Malibu is a long way from Newport Beach, the upscale community where the fictitious Seth Cohen and family set down roots and used to call home in the popular series "The O.C." But for $6.5 million, a buyer can have the beautiful home that served as the exterior of the house, with some of the best views in town.
The home's most famous previous owner might be a writer's invention, but the buyer's future neighbors are quite real, including Halle Berry, Kate Hudson and Angelina Jolie. The 6,376-square-foot property takes all of its beauty cues from an Italian villa. Just about every room seems to have a picturesque, sunny view of the surrounding property and park-like adjacent hills.
It offers buyers six bedrooms and five full and two partial bathrooms, and a study, among other amenities. Although the exterior architecture is unmistakably Italian villa, the interior finds a way to seamlessly blend in modern touches, too. Some contemporary kitchens equip chefs with a peninsula or island design. The kitchen in this home has both features, plus a six-range, cook-top island with a griddle, and a breakfast area. Entertaining will never be a major challenge. Other touches around the kitchen include a marble farm sink, and stone floors for a provincial feel that will stand the test of time.
Wide-plank wood floors in the study and bedrooms add much warmth to the interiors. Just in case there is a bit of a nip in the air, an enormous fireplace in the living room ensures that the new owner can warm things up again. It is one of three fireplaces on the property.
When combined with the lushly landscaped backyard, the infinity-edged pool resembles a lagoon, and its design is ornamented with beautifully glazed blue tiles. The entire backyard almost rivals the beauty of the hills beyond, but it has enough touches to ensure that guests and the new residents will enjoy the property in comfort. There is a fully fitted out parlor, with an outdoor fireplace, hot tub and a garden stocked with native plants, and ornamented with annuals.