Beach invasion! App unlocks access to Malibu's secret beaches
Want to relax in the sand on Billionaire's Beach in Malibu?
Good luck with that. Carbon Beach is a beautiful 2.4-km beach with the deepest, driest, and possibly prettiest sand in L.A. For decades, it's been a secluded enclave that's extremely difficult for outsiders to find and enjoy.
Malibu's wealthy residents have gone to great lengths to keep out miscreants and ne'er-do-wells like you and me. To discourage the masses, locals have dropped orange 'no parking' cones, hung illegal No Trespassing and No Parking signs, built restraining walls and fake garage doors, hired gruff security guards, padlocked gates, and concealed other gates behind tall hedges. And they will tow your car at the drop of a top hat.
According to a great story in the New York Times, the tactics are working: 32 out of the 43 kilometers of stunning Malibu coastline are inaccessible to the Great Unwashed.
Carbon Beach is a perfect example of beach inequality. In the 1930s, the area was subdivided by Malibu's founding family, the Rindges, and there are now 70 beachfront properties. Used to be cheap-ish to live here (I distinctly remember a '70s private eye who lived in a rusty trailer by the Malibu sand), but realtors are now commanding $200,000 per foot of beachfront. Enter the very, very rich.
"Carbon Beach is home to the people who write the checks in Hollywood," realtor Stephen Shapiro told Forbes. Current residents of this expensive, tight-knit sandbox include Hollywood megaproducer Joel Silver, Pretty Woman producer Arnon Milchan, retired 007 Pierce Brosnan, DreamWorks mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, music/film mogul David Geffen, Microsoft owner Paul Allen, Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison who owns 10 (!) beachfront homes and lots.