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Cheech Marin, Malee-boo Mogul

SELLER: Richard (Cheech) and Patti Marin
LOCATION: Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
PRICE: $3,595,000
SIZE: 3,400 square feet (est.), 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Beautiful craftsman-style home on ocean-side of Pacific Coast Highway. Hardwood floors, granite counter tops, large master suite, 3 fireplaces, custom woodwork, spacious country kitchen. Upstairs master with fireplace, ocean view, spa tub, steam shower and balcony. Family/media room, large ocean view living room with fireplace. Spacious landscaped yard, manicured park-like grounds. Access to fabulous sandy beach. Adjacent vacant lot available for sale at $1,695,000.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Babies, do you remember Cheech and Chong and their pot smoking crazy ways? These two irreverent and satirical comedians became American film icons as they toked their way through eight movies and millions of dollars in profits. The two went their separate ways more than ten years ago, and Mister Cheech has branched out into directions you might be surprised about. Children, this man has a resume a mile long and he’s far more bizzy than you might imagine.

Not only has Mister Cheech continued to be seen in dozens of television and film roles, he’s recorded a couple of children’s records, lent his voice to some huge animated film productions such as The Lion King, and strangely has a line of food products that bear his name and visage.

Perhaps most surprising , Mister Cheech is a widely respected art collector who reportedly owns the largest private Chicano art collection. Pretty impressive for a stoner.

Back in the mid-1990s Mister Cheech and his wifey started buying up contiguous parcels in Malee-boo. According to property records, they first bought an oceanfront lot with a small house. The house has since been renovated into a considerably larger house. At the same time the couple bought the ocean front lot, they purchased the lot directly behind which also has a large, 4,000+ square foot house. Presumably the couple resides in the ocean front house.

A couple of years later in 1998 the couple bought three additional and contiguous lots. Two were and remain vacant, the third includes the house which is being offered for sale. Altogether, the Marin’s have five lots with three houses on the same stretch of beach as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie whose modern ocean front home is just 5 or 600 yards up the PCH. Again, pretty impressive for a man who made his fortune sucking on a bong.

Your Mama has no idea why Mister Cheech and wifey have chosen to sell off part of their Malibu compound. But what is clear, is they are selling the two least desirable parcels. Both parcels front noisy Pacific Coast Highway.

We also have no way of knowing whether the Marins used this house or if they rented it out as income property. Perhaps they housed their staff here? Maybe they housed the art collection here? Maybe it was used as a guest house?

As for our take on the house and property? Well, the listing agent at Pritchett-Rapf didn’t provide very many photos, so we’ll have to make due with the few we have. Your Mama is not a fan of the bastardized Tudor or the location on right on the highway. We’re also not digging that kitchen with the low ceiling which would surely make us clausterphobic while whipping up the macaroni and cheese. On the plus side, the kitchen does appear to be large and reasonably well appointed with nice counter tops and double dishwahers. The view from the yard is really quite lover-lee. That alone is worth quite a bit of money. And the listing does say the property comes with access to a beach which is also worth quite a bit of money.

We don’t know hardly any shit about this one babies, so if anyone out there in Malee-boo would like to clue the children in, be sure to contact Your Mama.

Sources: PritchettRapf & Associates, Chicano Art Life

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