Malibu Barbie’s Dream Home

22 thoughts on “Malibu Barbie’s Dream Home”

  1. Hi Johnny, What are those cones out in front of the one beachhouse? It looks like little erosion mitigation is going on along there – you’d think with $18M property value the landowners would be banding together and mucking in. The beach looks very flat there, and I’m surprised there haven’t already been major weather events affecting those properties.
    Does Malibu not get much tidal and storm activity? Those properties all look low, unprotected and doomed. Maybe if you can afford them, it’s all living for the moment or short term anyway, and you’ve got enough it doesn’t matter. Multi-million dollar throwaway playpens. Strange thing desirability. None of those pics portray anything appealing to this viewer – from the roading to the infrastructure to the dwellings themselves. How did it all go so wrong?

    This would be much more my style:

    1. The orange cones in front of the large white modern house (a Richard Meier design I think) is to let the unwashed masses know to stay way from the privacy fence.

      Owning a private island on the north coast of South Island, NZ seems lonely. Rather like the grand estates of Scotland. To each his own.

  2. This could apply to so many of your posts Johnny. We had a massive wind storm here on Vancouver Island today. Power was out for 5 hours and highways closed because of tree fall. Not major in the grand scheme of things, but becoming more common. As I lit my candles and warmed my soup on the woodstove I thought about your preps. I’m a small p prepper myself. This got me thinking beyond today’s storm. I decided that I need to up my game and do some pressure canning and recycle it through my daily food preparations. I’m too dependent on my freezer which is useless in a long power outage without a backup generator. No big deal, but contingency planning is not such a bad idea! Small is beautiful. Collapse now and avoid the rush. Thanks again for the work you do here.

    1. Robyn. Start small. Gradually work your way toward more reserves. If nothing bad ever happens all you’ve done in made lots of easy lunches and dinners in advance. And don’t forget water storage. That might not be as critical in B.C. where water falls from the sky, but you should at least have a mechanism for collecting and purifying water if the need should arise.

      1. What’s interesting, the town an hour away just put in a $60 million water filtration “state of the art” system. The storm disabled it and people are advised to buy water.

            1. David, Thanks for the link. It’s so strange to me that a place where it rains all the time (relative to California where we sometimes don’t get rain for four years in a row) there’s a water crisis. In Nanaimo it’s a lack of water, but the critical supply chain of processed water.

              I suspect most people could set a barrel on their roof downspout and collect enough water for all their household needs. A proper filter would keep it healthy. What’s missing is a culture of preparedness and regulations that make home adaptation illegal or overly complex. The argument is that low tech home systems won’t deliver clean safe water so such arrangements can’t be left to ordinary people. Better let the experts handle it. 99% of the time the engineers do an amazing job. But we should all have our own stealth Plan B we don’t mention to the authorities.

  3. “Of course, Prop 13 frozen-in-time property taxes in California are hereditary.”

    You’ve got to be kidding. I guess what I said when I ran my minor party protest campaign against the state legislature is true of California as well.

    The State of New York represents feudalism, American style.

    Under capitalism, you get what you earn, at least in theory. Those who believe that people need an incentive to work and innovate can agree with that. Under socialism, you get what you need, at least in theory. Those who believe that we are all part of one human family can agree with that. But over time, when you have the same group of people in power, both capitalism and socialism degenerate into feudalism, under which the privileged expect to continue to get what they have been getting, and perhaps a little more, whether they need it or not, deserve it or not. For those who have real needs, and who produce real earnings, it’s just tough luck. The feudalism of unearned privilege explains much about the state of the State of New York, where all past deals are set in stone.

    In Albany (and I guess Sacramento)
    Money flows
    To power
    Not to merit or need
    From each according to
    Their stupidity
    To each according to
    Their greed.

  4. I live near Sea Bright, NJ, which like Malibu is about 5 miles long and one building lot wide. Unlike Malibu, the side of Sea Bright opposite the ocean is the Shrewsbury River. During Hurricane Sandy, the river and the sea became one, and it was two weeks before they let anybody back into town.

    1. I spent a chunck of my growing up years in Jersey and know the shore well. One “solution” is a sea wall. Two problems: the cost to build sea walls equals or exceeds the value of the property being protected, and instead of having beach front property you get wall front property.

  5. You know, every place has its pluses and minuses. It’s a great ride while it lasts – as long as you accept that it could end any time and there’s no need to point fingers; just find yourself another ride. If those terms aren’t acceptable, relocate now…

      1. I realize that, Johnny. The truth is, it was just a general comment supporting one of your main messages: Have a Plan B – C & D if necessary. Again, I think life is worth living in all these places, but one shouldn’t be shocked when the likely and probable actually happens.

        We ARE shocked, but I guess that’s just human nature. You only have to watch drivers adjusting to winter every year to know that. But after reality has made itself known, there should be a contingency plan ready because you knew it was coming. That’s all I’m saying.

  6. “F’in Malibu! I get no reception out here!”
    – Johnny Drama

    Would you say Entourage is the best source of knowledge about LA, or tied for the best?

    1. Yes, cell reception in Malibu is really bad.

      I haven’t watched the latest Entourage, but early episodes captured a certain slice of LA life – the West Side anyway. Is there a show that glorifies life in Pacoima? Or a Dramedy that takes place in Hesperia?

  7. Thanks Johnny, It is all a Corporeal Fantasy and we are all so temporary.

    What had been evil in the father image becomes a virtue, the source of the will; deeply behind the mother image lies the germ of action, the mobile flagellate traveling up the dark hot tube seeking immortality. Kenneth Rexroth

  8. It is amazing to look at these beach houses that are about the same scale as a suburban single family home somewhere else. At first glance one might think “oh, it must not be a very populated area for them to be building so low density.” But then I think again and realize that the people who own these properties are so rich that they can let a few thousand square feet of beach house pin down 18 million dollars of land value and it doesn’t become a concern. Whether public land or developed more intensely, under a freer regulation regime I’m sure these places would look a lot different! In any case, thanks for the quick escape to the beach.

  9. “So what’s it worth to live in a place that actively wants to destroy you?”

    Well, there’s areas of similar climate, like the South of France. What I see there is that the homes are well above the sand, protected by massive seawalls. They have natural (and increasing) wildfires too, but possibly since the ancient towns are compact, made of stone and have very little native vegetation, it’s easy to contain the damage?

    I dunno but certainly we could learn a thing or two from them. California is not inherently doomed anymore than the Cote d’Azur.

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