Serra Retreat is a distinctive neighborhood discreetly nestled on the land side of Pacific Coast Highway, yet still in the heart of Malibu, just across from the iconic Malibu Pier. The architecturally diverse homes and estates located behind Serra’s 24-hour guarded entrances are appealing to those seeking to create a home within its lush and verdant surroundings.
The most unique feature of this neighborhood is its namesake Serra Retreat, the Catholic retreat center established here in 1943, by the Franciscan Friars. No spot in all of Malibu can match the center with its sweeping 360 degree views and beautifully landscaped grounds.
With its location on the eastern side of Malibu, residents of Serra Retreat can easily commute to Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. The neighborhood is also well placed for a quick walk to Surfrider Beach and to the restaurants and shopping areas along nearby Cross Creek Road.
This exclusive enclave is home to some of the largest estates in Malibu with many being over one-acre in size and several functioning as world class equestrian properties. It’s not uncommon to see riders on horseback along Serra’s quiet streets bordered by majestic trees and abundant vegetation. Here, equestrians can take advantage of the easy-to-access trails leading back into Malibu Canyon along the creek.
Property prices in this area are rarely seen under the $3m mark, with most estates being in the $9m to $20m range.