Visitor´s Guide to Malibu
By Beverly Taki, Realtor®
From the 1800´s to 1938, Malibu was the exclusive property of a single wealthy family, Frederick & May Rindge, Massachusetts millionaires who had founded Union Oil and Southern California Edison. They owned the entire 27-mile Malibu coastline, and they kept the rest of the world at bay with chained gates and with armed guards patrolling on horseback. The widowed May Rindge encountered money problems and was forced to invite a few wealthy celebrities to build vacation homes on her private beach. In the late 1930´s Malibu residents began buying properties and the Malibu Colony grew at a fast rate!
Malibu is a unique residential community characterized by its carefully preserved rural atmosphere. Malibu´s combined incorporated and unincorporated areas covers approximately 45,000 acres, is 27 miles long and one to eight miles wide. Within these boundaries are a variety of climates and terrain including beaches, mesas and canyons that create a unique environment. The population is approximately 13,000.
The areas of attraction for you to see:
The J. Paul Getty Museum/The Getty Villa Malibu, is located in the very beginning of Malibu at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Reservations can be obtained by calling 310-440-7300 or visit their website www.getty.edu.
Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For information call 310-506-4851 or visit their website www.pepperdine.edu/arts/museum.
The historic Adamson House and the Malibu Lagoon Museum are located at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway. Hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Wednesday to Saturday. Visit their website www.adamsonhouse.org.
Ramirez Canyon Park, otherwise known as the Barbra Streisand Estate is located at 5750 Ramirez Canyon Road. Ramirez Canyon Park is located in a canyon off the Malibu coastline and is bordered by a National Park Service wilderness area. Within the site´s boundary lie both an exquisitely beautiful designed landscape and a rich coastal wilderness.
Barbra Streisand donated this 22.5-acre estate to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in December 1993. At the request of local neighbors along Ramirez Canyon Road, the California Coastal Commission has required that this property be accessible to the public by appointment only Tours are available on Wednesdays and advance reservations are required. Visit their website www.lamountains.com.
The Malibu Colony is located on the Malibu coast, a half mile west of the Malibu Pier and just west of Cross Creek Road. Many celebrities chose to live in this gated community. He Colony is a private, gated community, and you cannot be admitted unless you are a property owner or an invited guest. You might reach the beach that runs in front of the Colony homes through public access ways on Pacific Coast Highway.
Malibu´s unique location by the ocean and in the mountains provides an area in which to live or visit and truly love. I invite you to come to see for yourself why those you live in Malibu are in love with the place they call home!