Built in 1929, the Adamson House in Malibu is easily overlooked while driving on the famed Pacific Coast Highway but is definitely worth a visit whether you're a local or a tourist. Gems like this reignite my gratitude for living in Los Angeles - even after a decade here, there hasn't been a shortage of places old and new to discover. 

The Spanish Colonial Revival style was embraced by Californians after WWI.

The Spanish Colonial Revival style was embraced by Californians after WWI.

Commissioned by Rhonda and Merritt Adamson and built by architect Stiles O. Clements, the Andalusian-inspired house took just about 18 months to complete. Each of the 5 bedrooms has an enviable ocean view. One of the most striking details of the house are all of the hand-painted tiles from the now defunct Malibu Potteries, still remembered for their secret glazes and authentic designs of Moroccan and Mayan tiles, among other styles. 

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The Adamson House sits just in front of famed Surfrider Beach.

The Adamson House sits just in front of famed Surfrider Beach.

Despite staying incredibly busy with their businesses and hobbies, including the creation of Malibu Potteries and running a working cattle and grain-raising ranch with their own railway line to ship supplies in and out, the Adamsons enjoyed leisurely family gatherings on their Malibu property which included a courtyard barbecue area, pool, sycamore lawn, and patio. 

The pointed arch window, indicative of the Spanish Colonial style favored by the Adamsons looks out to the Pacific Ocean. 

The pointed arch window, indicative of the Spanish Colonial style favored by the Adamsons looks out to the Pacific Ocean. 

View of Malibu Pier from the 2nd floor balcony.

View of Malibu Pier from the 2nd floor balcony.

The house was purchased by the State of California in 1968 and preserved by the Malibu Historical Society. In 1983, the house opened to the public as a museum. 

The house is at 23200 PCH and is open for visits from Wednesday to Saturday, from 11am-3pm (last tour starting at 2pm). Parking can be found along Pacific Coast Highway or nearby beach lots. 

A post-tour lunch stop at Malibu Seafood or Malibu Farm is highly recommended!

 

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