Getting Around Malibu: Sea Vista

Looking across PCH from Escondido Beach Road to the intersection with Via Escondido DriveCopyright
Looking across PCH from Escondido Beach Road to the intersection with Via Escondido Drive, the entrance to Sea Vista.

Sea Vista Neighborhood

March 2003 satellite image of Sea Vista area.
March 2003 satellite image of Sea Vista area.

Sea Vista Drive is a residential development across Pacific Coast Highway from Escondido Beach and Cove Colony. It consists of an east-west street with two entrances. To the east, it connects to PCH from Via Escondido Drive. The Sycamore Park boundary cuts through Sea Vista midway, dividing it into two sections that do not connect. The eastern segment of Sea Vista branches off into Via Linda. Sea Vista "west" is sometimes considered part of Sycamore Park since Sea Vista Drive is not continuous.

The area is characterized by relatively dense development, consisting of about one single family home to one half acre, to one home to a maximum of about six acres. Homes in the area are generally from 2000 to 8000 square feet, and are from one to three stories in height.

The development originally dates back to a style of architecture that reflects the fifties genre. Most of these older homes have been upgraded through additions and remodeling in recent years and many newer homes, have been built. Some older homes still exist as they were built. Sea Vista "east is characterized by large, deep lots, some of which have been subdivided to afford room enough for several large houses. There are some lots with separate guest houses, garages, or servant's quarters. Some parcels are still undeveloped. These lots are surrounded by developed parcels.

Most of the homes in the area are two story structures, some are single story, and some are three stories in height. Most of the lots are on hilly terrain, that afford sweeping views of the ocean or the surrounding hillsides. All the roads are privately maintained by homeowners. Sea Vista "east" has many newer homes that are frequently substantially larger than current standards allow. Most of the homes feature large backyards. There are several homes which have pools, a few with tennis courts, and some with corrals and/or stables.

Along PCH, at Via Escondido and Sea Vista, there is a private tennis club, with three tennis courts and a landscaped common area.

The issue of public access across private property is of major concern to residents here. The general public uses the private roads and private access to the beach. The privately deeded beach has an easement for the public to the mean high tide line. Others use the private roads to park and access Escondido Canyon.

In addition, those wishing to play tennis often find the parking is taken by public beach goers. Mobile homes, RVs, campers, and horse trailers are sometimes parked there, seriously compromising security in the area. There have been complaints that transients, sleeping under the bridge on Via Escondido or at Latigo Canyon, next to Sea Vista east, have frightened residents and small children.

Sources: Information on this page was adapted from the City of Malibu, General Plan, November 1995

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