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Simon Cowell Snags Ocean View Estate in Malibu

location: Malibu, Calif.
price: $25 million
size: (approx.) 10,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 half bathrooms

Word on the high-end Malibu real estate street is that music producer and televised talent show tycoon Simon Cowell is just about to complete the $25 million purchase of an ocean view estate in Malibu, California. On a high bluff near Puerco Canyon and listed at $26.995 million, the 1.63-acre spread is being sold by Las Vegas Sun publisher Brian Greenspun, a longtime pal and political supporter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who will lucratively almost quadruple the $6.95 million paid for the property in 2003.
A gated drive lined with palm trees and tropical foliage passes under a porte cochère as it enters a vast enclosed motor court at the front of the approximately 10,000-square-foot, low-slung single-story contemporary villa. Spare but still comfortable and luxurious interior spaces are finished with a subdued but tony mix of lustrous dark chocolate toned hardwood floors and creamy beige Beaumaniere stone floors set against luminous, hand-finished white Venetian plaster walls. The estate’s seven bedrooms and seven full and two half bathrooms include a secluded guest suite with private entrance and an ocean-view master suite with fireplace and dual bathrooms — one with another fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, plus a massage/spa retreat.
Skylight topped and, hence, sunlight flooded open-plan living, dining and entertaining spaces orbit around a freestanding, double-sided fireplace clad in the same smooth Beaumaniere stone as the floor and expansive walls of floor-to-ceiling glass panels slide open the house to a stone-paved courtyard with swimming pool and spa while terraces along the back of the house give way to a koi pond and a great sweep of lawn with palm-framed ocean view. Additional amenities include a walled and lighted tennis court, an outdoor kitchen, garage space for four cars, dedicated staff quarters, a comprehensive security system and, for beach access, a private path that makes a long zigzag down the steep hillside below the backyard.
The famously cantankerous and lavish living British music and television entrepreneur maintains an international residential property portfolio that includes a substantial residence in the hoity-toity Holland Park area of London and a three-bedroom apartment in a posh, Peter Pennoyer-designed boutique apartment house in New York City’s Upper East Side snapped up in 2014 for $10.85 million. In 2011, Cowell picked up a sleek, 7,200-square-foot Hal Leavitt-designed contemporary in the ultra-trendy and brutally spendy Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills he bought from then-AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips for $15.5 million and he’s recently completed a March & White decorative overhaul of his 9,000-plus-square-foot mansion in the Flats of Beverly Hills he bought in 2008 for $8 million from Jennifer Lopez and recently had a decorative makeover by his favorite London-based interior designers March & White into a family-friendly home with a sophisticated and unquestionably colossally costly monochromatic palette.
The seller was represented by Jay Luchs and Steven Schaefer of Newmark Residential.

  1. heyitsron says:

    Very few know how to live than Simon. Enjoying life to the fullest. About that “famously cantankerous and lavish living” yes, the smart know how to live. And cantankerous? Just giving those a dose of reality they really need to continue in life. Telling it like it is. He’s not your mama or daddy. Now if he could quit that filthy cigarette habit.

  2. LD says:

    Nice place – on a bluff between PCH and Malibu Road.
    It was built on spec around 1987 and they had a
    heck of a time unloading it – sat on the market for years.

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