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This bargain house in one of America’s most expensive trailer parks was built in a factory and trucked to a cliff overlooking the Pacific — see inside

Dvele prefab malibu homeErin Mills’ Malibu home — located in one of the most expensive mobile-home parks in the US — cost a relatively cheap $495,000 to build.

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  • Erin Mills, 46, and her partner Barclay, 48, live in Point Dume Club, a ritzy Malibu trailer park.
  • After a fire destroyed their first house there, they rebuilt using a prefab, or factory-built, home.
  • It cost just $495,000, a fraction of their neighbors’ million-dollar homes. Take a look inside.
Erin Mills, 46, and her partner Barclay, 48, live in a Malibu trailer park called Point Dume Club. It’s one of the most expensive mobile-home communities in the country.Dvele prefab malibu homeAn aerial view of the community from the Pacific Ocean.

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In 2019, the couple paid $495,000 to build a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house in the posh mobile-home park, according to Dvele, the company that built it.Dvele prefab malibu homeThe exterior of Mills’ home in Malibu.

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That’s a steal for the area. Homes in the 20-square-mile town of Malibu have a median price tag of $5 million, making it one of the most priciest ZIP codes in the US.MalibuMalibu, a picturesque, Pacific Ocean-fronting enclave 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is home to stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, and Cher.

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Other homes in the community are currently listed for $775,000 to $1.78 million — which doesn’t include the monthly rent for the ground underneath them, which can be an additional few thousand dollars a month.Dvele prefab malibu homePoint Dume Club is located off the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Route 1, a road that runs through cliffs that tower above the ocean.

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Mills turned to Dvele, a San Diego-based startup that sells prefab and modular homes that are largely constructed in a factory and trucked to the homeowners’ lot in giant pieces for installation.Dvele prefab malibu homeAn aerial view of Mills’ home, which was divided into three pieces, trucked to her lot, and installed atop the chassis, or framing, of a mobile home.

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The construction of the 1,840-square-foot house took four months, according to Dvele, about half the time it typically takes to build a home. Installation was longer than usual due to pandemic supply shortages and shutdowns, Mills said.dvele prefab home in malibuDvele used stained cedar siding and corrugated metal siding on the exterior of the home.

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The great room has a living area, a dining area, and a kitchen, with massive windows that frame cliff and ocean views and let in California sunshine.prefab home living room white walls with l-shaped couch, beige rug and floor-to-ceiling windows built by dveleThe living area.

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The home came with major appliances and Mills then furnished the rest after its arrival.

Mills’ dining area seats six, with a sleek white kitchen behind it.prefab home bedroom, dvele, malibu, kitchenThe great room at sunset.

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The dining room has an electric fireplace and a mix of chairs and bench seating.prefab home dining room, dvele, malibu,The dining room and kitchen.

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The kitchen has quartz countertops and Bosch appliances.prefab home bedroom, dvele, malibu, kitchenA shot of the kitchen, with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon through the window.

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The kitchen has an island with additional seating, and the house features a whirlpool washing machine and dryer.prefab home bedroom, dvele, malibu, kitchenA look from the kitchen into the great room.

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An event planner with her own firm, Strat House, Mills uses the built-in office. It has room for two people to work at the same time.prefab home study with white two-person desk and two blue mod chairs, a shelf above with picture frames and a gray rug, dvele malibuTo the left of the office is a half-bathroom to the left; to the right is the primary bedroom.

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The primary bedroom feels like its own suite, so Mills and her partner can have their own space if they have company staying over.prefab home bedroom, dvele, malibuFloors throughout the home are engineered hardwood flooring.

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Off the primary bedroom is a bathroom with wood details and a standalone bathtub.prefab home bathroom, white cabinets and sink looking into the batrhoom, dvele malibuThe bathroom.

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The tub is separated from the toilet and sink for privacy.prefab home bathroom, round tub and brown wood features, dvele malibuThe bathtub room.

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The double-sink vanity also has quartz countertops.prefab home bathroom, white cabinets and sink, dvele, malibuPart of the bathroom.

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There’s also an outdoor shower on the side of the house to rinse off from the beach before heading inside.outdoor shower with a cedar gate and beige, dvele, malibuThe outdoor shower.

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On the other side of the house, a Jack-and-Jill bathroom connects the two other bedrooms.prefab home bedroom, dvele, malibuAnother shot of the primary bedroom.

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Mills said the big windows are her favorite part of the house. They are designed to bring the outside beauty in.prefab home, kitchen, dveleA sunset out the kitchen window.

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Her prefab house is her “dream home,” Mills said. But its construction was born out of tragedy.Dvele prefab malibu homeThe exterior of the house.

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In November 2018, the Woolsey fire burned nearly 100,000 acres across Malibu and Southern California. It destroyed Mills’ previous Point Dume Club home, which was newly built.Malibu trailer park Woosley FiresThe remnants of homes in the Point Dume Club area after wildfires tore through it in 2018.

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Source: National Park Service

“We went from this really high high of having this brand-new house that burned down,” Mills said. “We were going to move into it, and then it was just ashes.”Woolsey wildfire in malibuRemnants of a Point Dume Club-area home after the Woolsey wildfires in 2008.

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With money from her homeowners’ insurance, however, Mills was able to finance the Dvele build. “In the end, we really did get our dream house,” she said. “How many opportunities do you get in your life to do that? So we’re very appreciative.”prefab home, kitchen, dvele, fireplaceA shot from inside Mills’ dream home.

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