Krinanthi Ioannidou

On the coast of the Pacific Ocean along iconic Highway One, Malibu has earned legendary status among American beach towns, known as it is for its long stretches of sunny sandy beach, surf-friendly waves, and picture-perfect sunsets. High in the bluffs of Malibu’s Paradise Cove Beach, this extraordinary residence on 6.62 acres enjoys 339 feet of private beach frontage and unparalleled panoramas that encompass Palos Verdes, Point Dume, Catalina Island, and the area’s celebrated blue skies. Designed for living the consummate indoor-outdoor Southern California lifestyle, the singular 16,836-square-foot home combines enduring Spanish style with sleek contemporary elements, with nearly every room opening to an enchanting balcony, a terrace or patio, a loggia, or the idyllic central courtyard and its meticulously manicured hedges, towering palms, and colorful classical fountain.

Malibu, California | Lisa Laughlin, Sotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

Beyond a formal entry anchored by a dramatic stairway with an ornate iron railing, all the public spaces—living and dining rooms, two reception rooms, and a streamlined cook’s kitchen with two islands, top-tier appliances, and an adjoining family room—feature walls of windows that direct the eye toward the iconic seascape and turn these serene vistas into dynamic art. A 14-seat theater with desirable D-Box seats and a spacious den allow for casual private entertainment; the den could easily be adapted to serve as a gym, if desired. The home’s two spacious offices—both of which are accompanied by balconies and one of which benefits from a kitchenette—are ideal for today’s work-from-home lifestyle.

Among the six bedroom suites, the owner’s is serene and sophisticated, with ocean views from an oversized window and a balcony, a warming fireplace—one of seven in the home—and a chic spa-inspired bath boasting a freestanding soaking tub that gazes out at azure skies and waters. Longer-term visitors will appreciate the seclusion provided by the freestanding guesthouse, which provides a living area with a fireplace, a well-appointed kitchen with dining space, and a stylish bath. The estate is thoroughly fenced and walled for privacy, and technological amenities include a security system with cameras, Lutron lighting, automated shades, and multizone air conditioning.

The acreage has been painstakingly landscaped to resemble a peaceful private resort, with lush lawn; redwood, eucalyptus, coral, fruit, and palm trees; and glorious roses. Furthering the sense of a relaxing vacation getaway, the grounds also feature an infinity-edge swimming pool with a theatrical water feature, a fire pit, an outdoor shower, an oceanside spa, a tennis court, an alfresco grilling area with an enviable pizza oven, and a nine-hole miniature golf course. Most appealing of all are the stairs that wind down the dramatic bluff to the slice of paradise below—a personal piece of Malibu’s sought-after beach.