Malibu (mail zip codes 90263-90265 - telephone area code 310) with its long wide, white beaches, continual sunshine and casual ambiance, is one of Southern California's most infamous beach resorts. Located 23 miles North of where the famed Wilshire Boulevard meets the Ocean at Pacific Coast Highway. Malibu is beach rich .Sinfully rich, twenty seven miles of something for everyone coastline: broad, sun baked beaches, hidden coves, tide pools, volleyball , world class and if you're lucky, Bay Watch Bodies
Malibu is the home of numerous movie and television stars. You can scan all the gossip regarding the local celebrities or even unpretentious Malibuites in the weekly edition of the Malibu Times . Many celebrities stop by to visit the ocean view dining room of the famous Malibu Chart House restaurant, or sojourn to the "in crowd" Quido's Malibu where the stars meet the sand. Malibu is the home to many of the rich and famous. They live here. They die here- Graves of the rich and famous.
The MALIBU STORY is the saga of an old Spanish Land Grant - its authentic legends and the colorful people who shaped its history. From the late 1800's to 1938, Malibu was the exclusive property of a single wealthy family, that of Frederick & May Rindge, Massachusetts millionaires who had founded Union Oil and Southern California Edison. They owned the entire 27-mile-long Malibu coastline, and they kept the rest of the world at bay with chained gates and with armed guards patrolling on horseback through the hills.
The Malibu Colony became a favorite of movie stars when the then-remote area was finally opened up to the public for the first time in 1929. The widowed May Rindge encountered money problems, and was forced to invite a few wealthy celebrities in to build vacation homes on her private Malibu beach. She expected this to be a temporary arrangement, of course - the stars were allowed to rent the land, but not to own it.
The small cloister of Hollywood celebrities took root in the early 1930's with stars such as Barbara Stanwyck, Clara Bow, Ronald Coleman and Gloria Swanson putting up "shacks" at their new "colony" at the shore.
In the late 1930's, Mrs. Rindge finally decided to allow Malibu residents to buy their properties, and the Malibu Colony grew at an even faster rate.
Like Mrs. Rindge, Hollywood celebrities prize their privacy, and the Colony offered not only protection from the prying stares of the curious public, but also a beautiful ocean view and a sandy beach as a front yard. With the back of their homes forming an invincible wall along Pacific Coast Highway, and the front of their homes mere yards from the vast Pacific Ocean, the Malibu Colony is about as private as you can get. There's a guarded gate at the entrance to keep out sightseers, and there's even a police station at the Colony's west end.
A host of stars now make Malibu their home. "Colonyites" (as they call themselves) have included Tom Hanks, Linda Ronstadt, Larry Hagman , Jeff Bridges, Howie Mandell, Cicely Tyson, Bruce Dern, Mel Brooks,Tatum O'Neal, Rob Reiner, Sting, Bill Murray, Roma Downey & Rachel Ward, to name just a few who live either in the Colony or along adjacent Malibu Road. Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger and George C. Scott live nearby.
Property in Malibu doesn't come cheap. When Johnny Carson bought his beach home at Point Dume back in 1983 for $10 million, it was the most expensive house ever sold in L.A. It included 24 karat gold fixtures in the bath, a waterfall, and 11,000 square feet of living space. If you want an idea of just how expensive it is to live in Malibu, the rent alone on Sting's house on Malibu Colony Drive is $35,000 a month. And quite a few stars, such as "Titanic" heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, do rent here.
Expensive as they are, most of the stars' homes in the Malibu area are actually second homes - part-time, vacation beach houses. When raging hillside fires broke out in early November of 1993, less than one quarter of the Colony residents were at home at the time.
Although a drive up the Malibu coast is always a delightful experience (with dramatic ocean views, rocky cliffs, and wildflowers in the springtime), when it comes to the Colony itself, there's not much for a visitor to see while driving along Pacific Coast Highway. The back of the Colony houses create a virtual wall, blocking the view of the Colony and of the ocean.
Residents of the Colony naturally value their privacy, and don't want visitors on "their" beach. The fact is, however, that it's a public beach (at least below the high-tide line), so it's our beach too, and coastal access laws require that the public be allowed access to that public portion of it. The trick is getting to the public part of the beach.
You can't trespass over the stars' private property to get there without risking arrest, and access to this stretch of beach is difficult. But fortunately, there are a few (almost hidden) legal public access routes to the Colony's front beach, most notably the "
Zonker Harris Accessway" - named after the suntan-crazy "Doonesbury" cartoon character. It is located off the 22700 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Stairways are also located in the 20300 and 19900 blocks (to the east), and there are five access-ways between the 24300 and 25100 blocks of PCH (near Jane Seymour's house). You have the legal right to walk on the beach (below the mean high tide line), once you reach it via these public access-ways. So as long as you stay near the surf's edge and stick to the wet sand, you're perfectly within your rights to stroll there (except except during exceptionally high tides.)
