Not every house in Malibu is beachfront; in fact, some of the nicer ones are off the sand and in the land-side hills overlooking the Pacific. They still get the sea breezes and the vistas are breathtaking -- and the prices tend to reflect their lack of oceanfront status.
With that in mind, we especially like this four-story contemporary now listed at $10.5 million. The 10,114 square-foot home has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There is also a one-bedroom guest apartment. There's a step-down living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a media room with built-in controls for the whole house, a library and wine cellar. The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances and maple cabinetry.