About Melanie Berlind

Malibu broker for over 20 years selling homes, renting homes and consulting with buyers and sellers. UCSB graduate in theater arts, short sale and REO specialist, designer, artist and speak Spanish, German and English fluently.

Notable home sales Malibu Century City

This week’s notable home sales  in Malibu and Century City  is home near Broad Beach with panoramic ocean views on a gated street of Victoria Point Rd. and a home on Comstock Ave in Century City near the Los Angeles Country Club.

The sale in Malibu originally listed in 2014 for $8,750,000 and was posted as in escrow at a list price of $5,900,000. the home has 3 bd. and 4 bath large picture window with a pool facing up the Coast. Built in 2004 this should be a super deal at the final reduced price.

The Comstock home sale, built originally in 1925 with 3 bd and 3 bath was bought in 2013 for just under $1.7 Million. It was then remodeled with a slight addition in sq ft. plus a pool and stylish interior upgrades it posted as sold for $3,117,000. Comstock is near the Los Angeles Country Club

To search on your own for recent sales and or look at properties for sale go to my free Sotheby’s International app for properties here and worldwide listed by all companies not just Sotheby’s IR.

Italian Villa sold in gated community Calabasas

Recently sold in the gated community of The Oaks in Calabasas was this spacious Italian Villa with 5 bedrooms and 6 baths measuring 6745 sq. ft of living space on an over 21000 sq. ft with pool, spa, pond and fountains and two large outdoor living spaces with tons of privacy.


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The home also features an inside courtyard, travertine flooring, a well appointed granite/stainless kitchen  with a large center island,  Sub Zero, desk area, breakfast and family room.with fireplace. The Master Suite  also with a fireplace had  walk-in closets, a sitting room, outdoor balcony overlooking city lights/mountain views, 2 bathroom wings,  soaking tub, massage room or private gym all of this was at opposite ends of the other 3 bedrooms wing. The Oaks is a highly desirable 24-hour guard gated community where many celebrities choose to purchase a home. The amenities are a professional gym, olympic size pool, tennis courts on-site facilities office, meeting center and more. the featured home was a great buy at $3,335,000. I represented the buyer.

Calabasas has an interesting history Miguel Leonis acquired the ranch through marriage to an indian woman in the 1830’s. the full history can be read in the city of Calabasas site. The area has outstanding public schools as well as private. City of Calabasas is smoke free. Live music can be heard at The Six and Sagebrush Cantina.



Zuma Bay Villas Town home Sold

Zuma Bay Villas Townhome

Just right for the summer, this Zuma Bay Villas town home sold. The master bedroom is one floor up and has a stunning coastline view up the coast. Built in 1976 the Zuma Bay Villas where developed on an 11 acre bluff near the West end of Malibu. The units depending on size and  location sell for 1.4 Million to 3 Million. The complex is fully gated with 24 hour security, a tennis court and pool with spa. This is one of the few town home developments in Malibu that is on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway. Do not want to cook and just take if easy? Just steps away from the town home and down  private steps is one of Malibu’s favorite casual eateries, The Sunset Restaurant.  Also near by is Spruzzo’s restaurant and Malibu Fitness. This casual gym with much outdoor areas to exercise and enjoy the ocean breeze. For more information on other units contact me.

Duplex sold in 2 weeks

This duplex was sold in 2 weeks. Two lovely single story European inspired homes had just come onto the market in the highly coveted Norma Triangle of West Hollywood. It sold 30% over the asking price of $1,375,000. Zoned as a duplex, the renovated, stylish bungalows were located in the heart of WEHO. Situated on a particularly quiet street, they are literally just steps away from the areas considerable shopping, nightlife and dining. Gated for privacy and completely enclosed by paved brick courtyards and gardens, brilliantly colored Bouganvillea, fragrant jasmine, passion flowers and roses surround both houses. Hummingbirds and butterflies grace the property year round. Click on the image below and the page will take you to the interactive virtual tour and you to walk through the property.

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Both bungalows featured French windows and double doors to allow for ample natural light from dawn to dusk. Continue reading

New home for sale Hollywood Hills

New home for sale in the Hollywood Hills is this stylish property in the Nichols Canyon area just off Mulholland Drive. This canyon neighborhood is known to many as a perfect area to live, because of its privacy and proximity to major studios, shopping and nightlife.

The home has been extensively renovated since it was last for sale. Upon walking in the home, the high ceilings are striking. The generously sized living room, with a custom flame cut-steel fireplace, leads into the dining area and french doors open to the pool/spa. Continue reading

Sunset Strip new construction

The Sunset Strip new construction was built in 2014. It is a modern 3 story pad with a pool on the rooftop. The foyer has a cascading waterfall and a river rock water feature. Adjoining is level is the home theater a 3 car garage and the elevator. The bedroom level has 2 guest rooms a large master with a well appointed bathroom and dressing room. The listing price is $4,399,000 and was just shown on broker preview this Tuesday.



