Anthony Zuiker Lists Tropical Xanadu in Malibu (EXCLUSIVE)

Anthony Zuiker, creator, writer and producer of all four versions of the enormously successful “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” franchise, has listed a Malibu, Calif., estate at $9.45 million. The three-time Emmy nominee purchased the property in May of 2012 for $7.5 million from construction manager Judd Abrams and telegenic contractor, style maven and high-end house flipper Nicole Sassaman. Squirreled privately near the end of a discreetly swank, semi-private lane in the rolling foothills above the Pacific Coast Highway and completely encircled by an impenetrable hedgerow and dense rows of mature trees, the two-story contemporary sits behind gates on 1.4 fully landscaped acres with five bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 5,500 square feet, plus a detached guesthouse.

Built in 1990 in a blandly forgettable, modern-minded version of a white-stucco Mediterranean villa with a clay tile roof, the residence was later and thoroughly transformed to an assertive if somewhat awkwardly massed, concrete-skinned contemporary enveloped in an opulent display of tropical plantings. Comfortably sumptuous interiors are expensively finished with polished walnut floorboards and decked out with a bevy of high-tech amenities such as an integrated whole-house speaker system.