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Carbon Mesa Estate

In Malibu's elite Carbon Mesa neighborhood, multimillion-dollar homes and 180-degree views spanning the Pacific are the norm. But DeeAnna Staats’s 9,500-square-foot contemporary residence still stands out from its extraordinary neighbors. Staats—the home’s owner and the founder of the Malibu-based development firm Staats & Co.—gutted the original house and transformed it into her dream home, which was completed in 2012. Clad in limestone, marble, and rare woods, the home features copious windows and balconies, a home theater, a wood-paneled library, a wine cellar, an outdoor kitchen, a courtyard pool, a tennis court, and a sweeping lawn. At 800 square feet, the kitchen is an enormous performance space, completely open to the courtyard on one side, and the ocean view on the other.

Staats has also gone beyond the norm in efforts to sell the nearly 6.5-acre property: In addition to the glamour shots and video tours used to market such estates, Staats has filmed a short action movie on the property starring the house. Commercial director Graham Henman created the racy short feature called The Spider and the Fly; the film is set to a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer Studios, which worked on The Lion King and most recently The Dark Knight Rises. The film was loaded onto an Apple iPad—along with a custom app complete with floor plans and high-definition videos—and delivered to potential buyers worldwide. Now Carbon Mesa Estate is set to star in another thriller: It is the event location for rising chef Matt Abergel in Robb Report’s first annual Culinary Masters competition.

22201 Carbon Mesa Road, Malibu 90265

Architect:Douglas W. Burdge, in collaboration with DeeAnna Staats and Peggy Platner of Platner & Co.
Designer:DeeAnna Staats and Peggy Platner
Year Built:Reconstruction completed in 2012.
Bedrooms/bathrooms:5 bedrooms/ 8 bathrooms
Square Footage:9,500 square feet
Lot Size:6.33 acres
Kitchen square footage:800 square feet, in addition to an outdoor kitchen
Price:$35 million
View:A sweep of ocean from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Ventura County Line
Contact:Lynn Saunders, 310.456.9575, lynn@staatsandco.com

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