A lush 180-acre winery nestled in the hills above Malibu has been listed for $ 38 million. The property of Georges rosenthal, an 89-year-old real estate mogul whose operations include the Sunset Marquis Hotel, the hacienda style house is a verdant oasis of lawns, fountains and vineyards amid the barren mountains of Santa Monica.
Rosenthal built the house, a 10-minute drive from Malibu, in the 1970s as a vacation resort. He retains the feeling of refuge. Passing the entrance gate along the private driveway you are first surrounded by oak trees, then rows of vines before reaching the main Spanish-style residential complex, flanked by palm trees and courtyards. Inside the pink walls are hand-carved wooden doors, ornate tiles, and high ceilings topped with skylights.
With eight bedrooms and 12,000 square feet of living space, the resort spans several distinct areas. In the main residence, the living rooms and bedrooms have large stone fireplaces and French doors open onto patios with an outdoor kitchen and covered dining areas. A two-bedroom wing contains a gym, screening room, and lanai, as well as a kitchen with pantry and pizza oven. Around the inner courtyard is a separate one-bedroom cottage and a two-bedroom guest house, which has its own swimming pool and views of the surrounding hills.
From the main building, arched windows and beveled glass doors open to a pool that cascades into another swim pool through an outdoor dining area with a fireplace and large patio for outdoor entertaining. Paths crisscross the estate, past a pond, woods, gardens and a private gate leading to the Backbone hiking trail.
The estate contains around 600 avocado trees, which could be grown and sold as produce or made into enough guacamole to fill the property’s three pools. A perfect stable has been converted into a tasting room and banquet space, measuring 2,545 square feet, and the property contains extensive wine storage facilities. The wine itself is made from grapes grown on the estate. Rosenthal also established Malibu’s first vineyard, in 1987, on the road to Newton Canyon. The man himself is ready to move on, having first put the house on the market in 2012. “We have enjoyed the property for decades as an oasis of tranquility to share with friends,” he said. “As I am just steps away from my 90th birthday, it is time to offer another owner the opportunity to experience the property that has been so important to our lives.”
Sandro Dazzan of the agency and Jade Mills and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Realty, Beverly Hills, share the list.