Chris Cortazzo’s Rhapsody in Blue—27560 Pacific Coast Highway

Posted high above the beach, with private access to sand and shore, the home at 27560 Pacific Coast Highway sits atop the world on an uncommonly large lot for its locale. Chris Cortazzo of Compass represents this unbelievable oceanfront estate with direct beach access. Private beach party anyone?

Rare in an Already Rarified World, a Malibu Property With Acreage, Direct Beach Access & Extravagant Views Defines the Most Magnanimous Oceanfront Living Imaginable


The perspective from here—one of immaculate beach, glittering sea and infinite sky, which forms a kind of phalanx around the place—would seem possible only in one’s imagination. How it unfolds, serenely and liberally, with the ease and pleasure of a lazy, sunlight-filled afternoon, the home is an idyll.

“The property is very interesting; because of the way it’s gently rolled, you feel like you’re floating,” describes top real estate agent Chris Cortazzo of Compass, a Malibu native who is listing the address for $125 million.

“It’s one of the most beautiful estates in all of Malibu—bar none.”

Given his reputation as a high-profile pro with an acute, almost intrinsic, understanding of the market qualifies Chris Cortazzo, perhaps more than any other, to make so definitive a claim. Wise is the buyer who listens.

Unique to Malibu Oceanfront, where properties of an acre are typical, this address offers almost 3 acres and benefits from direct beach access. Private and gated along Pacific Coast Highway, with a security guardhouse and approximately 256 feet of beckoning beach frontage, the property is eminently generous, featuring a main residence and a guesthouse with seven bedrooms and 10 baths between them, and everywhere a beguiling view.

And yet, Chris Cortazzo contends: “The house is not grand in scale—it’s intimate. It’s an intimate property, but with huge space around it.”

One often finds in homes of a certain class an onslaught of unnecessary treasure. Not here—the whole place is the prize, ample with all that one covets, from practical solutions for daily needs (a laundry room, staff office, motor court and additional parking areas) and an exterior rife with inviting points of rest and relaxation, recreational spoils including a pool, and a dandy of a beach cabana. All serve to create an experience of coastal living where walls melt away, nature seeps inside and there is a continuous dance between interior and exterior.

Open and airy, a showcase of natural light and herringbone hardwood floors, the single-level main home is the au courant picture of warm, easy elegance. The formal entry hall starts a well-choreographed procession of spaces that includes a roomy office/study that opens to a sizeable patio and lawn, with ocean views beyond, as well as a large family/entertainment room fitted with wraparound windows and glass/wood sliding doors to the pool terrace, where one is apt to consider lazing away the day among friends and family or popping into the pool.

Also here is a recording studio with a half bath, and a kitchen fully outfitted to accommodate the needs presented by an array of occasions, courtesy of its eat-in island, upscale appliances and large butler’s pantry with full kitchen. The formal dining room is equally dignified and dreamy, opening to the manicured outdoor expanse.

Elsewhere one is pleased to find a powder room, wine room and trio of en-suite bedrooms. A separate wing hosts the master suite, a grand sanctuary with high ceilings and double French doors that open to a patio seating area dripping in Pacific blue vistas. Dual master baths with walk-in dressing closets, plus an adjacent in-ground saltwater spa and outdoor shower, are among the accompaniments.

Residency in the property’s separate guesthouse is its own enticement. The private three-story dwelling dedicates its upper floor to a duo of large bedrooms. The main floor, meanwhile, makes way for an en-suite bedroom, a full kitchen and a large main room, which is currently being used as a gym.

Finally is the mirrored room, bathroom and bonus room on the lower level. Outside the guesthouse, the patio is enclosed on one side by a stupendous outdoor aquarium built into a stone wall. The grounds are splendid, featuring an immense grassy area with a basketball court and a range of shaded relaxation spaces that present a highly convincing argument to untether from the world—an urge the views only amplify.

“The whole house is indoor/outdoor.
It epitomizes the true California lifestyle.”

Perhaps most alluring of all outdoor appointments is the stairway and a funicular that descends to a spacious cabana that parades as a party unto itself with retractable ceilings, a wet bar with seating, built-in barbecue with sink, built-in couch, and firepit, a half bath and storage for sports equipment.

Continue along the landscaped slope and one is submerged in the barefoot luxury of a beloved sandy beach. Because one cannot put a price on the Malibu lifestyle, 27560 Pacific Coast Highway is well worth the hefty investment.

Chris Cortazzo concludes of the property: “They don’t come up often, and when they do, whoever is smart enough to grab will have a lifetime of memories there. It’s that special.” And that priceless.

Presented by

Chris Cortazzo | 310.457.3995 | DRE 01190363
of Compass

List Price: $125,000,000

Photographs by Mike Helfrich

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