When Cliff Hanna and his wife, Lana Le, bought a dream lot overlooking Torrey Pines State Reserve, they hired an architect to design a dream home to match. The trouble was that the price tag came out at $2 million.
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The home for sale in Malibu has stunning views of the ocean, more than 2,300 square feet of living space, a broad deck, two bedrooms and two baths. The price: $2.275 million. That would not seem unusual, given the location. But there's just one more thing: It's a mobile home.
Mobile homes don't usually conjure up most people's idea of luxury accommodations. But this stunner in Malibu, Calif., listed at $2.5 million, may challenge the stereotype.
They are the Rodney Dangerfields of new housing; they get no respect. Often misnamed and misunderstood, they are the exception to the rule. But for homebuyers like Jamie and Andrew Kach, they make sense. Collectively called factory-built homes, they are built partially or completely in factories, then delivered to home sites by truck. They are outnumbered by conventional "stick-built" or "built-on-site" homes, but offer advantages to the buyer.