Make like a celebrity and hide away in luxury at Malibu Ranch. Set on 28 lush acres at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains in Mulholland Canyon, the property has both European charm and indoor-outdoor living areas that epitomise California cool. It gets even better inside, where cosy spaces and six bedrooms are outfitted in magazine-worthy fashion with pieces and patterns from around the globe.
Lounge and dining areas are scattered throughout the park-like grounds, both in groves of trees and on immaculate sunny lawns. One of the tables is set by a stone barbecue and fireplace, so you can prepare dinner and linger into the night. Relax in the hammock, take a romantic stroll between the manicured hedges of the formal garden or while away the afternoon in a chaise longue by the European-style pool. A charming pool house has its own sofas, fireplace and even a TV.
Pairing modern rustic influences with artwork and accents from around the world, the bungalow-style interiors belong on the pages of a magazine. The living room’s original beamed ceiling and stone fireplace get an update from a steel-based coffee table, jaunty striped roll-arm chairs and leather seating, while large-scale artwork adds a striking focal point. The cosy vibe continues in the den, which has its own whitewashed fireplace and tufted leather sofa, and the inviting dining room, which has an oversized pedestal table and garden views. In the fully equipped kitchen, a gourmet range makes light work of dinner and a farmhouse-style table can be a prep surface or serving station.
The ranch’s six bedrooms each have a double bed and en-suite bathroom; one even has an al-fresco bathtub next to an outdoor fireplace. Stunning details like wide-plank wooden floors, exposed ceiling beams, four-poster beds and colourful linens give the bedrooms a luxe cottage ambience. In the bathrooms, plenty of marble, double vanities and stand-alone bathtubs will make you feel like you’re in a boutique hotel.
Though you’re ensconced in your own world at Malibu Ranch, you’re still within day-trip distance of several beaches and attractions. Spend a day on the sand of El Matador Beach, 7 miles away, Point Dume State Beach, 12.5 miles away, or Malibu Lagoon State Beach, just under 20 miles away. Explore central Malibu, 14 miles away, or Santa Monica, 32 miles away, and get some serious shopping done at The Grove, 41 miles away. Downtown Los Angeles, the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood are all less than 50 miles away. If your celeb-caliber vacation doesn’t extend to taking a private jet home, plan on a 43-mile drive from the ranch to Los Angeles International Airport.