Welcome to Malibu

Malibu owes its name to the Chumash, Native Americans who originally settled there and named it Humaliwo, which means "the surf sounds loudly.” The area was highly secluded until 1929 when the Pacific Coast Highway was built. Now Malibu is a thoroughfare for many vacationers driving up and down the California coast, and a highly revered destination for Los Angeles locals.

Key Details


beaches, beautiful people, healthy, pricey, seafood, great weather


Commute Times
LAX 41m by car
Downtown 48m by car
Nearby Neighborhoods Santa Monica, Topanga Canyon, Pacific Palisades

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Cliffside homes, pristine beaches, and breathtaking views are hallmarks of this area.

Malibu is home to many celebrities and entertainment industry tycoons. Serene and sun-soaked, the area represents the ultimate retreat.

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The neighbors:
Privacy-seekers and beach-lovers.

Though Highway 1 runs through Malibu, its oceanfront homes maintain a distinct sense of privacy.

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What to expect:
Secluded beaches, charming restaurants, and plenty of convertibles on the road.

In addition to its residents, Malibu—aka the ’Bu—attracts surfers, swimmers, and sun-seeking daytrippers. It’s a neighborhood of active individuals who balance jogging along the beach and hiking the nearby canyons while enjoying oysters and fresh seafood at the many bustling restaurants along the coastline. Jagged cliffs, secluded coves, and miles of sparkling ocean draw people from all over the city to Malibu’s stunning shores.

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The lifestyle:
Serene, healthful, and beach-centric.

Health and fitness reign among Malibu denizens, with beach-lovers breaking from athletic pursuits to bask in the area’s clear blue skies and less-populated beaches.

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Unexpected appeal:
Quiet, uneventful evenings.

Malibu is best enjoyed during daytime drives along its coastline and picnics on the beach, with little action taking place once the sun goes down.

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The market:
Serene, beachfront oases.

Malibu’s sparkling ocean views and expansive floor plans come with a steep price tag, with oceanfront homes commanding multi million-dollar sums.

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You'll fall in love with:
Coastal views, fresh seafood, and azure shoreline.

Malibu features some of California’s most idyllic coastline, upscale retail, and delicious seafood, from healthy daily catches at Malibu Farm to crispy Neptune’s Net takeaway. The neighborhood’s pristine beaches are famed for a reason, representing some of California’s most stunning scenery.

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