It appears Michael Connelly may be reshaping his longtime bicoastal lifestyle into an exclusively West Coast affair. Over the past year, the acclaimed mystery novelist has both thinned his healthy herd of homes — selling two properties in L.A. and two in Tampa — and added to his portfolio with his priciest purchase yet, an $8.7 million house sitting directly on the sand of Malibu’s coveted La Costa Beach.
Raised in Philadelphia and Florida, Connelly initially worked as a newspaper journalist — first at Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel, later at the L.A. Times — before becoming one of the country’s most well-known authors of mystery and detective fiction. Perhaps his best-known character is LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, who captains what eventually became a best-selling, 21-book series of novels. The books eventually spawned “Bosch,” Amazon Studios’ acclaimed TV series, which is scheduled to premiere its seventh and final series this month. Worldwide, Connelly has sold over 80 million copies of his books.
Over in Malibu, Connelly’s new beachfront digs were built in 1970 and since extensively updated. And when it popped up for sale last month, the oceanfront structure attracted flocks of interested buyers — records reveal the $8.7 million purchase price was actually $200,000 more than the ask, a strong indicator of a bidding war and far over the $6.1 million the house last fetched, back in 2019. Per the listing, there are three bedrooms and 3.5 baths in about 2,100 square feet of living space.
Out front, the property features an unusually deep driveway, plus an attached two-car garage. The home’s front door is protected from bustling Pacific Coast Highway by a walled and gated courtyard, complete with a stone fountain and tranquil seating area. Inside, the whitewashed interiors include a main floor with an eat-in kitchen, open living room, and a beachfront dining room. All three of the home’s bedrooms are located on the upper level, the master with views over the lower levels outdoor deck and the sandy beach and aquamarine ocean waters beyond.