Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson listed her Malibu Colony home at 23445 Malibu Colony Road for sale at $7.75 million in 2012. It is probably difficult for her to part with since she ended a major two-year eco renovation in 2010 and has lived there for 13 years with her two sons by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
Pamela came up with $31,000 in overdue taxes on another property in Ladysmith, British Columbia in January 2013. The attached February 21, 2013 Celebrity TV video says she still owes more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes and that she bought the Malibu home for $1.8 million in 2000.
Watch the attached slide show for pictures of the home. It is a five-bedroom, three and one-half baths, 2,752-square-foot teak-sided house built in 1959. It has a top-of-the-line home theater, gourmet kitchen, dining room, family room, media/music room, sauna, three fireplaces, a heated saltwater pool with built-in underwater seating at the wet bar, decks, blonde teak flooring, poured concrete sinks and table tops, and a black baby grand piano. The rooms connect "in a continuous flow." It is a smarthouse, with iPads called "iPorts" flush-mounted in the walls of three rooms to control the home.
The lot is 6,324 square feet, .15 acre with figs, avocados, seasonal vegetables and herbs. The front entry gate is stone, leading to a small courtyard of olive trees and lavender. An extra-wide swinging glass door opens into the open living and kitchen area. There are mountain, ocean and city light views.
The house is listed by Chris Cortazzo with Coldwell Banker Previews International, Malibu West, phone 310.589.2472 or office 310.457.6550. According to E! Online, Anderson lived in a mobile home for two years while this house was being transformed to its contemporary version at the cost of $4 million.
Read Cortazzo's website and that of Southern California Homes for interesting brief histories of the Malibu Colony area. The name came from the Chumash Indians who lived there and called it Humaliwo, meaning "the surf sounds loudly." The Hu syllable was dropped. In 1892, Frederick Hastings and Mary Knight Rindge paid only $10 an acre for the 13,330-acre Rancho Malibu, expanding it to 17,000 acres. Part of it, Malibu Colony, became the gated beach retreat for the rich and famous, including the old stars, Clara Bow, Bing Crosby, Gloria Swanson, and Gary Cooper, and later the new ones, Bette Midler, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Kline and Tom Hanks.
Malibu Colony is south of Malibu Road off the Pacific Coast Highway, within walking distance of "world-class shopping, dining and nightlife. It affords residents a magnificent ocean vista extending from Santa Monica to Rancho Palos Verdes to the south and the bluffs of Point Dume to the north."
Anderson rented out her home in 2012--$50,000 per month in the summer, $30,000 other months with a $60,000 security deposit. She said she was spending so much time in Canada where she grew up that she no longer needed the Malibu house. She wrote, “I’m finally willing to share my masterpiece — what I’ve co-created with a handful of green architects and designers/inspired by my favourite architect Lautner —this is my humble stab at perfection. It’s a magical spot.”
Apparently Anderson is busy with her Vancouver Island project, a five-acre waterfront property once run as her grandparents' holiday cottage. Friend Geoff Courtnall, former NHL player, has partnered with her in its redevelopment, with town council approval for 83 residential units. It is being done to green building standards like her Malibu home--geothermal heat exchange, permeable pavement, a re-circulating pond and stream for runoff control, a green roof and storm-water management plan.