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From the ashes of Wildfire, a local Malibu architect saw an opportunity – it’s now selling for $6 million


Mediterranean style gets a modern update in a newly built villa in Malibu, Calif., which went on the market Thursday for $6 million.

Amit Apel, a well-known Malibu-based architect and builder, is behind the design of the 4,400 square foot home, which sits on 4 acres in the mountains. Nicknamed Maliview, the residence 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 just left,” Apel said in a promotional video with the listing agent Yana Beranek of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.


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

“If you really 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 spring up here without common sense – without understanding where the wind is blowing, without understanding where the sunset is, without understanding how to live with the land itself – I took it upon myself to try to experience this.

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

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

“It’s like visiting different countries,” Ms. Beranek told Mansion Global. This includes the outdoor dining area which is a nod to Tuscany, tall blue doors reminiscent of Greece and chandeliers reminiscent of Morocco.


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

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

The house also has a barn with three horse boxes – guests and residents can directly access trails that lead through the mountains or directly to the beach – and there is plenty of room for avocado trees or a garden, added the agent.

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