Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow bought one of the hottest spots in Malibu in 2003. In 2012, he realized he probably could smile without it and perhaps went on to spend more weekends in New England.
However, the new owners, in an effort to score a hit after paying Manilow $5.5 million for the property, brought in architect Darren Domingue of Domicile Design to remodel the remarkable residence. Now bigger and better than ever, the home is on the market for $16,750,000.
"This house is located on one of the most historical and desired oceanfront streets in Malibu. The recent renovation turned legendary Barry Manilow's home into a one-of-a-kind beach home retreat," says listing agent Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International.
Beachfront property comes at a premium, and this lot on Old Malibu Road sits on a unique promontory that provides both privacy and ocean views from Colony Point to Catalina. The walled property has private beach access, so you can enjoy your daily sunset walks on the sand with your dog, who may or may not be named Mandy.
But enough about the location, we must focus on the sumptuous features in this five-bedroom, 4.5-bath, 4,204-square-foot slice of paradise.
There wasn't anything wrong with it when the sellers bought it from the chart-topping singer, but the home has since been warmed up, opened up, and made even sleeker. Most rooms have generous windows overlooking the ocean. If a room doesn't have an ocean view, it looks out onto a large courtyard lounge. It features plenty of entertaining space, sliding horizontal shades, a fountain, a spa, and a built-in barbecue.
"Not only is this a fabulous house on the beach, but you have your own private five-star patio lounge for entertaining, which makes your experience at home feel like resort living," says Mills.
The home has high-end finishes, including the gorgeous backlit onyx sink in the powder room and the saltwater aquarium in the foyer. The kitchen has professional appliances and double islands. The master suite, situated on the top floor, has a beach-view balcony, modern fireplace, two walk-in closets, and master bath with a steam shower and spa tub for two.
If the sellers can get their reasonable-for-the-area asking price, it's likely they'll be singing, "Looks Like We Made It," as they boogie off to the Copacabana.