Back in 2003, California kidney doctor Wei-Tzuoh Chen and his wife Carrie bought a lot in Malibu for just over $2 million. The couple then engaged modernist architect Ed Niles — best known for avant-garde creations like the Milton Sidley house, which is said to largely resemble the International Space Station — to create another particularly eye-catching vacation home. Six years and $15 million later, their very custom creation was complete, and it sports 75 feet of sandy shoreline overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Now the Visalia-based couple have decided to try and sell the Japanese Shoji-style showpiece for a second time, asking a speck under $69 million — about $16 million more than what they first wanted for the place back in 2015. Of course, Malibu trophy home prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, and per The Wall Street Journal, the premises are being sold furnished. Those interiors include design elements inspired by the numbers eight and nine to ensure luck and good fortune, plus a wealth of feng shui elements.
Resting on a blufftop parcel spanning almost an acre, and protected by an exposed concrete wall, gates and remotely monitored security system, the contemporary glass, steel and concrete structure was completed in 2010, and features a four-bedroom, six-bath main house and separate one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse — for a total of just over 8,200 square feet of living space.
There are Gascoigne Blue limestone floors, soaring ceilings, numerous skylights and curving walls of glass throughout, plus glitzy amenities like a high-tech music room, 19-seat soundproof movie theater, stainless Japanese soaking tub, hydraulic elevator and nine Sub-Zero refrigerators. Outdoors, the grassy grounds host a fireside conversation pit and barbecue station, along with a two-car garage.
Especially standing out in the main house is a grand entry hall that can hold around 100 people. From there, a translucent-topped great room boasts a spacious living area lined with retractable glass doors opening to a terrace. An adjacent dining area connects to a gourmet kitchen, which is outfitted with sleek Bulthaup cabinetry, Dornbracht faucets, an expansive eat-in island and top-of-the-line appliances; and elsewhere are four ocean-view en-suite bedrooms.
According to WSJ, the Chens are selling because they are based in the San Joaquin Valley and don’t use the home as often as they once did. The listing is held by Madison Hildebrand and Jennifer Chrisman of Compass, and Wendy Wong and Katherine Quach of Treelane Realty Group.