Back in the early 1990s, Daniel Stern doled out just over $1 million for this serene little ranch-style number in the exclusive Point Dume enclave of Malibu. Now the actor and veteran screenwriter — perhaps best known for his portrayal of bumbling burglar Marv Murchins in the first two “Home Alone” movies — is returning his longtime residence to market for the first time in three decades, asking just under $15 million.
Nestled behind gates at the end of a cul-de-sac, on a secluded nearly two-acre parcel rife with mature trees and gardens, the house is referred to in the listing as “one of Malibu’s best-kept secrets.” Originally built in 1959, but updated through the years, the stucco-clad structure features five bedrooms and an equal number of baths in 4,325 square feet of single-level living space boasting hardwood floors and vaulted wood-beam ceilings.
Highlights include a spacious fireside great room sporting walls of glass and French doors spilling out to a patio ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Back inside, an updated gourmet kitchen outfitted with high-end Wolf appliances, stone countertops and a breakfast nook connects to a formal dining room with a wet bar. There’s also a media room and nearby ensuite guest bedroom.
Four additional bedrooms are sequestered in their own private wing, including a master suite complete with a terrace, dual walk-in closets, and tiled bath equipped with a soaking tub and separate shower. An adjoining office/sitting room leads to the grassy backyard, which holds a freeform pool and spa surrounded by a sundeck. Rounding it all out: a two-car garage and deeded access to Point Dume Riviera Beach.
Stern’s breakout role came alongside Dennis Quaid in the late 1970s movie “Breaking Away.” The Maryland native went on to achieve box-office success in the “Home Alone” franchise; but today, at 64, he’s probably more recognized for helping found the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu in the ’90s, as well as an artist whose bronze sculptures are on display across SoCal. He’s also the father of California State Sen. Henry Stern.