So Hollywood and Beverly Hills get most of the cred for stars styling in Los Angeles. And sure, there are celebs living in the Hills, shopping Melrose, and grabbing lattes in West Hollywood – but most A-listers reside in Malibu.
More exclusive than the rest of LA, Malibu is prime beachfront property with a quiet and secluded feel. Malibu’s private vibe is largely due to its location – whether your home’s nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains or sunning on beach sands, Malibu homes typically have a mountain range at their back and face the Pacific Ocean.
Price tags also do their part for privacy: rent ranks supposedly much as $25,000 in The Colony, Malibu’s star-studded gated community, Malibu houses sell easily in the multimillions, and Malibu Ozarks – property beyond the first range of mountains sans ocean views – is some of the most expensive in the US.
Malibu’s Location in Los Angeles
Nestled between Santa Monica Mountains (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean (to the west), Ventura County is at Malibu’s northern boundary and Santa Monica at its south. Warm beaches are your front yard, gorgeous SoCal mountain ranges have your back. Jog the sands, hike the hills, or cruise 15 minutes to play in more metro Los Angeles.
The only thing rivaling Malibu’s coastline is its weather – Malibu’s year-round highs are 71°F on average (August-September) and Malibu chills lowest at about 50°F (December-January).
Living in Malibu
Malibu is luxe living; you’re paying for the priceless: exclusivity, crazy-beautiful weather, and literally million-dollar ocean views.
Along Malibu’s coast runs the Pacific Coast Highway – or the California Highway 1 – south from Santa Monica’s 10 freeway, north to Ventuary County and all the way upstate. From the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) you can head east on Topanga Canyon to hit the Valley, or turn east on Sunset Blvd. and wind through Brentwood, Westwood, and Hollywood. ParkLINK shuttle takes you through Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which includes Malibu’s canyons and beaches.
Public elementary and high schools are part of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Independent Pepperdine University sits on hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and Santa Monica’s community college – Santa Monica College (SMC) – is only the 10 freeway away.