Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition: Malibu, California

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Our Splurge: 3250 Serra Road Malibu, California, is currently listed by Wailani O’Herlihy of Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu for $20.5 million. 

I don’t know about you but with summer right around the corner this weather has me California dreamin’ – and what better way to indulge those fantasies than with a Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition in the most quintessential beach town around. That’s right, this week we take you to Malibu, California, where it’s the battle of the ultra-high-end second shelters – each with breathtaking ocean views and ample space to unwind, but with price points that are miles apart. Which California getaway would you choose, our traditional splurge, or the contemporary steal?

Splurge: French Country Estate In Prestigious Gated Serra Retreat Neighborhood For $20.5M


Known as Chateau De Grace, this contemporary French countryside inspired dream affords the privacy of the highly coveted and gated Serra Retreat neighborhood, coupled with a level of European sophistication to appease any second home traditionalist.

The seven-bedroom, eight-full-and-five-bathroom estate lives more like a secluded compound. The description tells us “The property has both mountain and ocean views, while nestled away in the most secluded area of the Retreat.”

We learn it’s “the only property in Malibu with close to five-acres, including a six-stall equestrian facility and riding ring, lighted tennis court and viewing terrace, Monet lily pond, fruit orchard, waterfalls, a large manicured lawn hidden in a grotto, a resort-caliber pool and bbathhouse two-outdoor-spas, outdoor fireplace, BBQ area, multiple French fountains, a 17th century architectural stone antiquity, rose garden, organic vegetable garden, stone terraces, and quiet walking footpaths.” Whew, now that is what I call a luxury retreat!

As if that wasn’t enough, the Malibu residence comes with outbuildings, a carriage house, security outpost, movie theatre, two-story ballroom with crystal chandelier, elaborate guest suites, exercise studio, staff facilities, and outdoor deck so you can gaze at the stars.

Clearly, this is for a buyer of discerning tastes, as no expense was spared. From lit gardens and water fountains to a gourmet kitchen custom designed by Wolfgang Puck himself,  you’ll never tire of the home’s impressive rooms built to entertain.

Yes, it has a climate-controlled wine cellar. Yes, it has a sumptuous master suite. Yes, it has a closet that will be the envy of all your friends. If you happen to have $20.5 million to burn this is where you park it.

3250 Serra Road Malibu, California is currently listed by Wailani O’Herlihy of Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu for $20.5 million.

Steal: Angelo De Sapio Built Paradise With A Pool Plus Ocean And Mountain Views For $8.995M

For less than half the price of our Splurge, I found a beachfront paradise with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Queen’s Necklace, and Catalina Island, surrounded by panoramic rock formations that you can enjoy from your terrace. The eight-bedroom, nine-full-and-two-half-bathroom estate affords an impressive main residence with multiple decks on a sizable 8.8-acres.

World-renowned architect Angelo De Sapio put his stamp on the plans to create one epic retreat, complete with its own helipad!

Two cabanas and a separate guest/maid’s quarters ensures the ultimate in privacy, met by lushly landscaped grounds and an exquisite swimming pool, dining terraces, putting green, and horse corral.

You can literally fly in on your chopper, practice your short game on the green, take a dip in the resort pool, have lunch on the terrace, and take your horse out for a ride at sunset!

We also love that it comes fully-equipped with Creston controls and a home security system. For those who seek luxury living, ocean and mountain views and a modern residence built to entertain, this one is for you.

2060 Rambla Pacifico Street Mailbu, California, is currently listed by Brian Goldberg with Pinnacle Real Estate Properties for $8,995,000.

Amy Puchaty is the founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. Amy’s work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com