From the Wildfire Ashes, a local Malibu architect saw an opportunity — it’s now for sale for $6 million


Mediterranean style goes modern in a newly built villa in Malibu, Calif., that hit the market Thursday for $6 million.

Amit Apel, a renowned architect and builder based in Malibu, is behind the design of the 4,400 square foot home, which sits on 4 acres in the mountains. Dubbed Maliview, the home overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has access to miles of hiking trails surrounding the home.

Mr. Apel acquired the underlying property for $835,000 after the original home was destroyed by a wildfire in 2018, the same fire that destroyed his own family’s home nearby.

“It’s a small community and we knew a lot of people who lost their homes and they didn’t know what to do … so a lot of people are just left,” Mr Apel said in a promotional video with listing agent Yana Beranek of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.


After redesigning his own home with his family, Mr. Apel saw a chance to build another home in harmony with nature and the local environment.

“If you actually connect with nature, I think [Malibu] is one of the most amazing places in the world to live,” he continued. “When I saw the opportunity to express myself again and not let a building appear here without common sense – without understanding where the wind blows, without understanding where the sunset is, without understanding how to live with the earth itself – I took it on myself to try to experiment with it.”

Because he has lived in the area for so long, Mr. Apel was able to design the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom house with windows in just the right places and a “beautiful flow of energy,” he said.

Mr. Apel also incorporated natural materials such as stone and wood into the design, as well as oversized windows to frame the view. There are also pops of color, such as purple accent walls to match the local lavender fields, and international design elements throughout.

“It’s like you’re visiting different countries,” Ms. Beranek to Mansion Global. That includes the outdoor dining area that is a clear nod to Tuscany with the tall blue doors reminiscent of Greece and the chandeliers that bring Morocco to mind.


Stone arches have been used inside, in traditional Mediterranean style, while circular windows not only add novelty but also cast shadows on the walls throughout the day.

“It’s like living art,” continued Ms. Beranek.

The home also has a barn with three stalls for horses — guests and residents can access trails that lead through the mountains or directly to the beach — and there’s plenty of room for avocado trees or a garden, the agent added.

Other amenities include custom-built bathrooms, a two-car garage with a dog washing station and a pool, spa and outdoor kitchen, according to the listing.


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