 Head to the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant for excellent views, and stay for the uncomplicated yet

MALIBU FARM (310) 456-1112 The restaurant and cafe duo on the Malibu Pier have quickly turned into a Malibu staple. Both serve locally sourced, farm based dishes with the entire family in mind. The dishes boast healthy and inventive combinations and the views are spectacular. 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.malibu-farm.com VITAMIN BARN (310) 317 4833

KAISHIN (310) 317-9777 For delicious Cantonese food in a stylish setting, head to Kaishin. Their traditional menu offers upscale takes on favorites from orange and kung pau chicken to crab rangoon. 23715 Malibu Rd, www.kaishinmalibu.com MR. CHOW (310) 456-7600 if you’re looking for a side of old school L.A. with your egg rolls, Mr. Chow can’t be beat. And while the it might not be the original Beverly Hills location, it does have the infamous champagne cart. 3835 Cross Creek Rd, www.mrchow.com

Aside from selling almost anything you would ever need health related, Vitman Barn serves a plethora of health juices, smoothies, and one of the best veggie burgers around town. 23823 Malibu Rd #600 JOHN’S GARDEN (310) 456-8377 This has long been one of the go-to places for lunch. John’s Garden specializes in serving customers ginormous salads and delicious sandwiches full of fresh, healthy ingredients while they sit soaking up the sun and watching kids play at the Cross Creek playground. 3835 Cross Creek Rd, www.johnsgardenmalibu.com

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in butter sage sauce. If you feel like dessert, Gravina also makes a homemade daily selection for you to try. 28925 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.gravinamalibu.com

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MEXICAN TRA DI NOI (310) 456-0169 Tra Di Noi is a malibu favorite for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves classic Italian dishes in a laid-back, comfortable environment. 3835 Cross Creek Rd Ste 1e, www.tradinoimalibu.com SPRUZZO’S (310) 457-8282 Right across from Zuma Beach, Spruzzo’s is known for its pizza, family friendly atmosphere and ocean view, heated patio. The Thai Chicken Pizza is recommended. 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.spruzzomalibu.com TRAMONTO BISTRO (310) 317-6769 For a taste of Tuscany on PCH, head to this local neighborhood favorite. With unfussy Italian classics like papardelle bolognese, spaghetti carbonara and a selection of delicious pizzas, this is a perfect spot for a relaxing weekday meal. 22235 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.tramontomalibu.com GRAVINA MALIBU (310) 457-0711 This family-owned Italian restaurant serves authentic pastas, pizzas and more in a warm and friendly setting created to make you feel right at home. Among customer favorites is their homemade spinach ravioli

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CAFE HABANA (310) 317-0300 This Cuban-Mexican restaurant is frequented by celebrities for its up-beat atmosphere, good food like the Baja-style fish tacos and great outdoor seating. 3939 Cross Creek Rd, www.habana-malibu.com CASA ESCOBAR (310) 456-1999 Since 1946, Casa Escobar has been serving authentic Mexican food to its customers. Located right off PCH across from the Malibu Pier, its colorful Latin ambiance makes you travel to Mexico while enjoying the best guacamole and margaritas in town. 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.casaescobar.com CORAL BEACH CANTINA (310) 457-5503 A Point Dume icon since 1979, Coral Beach Cantina has affordable prices, delicious Mexican food and an ambiance that will make you feel right at home. Dinners always begin with crispy tortilla chips and fresh salsa 29350 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.coralbeachcantinamalibu.com

DUKE’S (310) 317-0777 Ocean views, hawaiian sea food and umbrella drinks are all staples at Duke’s. Duke’s infuses seafood classic with true aloho spirit. Especially noteworthy is the Furikake Ahi Steak with shiitake mushrooms and coconut bamboo rice. And if you are looking for a fun hangout on a tuesday night, Duke’s taco tuesdays can’t be beat. 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.dukesmalibu.com MALIBU SEAFOOD (310) 456 3430 This no frills seafood shack has been serving customers with some of the highest quality fish since 1972. The fish n’ chips are a local favorite but if you’re in the mood to cook at home, their fresh fish also comes highly recommended. 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.malibuseafood.com GLADSTONES (310) 454-3474 If you are looking for a place to indulge in fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails all while enjoying sweeping ocean views, Gladstones is the place to go. For 44 years, this restaurant has greeted customers with its family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful sunsets during 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.gladstones.com

FISH GRILL (310) 456-8585 For some of the best fish in Malibu served up in a classic beach setting, head to Fish Grill. This modest eatery offers up a comprehensive menu of grilled and fried fish classics such as fish tacos, sandwiches and fish and chips 22935 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.fishgrill.com MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (310) 454-4357 This world class restaurant serves a variety of food including sushi, steak, and seafood in an elegant atmosphere over the Pacific. Live entertainment further ensure that you are being immersed in the restaurant’s enchanting and sophisticated athmosohere. 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.mastrosrestaurants.com MOONSHADOWS (310) 456-3010 Serving seafood dishes with Asian, Italian, and American influences, Moonshadows is highly recommended for both brunch and dinner if you are looking for a high-class but still fun dining experience.

for a reason. The beach front views are first class and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s inventive dishes are sure to dazzle any customer. 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.noburestaurants.com BUI SUSHI (310) 456-1500 Bui Sushi serves top-quality sushi in a casual, up-scale atmosphere. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy specials like the miso butterfish and the paradise role. 23733 Malibu Rd Ste 700, www.buisushi.com ZOOMA SUSHI (310) 457-4131 For more than 10 years, Zooma sushi has been serving hungry beach goers and locals classic sushi dishes. Some of the highlights include spicy scallops and shrimp and vegetable tempura. 29350 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.zoomasushi.net

THAI

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.moonshadowsmalibu.com

SUSHI

NOBU (310) 317-9140 Nobu is one of Malibu’s most famous restaurants

CHOLADA (310) 317-0025 This small shack on the side of PCH might not look like much, but Choloda has long been a favorite among locals and is packed on the weekends for its standout thai dishes and relaxed atmosphere. 18763 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.choladathaicuisine.com


RESTAURANT TIPS FOR OUT OF TOWN SANTA MONICA

BRENTWOOD

SEASALT FISH GRILL (310) 656-9777 Seasalt might look small from the outside but the fish grill serves some of the best poke in the area. Its dishes are simple, fresh and absolutely delicious. Service is fast and friendly. 508 Santa Monica Blvd, www.seasaltfishgrill.com

FARMSHOP (310) 566-2400 Known for its outstanding brunch, Farmshop is frequented by celebrities and locals alike. Especially recommendable are the deviled eggs with smoked trout 225 26th Street, www.farmshopca.com

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (310) 593-8300

MAMA HONG’S (310) 312-7881

This chic, healthy restaurant focuses on serving customers fresh, inventive dishes in a modern athmospere. It has a large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. 395 Santa Monica Pl. #172, www.truefoodkitchen.com

If you are in the mood for Vietnamese food, Mama Hong’s is the place to go. The restaurant is named in Mama Hong’s honor and serves vietnamese family recipes such as the outstanding rib eye steak banh mi sandwich. 11819 Wilshire Blvd, www.mamahongs.com

BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE (310) 576-3474 A casual-upscale vibe and fresh seafood define Blue Plate. Especially loved are “New England” dishes such as oysters and lobster rolls. 1355 Ocean Ave, www.blueplateoysterette.com JINYA RAMEN BAR (310) 392-4466 This fun, casual restaurant on main street is almost always packed in the evenings due to its delicious ramen and friendly atmosphere.The thick noodles are a crowd favorite. 2400 Main St, www.jinya-ramenbar.com

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BRIGHTON COFFEE SHOP (310) 276-7732 For a taste of old school L.A., head to the Brighton Coffee Shop. Open since 1930, this classic eatery offers up a range of classic diner fare like sandwiches, omelets and pancakes, as well as a few Korean specialties. 9600 Brighton Way, www.brightoncoffeeshop.com SOUTH BEVERLY GRILL (310) 550-0242 To power-lunch like an industry bigwig, head to the South Beverly Grill. Specializing in traditional American dishes, it’s best to stick with the classics here, like their delicious cheeseburger. 122 S. Beverly Dr., southbeverlygrill.com TEMPURA ENDO (310) 274-2201 With meals starting at $150, Tempura Endo might induce sticker shock, but its well worth it. Specializing in perfectly fried, Kyoto-style tempura, the rotating omakase tasting menu features some of the best tempura in the city. 9777 S. Santa Monica Blvd, www.beverlyhills-endo.com

AGOURA

MOMED (310) 270-4444 This modern Mediterranean deli offers classic standbys like avocado hummus to more creative fare, like the fantastic duck shawarma crostini. 233 S. Beverly Dr, www.atmomed.com

LADYFACE ALEHOUSE (818) 477-4566 Ladyface puts an elevated spin on classic Belgian

and French comfort foods such as pretzels, mac and cheese and pommes frites. On the side, they serve an excellent selection of beer and wine. 29281 Agoura Rd, www.ladyfaceale.com LAL MIRCH (818) 312-9690 It’s hard to believe that this popular Indian restaurant used to house Pizza Hut. Now the location serves mouth-watering, classic Indian dishes in an elegant setting at good prices. 5146 Kanan Rd, www.lmdining.com SUSHI RAKU (818) 707-2765 Sushi Raku serves a good combination of sushi classics and speciality rolls. The food is delicious, service is friendly and the price is very reasonable. 5190 Kanan Rd, www.sushirakurestaurant.com

CALABASAS

TAQUERIA LAS VIRGENES (818) 880-4004 Tucked in a Chevron station, Taqueria has long been one of the valley’s best-kept secrets, known for their quick, delicious and well-priced menu. 4807 Las Virgenes Rd,

WESTLAKE

PEARL DISTRICT (805) 230-9944 Valley foodies have long been flocking to this gem, which offers a wide-ranging menu of fresh and seasonal eats from chef Richard DeMane. Specialties include dishes such as the delectable lamb bolognese. 982 S. Westlake Blvd, www.pearldistrictrestaurant.com MOODY ROOSTER (805) 370-3131

HEALTH NUT (818) 222-7391 A favorite to the Kardashians, this healthy, restaurant focuses on fresh, quality ingredients, house-made dressings and efficient service. 23373 Mulholland Dr, www.healthnutla.com

The Moody Rooster offers a menu of small plates with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, served in a tranquil atmosphere. Standouts include a crispy gnocchi with parmesan fondue and a drool-worthy frozen chocolate cream pie. 2891 Agoura Rd., www.moodyroosterwlv.com SUSHI PLANET (805) 379-9844 For well-priced, delicious sushi, Sushi Planet can’t be beat. Sushi such as the Sumo Roll are topped with delicious sausages and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed. 951 S Westlake Blvd, www.sushiplanetwestlake.com

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NOBU RYOKAN HOTEL Malibu opens its doors to the first of the new Nobu Ryokan Hotel collection. These luxurious boutique hotels are the perfect blend of traditional japanese inns and modern elegance.

E ✎ written by Julie Wuellner

STEP INSIDE one of Los

Angeles most exclusive and private new Hotels. The Nobu Ryokan Malibu offers its guests peaceful relaxation while being completely hidden away from the outside world.

ver since opening its doors on Carbon Beach in 2012, Nobu has been one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles. Celebrities and regular folks alike flock to the modern Japanese restaurant. On the weekends, it is often booked weeks in advance. Less known but just as extravagant is the Nobu Ryokan Malibu located just steps away from the restaurant. The Nobu Ryokan Malibu is part of Nobu Hotels Collection, a group of luxury hotels set to be built all around the world in exotic locations. Nobu Ryokan Malibu is inspired by traditional Japanese ryokan inns and aims to seamlessly blend authentic Japanese minimalism with the natural elegance of the California coastline.

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“IT IS LOCATED ON A MAGICAL EDGE, WHERE LAND AND SEA MEET, IN A WONDERFUL SERENE COCOON THAT CREATES A COMPLETELY PRIVATE AND DISCREET GETAWAY” – Lenahan –

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JAPANESE MINIMALISM MEETS CALIFORNIA COASTLINE The beautiful beach-front location seamlessly blends the modern California elegance with traditional Japanese ryokan inns to give guests a peaceful and completely private stay full of luxuries like lush gardens, teak soaking tubs, yukata robes and Italian bed linens.

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NOBU RESTAURANT The Nobu Malibu opened its new location on Carbon Beach in 2012 and quickly became known as one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles due its delicious food, sleek design and A-list celebrity customers.

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CHEF NOBU MATSUHISA has over 40 restaurants stretching all around the globe. The inventive dishes that gave birth to his culinary empire take on a fresh aproach to Japanese fine dining by adding traditionally Peruvian ingredients into the mix. In 1987 he opened his first US restaurant in Beverly Hills, which is still open today.

