‘Baywatch’ Co-Creator Puts Malibu Beach House Up for Sale

The beachfront Malibu home of Gregory J. Bonann, co-creator of the campy, immensely successful and internationally syndicated original “Baywatch” series as well as a producer on the Zac Efron- and Dwayne Johnson-starring reprise, has come up for sale at $8.9 million. Property records suggest the veteran professional lifeguard purchased the property in 1999 for $975,000 and custom built the just over 3,200-square-foot residence, which has four en suite bedrooms and a total of four and a half bathrooms.

This is not the first time Bonann has had the oceanfront contemporary, on a sandy stretch of Las Flores Beach, up for sale. In early 2010 it popped up with a rose-tinted price of nearly $11 million that was slashed the following year to just under $8 million before it disappeared from the market in the spring of 2013.

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A voluminous, atrium-style foyer features a pebble stone-tiled water feature and an Escher-esque staircase with loopy, spiral-shaped wrought-iron railings that resemble shells and waves. A library/office has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and there are wood-clad ceilings with exposed beams in the combination living-dining room, where there’s a shell stone fireplace and a wall of glass sliders to an oceanside deck. A raised snack bar divides the dining area from a somewhat compact but well-equipped kitchen fitted with a carved stone apron sink, up-to-date appliances, green granite countertops and pebble stone-accented seafoam-green tile backsplashes.

In addition to cantilevered beachside decks off the living room and second-floor bedrooms, the three-story residence has a penthouse lounge that opens to a rooftop terrace with unimpeded ocean and coastline views as well as a sizable and sandy beachside backyard tucked discreetly under the house with shaded lounge areas, an outdoor shower, a fire pit, a flat-screen television and a grotto-like spa.

Bonann previously owned the slightly smaller but architecturally similar two-bedroom and two-bathroom house next door, which came up for sale in 2010 with a price tag just shy of $8 million and sold at a steep discount in 2012 for $5.25 million.

listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty

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  1. 1Ronald says:

    A lot to like here. Searched and finally found the surfboards. Hanging from the ceiling. The multiple surf photos lining the tight bedroom back wall take visual on an escape into Baywatch and what made it so popular. Still watch it on nights when I’m off the next day from 12M to 1am. You don’t complain the time, just are glad it’s still on cable. And a very smart Greg would return it with the Hoff and the Pam for more money, more fun, and deja vu that can’t be beat. Also that house outdoor sandbox brings it all home without getting on the beach. How clever is that? Thankfully no cats around. Which can ruin a sandbox real quick. And get you to doing things you shouldn’t be doing. Greg thought of everything in the planning and execution and will make some new buyer very pleased.

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