Real Estate Report: Timeless Post-Modern Pioneer in Malibu, $3.9M




After a half-million dollar price cut, this much-published icon of modern California domestic architecture is for sale at $3.9M.

The Basics: A three-bedroom, three-bath bath house plus guest house, studio, and pool on about 1.3 acres in Malibu, not far inland from Point Dume. Not So Basic: It’s the Yudell-Beebe house, built in 1988 by architect Buzz Yudell ands wife, interior designer and color specialist Tina Beebe. One of the first houses to recreate the austere farmhouses of Tuscany in California, it inspired many imitations, especially farther north in Napa and Sonoma counties.

The house follows an east-west axis running downhill, with a long series of stepped patios on one side parallel to a long interior hall inside. Along the outside axis are pergolas and garden “rooms” while inside the kitchen, dining, living and service areas feed off the hall, with bedrooms upstairs through a balcony library. All this leads to a down to a walled lap pool and spa. 

Farther uphill there’s the garage and studio with a guest apartment above, looking out over the Yudell’s small orchard and up to the mountains:

The house is not staged, and although it still still looks lovely, those timeless looks belie the fact that it was built at the end of the Disco Era; the hills of Malibu are littered with houses composed of shiny diagonals, huge expanses of plate glass and black leather furniture. Dozens more images at the realtor’s dedicated website, all of which will make you want to crack open a bottle of cold Pinot Grigio and make tomato bruschetta.

 Listing: 29755 Harvester Road, Malibu  [Redfin]