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hef Nobu Matsuhisa is the mastermind behind the inventive Japanese dishes at the Nobu restaurant. In Malibu, Michelin Star Executive Chef Gregorio Stephenson and Executive Sushi Chef Toshiyuki Shiramizu turn Matsuhisa’s dishes into reality for hundreds of customers every day. Stephenson has been with Nobu Malibu since it opened in 1999 back when it was still located in the Malibu Country Mart and is without a doubt a contributing force to Nobu Malibu’s success. Shiramizu began his journey with Nobu at Nobu Hong Kong in 2000. With his formal training being done in the heart of Japan, his inventive mind along with expertise in Japanese cuisine dazzle customers on a daily basis. The recently opened Nobu Ryokan Malibu is lesser known but perhaps even more luxurious and exclusive than the restaurant. Located right next door on Carbon Beach, guests can enjoy the same breath-taking ocean views along with traditional Japanese luxuries such

as hand-crafted teak soaking tubs, shoji screens, bamboo towels as well as spacious patios overlooking the Malibu Pier. “It is located on a magical edge, where land and sea meet, in a wonderful serene cocoon that creates a completely private and discreet getaway,” designer Todd-Avery Lenahan told hospitalitydesign.com. The boutique hotel has only 16 guest rooms, each priced at least $2,000 per night with a two-night minimum stay. It is impossible to book a stay directly, in fact, the Nobu Ryokan has no phone number you can call for reservations. Instead, guests have to fill out an inquiry form on the Nobu Ryokan website; this ensures complete privacy for guests. There are absolutely no outside visitors or tourists allowed inside the Ryokan. General manager, Janelle Eng told Vogue that, “You go to Nobu and Soho House to be seen – you come to the Ryokan to not be seen”. No luxury is spared for guests staying at the hotel. Each room is entirely unique and offers a whole host of luxuries. Priceless Japanese artwork out of Larry Ellison’s private collection adorns the hotel walls; each room has at least two pieces. In an interview, founder and owner of TAL Stu-


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INVENTIVE DISHES Matsuhisa creates his mouth-watering dishes by combining traditional Japanese flavors with Peruvian ingredients.

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dio Todd-Avery Lenahan tells us, “He has one of the most important private collections of Japanese artwork anywhere in the world.” Meals can be brought over from the Japanese restaurant next door, and guests wishing to head over there are often offered some the best tables in the house. For those looking to be active, there is a brand new fitness center on the premises with state of the art equipment and all Ryokan guests are also welcome to head over to the private Malibu Racquet Club. Responsible for Nobu’s luxurious, minimalistic, Japanese inspired look and feel are architect Todd-Avery Lenahan along with Severine Tatangelo of Studio PCH, Montabla Architects, and CW Eisner. Lenahan describes their approach by saying, “There is a warmth, an ease, and a sincerity to everything about the design and this property is very representative of [Larry

Ellison’s] personal value as it relates to hospitality and the things you should experience in a great resort or in someone’s home.” The Japanese influences on the hotel are countless, “For the bathing areas; Mr. Ellison wanted an extremely reductive and elemental bathing experience that is reflective of the way one would bathe in a Japanese bathroom,” Lenahan says. Studio PCH also tells us they paid special attention to the design of the bathrooms, “Most of the bathtubs have a skylight above allowing light to wash into the bathroom in a way that is almost spiritual. There is a moment in the day when the sun enters through the skylight when you can feel a stillness and calm settle over you. Witnessing this effect in person is a very special moment”. However, being inspired by Japanese inns, the design team had to triumph over various challenges such as tra-

ditional Japanese sleeping arrangements. Lenahan tells us that, “I had a challenge in that, in a traditional Japanese ryokan, the sleeping actually occurs on the floor on tatami mats but obviously our clientele here, as far as Western, we certainly had to accommodate the Western sensibilities for the sleep experience. That is what informs the overall styling of the bed presentation and the other furniture in the room”. The Nobu Ryokan stands on what used to be the Casa Malibu Inn, “The word renovation doesn’t speak to the magnitude of what this was,” Lenahan tells us, “the existing footprints of Casa Malibu Inn and much of its structure was to be integrated as the skeletal bones of the new project, but that is the extent of the Casa Malibu influence on the project”. In 2007 the Inn was purchased for a mere

OWNERS OF NOBU MALIBU HOTEL Along with Executive Chef and Owner, Nobu Matsuhisa, co-owners Ellison, Teper and De Niro all play a fundamental role in Nobu’s success.

LARRY ELLISON is the billionaire CEO of Oracle and owns countless properties in Malibu, including the property that the Nobu restaurant sits on.

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MEIR TEPER the Hollywood film pro-

ducer a long with De Niro convinced Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open the very first Nobu restaurant many years ago.

ROBERT DE NIRO actor, producer, di-

rector, two-time academy award winner and Nobu co-founder has been instrumental in bringing artistry to Nobu.


$20 million by billionaire Larry Ellison who owns a whole host of properties along Carbon Beach as well as the Malibu Racquet Club. Ellison quickly joined forces with Nobu Chef Matsuhisa to create the first of the entirely new Nobu Ryokan branded hotels. Actor and producer, Robert De Nero and producer Meir Teper are also partners in this venture. Matsuhisa told Haute Living that, “Larry Ellison loves Nobu. The first time I met him in one of my restaurants was a long time ago. He loves Japan, and he loves Nobu’s food – he likes the sashimi and crispy rice best, but he really likes everything – so we had something like a marriage. We moved to his property, and he supports us.” Nowadays Nobu Hotels can be found all around the globe. There are hotels located in Miami, Manila and Las Vegas. In the next few years, numerous additional hotels are said to open. These will be located in Ibiza, Riyhadh, Marbella, Los Cabos, Chicago, Toronto, and Bahrain. Nobu hotels worldwide are known for their luxuries, fantastic hospitality, and gorgeous design. In an interview with the New York Times, De Niro said that “I like a hotel that’s got good service. It can be old style or new style, but the service has to be good”. Expanding on the importance of hospitality, Matsuhisa said, “We need to be sure to take care of our guests every minute through check-in, housekeeping, room service. We are taking care of them for several days, maybe a week. For this, we need to have everyone on the team understand the Nobu philosophy and how to make guests happy.” This philosophy has quickly paid off for the hotel brand. After the first Nobu Hotel opened in Las Vegas, it was quickly awarded numerous titles such as “Hottest New Hotel” by CNN Travel and also won the Luxury Travel Advisor’s Award of Excellence.” Other Nobu hotels have been received just as warmly. When asked what is next for the Nobu brand, co-owner, Robert De Niro told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year that, “I’d like to do the Caribbean next. A Nobu MM beach club, hopefully”. Nobu Ryokan Malibu 22752 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu www.noburyokanmalibu.com

OTHER NOBU HOTEL LOCATIONS Luxurious Nobu Hotels can be found world-wide. Among those already open are Miami, Manila and Las Vegas.

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OCEAN VIEWS From the front porch of the villa, you can enjoy sweeping ocean views with your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

REMOTE MALIBU VILLA Get a much-needed break at this completely private Malibu reprieve. Experience “off-the-grid” living and enjoy chic, minimalistic decor with sweeping ocean views.

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The Malibu Villa is one of the oldest standing residences in Malibu today. The original local stonework pairs perfectly with the chic, natural, minimalistic style of the Villa to bring you relaxing and one-of-a-kind stay.

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here are days you just want to unplug somewhere away from the rest of the world, and if camping isn’t your thing, we have just the place for you! John and Evelien Lupo’s Malibu villa, listed through Airbnb for $465 per night, is the perfect place for anyone looking to get away for a few days. The 1,800 sqft villa sits on 10 acres of land in the Santa Monica mountains, has sweeping ocean views and not a single neighbor in site. Built in the 1920s with local stone, it is one of the oldest still standing residences in Malibu. The villa is decorated in a simple, natural, minimalistic style to further bring its guests peace. The entire home is for rent and has two bedrooms and two baths. You can bring up to six people and is perfect for, “couples, solo adventurers, families & pets.” If you choose to book a stay, the Lupo’s aim to give you complete privacy in order to stay true to their vision of the villa as a, “private reprieve from the outside world” and in true “living off the grid” fashion, the home has no cell service, is solar power generated, runs on spring-fed water, has a small wood-burning stove as its only heat source and no AC. GPS directions will lead you 30 minutes in the wrong direction, so it’s best to rely on written directions, but once you get there, the peaceful 1920’s villa will give you the much-needed break you deserve. MM www.airbnb.com, search “The Malibu Villa: Ocean Views & Chic Decor” Phone: (310) 579 590

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HOTEL GUIDE On this page, we will introduce you to the most noteworthy hotels and resorts in Malibu and surrounding areas, whether you want low-key or high-end, Malibu has it all. The hotels marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. MALIBU COUNTRY INN (310) 457-9622

NOBU RYOKAN Set between Carbon Beach and the Pacific Coast Highway, this sophisticated Japanese-inspired hotel owned by acclaimed Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa features limestone walls, wooden soaking tubs, polished Zen-like rooms with garden or ocean views and luxe linens, along with skylights, fireplaces and/or patios. 22752 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.noburyokanmalibu. com

Set off the Pacific Coast Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains, this casual, Cape Cod-style hotel includes unassuming, airy rooms with minifridges and coffeemakers, as well as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. 6506 Westward Beach Rd, www.malibucountryinn.com

MALIBU BEACH INN (800) 462-5428 Situated on the Pacific Coast Highway, this

upscale, boutique hotel on Carbon Beach is a five-minute walk from the Malibu Pier and 12 miles from Santa Monica. The posh rooms all have private balconies and contemporary furnishings, as well as in-room California wine selection. 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibubeachinn.com NATIVE (424) 644-0517 Set in a mid-century building in the Malibu hills off the Pacific Coast Highway, this laid-back motel offers streamlined rooms with private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have private patios that overlook a creek. 28920 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibunative.com

THE SURFRIDER (310) 526-6158

CALAMIGOS GUEST RANCH (818) 575-4400 Nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu Wine Country, Calamigos Ranch is the premier destination for weddings, company events and picnics, private getaways, and more. For 60 years, the ranch has been a rich part of Malibu’s history and is now offers lodging for short-stay visitors. 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, www.calamigosguestranch. com

This plush boutique hotel along the Pacific Coast Highway is newly renovated and includes refined rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus designer linens, as well as bathrooms with rainfall showers. 23033 Pacific Coast Hwy www.thesurfridermalibu. com THE M MALIBU (310) 456-6169 This motel with an unpretentious exterior is a minute’s walk from the beach. The M offers simple, retro-style rooms featuring ceiling fans, wood floors and balconies with ocean views. 22541 Pacific Coast Hwy www.themmalibu.com

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SHORE HOTEL (310) 458-1515 Shore offers modern rooms with private patios 1515 Ocean Ave, www.shorehotel.com

shopping. Plush rooms and suites offer marble bathrooms, separate living areas and fireplaces. 225 N Canon Dr, www.montagehotels.com

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THE ANZA (818) 222-530 This sleek, contemporary hotel is located in Old Calabasas and includes modern rooms featuring pillow-top mattresses. 23627 Calabasas Rd, www.theanzahotel.com

FOUR SEASONS LANAI (877) 215-4897 This hotel is a true gateway to an exotic, private paradise where opportunities for adventure and relaxation abound. www.fourseasons.com

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BEVERLY HILLS THE HUNTLEY HOTEL (310) 394-5454 This upscale, art deco hotel offers sophisticated suites, soaking tubs, and living rooms set with leather chairs or pull-out sofas. 1111 2nd St, www.thehuntleyhotel.com

MONTAGE (310) 860-7800 This luxe Beverly Hills hotel is less than a mile from Rodeo Drive’s upscale

(310) 275-5200 A landmark since 1928, Beverly Wilshire, combines history and glamour in the heart of Beverly Hills – just steps from Rodeo Drive shopping and dining. 9500 Wilshire Blvd, www.fourseasons.com

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Discover a world where time resets and life reinvents — it’s the authentically reimagined Ojai Valley Inn with the storied Wallace Neff Heritage Bar Bar, the lavish new Indigo Pool Pool, and introducing our new signature restaurant, Olivella, where valley-to-table cuisine comes alive with an adventurous California take on Italian gourmet. Reserve a moment today.