Malibu Zuma Bay Villas

This is the new Malibu Zuma Bay Villas update for May 2015. Zuma Bay Villas in Malibu is one of the most desirable 24h guard gated communities above Zuma Beach in Malibu with outstanding white water views and beautiful sunsets. Additionally the complex has steps down to Westward Beach where the Sunset Restaurant is located. Also included in the amenities is a salt water pool, a spa, and a tennis court. The HOA dues are around $1000 There has been no sales recorded for this years though there had been several last year. The listings range from 1.1 Million for none perimeter units as the one with the light blue color on Las Olas Way to 2.8 Million on the bluff. The leases range from $4000 to $6200 and the higher one being a furnished property with a lease term usually under 1 year.


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Great Ocean View Home

This ocean view home is up Latigo Canyon 4 minutes from the beach. I looked at this home for some clients. Charles Kuiper, a local contractor, joined me. This is a diamond in the rough. I see the potential. CB listing just over 1 Million.



Malibu Beach Front Sales

Malibu beach front sales in the first 4 months in 2015 have ranged between $10,383,000 and $2,055,000. A total of 6 sales were published in the MLS. The high sale, located at 23560 Malibu Colony Rd. was within the Malibu Colony gates commonly known as number 66. It was a modern house on 3 levels measuring around 3800 square feet with 5 bedroom and 5.5 baths. The home had been on the market, on and off, since September of 2011 and started out with a listing price of $16,000,000.

Another beach sale, up the road from Malibu Colony and toward the end of Malibu Rd.,was a 4 unit building that had not been on the market for over 30 years. It sold for $5,600,000. On the market for 6 months. It had been originally listed at $6,850,000.

25006 Malibu Road sold for $7,700,000 and was completely remodeled in 2005 by one of the local builder. It was a small compound with an inner courtyard and had a guest unit at the garage level. The house itself had 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. 2,520 square feet was the published size of the home. The sale in 2006 was actually much higher and closed at $9,300,000. The actor Dennis Weaver owned the house in the early 90’s and then it had a Hawaiian flair.

The sales data is provided by The MLS.

Court Decides in Favor of Malibu

Court Decides in Favor of Malibu, Upholding High School
Sports Field Lights 

(Malibu, CA) – L.A. County Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled on Tuesday, February 17 in favor of the City and the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) in two lawsuits over the permitting of Malibu High School’s athletic field lights, allowing the lights to remain in place.

“Local school athletics is a big part of the life of our town and so are dark skies,” said Mayor John Sibert, “the City imposed restrictions on the lights in an effort to balance those interests. We are pleased that the court did not disturb our decision.”

Two lawsuits were filed against the City over the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) issued to SMMUSD to install permanent lighting for limited use on Malibu High School’s athletic field. One suit was filed by the Malibu Township Council (MTC) and a resident group, and the other by Cami Winikoff, Steve Uhring and a group formed to oppose the lights called the Malibu Community Alliance. MTC dropped out as a party early on but both lawsuits went to trial with the remaining plaintiffs.

SMMUSD requested the permits to install the lights after a group of residents formed The Shark Fund and raised the money to pay for the project. A lighted field is necessary to compete in certain levels of inter-school athletic games. The lights were installed in late 2012 after the Court turned down the plaintiffs’ request for an order preventing installation. The City issued the permits allowing permanent poles and removable light bars, but limited their use to 45 nights per year until 7:30 PM, and 16 nights per year until 10:30 PM.

The lawsuits challenged the City’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), claiming that the lights would have adverse health effects for surrounding residents and that the lighting project should be considered together with Malibu High’s larger remodeling project. That project is currently pending before the Coastal Commission due to the plaintiff group’s appeal.

The lawsuits also challenged the City’s handling of the application because the City Council considered SMMUSD’s application without the ordinary decision from the Planning Commission, after the City determined that three of the five Planning Commissioners had interests in the application that disqualified them from the application.

In a 15-page ruling, Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin said that he found all of the plaintiffs’ arguments “legally unavailing” and he found that the Planning Commission had acted properly under the circumstances by deciding to pass the application on to the City Council.

The plaintiffs argued that the Planning Commission had an obligation to decide the application which could be appealed to the City Council; but the Court stated that the Planning Commission was right not to “hold a useless, indeed farcical, public hearing and conduct a vote that everyone would understand was only for the purpose of permitting an appeal to the final decision maker.”