La Costa is a secluded and peaceful neighborhood located on the eastern side of Malibu, between Carbon Canyon Road and Las Flores Canyon Road.
Those living in Malibu homes on the beach enjoy the sound of the ocean waves without the noisy tourists, as the beach is difficult to access for non-residents.
The uncrowded beaches and stunning ocean views make La Costa a great place for celebrities to call home—and many do. La Costa and the eastern end of Malibu enjoy views of the Santa Monica Bay from above, and have easy access to the shopping and dining that Malibu has to offer.
Learn more below about living in the La Costa neighborhood of Malibu.
La Costa Homes
The first homes in La Costa date back to 1926, when the land was sold to Harold Ferguson for $6 million, which was a large sum for that time. Ferguson dedicated a large portion of the beach to a private club, now known as La Costa Beach Club, for land-side homeowners, and named all the streets (same names are used today) on the land-side of the Pacific Coast Highway. Most of the homes in the neighborhood still have membership in the La Costa Beach Club, a rich perk for homeowners on the other side of the highway.
Many of the homes in La Costa are of Mission Revival style, but the area has blossomed with beach bungalows, sleek modern style, and Spanish architectural homes.
You will find that houses on the beach in La Costa are generally less expensive than homes found in Carbon Beach, even though the beach terrain is very similar. You will also see places throughout La Costa where a homeowner has purchased several lots and created a spacious place for a large estate or compound. La Costa beach homes for sale usually start around $5 million and are priced as high as $15 million.
La Costa land side homes for sale with Beach Club rights start around $2 million. They are located on steep hills with magnificent views of the Santa Monica Bay below. The trees on the hillsides are mature and vegetation is thick, adding a layer of color to the scenic view below.
Things to do in La Costa
La Costa is located close to a range of amenities and things to do in Malibu. You can easily access a number of beaches, including the one-mile long La Costa Beach.
The private La Costa Beach Club gives beach access to home owners located across the Pacific Coast Highway. The club has a volleyball court and large facility area for parties.
Finally, the Malibu Bluffs Community Park has jogging trails, sports fields, and the Michael Landon Community Center. From February to April, you can watch Grey Whales swim by from the whale watching station on the bluffs. Or, if you buy a home on Las Costa Beach, you can be lucky enough to watch them swim buy while lounging on your beachfront deck.
Restaurants to check out near La Costa
- Duke’s Malibu: This beachfront restaurant offers drinks with umbrellas and fresh Hawaiian fare.
- Tavern 1 Grill & Tap House PCH Malibu: Here you’ll find burgers, barbecue and delicious craft beer served in a rustic or patio setting.
- Malibu Country Kitchen: this is the best spot for all-day breakfast and American food in a casual dining environment.
Schools in La Costa
The closest schools to the neighborhood are Under the Oaks Malibu Preschool, and the Sycamore School, which is an independent elementary school that focuses on creativity and play in learning. The closest public school is Webster Elementary School in Central Malibu. The local high school is about a 15 minute drive northwest on the PCH. Pepperdine, a private Christian university, is located nearby as well.
Owning a home in La Costa means beachfront living with easy access to Malibu shops, restaurants, and schools. Homeowners in La Costa enjoy tranquil beauty, with both ocean views and luscious mountain vegetation teeming in the area.
Please contact Russell Grether & Associates today if you are interested in learning about properties in La Costa.