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Meet Rich and Famous in Malibu California

Malibu CaliforniaWhen we are thinking about South California, Malibu comes to our minds right away. Malibu, California is infamous for beaches, sunsets, surfing, speedways, and surfing and racing movies and businesses. However, the city is known for much more by the people who live or vacation there. And if you are planning a trip to Los Angeles, you would probably be interested in visiting Malibu. Perhaps, you would be so lucky and meet Cindy Crawford or Britney Spears right on a beach.

Before evolving into the movie, sport, and art mecca that it is today, with a population of almost 13,000, Malibu, California was foreshadowing the popularity and riches to come: For instance, in 1883, the future founder of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, Frederick Hastings Ridge, inherited a couple of million dollars, married school teacher Rhoda May Knight, built his new wife one home and bought her a second—both in the Malibu, California region.  In fact, the home he bought was named Rancho Topanga Malibu.

Nearly a hundred years later, Malibu, California would take on the film industry, serving as locations for the filming of the camp sites in M*A*S*H, for all of Planet of the Apes (the 1968 version, of course), for How Green Was My Valley, and for select Gidget films, Elvis movie scenes, Love American Style and Mod Squad series, as well as the final beach scene for Joan Crawford to drag her dead sister Bette Davis, in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Now, the Malibu, California locals will tell you, besides being the setting for the home of Charlie and Alan Harper (Sheen and Cryer) in Two and a Half Men, for MTV Beach House, for The Big Lebowski, and for Zoey 101…filming is joined by many other endeavors and efforts, and continues to be renowned for its being home to and/or birthplace of such popular celebrities as Timothy Hutton (Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, Zelda); Drew Barrymore; Jeremy Piven (Ellen, Very Bad Things, Entourage); Mel Gibson (Mad Max, of course, and Passion of the Christ); and Britney Spears.

If you are thinking of living there, not as a star but as an average citizen, you will find the cost of living and the price of real estate might be more those of a star’s means (with the average income way back in 2000 already at 102k and the average price of a home at over one mil).  But you will also find plenty of employment opportunity (industries equally distributed including education and health; professional and scientific; and real estate and information services), especially within a half hour commute away—where almost 75 percent of Malibu residents commute to work.

 

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