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A Celebrity Hairstylist Just Dropped $8 Million on a Scenic Malibu Estate

Social media savvy celebrity hairstylist and haircare entrepreneur Jen Atkin has traded in her chicly renovated home in L.A.’s suburban neighborhood of Tarzana for an impressive blufftop estate in the rugged hills of Malibu. where she and her husband, fashion photographer Mike Rosenthal, have splashed out about $8.1 million for a 5,000-square-foot, Tuscan-influenced mansion with supremely dramatic ocean views.

Atkin paid $4.5 million for the Tarzana place in early 2021 and just flipped it—in an off-market deal—for $6.2 million to Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela, an investor and the ex-wife of former Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CEO Mark Machin. Built brand new in 2017, and set behind gates on about two-thirds of an acre at the head of a horseshoe driveway, the home incorporates a number of architectural genres, from a classic, low-slung California ranch house to a shingled and whitewashed East Coast traditional to the ubiquitously trendy “modern farmhouse” style that has proliferated across L.A. over the last handful of years.

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Sited high above Pacific Coast Highway at the end of a narrow and winding road, the gated compound offers many resort-style amenities.
Sited high above Pacific Coast Highway at the end of a narrow and winding road, the gated compound offers many resort-style amenities.

As for the Malibu compound, it was designed by acclaimed architect Marc Appleton, built new in the early 2000s and last sold in late 2021 for $7.7 million, per records. In addition to a two-story main house, which will no doubt be given a fashionable overhaul by Atkin, the 1.3-acre property also includes a detached two-car garage and a wee guesthouse/studio building, plus a large rectangular swimming pool, a full-size tennis court and wraparound patios ideal for grand-scale al fresco entertaining. The main house packs in four bedrooms and four bathrooms, nearly all of which are blessed with 180-degree coastline views—from the sunrise at Palos Verdes peninsula and Catalina island, to the sunset over Point Dume and Channel Islands.

Atkin continues to maintain a strikingly contemporary vacation home in Seattle, which was featured in a 2022 issue of Architectural Digest. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, that $4.6 million house was designed by architect Peter Cohan and offers five bedrooms and 4.5 baths in about 5,400 square feet.

The haircare mega-influencer, who the The New York Times once called “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World,” and who boasts 5.3 million Instagram followers, has long cut and pressed the tresses of a loyal celebrity clientele who include Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and the entire Kardashian family. The Utah native, 44, is also the founder of uber-successful hair care product line OUAI, creator of a range of hair extensions and accessories, the author of the cheekily titled self-help memoir “Blowing My Way to the Top,” and the founder of the digital magazine ManeAddicts.com.

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