A three-acre compound in Malibu Hills was once a luxury drug rehab center that helped Britney Spears, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Lohan et al., is currently listed for $19.5 million.
Promises Malibu pioneered the “Malibu Model” of alcohol and drug addiction treatment on a primarily Mediterranean-style campus at 20725 Rockcroft Drive, According to the Los Angeles Times.
Real estate developer Richard Rogg launched Promises Malibu on a drug rehab campus in 1989, the area’s first luxury treatment center. By 2018, the new owner filed for bankruptcy, and Promises finally closed.
The hilltop estate, now run by an unidentified rehabilitation agency, has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
“It’s a combination of serious therapy and wellness spa,” Douglas Elliman’s Sean Langdon, who owns the public company with Jennifer Johnson, told The Times. The listing does not appear on their website.
The complex includes three single-family homes with 9,300 square feet, 12 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. There are three entrances and a huge car park for guests.
The homes have been renovated several times and feature bleach-white interiors, wood-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors and fireplaces, according to listing photos. Outside there are two swimming pools and a tennis court surrounded by oaks and fruit trees.
Buyer must abide by unspecified terms Landon said the current lease of the rehabilitation facility. Later, he sees a tech company or foreign buyer redevelop the site into a hilltop oasis. Developers can also turn it into a luxury assisted living facility.
“It’s a rare opportunity to own three lots, so it has a compound feel,” Langdon told The Times. “There’s a lot of structure, but there’s also a sense of privacy.”
Malibu’s Promise, a once-for-profit venture, laid the groundwork for a host of other luxury rehabs in Malibu, allowing the use of cell phones, access to off-site gyms and appointments between chef-prepared lobster and osso bucco.
— Dana Bartholomew