If you had to pick actor Stephen Dorff out of a lineup, good luck. But you can pick up his beach house on Malibu’s La Costa Beach for a cool $7.98 million. Good luck there too.
Called “The Brown House,” the 1968-built mid-century modern digs is an off-the-radar private hideaway along a 40 feet swath of La Costa Beach—an ideal Malibu bachelor pad or beach getaway for a couple or small family. The Smith & Berg Partners team at Compass hold the listing.
Steps from the beach, the three-bedroom, three bath-house basks in California sunlight with its original cedar shingle and dark stained wood design, courtesy of architecture firm Buff & Hensman.
The home has a Mad Men-ish vibe, a retro “1960s modern” aesthetic—a bygone era that’s become hip again, glamorized by groovy furniture, wood cabinets, wood ceilings, shag carpets and textured square tile floors. All that’s missing are smoke-filled rooms and stuffy suits. This pad is for relaxing (not burning the midnight oil)—a more inclusive environment for the future owner who ponies up the cash.
Spanning 2,376 square feet of living space (on a 4,904-square-foot lot), the open-layout house welcomes with a two-story foyer that flows into a sun-friendly great room and dining area—all framed in floor-to-ceiling glass windows with sweeping Pacific Ocean and sunset views. The organic home harmonizes with its natural sand, rocky cliff, and private backyard garden surroundings, virtually distant from nearby Pacific Coast Highway. The lush yard includes a wine barrel-style shed.
A spiral staircase ascends to three bedrooms and two baths on the second level where the master suite and balcony open to ocean vistas and crashing waves. A main level lounge deck overlooks the pristine beach below which is accessed by one short flight of stairs. There’s also an office lounge area and a two-car garage.
Dorff isn’t exactly a household name. He’s starred in virtually every movie you haven’t seen. There’s a decent chance you channel surfed past one of his TV shows, music videos or artsy independent films. He’s starred in movies that sound like book chapters or song titles: I Shot Andy Warhol, Cecil B. Demented, The Motel Life, Cold Creek Manor, Black Water Transit, Space Truckers, etc. You may recognize him as “that guy” who resembles Kiefer Sutherland and stars with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in season 3 of HBO’s True Detective. He’s also a writer and producer of the film Wheeler.
Only good, versatile actors last this long in Hollywood. Starting as a child actor in 1985, the now 45-year-old also guested on TV’s Diff’rent Strokes, Blossom, Roseanne and Married…with Children. Appropriately, he played little known Stuart Sutcliffe (“the fifth Beatle”) in the film Backbeat. That role garnered him high praise from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney—not Dorff’s first brush with a legend.
In fact, Dorff has toiled at the edges of greatness for decades, holding his own against accomplished colleagues like Sir John Gielgood, Morgan Freeman, Sofia Coppola, Susan Sarandon, Kris Kristofferson, John Cleese, Daniel Craig, and Britney Spears. He could be his generation’s Kevin Bacon. Six Degrees of Stephen Dorff has a nice ring to it.
Which actor has connections to The Godfather, The Beatles, Monty Python and James Bond? That talented actor guy from that movie whose Mad Men Malibu beach pad can be had for nearly $8 million. That’s who.
- Originally posted on Forbes