• 2 beds
  • 2.50 baths
  • 2,223 sq.ft.
  • 78,639 sq.ft. lot
offered at $30,000
Status: Active // Property Type: Single Family Residence
County: Los Angeles // Year Built: 1940

Property Description

A Malibu treasure, this pre mid-century modern home has never been leased in its 85-year history. In a magical oceanfront setting above El Matador Beach, the property spans over 1.8 acres with approximately 130 feet of private beach frontage. Custom designed for Cornelia Runyon by architect Heth Wharton and occupied by four generations of the Runyon family, the house has been fully renovated to preserve the beauty and charm of the original residence with the updated conveniences of a 21st-century lifestyle. Today, the owners, well known as the owners of The Old Place, reside part-time in the property's detached guest house. Set behind gates and exceedingly private, the main house is known for its history of glamorous entertaining, with guest lists that included Cecil B. DeMille, Steve McQueen, Sam Peckinpah, and many other artists and intellectuals. The grounds offer ample parking for up to 40 cars as well as room for congenial indoor-outdoor entertaining. With its distinctive mid-century style, the house is open and very comfortable, with wood plank and beam ceilings and all-original hardwood floors. The spacious living/dining room has very high ceilings, soffit lighting, clerestory windows, a fireplace, stunning artwork by Barbara Runyon, and doors opening onto one of the home's picturesque ocean-view patios. The skylight kitchen, beautifully updated, has a large island with bar seating, quartzite countertops, generous cabinet and counter space, top-grade appliances, and a pantry. The home's three bedrooms include a lovely, bright guest bedroom with a separate entrance; the porch-like, ocean-view "bunk room," which has built-in corner bunks, a huge sitting area, and windows all along two sides; and the primary suite, with cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows, a fireplace, custom closet, ocean views, and an ocean-view bathroom. At the back of the house, facing the amazing ocean and island views, there are several lighted patios for barbecues, al fresco dining, gatherings, and relaxation, plus a counter with bar seating. There is an outdoor shower and soaking tub with ocean views, a beach powder room, a fire pit, and steps to the sand, where a vintage palapa provides the perfect spot for cocktails and sunset watching. With numerous smart-home features, including multizone air conditioning, and enormous charm, this Malibu estate is loaded with history, character, and harmonious comfort. Rate listed if for the long term. Call for the short-term rate (three months minimum).

Listing Courtesy of Christopher Cortazzo, Compass

Interior Features

Interior Features: Beamed Ceilings, Furnished, High Ceilings, Recessed Lighting // Heating: Wall Furnace, Radiant
  • raj qsar
    CEO | Owner |
    CalBRE# 01744847
    • cell 714.412.5019
    • office 949.612.2535
    email Raj

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