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Malibu's stunning, secluded hilltop retreat
For those wishing to eschew oceanside living, Malibu offers a serene and secluded alternative in Serra Retreat. Tucked into the hillside of Malibu Canyon, the community earns its name from the Catholic retreat and conference center (overseen by the Franciscan Friars) that sits atop Malibu's most stunning peak.
Serra Retreat is equal parts rural and private. Enthusiastic buyers will discover a vast array of possibilities when choosing their living space. Lots range from modest 1-acre sites with smaller, well-appointed multi-million dollar homes to those of five or more acres. The latter option secures enough room for grand, eight-figure estates complete with massive pools, custom tennis courts, and breathtaking views.
The most impressive homes in the guard-gated community (and the most private) are those along Palm Canyon Road to the north and Sweetwater Mesa Road to the south. Residences clustered together in the heart of the community offer a more traditional neighborhood setting while retaining an exclusive lifestyle.
Serra Retreat offers elite living for those willing to pay a premium for peace and solitude and who prefer to keep Malibu's more popular and frequented areas at arm's length. Residents value privacy and seclusion above all else in Serra Retreat. However, individuals with an appreciation for nature and a rural lifestyle will find the community to be very much to their liking.
Of course, you're not entirely cut off from society. Much of what makes Malibu a standout location—fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, and, of course, the beach—are mere minutes from your doorstep.
The Serra Retreat Center not only serves as the community's namesake, but it’s also its peaceful, beating heart. The spiritual retreat dates back to 1943 when the Franciscan Friars opened its doors to those seeking inspiration, reflection, and relief from a hurried world. The center is open for personal or group retreats.
Even with a setting more akin to a distant, hillside hideaway, Serra Retreat is close to exceptional Malibu shops and restaurants. Hotspots such as the Malibu Pier and the Malibu Country Mart are a 20-minute walk and 10-minute bike ride away, respectively. Also nearby is the upscale café Blue Bottle Coffee and a Whole Foods Market.
Just across from Serra Retreat's southern entrance and the Pacific Coast Highway is the gorgeous 110-acre Malibu Lagoon State Beach, where birdwatching and surfing are favorite pastimes. The on-site Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum is always worth a visit.
Serra Retreat is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Top Real Estate Agent & Realtor Serving Malibu & Surrounding Areas
One of the nation’s top real estate agents, Sandro Dazzan serves as Managing Partner of The Agency Malibu office. Having closed over $1 billion in sales throughout his career, he ranked as the Number 19 agent in the country and Number 9 in California in the 2020 REAL Trends Inc. and Wall Street Journal ranking with more than $176 million in sales in 2019. He also represented the buyer and seller in Malibu’s highest sale of 2020 (as of August) for $34.2 million. Previous career highlights include closing Malibu’s highest residential sale in 2011 and the highest land sale in history. His rapid path to success caught the attention of Forbes, which featured him on its prestigious “30 Under 30” list.
One of those rare individuals who can say he was born and raised in Malibu, among the most coveted addresses on earth, Sandro watched his mother’s real estate business flourish from a young age. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 2005, Sandro made a decision that would change the course of his career, passing up an opportunity to work as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley to join the family business of the real estate. Today, Sandro finds great fulfillment in helping buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals in the city he is proud to call home. Known for his intimate local knowledge, easygoing nature, and a strong grasp of technology, Sandro is a skilled negotiator and natural networker, constantly meeting new people in and around Malibu, which often leads to new listing opportunities. Sandro’s clients directly benefit from his level of involvement in, and passion for, the Malibu community, along with his ever-expanding professional network.
When he’s not touring real estate with his clients, Sandro takes advantage of Malibu’s beautiful weather every chance he gets, whether fitting in a morning surf session or hiking in the Malibu canyons. A yoga enthusiast, he remains steadfast in leading a balanced lifestyle, preferring to leave his stress on the mat. These activities are all points of connection for his clients, who see Malibu as the ultimate escape on the coast.
An animal lover, Sandro is actively involved with the Humane Society. He was treasurer of the Malibu Association of REALTORS for ten years and served on the board of directors for The MLS for five years.
Sandro’s clients directly benefit from his level of involvement and passion for the Malibu Community, along with his ever-expanding professional network.