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CARLA BATES

PLAYFUL OCEAN PORTRAITS Carla Bates is a long-standing member of the Malibu Arts Association and has been a fine art painter for 21 years. Her focus lies on local Malibu landmarks and the connection between people and the ocean. ✎ written by Molly Strawn

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n a custom home atop the stunning Malibu hills lives the art studio of Carla Marlenée Bates, a graphic designer by trade who made a career out of her passion: painting. The impressionist visionary holds a Fine Arts Degree from California State University in Fullerton, but she started her first few post-collegiate years on a different path. The day after Bates graduated, she was on a plane to Tokyo to pursue a modeling career, something she started doing to pay the bills. She continued her work across Europe until she was 25, deciding that at the end of the day, she was ready for a new challenge. “I wanted to move beyond having my physical appearance define me,” Bates said. Soon after, she went to work for Disney and Euro Disney on the corporate end as an Image Coor-

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is inspired by the connections between people and the elements. The open living room layout of her custom home allows her to work outside while overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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HER SON Sixteen-year-old Declan Bates is an artist as well. He plans on showing his work alongside his mother and turning his designs into t-shirt prints.

THE PROCESS Bates works from real life, taking photos before she starts to paint. She then often edits the photos to get the exact composition she wants.

dinator. Her job was to administer the wholesome “Disney Look” to cast members. It wasn’t long until she realized she was enforcing a dress code policy she wasn’t sure she believed in. Bates says there were aspects of the appearance policy that she felt needed updating. She spent five years campaigning to change the policies she had originally been hired to enforce. Her goal was to be an advocate for the corporate woman and encourage the company to rethink their policies. After achieving success, she left Disney to move to Malibu and marry her husband, Bruce. Before long, she was working to build a souvenir business with her younger sister, Michelle. She was soon designing and selling merchandise all over California. The company quickly took over her family’s lives. She was met with a difficult choice: scale the business to the next level or focus on the next prospect. “I think I had an epiphany one day and said ‘I don’t want to do this anymore. This is not the path I envisioned for my life.’” Bates said. It was during her unrewarding business hustle that Bates stumbled across a new opportunity. “[A parent] asked if I would teach their daughter who was very gifted but they couldn’t really afford [art] lessons,” Bates said. “Before long, I had nine students sitting

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at my kitchen table.” In addition to continuing her art lessons, other jobs were finding their way to Bates’ plate, including freelance graphic design gigs for The Malibu Playhouse and Once Upon A Time Children’s Theater in addition to many others. “It just made sense,” Bates said. “I saw that I could stay home to ART LESSONS raise my two children, create art, teach, For the past become more involved in the commu11 years, Bates has opened her nity, and have a great life. I feel like it’s Malibu home to worked out that way.” For her 16-yearteaching classiold son Declan, living in an artistic cal art to gifted household has been an inspiration to young artists. pursue his own artistic talents. “I would always have something to do,” Declan Bates said. “I could just go into my kitchen and have all the [art] supplies right there.” In the future, Declan plans to show some of his art alongside his mother in upcoming shows, as well as turn his designs into t-shirt prints.


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CARLA’S STUDIO Core to Bates’ life is her family, and she has purposefully followed a career that allows her to stay home. Everything from her outdoor patio overlooking the ocean to her kitchen table has become her studio.

Today, Bates continues to focus on her fine art. She prides herself on being very involved with her local community and capturing the human condition out on the Malibu beaches. She has been a long-standing member of The Malibu Art Association and has been dedicated to painting full time for 21 years. Bates loves to paint people’s connection with the environment that she describes as “playful and contemplative.” “My approach to surf paintings focuses on telling a little story about humans interacting rather than depicting surfers conquering a wave.” OUR SPECIAL TIP An approach she describes as “femIf you’d like to see Carla’s Art on display, you can inine.” She says, “I am inspired both visit Gallery 169 in Santa by the beauty of Malibu and how we Monica in April 2018 connect with nature.” A continuing where she will exhibiting series is titled The Waiting. This sealongside her son Deries, in particular, illustrates surfers clan’s work. They plan to donate part of their sales chatting among the swells waiting to the Surfrider Foundafor that perfect wave. “I want to tion. For more info visit, convey surfers sharing the expewww.carlabatesart.com rience of being immersed in their

environment,” Bates said. After she takes photos of her subjects and composes them as she wants, she gets to work with her acrylics. Depending on the size and complexity of a painting, she can spend upwards of 50 hours on a single project. Other times, her inspiration runs rampant and can be finished in two. She paints both individuals and groups, always working to perfect the capture of both vibrant color and the glimmering light of the ocean. “If I do a portrait, I don’t really want to get a likeness like they’re posing for it. I want to get them in their element doing their thing,” Bates said. “I call those Ocean Portraits.” Classical musician, Maria Newman has been an avid collector of Bates’ work for years. Today, Newman owns over a dozen of her pieces. “I wanted something unique and innovative, and I fell in love with her work. Her sense of what is emanated from the canvas is extraordinary,” Newman said. “I can live inside her paintings. Her work makes me feel alive.” Bates has lived her life by her own moral compass, always letting her happiness guide her career decisions. “I want to bring joy,” Bates said. “Ultimately how you enjoy your life is doing what you love the most,” Bates said. MM

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TORQUATO

SURF MEETS ART As a world traveling and award-winning surfer, artist and filmmaker, much of Mike ‘Torquato’ DeNicola’s inspiration has come from the ocean and his experiences surfing around the globe.

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y the age of 19, Mike ‘Torquato’ DeNicola was surfing for the US team. Later on in his life, the surfer-turned-artist would have his work appear in Marie Claire, FOX, NBC, and Fuel TV. But it all started seven years earlier, in his hometown of Orange County when Torquato first fell in love with the sport of surfing. His passion soon turned competitive leading him to become High School League Champion and then later State Collegiate Champion. After graduating college, it was a no-brainer for the surf enthusiast to go pro, “I was competing with the US National Team at the time and winning on that level as well. I turned pro after college and did the US Pro Tour and traveled internationally through the 90’s.” As the first pro surfer from the US team to


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“I love to be immersed in nature and tune into the environment and its rhythms, patterns, moods. I take in as much as possible and then bring it all back to the studio and do my best to articulate/express it in a manner that passes on the experience to the viewer of the work.�

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graduate from College, Torquato was able to learn how to Mike has recently partbalance his athletic nered with SQN Sport pursuits with his inin Malibu to design ‘Torquato’ althesicreasing desire for urewear. Flip to our creative expression. feature on Page ##. While Torquato has always designed the artwork on his boards, it wasn’t until he started competing internationally that his work developed into the unique style he is known for today. His boards tell the story of his relationship with oceans from all around the globe. His large, colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity found in his surf style through a layered collage of rhythms, patterns, and forms. In Torquato’s words, “I describe myself as a ‘modern primitive artist.’ My work is based on observations and reflections of nature. It’s often colorful and rhythmic, I often think

TOPANGA POINT Mike has lived and surfed in Malibu for 23 years. He says, “The organic rhythms and patterns of nature with the waves, storms and seasons moving down the coast are etched into me.“

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of my work as visual poetry. Over the years my life experience and techniques have developed, as well as my eye and the processes with which I use to create the work. It’s an ongoing exploration and pursuit to create work that inspires and motivates the viewer (as well as myself ) towards something greater.” As an artist, Torquato has had quite a successful career already. Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company

and creating and producing Red Bull’s ‘5X’ series. Aside from that, the artist and filmmaker also produced the award-winning surf documentary, ‘The Westsiders’ and most recently the feature film ‘Chapter and Verse’ which was released in early 2017. His visual artwork has appeared in countless galleries, art fairs, film festivals and TV screens around the world over the past 20 years. If you happen to be in New York, Amsterdam or Maui, you can stop by the Am-


RAILROAD TRACKS STUDIO is located in Lincoln Heights in the heart of LA. In Mike’s words “Its in a very industrial area but once you come inside it feels alive and amazing.”

WHY TORQUATO? Born of

water & stoke, Torquato is the action hero inside of each of us.

REEF PAINTINGS “I take rolls of raw canvas on my surf trips and when the reef is exposed, I wet the canvas and merge it with the reef and use paints to get an imprint of its formation. I like to think of the process as ‘cataloguing nature’s fingerprint.’”

stel Gallery to view his art in person. However, currently Torquato is most thrilled about an installation a lot closer to home, “Right now I am most excited about the Pop–Up in Malibu with SQN Sport. I met Tracey Ross a few months back, and we have been collaborating on this project which includes my artwork and products... ‘From the Reefs to the Streets!’. Even as a busy and successful artist, Mike’s passion for surfing is still very much present in his life today. He tells us,

“I’m now a 50-year-old surfer, and I LOVE to surf. It’s in my blood, and along with my art, it’s what makes me tick. I’m still learning and growing, and it keeps my spirit young, curious, excited and engaged. It helps to balance my life, my work, my health, my priorities. This is what surfing is to ME.” MM Railroad Tracks Studio 1734 N. Main St., Studio 1D, LA, CA 90031 www.iamtorquato.com

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PEPPERDINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 2018 once again brings note-worthy performances to the Pepperdine Campus. From Grammy award-winning musicians to innovative dance groups, these are the January and February events you shouldn’t miss.

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Ezralow Dance Company

Wednesday, January 17 & Thursday, January 18, 8 pm

Starting off the new year at Pepperdine is the Ezralow Dance Company. Led by Artistic Director Daniel Ezralow, the Ezralow Dance Company mingles contemporary dance with playful humor, provocative ideas, striking visuals, and “a fine-scaled, gutsy energy” New York Times in performances that transport the audience to a new dimension with an explosive blend of extraordinary creative fantasy and dramatic emotion.

Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, one of Australia’s most respected guitarists, has a repertoire that spans pop, jazz, blues, gospel, classical, flamenco, and aboriginal styles, winning him hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

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Sunday, January 21, 2 pm

Tessa Lark, Violin Recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, and a recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She is praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi-genre performance.


Sunday, January 28, 2 pm

Dance in Flight

Since their inception in 1948, The Four Freshmen have continued to tour worldwide with their unique blend of harmonic jazz arrangements and big band vocal group sounds. The ensemble has “endured for the simple reason that they are top in their class” CBS.

For over 20 years, Dance in Flight has provided a safe environment for emerging student dancers to cultivate creativity and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. United by their passion for the art of movement,they are dedicated to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry.

The Four Freshmen

Sunday, January 21, 7 pm

Tuesday, January 30, 8 pm

Carrie Newcomer is a conversational songwriter who celebrates the ordinary sacred moments of life and champions interfaith dialogue. Described as a “prairie mystic” Boston Globe with “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” (Austin Statesman), Newcomer has performed around the world for humanitarian efforts, with Boston’s WBEZ naming her one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years.

An award-winning jazz singer and songwriter, Mandy Harvey lost her residual hearing when she was 18. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch, and passion are perfect. Incorporating American Sign Language into her rich performance, Harvey glides from a “breathy jazz standard to growling blues” that gets the audience up on its feet LA Times, and though she can’t hear the applause or her own remarkable voice, she continues to find joy in music and inspire all who can listen.

Carrie Newcomer

January 23 - 27

Hedda Gabler One of the most enduring characters in theatre history, newly married Hedda is struggling with the prospect of a lifetime with her reliable but unexciting husband Tesman. Darkly funny, revealing, and explosive, Hedda Gabler asks us to contemplate the painful differences between expectations and reality.

Mandy Harvey

Wednesday, January 31, 8 pm

Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet A virtuoso trumpeter, Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance on the stage led to his victory at the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. Hailed as “a major talent in the making” Grand Rapids Press, Brandon became the youngest member ever to join the Canadian Brass.

Thursday, January 25, 8 pm

February 21 - 24

Pilobolus

Combining gymnastics, pop dance, and performance art in a whimsical human circus, the innovative dance troupe wears its revolutionary stripes on its sleeves. Like its biologicalnamesake—a feisty little fungus that thrives in farmyards—Pilobolus continues to grow toward the light, expanding and refining its unique methods of collective creativity.

Sunday, February 18, 2 p.

Opera: Pirates of Penzance Time for Three This groundbreaking, category-shattering trio transcends traditional classification, mixing elements of pop, rock, and classical forms. With an infectious energy, virtuosity, and showmanship, Time for Three performs everything from Bach to Brahms to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. February 8 - 10

Join the Pirate King and his apprentice as they once again match wits with the General and his daughters. Hear both casts in Gilbert and Sullivan’s MM most popular operetta. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway Phone: (310) 506-4522 arts.pepperdine.edu

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ART GUIDE On this page, we will introduce you to the most noteworthy art galleries, playhouses and dance studios in Malibu and surrounding areas. The businesse’s marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. film-lovers together for exclusive screenings of critically acclaimed movies, restored classics, and other noteworthy films. 24855 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.mfsreservations.org PEPPERDINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS (310) 506-4522 The Lisa Smith Center for the Arts presents a diverse program of world-renowned and emerging musicians, dance and circus companies, family-friendly events, student productions, and free performances for students. 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.arts.pepperdine.edu MALIBU FILM SOCIETY This volunteer non-profit aims to bring local

MALIBU GALLERY (310) 456-5393 Since 1981, Malibu Gallery Art and Custom Framing has been providing a high level of reliable, personalized service. They offer customers unique custom picture framing along with art work by local artists and photographers.

