There’s nothing cooler than a crisp sea breeze. Except, perhaps, for Steve McQueen. Famously dubbed ‘The King of Cool’, McQueen drifted into Los Angeles in the mid-1950s and went on to become one of the 20th century’s highest-paid, most highly regarded film stars.
His taste is the stuff of legend. Whether it’s a simple pair of Persol sunglasses or his enduring, iconic style, McQueen knew how to draw a fine line between rugged and refined. And that goes double when it comes to his homes. And this — the sand-whipped, sun-baked former Malibu beach house of the star — stands testament to that.
Light, bright and airy, the oceanfront home has recently been thoroughly restored. The remodelling leans into the nautical, maritime aesthetic — and, while it may not be how McQueen decorated, the cool factor remains.
The house can be found on a private, gated street — features expansive rooms and boasts a stretch of surf-ready ocean just outside the front door.
Inside, wide-plank hardwood floors follow you from room-to-room, and large windows offer unrivalled vistas of the ocean. The living room features a fireplace and vaulted ceilings, and the spacious primary bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closets (perfect for your McQueen-approved wardrobe).
With five bedrooms and bathrooms spread over the 3,307 square foot beachfront getaway, it’s also the perfect place to entertain — and likely the scene of many evenings McQueen spent relaxing with his own friends, including Don Gordon and Joe Turkel.
McQueen was also renowned on the motor racing scene — and had a deep love for anything with at least two good wheels and an powerful engine. And, whether his famous Jaguar XKSS ‘Green Rat’ or his custom Métisse Mk3 motorcycle, the actor needed somewhere safe and secure to keep his motors.
Thankfully, 31508 Victoria Point Road has a double garage that is more than up to the task. Hidden away from the handsome beachfront cove, it’s the perfect place to protect even the oldest vintage cars from salty spray.
The kitchen, too, is an impressive space. With thick granite countertops, this fully-equipped chef’s kitchen with a centre island opens up onto a dining area. Downstairs, a bottom-floor den features a minibar, a large beachfront deck and a spa.
But this wasn’t the only sandy spot in McQueen’s property portfolio. The actor’s affinity for the outdoors was also evident in Palm Springs, where the actor kept a winter home.
But we’d go for the beach house every time. With the wind in your hair, the thrum of your retro motorcycle in your ears and privacy worthy of an Oscar-nominee, McQueen’s Malibu beach house is a sun-soaked slice of Californian lore.
Steve McQueen's Malibu Beach House