More than a year after her longtime home in the mountains of Malibu hit the market for a cool $18 million, chef and cookbook author Geraldine Gilliland has finally handed over the keys to a new owner. Records show the discount buyer is former college and pro basketball player Drederick Irving — probably best known to the public as the father of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving — who doled out $10.7 million for the place, or around $7.4 million less than the original asking price.
Called “Rancho Chiquita” — and used through the years as a wedding and party venue, as well as a filming site for the TV reality show “The Voice” and even a nonprofit dog rescue — the 40-acre property was acquired over 20 years ago by Gilliland, owner of Santa Monica’s Lula Cocina Mexicana restaurant, who subsequently expanded her land holdings. Today, the gated compound includes a hacienda-style main house and detached guesthouse, all of it resting on a 225-acre parcel overlooking panoramic ocean and mountain vistas.
As for the main house, the stucco and terracotta-roof structure features more than 6,700 square feet of two-level living space boasting wood-beam ceilings, a mix of Saltillo tile and hardwood floors, arched doorways and clerestory windows throughout. Main-level highlights range from a fireside living room and formal dining room with its own fireplace, to a gourmet kitchen outfitted with granite countertops, an eat-in island with built-in wine storage, high-end stainless appliances, a walk-in pantry and breakfast nook.
All of bedrooms are sequestered in two separate wings of the house — one spotlighted by an ocean-view master retreat, which comes complete with a custom fireplace, private patio, spacious cedar-lined walk-in closet, separate fireside sitting room, loft space, and luxe bath that opens to a terrace with a spa — and the other holding two main-level bedrooms with access to an outdoor palapa, and a lower-level staff/guest suite with two bedrooms, an office, living room and kitchenette.
Outdoors, the palatial grounds host an infinity-edge pool and spa, kitchen and bar setup, and numerous spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining — including a lawn area with room for up to 250 guests. Additional amenities include a separate gated service entrance leading to a large motor court and an event-staging area, along with a three-car garage and additional parking for at least 20 vehicles.