Nearly three decades after his 1994 death, the oceanfront Malibu home of Henry Mancini is available for the first time ever, asking a smidgen under $13 million. Mancini bought the midcentury getaway on coveted La Costa Beach at the height of his career — in 1972, and for a mere $147,500, per records.
“This house is actually in the perfect location,” said listing agent Tony Mark of The Mark & Grether Group at Compass. “Situated east of the La Costa Beach Club, on a deep sandy section, you have incredible whitewater and downcoast views, along with the peace and privacy of being away from public access. It’s a true classic Malibu beach house with an inspiring history.”
Often called “one of the greatest composers in the history of film,” Mancini penned musical scores for hundreds of movies and TV shows — “Peter Gunn,” “The Pink Panther,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Victor Victoria,” just to name a few — and earned four Oscars, a Golden Globe and 20 Grammys, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in ’95; he even reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the late ’60s with his arrangement and recording of the “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.”
Nestled on a 0.15-acre parcel, the beige wood-sided structure is fronted by a two-car garage and driveway with room for two additional vehicles. Built in the late 1950s and updated through the years, the home packs four bedrooms and three baths into a little more than 2,200 square feet of stylish living space offering up picturesque coastal vistas stretching from Point Dume and the Malibu Pier to the Queen’s Necklace.
A walled and gated courtyard boasting a seating area and gas fire-pit leads into the main level of the two-story residence. From there, a living room displays a floor-to-ceiling marble fireplace flanked by a built-in TV, and has a wall of glass sliders spilling out to an oceanfront deck with private beach access.
Other highlights include a dining area equipped with a wraparound banquette, which connects via a mirrored wet bar topped by glassy shelves to a spacious galley-style kitchen outfitted with a high-end Viking double oven and breakfast bar.
Upstairs, a spacious master retreat sits beneath a vaulted wood-beam ceiling, and comes complete with a built-in dressing area and balcony overlooking the ocean, as well as a luxe bath sporting a marble shower and soaking tub. Elsewhere on this level are two additional guest bedrooms, with the first floor hosting a fourth bedroom that currently serves as an office.