Serra Retreat – Where Hollywood Relaxes and Revitalizes
Do you ever wonder where Mel Gibson or James Cameron go to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood? Just inland from the famed Surfrider Beach and iconic Malibu Pier is a special neighborhood called Serra Retreat, a pocket of perfection and privacy away from the crowds of Los Angeles, but still within walking distance to shops/restaurants and the beach.
The Serra Retreat neighborhood surrounds a functioning retreat owned and operated by the Franciscan Order. Located on a wooded 26-acre knoll above Malibu Creek, the retreat has panoramic ocean and mountain views, Mediterranean-style buildings that include 60 guest rooms, a chapel, conference rooms and a kitchen. The grounds feature manicured gardens, paths, walkways and several panoramic overlooks with benches. The location is known for hosting wonderful retreats for schools, churches, and clubs.
The private properties surrounding the retreat have been home to many of Hollywood’s elite including Dick van Dyke, James Cameron, David Foster, Larry Hagman, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Kelsey Grammer, Olivia Newton John, Charles Bronson, Matthew Perry, David Charvet, Brooke Burke, and billionaire Larry Ellison. This neighborhood’s attractiveness comes from the privacy afforded by the 24-hour manned guard gates; and the safe, private streets make it an ideal area to raise children. Many of the properties boast equestrian facilities with access to trails for riding and hiking and the location is a short walk to Cross Creek area shops/restaurants and Surfrider Beach/Malibu Pier.
If this sounds like a community you would like to call home, then check out 23155 Mariposa de Oro Street. The exquisite 5 bed/5.5 bath single-story hacienda is situated on nearly an acre of lushly landscaped grounds. The main house boasts a spacious chefs kitchen, large sun-drenched living room, den/office & 3 ensuite bedrooms, plus a detached 2 bed/2 bath guest house. There is a tennis court with a viewing pavilion, pool/spa, Koi pond, organic gardens, green house and gym. Stunning indoor & outdoor entertaining areas including a poolside fireplace & BBQ. Impeccably maintained & tastefully appointed. Offered for $9,500,000 – represented by Brian Rapf and Jack Pritchett.