Hailed as “America’s Most Glamorous Trailer Park” in the New York Times’ T magazine, the Paradise Cove mobile home tract occupies some of Malibu’s most prime acreage, nestled into scenic bluffs overlooking the ocean with direct and easy access to one of the area’s most desirable beaches.
Within shouting distance of the trailer park are huge estates such as the one Byron Allen just purchased from Public Storage billionairess Tammy Hughes Gustavson for $100 million. And just as a rising tide lifts all boats, prices in the formerly affordable mobile home community continue to surf ever upwards, towed along in the wake of the surrounding blockbuster sales.
Fresh to the market in the gated enclave, which has counted Minnie Driver, Matthew McConaughey, Pamela Anderson, and “Disso Queen” Laura Wasser among its inhabitants, is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit listed at an asking price just a shade below $4 million. Should it go for that much, it will be one of the pricier sales for the 265-unit trailer park, though other sales have breached the $5 million threshold.
Ensconced into a hilltop lot at the end of a cul-de-sac and with no immediate neighbors, the gated residence is one of the park’s most private homes. Reimagined in 2015 by celebrated Santa Monica-based architectural firm Marmol Radziner, the approximately 1,000-square-foot dwelling presents as a humble, vintage beach cottage from the outside, with an exterior sheathing of reclaimed barn wood.
Inside, the aesthetic is more deluxe and modern. The home’s public space, an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen, sports vaulted beamed ceilings intersected by an elongated central skylight, while stacking glass doors bracket the sides and open to a wraparound Ipe wood deck. A waterfall-style breakfast bar cordons off the kitchen, bedecked with stainless appliances and a Thermador range, while a spa-like bathroom features marble floors, a soaking tub, shower with a bench, dual vanities, and a water closet with a bidet. Blonde wood floors are found throughout most of the residence.
Exterior amenities include an Ipe sun deck, an outdoor shower, a dining patio, a gas fire pit, and a fountain. At the rear of the property is a detached structure that could serve as additional sleeping quarters, a yoga or art studio, or maybe a place to send the kiddies to play video games or take a time-out. The home also comes with a Polaris golf cart with gated parking for speedier beach access.
Along with access to the coveted Paradise Cove beach, the unit’s future owners will be entitled to use of a community clubhouse, tennis and basketball courts, and a children’s playground, for a monthly HOA fee of $1,786.