×

Miley Cyrus Picks Up Contemporary in Gated Malibu Enclave

BUYER: Miley Cyrus
LOCATION: Malibu, Calif.
PRICE: $2.525 million
SIZE: 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Last week there were loads of whispers and gossip glossy reports that Miley Cyrus had packed up her belongings in a U-Haul truck, high-tailed it from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu, and moved in with her former fiancé Liam Hemsworth, to whom she is engaged for the second time. And maybe she did. But, children, as it turns out the real story is a mite more complicated, at least real estate wise, because the proudly provocative, 23-year-old pop culture phenom — she just signed on to be an adviser on the next season of “The Voice” — actually shelled out 2.525 million of her own dollars to snatch up a 2.06 acre spread in an exclusive if little-known gated enclave tucked up into the mountains just above Malibu’s Paradise Point area. The tabloid confusion might have come about because Miss Cyrus’ bucolically sited new spread is not only in the exact same, gated enclave where in June 2014 her beau-hunky “Hunger Games” starring husband-to-be dropped $6.814 million for a multi-acre mini-compound he bought from songwriter Matthew Wilder, it’s right next door. Presumably the newly reaffianced lovebirds will occupy one of the residences and use the other for, well, who knows what? A recording studio, perhaps? Maybe, but we digress…. The seller of the property, per property records, was German-born radio and television host and longtime Haribo confectionary spokesperson Thomas Gottschalk, and online marketing materials show the residence offers four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in an undisclosed amount of square footage.

A long, gated drive bobs and weaves its way through the woods and passes over a wooden bridge crossed seasonal stream before it arrives at the front of a boxy and clean-lined, split-level contemporary partly faced with stone the color of wet sand and partly painted an unusual and rather gutsy turquoise. It’s a half of a flight of exterior steps up to the main floor where radiant heated stone tile floors warm the tootsies in the combination living/dining room that also features a vaulted ceiling and bank of glass doors that accordion fold open to a partly sheltered dining terrace that overlooks an emerald expanse of well-irrigated lawn. The adjoining kitchen is modern in an almost cliché sort of way but clearly custom finished with pale plum walls, bull-nosed and grey-speckled granite countertops on cabinets faced with some sort of horizontally applied paneling, and an L-shaped breakfast bar that hovers above the countertop by way of a series of angled tube supports. Just beyond the kitchen, a family room has unwisely selected but easily and inexpensively changed emerald-green wall-to-wall carpeting and lets out through a glass door to a terrace where a molded plastic hot tub is not very successfully hidden in a square gazebo. The master bedroom has — let’s be honest, butter beans — decidedly déclassé mirrored closet doors and a pebble stone tiled tub and shower space in the attached bathroom that is at best a bold choice and at worst an unspeakable one. But the suite redeems itself with a private veranda that provides a meditative view into a dense canopy of mature trees. There isn’t a swimming pool — fortunately Hemsworth’s place has a particularly spectacular one — but the two-car garage does have a new-fangled and increasingly trendy electric car charging station.

Though she continues to own the classically low-slung and generously glassed California ranch-style residence in the hills above Studio City she scooped up in 2011 for $3.9 million, the gender-fluid vegetarian, well-known weed aficionado, and unapologetically raunchy 2015 Grammy nominee has been much in the property gossip columns over the past year. In mid-April 2015 she sold the Cyrus family mansion in Toluca Lake for $6 million — her folks moved to an estate around the corner — and just a few weeks later she sealed the deal for a $5 million purchase of a seven-bedroom and six-bathroom residence in the guard-gated, equestrian-oriented, and heavily celebrified Hidden Hills enclave in L.A.’s far western suburbs where some of her showbizzy neighbors include Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and uni-named Canadian rapper Drake.

Listing photos: Coldwell Banker

More Dirt

  • Dr Dre Selling Woodland Hills Mansion

    Dr. Dre Seeks Sale of Woodland Hills Mansion

    A lavish mansion in a quietly ritzy, guard-gated enclave discreetly nestled into the rugged foothills above L.A.’s Woodland Hills, long owned by Andre Young, aka rapper, record producer and near-billionaire entrepreneur Dr. Dre, has come for sale at $5.25 million. Dre himself, worth about $800 million, according to Forbes, hopes to more than double his [...]

  • David Arquette Buys Lake Arrowhead Mansion

    David Arquette Tees Up Retreat in Lake Arrowhead

    Not quite two years ago, David Arquette quietly dropped about $1.4 million to acquire a lodge-style home in the scenic, California mountain resort community of Lake Arrowhead that first popped up for sale at next to $1.9 million and is now on the market at just under $1.6 million. Listed with Meghan Hardin-Griffiths at Coldwell [...]

  • Ed Ruscha House

    Ed Ruscha Adds Beverly Hills Villa to Packed Portfolio

    A lovingly preserved house nestled high in the Beverly Hills enclave of Trousdale Estates has sold for $8.4 million, and the buyers are iconic pop artist Ed Ruscha and his longtime wife, Danica. Sprightly 81-year-old Ruscha, who famously migrated from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles in the 1950s, is now both the artist most oft-associated [...]

  • Dana Brunetti House

    Dana Brunetti Lists Showbiz Pedigreed Pad in Toluca Lake

    Film and television producer Dana Brunetti has hoisted a showbiz pedigreed property in Los Angeles’ historic, entertainment industry-favored Toluca Lake community up for sale at $6.25 million. Not counting carrying costs, extensive upgrades and considerable real estate fees, the six-time Emmy-nominated “House of Cards” producer, also a two-time Oscar nominee (“The Social Network,” “Captain Phillips”) [...]

  • $75 million Bel Air house

    Zillow-Loving Chinese Billionaire Buys $75 Million Bel Air Megamansion

    According to the Wall Street Journal, an enormous estate in the Bel Air foothills has sold for a breathtaking $75 million — and the mega-bucks buyer hails from Mainland China. And indeed, although the grant deed is not yet officially filed, it’s widely known in Platinum Triangle real estate circles that the all-cash buyer is [...]

  • Zayn Malik House

    Zayn Malik Reduces Price on Bel Air Home

    Former boy bander Zayn Malik, who would like to be known mononymously as just Zayn, has re-listed his secluded hideaway in L.A.’s posh Bel Air community with a reduced price of just under $3.2 million. The heavily tatted 26-yearold One Direction star, who released his 27-track sophomore solo album, “Icarus Falls” in December 2018, acquired [...]

  • Harry Styles House

    Harry Styles Takes Huge Hit on Sale of Sunset Strip Home

    Harry Styles was so ready to get rid of his sleekly appointed pied-à-terre above Los Angeles’s perennially chic Sunset Strip, he’s taken a huge loss on the property, selling the multi-level contemporary after more than two years on the market for $6 million. That’s a pearl-clutching $870,000 less than the English pop star paid three [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content