SELLER: Rob Cohen
LOCATION: Malibu, Calif.
SIZE: 4,234 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA'S NOTES: Rob Cohen might not be a big name in all the celebrity gossip glossies but within the Hollywood community he's a veteran writer, producer and director of wide renown. His producer credits include 1970s cinematic treasures like "Mahogany" and "The Wiz" and, in the 1980s, "The Witches of Eastwick." The 1990s brought the "Vanishing Son" TV and film franchise and in 2001 he wrote the first of the wildly successful and never-ending action franchise "The Fast and the Furious." Among several current projects he's listed on IMDB as a writer and executive producer of the apparently not unscripted reality TV series "Topless Prophet."
In October 2008, a few short months after his wife, Barbara Cashulin, gave birth to triplets, property records show Mister Cohen shelled out $5.35 million for a 1.35-acre compound on a prime street in Malibu's celeb-sodden Point Dume area. The privately situated property, down a long driveway that terminates at a cobblestone motor court and three-bay attached garage, has popped back up for sale with an asking price of $6,395,000.
The multi-winged, hacienda-style compound has a total of six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 4,234 square feet and as best as Your Mama can surmise from a careful parse of digital marketing materials those figures break down to a main house with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms plus a two bedroom and one bathroom detached casita and an attached one bedroom and one bathroom apartment tucked up under a quiet corner of the sprawling residence.
There are Brazilian mahogany wood floors, exposed wire-brushed wood beams and extensive skylights throughout the main residence including in the living room that also has vaulted ceiling, a row of clerestory windows, and an earthy and monumental rough-hewn limestone fireplace with an integrated mantelpiece fashioned from fossilized Kansas fence posts. A wide opening at one end of the long living room leads in to a oversized formal dining room with beamed ceiling and a full wall of French doors that open to a hallway-wide deck with garden view.
The high-ceilings continue into the ample but hardly humongous center island kitchen that's fitted and kitted with simple, Shaker-style cabinetry and an predictable suite of high-grade appliances. The -- ahem -- apple green counter tops were certainly an interesting choice and not one Your Mama would recommend but we have an authentic respect for the valiant effort to move away from the mundane and middle-brow speckled beiges and solid black granite counter tops made popular and depressingly ubiquitous by house flippers and home renovation programs.
The kitchen is open to an informal dining area and itty-bitty lounge with built-in storage buffet beneath a wall-mounted flat screen television. Several sets of French doors open to a shady loggia that wraps around a verdant courtyard. The Brazilian mahogany floors continue in to a library/media room furnished primarily with a cozily disheveled periwinkle colored sectional sofa and equipped with a projection system and drop down wide screen.
Mexican paver pathways meander through the tropically lush and pleasantly haphazard-looking grounds that include shaded verandas and sunny courtyards, at least one trellis shaded dining terrace, an unlighted, ravine-view tennis court, and an extra-long swimming pool with roomy sunbathing terrace. Arguably one of the better and more valuable features of the Cohen-Cashulins' Malibu spread are the much-coveted deeded rights to the all-but-private Little Dume beach.
Some of the Cohen-Cashulins' nearest neighbors include Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, Pink and Carey Hart, and apparel mogul/movie producer Sydney Kimmel who, back in 2007, paid more than $37 million for the late late-night talk show pioneer Johnny Carson's long-time bluff-top estate. Other high-profile resident of popular and pricey Point Dume include Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Kenny G, James Perse, and Don Rickles. The possibly consciously re-coupling Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin recently paid $14 million for an architecturally pedigreed Point Dume pad and Kid Rock has his Balinese-y adobe up for grabs at $13.45 million.
A quick spin through property records suggests Mister Cohen/Cashulin's property portfolio includes (but may not be limited to) a small bungalow near the beach in Venice he scooped up in 2005 for about $1.5 million and has several times put up for rent and for sale. Incidentally, our deeply unscientific Internet research reveals that the counter tops in the Cohen/Cashulin cottage in Venice also have -- or at least at some point had -- apple green counter tops. So, apparently that's kind of a thing for them....
Listing photo: Pritchett-Rapf & Associates