Malibu Colony is a private stretch of 100 homes where celebrities and moguls have gathered for 80 years. This is the place where memorable parties are held and Oscar-winning scripts are written. Besides being able to live comfortably away from the public eye, many famous residents enjoy this area for its beautiful ocean and sandy yards. And every Fourth of July private barges are hired.
This playground of the celebrities is gated and guarded. The Colonyites have included Tom Hanks, Linda Ronstadt, Howie Mandell, Rob Reiner, Sting, and Cicely Tyson. This remote area was once off limits to everyone until it was opened up in 1929. May Rindge was in a financial bind after her husband, an electric and oil company magnate, died. Known as the “Queen of Malibu” May owned all 27 miles of the beach and was forced to allow some celebrities to build their vacation homes there. This neighborhood was called the Malibu Movie Colony. For a few years it was for renting purposes only until she finally let wealthy residents purchase their properties. Residents in the late 1930’s included Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow, and Barbara Stanwyck.
Many movie studios had shacks constructed at Malibu Colony to give their stars some privacy as well as athletic activity. At one of the tennis courts there is still a photograph of Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin, holding racquets. Pretty much every home on this beach has an interesting story to tell.
1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3891
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