Topanga Ranch Motel
18711 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Built in the early 20’s, to house the workers who built US 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), these 30 red & white bungalows still stand. This site received Historical status some time ago and since 2001 is a part of the Topanga State Park, with a supposed $2 million set aside recently for restoration.
The only inhabitant these days is the Park Ranger. You will not be able to stay there anytime soon. One can stop however and have a look, and while you are there enjoy a meal or a drink at the Reel Inn a very casual seafood restaurant that shares the same parking lot.
all images copyright Peter Politanoff