CANVAS (310) 317-9895

22625 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibugallery.com DANCE STAR (310) 456-3377 Dance Star is a dazzling dance studio located in the heart of Malibu at the beautiful, chic Malibu Lumber Yard overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 3939 Cross Creek Rd www.dancestarmalibu.com MALIBU PLAYHOUSE (323) 960-7711 Malibu Playhouse is a 99-seat theater dedicated to producing professional productions of new plays, musicals and contemporary classics. 29243 Pacific Coast Hwy www.malibuplayhouse.org

GETTY VILLA (310) 440-7300 Step into the ancient world of Greece and Rome as soon as you enter the Getty Villa. Countless antiquities, roman arcitecture, beautifully landscaped gardens lush with species from the ancient world and sweeping ocean views make the Getty Villa a must-see for anyone whether you are just passing through or call Malibu your home. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.getty.edu

CANVAS MALIBU is a concept founded on an appreciation of contemporary art and design. Their mission is to be a reflection of the artistry of the day. 23410 Civic Center Way www.canvasmalibu.com DAVID HINNEBUSCH ARTWORKS (424) 235-5338 This studio, established in 2000 offers live painting, cleared artwork for film and television rentals, art licensing, and prints and of course art sales by contemporary fine artist David Hinnebusch. 29500 Heathercliff Rd www.davidhinnebusch.com

ART TIPS FOR OUT OF TOWN SANTA MONICA

BERGAMOT STATION (310) 453-7535 The retired railroad station houses countless art galleries and is known as a popular art destination. 2525 Michigan Ave, www.bergamotstation.com

18TH STREET ARTS CENTER

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

(310) 453-3711

(213) 621-2766

This non-profit art center is one of the oldest residency programs for artists in California. Head there for vibrant, contemporary art. 1639 18th St, www.18thstreet.org

The iconic MOCA has been one of the greats in the Los Angeles arts scence since its opening in 1979, bringing art lovers some of the most interesting contemporary art exhibits on the west coast. 250 S Grand Ave, www.moca.org

REVOLVER GALLERY (310) 786-7417 This gallery is sure to be a hit for Andy Warhol fans, as the gallery considers itself specialists on the artist. 2525 Michigan Ave, www.revolverwarholgallery. com

THE BROAD (213) 232-6200 From the popular infinity mirror exhibit to the “Untitled Film Still” series, the Broad’s collection of over 2,000 works is sure to spark anyone’s interest. 221 S Grand Ave, www.thebroad.org

ICA LA (213) 928-0833 The recently opened ICA LA aims to support discovery art and is one of the

few kunsthalles in the US. 1717 E 7th St, www.theicala.org

LACMA (323) 857-6000 The LACMA is another must-see in Los Angeles. Its huge collection can keep you busy for days. 5905 Wilshire Blvd, www.lacma.org


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GETAWAYS

One of California’s most historic and luxurious resorts, the Ojai Valley Inn is a perfect getaway for Malibu residents looking for a quick and relaxing vacation.

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ucked into the rolling hills of Ojai Valley is one of Southern California’s most historic gems. Opened in 1923, the Ojai Valley Inn is a five-diamond, full service resort that is a secluded yet accessible getaway, located just over 50 miles north of Malibu. The inn is most known and loved for its unique and highly luxurious spa along with its PGA approved golf course. With activities that range from active to relaxing and rooms from modest to extravagant, the Inn accommodates just about anyone — couples, families, and large groups alike. After closing in response to the nearby wildfires in December, the Inn underwent a


GETAWAYS

FANCY A DIP Soak up some rays at one of the two dazzling Ojai Valley Inn pools. Poolside dining options, including cocktails and craft beers are available at both pools.

GOLF the picturesque Ojai Country Club is a championship course that has been the location of several PGA Senior Tours.

thorough restoration and will be fully rejuvenated upon its reopening on January 11. Thankfully, the fires did not reach Ojai and no damage was sustained to the iconic resort. The Inn’s rooms and suites are luxurious but maintain a certain charm, with Spanish and Mediterranean inspired bathrooms and majestic views of the Inn’s beautiful surroundings. High rollers can book a stay in one of the Inn’s penthouses or even rent out Casa Elar, a private, fully

staffed five-bedroom estate that encompasses over 10,000 square feet. Regardless of where you stay, you will of course have in-room dining options, but you’re going to want to check out the many restaurants located in the Inn’s friendly confines. Enjoy traditional Italian fare with a twist at Olivella paired with a fine cocktail from the Wallace Neff Heritage Bar. For beer lovers, head over to Jimmy’s pub for a selection of locally sourced microbrews on tap. On weekends, treat yourself to the

buffet at The Oak, or go out for some ice cream at Libbey’s Market. In case that’s not enough, the Inn offers poolside dining at the Pixie and Indigo pools. No matter where you are in the Ojai Valley Inn, you can be assured you’re within walking distance to some insanely delicious food. The resort’s crowning jewel, its 33,000 square-foot spa, features some of the most unique, refreshing, and luxurious experiences in the entire country. Consistently listed in in the country’s top spa lists


NATURES BOUNTY The natural beauty of Ojai is ever present throughout the Inn’s grounds. Take in the spacious views from each room or explore outside the Inn for breathtaking hikes and adventures

FIT FOR A KING Each room at the Ojai Valley Inn merges elegance with charm. Complete with in-room iPads and Egyptian cotton bedding, your comfort is ensured regardless of which room you’re in.

by numerous publications including National Geographic, USA Today, and Travel & Leisure Magazine, there is no shortage of ways to escape the tumultuous stresses of your everyday life at the Ojai Valley Inn spa. The spa’s specialty is its variety of spiritual experiences and treatments, most notably led by its resident Spiritual Counselor Nancy Furst. Inspired by the Native Americans that originally inhabited the land the Inn sits on, Furst leads you on a journey to find your path in the world,

whatever it may be. An experience that is truly unique to each visitor, you’re going to want to book a session with Furst in advance, as she is only available on Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition to Furst, the Inn has its own Energy Alchemist and Oracle, Nicola Berman. Berman is able to provide personal illumination, a journey through the stars, or spiritual counsel through her various sessions, which like Furst, are best booked in advance. The spa also has several other treatments in-

spired by the indigenous Chumash Native Americans. For the Kuyam Experience, a signature treatment at the Inn, a Chumash elder leads you through self-application of nutrition-rich desert clay and inhalation therapy in intense dry heat. The Inn can proudly claim to be the only place to provide the Kuyam Experience in the United States. In addition, you can immerse yourself in sound therapy, a one-of-a-kind experience that directly impacts your mind, body, and soul. If, however, you are more interested in a more traditional spa experience, Ojai Valley Inn has you covered as well. More traditional spa treatments include a fully stocked apothecary, where you can create your own custom essential oil-infused massage oil, which is then used for an aromatherapy full-body massage. You can also replenish your skin with a 100-minute Shangri-La treatment session with lavender and honey collected from the resort’s grounds. For one of the most personal spa experiences in California, book a stay in their spa penthouse, a 1,500


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WHAT STRESS? Melt away all of your stresses at the Inn’s world-renowned spa.

YIN & YANG Find the perfect balance of relaxation and fitness through the spa’s many features — from its soul-connecting Kuyam experience to its numerous fitness classes.

square-foot private room with direct access to the spa and majestic views of the serene, and often believed to be spiritual Ojai landscape that surrounds you. Through the Inn’s Discover Center, even the most active guests can find things to do. There you can learn about and plan the numerous outdoor activities Ojai has to offer — including stunning hikes, equestrian and bike rides, and adventures on the water ranging from kayaking to deep sea fishing. The Inn’s proximity to Lake Casitas and the Pacific Ocean offer a variety of options for both freshwater and saltwater enthusiasts. Guided private and group hikes as well as geo-caching are available as well, just be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. If you prefer to stay on hotel grounds, there is still plenty to do for the fitness minded. Play a game of tennis or hit the gym at their state-ofthe-art fitness center. The Discover Center allows you to plan out an entire itinerary, complete with a personal experience planner that will guide you through each activity and ensure an optimal adventure. The Inn’s “Winter Renewal” activity guide for the month of January features a variety of mind body fitness classes including

yoga, Pilates, meditation, and spin class to both relieve stress and stimulate your body. After working up a sweat, indulge in a relaxing forest bathing session at Ojai’s Meditation Mount, which guests can book through the spa. California has long been a destination for golfers from all around the world and Ojai Valley is no exception. The Inn is home to the world-class Ojai Country Club, which has hosted several Senior PGA Tour events in the past. The pristine golf course is suitable for all levels of golfers, and is a member of the Great Golf Resorts of the World. Finally, after a refreshing day filled with relaxing spa activities, fun-filled outdoor adventures and a round of golf, end the day by watching the famous Ojai sunset. Known as the “Pink Moment”, the sunset in Ojai is anything but ordinary. As dusk approaches, the coastal valley landscape becomes draped in a pink hue, a mesmerizing moment that can’t be done justice by words or pictures alone. So whether you’re looking for a family vacation or a quick mid-week getaway, look no further than just up the coast at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. MM


OJAI VALLEY GUIDE On this page, we will introduce you to the most noteworthy stores, hotels, art, wellness centers and gyms in Ojai. No matter what you are looking for, Ojai has it. The places marked with hearts are our highly recommended editor’s picks. SHOPPING

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influences, with dishes like steamed mussels in a Thai broth, and sautéed cornish game hen with apricot sauce. 502 W Ojai Ave, www.suzannescuisine.com

as a means of bringing together five independent and struggling arts organizations in Ojai under one roof. 113 S Montgomery St, www.ojaiartcenter.org

OSTERIA MONTE GRAPPA (805) 640-6767

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM (805) 640-1390

FIG CURATED LIVING (805) 646-6561 This sun-soaked, artfully curated little shop perfectly embodies Ojai’s special brand of magic and takeit-easy vibe. Find a little bit of everything: handcrafted home & garden decor, glassware, bags, locally made jewelry, candles and so much more 327 E Ojai Ave, www.figojai.com

THE CAPRI OJAI (805) 646-4305 The Capri is a 30-room renovated mid-century modern hotel. Built in 1963, it is within walking distance of historic downtown Ojai and surrounded by the beautiful and serene Topatopa Mountains. 1180 E Ojai Ave, www.hotelojai.com

If it’s a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, general consensus is that you’ll find the best Italian food at Osteria Monte Grappa. With their rustic menu full of italian dishes, you really can’t go wrong. 242 E Ojai Ave, www.omgojai.com

IN THE FIELD (310) 403-4292

THE OAKS AT OJAI (800) 753-6257 The Oaks at Ojai is the only spa wellness resort in the US designed for women over 40 with the intention to help you get healthy and stay healthy. They offer a daily breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring locally sourced products. 122 E Ojai Ave, www.oaksspa.com

This up-scale restaurant offering California fare, including homemade bread and site-grown herbs is perfect for anyone looking for a sophisticated dinner experience with a touch of romance. Don’t forget to look at their extensive wine list. 102 Besant Rd, www.theranchhouse.com

This lifestyle boutique brought to you by husband and wife team, Channon & Bianca Roe has a sophisticated vibe with modern & bohemian clothing for all ages, plus accessories & home goods. 730 E Ojai Ave, www.inthefieldojai.com CATTYWAMPUS CRAFTS (805) 633-9222 Cattywampus Crafts was envisioned as an inspiring gathering place and resource for craftspeople and artisans by ownvers, Kirk and Ana. It truly is a celebration of creativity and handmade living. 209 W Ojai Ave, www.cattywampuscrafts. com

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The Ojai Valley Museum collects and exhibits art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to the history, art and culture of the Ojai Valley. 130 W Ojai Ave, www.ojaivalleymuseum.org

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THE RANCH HOUSE (805) 646-2360

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OJAI ART CENTER (805) 646-0117 The concept which became the Ojai Art Center was first suggested in 1936

ARROW HEART YOGA (805) 669-8143 The genuine and affable yoga studio located in the Meiner’s Oaks area, prides itself on the ability to teach students and practitioners in a comfortable, relaxing setting. Classes are slightly heated to make stretching even more safe and fun. 143 W El Roblar Dr, www.arrowheartyoga.com VITALITY FITNESS OJAI (805) 216-4331

THE DAY SPA OF OJAI (805) 640-1100 The therapists at The Day Spa of Ojai are highly trained to recognize and apply our various treatments and products to your specific needs to make you feel the best that you can. 209 N Montgomery St, www.thedayspa.com MEDITATION MOUNT (805) 646-5508

SUZANNE’S CUISINE (805) 640-1961 This pleasant Ojai bistro doles out tasty American fare with Italian and French

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Enjoy the beauty and serenity of this spiritual sanctuary. Group meditations are held each month at the time of the full moon to call in and pour forth blessings to our world. 10340 Reeves Rd, www.meditationmount.org

Vitality Fitness workouts are carefully and strategically planned to help you reach your optimum fitness level. Their knowledgeable and friendly trainers will coach you through all workouts to make the experience fun and motivating. 406 Bryant Circle, Ste O, www.vitalityfitnessojai.com MMA AND BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU (805) 798-5564 One of the largest BBJ and MMA schools in Ventura, this gym has a wide variety of classes including wrestling, judo, kickboxing and western boxing. The gym is set up in a family style that welcomes all practicioners and newbies to come try a class with them. 519 N Ventura Ave www.ojaivalleymma.com


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REAL ESTATE WHAT’S HOT ON THE MALIBU MARKET Kimmels $80 Million Mansion (Pages 168 & 173)

22576 Carbon Mesa Rd (Pages 188 & 189) Malibu’s leading Real Estate Experts about the trends of 2018.

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Luxury homes for Sale January / February From Broad Beach to Las Tunas Canyon, Malibu real estate is hotter than ever. Here we highlight some of the most impressive listings from around our community, as well as catch up with local real estate agents to get an idea of what to expect in 2018. Las Tunas Beach Cre

Calabasas Luxury Real Estate (Page 186 & 187)

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19214 PCH (Page 192)

Hidden Hills on Bill Cody Rd (Pages 186 & 187)

Scott Gillen – Builder, Thinker, Creator.

