Barry Manilow's Malibu Home Lingers
"It was the sellers choice for that list price," listing agent Kate Novotny told AOL Real Estate.
The singer of "Can't Smile Without You" and "Mandy" first listed it in early 2009 at $12.6 million with a different agent, dropping it to $10.9 million four months later, then re-listed it in March 2010 for $9.15 million after two months of it being off the market, according to several different reports.
Known for his huge hit "I Write the Songs" (which, incidentally, he didn't write), Manilow purchased the white 4-bedroom home in 2002 for $3.85 million, reported the Real Estalker. Novotny, who is with Prudential Malibu Realty, says, it was her agency that sold the home as a second home to the Manilows (whom she refers to only as "the clients" or "the sellers.")
The 3,546-square-footer is a contemporary with a detached one-bedroom guest house, according to AOL's sister site, Luxist, which published pictures of the home in 2009 when it was first listed. There is a step-down two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings, and limestone floors.
"My favorite thing about that house is the stunning views up and down the beach in both directions," says Novotny. "I also really like the private garden, which is unusual. The house has a walled and gated entry and a courtyard, which is very special."
It also has, according to previous listing information, a media room, an office, a kitchen with high-grade appliances, an upstairs master suite with two-walk in closets, a fireplace, a bathroom with spa tub and steam shower and a private glass paneled terrace.
Although the home was a secondary residence for the Manilows, Novotny says the home would be great as a primary residence, too, as many neighbors on Malibu Road live there year-round. "Although real estate prices have pulled back, on the beach is always the most popular destination."
Catch views of the beach from the homes balcony in this virtual tour, or see the photos below.
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