Although acclaimed architect Doug Burdge is recognized for his facility with diverse architectural styles, he is perhaps best known as “the signature architect of Malibu,” given his proclivity for designs that showcase the area’s seemingly endless vistas of sea and sky. This extraordinary 9,793-square-foot residence on the oceanfront bluffs of the exclusive MariSol community is truly a Burdge tour de force, a contemporary oasis of clean lines and soothing symmetry immersed in dreamy views of crashing waves, sugary sand, dramatic sunrises, and captivating moonglow.
A veritable private resort with access to its own stretch of beach, the home is enveloped by vividly lit tropical landscaping, including majestic palms that sway in the coastal breeze. Beyond the entry’s distinctive pivoting glass door, the interior spaces unfurl in an expanse of openness, air, and light, flowing almost seamlessly toward a vast terrace, a cerulean infinity-edge pool, terraced paths and gardens, and the Pacific beyond.
The living and entertaining spaces accommodate lounging, games, parties, and the creation of epic culinary adventures. Anchored amid them is an eye-catching saltwater coral aquarium that pays tribute to the home’s setting. In one corner is a gourmet kitchen with island seating, an array of streamlined cabinetry and Miele appliances, and an adjoining prep kitchen that makes grand gatherings effortless. On the opposite side of the public spaces is an oversized bar that wraps around, bridging the gap with the outdoors and taking the festivities into the fresh open air. Other satisfying highlights include a comfortably appointed theater with a powder bath nearby and a glass-enclosed storage area that treats bottles of wine like works of art.
A lofty second level with oversized skylights affords an elevated outlook through the palms toward the horizon. Occupying the majority of this floor, the owner’s suite encompasses a spacious bedroom with a private deck whose clear railing ensures that the view remains soothingly uninterrupted. Both dazzling owner’s baths have views of the waves—in one, from an oversized contemporary soaking tub, and in the other, from a shower boldly walled in glass. The skylit and windowed walk-in closet has been exceptionally, thoughtfully outfitted. Wonderful natural light fills the office, where a quiet location allows for easy concentration—even if the mesmerizing view is a likely distraction. The generous upper-level gym provides room for every necessary piece of equipment and opens to its own private deck.
Two guest suites are well separated and secluded on the main level, while two additional suites on the second floor benefit from access to a deck that includes an enviable putting green. Additional quarters for visitors are offered in a studio tucked atop the estate’s freestanding two-car garage, which augments the auto enthusiast’s space in the attached finished three-car garage.
The swimming pool’s two cabanas accommodate alfresco lounging and dining and feature a fireplace, a wall-mounted television or monitor, and the warmth of natural wood and fabrics. Thanks to these diverting spaces, the pool’s swath of refreshing water, and the surrounding sun-drenched terrace, the home can pay consummate homage to the sky, sand, and sea by facilitating a life lived equally indoors and out.