By Ruth Doherty
The beautiful beachside former home of actor Jack Lemmon has been listed for sale on Broad Beach, Malibu, for $13,450,000.
Jack Lemmon, who starred in over 60 films, including Some Like It Hot, used the house as a relaxing retreat and a place to host friends.
Located on the eastern section of Malibu's star-studded Broad Beach, this contemporary, coastal home has been in the Lemmon family for decades and holds a special place in their hearts.
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Jack’s daughter, Courtney Lemmon, remembers the home fondly, saying that 'the house was designed and re-built with my father’s painstaking attention to every detail, in the late 80s. He and my mother created a private sanctuary for us, and also a place to entertain friends in a most relaxed way.'
During Jack Lemmon’s time on Broad Beach, the neighbors included frequent co-stars and good friends such as Walter Matthau, Frank Sinatra, and more.
'There were countless dinners outside, poker games with the Sinatras from down the road, parties at the Wilder's place next door, family Thanksgivings with the Matthaus, and many Fourth of July celebrations,' Courtney recounts.
'My father even put a putting green on the dune to practise his golf swing (with biodegradable golf balls of course). The memories of growing up on Broad Beach are indelible and a deeply cherished part of my family's story. This was our oasis to recharge, and reconnect. I hope that Broad Beach brings as much joy to the new owners as it did to us.'
The home features beautiful and intricate brick construction, a tribute to traditional building, while maintaining the casual elegance that Malibu is renowned for.
Interiors are kept to a neutral palette with organic materials, for a laidback aesthetic synonymous with beachside living.
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Custom features include completely hand-carved interior woodwork, and a tiled saltwater pool with fountains in a large, walled garden.
The detached guest studio has a spacious, tiled shower, fireplace, and french doors. A rooftop deck is perched overhead providing panoramic views out to sea and down the coast.
The eastern location on Broad Beach is unique to a select number of properties. These properties lie away from public access points and offer all of the joys of coastal living while remaining a beach pebble's hop to Trancas Country Market. It's also nestled on one of the deepest and sandiest stretches of coast on the Malibu coastline. Bliss.
Who was Jack Lemmon?
Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) was one of the most popular movie actors of the second half of the last century. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won twice. Jack was a world-renowned talent in both comedies and dramas, starring in over 60 films, including Some Like It Hot (for which he won the year’s Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Mister Roberts, The China Syndrome, and many other box office hits.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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