Tour a Modernist Ocean-View Home in Malibu

Malibu Modernist

Since the days when Philip Johnson designed a groundbreaking glass home in Connecticut and Mies van der Rohe created his iconic Farnsworth House with transparent walls, architects have been perfecting the use of glass in modernist residences.

The aesthetic is popular for homeowners who want a sense of being at one with their surroundings, and this is particularly true in locations like Malibu, where the ocean takes center stage.

For this new home in Malibu Park, architect Vitus Mataré utilized a particularly artful sensibility—he’s related to noted German painter and sculptor Ewald Mataré. At approximately 5,352 square feet, the home offers four bedrooms, five and one-half baths, and—naturally—walls of glass that give way to a terrace and deck, an alluring pool and spa, and views that seem to go on forever, across the skyline toward the ocean and horizon.

For a full panorama, a glass-walled deck is perched on the roof. One begins to wonder: which is more dazzling: the setting or Mataré’s design?

In keeping with timeless modernist design principles, the interiors are as sleek, with an open-plan main level that encompasses fluid living and dining spaces and an exceptional kitchen with an island—all opening through banks of glass to the pool patio, capitalizing on uplifting sea views and breezes.

Fixtures and finishes—white oak hardwood floors, Italian marble countertops, appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf, designer sinks and faucets, and eye-catching light fixtures—are clean and contemporary.

The lower level is occupied by a delightful den or media room that, in a unique touch, features windows into the pool.

Entertainers, oenophiles, and collectors will appreciate the spirit and wine room, which has distinctive shelving and room for tasting. Like the house itself, the room makes artful use of iconic glass walls.

Of the four serene bedrooms, the master suite is notably spacious and luxurious, with an impressively outfitted walk-in closet, a spa-inspired Carrara marble bath with a frameless shower and a soaking tub, and an L-shaped bank of windows for private enjoyment of the views and easy access to the sun-drenched ipe-wood deck and pool.

The property has been tastefully, colorfully landscaped, and the home’s location is ideal, near the charming Trancas Country Market and other shops, hiking trails, and Zuma Beach, one of the largest and most popular beaches in the area.

Offered at: $6,977,700





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