Malibu has many attractions, but the beach is fundamental. Therefore, the pecking order of Malibu land goes like this:
- On the beach
- Bluff top, over the beach with deeded rights
- Off the beach, with deeded beach rights
- Near the beach, ocean view
- Near the beach, no ocean view
- Away from the beach, ocean view
- Away from the beach, with 310 area code
- Far from the beach, outside 310 ("Ozarks")
There are a few overlaps, but you get the idea. Landside neighborhoods have something located between them and the beach (often PCH) but may still have an ocean view or even deeded beach rights. Far away from the beach, the neighborhoods start to be called "Inland" so you can think of landside as the middle range, between beach and inland.
While "landside" is not quite as glamorous as "beach" many people prefer it, including people who can afford whatever they want. For example, Barbra Streisand set up her multi-house compound in Ramirez Canyon at a cost that could have bought a lot of beach. So in the end its a matter of taste and preference, nothing is absolute.