Serra Retreat’s Black House (Pages 178 & 179)

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THE NEW CASTLE: 23800 Malibu Crest Drive

THE WHAT: 24687 Pacific Coast Highway

THE WHO: 24689 Pacific Coast Highway

THE MALIBU ROAD #3 HOUSE

SCOTT GILLEN

BUILDER, THINKER, CREATOR With a price of $80 million, the new Malibu Castle is the most expensive real estate developement in Malibu to date. MM sits down with the man behind the impressive construction.

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ince 1978, a luxurious home with Scottish towers and turrets sat atop a mountain overlooking Malibu Colony, Catalina Island, and the Santa Monica Bay. “Princess” Lilly Lawrence, daughter of an exiled oil minister, threw lavish parties there and called it “Castle Kashan,” though Malibu residents knew it lovingly as “Malibu Castle.” That was until 10 years ago, when the

photographed by Julie Wuellner

Malibu Canyon fire leveled it, destroying centuries-old chandeliers, millions of dollars in artwork and furniture, and a jewelry collection said to be second only to Queen Elizabeth’s. The 17-million-dollar property sat empty for eight years until developer Scott Gillen bought it in 2015 for just under 10 million dollars. He began to work on an idea for a new castle where the beloved landmark once stood. After he


SCOTT GILLEN is a man of many talents, he even created his own line of sunglasses.

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bought the property he tripled his original budget to build his “New Castle,” making it the most extravagant home he has ever built. Within the ashes of the old castle was a loophole that allowed Gillen to build the most expensive home in Malibu to date. Since the Malibu Castle burned down, the project is exempt from modern zoning regulations as long as it stays within the boundaries of the original house, making it truly one of a kind. But Gillen says it’s not just about size. “It’s large but it’s also very intimate. You’re not yelling across to the other side. Even though it’s big it still is a very intimate environment.” It’s also all about detail, he says. Down to the books on every shelf. “The struggle when you’re buying books,” he says, “is to make sure that they look good where they sit but also to make sure that there’s something good to actually read.” And between the detail, the quality, and the size, Gillen says the price tag is well worth it. “When people question the price of the house, they need to look at the quality of the house and this house is probably the highest quality that you’ll see,” he says. The “New Castle” boasts 15,000 square feet of living space. The 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom main house is 10,500 square feet and lined with dry-aged oak floors, and doors and cabinetry with a custom teak finish. In addition to a 4,000 squarefoot guest house, amenities include a master suite with a soaker tub, a 120-ft great room, game room, gym, humidor,

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‘PRINCESS’ LILLY LAWRENCE AND THE ORIGINAL MALIBU CASTLE The Malibu Castle was a 10,000 square foot mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its owner, Lilly Lawrence, the daughter of an exiled Iranian oil minister bought it in 1998 for $3 million. At the time it was destroyed it was listed for $17 million

THE NEW CASTLE After striving for perfection, Gillen found beauty in the consistent inconsistencies of the handmade glass tiles that make up the infinity pool at the New Castle. He believes it turned out even better than he expected.


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spa, and a fully-stocked wine room. In case that isn’t enough, there is also a home theater opening to the 75-ft infinity pool, with a waterfall that flows down a full story to the home’s lower level. For the price of $80 million he even throws in custom furniture valued at over $1 million, and a year of concierge services. Gillen says behind all the luxury in every property is a consideration for livability, a consistent flexibility, and a constant pursuit of “wow’s.” “My formula is that I build every house like I would live in it and I think that is the success.” But part of that means deviating from the blue prints. “I’m a design-build kind of guy so what happens is I build a box and I have an idea of the inside,” he says. “But I really let the project speak to me as it evolves.” All throughout New Castle there are evolutions like these, which Gillen calls afterthoughts. One of those afterthoughts is a $100,000 steel hanging art piece that covers a blank wall. Another is the first thing you see when you walk through the front door. Only after construction began did he think to put a wine cellar in the entry way, made with over $1 million worth of teak wood. He did it to create another “wow.” “I’m looking for moments. It’s important that you look at it and just go, ‘wow,’” he says. “The idea is to catch as many wows as you can.” Those wows include the wine cellar, the expansive ocean views once you reach the living space, the width of the open floor plan, and the viewpoint from the lower

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STYLE This is the style of a typical Scott Gillen Home: large, open floor plan, south-facing and lots of teak wood.

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deck where you can see the mountains in Malibu Canyon, the ocean, and Malibu’s iconic Serra Retreat a strong stone’s throw away. While putting the finishing touches on the “New Castle,” Gillen bought 24 acres along the Pacific Coast Highway for $50 million, making it the most expensive undeveloped land in Malibu to date. He bought it after joint venture partners spent 11 years working on obtaining coastal development permits that would allow homes to be built there. The lot sits in the exclusive Malibu Colony neighborhood. He told The Real Deal that it will have “the most spectacular views that anybody has ever seen.” “The codes are changing dramatically here,” he told us , “The Case was a big deal for me because you can’t get those homes anymore.” This will also be the first multi-home development Gillen will build. He said they will each be made in a mid-century modern style. In an October interview, Gillen said the renderings of The Case will be released in the next couple months. The 24-hour guarded, gated community will have 5 single-family homes all between 10,500 and 13,500 square feet on lots ranging between 2.45-5.78 acres. The community, which he is calling “The Case,” is scheduled to be on the market by around 2020. The asking price for a home in The Case? A mere $40-$60 million. Scott Gillen is a man of many talents. He has developed dozens of properties

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THE CASE What is now a barren bluff will serve as the site for Gillen’s first multi-home development. The Case is just across Malibu Canyon Rd. from Pepperdine University and is on track to be finished by 2020. Gillen plans on building five homes that will sell for $40-$60 million each.

RECORD BREAKING Gillen spent $50 million on the 24 acres of undeveloped land with breathtaking ocean views

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that total $130 million in sales. And yet, he doesn’t consider himmeans you should reach for a light switch and it should be there self a developer first. Gillen says his “real job” is as a filmmaker because you think it should be there,” he says. “So everywhere that and director. He devoted 17 years of his life to directing commeryou grab that you should see something, it should be there. That cials and television shows before he ever dipped his foot in real to me is ergonomics.” With ergonomics in mind, Gillen carefully estate. In that time, he shot more than 120 commercials for clidetermines the placement of rooms and appliances, the angle of ents like Lincoln-Mercury, Mercedes-Benz and GMC. But even his windows, and the exact height of each stair to make walking as when he’s building houses, his background in film always influeasy as possible: 6 1/8 inches. ences what he does. “As you shoot you’re composing a shot, so as I Today, Gillen juggles his roles as a director and builder. He build I compose, and I’m always composing a shot, so it’s a matter founded his development company, Unvarnished, for his housof artistic value of everything I see. I want to make sure that that ing projects. Two years ago he was one of three employees there, has a perfect composition to it,” he says. That also means Gillen’s and today the company is 15 strong. While he spends much of his houses always face south, his kitchens are on the right to capture time in real-estate, he continues to work behind the camera as the sunrise in the east, the dining rooms are on the left to capture a director and producer. Recently, he has worked on episodes of the sunset, and the house rarely television shows like “Build or sits in shadow. “Being the film Bust” and “Setup,” as well as the background I have, we always 2017 movie, “Carbon Canyon.” work with the sun so natural And when you ask him what lighting is better,” he says. he does when he isn’t working, Behind all his work he says he he smiles like he has a secret. “I finds passion in starting with love what I do, this isn’t worknothing and making someing,” he says. “I think every day thing great. He enjoys making that I wake up and go to work I cars, bikes, homes, commerdo my hobbies so I build houscials, and TV shows. Photos es, I build cars and furniture, I of his 1930s Fords sit next to toy with glasses, jewelry, what multi-million-dollar SoCal have you.” He joked that his homes that he has developed. doctor said he has to smoke “I live to create, and so for years at least three cigars per day. I’ve put everything I am, every He also loves to grow tea, and single day, into turning ideas in ten years he hopes to have and dreams—mostly my own— a big, big boat. He also is an into reality,” he writes on his avid collector. “I like to collect DURING OUR TOUR Gillen points out the individually hand-poured tiles that make up the 75-foot infinity pool. website. “What these projects things, but my wife doesn’t like have in common is my absolute the things, so I have them in a dedication to a hands-on, hand completely separate building, a build process.” From Gillen’s building of things that are not passion to create came an inspiration nearly 20 years ago to move allowed in the house. I’m going to fix that soon though,” he says. beyond what he could make with a camera. During his time as a Gillen has built homes throughout Southern California but works filmmaker, Gillen experienced a contract dispute that forced him primarily in Malibu, where he has lived for the past thirty years. to take a break from commercials for a year. Unlike what his peers Now, he’s focused on his new project, a neighborhood he’s calling might have done, he took this setback and used it as an opportu“The Case.” This time around he is working with architect Richard nity to try his hand at building a house. And so, he did. The first Landry, who has worked on some of the largest mansions in the house he built was in Venice, on the neighborhood’s iconic AbLos Angeles area. His agent, Sandro Dazzan of Coldwell Banker, bott Kinney Boulevard. He sold that first property fourteen years says that was the largest purchase ever for an undeveloped piece ago, and at the time it sold for the highest price in that street’s of land in Malibu. But for now, he says New Castle holds the tihistory. He quickly discovered a passion for building homes. tle for his best yet. “I think this is my favorite project. I think that As a self-described control freak, he enjoys being able to create every project I do evolves so each project I finish is my favorite without having to answer to anyone else. “I like to create things project,” he says. “It sounds crazy but it’s true, I think this house and make things that nobody else does,” Gillen says. As he walks is spectacular.” MM around to show the highlights of his New Castle, there is an apparent dedication to both utility and aesthetics. From the patio Scott Gillen’s Unvarnished to the kitchen to the thermostats in each room, one word kept 3806 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA popping up in his descriptions: ergonomic. “Ergonomically to me Phone: (424) 346 2616, www.scottgillen.com

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TRACY TUTOR MALTAS Douglas Elliman

CHRIS CORTAZZO Coldwell Banker

SHEN SCHULZ Sotheby’s

2018 is going to be all about servicing ultra-high net worth clients and new development projects in Malibu Malibu is, and always will be, one of the most exclusive, sought out, neighborhoods in Los Angeles. In the past year, the massive deals and developments popular in Beverly Hills have taken over the Malibu Market. Examples include the sale of David Geffen’s estate for $85 million, the recent deal of Kurt Rappaport’s estate, currently in escrow for $120 Million. Historically, this is unprecedented, as the California Coastal Commission, has been tough on developers and homeowners that have tried to build in Malibu. But, this recent trend of higher priced sales and bigger projects, has shifted the tides. These spec mansions are catching up to the demands of the ultra-high net worth buyers and sellers are beginning to reevaluate what they are sitting on.

I feel the 2017 trend will continue into 2018 with buyers seeking architectural and mid-century-style homes. There are those still looking for larger, private estates, but I’ve also seen a shift in buyers who want smaller, well-designed homes with exceptional views. I know Malibu will be strong in 2018, but Malibu Colony has been the “hot” area for me with seven sales in 2017. Malibu’s proximity to the city has become even more desirable for buyers who want a casual beach lifestyle with incredible public schools, world-renowned restaurants, and beautiful hiking trails.

