There is a catch to renting out Madeline Mackenzie's luxury home - it's not in the scenic Monterey Peninsula

By Ian Horswill


Posted on June 20, 2019

If you’re a fan of HBO’s drama series Big Little Lies and you love Reese Witherspoon’s character Madeline Martha Mackenzie, then you can literally step into her shoes.

And how about walking in that house she lives in and saying in your best Madeline accent: “I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.” Or “Bruises heal, but stigmas last a lifetime.”

Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Witherspoon, the second season of Big Little Lies returns to scenic Monterey Peninsula and much of the drama takes place inside the characters’ multimillion-dollar homes.

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 Adam Scott, Big Little Lies, Photo: HBO
Live in the home of Reese Witherspoon’s family in HBO hit drama Big Little Lies. Witherspoon’s Madeline pictured with Adam Scott’s Ed, Darby Camp’s Chloe and Kathryn Newton’s Abigail. Photo: HBO

However, the US$14.8 million stunning seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom beachfront Cape Cod–style estate features everything you’d expect from the residence of Madeline but it’s actually situated adjacent to Malibu’s Broad Beach. The stunning beach house features prominently in the hit series, with both interior and exterior scenes shot at the property.


Where some of the best scenes in Big Little Lies are filmed. The living room. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes


Imagine dining where Reese Witherspoon, Adam Scott, Kathryn Newton and Darby Camp sat. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes

Ding Room with views out to the ocean featured on Big Little Lies. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes
Straight out of the scenes from Big Little Lies. The dining room with views directly out over the ocean. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes

In the 6,000-square-foot main house, the six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot main house has two master suites. The upstairs master has a private deck with an outdoor fireplace and a spacious adjoining bedroom that is perfect for young children. The downstairs master has a deck with a jacuzzi. It also has separate his-and-hers bathrooms and his-and-hers walk-in closets. For teenagers or another family, there is a detached two-story, 950 square-foot guest house. The entire second floor is a large, open bedroom that sleeps five. There is a full kitchen, 1.5 baths, and a cozy living room. Altogether this versatile home can accommodate 12 people in beds. The chef’s kitchen with a breakfast bar opens to a spacious dining area with an ocean view. The kitchen is fully equipped for catering with three ovens, two dishwashers and professional grade Viking appliances. You can also dine alfresco on the deck or barbecue in the private backyard beach area.There is also a separate 950-square-foot guest house, writes the vendor Malibu Luxury Vacant Homes.

The patio overlooking the ocean which has featured on Big Little Lies. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes
The patio of Madeline’s house overlooking the ocean which has featured on Big Little Lies. Photo: Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes

“Available for vacations, family reunions, corporate retreats, special events, and location filming,” says the advertising blurb.

A short stay costs US$3,000 to US$5,000 per night, US$70,000 to US$100,000 a month.