Malibu

Malibu


The city of Malibu encompasses a 21-mile stretch of beachfront in northwestern Los Angeles County. Known from its road signs as “27 miles of scenic beauty,” the city was originally longer and larger, before becoming incorporated in 1991. The terrain is comprised of hills, canyons, and ocean lots that house sprawling estates and homes set just feet from the water’s edge. Malibu is a haven for film and TV stars, and individuals employed in the entertainment industry. Most residents live near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH or State Route 1), which runs east and west along the entire stretch of the city.

Malibu is bordered by Topanga to the southeast, and the communities of Agoura and Calabasas to the north. Sitting in a unique and picturesque location, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the sea, Malibu sees its share of natural disasters each year. A fair share of annual rainfall, combined with chaparral that becomes overgrown, sets up Malibu as the victim of costly and unfortunate mudslides and wildfires. The city of Malibu was originally settled by the Chumash Indians, who named it “Humaliwo,” meaning “the surf sounds loudly.” The name “Malibu” is hence derived from the word without the pronunciation of the “Hu.”

Malibu’s beautiful beaches draw in visitors and prospective residents like practically no other city in the greater Los Angeles. Some of the more popular spots for sunning and playing in the sand include Surfriders Beach, Zuma, Malibu State Beach, Topanga State Beach, Pointe Dume, Carbon Beach, and Westward. The city has some incredible state parks that are scattered throughout the near-perfect enclave, such as Malibu Bluffs, Trancas National Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and the Santa Monica National Recreation Area. People come from miles away to enjoy camping at Leo Carrillo Beach and Park. The city has a small-town feel that residents love. The Malibu Arts Festival is held every July and brings in artisans from the area to sell and showcase their wares and creations. Families gather at the Malibu Country Mart, a charming retail space, where kids climb on playground equipment, parents sip coffee, and laid-back hipsters stroll fashion boutiques across the street from crashing waves and surf.

A five-member city council and a mayor serve the city of Malibu. The community is under the jurisdiction of the LA County Fire Department, LA County Sheriff’s Department, and Malibu School District. Malibu hosts a public library and a private college, Pepperdine University. The city’s population in 2010 was 12,645, 91.5% of which were white.

Most shopping centers displaying eclectic and unique shops are located in the south end, center, and north ends of Malibu. Other tourist attractions are the Malibu Pier, the Getty Villa, an educational center, and museum, Weisman Museum of Art offering various programs and exhibitions, the historic Adamson House containing old furnishings, and the adjoining Malibu Lagoon Museum comprising various artifacts, documents, and rare photographs of Malibu. Try Wine Tasting at the Rosenthal Estate Wines, and horseback riding at Malibu Riders, or take kayaking tours and lessons at the Malibu Surf Shack, besides visiting the Remirez Canyon Park.




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