Malibu is an icon of the luxurious Southern California beachfront lifestyle. Home to famous celebrities and billionaires, a Malibu address has become a symbol of prestige, affluence, and success.
If you’re considering moving to this exclusive community, here are a few things you should know about living here.
- Malibu has some of the most beautiful beaches in the region
With over 20 miles of coastline, Malibu boasts some of the best beaches in Southern California. You’re never too far from the world famous sun and surf destinations in the city, including Topanga Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach. Most beaches here are free to the public, but a few charge an entry fee, while others are open to Malibu residents only. If you want utmost exclusivity, you can choose to live in an oceanfront community with private access to some of the most stunning beaches in the city.
- There are breathtaking views everywhere
While Malibu is best known for its beachfront, the city also boasts stunning viewpoints along the Santa Monica Mountains that border it to the north. The mountain range include hills, cliffs, and canyons from where you can get stunning panoramic views of the ocean, woodlands, and coastal prairies. It’s also home to a number of parks, including Trancas Canyon Park, Malibu Bluffs Recreation Area, and Legacy Park, where you can find scenic trails and facilities like playgrounds, sports fields, and more.
- There’s a wide range of real estate types
Along the beaches of Malibu are gorgeous waterfront homes with extraordinary architecture. But some of the best homes in the city are found miles off the beach and up the canyons and mountains that border the northern side. There are gorgeous estates in the city that reek of opulence and luxury, as well as more modest but no less charming homes. You’ll also find quite a few luxury condos and townhomes, both on the waterfront and the canyons, as well as high-end and affordable apartments.
- Some of LA’s most exclusive neighborhoods are here
With Malibu’s tranquility and exclusivity, beautiful views, and convenient location, the neighborhoods in the city are among the most desirable in the region. Gated communities feature the most exclusive homes with the best views, and a number are right on the beach. You have a choice of waterfront or mountainside neighborhoods, or somewhere in between.
Some of the most desirable communities in Malibu are ranked in Property Shark’s 10 Most Expensive Los Angeles Neighborhoods for 2018, including Malibu Colony Beach, Carbon Beach, La Costa, Las Flores Beach, and Broad Beach.
- It has a diverse and highly-educated population
Malibu is the choice of many of LA’s glitterati, so it’s fairly common to run into a celebrity running on the beach, or dining in Nobu or any of the city’s ritzy waterfront restaurants. Some of the country’s biggest business leaders and tech bigwigs have also chosen to live here.
As of 2017, the city has a population of around 13,000. Of these, only 46% are California natives, while 17% moved here from different parts of the world. Around 36% were from other parts of the US. About 62% of residents has a Bachelor’s degree or higher, while almost 97% have finished high school.
- It is still Los Angeles
Malibu is about 34 miles from the city of Los Angeles, so it is blissfully removed from LA’s constant bustle and noise. However, it is still close enough to be an ideal bedroom community, especially for those who work in the metro’s financial center or around Hollywood. After a long day at work, coming home to the luxury and serene beauty of Malibu is a real treat. And anytime you feel like a change of pace, or want to visit LA’s world famous shopping destinations and nightspots, you’re only just a 45-minute drive away.
- You’ll never run out of things to do
Despite the laidback ambience, Malibu never lacks for things to do and places for to explore. With 281 days of sunshine, you can enjoy the great outdoors any time you want. Surfing tops the list of the most popular things to do in the city. The beach also offers a wide array of other activities, including swimming, beach volleyball, or just chilling on the shore.
With over 500 miles of scenic trails, the Santa Monica Mountains is a wonderful place for hiking and biking. You can choose from a leisurely walk or bike ride on a paved path or a more challenging hike through uphill terrains.
For a more laidback day, treat yourself to a relaxing massage in one of the fabulous spas in the area. On Sundays, get your supply of organic produce and body detox needs at Malibu’s Sunday Farmers Market.
If you want to learn more about living in Malibu and your real estate options here, get in touch with me, James Weekley. As a local expert, I can guide you to the best that this beautiful city has to offer. Call me at 310.401.0901, or send an email to james(at)JamesWeekley(dotted)com