Topanga Beach is the closest Malibu beach to Santa Monica. The beach is a wet, rocky type. Boasting a smooth, continuous right break, Topanga Beach is a popular surfer’s spot. It used to be a state beach, but is now owned and operated by LA County. Also nearby is Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica mountains, with hiking trails and mountain biking.
Las Tunas County Beach
Big Rock Beach
The beach is accessible only at low-tide, and seals are often seen sunning themselves on nearby rocks over the waterline. Because the mean high tide line is at the back of the beach, this beach is always classified as public. As there is no public parking nearby, chances are you’ll have the sandy shore to yourself during low tide.
Las Flores Beach
Homes include single family, duplexes, and triplexes. The area has been undergoing a gradual upgrading with better designed and constructed homes.
La Costa Beach
There is a private, friendly, and family-oriented beach club (La Costa Beach and Tennis Club) centered on this cove that gives homes across the PCH access to La Costa Beach. Carbon beach, just to the west, is accessible during low-tide.
There are just 70 private residences on this stretch of beach. Many notable and elite business leaders and billionaires make their homes here, thus creating the nickname. Countless Hollywood A-list celebrities seeking privacy also live on this quiet stretch of pristine beach.
Carbon Beach is also home to the boutique hotel, Malibu Beach Inn, which boasts a popular oceanfront restaurant. On the eastern side of the hotel is famed Nobu Malibu, which is the finest oceanfront dining restaurant in Malibu, where Hollywood A-listers, business moguls, and Malibu residents mingle under clear skies with spectacular views of the coastline.
This is no doubt a star-studded locale. With just about 100 homes, and lots starting at 30 feet wide, Malibu Colony is a desirable location.
Today, celebrities and business moguls are drawn to Malibu Colony for its beautiful beach properties and privacy. During the summer, this guard-gated enclave is infused with multi-generational families and has a great summer vibe. It is located in close proximity to the iconic surfing spots 1st point and 3rd point. One of the few “true” neighborhoods of Malibu, residents of Malibu Colony go all out on Halloween, with decorations and effects that rival many horror film movie sets. July 4th is also quite spectacular, as the party atmosphere is prevalent throughout the street. The evening ends with a private barge firework display.
Malibu Colony is also ideally located close to the Malibu Country Mart, the Lumber Yard, and Malibu Village, which is the center of Malibu. In this quaint and approachable shopping center area, there are high-end boutiques, name-brand stores, and an array of fine and casual dining options like Tra di Noi, Café Habana, Taverna Tony’s, Mr. Chows, Marmalade, Malibu Kitchen, Malibu Burger (Fall 2016). SunLife Organics, Malibu’s premier juice-bar is also located in the Country Mart. Also nearby is the Malibu Colony Plaza, with retail stores, a grocery store, the Vitamin Bar, Malibu Yogurt, and hip restaurants like Ollo and Bui Sushi.
Malibu Road home styles—often featured in architectural and home design magazines—range from original beach cottages to exquisitely rebuilt beach residences. The area boasts incredible views of the coastline.
Malibu Road runs parallel to the Pacific Coast Highway for about 2.5 miles. It has one entrance, Webb Way.
Beachfront lots average about 50 feet wide by 100 feet deep. Landside homes are on larger lots ranging from 1 to 4 acres.
The eastern end of the road is known as “Malibu Road, Malibu Colony Beach,” and has the widest sandy beach and some of the most expensive beach estates on Malibu Colony Beach.
Latigo Shore Drive has a warm, wonderful, old-Malibu vibe with a beautiful sandy beach. Homes are a mix of cottage-style bungalows to newly-built architecturals.
Malibu Cove Colony
The area has edge-to-edge homes that are rebuilt or remodeled. Original homes were built in the late 1950s.
The homes are a combination of original beach homes and new construction designed for openness and relaxed beach living.
Escondido beach homes front on a deep sandy beach that stretches to Point Dume. Scuba divers are common at this beach because of the close proximity to the shore of reefs and a kelp forest that houses giant black sea bass and giant kelp fish. Kayaking is also popular here along with fishing from the beach.
One of Malibu’s finest restaurants, Geoffrey’s Malibu, sits on top of the bluff nearby.
In addition to the Mobile Home Park, there are exquisite estates located on multiple acres that run from the Pacific Coast Highway to the beach.
The famed Paradise Cove Beach Café is located here and it is the only restaurant right on the sand in Malibu.
Homes in this area are ideally located near the newly remodeled Trancas Center, a local hub for the west end of Malibu that includes Vintage Grocers, a Starbucks, retail stores, and a French restaurant, the Village Cafe.
Sea Level Drive
East Sea Level Drive is along the beach. It forks off from the central portion of Broad Beach Road. Many of the homes are located across from the beach with gardens stretching along the edge of the road on the beach side. The ability to walk between the homes and the beach has helped engender a spirit of community. Homes are charming, with many East Coast cottages and contemporary homes.
West Sea Level Drive is a road that leads to the beach. It forks off from the western portion of Broad Beach Road. Homes are located on both side of the street leading to one of Malibu’s most beautiful and hidden beaches. Both roads have gated entrances.
El Matador Beach
There are two gated secluded communities that share access to the beach, each having its own homeowner’s association. Beach access is also gated, which protects the communities from beach goers entering the neighborhoods. There is a deep shelf on the ocean floor just past the sand that makes the water rough on high surf days. However, for the adventurous and skilled surfer, there is a short but sweet break a short paddle out. On low tide, it is possible to walk from El Matador all the way to Broad beach and back.
Homes range from small cottages to large architectural masterpieces. Mostly, the lots are small with limited privacy. But the views from the cliffs are spectacular as they look down on large boulders, deep blue water, and dense kelp forests. The sunsets are equally stunning. Many dramatic photographs have been taken at this location.
Public access to the mean tide line is via El Matador beach, through a dirt trail and then a winding, steep staircase descending the bluff to the beach.
The retreat-like rural estates nestled in the hills of this part of Malibu boast extraordinary views and access to unique and stunning beaches.
County Line Beach
There are also beachside condominiums in this area.