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Point Dume Real Estate Market: Malibu

Point Dume Real Estate Market: Malibu

As a long time Point Dume homeowner, a life long Malibu resident and a real estate broker with over 30 years experience in the Malibu market, I view the strong interest in the Point Dume area from some different lenses.

Life at Point Dume

First of all, I love living in Point Dume. Between the community and the Point Dume beach, there is no better neighborhood in Malibu for my family. From the great surfing and pristine coves, to the California distinguished elementary school and local park; and the incredible sense of community. My wife and I love raising our kids here.  We would walk them to school in the morning or take our dogs to the beach where often there is not a soul around and sometimes I have to pinch myself and wonder if I’m still in LA. 


For these same reasons, I see many of my clients drawn to Point Dume beach and it has made this area one of, if not the strongest sectors in Malibu. What many of my clients are surprised to discover however, is that there are many micro real estate markets within Point Dume beach: Homes with deeded beach rights; Homes on cul de sac streets. There are homes on the bluff that command the highest dollars and where you will principally find your ocean views. But not always. There are unexpected ocean views and incredible mountain views from many properties which often surprise my clients and are just as captivating.

Real Estate

Within these various micro markets is a wide range of real estate that is available. The fixer ranch homes;  larger homes that may need updating, as well as brand new turn key homes or recently remodeled homes. For an area like Point Dume beach with so many nuances and neighborhood variables, I am not a fan of online real estate valuation sites like Zillow, Trulia etc.. Computer data algorithms cannot take the place of first hand knowledge. It may work well in a housing tract where many homes are similar but not here where the dynamics differ greatly house to house and street to street.  

For the purpose of this blog, I will not break down each individual micro market as a lot of this information is proprietary. So I would ask that if buyers or sellers want more specific information to contact me at 310 916 6053. I also have information on private sales which I have not utilized in my overall year to year assessments but which would not tilt the metrics greatly.

Analysis 2015-2017

In analyzing recent years 2015- 2017, I looked at the beach key streets, non beach key streets and the homes that sold on bluff. I also included current inventory and escrows. 


This year had 12 reported sales on beach key streets  (median price  and sold cost per sq ft higher than non beach key streets)
Non beach key streets had  4 reported sales.
There were 2 bluff sales reported 


2016 had 10 sales reported on beach key streets (median price  and sold cost per sq ft higher than non beach key streets)*2016 had slight drop in median price and sold cost per sq ft from 2015 
Non beach key streets had 7 reported sales. There were 4 bluff sales reported

2017 Best Year

This year had 14 sales so far reported on beach key streets  (median price and sold cost per sq ft higher than non beach key streets) *2017 highest median price and sold cost per sq ft on beach key streets to date. Non beach key streets had 13 sales and two sales that were close to the highest ever.
There are 3 bluff sales reported to date. 
Currently there is 1 home in escrow (1 on a beach key street) and 17 homes on the market in Point Dume ( landside or bluff) between $3,495,000 and $81,500,000. Yes, $81,500,000. That would be the former compound of Johnny Carson that takes up a 4 acre chunk of Whitesands Dr.

As I mentioned previously, if you are a seller or a buyer and want detailed information as it pertains to a specific street, style of home, size of home,  factoring in lot size, view or other variables, please contact me at 310 916 6053.

To summarize:

2017 looks to be the strongest year value wise for the Point Dume market. Another curious phenomena I discovered in my analysis is that between Jan 1 2016 to the present day over 11 sales occurred over  8 million dollars for non bluff homes in Point Dume. This is a record for the area.

In 2015 the inventory for that market seemed saturated. To me that is a sign of a healthy market when the top is being trimmed off.  And now with many of the homes between 4-7 either in escrow or sold in 2016 it seems the squeeze is on again. People have asked me about how current price values here compare to the previous “peak” of the market that occurred sometime in 2007 or 2008, and both from median price range and a sold per sq foot current metrics are higher and seem to continue in that direction overall. People buy these homes and either hold onto them or remodel them for big upsides. Either way Point Dume is a great investment and a wonderful place to live. I firmly believe that 2018 will be another solid year for the Point Dume real estate market. You just can’t recreate what we have here.If you see something you like, jump on it!

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