I have at least two things in common with Old Blue Eyes. First and most obvious, a pair of blue eyes. But beyond that, we both adored the gorgeous Rachlin Partners‘ Broad Beach house, and unabashedly salivated over it.
It was the perfect place for Jim and me to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in Malibu. We gathered with fellow architectural enthusiasts for the AIA sponsored, champagne infused tour of the home that Frank and Babara Sinatra seriously considered buying back in the early ’90’s, when it was built.
I fell in love with all three stories, but I was especially smitten with the infinity pool over looking the beach,
and the office loft space above the master bedroom, with built in desks for a perfect view of the Pacific. Oh, the features I could create in those lofty environs!
L.A. based, award-winning architect Michael Rachlin gave us the scoop on the tres sophisticated Broad Beach house that he created. The contemporary-styled luxury home is actually an architectural triumph, featuring high ceilings, spacious living areas perfect for entertaining, and expansive windows with views overlooking the Pacific. Even the glass elevator has a view: It delivers you from the street entrance to the front door, while providing an unobstructed vista of the iconic Malibu coastline. The 5,800 square foot home features five bedrooms and seven baths, including an independent and tucked away guest apartment.
Warm and gracious listing agents Susan Monus of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and David Konheim of Hilton & Hyland were on hand to inform us of purchase or rental details. All this glamor can be yours for the summer for $55,000 per month, or yours forever for $13,900,000, which is quite the steal for a Malibu beach house, when you consider the fact that much less glamorous homes down the coast, say on Carbon (Billionaires) Beach are asking far more.
It’s because of the erosion, Monus explained. When the house was built back in the ’90’s the sand came up right up to the retaining wall. Now, as you can see below, the pylons underneath are exposed. But have no fear! Billions and billions of grains of sand are on their way in huge barges, ready to restore the beach to it’s former expanse.
In spite of the erosion, I’d take a Broad Beach home over a Carbon Beach home any day. Sure, most of the Hollywood and high tech movers and shakers have moved down to Carbon Beach, and you can and do run into them frequently while strolling the shore, or dining at nearby Nobu. But those homes, as swank as they may be, are right smack on hellishly busy PCH, while Broad Beach homes are set back on a country(ish) road.
Who am I kidding? Something else that Frank Sinatra and I have in common is the fact that neither one of us will ever live in this gorgeous Broad Beach house. Still, I guess I should never say never. Wait… that’s a Sean Connery line. I think he lived on Broad Beach at one time too.
Frank Sinatra (and I) Savored This Broad Beach House, and You Can Too!