Malibu Homes

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Malibu is an oasis from the grime and grit of Los Angeles. Driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway for about 30 minutes takes you to Malibu, where the air is cleaner and the temperature drops as you get closer to the ocean. For all these reasons, Malibu has become a highly prized area in Los Angeles County.

A Brief History of Malibu

The Chumash Indians, who called the area Humaliwo, first inhabited the area where Malibu is today. Europeans visited the area as early as 1542, when Juan Cabrillo was believed to have dropped anchor at the mouth of the Malibu Creek while looking for fresh water. The Spanish returned again in 1802 as part of the California mission system and acquired the land.

In 1891, the land switched owners to Frederick Rindge. Rindge and his wife Rhoda May fought against the building of a Southern Pacific Railroad line through their property and also fought the construction of the Pacific Coast Highway. They lost both those fights and Rhoda May, with her husband dead, was forced to break her land up and start leasing and selling lots.

In 1926, Rhoda May opened up the Malibu Potteries. The pottery became very successful by furnishing homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu and at its peak employed over 100 people. In 1931, a fire destroyed the pottery completely. The building was partially replaced, but, with the combination of the Great Depression and the fire, Malibu Potteries never recovered. Today pottery from the Malibu Potteries is very collectable.


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