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• Serra Retreat
• Winding Way
• Bonsall Canyon
As Malibu's historic ranch center, the rural character of Serra Retreat is unique and treasured.
Serra Retreat is a wooded canyon area adjacent to Malibu Creek in Lower Malibu Canyon. Sweetwater Mesa is the only street in this area that has commanding views of the ocean.
The approximately 100 property owners in this small, secluded area belong to the Serra Canyon Property Owners Association, which was formed to maintain and protect the privately-owned, country road of the canyon community. Residents can walk or bike ride to Malibu's Cross Creek shopping area.
Serra Canyon consists of approximately 100 lots ranging from under 1/2 acre to 4 acres, with a few in excess of 4 acres. All but a handfull are developed into single-family residences at this time. The homes range from small to large, reflecting the diverse economic and architectural make-up of this special Malibu locale.
The area, defined by Winding Way and Murphy Way (formerly De Butts Terrace) north from Pacific Coast Highway to the Escondido Falls, is a community of about 100 properties that are accessed by these private roads.
The majority of parcels are two to five acres in size, although parcels range from one-third to over 100 acres.
The roads are private, though not gated.
Bonsall Canyon is a combination of big estates and horse properties on flat lots. The common element with the people who live there is the enjoyment of the Canyon's uncommon beauty and tranquility. What is unbelievable is that traveling just a few hundred feet from the profusion of fast, noisy cars and crowds of beach goers on Pacific Coast Highway, you can be in an area of uncommon beauty with trees and flowers everywhere.
Bonsall Canyon is part of Zuma Canyon which is located on the eastern side of Pacific Coast Highway along the stretch of Malibu between Kanan Dume road to the south and Trancas Canyon to the north. At one end of Bonsall Canyon lie the Zuma wetlands and beach; at the other is land designated as a National Park with extensive hiking and riding trails.
The unusual climatic conditions of the Canyon are favorable to producing a wide variety of plants, fruit, vegetables and rare varieties of orchids. Agriculture represents the only commercial enterprise permitted by RA-1 zoning in the road is dominated by narrow bands of dense native oaks and Western Sycamore woodlands.
Zuma Creek flows down the mountain through Bonsall Canyon towards the Pacific Ocean. The interaction between the ocean and streambed forms one of the last remaining wetlands along the Southern California Coast. The Canyon's canopy of trees and shrubs provide a sanctuary for many bird species, including thrashers, quail and Golden Eagles. Members of the Audubon Society find the Canyon a paradise for bird watching activities.
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