Getting Around Malibu: Broad Beach

Home at the corner of Broad Beach Road and Seafield Drive.Copyright
Home at the corner of Broad Beach Road and Seafield Drive.

Broad Beach Neighborhood

Community of homes along Broad Beach Road in Malibu.Copyright
Community of homes along Broad Beach Road in Malibu.

The Broad Beach neighborhood is one of the most expensive and exclusive in Malibu. Home to many well known celebrities and entertainment industry titans (e.g. Goldie Hawn, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Danny DeVito), the 1.1-mile stretch of Malibu coastline includes a community of 108 beachfront homes. The axis of the area is Broad Beach Road, a section of highway that was Pacific Coast Highway before PCH was relocated inland and upslope. The eastern end of Broad Beach Road joins PCH at the Trancas Canyon Road traffic light while the western end reconnects to PCH just west of the Seafield Drive intersection shown in the photo above.

Broad Beach itself continues to Victoria Point (originally Lachusa Point, owned by actress Paulette Goddard), at its western end. A spectacular home by modernist architect John Lautner sits on the point.

There are many extraordinary homes within Broad Beach as well as homes that have not been upgraded for some years. A few lots are still undeveloped. The 1978 Malibu fire burned homes in this area on its way to the sea.

Beach access is available through two sanctioned paths to the beach, one a stairway at 31344 Broad Beach Road and a cement walkway and steps at 31200. Public use of the beach is governed by the same rules as elsewhere in California. That is, private property starts at the mean high tide line. However, many of the homes along Broad Beach include easements in their property deeds, granting the public an additional 25 feet of beach, above the usual "seaward of mean high tide line" public beach. Dozens of Broad Beach homes have these easements, but the exact location of the line is not always clear.

There have been acrimonious conflicts over public access to Broad Beach, inflated by press accounts and posturing politicians. For details, read Lines in the Sand by long-time Broad Beach resident Marshall Lumsden.

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