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Old 10-Jun-2012
A bit of double-o heaven

Los Angeles: It is one of the most exclusive stretches of real estate in the world.

And now former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is putting his magnificent Malibu estate in California up for rent this summer for a staggering £160,000 (Dh658,698) a month.

Brosnan, 59, built the sprawling property, called Orchid House, on Malibu’s billionaires row Broad Beach after demolishing the original house. Neighbours include Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Redford.

Last summer, David and Victoria Beckham rented Spielberg’s property for £100,000 a month.

Estate agent Bob Rubenstein, who is handling the Brosnan property, told The Mail on Sunday: “This is the nicest house on the nicest beach in Malibu. We are asking $250,000 [Dh918,275] a month. That is the going rate for a property of this calibre in this area.”

The house went on the rental market on Friday and we had six serious enquiries the first day. I have no doubt we will rent it soon at the full asking price. It is a magnificent property.

Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, an eco-activist, are believed to be spending their summer on location. The actor has four new films in preproduction.

Rubenstein said the property would be available for rental for July and August but when asked if Brosnan set the rental price, he laughed and said: “No comment.”

Dream home

The four-bedroom, 13,000 sq ft property boasts its own exercise room, spa, sauna, art studio and bar. It has a self-contained guest chalet and a large saltwater swimming pool.

Irish-born Brosnan bought the property in 2000 for £6.5 million but only moved in at the end of last year with his wife and their sons, Dylan, 15 and Paris, 10. He tore down the house that was on the land to create his dream home.

The listing describes the house as having 120ft of beachfront with sublime ocean and mountain views. This magical seaside estate features contemporary Thai/Balinese architecture, soaring ceilings, walls of glass and lush tropical gardens.

There is a private cinema, music room and library. The house is filled with fine art and French antiques.

The actor is a staunch ecological campaigner and helped design the property to make it as green as possible. It has so many solar panels that Brosnan is able to heat the house and pool and sell electricity back to the local grid. There is a state-of-the-art water recycling plant on site and a revolving compost heap.

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