Here's another route. According to the equally well-tanned George Hamilton, "The best way is to go to [the Malibu Pier], and then walk down [the beach] to Carbon Beach. Carbon has every major movie star's home there. They even have a rock called 'Deal Maker's Rock', where all the heads of studios meet and walk and exercise in the morning and make their deals."
Best surfing: Surfrider Beach (pictured above) next to the Malibu Pier (23200 PCH), but not for your first ride. Sure, movie stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello were welcome (well, maybe just Annette), but this beach is for serious surfers who will be rewarded with orderly, machine perfect waves.
Best all-round beach worth the long drive Zuma (30050 PCH). One of the finest white sand strands in California, it's more than two miles long, with an inordinate number of hard bodies. Yeah, this is where I live. The surf can be rough. Don't call it "Zuma Beach" -- just" Zuma."
Best all-round beach without the long drive : The broadest beach on the coast, Santa Monica Beach has clean sand and offers great views. Everyone goes there: families, teens,singles, old guys with metal detectors. Go early on weekends to beat the crowds.
Zuma Beach Tower 6
Best socializing: Malibu High School teens are partial to the stretch between towers 6 and 7 at Zuma (30750 PCH) located 2 blocks from their school campus. This broad, flat beach has volleyball, a fast-food stand and waves strong enough for body surfing and some surfing. If you're looking for a party, head for MTV's Malibu Beach House.
Best for privacy: El Pescador, El Matador and Piedra, all part of Robert J. Meyer State Beach (32000 PCH and north), are worth the long drive if you are after solitude. Each has 20 to 40 parking spots and rough trails or stairways down to the ocean. El Matador is the largest and most beautiful,with natural rock arches and a few picnic tables.
El Pescador Pocket Beach Tide Pools
Best tide pools: At Leo Carrillo you'll find sea hares, starfish, fronded sea palms. Rangers here really know their marine life. This is also the best beach to see the grunion running. The slippery, silvery little fish come ashore at night to spawn after the full or new moons from March to August. California law protects public access to beaches. Access points are sometimes hidden however, especially in Malibu residential areas; look for the small, brown signs with white lettering. The public boundary is the mean high-tide line;stay in the wet sand area. Swim near a manned lifeguard station (information:310-577-5700). Staffing is good in summer,particularly at midday, but can be spotty in winter. Rip currents are a common hazard.
Best Wildlife: Malibu Lagoon is part of the 169 acre state park. It is a good place for bird watching, especially migratory models that stop to rest here in the spring and fall en route to and from Alaska and Central America. The brackish wetlands are fed by Malibu Creek, which often is only a trickle, but enough to support a small fishery and an ecosystem of tiny creatures that attract hungry birds. A little west of the park and point are the million of celebrities behind the gates of Malibu Colony. The residential enclave was started in 1928 as a hideaway for film stars.
Early residents included Clara Bow, Ronald Colman, Bing Crosby, Jack Warner, Gary Cooper and Gloria Swanson. Long before the movie stars, the residents of this area were Chumash Indians. Artifacts of their era are displayed in the Malibu Lagoon Museum inside the park. And beside it is another museum, in effect, the Adamson House, a national historic site. It is a lovely 1929 Moorish-Spanish Colonial Revival residence which showcases the lavish use of tiles produced by Malibu Potteries between 1926 and 1932. One exhibit is a 20-foot-long tile replica of a Persian rug. The pool, adjoining bathhouse, fountains and walkways throughout the 13 acre beach front grounds also are decorated with the ceramic tiles. Los Angeles City Hall, by the way, has 23 murals made with Malibu tiles.
Malibu is the home of PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY (1937) (Relocated to Malibu in 1971) (3,500 students) 24255 Pacific Coast Highway(Zip 90263). school of law as well as college of arts, sciences and letters,cultural arts center and Weisman Museum of Art located on 830-acre campus.
Malibu is also home to the original J. Paul Getty Museum now known as the J. Paul Getty Villa , 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy. The J. Paul Getty Villa is the home to an extensive permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities housed in a re-created 1st-century AD Roman country villa with interior and exterior gardens. John Paul Getty is buried somewhere on the grounds and it is rumored that his spirit walks the grounds at night. For reservations or information phone call (310) 440-7300 or look for them on the Internet.
And of course I live in Malibu. Have a full time job in the Stock, Mutual Fund. IPO and Financial Markets. I was born in Hollywood, CA US and attended Black-Foxe Military Institute, a private school (closed 1929-1968) started by Movie Star Earl Foxe for movie stars kids. Graduating in 1961 and then attending the University of Colorado 1961-65--Go Buffs. I also sell Health, Wellness and Life Insurance. I officiate Volleyball at all levels indoors high school through collegiate. In addition I am the Rules Interpreter and Board Chair of the Central California Colligate Volleyball Officials Association .
My Ham Radio call is N6FDR - USA Extra Class
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