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Modernism on the Beach: The Miller House in Malibu Goes Up for Sale for the First Time

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    The Miller House

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    Open kitchen

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    70's style

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    Art with a view

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    Backyard on the beach

Designed by Edward Fickett, the Miller House is a perfectly preserved Mid-Century Modern time capsule located right on the beach, and it is for sale for the first time ever.

Built in 1973 for the Miller family, the light-filled retreat on the beach has remained in the family ever since. Listed for $8 million, this 3,946-square-foot spread in Malibu has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sauna, a separate art studio, and oodles of '70s charm.

On the ground level, the living room has massive glass windows to catch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, an asymmetrical fireplace to keep things cozy, and stained-wood paneling to create a beach vibe.

Opening into the dining room is a kitchen, which a buyer might want to update.

"There is a closet with a folding ironing board in the kitchen. The iron is wired to the wall and starts heating on a timer when you pull it out," says listing agent Madison Hildebrand. "The board is that special sea-foam sherbet green, you know, from 'The Brady Bunch' era."

Upstairs, there is no denying you're on the beach. The master bedroom has a wall of glass doors opening to a private balcony.

The master bath has been updated a little, but the home's character is alive and well.

"It is like going to grandma's house. You've got these big bulbs going in a full square around the mirror. It's great," says Hildebrand.

Mrs. Miller was an artist, so the home also has a separate (and large!) art studio. Thanks to some carefully placed windows, the generous studio is full of light and has a view of the ocean.

The home also has something most beachfront properties don't have: grass.

"Mrs. Miller never wanted to have sand in the house, so they chose this lot because it has grass and rocks protecting the ground level of the house from the beach," Hildebrand says.

And while it means a lot less sweeping, it also means the home has plenty of room for entertaining. Between the deck and the backyard, there is plenty of space to host a crowd.

Fickett, a pioneer of the California Modernism movement, was widely known as the " Architect to the Stars" and designed homes for Ava Gardner, Dick Clark, and Joan Crawford, among others. After her husband's passing, Joyce Fickett received a condolence letter from then President Clinton.

As for this beachfront dream home, Mrs. Fickett isn't the only one keeping a watchful eye.

"This house has been selected by two seagulls as their baby's nest," says Hildebrand. "They'll be ready to fly away soon, but they get very angry whenever I do showings. Just part of life on the beach!"