The market is good! Malibu home sales in 2018 are expected to be nearly the same growth and rate of sales as 2017. Southern California home prices are expected to rise at roughly the same pace in 2018 and to match the statewide median. There is a tech boom between Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Monica but not that much overflow into the beach areas of Malibu for the Tech buyers. Mostly we are seeing buyers from the entertainment and other businesses buying their dream homes in Malibu. It’s still a great family town, especially in the Malibu West, Malibu Park and Point Dume Neighborhoods. We’re a small town with good schools, less traffic, a lot of community events and a lot of room for growth. International buyers are expected to continue to be interested in California in the coming years.


for 2018?

Malibu has long been one of the hottest, most exclusive markets in the US. We caught up with some of the most influential agents in the area to get their take on real estate trends in 2018.

JEFF CHERTOW Pinnacle I’ve been a realtor in Malibu for 30 years. Malibu real estate in 2018 will look similar to 2017, so it should be a record year. Malibu is and always will be one of the finest places in the world to live. The incredible weather and close proximity to one of the biggest cites in the world are what attracts buyers to want to own a slice of Malibu. Malibu is a finite commodity with very little new construction. Malibu Public Schools have been a big selling point the last several years and this trend should continue. I have seen more and more in-town buyers coming to Malibu to raise their families. Most of these buyers do it for our incredible lifestyle. It seems that most buyers are now spending more time working from home and less time commuting to town. To sum it up up: Malibu real estate is hands down one of the best lifestyle choices and investments in the world.

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN Compass We have recently moved brokerages to Compass, an amazingly innovative, new luxury real estate/ tech hybrid. The company’s proprietary technology brings actionable intelligence and transparency to real estate, empowering both the consumer and the agent to make decisions smarter and faster. We feel strongly that Compass will be a leader in the Los Angeles luxury real estate market. Starting in 2017 and leading into 2018, the clientele for our local market is becoming more sophisticated, with a substantial amount of relocation occurring from affluent markets outside of our local area. Los Angeles will remain one the most sought-after residential real estate markets in the world.

MAURICIO UMANSKY The Agency In recent years, Malibu has experienced an uptick of investment in both the residential and commercial real estate spheres. We have seen scores of high-end restaurants and retailers establish outposts in Malibu, and the residential real estate market is booming with numerous multi-million dollar homes sold. Myself, Billy Rose and Savills Studley are currently listing the Perenchio Family’s Malibu Portfolio - comprising more than 70 acres across eight expansive residential and commercially zoned parcels in Malibu. This transaction will be monumental for Malibu as it is the first time the land has been offered for sale in more than 30 years, and its new stewards will play a significant role in shaping the city’s future. We can expect to see more high-priced homes come to market and trade for record-breaking prices, and we anticipate more brands will seek space to set up shop.


HOMES ON THE MARKET


6962 WILDLIFE RD This iconic 4 acre Malibu estate offers a rare combination of land, location, beauty, architecture & a fabulous celebrity provenance. POINT DUME BLUFFS MALIBU A Secluded Modern Masterpiece by Edward R. Niles

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or philanthropists Caroline and Sidney Kimmel, houses are like chapters bookmarking different seasons of their lives. Their current home by modernist architect Edward R. Niles is an autobiography told in intersecting triangles of wood and glass that point like arrows to the sea, representing a blissful decade spent atop Malibu’s majestic Point Dume Bluffs. Caroline, who had grown up in Malibu, was immediately drawn to the property’s voluminous spaces, indoor-outdoor qualities, private beach access and coveted position above Little Dume, where she surfed as a young girl. “For me, it was full circle and back to where I grew up,” she says. She first become intrigued by the property after seeing an advertisement in a 2007 edition of View, although they had “no intention of buying a home in Malibu” at the time. Still, the couple was curious. Sidney’s work as a film producer had meant they were spending more time in New York and Los Angeles, and less time at their prized West Palm Beach home. Maybe there was a possibility this oceanfront oasis could replace it? A tour of the secluded four-acre modern masterpiece was all the nudge they needed. Entering the magnificent estate for the first time, Caroline was awestruck. A private and gated redbricked motor court curved under a canopy of coral trees, guiding them through a verdant garden to what Caroline calls a “work of art.” Niles — who had designed the house in 1978 for the Schmidt family — had angled the main residence to capture the most cinematic views possible and amplify the vibrant West Coast light. “Every room was a triangle or contained intersections of triangles,” she recalls. The double triangle shaped living room was an immediate standout. Sunbursts of light pierced through the 30foot high glass ceiling and wooden fretwork above, creating a dramatic dappled effect across the original marble floors and indoor arboretum. Glass walls on both sides of the living room opened completely to the outside, where a stone bluff terrace captured views of the entire Santa Monica Bay stretching from Paradise

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A spectacular 16 ft sunburst creates a dramatic presence to the grand triangular living space.

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The Kimmel estate houses many important pieces from their personal collection.

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Conversations abound in the comfortable living area with Pacific Ocean & coastline views.

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MASTER BEDROOM A gorgeous suite with fireplace overlooks the Pacific & encompasses the entire second floor.

PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEWS Take in ocean breezes & breathtaking surroundings while dining al fresco.

Cove to Queens Necklace. She could hear the sound of a waterfall cascading into a koi pond below, near the pool and sun deck. Anchored by a sunken indoor copper-and-glass firepit, the living room flowed effortlessly from formal to informal with a swanky upper lounge and a black marble and Asian-themed bar. Despite some signs of deferred maintenance, “there was a lot of sex appeal,” she recalls. The Kimmels hadn’t given much thought to the seller’s identity until they walked across the street and toured the property’s adjoining two acres consisting of manicured rose gardens and grounds, as well as a championship tennis court/viewing area and pavilion with two separate guest suites, kitchen, gym/locker room and sauna. Their first clue arrived in the pavilion: a collection of photographs depicting celebrities who had appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” When the Kimmels reached the tennis court, the listing agent pointed to a plaque on a green bench. “We were told that the bench was a gift from NBC to Johnny upon his retirement, and the bench was from Wimbledon,” recalls Caroline. “That’s when we realized. This was Johnny’s home. As we walked back to the main residence, we noticed the security station and learned that Johnny was an early morning tennis player. This home had been his personal sanctuary and his fortress of solitude.”

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BACKYARD SERENITY A magical waterfall cascades into the pond of ancient koi that have resided at the property for over 30 years.

It took the couple — serious fans of Carson, who passed away in 2005 — about 10 minutes to decide to purchase the property. Having worked previously with Thierry Despont on four other homes, Caroline had developed an eye for decorating. She quickly took up the charge of styling their new Malibu home. She hired a team led by I. Grace Construction, with May Sung and Chris Barrett managing the architecture and design. Carson’s widow, Alex, was kind enough to give Caroline early access for measurements. She zipped back and forth between L.A., New York and their Palm Beach home, making selections of textiles, furnishings, antiques and art from their personal collection. One fortuitous find from Manhattan’s Newel gallery ended up anchoring the living room to near perfection: a massive gold sunburst stretching nearly 16 feet across the ceiling. “Suddenly the living room felt balanced,” she says. “At dusk, beams of light shine right on the gold orb. It creates a lot of drama.” She left the original floorplan largely intact, which included the main level living room and lounge areas, a light-filled formal dining room, a chef’s kitchen, as well as a lower entertainment level with an outdoor lounge, a wood paneled media room and bar, a wine cellar and casual indoor/outdoor dining room. Her only modification came with the master suite, which encompasses the entire second floor. She added a “his” bathroom and walkin wardrobe, with deep wooded tones and onyx surfaces, which


PARK-LIKE GARDENS Landscaped to perfection, the rose gardens feature pathways to stroll throughout the property.

TENNIS COURT The championship tennis court creates perfect balance within the outdoor gardens.

connect to a private office. She also incorporated a “her” bathroom suite, highlighted by an expanse of stone, artisan tile and Jacuzzi soaking tub, in addition to an impeccably detailed walk-in closet, oceanfront terrace and separate glass-enclosed office. Considerable attention was paid to creating grounds that feel lush and tropical as you meander through gardens, mature trees and stone pathways leading to the beach. A rich palette of green, highlighted by a brilliant festival of colors from various flora that change with the seasons, provided the canvas for the couple’s coveted sculptures by Rodin, Miró, Giacometti and many others — which Caroline thoughtfully arranged on the property to look as if they were one with their earthly surroundings. The massive undertaking took Caroline less than four months to complete. “I never showed the property to Sidney again until the day we moved in,” says Caroline. “I’ll never forget his reaction. He was so happy he moved me to tears. It was the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us.” Today, the property functions as part-retreat and part-business center, where Sidney can carry on meetings or host film-related lunches with actors, directors and producers. The Kimmels have hosted many memorable dinner parties over the years in their dining room. Earlier this year, they transformed their living room into a grand event space for 60 people as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of Kimmel Scholars, a program that takes the best

INDOOR/OUTDOOR GYM & PAVILION Boasts state-of-the-art equipment, locker room, 2 bedrooms, kitchen & fireplace.

and brightest in cancer research and gives them a start in building their labs. Perhaps it was just this kind of party that set Carson on his path of ownership on Point Dume 33 years ago. Carson’s memory still lives within the angled walls. His koi still swim in the pond to this day. The tennis court bench still bears his namesake. The Kimmels’ deep sense of stewardship and respect for his legacy will endure with the property, long after they have left and the new owners start their next chapter. Copy written by Alyson Pitarre. Tennis court & garden photos by Douglas Friedman, all other photos by Mary E. Nichols.

$81,500,000

LINDA MAY

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Beds

Hilton & Hyland linda@lindamay.com

10.5 Baths

7,083 Sq. Ft.

CHRIS CORTAZZO Coldwell Banker chris@chrisscortazzo.com

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VILLA BY THE OCEAN Glass and steel doors reveal meticulously designed living spaces and unobstructed ocean views.

OUTDOOR SPACE Loggia with outdoor kitchen leads to an expansive pool & spa.

BREAKFAST NOOK A window off a lightfilled breakfast area frames ocean views.

VILLA AT NIGHT Living spaces glow after dark and reveal iconic California sunsets.

MOTOR COURT Situated on 4 acres, the gated compound features a long driveway.

OCEANSIDE POOL The infinity edge pool spills over sweeping whitewater views.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR Skylights flood the great room with natural light.

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SUNSET AT THE VILLA Live in Malibu luxury just across from Zuma Beach in a modern rock villa estate sitting on four acres of land.

29917 Pacific Coast Highway ZUMA BEACH

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Douglas W. Burdge-designed, newly constructed modern Tuscan villa. This estate is perched just above Malibu’s famed Zuma Beach. Situated on its own bluff, this private, over four acre, securely gated compound features completely unobstructed, commanding front row views of whitewater, sand, coastline, and sunsets. Features include an exquisitely furnished great room anchored by two life sized fireplaces, a master suite with dual baths overlooking the Pacific Ocean, chef’s kitchen, theater, game room, wine cellar, guest suite, and gym. An entertainer’s pool and spa, and outdoor kitchen with outdoor fireplaces makes this estate feel like a private resort overlooking Zuma Beach. Completed with the only the finest materials, there are no details overlooked and no expenses spared. With its location and privacy, this estate is simply a one-of-a-kind offering.

$24,900,000

8

Beds

11

Baths

176,363 Sq. Ft. Lot

ANGEL KOU angel.kou@theagencyre.com #01751969

BLAIR CHANG bchang@theagencyre.com #01248419

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BLACK HOUSE GROUNDS The grounds include an outdoor kitchen, bar, tennis court, sunken fire pit with a retractable roof. Landscaped to perfection, this home is one of a kind in it’s ornate details and fixtures.

KITCHEN Boasts top-of-the-line appliances in the kitchen.

MASTER BATH Infared suana, steam shower, & soaking tub.

MASTER SUITE The sexy master suite overlooks the grounds.

DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOMS Junior suites located on 1st floor.

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INDOOR/OUTDOOR GREAT ROOM The dramatic great room opens to a large back yard that includes a 72 foot custom Beadcrete Black Sea pool, outdoor BBQ area, sunken fire pit and cabana nestled in the Serra Retreat valley.

3350 Serra Rd SERRA RETREAT

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he Serra Lake House located in the exclusive guard gated Serra Retreat is an entertainer’s paradise. Resort living at its finest located in the heart of Malibu, the construction is of the highest quality with seamless soft concrete & scraped chocolate oak floors, Fleetwood pocket sliding doors, and state-of-the-art Crestron home automation. Dramatic great room opening to the expansive back yard with a 72’ custom Beadcrete Black Sea pool which resembles a lake, outdoor kitchen & bar, tennis court and sunken fire pit with retractable roof. Kitchen with Black Rock Leather stone granite counters, large center island and separate butler’s pantry. The sexy & romantic master suite is upstairs overlooking the impressive grounds and includes a luxurious master bathroom with infrared sauna, steam shower, soaking tub and large dressing room. 3 bedroom suites downstairs plus an office and a media room. 4 car garage & the property can accommodate 70 car parking for large events.

