Right there, on the beach, Off the Wall!
It’s a world for the one-percenters, I know. But do you, like me, thing two mill is a helluva deal to scoop up a slice of beachfront property on the most prime of prime land on the North Shore?
Matt Archbold, whose life we’ll study in a moment, is selling his four bed, three-crapper joint at 59-460 Ke Waena Rd for two-point-two million dollars.
The house is four thousand square feet, was built in 1990 and Arch’ll even throw in the washing machine and microwave.
Wait, he’ll throw in everything!
Let’s examine the marketing copy.
The home is fully furnished, turn key and presents an appreciable investment opportunity. Ocean views and steps away to the sandy beachthe ARCHY house could be yours! Bonus features include 1/1 guest quarters, remodeled kitchen & baths, roof top deck with BBQ, 3 car garage, new split A/C unit, security alarm, 2 outdoor showers+++more.
If you’ve been around the game long enough you’ll remember Matt Archbold, who is now forty eight years old, as the beautiful long-haired prodigy from San Clemente, a more dangerous Kolohe Andino, California’s own Martin Potter.
From the Encyclopedia of Surfing:
Archbold had earned a reputation as one of the world’s best aerialists, along with fellow San Clemente surfer Christian Fletcher—both were greatly influenced by aerial pioneer and world tour champion Martin Potter—but to categorize him as such was a disservice: in small- and mid-sized waves Archbold was simply one of the best in the world—fast, fluid, limber, and innovative, with superhuman balance and the quickest reflexes in the game. It was often said at the time that his raw talent was equal to that of three-time world champion Tom Curren. Future three-time world champion Andy Irons often cited Archbold as his greatest influence.
And the fall:
His drinking and drug use kept pace. Archbold made surf world headlines in 1993, when he was given a six-month “work farm” prison sentence following a drunk driving arrest, his second such conviction, on top of a number of similar arrests. “I have a problem with drinking, and it gets me in trouble,” Archbold told a surf journalist while serving his term at a state-run minimum security facility in El Toro, California. A childhood friend of Archbold’s, interviewed for the 1998 surf video documentary Addiction: The Archy Story, agreed. “He’s on the wagon, he’s off the wagon. He doesn’t care about the wagon. He’d break the wagon and put it on your tab if he could.
Still, Arch, who is the father of the musician-surfer Ford Archbold, also a master of depravity, ain’t dumb.
This house last traded for 950k a year ago.
If the sale happens, he’ll double his cash, plus a little change.