The Most Expensive Trailer Parks In America

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By Kelly O'Reilly

The group of LA dream-seekers who can afford to score a home for sale in Malibu, CA is tiny and elite. The price of admission to a portion of that 21-miles strip of oceanside paradise and unobstructed views of the Pacific will most likely start around 20 to 30 million dollars and skyrocket from there — unless you go mobile.

Yes, mobile. As in, hunkering down in a double-wide in a trailer park. But not just any trailer park, of course: Mobile homes by Malibu standards eschew any common notions you may have had in favor of exclusivity, luxury, and high style. Oh, and of course, a price tag to match. But again, here, a high six- or seven-figure price tag is every bit a bargain.

There are two such gated communities in Malibu, mobile home communities with clubhouses, spas, tennis courts, and that highly coveted Malibu beachfront real estate. At Paradise Cove and Point Dume, double-wide mobile homes range from $400K to around $4 million, with monthly land lease prices between $1,500 and $4,000. We spoke to David Carter, a real estate agent with Pritchett-Rapf Realtors who not only handles listings for both communities but also has lived in Paradise Cove for 30 years. Along with his son, Quint, and daughter, Bracken, who grew up in Paradise Cove and now work with their father, Carter sells the uniquely exclusive mobile home life in the 'bu.

"For most, these are second and third homes," says Carter. "So instead of paying $25 million, they can get that laid-back beach lifestyle — and private beach access, at Paradise Cove — for around $4 million." According to Carter, there's a strong sense of community among the families in these parks, which include many film and music industry stars and wealthy celebs. Residents can also remodel their unit down to the frame, while still registering as a mobile home. Plus, he points out, while they pay monthly land rental fees, they escape the astronomical property taxes that would come with that $30 million stunner.

We gathered some of the most breathtaking for-sale mobile homes at Paradise Cove and Point Dume that will turn the notion of a trailer park right on its head.

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