$18,800,000

4

Beds

5

Baths

7,247 Sq. Ft.

IRENE DAZZAN-PALMER #00597226 SANDRO DAZZAN #01418033 sandro.dazzan@camoves.com 310.317.9354

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SPANISH-INSPIRED POOL The home features generous space throughout as well as beautiful spanish-inspired pool.

HACIENDA The property includes a teahouse as well as a private guest house.

LIVING ROOM Re-imaged, the property honors it’s storied heritage.

KITCHEN The Flagg’s redesign epitomizes serenity, space, and liveability.

MASTER BATH The home features 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

DINING ROOM Outdoors and indoor areas transition seamlessly.

DECK The sprawling beachfront deck affords spectacular views.

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BEACH FRONT The property is one of the last structures on a stretch of coastline once owned by May Rindge.

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nce 21 Malibu Colony. In 1926 May Rindge relinquished part of her private coastline. Some allowed to lease and later buy these bits of beachfront came from Hollywood. 21 Malibu Colony is one of the last structures on its original beach house footprint. For decades, local legend has maintained 21 Malibu Colony was originally leased and owned by Constance Bennett and that Mario Puzo wrote “The Godfather� in the teahouse. These legends were encouraged by the magic that is 21 Malibu Colony. Re-imagined by Howard and Angelica Flagg, this 4-bed 5-bath property honors its heritage giving visitors beauty, craftsmanship, privacy and grace. The understated simplicity epitomizes serenity, space, location and livability. From the beachfront deck, through the teahouse to the patio into the main house then to generous open space and a private guesthouse, this property easily entertains while simultaneously scaling life to one on one, you and the ocean.

$20,000,000

4

Beds

4.5

Baths

2,167 Sq. Ft.

THE SHERMAN TEAM Douglas Elliman (310) 975-38704

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PRIVATE HIDDEN HILLS GATED-COMMUNITY The spacious floor plan expands over 11,000 square feet.

KITCHEN Boasts top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances.

LIBRARY A handsome library has its own entrance.

MASTER BATHROOM The property comprises 9 bathrooms.

MEDIA ROOM Includes a state-of-the-art home theater.

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EXPANSIVE BACKYARD & GUEST HOUSE A detached guest house sits next to the pool area with gorgeous landscaping.

24716 Long Valley Rd HIDDEN HILLS

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ewly completed, this stately traditional estate residence is sited on over one acre of property within the exclusive guard gated community of Hidden Hills. The spacious floor plan expands over 11,000 square feet and includes five ensuite bedrooms, handsome library with private entrance, extraordinary great room with floor to ceiling fireplace, vaulted ceilings and skylights, game room with entertainer’s bar, state of the art home theater, formal living room, dining room and detached guest house. The dual island gourmet kitchen boasts top of the line stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, custom cabinetry, butlers pantry and sunny breakfast nook. Interior design features include rich wood plank and herringbone floors, custom millwork, glass enclosed wine closet, vaulted ceilings and elevator. Walls of glass pocket doors slide back to allow seamless indoor/ outdoor flow and designed to accommodate both daily living and grand entertaining.

$12,995,000

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Beds

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Baths

11,060 Sq. Ft.

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN tomer.fridman@compass.com isidora.fridman@compass.com

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LUSH OASIS Relax by the pool surrounded by lush landscaping, fire pit, and slide for the kids to enjoy.

RUSTIC KITCHEN Spacious island for entertaining.

DINING ROOM Light hardwood floor throughout the home.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR Includes a swinging day bed to relax.

TENNIS COURT For lots of outdoor activities.

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SECRET GETAWAY The pool’s rock details and lush gardens make this home a year-round vacation for you and your family.

3410 Serra Road SERRA RETREAT

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ocated in the exclusive Serra Retreat neighborhood this beautifully remodeled one story, off the grid Solar home sits on approximately 2.5 acres. The luxurious compound includes a pool with mood lighting, spa, water slide, north/south lit tennis court, separate guest quarters and parklike grounds. The home offers new energy eff solar panels, 2 Tesla chargers with back-up batteries, new roof, windows & LED lighting along with many skylights. There is a private well to irrigate the luscious grounds which include 50+fruit trees, 25-palms, numerous exotic gardens tiered w/golf cart & walking paths. All bedrooms face the pool or gardens w/Pvt patios or fire pits. A gourmet kitchen includes a large island of reclaimed wood, Copper Blue Star 8-burner range, clear window fruit/veg frig, 2-dishwashers and Caesar stone counters. Powder room with petrified wood sink. Master has 2 closets with a barn door leading to a private office. Master bath finished with the finest materials looking out to a zen garden and fountain to relax. Large loft above the garage is presently used as a kids play-room. There is a detached guest/

meditation/yoga room. There is also an outdoor BBQ area with wood burning pizza oven. Within walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and shopping areas. Come experience the ‘Art of Living’ in beautiful Malibu.

$12,980,000

6

Beds

4.5

Baths

5,600 Sq. Ft.

CORMAC & WAILANI O’HERLIHY #1264113 waioh@msn.com #787980 oherlihy1@msn.com

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LIVING ROOM WITH AN OCEAN VIEW The generous living room features a fireplace and opens onto an oversized balcony with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

MASTER The master suite boasts panoramic ocean views.

JUNIOR The additional junior suite makes a perfect office.

KITCHEN Kitchen includes state-of-the-art Wolf appliances.

ROOFTOP The outdoor area includes a kitchen.

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LECHUZA BEACH This phenomenal Nantucket-inspired home sits on one of Malibu’s most private and prestigious streets.

31506 Victoria Point Rd LECHUZA POINT

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xquisite oceanfront Nantucket inspired custom home located in the one of the most private locations on gated prestigious Victoria Point Rd. The entry floor comprises of a kitchen equipped with state of the art Wolf and Sub-zero appliances, and a generous living room with fireplace opening up to an oversized balcony with an outdoor kitchen, successfully incorporating the California indoor/outdoor living trend. Encompassing the upstairs is a romantic master suite with fireplace and an adjoining balcony that allows panoramic beach and ocean vistas. There is also an additional junior master suite on the top floor, which would make for a perfect office. Two additional oceanfront bedrooms and a private guest suite with a cozy family room that opens to an extensive beach deck with spa. Elevator & 2 car garage. Enjoy direct beach access to a quiet sandy enclave.

$8,995,000

5

Beds

5

4,118

Baths

Sq. Ft.

IRENE DAZZAN-PALMER #00597226 SANDRO DAZZAN #01418033 sandro.dazzan@camoves.com 310.317.9354

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EAST COAST TRADITIONAL This East Coast Traditional showplace home is located on a private cul-de-sac.

LIVING SPACE The home includes 4K TVs in every room.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR Walls of glass allow for entertaining.

KITCHEN Includes a double-island Chef’s kitchen.

MASTER BATH The master suite includes a spa bathroom.

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HIDDEN HILLS VALLEY The estate boasts awe-inspiring jet liner views of the valley in your backyard.

5570 Bill Cody Road HIDDEN HILLS

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tunning East Coast Traditional designer showplace with awe-inspiring jet liner views. Located on a private culde-sac, this elegant estate offers luxurious contemporary upgrades throughout. The sprawling floor plan affords 7 bedrooms, & 6.5 baths. The light filled open layout is anchored by a double island chef’s kitchen, which flows to the expansive great room. Designer accents include marble fireplaces, custom window treatments, mosaic stone, & wide plank wood floors. Walls of sliding glass pocket doors allow for indoor/outdoor entertaining & overlook the spectacular views. A wine cellar, game room, Jr. Master suite plus two additional bedrooms complete the first floor. A state of the art home theater features a WOLF CINEMA high resolution 4K projector, 12 foot screen, and TOTEM speakers. Additionally, Crestron home automation, 4K TV’s in every room, a closed circuit camera system, & Lutron lighting controls offer the ultimate tech accessories. The hotel inspired master suite affords a large retreat with fireplace, balcony, custom dual

closets, & spa like bath quarters. The lushly landscaped grounds include a large sparkling pool with dramatic water features & spa, rolling lawns, & patio area all overlooking the breathtaking views beyond. This one of a kind estate.

$7,888,000

7

Beds

6.5

8,110

Baths

Sq. Ft.

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN tomer.fridman@compass.com isidora.fridman@compass.com

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OUTDOOR SPACE Designed for year-round entertaining, the home’s phenomenal outdoor entertaining areas include a private pool and spa, expansive lawns and a built-in barbecue set against exquisite coastal views.

LAND 1.5 acres of land in a coveted Malibu enclave.

PARK-LIKE GROUNDS Lawns are studded with mature trees.

KITCHEN A chef-caliber kitchen with a large center island.

TERRACE Showcases ocean views of the Queen’s Necklace.

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ONE-AND-A-HALF ACRES This quiet gated compound in Carbon Beach offers exceptional views and amenities for entertaining.

22576 Carbon Mesa Road CARBON BEACH

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itting on a little over one-and-a-half acres in one of Malibu’s most exclusive neighborhoods is this exquisite contemporary Mediterranean home. With 6,076 square feet of living space and spacious rooms, this home is made for entertaining. The home features five bedrooms and six bathrooms, entertainment room, wine cellar, and offers an abundance of natural light throughout. Outside is complete with a private pool and spa, expansive lawns, outdoor built-in barbecue, and majestic white water ocean views of the Queens Necklace and coastline. This home is truly beautiful and timeless.

MISHA FORD misha.ford@theagencyre.com #01182516

$6,675,000

5

Beds

6

Baths

6,076 Sq. Ft.

SANTIAGO ARANA santiago@theagencyre.com #01492489

TONY BARSOCCHINI tonyb@theagencyre.com #01740716

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DEN/LIBRARY The grand entrence foyer of the home leads into the den/library featuring sitting area space and a fireplace.

GARDEN The grounds include lush landscaped gardens, fire-pits, pool, and spa.

THE OAKS OF CALABASAS The Italian Villa is located in the exclusive gated-community of “The Oaks of Calabasas” and sits on a 3/4 acre lot.

25400 Prado De Las Fresas CALABASAS

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xquisite Italian Villa on a 3/4 acre lot within the exclusive gated community, “The Oaks” of Calabasas. This magnificent estate offers 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, intricate carved built-ins, granite accenting, Mar Siena travertine and surround sound system. The grand entrance foyer leads to the den/library, one of two staircases, spacious master suite with sitting area, expansive great room, separate entrance guest quarters, and an open gourmet kitchen looking out to private mountain views. The rear grounds are lush with breathtaking landscaped gardens, multiple fire-pits, a barbeque area, putting green, sports court and cabana overlooking the pool and spa.

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$5,999,000

5

Beds

6.5

Baths

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN tomer.fridman@compass.com isidora.fridman@compass.com

6,756 Sq. Ft.


$10MM - $5MM

LARGE MASTER SUITE Stunning ocean and sunset views from the oversized master suite.

POOLSIDE Fantastic ocean view outdoor entertaining area with pool, spa, and outdoor fireplace.

LIGHTED TENNIS COURT The lighted tennis court is one of the many features this property has to offer

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ntertainer’s Dream! This private and gated architectural estate is situated on almost one flat acre with stunning ocean views. Very light and bright with open living spaces and walls of glass to capture the ocean backdrop. Expansive master suite with high ceilings, dual closets, romantic fireplace, ocean view balcony and spectacular sunset views overlooking Paradise Cove and whitewater at Little Dume. Open kitchen with granite counter tops, butler’s pantry and breakfast area that opens to your formal dining room. Fantastic outdoor entertaining areas including pool, lighted North/ South tennis court and guest house offering the perfect setting to enjoy the California lifestyle.

$5,850,000

5

Beds

5

Baths

5,795 Sq. Ft.

JEFF CHERTOW jeffchertow@gmail.com 310.456.3439

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$5MM - $3MM

ON THE WATER Stairs from the home lead directly to a pristine swath of Las Tunas Beach.

BALCONY The wrap-around decks offer unparalleled views of the ocean.

LIVING SPACE The living room features a fireplace and oceanfront deck.

MASTER Wood beamed ceilings and French Oaks floors throughout.

BATH The first floor bathroom features carrara marble and glass enclosures.

