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Getting Around Malibu: Malibu Lake

Historic archway in Malibou Lake conveys some of the semi-rural charm of this lake and hillside community.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
Historic archway in Malibou Lake conveys some of the semi-rural charm of this lake and hillside community.

Malibu Lake Neighborhood

Lakeside homes line the man-made Malibou Lake.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
Lakeside homes line the man-made Malibou Lake.

The "Malibou Lake Mountain Club" was incorporated in 1926 and in the following year purchased 182 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. The name was purposely misspelled to avoid a connection with Malibu which at that time was considered controversial because of the on-going conflict with May K. Rindge.

By 1928, the club had constructed a dam and a lodge for club members. The lake that formed behind the dam was used for recreational purposes. In addition, club members purchased lots on club property and erected vacation cabins there. Eventually, over 100 small houses and cabins stood on the property surrounded by oak, pine, sycamore, and acacia trees. Celebrities such as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard frequented the Malibu Lake community and club during its early decades.

Films shot at Malibu Lake: "Wells Fargo" (Paramount 1937), "Adventures of Marco Polo" (United Artists 1938), "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (Selznick 1938), "Out California Way" (Republic 1946), and "Home on the Range" (Republic 1946).

Today Malibou Lake is a unique blend of mountain and lake living with the amenities of a private club. Beautiful older homes lining the lake are complemented by newer homes in the hills and adjacent acreage as well as the large areas of parkland nearby. As more and more conventional suburban development gobbles up available space, the semi-rural special qualities of this neighborhood grow in value.

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