November 6th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

See what goes into a home that only the top 1 percent of the 1 percent can afford


Impeccable, commercial-grade materials are evident throughout a boldly designed 8,000-square-foot Malibu oceanfront estate, currently the community’s highest-valued residential listing at $53 million.

An emphasis on quality

Homeowner Dr. Chen made sure every aspect of this stunning seaside abode is of the highest quality. All doors and windows are made by Fleetwood with stainless-steel hardware and cladding. French limestone is used liberally throughout. Almost all lighting features commercial-grade LEDs, and is wired to work with simple control devices. All windows are commercial grade with tempered safety glass.

Steel beams and concrete walls create a contrasting industrial aesthetic and provide ample space for an extensive art collection. A nuanced panel effect draws the sea air in, creating a natural airflow throughout the home. The residence boasts four bedroom suites in the main house, including a luxury master with dramatic curved window walls. The bedrooms are connected to the rest of the house by an interior glass bridge. The property also has a separate guest house with one bedroom and a full bathroom.

The main living area and gourmet kitchen seamlessly transition through receding sliding doors to the oceanfront outdoor living space. An enclosed casual-dining area features ocean-view seating, a barbecue, and a buffet line off the kitchen

The kitchen includes nine sectional refrigerators by Subzero and built-in appliances from Guggenheim. Custom-made Bulthaup cabinets are in the kitchen and throughout the house, the first of their kind in the nation. The kitchen has its own fountain, and all water is filtered indoors and out via two tank-less water heaters plus a large water tank heater. Stainless-steel bathroom vanities are from Dornbracht. Outdoor sculptures were commissioned by Brad Howe.

Technology designed with ease of use in mind

An astonishing array of high-tech amenities is built into the home. In addition to the music room, there’s a soundproof theater, whole-house audio system, an elevator, and 11 five-ton unit-zoned air conditioners.

Each of the 19 rooms has an independent server for high-speed Internet connections via wiring in the concrete walls. Two Wi-Fi systems also provide coverage throughout the house. A whole-house security is hard wired with multiple cameras and 24-hour surveillance and remote monitoring capabilities through a cell phone.

The owner may be moving, but the home itself won’t be going anywhere soon. It is anchored by 60 epoxy-coated steel friction piles, each 2.5 feet in diameter, reaching 30 to 50 feet into bedrock.

See what else this one-of-a-kind home has to offer.


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