Janet Macpherson’s PCH Home Hits the Market

Malibu beach home for sale with $2.6 million price tag

Janet MacPherson’s Malibu home has been put up for sale. 

She certainly isn’t as well known as Cher, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts and some of the other mega-famous Malibu mainstays, but when she passed away earlier this year, at 84, Janet MacPherson was lionized with a long, gorgeous obit in no less than The New York Times.

Described in the article’s headline as “a Kind of First Wave Feminist in Surfing,” MacPherson was a rare woman to take up surfing as a teenager in the 1950s. She continued to surf her entire life. She surfed in New Zealand in the 1960s, while pregnant with her son, well-known hotelier and restaurateur Sean MacPherson, and she hung ten off the coast of Malibu well into her 80s. Mr. MacPherson describes his mother as “a category of one.”

Along with her surfing excursions along the California coast and around the globe, MacPherson quietly amassed a multimillion-dollar portfolio of rental properties up and down the Malibu coastline. One of her homes, in Malibu Canyon, was sold earlier this year for $4 million and another, an unassuming 1960s home on Pacific Coast Highway, across from La Costa Beach, was put on the market shortly after her death with an asking price pressing up on $3 million. The price dropped to just under $2.6 million, and online records indicate the property is currently under contract with a contingent offer

Though records suggest she owned the home since the late 1970s, it seems unlikely MacPherson occupied the house in recent years; digital records show it it was available as a rental in 2019 and again in 2021 with asking prices between $8,950 and $9,975 per month.

Listings held by Jeffrey Chertow at Pinnacle Estate Properties show the extensively updated four-bedroom and three-bath beach house measures about 2,100 square feet with exposed wood vaulted ceilings, wheat-colored wood floors, and soft white walls. An additional studio apartment with separate entrance and private bath is tucked under the house next to the two-car garage. The property’s minimalist yet cozy, California coastal-chic furnishings are available at an additional cost.

The best feature of this property, arguably, might not be its airy living room with super-cool Malm fireplace, its spacious and updated open-plan kitchen, the bathrooms animated with the palest of turquoise tiles or the covered terrace with peek-a-boo ocean views, but rather its proximity and membership to La Costa Beach & Tennis Club. With little public access, La Costa is one of Malibu’s least-visited beaches, which makes it particularly appealing to those who prefer not to share their stretch of sand with too many folks from other zip codes.

Records indicate several other rental properties owned by the iconoclast surfer/investor, now held in various LLCs, include a three-unit building across from Carbon Beach on Pacific Coast Highway, a duplex on a high bluff above Broad Beach, and a three-unit building above Point Dume’s Westward Beach.

Related Posts

Riders on LA Metro Trains and Buses No Longer Required to Mask

September 30, 2022

September 30, 2022

Masking no longer required at LAX as well  By Dolores Quintana As of September 23, Los Angeles County has lifted...

Accuracy of Los Angeles’ 2022 Homeless Count Being Questioned

September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

LA City Council motion would require that LAHSA’s count be assessed independently  By Dolores Quintana and Sam Catanzaro After the...

Dr. Jane Goodall Speaking at Youth Event Wednesday at Temescal Park

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Seven Arrows Elementary hosting event Wednesday for students from around region Seven Arrows Elementary, an independent kindergarten through 6th grade...

Tickets Now on-Sale for Pali High’s ‘Mamma Mia’

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Students shine in feel-good musical inspired by ABBA’s hits More than 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with...

Trailhead Improvement Project Begins at Cheeseboro Canyon

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Access to trails will continue, but use of temporary parking lot required The National Park Service is revitalizing the trailhead...

Malibu Sees 66% Decrease in Homelessness

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Palisades News Top Local Headlines in 60 seconds* Fundraiser For Longtime Local Business Owner in Need of Medical Care* Malibu...

Woman’s Wallet Stolen Out of Cart While Shopping in Palisades Grocery Store

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

LAPD says be wary of surroundings following September 16 incident While shopping in a Pacific Palisades supermarket, a woman was...

Bass Rallies With More Than 600 Angelenos, Claims to be the only Pro-Choice Democrat Running For Mayor, Rick Caruso Disagrees!

September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Two weeks before ballots are mailed, hundreds sign up to volunteer for Bass  By Nick Antonicello Congresswoman Karen Bass rallied...

Pacific Palisades Community Council Meeting Recap

September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Submitted by the Pacific Palisades Community Council At the regularly scheduled PPCC meeting of September 22, 2022, we held a...

Bluff Top Cemetery Coming To Malibu?: Palisades Real Estate Report – September 26th 2022

September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Property, Developments, and Listings on the Westside.* Tour a Palisades Home Redesigned By AD 100 Designer Mandy Cheng* Bluff Top...

50 Apartments and Retail Under Construction on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice

September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Construction is underway for a mixed use 50 apartment and retail space building on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice..Video brought to...

Jae Omar-Design Brentwood Mansion Lists for Nearly $12 Million

September 24, 2022

September 24, 2022

The home is built for the concept of indoor/outdoor living that comes with an open plan layout and glass walls...

Sale of the Familian Campus of American Jewish University Finalized

September 24, 2022

September 24, 2022

AJU Board votes September 13 to approve sale to EF Education First Last week the American Jewish University Board of...

Kim Kardashian Buys Cindy Crawford’s Former Malibu Estate for $70 Million

September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022

Sale priciest residential transfer in Malibu of 2022 and is also the year’s fourth-priciest sale in the state By Dolores...

Three Burglary Suspects Enter Occupied Pacific Palisades Home

September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022

Pacific Palisades Crime Update By LAPD Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin Good Evening Everyone, Sorry for the late distribution of...