We found this little gem right on the beach in Malibu during another beautiful day in Paradise.
The daughter of the rancher and her husband (the ranch foreman) built this home in 1930. It is a beautiful specimen of the Spanish Colonial style so popular in California. When drillers discovered a deposit of unique clay on the property instead of the oil they were drilling for, the lady of the manor decided to start a ceramic tile factory. She employed local women only, many of them from the Chumash tribe who were the original inhabitants of the area.
The Malibu tiles, as they were known, we used to great effect in the home, from an intricate “Persian rug” complete with fringe to Mediterranean style fountains.
Photography is not allowed inside the house. See the website for photos of the interior.
The exterior and grounds were also gorgeous.
So if you get tired of the celebrity glitz of Malibu, stop by this place right on Pacific Coast Highway and experience a bit of history in relatively pristine surroundings.