19214 Pacific Coast Hwy LAS TUNAS BEACH

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resenting Mykonos in Malibu! Stunning, recently completed contemporary beach home. Enter into a private, gated courtyard with wrap-around decks and stairs leading to the beach. This all white interior beach house features wide plank French oak floors throughout, gourmet kitchen with white quartz counters, glass tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Beautiful wood beamed pitched ceilings, oceanfront living room and dining area with fireplace and glass sliders opening to an oceanfront deck. First floor bedroom or office with its own entrance to the beach. First floor bathroom with carrara marble tile floor and glass shower. Romantic oceanfront upstairs master suite with sitting room or gym + deck. Master bath with 2 raised sinks, spacious glass shower, freestanding European oval bathtub & master closet with skylight. Upstairs hallway leads to large 3rd bedroom or second master with ensuite bath. Two car garage + 3 additional parking.

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$3,995,0000

3

Beds

3

Baths

IRENE DAZZAN-PALMER #00597226 SANDRO DAZZAN #01418033 sandro.dazzan@camoves.com 310.317.9354

2,179 Sq. Ft.


$5MM - $3MM

MASTER BEDROOM The newly constructed master bedroom boasts a private balcony with ocean views.

MID-CENTURY This hip mid-century includes a spa for relaxing.

MASTER BATH Includes heated stone floors and Italian Gessi shower.

BEACH ACCESS This home includes access to Escondido Beach.

WINE ROOM The lower level includes a wine room and 750 bottle storage.

27159 Sea Vista Drive ESCONDIDO CANYON

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ip, private & gated, recently updated Mid Century with sweeping Point Dume ocean views. This Eco friendly home consists of 4 bedrooms and 4 baths plus a spa. The newly constructed master bedroom features Spanish bleached oak floors and Poliform closets, a sitting area with private balcony, and a roof designed for a roof top deck with unobstructed ocean views. The master bath offers Toto toilets, Toto tub/spa imported from Japan, an Italian Gessi shower featuring chromotherapy and light therapy, heated stone floors and computerized lighting system. Chef’s kitchen with European appliances and breakfast bar. Downstairs is a wine connoisseur’s tasting room and storage for 750 bottles along with a spa & sauna with heated floors. Drought tolerant landscaping and fruit tress including pear, apple, lemon, plum, pomegranate and guava. Private street with guard, access to sandy Escondido Beach and membership rights to tennis club.

$3,695,000

4

Beds

4

2,806

Baths

Sq. Ft.

IRENE DAZZAN-PALMER #00597226 SANDRO DAZZAN #01418033 sandro.dazzan@camoves.com 310.317.9354

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SANTA BARBARA LIVING The estate was built as a summer home for William Michener in 1904.

LIVING ROOM The elegant sitting room includes a fireplace.

GARDENS The wrap around yard includes a spa and lush landscaping.

PARLOR A formal parlor and billiards room are located on the lower level.

KITCHEN The three level home offers a mix of both old and new world.

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taste of Old Santa Barbara. The estate was originally built in 1904 as a summer home for the William Michener family. It was later owned by the widow of Austin Tubbs founder of the now-famous, Chateau Montelena Winery. Francsca Dibblee purchased the home in 1922. Dibblee was the originator of the first Santa Barbara Fiesta. It is said that the location of the Fiesta was decided upon over a meal in the homes elegant dining room. The home features a beautiful classic center hall staircase, a formal parlor, sitting room with fireplace, billiards room, large sun-room, expansive floor-plan and pocket doors throughout the lower level. The three level home offers a mix of both old and new world. Substantially sized en-suite bedrooms on the second floor circle the dramatic wrap around balcony/staircase. The master suite offers a classic entry room with fireplace, step down office, separate sleeping quarters, and dual entry pampering bath. A third

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floor bonus area is complete with dance room, game room, and powder room. A truly magnificent grounds that must be seen by any lover of historic estates. To complete the property is a wrap around yard, spa tub, romantic wrought iron gazebo, and lush landscaping.

$3,595,000

8

Beds

7

Baths

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN tomer.fridman@compass.com isidora.fridman@compass.com

7,524 Sq. Ft.


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ho could resist living here? Wondrous sea, sky and city lights views set off this luscious three bedroom home close to town. Living room and dining room are ocean facing. Granite and white kitchen, fireplaces in the master bedroom and the loving room. Property can come furnished! Laundry in the 2 car garage & extra uncovered parking in the driveway. Near all the Malibu hot spots, parks & hiking trails.

$2,995,000

3

Beds

3

Baths

1,799 Sq. Ft.

MARY DAVID #00934384 310.433.8862 PAMELA WHITHAM #00636368 310.317.1716

SPACIOUS LIVING Open floorplan living room floating above the Pacific Ocean with almost every room in the house having views on the water.

BALCONY OF DREAMS Enjoy a morning coffee while breathing in the fresh ocean air as the waves crash just below you.

KITCHEN Features white cabinets and granite countertops with natural lighting.

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BRAND NEW HOMES Build the home of your dreams from the ground up at The Ranch at Liberty Canyon gated-community. This two-story home has all bedrooms on the ground floor and high ceilings in the great room to elude a grand vibe from the front door.

27466 Park Vista Rd AGOURA www.livetheranch.com

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ith an estimated completion date of November 2018, there is enough time to ensure every detail of your home is how you’ve dreamt it to be. Nestled in between the Santa Monica Mountains, a brand new community called ‘The Ranch at Liberty Canyon’ is being built in Agoura, CA. Just off the 101 Freeway, yet far enough away to become lost in nature, 7 semi-custom homes lie within a private gated community. The rock tower gates with gas-powered lanterns make you feel as if you were in Montecito with the tranquil sound of nature out your back door. Each home is designed with unique attention to detail in the Farmhouse and Spanish Ranch architectual styles. Some of the incredible features of this home include a tranquil 500 sq. ft. open courtyard, 20 foot high ceilings in the great room off the enterance, Carrera tile in the master bathroom, a single-story vibe with all bedrooms being on the ground floor, a second-story media room, and a 81 sq. ft. kitchen island. Open your back doors to a quiet rural valley that is untouchable by development. Upon opening for sales in November, The Ranch has sold 5 of the 7 homes available. As a family-owned and run business, West Pointe Homes has built nearly 200 homes in California alone. Visit us at our sales office where you will find

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the developer, designer, and sales agent to guide you through the design specifications of each home. West Pointe Homes’ team will help you with every step of the way from interior design help to architectual detail explanation. The valley of Liberty Canyon is a close-knit community of people with top-tier school options and safe activities for children. Visit The Ranch Monday - Friday by appointment and Weekends from 11:00AM - 5:00PM.

$2,950,000

4

Beds

4.5

Baths

5,668 Sq. Ft.

THE RANCH AT LIBERTY CANYON james@rasmussendevelopment.com www.livetheranch.com 805.370.0075


$3MM - $2MM

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS The Ranch community is nestled between the untouchable state park land just outside your back door.

SINGLE-STORY FLOOR PLAN This home offers spacious rooms, a great room, and an open courtyard.

SPANISH RANCH HOUSE Designed to elude a Montecito feel, each home is designed with unique features and architectual detail.

27409 Park Vista Rd AGOURA www.livetheranch.com

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he Ranch at Liberty Canyon is a development of 7 single-family homes ranging from 5,000 - 6,000 sq. ft. Although the floorplans are similar, each estate is designed with it’s own architectural details. Just off the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon Rd., The Ranch is hidden within Santa Monica National Park land, untouchable by development. Rock tower and wood paneled front gates elude a Spanish Ranchouse feeling transporting you to Montecito, CA with gas-powered lanterns burning in the night. Within the small community of homes, the style of architecture ranges from Spanish to Farmhouse. Privacy being of the utmost importance to all community members, The Ranch at Liberty Canyon remains quiet from the sounds of the busy streets nearby. Agoura is home to top-tier schools and thriving businesses such as the local grocery story, Erewon about 3 minutes up the road. The close-knit community of Liberty Canyon is safe for children and hikers on the Phantom Trail through the Santa Monica Mountains. This particular home is a single-story floorplan featuring a 4-car garage, 200 sq. ft. laundry room, huge master closet, and a tranquil open courtyard. The home’s standard options include Carrera tile in the Master Bathroom, Wolf oven/range in the kitchen, Kohler bathroom fixtures, and

Isokern fireplaces. As you walk through the covered Portico and through your open courtyard, you reach the rustic front door and enter to a 750 sq. ft great room. From the front door step you are able to look out your back doors to the rural Mountain range just beyond your backyard. To see this beautiful property for yourself, visit The Ranch at Liberty Canyon Weekdays by appointment and Weekends from 11:00AM - 5:00PM.

$2,700,000

4

Beds

4.5

Baths

5,170 Sq. Ft.

THE RANCH AT LIBERTY CANYON james@rasmussendevelopment.com www.livetheranch.com 805.370.0075

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$3MM - $2MM

THE PROPERTY Consists of approximately 80 acres of land from the top of Monte Nido mountain to the oceanside hills of Malibu.

HIGH VIEWS The property is located in the mountains of Monte Nido with all-around views.

MILES OF BLUE The property has views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Bay. Build the house of your dreams on a mountain overlooking Malibu.

24800 Piuma Rd CALABASAS

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roperty consist of two parcels totaling approximately 80 acres. One parcel once had a 5 bedroom / 3 bath house with pool, separate guest house and a horse barn. Ocean and canyon views from everywhere with a private gated entrance. Asking price includes additional APN 4456-033-005, which also could be developed. Call listing agent for more details.

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$2,470,000

72.83 Acres

SHERYL SNYDER 310.428.8006 JOHN SNYDER 310.270.7463


$3MM - $2MM

4618 Westchester Drive WOODLAND HILLS

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his exquisite English Tudor inspired estate is nestled in the prestigious Westchester County gated community. The impressive grand foyer with ultra-high ceilings leads to a magnificent living room with fireplace. The great room, complete with full wet bar and custom built-ins, showcases beautiful backyard views. Large formal dining room with butler’s pantry connects to the gourmet chef’s kitchen, with breakfast nook and fireplace. The first floor is complete with library/billiards room, guest suite and gym. The master retreat includes dual bathrooms and 3 walk in closets with seating area and expansive balcony. Bonus area/6th bedroom above garage. Grounds include a large pool with spa, and BBQ area.

$2,195,000

5

Beds

7

6,686

Baths

Sq. Ft.

TOMER & ISIDORA FRIDMAN tomer.fridman@compass.com isidora.fridman@compass.com

GRAND ENTRANCE/ FOYER The grand entrance/foyer includes a magificient staircase and ultra-high ceilings.

ENGLISH/TUDOR STYLE The estate is located in the prestigious Westchester County.

LIVING ROOM The ornately detailed Tudor home features a grand living with a large wood and marble fireplace and tall windows.

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PEPPERDINE VICE PRESIDENT RICK GIBSON Malibu Magazine sits down with community leader, Rick Gibson, to get answers on Pepperdine, the Malibu community and how the two work together.

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You are a leader in the community, What has been your biggest struggle and biggest achievement? My biggest challenge is bringing the Malibu and Pepperdine communities together. I worry that we assume too many things about one another and as a result distance ourselves from each other. Pepperdine students are fun, energetic, and inspiring. Pepperdine faculty members are world class scholars and teachers. The Malibu community is interested and creative. It seems we should get together more often to explore ideas and celebrate art, music, theater and sports.

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Tell us something about living in Malibu that not many people know about? Malibu is often portrayed in trivial terms. The tabloid version distorts the image of Malibu and obscures a much better story. As in most communities, Malibu residents are neighbors who care for neighbors and watch out for each other’s kids. As I mentioned previously, I think outsiders make too many assumptions about Malibu and its residents and miss just how much of a fun and welcoming community this is.

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How has your life been impacted by living in Malibu? My wife and I raised our daughters in Malibu. One attended Webster and both attended Malibu High School. Our daughters were

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prepared for future rigorous academic endeavors by dedicated and highly competent teachers at both schools. I can’t say enough to adequately praise the public schools in Malibu.

that Pepperdine adds value to the local economy, attracts talented and creative people, and positively contributes to the culture of this community. I think our students keep it vibrant and youthful

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How has Pepperdine affected the Malibu community and why? In my view, Pepperdine has done much to improve the Malibu community. Of course, there are those who would differ; but on the whole, I am confident

If you had one piece of advice for new Pepperdine students, what would it be? Many of our students are among those who were first attracted to the TMZ version of Malibu. When they get to Malibu, however, they find that the TV image is highly exaggerated and that this is actually a small, relatively quiet town. If a student is attracted to Pepperdine simply because of the celebrity image of Malibu, they will be disappointed if they are admitted. First, Malibu is tranquil and, at times, even sleepy. Secondly, the academic rigor at Pepperdine leaves little room to indulge too much sun, fun, and surfing. MM

RICK GIBSON As the Chief Marketing officer and Vice President of Public affairs and Church relations for Pepperdine University since 1997, Gibson works closely with President Benton to shape the future and the vision of Pepperdine.


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