20 Great Reasons to Live in Malibu

Lee LaPlante  |  January 30, 2023


20 Great Reasons to Live in Malibu

Are you considering moving to Malibu and wondering if it would be the right fit for you? It’s easy to dream of the region’s signature beaches and spectacular sunsets — and with the help of the right agent, you could soon be lounging in luxury. Here are 20 reasons you should consider moving and buying the ultimate dream home in Malibu!

1. Immaculate weather

As a coastal city in Los Angeles County, Malibu has beautiful weather year-round. During the summers, you can expect sunny days with temperatures rising to the low 90s. The winters are temperate and mild, with high temperatures averaging around 70 degrees. Thanks to the gorgeous weather, you can fully engage in all Malibu's recreational activities!

2. Sensational parks

With brilliant weather all year round, you can enjoy the magnificent parks in and around Malibu. For example, Malibu Bluffs Park has sports fields, picnic tables, and walking trails. As for those with kids and dogs, consider Trancas Canyon Park, which has a playground and a spacious dog park. With so many parks in Malibu, they are likely to satisfy nearly every family member!

3. Adventuresome hikes

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Malibu offers an extensive network of trails for anyone from the casual walker to the hiking enthusiast. If you enjoy a challenge, you should head to the Santa Monica Mountains, which offer more than 500 miles of trails of varying difficulties. From easy two-mile walking trails to strenuous 65-mile treks, there are many options to enjoy Malibu's natural and rugged beauty. Consider the gorgeous Solstice Canyon and its beautiful waterfall. The 15-mile Malibu Creek State Park also runs alongside the water, leading to the infamous Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

4. Beautiful beaches

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There are dozens of world-famous beaches in Malibu. Consider exploring the rock formations at El Matador State Beach. The gentle waves lapping the sand at the expansive Zuma Beach make it a perfect spot for walking down the shoreline or wading in the shallows. Or, if you prefer a less crowded beach, consider El Pescador State Beach, where you might even spot a pod of dolphins!

5. Surfing

If you are an avid surfer, there are many places around Malibu to catch a giant wave. Topanga Beach has swells up to 10 feet high. There are also smaller waves for those new to surfing. Another option is the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, aptly called Surfrider, which offers some excellent surf for new surfers. Surfers sometimes hit up Zuma Beach, where breakers often look bigger than they are.

6. Panoramic views

Whether you are lounging on your private roof deck or having a delectable meal at a five-star restaurant, you can experience breathtaking views of the gorgeous, tranquil waters, wooded forest, or majestic mountains.

7. World-class restaurants

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From fresh seafood and prime steak to authentic local Californian cuisine, there are many excellent five-star dining options in Malibu. Consider Moonshadows for a world-class dining experience in an enclosed patio perched over the Pacific Ocean. Moonshadows recently ranked amongst the top 100 best restaurants in the country. Or try Geoffrey’s, an award-winning restaurant with scenic views and delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

8. Cozy coffee shops

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Whether you are looking to grab a coffee with a friend or get some work done, there are many coffee shops to satisfy every occasion. Head to Le Cafe de la Plage Malibu for the most exquisite French-inspired coffee.

9. Wineries

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Wine connoisseurs may be pleased to know that there are dozens of wineries in Malibu. If you want to sip wine with your significant other while experiencing romantic ocean views, consider Rosenthal Wine Bar & Patio. If you like Pinot Noir or Chardonnay and want to support a local business, consider a wine-tasting excursion at Strange Family Vineyards.

10. Sophisticated art scene

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There are seemingly endless ways to experience art and culture when living in Malibu. Consider the Malibu Contemporary Art Gallery, where guests can view an extensive collection of art created by artists local to Southern California.

11. The architecture

Malibu boasts many different kinds of architecture. There is the historic Adamson House Museum which is a combination of Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Revival styles. Stroll down the picturesque tree-lined streets, and you will see many more examples, from modern to Tudor-style.

12. One-of-a-kind houses

The homes in Malibu are genuinely one of a kind. You can find everything from spacious resort-style mansions to private hillside enclaves. Every Malibu home can be custom designed or renovated to suit every lifestyle.

13. Distinguished neighborhoods

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There are many neighborhoods in Malibu, each with a distinct vibe and culture. From exclusive and gated communities to custom home sites on private Carbon Beach, there are many options for those seeking the ultimate beach luxury lifestyle.

14. Quality schools

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Students may attend any of several well-rated schools in Malibu. Local public schools prepare students to test well and matriculate to esteemed secondary schools like the prestigious Pepperdine University.

15. Family-friendliness

Malibu is not just for celebrities — it has a family-friendly culture with many attractions appealing to children of all ages. Take the kids to shallow tide pools along the beaches, fully immersive playgrounds, interactive museums, and kid-friendly restaurants.

16. Museums

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There are excellent museums in Malibu that astound and amaze newcomers and return visitors who have been living in Malibu for years. For example, the Getty Villa celebrates Roman architecture and ancient art.

17. Shopping

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If you wish to engage in retail therapy, you can satisfy many of your needs at the premier Malibu Country Mart. Here, you can find various local and famous brands such as Ron Herman, ba&sh, and Bleusalt. It is your go-to stop for exquisite coffee and high-end luxury garments.

18. Malibu Farmers’ Market

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Living in Malibu means you don’t have to get fruits and vegetables at chain grocery stores. Instead, you can pick up a batch of fresh and organically grown produce at the local and highly-rated Farmers’ Market, conveniently located across the street from the Malibu Country Mart!

19. Blue City certified

Recently certified as a Blue City, Malibu promises to protect its waterways and oceans to produce cleaner air for locals and tourists.

20. High rates of appreciation

Investing in Malibu real estate is an excellent value, as it has shown to appreciate over time. If you buy a home in Malibu, you can be assured that it will continue to appreciate well into the future.
Do you want to move to Malibu? If so, schedule a consultation with award-winning real estate agent Lee LaPlante. She can provide expert guidance on everything from the competitive real estate market to localized neighborhood insights. With over 25 years of extensive experience buying and selling homes, let Lee help you find the perfect home in Malibu!

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