Beach Homes are Big on Lifestyle


Are all manufactured homes the same? Absolutely not – just as all neighbourhoods are not the same. One of the challenges for people considering a manufactured home is a perceived stigma attached and assumptions about what the community can offer. But there are communities where the community is measured in experiences and friends, and that equates into high value.

One such community of 200 homes on rented pads is located on the beach in Malibu. The residents proudly live in a manufactured home community – but more importantly they call it home. Paradise Cove is is described in a 2011 Vanity Fair article as a gated community with families, escapees from Wall Street and weary Hollywood royalty who enjoy the laidback, friendly feel.

A Less Complex Way of Living

The allure of a home located less than a thousand feet from the beach, where neigbours chat and kids gather for surfing is now well documented. Resident Tom Shadyac told Vanity Fair writer Vanessa Grigoriadis, “Before I moved to Paradise Cove, I was living in a 17,000-square-foot, three-home complex, and the key word was ‘complex.’”

“One house was a guesthouse, one house was a work house,” he added. “I had six or seven acres, and for the people I knew in L.A., that was pretty standard. But I had been in L.A. for 20 years and I still didn’t know one of my neighbors.” That all changed when he gave away his wealth and moved to Paradise Cove.

Stereotype to Style Setter

Essentially, these homes may have begun life as stereotypical manufactured homes, but they have gone way past that image, even ranking style accolades in the New York Times. Beautifully maintained, updated and customized with materials one might find in a palace — these homes are now selling for millions. A 2016 sale saw a manufactured home (or double wide as the Americans call them) sell for $5.2 million. That’s a far cry from the $70,000 it probably sold for originally.

Not only is Paradise Cove a place where your square footage does not equal your value to society, but many high-profile elite call the park home. Minnie Driver is a long-time resident who traditionally hosts a Christmas breakfast for the community and famous directors who can afford to live anywhere in the world choose Paradise Cove to call home.

That’s the key word here, home. Having that unique diagonal grid of homes attracts people who want to connect with the world in a more personal way. According to Vanessa Grigoriadis, “The park is an almost absurdly friendly place, a clubby beach community.”

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