Jason Statham’s Malibu “Surf Shack” Is Not What We Expected—And We’re Not Mad About It

updated Oct 17, 2020
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For a Brit like Jason Statham, the opportunity to live on a sun-drenched beach didn’t feel all the likely. But once the “Hobbs & Shaw” star stayed with a friend in Malibu’s Colony, he knew the area would be his new home. 

 “In the U.K. we don’t get to the beach much, and these houses have a great connection with the ocean and nature,” Statham told Architectural Digest in a new spread that explores the home. “I had been in L.A. quite a while, but I just thought, This is the place I want to live.”

Soon, he settled on “a really tired old surfing house” he didn’t even know was on the market, and started a gut renovation that included a full rebuild while maintaining the key architectural elements from the original structure. He kept the picture window right on the property line, a brick fireplace, the slanted roof, and transformed the property into a 4,000-square-foot surf shack with black cedar shingles and weathered copper gutters on the exterior. (That’s how it earned its nickname, “The Black House.”) But the clean, muted aesthetic inside isn’t exactly what you’d expect from an A-list actor known for action films. In fact, Statham, who furnished most of the home himself, says he’s “obsessed” with mid-century Danish furniture. 

“I didn’t want a place that was too precious or too pretentious, so everything’s sort of old and lived-in and in a single palette,” Statham told AD. In the living room, the large brick fireplace previously mentioned is surrounded by shelves filled with firewood, perfect for curling up next to it after a long day on the beach. (According to the AD story, the firewood was placed there because Statham had neither the “time or the desire to buy books simply for show.”)

A sea-facing room features a huge window with prime views of the crashing waves, and a series of doors that open out to the deck made of Burmese teak. It’s embedded with an old jacuzzi, and has plenty of spots for grabbing a seat and enjoying the sunshine. Other spots of interest include the sleek kitchen filled with dark Bulthaup cabinetry, and the master bedroom filled with muted camel-colored tones and a wall of black-and-white photography that opens out to a small balcony. Also of interest is the garage, a sparkling-clean spot filled not with cars and garbage cans but Triumph motorcycles, surfboards, and an entire rack of wetsuits. The property is the perfect blend of casual beach chic and Scandinavian minimalism. 

Though Statham purchased the home a decade ago for $10.6 million, it looks like he and longtime love Rosie Huntington-Whitely are ready to move on. According to Variety, he’s recently put it on the market for $19.95 million, so it’s safe to say this stunning surf shack was a good investment. 

Though this isn’t the first time Statham gave the public a sneak peek of his mid-century pad; back in 2018 with a cover story in GQ Germany.