If the housing market hasn’t seemed like a safe investment in recent years, nobody told supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband, restaurateur Rande Gerber. Just a year after buying a Malibu beach house for $6 million, the couple decided to sell it this summer – more than doubling their money in the process. The following photos show exactly what the buyers got for the $13.34 million price tag…
The luxurious property nestles on the tree-fringed Malibu shoreline and is located on a sought-after cul-de-sac bustling with celebrity neighbors. The new owners can knock on doors belonging to the likes of Julia Roberts, Kenny G and Gwyneth Paltrow if they need to borrow a cup of sugar.
Crawford and Gerber gave the 3,651-square-foot mansion an extensive makeover after buying the property in June 2014. And carpets were torn out in favor of French oak floors when the couple freshened up the home’s decor.
The expansive, naturally lit living area boasts generous seating – not to mention floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open out onto a patio offering spectacular ocean views.
For a quiet night in, why not curl up in front of a large flat-screen TV in the cinema nook set off from the main living space? The TV is set into one of the crisp white beadboard walls found throughout the property.
The bright, open-plan kitchen area is home to a large central island lined with bar stools. The French oak flooring which runs throughout and the neutral color palette both give this space a relaxed feel; perfect, then, for a lazy brunch, if the supermodel and her spouse were so inclined.
White beadboard walls also lend somewhat of a nautical air to the kitchen, which additionally features a generous amount of open shelf space. Adjacent is a dining nook overlooking one of several decked areas and offering stunning vistas of the beach.
Extending around part of the house and perched amid the trees is a decked entertaining area, perfect for al fresco drinking and dining while enjoying the splendid views of the beach and ocean below.
If you were to ever grow tired of all the outdoor socializing and inexplicably became weary of the spectacular surroundings, you could always hole yourself up in this separate den section with a cosy beach-hut feel.
And if you don’t think that the main living space of this luxurious abode justifies its $13-million-plus selling price, remember that the house spreads across three stories – and the private master suite, complete with its own terrace and ocean view, occupies a single floor alone.
What’s more, that nautical theme seems to extend across the property: not only are the walls and ceilings clad in beadboard, but there are also maritime-inspired sconces dotted throughout.
The French-oak flooring, meanwhile, stretches into the master bedroom, which is accompanied by three other bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms in the expansive property.
The master bathroom in particular offers the ultimate relaxation experience with its free-standing tub, glass-cased steam shower, dual basins and access to the patio area.
And while the upper patio area is furnished with open luxurious seating and dining spaces, the lower-level patio is more shaded for some secluded outdoor relaxation and respite from the Californian sunshine.
The property’s tree-lined natural-style swimming pool offers a refreshing break from the sun during lazy afternoon dips and is set amid a lush, flat lawn area.
For even lazier afternoons, though, why not relax on this day bed and catch some Zs? The maritime theme continues below deck in the lower level of the property, with ship-light fittings and a coiled-rope coffee table.
That irresistibly green garden not only looks good; it naturally also offers unlimited access to that famous Southern Californian sunshine. And if any friends want to join you here – and who would blame them? – there’s also parking available on the property for four cars.
But it’s clear that the whole property makes the most of its tranquil, verdant location. While indoors, huge floor-to-ceiling windows frame the beautiful surroundings; relaxed lounge areas, like this one, meanwhile, bring a more homely feel to the outdoors. There’s even an al fresco TV.
The more adventurous, though, can explore the 1.4-acre estate surrounding the house. Wooden bridges interlink the more hilly areas, while access to the beach is gained via a small private trail direct from the property’s grounds.
That pathway leads to the secluded Little Dume beach. It’s thought to be one of the most exclusive and hard-to-reach parts of Point Dome State Beach – and as access to it is included in the $13.34 million sale price, it naturally makes the whole purchase a bargain. Well, almost.