Want what you want when you want it? “Just Postmate It!” While that may work with say, a $3,400 dress, two Tumi suitcases priced at over $2,800, a full drum set or even sex toys — yes, all of those orders have been made and fulfilled via the delivery app — it’s probably not so easy when that something you have a hankering for just so happens to be a pricey ocean-view house in Malibu. Unless, that is, you’re Postmates cofounder and longtime CEO Bastian Lehmann; though he left the company earlier this year, following Uber’s all-stock acquisition of Postmates for $2.65 billion, his tenure at the San Francisco-based entity made him a very wealthy man, with more than enough cash to purchase a strikingly revamped mansion in the highly sought-after Malibu Park neighborhood.
Records reveal the German-born entrepreneur doled out $19 million in an off-market deal for the home, a whopping $10 million premium over what luxury real estate developer/interior designer Saffron Case of Saffron Case Homes paid for the late ’90s property just a year ago. But she’s since given the place a complete interior and exterior overhaul, which included brand-new Steelcase windows and French doors on the entire backside of the house to allow for a quintessential SoCal indoor-outdoor lifestyle. She also gutted the formerly country-style kitchen in favor of a sleek culinary center outfitted with high-end appliances, a marble-topped eat-in island and double French doors that spill out onto an al fresco dining terrace bedecked with an eye-catching tiled fireplace.
Nestled securely behind gates and towering hedges, on a 2.5-acre parcel overlooking the Pacific and just minutes from Zuma Beach and the popular Trancas Country Market, the Spanish Revival-style structure has five bedrooms and an equal number of baths spread across 7,000 square feet of elegant living space marked by a touch of edginess. Two levels are punctuated throughout by soaring wood-bream ceilings and new blonde hardwood floors. Among the highlights: a spacious living room adorned with a floor-to-ceiling hacienda-style fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves, along with a fireside master retreat boasting a separate sitting room, and a luxe bath equipped with dual vanities, a pedestal soaking tub and glass-encased shower.
When it comes to the lushly manicured grounds, they’ve been reconfigured to include an inviting courtyard with a water feature, a built-in seating area warmed by a firepit and an adjacent patio ideal for relaxing. Found holding court all by itself, down newly added tiered grass steps, is a pool and spa that blends seamlessly with the sprawling lawn for the perfect finale to this master opus.
Mike Cunningham of Pinnacle Malibu Estates repped Case in the sale of the Malibu mansion.