Photos: Jordan Reid, courtesy of Compass

What can you get for $1.95 million in Malibu’s posh Paradise Cove? How about a bohemian mobile home custom styled by legendary fashion designer Betsey Johnson! Ideally located in one of Malibu’s most exclusive enclaves, this isn’t your average mobile home. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom abode is like a whimsical burst of pure happiness wrapped in a tropical setting with lush landscaping and a lifestyle most can only dream of.

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cookieA ranch that now spans four Utah counties and was once home to a cookie magnate is up for grabs, Scott Gillen and his firm Unvarnished listed an ultra-chic Malibu home still under construction, and there’s an opportunity to travel to Morocco on an exclusive 14-day tour.

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Sinatra

This gorgeous Malibu view once belonged to Frank Sinatra — and it could be yours for $12.9 million.

Whether you want a beachy retreat or a swank pad you can pick out in episodes of Mad Men, Frank Sinatra hung his hat in two homes that are on the market at the same time, for nearly identical price points.

Malibu Frank’s Way

If Malibu is your bag, the estate at 30966 Broad Beach Road was designed by architect Ted Grenzbach and Sinatra and his wife, Barbara in 1992, and is listed by Leonard Rabinowitz and Jack Friedkin of Hyland & Hyland for $12.9 million. Grenzbach also designed homes for Cher, Rupert Murdoch, and Barbra Streisand.

When the Sinatras lived there, a veritable who’s who of Rat Pack era celebrities visited, from Dick Martin, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, and Dick Van Dyke, and more.

And it’s a beautiful home designed to showcase the ocean views, with an open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows. The 5,800 square foot house has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

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Our Splurge: 3250 Serra Road Malibu, California, is currently listed by Wailani O’Herlihy of Sotheby’s International Realty Malibu for $20.5 million. 

I don’t know about you but with summer right around the corner this weather has me California dreamin’ – and what better way to indulge those fantasies than with a Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition in the most quintessential beach town around. That’s right, this week we take you to Malibu, California, where it’s the battle of the ultra-high-end second shelters – each with breathtaking ocean views and ample space to unwind, but with price points that are miles apart. Which California getaway would you choose, our traditional splurge, or the contemporary steal?

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Perhaps you, like me, continue to be intrigued by the “tiny house” trend.  For one exclusive area of Malibu, California, the tiny house thing has been more than a trend for more than 50 years.  Welcome to Paradise Cove, one of the most photographed and filmed parts of the greater Los Angeles area.  Paradise Cove is unique, not only in Malibu, but for all of the beach communities along the Pacific Coast Highway. Paradise Cove is, in simple terms a trailer park — a very fancy trailer park.

Fans of Grease, The Rockford Files, and pop culture junkies, stick around. We’re going to dish all the dirt on Paradise Cove.

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