After more than two decades of ownership, a trust tied to the extended family of Marc Nathanson — the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Norway, who founded a cable TV company in the 1970s and sold it in 1999 for a whopping $3.7 billion — has offloaded a long-held vacation home on Malibu’s prestigious Broad Beach.
Records show the new owners are Eric and Chandra Bergeson, he a former NFL player who is now a wealthy Salt Lake City-based hedge fund manager. The Bergesons paid $22 million for the East Coast-style estate, which was originally acquired by Nathanson’s younger brother Greg Nathanson in 2000. About 10 years ago, records show the house was gifted to trusts benefiting other family members, and the premises also underwent a makeover by New England-based interior designer Karin Blake during the Nathansons’ tenure.
In 2017, the property was photographed for Architectural Digest, which described the house as “your own private Nantucket along the windswept dunes of Malibu.”
Tucked away on over a quarter-acre parcel of land, and offering 40 feet of ocean frontage, the wood-shingled and green-accented structure is accessed via a gated entry courtyard featuring a shallow pool surrounded by a bluestone-clad patio. Inside, five bedrooms and seven baths are spread across just over 6,000 square feet of warm and rustic living space on two levels boasting an elevator, wide-plank walnut floors and high ceilings featuring reclaimed wood beams culled from barns in Vermont.
Especially standing out on the main floor are combined dining and living spaces warmed by a cozy fireplace, and sporting French doors spilling out to an expansive deck ideal for al fresco dining and lounging, along with a wide sandy backyard and winding pathway leading to the beach beyond. There’s also a gourmet kitchen outfitted with a large center island, high-end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and white-painted “Z” cabinet doors with hand-formed iron latches and hinges that were salvaged from a stable belonging to late actor/furniture craftsman George Montgomery.
Five ensuite bedrooms can be found upstairs, including a sumptuous master retreat decked out with a fireside sitting area and private deck providing whitewater views, plus a spa-like bath equipped with Waterworks fixtures, a freestanding oval soaking tub and separate glass-encased shower. Elsewhere in the house is a media room, and there’s also an attached two-car garage out front.
Prominent art collectors and philanthropists, and the owners of real estate juggernaut Mapleton Investments, Marc Nathanson and wife Jane are well-known for supporting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other local institutions. The couple maintains a revamped Wallace Neff-designed mansion in Montecito and ski chalet in Aspen, as well as a primary residence in L.A.’s ritzy Holmby Hills neighborhood.
Tony Mark and Russell Grether of Compass handled both sides of the off-market transaction.