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Showy Malibu contemporary next to national parkland wants $12.5M

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A lair worthy of a supervillain

Images by Scott Everts courtesy of Partners Trust

Perched high atop a Malibu mountain, this dramatic residence was conjured up by architects Hagy Belzberg and George Wittman in 1998.

The singular property was designed for Bata Mataja, a serious car collector and founder of a company that customizes vehicles for commercials. As he explained in an interview with the cable TV show Car Crazy, Mataja had the architects incorporate a car gallery within the home’s interior to accommodate a rotating selection of automobiles from his prized collection. There’s also a cavernous garage and 20-car motor court, naturally.

Along with its auto showroom, the 7,500-square-foot home contains five bedrooms and four and a half baths. Features include concrete slab floors, a double-sided fireplace, built-ins, walls of glass serving up master-of-the-universe views, and a saltwater pool and spa. A separate guest house buit in 2000 overlooks the main residence.

Located on a 32-acre parcel bordering national parkland, the property is on the market with an asking price of $12.5 million