Welcome to Malibu
Backdropped by the majestic outline of the Santa Monica Mountains, the coastal city of Malibu is a legendary, globally recognized paradise of signature beaches and celebrity sightings.
The commanding coastal bluffs of Malibu are dotted with dazzling estates, whose lights glitter in the falling of night like perfectly placed stars along the beach. A jewel among the coastal crown of California, Malibu sits west of Los Angeles, tucked in the shadow of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Malibu boasts an idyllic Mediterranean climate that makes enjoying its 21-miles of golden, sandy beaches a year-round affair. The city was incorporated in 1991 but has long been a beacon for surfers and ocean lovers everywhere. Malibu takes its name from the language of the Chumash tribe who first referred to the area as Humaliwo, a fitting moniker meaning, “the surf sounds loudly.”
The residential real estate in Malibu is almost as famous as its beaches and serves as homes to celebrities, CEOs, and other persons of note. These coveted, multimillion-dollar estates include panoramic ocean vistas and are typically designed by world-renowned architects as custom, one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Manicured landscaping, and desirable amenities — such as private infinity pools and indoor spas — are all part of the norm when shopping the spectacular mansions of this heavenly beach town.
What to Love
- Private gated communities and entrances for peace of mind
- Abundant natural beauty and opportunities to get outdoors
- Ultra-luxurious mansions and exquisite beachfront properties
Malibu is a city immersed in healthful living, and as such, its residents are highly active and enjoy spending the majority of their time outdoors. In fact, the city’s incredible climate makes it easy for nearly everything to be done outside — from sipping lattes out on scenic cafe patios to sunrise yoga and convertible drives along the famed Pacific Coast Highway, which bisects the town.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
As small and beach-oriented as Malibu is, the town doesn’t necessarily have a dedicated Downtown commercial district as one might expect in other cities. However, Malibu is more than suited to meet the everyday needs of its residents. At locations such as the Point Dume Village
locals can shop for boutique fashion and upmarket groceries, or hit the spa and grab a vitamin shot to go from the nearby juicery.
Dining in Malibu is spread throughout the area, though some of the best-known eateries are right next to the beach. Draft beers and fresh, seafood are on the menu at Neptune’s Net
, a seaside hot spot known for its picnic-table patio and amiable atmosphere. Another beachfront must-try, Duke’s Malibu
has a spirit of welcomeness about it, and the restaurant specializes in the tropical flavors of Hawaiian fare.
The opulent and romantic environment — which features sweeping ocean views and an infusion of natural elements like waterfalls into the décor —of Geoffrey’s Malibu
is only part of what makes this famous restaurant so notable. Here, the Californian cuisine is award-winning, served in a venue once traversed by mega-stars of Old Hollywood. Further north and into the foothills, The Old Place
looks like it was pulled straight from the set of a classic western, and dishes out hearty West Coast fare in a rustic-chic environment.
Things to Do
The city of Malibu is revered for its beaches, and with good reason. Dramatic cliffs and secret rocky coves, grass-blanketed headlands that jut out into the Pacific — the scenery of Point Dume State Beach
isn't simply limited to the fine sands and white-capped waves. Whale watchers come to view the migration of California gray whales, while other view-hungry visitors might choose to picnic atop the bluffs to see the stunning expanses of Santa Monica Bay.
Both Point Dume State Beach and Zuma County Beach
appeal to surfers and swimmers, with the latter being one of the most popular beaches in all of Los Angeles County thanks to its wide shore of powder, white sand that stretches for 1.8 miles. But Malibu is more than just its coast and offers options for adventure and community engagement.
The Malibu Wine Safari
, for example, brings together two SoCal favorite pastimes — wine tasting and hiking — for an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Retail enthusiasts who aren’t satisfied by the day-to-day shopping centers will want to visit the town’s premier shopping destination, Malibu Country Mart
. High-end retailers and modern luxury await at the country mart, the seaside retreat primed for the ideal shopping experience.
Malibu is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Malibu High School, 9-12, a highly-rated public high school known for its arts program
- Our Lady of Malibu School, K-8, highly rated private Catholic school
- MUSE Global School, PK & K-12, a highly-rated private school known nationally