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Getting Around Malibu: Monte Nido

A catered lunch is served to a film crew in the drive of a Monte Nido estate.  The Monte Nido area is often used for filming due to its diverse properties with plenty of land to accomodate the crews.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
A catered lunch is served to a film crew in the drive of a Monte Nido estate. The Monte Nido area is often used for filming due to its diverse properties with plenty of land to accomodate the crews.

Monte Nido Neighborhood

Up Malibu Canyon, just east of Malibu Creek State Park, the community of Monte Nido nestles into its valley, well described by the Spanish name which means "Mountain Nest".

Oak trees, quiet streets, and horses are typical of the Monte Nido neighborhood.Copyright MalibuComplete.com
Oak trees, quiet streets, and horses are typical of the Monte Nido neighborhood.

After the turn of the 20th century, several select spots in the Santa Monica mountains area developed into weekend respites from the city. The Stunt family developed a homestead on the north slope of Saddle Peak, in the Monte Nido area. A favorite spot for filming motion pictures, the scenery was ideal for Hollywood. Scenes from such films as Tarzan, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Stalag 17 and many more were shot in this area, in Monte Nido itself or the adjacent Malibu Creek State Park. The area continues to be active for location scouts.

Technically, the area is the back part of Calabasas, outside the City of Calabasas as well as the City of Malibu. Monte Nido occupies its own valley away from The Valley, bordered by Mulholland Highway, Malibu Canyon Road and the Saddle Peak mountain, which can be ascended via Piuma or Stunt Road. Monte Nido became connected to Malibu with the opening of Malibu Canyon Road in 1953. Prior to that, the route up over Saddle Peak then down via Rambla Pacifico or Las Flores had to be endured, too long to be practical. Now, Monte Nido is ten minutes from the heart of Malibu and the beach.

The new traffic signal at the end of Malibu Canyon at Piuma Road, installed in 1999, represented a coming-of-age for the Monte Nido neighborhood, a loss of rural innocence. Most homes sit on larger parcels, typically one acre, but multimillion-dollar estates on larger acreage are plentiful. Smaller homes, many originally summer cottages, are more typical of the part of Monte Nido along Crater Camp Drive, mixed with larger and newer units.

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