Janet MacPherson’s Malibu House – DIRT
She’s certainly not as well-known as Cher, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and some of Malibu’s other mega famous stalwarts, but when she died earlier this year at 84, Janet MacPherson was adored with a long and magnificent obituary in no less than the New York Times.
Described in the article’s title as “a kind of first-wave surfing feminist,” MacPherson was one of the few women to get into surfing as a teenager in the 1950s. life. She surfed New Zealand in the 1960s when she was pregnant with her son, well-known hotelier and restaurateur Sean MacPherson, and she hung ten off Malibu until she was 80. Mr MacPherson describes his mother as ‘a category of one’.
Along with his surfing excursions along the California coast and around the world, MacPherson has quietly amassed a multi-million dollar portfolio of rental properties along the Malibu coast. One of his homes, in Malibu Canyon, was sold earlier this year for $4 million and another, an unassuming 1960s home on the Pacific Coast Highway across from La Costa Beach, has been put on the market. market shortly after his death with a rising asking price. over $3 million. The price has dropped to just under $2.6 million and online records indicate the property is currently under contract with a conditional offer.
Although records suggest she had owned the house since the late 1970s, it seems unlikely that MacPherson has occupied the house in recent years. digital records show it was available for rent in 2019 and again in 2021 with asking prices between $8,950 and $9,975 per month.
Listings held by Jeffrey Chertow at Pinnacle Estate Properties show the fully updated four-bedroom, three-bathroom beach house is approximately 2,100 square feet with vaulted exposed wood ceilings, wheat-colored wood floors and soft white walls. An additional studio with separate entrance and private bathroom is tucked under the house next to the two-car garage. The property’s chic, minimalist California furnishings are available for an additional fee.
Perhaps the best feature of this property, arguably, isn’t its spacious living room with a super cool Malm fireplace, its spacious and updated open plan kitchen, the lively bathrooms with the palest turquoise tiles or the covered terrace with peek-a-boo ocean views, but rather its proximity and membership to La Costa Beach & Tennis Club. With little public access, La Costa is one of Malibu’s least-visited beaches, making it especially appealing to those who prefer not to share their stretch of sand with too many people from other zip codes.
Records indicate that several other rental properties owned by the iconoclastic surfer/investor, now held in various LLCs, include a three-unit apartment building across from Carbon Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway, a duplex on a bluff above Broad Beach and a building above Westward Beach from Point Dume.