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Behind the Gates: Inside the Luxury of the Malibu Colony

This legendary guard-gated celebrity enclave of premier beachfront properties, luxurious coastal compounds, and storied estates has been one of the world’s most sought-after stretches of homes for over a century. Malibu Colony, a beacon of affluence and renowned for some of Southern California’s best views, is located just south of Malibu Road off the famous Pacific Coast Highway. With only two secluded public entrances to the Colony’s beaches, the exclusive community enjoys what residents in Malibu crave most… privacy. 

With around 120 landmark homes – half on the landside and half on the beach – the community is Malibu’s most illustrious collection of estates. Chad Rogers, Estates Director at Hilton & Hyland, said, “each home throughout Malibu Colony has an extraordinary story, a beautiful facade, and massive value.”

23618 Malibu Colony Rd #56. Represented by Chad Rogers.

One of the priciest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, available homes in the Colony rarely grace the market. As a testament to its exclusivity, Malibu Colony currently has only a single property for sale and only 14 homes available for lease. “Properties do not become available for sale very often, and when they do, they usually sell quickly,” said Rogers. “Right now in Malibu Colony, homes are available for rent at prices as high as $350,000 per month.”

When these distinguished homes hit the market for sale, the prices are staggering. “Properties that are older and on single lots could sell for $15 million-plus,” said Rogers. “Done double-lot estates could go anywhere in the neighborhood of $40 million-plus.”

Having grown up in Malibu Colony, Rogers possesses a unique perspective on the neighborhood’s evolution over the decades. “It is not your typical gated community where the homes look alike,” said Rogers. “They all have their own styles.” Addresses have undertaken decades of curated design and years of refinement that have transformed these estates into prized possessions along the Malibu coastline.

While the beachside properties enjoy varying degrees of coastline access, many celebrity residents prefer the secluded landside estates because of the additional privacy and generously sized lots. “It’s harder to get into the Colony than Area 51,” said Rogers. “Even the birds have to be cleared for access.”

23457 Malibu Colony Rd #87A. Represented by Chad Rogers.

Some impressive homes in Malibu Colony include 23457 Malibu Colony Road #87a. Represented by Chad Rogers, this newly updated traditional beach residence sits on a rare double lot with approximately 107.5 feet of width with breathtaking views of the Santa Monica mountains, golf course, Malibu lagoon, and ocean. The private backyard oasis includes a lagoon-style pool and spa with a rock waterfall and slide, a renovated north-south private tennis court, a full outdoor built-in BBQ area, a fire pit, and a separate detached guest house. Available for $100,000/month, this ultimate rental is perfect for a Malibu getaway. 

23626 Malibu Colony Rd #53. Represented by Chad Rogers.

Additionally, 23626 Malibu Colony Road #53 provides an unparalleled opportunity for private beachfront living at this Malibu Colony coastal hideaway. Represented by Chad Rogers, a duo of coastal chic and rustic charm perfectly combines with a crisp white color palette to create a beautiful Nantucket twist. The open layout includes a romantic master suite with a private deck, coveted coastline views, plus two main-level guest bedrooms. With panoramic views of Malibu Colony Beach, you can’t beat this premiere vacation destination offered at $100,000/month. 

23618 Malibu Colony Rd #56. Represented by Chad Rogers.

At 23618 Malibu Colony Road #56 is an exquisitely designed home represented by Chad Rogers. Featured on the cover of Architectural Digest, the home’s open floor plan is luxuriously furnished to include a gourmet kitchen that flows into the living room with a fireplace and vaulted wood paneled ceilings throughout. With a sun-filled loft area above the living room, complete with a bed and wide open views of Colony Beach, this internationally recognized address is available for $100,000/month.

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