Malibu From Mountains to Ocean

“Once in a lifetime luxury homes”

Mendenhall Estate


Mendenhall Estate

One day a young couple from the westside of Los Angeles decided to purchase some land outside the city where they would build a home for their growing family. The first lot they saw was (after looking at many others) the only one with which they fell in love!

Today that large barren parcel surrounded by the majestic Santa Monica Mountains is home to the lushly landscaped and environmentally friendly Mendenhall Estate.  The appx. 16 acre parcel has unprecedented flat acreage offering room for horses and even a helipad.  The landscape is watered with well water and solar panels provide much of the electricity.  The house is appx. 12,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms

Being shown to qualified buyers with 24 hours notice.





Two years ago Marisol Malibu opened for business, offering for sale in its first phase, 13 perfectly finished one-acre oceanfront, bluff top Malibu lots.   Presently only 4 oceanfront lots, and one luxurious home under construction are left in Phase 1.

“Time is running out  to purchase a premium parcel on which to build a Malibu Beach house” says developer Richard Morris. The development  which is exempt from Coastal Permits and review by the California Coastal Commission, also offers a “turnkey”  Home Building Program.  A Doug Burdge, designed 13,000 square foot modern home is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015. Also available in Phase 2 , are three super 2 acre parcels , elevated above the ocean front lots.

Mountain or Ocean these extraordinary properties are rare opportunities to own one of the finest estates in the most beautiful of locations.

For viewing appointments or additional information contact:

Gracee Arthur / Sotheby’s International Realty  310-804-0708

Cal BRE # 01118257










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Malibu Adjacent Mendenhall Estate

“A Trophy Estate in the Santa Monica Mountains”

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Unprecedented nearly all usable 16 acres, close to civilization and the beach. The 16 lushly landscaped acres (adjacent 7 acre parcel also available for simultaneous purchase) are each zoned for horses & w/ space & water to accommodate a vineyard. The appx. 14,000 sq. ft. (incl. 4 car garage, loggia w/ fireplace, outdoor media room) has an add’l appx. 2,000 sq. ft. of hardscape entertaining areas plus built in bbq., bar, 4 gazebos , gardens, landscape lighting and outdoor music system. 65′ pool w/hot tub and baby pool; sunken N/S tennis court; 500 ft long back yard; outdoor showers, Italian bocce, media room/game room/ intercom system and much more. Secreted in privacy; gated location with room for a helipad. Convenient to shopping, restaurants , schools, beach and the city.
The property boasts a massive 50 Kwh solar farm plus well access to underground aquifers prove 90% of the electricity and water usage (except drinking water). The savings are appx. $150,000 per year. This includes watering of dozens of varieties of fruit and nut trees in a productive organic orchard, vegetable garden (plus organic honey and eggs). Exceptional property for Celebrity or Corporate retreat.

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Listing Price $15,999,000 shown with 24 hours notice to qualified buyers



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Proposition 45: Insurance Commissioner may regulate Health Insurance rates

“Vote YES on 45″

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at Press Conference March 7, 2013

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March 7, 2013 I was invited to speak, as a consumer, at a press conference conducted by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Commissioner Jones spoke against unjustified rate hikes by Blue Shield of California based on a study by Insurance Department analysts. I was one of two subscribers chosen to speak of the constant hikes in our Blue Shield policies. Unfortunately, the Commissioner , who has the ability to review and reject unjustified rate hikes for every other type of insurance, including automobiles, does  not have the right to do the same for health insurance. The reason is because the health insurance lobby pays a lot of money to your representatives to vote against consumer interests in regard to insurance rates.

“Justify” is the name of the current campaign for the consumer friendly Proposition 45 which will grant the Insurance Commissioner the right to deny health insurers the ability to implement unjustified premium hikes. The Insurance companies are currently running misleading ads on this proposition with no factual basis, in an attempt to trick the consumer into voting against their own interests . Do not be fooled. Please take a few minutes to view the links with the actual content of Proposition 45. Please turn out to vote because the other side will vote. This proposition will save consumers as a group millions of dollars in  future unjustified insurance premium rate hikes.  Blue Shield has already sent out on their ominous letters warning of “changes” to health plans, coming in 2015 (this is code for rate hikes)!

