He performed as a teenager under the pseudonym Mad Skillz, but his career as a rapper never really took off. So, in the mid-1990s, and with much more success, Hollywood scion Scott Caan, now 45, took up the family business of acting. His father is, of course, legendary (and still working) octogenarian actor James Caan.
It wasn’t too long before the younger Caan landed the part of Turk Malloy in the blockbuster “Ocean’s” trilogy, and about a decade before he secured a lead role on the successful 2010 reboot of “Hawaii Five-O,” which ran for 240 episodes and earned him a 2011 Golden Globe nomination. He’s since branched out into screenwriting and producing; he wrote an upcoming feature film (“One Day as a Lion”), and it was announced last year he will co-write, executive produce and star in an upcoming network crime-drama called “Topangaland.”
The dedicated surfer is also, it appears, looking to get some experience as a landlord, setting out his low-key hideaway in Malibu’s prestigious guard-gated Serra Retreat as a high-end seasonal vacation rental at a princely $30,000 per month. The property is available through Shelley Brown of b.smth Real Estate Group, according to MLS listings.
The simply and casually appointed early 1970s California contemporary is configured as an “upside-down” house, with the open plan living and entertaining spaces on the upper level, to maximize the sweeping ocean, mountain and sunset views from the deck that wraps around the main living spaces. Walls of glass, glossy wood floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, and a handful of huge skylights ensure the slightly more than 2,300-square-foot house remains airy and filled with natural light all day long.
The living room’s antique brick fireplace is unaltered, while the eat-in kitchen has had a few updates since Caan acquired the home in 2017 for $2.3 million. The unusual mural tile backsplash was already in place at the time of Caan’s purchase, and he liked it well enough to keep it. The ceramic countertops, however, have been traded out for butcher block and the old appliances swapped for professional grade stainless-steel versions.
The master bedroom is on the upper level, along with a powder room for guests, and a trio of guest bedrooms on the ground floor each have direct access to the backyard. Much of the yard is arranged around a multilevel deck with built-in bench seating, and at the time Caan purchased the not-quite quarter-acre property there was an array of solar panels and a high efficiency heating system.
Caan, who shacked up in a “two-story Mediterranean-style house nestled on the slopes of Diamond Head” while filming “Hawaii Five-O,” has also long maintained a leafy compound of more than half an acre tucked into a secluded glade high above L.A.’s Laurel Canyon; in late 2006, he paid more than $1.9 million for a treehouse-like home, with a swimming pool set into a sunny clearing, and not quite seven years later he shelled out another $900,000 for a smaller neighboring home that’s hidden amid a towering stand of bamboo and other privacy-making foliage.