Designer Kelly Wearstler Lists Malibu Beach House for $21.9M

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler and her property-developer husband Brad Korzen put their hyper-neutral Malibu beach front pad on the market for $21.9 million. The approximately 6,000 square foot property (which the Wearstler/Korzen duo shares with three other families) features six bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths and is located on the Pacific Coast Highway, on a 72-foot stretch of prime Carbon Beach.

The pair (and friends) bought the home from Janet Jackson in 2004 for $8.5 million and made a full renovation in 2009. That means somebody will be making a hefty profit should the house sell at asking price (even after the cost of improvements.) But for those well-heeled buyers with a lust for Wearstler's design philosophy, a rolling sea as their front yard and neutrals, neutrals everywhere -- this price tag might work.
And by Wearstler's design philosophy, we mean her flair for optical surprise: bedroom walls and floors covered in spacey-geometric doodling; 1960s French chandeliers that invoke beached seaweed; a custom vanity that appears to have levitating properties; a staircase boasting chunky steps that alternate in size.

The property, which was featured in Metropolitan Home in 2009, also features a chef's kitchen with Douglas-fir wood cabinetry and Calcutta Gold finishes throughout the home. Muted pastel Cippolino marble covers the walls and floor in what looks like the bathroom of the master bedroom suite.

According to The Real Estalker, this is the second California home that Wearstler and her husband have put on the market in 2010. Rumors swirl that in February the pair quietly listed their Beverly Hills fun-house for a whopping $50 million (making the Malibu beach property a deal...ish). The Beverly Hills estate, featured in Vogue's October 2009 issue, shows Wearstler's signature aesthetic on LSD-trip-level. Think red-graffiti-art wallpaper in the foyer, a seat in the shape of a gold hand, busts and heads and nude sculptures on the dining room table. Also think lush Moroccan rugs, Parisian ladder-back chairs and vintage 19th-century chandeliers.

Meanwhile, fans of Wearstler who can't buy her digs can experience her designs in the interiors of Beverly-Hills-based luxury hotels like Maison 140 and the Avalon, as well as Viceroy properties in Santa Monica, Palm Springs, Miami and a new one in Anguilla.

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