Million-Dollar Mobile Homes

The High-End Trailer Park

“Trailer trash” slurs aside, living in a mobile home community makes home ownership more accessible to many who can’t afford traditional brick-and-mortar homes. Just to be clear, we’re not talking about the aluminum-sided boxes you sometimes see resting on cinder blocks with a propane tank hooked up outside for cooking. These days, you can own a home in a trailer park that is a secured, permanent dwelling with all the features of a traditional house, and at a relatively affordable price. You can even park your home on some of the most prized real estate in the country. Photo credit: angermann


Bargain Malibu Living

In Malibu, where beachfront properties prized by celebrities for their spectacular ocean views usually sell for between $10 million and $30 million, you can live in one of the two most expensive trailer parks in the world - Paradise Cove and The Point Dume Club Mobile Home Park. Between them, there are currently two mobile homes for sale for over $1 million and three more listed for over $900K. With beach access and privileges to use all the clubs’ high-end amenities, such prices still qualify as bargain Malibu living. Photo credit: dsearls


Not Your Grandmother's Double-Wide

The homes themselves are called “mobile” or “manufactured homes”, but they don’t look anything like the double-wides you might be picturing in your head. Newer homes are actually constructed on site, but to get around the Malibu zoning board and permit hassles they are built directly on the chassis of the old motor home that previously occupied the site. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

Of the two clubs, the Paradise Cove Park has a slightly more “bohemian, woodsy” vibe, says David Carter, a realtor at Pritchett-Rapf and Associates who has been a resident of Paradise Cove for nearly 30 years and has been listing and selling mobile homes in the two parks exclusively for the past 23 years. The Paradise Cove mobile home park started as an RV camp, but was expanded to the current 271-unit park in the early 70s. It includes private beach access where residents surf, snorkel, kayak, and generally enjoy their bit of exclusivity. The community is guarded and has a small clubhouse, an RV storage area, a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and the Paradise Cove Beach Café where you can dine right on the water. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Point Dume, Calif.

Named for the bluff on which it sits, the Point Dume Club has more of a country club vibe with its 24-hour gated access, neat landscaping, heated pool, tennis courts and club house. The only downside is the conspicuous lack of private beach access – just great views and easy access to the public beaches of Zuma and Point Dume. It was built in 1970 with terracing that gives almost all of the 300 sites unobstructed views of the Pacific from Zuma Beach. And, as in Paradise Cove Park, you can ride around the park’s private roads in a tricked-out golf cart outfitted with surfboard racks. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Point Dume, Calif.

This new 3,500 square ft. home in the Point Dume Club right near the beach gate is currently listed for $2,275,000, but you won’t own the ground it sits on. In fact, you’ll have to pay rent on it - $3,553 per month - but that gives you full club member access to all of the perks. This home features a raised hot tub with an eagle-eye view of the beach. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Point Dume, Calif.

Inside there are three bedrooms and three granite and marble bathrooms. A nicely outfitted gourmet kitchen has a sweet breakfast bar. The house is finished with hardwood and stone tile floors throughout, multiple fireplaces and built-in media screens. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

Just reduced to an asking price of $1.29 million, this three bedroom, two bath home is situated by the bluff in the Paradise Cove Park. It features high ceilings, skylights, a fireplace and the occasional view of movie stars strolling the shore, trousers rolled up. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

The landscaped back yard is private and has a secure gate to keep you from tumbling down the bluff. The space rental for this home is a bargain at $1,554 per month. Credit:  David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

If you shy away from million dollar listings, the owners of this three bedroom trailer in Paradise Cove are only asking $999,000. Built in 2008, the lot is only steps away from the bluffs and the house has a mod-bungalo-Craftsman-type look. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

Privacy is a closely held value in Malibu, and with fencing all around the uniquely landscaped grounds, you can confidently enjoy a shower in the indoor/outdoor stall. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Point Dume, Calif.

Back at the Point Dume Club, this remodeled home has a bit more of the boxy mobile home design that you might recognize, but with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, it is working for its $975,000 price tag. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Point Dume, Calif.

It also has a wraparound porch and tons of oversized windows to enjoy the views from the 2,250 square ft. open floor plan. Cozy features include a fireplace and breakfast island. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

Lot #201 in Paradise Cove features a home built in 2007 with landscaped yards and two decks for taking in the ocean breezes. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


Paradise Cove, Calif.

High fences provide plenty of privacy so you can take a bath in the Jacuzzi tub with the shades wide open. Photo credit: David Carter and Pritchett-Rapf & Associates


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