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The City of Malibu

Cultural icon Johnny Carson, the late-night talk show host from the classical era of television, drove himself from Malibu to Burbank each weekday morning. Carson did that daily commute for decades. Why? Because he enjoyed living in Malibu so much that the drive was easily worth his time and effort (in fact, he enjoyed the drive and used his time alone in the car to decompress from his job’s stresses. And yes, he drove himself; he did not use a driver).

Malibu is considered by most Southern Californians to be a coastal wonderland and is located along the north end of Santa Monica bay. You might also be impressed with how some parts of Malibu have the feel of a small country village. With a relatively small population of 16,000, Malibu is a self-contained community – with convenient amenities like shops, movie theaters, schools, parks, and of course, the beach. Immortalized by artists and prized by the wealthy, few people realize that Malibu is not just beachfront – it also includes inland mountains. Inhabited by surfers, celebrities and entertainment executives, this 27-mile long strip of paradise is among the most beautiful and inspiring beach cities in Los Angeles County, offering both spectacular beachside and land-side living.

Malibu History

PMalibu was originally settled by the Chumash, Native Americans whose territory extended loosely from the San Joaquin Valley to San Luis Obispo to Malibu, as well as several islands off the southern coast of California. They named it “Humaliwo” or “the surf sounds loudly”. The city’s name derives from this, as the “Hu” syllable is not stressed.

Few roads even entered the area before 1929, when the state won another court case and built what is now known as the Pacific Coast Highway. By then May Rindge was forced to subdivide her property and begin selling and leasing lots. The Rindge house, known as the Adamson House (a National Register of Historic Places site and California Historical Landmark), is now part of Malibu Creek State Park and is situated between Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Surfrider Beach, beside the Malibu Pier that was used to provide transportation to/from the ranch, including construction materials for the Rindge railroad, and to tie up the family’s yacht.

History abstract above is courtesy Wikipedia.