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The "Malibu Riviera"
One of Malibu's most sought after locations is Point Dume, a peninsula extending on the beach side of the Pacific Coast Highway. It has a massive sand dune at its ocean end.
On each side of the dune are bluffs.
Point Dume hosts the only large "neighborhood" on the Pacific Coast Highway beach side - with about 400 homes. The peninsula has a rural atmosphere. Streets have no sidewalks and streetlights. The inhabitants can often be seen walking, riding bikes, or on golf carts.
Many homes have ocean or mountain views. Some homes have deeded access rights to the beach, with entry at one of three private gates.
Homes range from single story "original" ranch-style on lots that average an acre, which are extremely large for parcels on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway . . . to larger homes along the perimeter and bluff streets . . . to luxurious homes with panoramic ocean views on the picturesque secluded edges of the cliffs, or bluffs. Point Dume homes exhibit a wide range of architectural styles.
Point Dume beaches range from traditional Southern California wide, sandy beaches, such as Westward Beach, to more unique beaches, such as the "Big Dume" and "Little Dume" beaches, with their extensive tide pools and famous surfing spots. The south-facing "Little Dume" beach is a well-known and sought after locale by experienced surfers.
The Sand Dune
The sand dune is an ancient coastal bluff that is now Point Dume State Beach and Point Dume State Preserve that includes headlands, cliffs, rocky coves and vast beach access. On a clear day, the view is spectacular - encompassing the entire Santa Monica Bay, north Malibu Coast, inland Santa Monica Mountains and Catalina Island. Point Dume is a perfect place to watch for California gray whales during the December to March migration period.
Point Dume Historical Highlights
- 1925. A barren, remote, windy peninsula with no roads or even trees.
- The original Malibu railroad dissected its mid-section.
- 1929 Roosevelt Highway - now PCH - constructed, avoiding Pt. Dume by leaving the shoreline at Paradise Cove and returning at the edge of Zuma Beach.
- For many years, its barren remoteness made it unattractive and it remained inexpensive. In the 1960s a house on an acre could be bought for $35,000. Today, properties range from $2.1 million to $40 million.
- Point Dume's humble history ended in 1984 when Johnny Carson bought a gated estate on the Bluffs for a then record $9 million. After that, many other renowned Hollywood celebrities bought and built homes. His home recently sold for many times that amount.
- Today, the once-barren land is filled with matured large trees and beautiful landscapes
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