This is posted from a comment in the L A Times on  2013 health insurance premium increases. “Health Insurance has a license to steal until the Insurance Commissioner can deny unreasonable rate increases.”   LA Times Editorial Board “As of 2014, the health care reform law will require all adult Americans to obtain health coverage. Regulators ought to have the power to stop insurers from gouging the captive market.”  So do not be fooled by the LA Times and other papers dependent on the insurers for advertising dollars now urging consumers to vote against their own interests.   Do not be fooled. Our Insurance Commissioner Jones is a consumer advocate. He works for us. Give him the power to smack down the insurance lobby!”  VOTE YES on 45.

Consumer comment:
“In 2008 Aetna Healthcare paid their CEO over $24 Million in salary and bonuses. Blue Shield also has a “Foundation” that gives away money, services and who knows what else. Of course this nice sounding, charitable “Foundation” is funded by every paying Blue Shield member, whether they like it or not.” I will add “non profit” Blue Shield has little left to donate at the end of the fiscal year because their CEO makes 4.6 million per year.

More information is available to consumers at the links below:    

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Carole Bayer Sager’s Sumptuous Delights on Canvas

“Kisses and Shadows ”

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I was excited to be invited to the stellar opening of Carole Bayer Sager’s latest work by my friend Christine Anderson of Communication Arts Inc. The exhibit was held at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica at the William Turner Gallery .  I really enjoyed the whimsical paintings, although I must admit it gave me cravings for sweet treats.

Everyone was enjoying the evening accompanied by wine and appetizers and a lot of “eye candy” both on the walls and in the gallery. The room was full of producers, directors, artists and art lovers.  I recommend stopping by the gallery and enjoying the delectable work .

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New Works: Paintings by Carole Bayer Sager at William Turner Gallery
September 18, 2014
Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and a host of others joined Carole Bayer Sager at the William Turner Gallery opening reception Sept. 18, 2014 for her new exhibition of paintings. This series of all new works explores notions of obsession and perception, utilizing foods that are embedded in our pop cultural DNA. By drastically changing their size and scale, the artist invites viewers to take an abstract look – up close or at a distance – bringing their own associations to grilled cheese sandwiches, chocolate candies, and confectionary explosions. The richly detailed compositions are sensual provocations, enticing desire and temptation, through the wonderfully seductive qualities of paint. The show will be up through Nov. 8. Programming through the end of the year at William Turner Gallery continues with a solo exhibition for Andy Moses, opening Saturday, November 15.


Me checking the length of my dress before the opening.

Me checking the length of my dress before the opening.



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Malibu Artists Series: Gay Summer Rick

“City and Coast Exhibit”   Title: Wilshire and Western 30x40in Oil on CanvasGay Summer Rick

One of my first blog posts was on Malibu Gallery Art and Framing.  Gay Summer Rick’s paintings were  prominently displayed on a wall featuring local artists. I have been a fan since that day. Gay achieves her muted, impressionist style by using palette knives instead of brushes.  Her background in sculpting led to her discover the perfect medium to express her artistic vision of Malibu and other coastal villages.

Recently I paid a visit to her lovely Malibu home where Gay creates her magic. There are two studios, one of which is a roof top deck.  We were joined by filmmaker Erick Minh Swenson who was doing some pick up shots for his upcoming mini-documentary on Gay’s process.  Gay paints with palette knives and layers  paint of similar and contrasting colors which is a lengthy process but also an environmentally friendly one. The City and Coast” series evokes a bit of the “Film Noir” period of Hollywood films in Gay’s depictions of iconic locations.





Info on the upcoming exhibition: Exhibition features the new series of work, “City and Coast” by artist Gay Summer Rick. Bleicher Gorman Gallery – Bergamot Station. Opening Reception October 4th 6-10pm, exhibition runs September 28th – October 21st.



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