I had hinted, begged, and pleaded to my parents, hoping that I would received the then-most-coveted dollhouse in the land. I was obsessed with Barbie. I had dozens of them, but this was not the result of being spoiled. Almost all of them were found at garage sales and flea markets using my allowance to buy them for myself. My family had a very tight budget and we recylced, upcylced and bought “vintage” before it was “hip.” To ask for a brand-new Barbie Dreamhouse, let alone to receive one, was a big, big deal for me.
My parents got their money’s worth; I played with the Dreamhouse every single day. It was a big part of my playtime and a cherished toy. Even when I outgrew playing with my Barbies, the Dreamhouse sat in the corner of my room as a reminder of my younger years. But eventually I had to say goodbye, and I packed it up and stored it in my parents’ basement, replacing it with a desk for the years when school work replaced playtime. And now, after 41 years of living in her Malibu Dreamhouse, Barbie herself is saying goodbye.
It was announced last week that Barbie is packing up and selling her home with the help of Josh Altman, a Los Angeles real estate agent who stars on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. You might wonder what the price tag on her 8,500 square foot abode would be in today’s market; it’s an astonishing $25,000,000! For more stats on the listing you can go to Trulia right here.
In honor of the Dreamhouse, check out this fascinating look at the evolution of Barbie’s house from the past 40 years:
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Photo Source: Mattel
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