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Designer Betsey Johnson’s Whimsical Malibu Mobile Home!

Where can a buyer find a hot pink house on wheels in a mobile home park that attracts celebrities who could afford to live almost anywhere in the world?  Stars like Pamela Anderson, Stevie Nicks and Matthew McConaughey who all once lived there and fashion-designer Betsey Johnson who recently put her Paradise Cove home on the market at $1.95 million.  Just as colorful and whimsical as her jewelry and fashion designs, Ms. Johnson’s charming home in the most fashionable mobile home park in the country is filled with bright colors, cheerful decor, a tropical setting for entertaining and access to one of California’s most beautiful beaches.  

Paradise Cove is the most glamorous mobile-home park in the United States that enjoys the same multi-million-dollar views as its nearby Malibu mansion neighbors such as Barbra Streisand, but the homes are much smaller and moveable with most priced over $1 million.  Spread over 85 acres with 265 single and double-wide homes, the park started in the 1950s as a small fishing camp.  Today, it serves as a fun getaway for wealthy beach lovers who have full-time homes and mansions up and down the state. In addition to its location on Paradise Cove Beach with its fishing pier, restaurant and brightly colored surfboards, residents are from a far-richer, upper-middle-class group than its original fishermen with a 24-hour, guard-gated entry, a community tennis court and clubhouse in addition to a fabulous beach.  Although their privacy is held close, a number of current celebrities can be seen putting around on their golf carts such as actress Minnie Driver and British model Liberty Ross who enjoy the community’s bohemian vibe and friendliness.  

Johnson’s two-bedroom, two-bath home is guaranteed to put a smile on the grumpiest home buyer, and her cheerful trailer seems to smile right back.  Privately surrounded by a combination of tall fencing and lush tropical trees and shrubs, the home is so private, there is a clawfoot-soaking tub in a terrace enclave.  She has turned the back yard into a tropical oasis perfect for entertaining with a secret garden-style, pergola-covered outdoor living room and multiple areas to entertain guests.  Inside, the rooms are large and airy with updated baths and kitchen, a double-sized master bedroom with seating area and is decorated in her colorful creative style as original as the jewelry, clothing and accessories she designs.  The home features hardwood floors, a fireplace and skylight in the living room, large kitchen with skylights, adjoining dining room, recessed lighting throughout and French doors opening to terraces in almost every room.

Designer Betsey Johnson’s happy Paradise Cove Beach retreat is now for sale, priced at $1.95 million.  The listing agent is Ren Smith of Compass Realty in Malibu, California.

Photo credit:  Suzy Poling, courtesy of Compass

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