Mobile Homes aren’t for Everyone, oh wait, they are!
We often look to celebrities for inspiration. They set the standard to which we tend to judge our lives and level of success. We also just like a good bit of gossip from time to time because it’s entertaining. Celebrities draw our attention whether there’s a scandal, breaking news, or just something that goes completely against our preconceptions.
The super famous and ultra wealthy live in mobile homes? What? Why? It’s true! There’s a myriad of reasons behind each of these 8 famous people’s decisions to live in a mobile home. Sit back and read about why those at the top choose to live in a humble home.
Celebrity 1 – Kid Rock
Kid Rock starts out our list of celebrities as the man most at-home in a mobile home. Kid Rock is known as an outgoing, in-your-face personality and he embraces things that allow him to live how he wants to live. This isn’t a choice made out of financial necessity as he’s worth $80 million. Instead, the reason he lives in a mobile home is that it suits his needs best when he’s not on tour. He finds a mobile home to be the most practical option for him, in the same way he considers his private jet a necessity.
“I live in a double-wide trailer. It’s not like I require a lot. You know, I’ve learned to downsize through the years and it really made me more happy. I’ll sell everything and live in that double-wide but I’m not givin’ up that airplane”Taken from an interview with Dan Rather
According to Kid Rock, the things that make him happy in life are never going to be found in a house or mansion. The number of bedrooms, the size of a pool, and even mansion-tier accessories like a movie theater mean nothing if you’re the only one using them. Instead, he finds that the things which make him happy are his land and his flexibility. With a mobile home he was able to find a piece of land perfect for him and instantly start living his best life.
Mobile Home Resident No. 2 – Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson is no stranger to living in a mobile home. Unlike Kid Rock, Pamela chose mobile home living as an interim solution while she got some affairs in order. Pamela was apparently bad at paying her bills (how? I have no idea) and she got in trouble with the taxman.
Pamela lived in a mansion before moving to the luxury Malibu mobile home park of Paradise Cove. She had extensive work done to the mansion and ended up with a $674,000 lien due to unpaid contractor fees. She failed to pay taxes in addition to this, the figure of $1.7 million was mentioned.
Pamela had to downsize and play it safe for a while. That meant moving to a lower cost abode and living like us common folk for a while. Pamela embraced a down-to-Earth lifestyle and even started dating an electrician who also lived in the park.
Of course, this is Pamela Anderson and you probably know she’s not known as the quaint lady with a happy, unassuming relationship and small home. She ended up selling her mobile home, renting out the mansion, and moving to France to be with the French footballer Adil Rami.
Her life was what many would consider picturesque in that mobile home park. Unlike the reported nature of her other relationships (including with the first person on this list – Kid Rock), her time with the electrician was legitimately romantic. Her kids were even the same age as those of the electrician. How did this man come to meet this superstar? He picked her up in his golf cart! Yes, for a time she even indulged in the park cultural phenomenon of golf cart travel after being introduced to the convenience by that fateful ride.
Source: The Things
Celebrity 3 – Matthew McConaughey
We’re back to diehard mobile home residents with this superstar! Matthew McConaughey is a household name and celebrity of the highest caliber. He was also a mobile home resident full-time between 2004 and 2008, living in an Airstream trailer. You read that right, he didn’t even have the luxuries of a proper mobile home as he was actually living in a trailer – for four years!
According to Architectural Digest, McConaughey’s Airstream was used for everything from parties to conducting business. The actor lived in it full time from ’04 to ’08 in a Malibu RV park next to a world-famous surfing spot. Ever since then he has used the Airstream as his primary residence on the road. Like many Americans, McConaughey embraces the freedom and flexibility that a brick and mortar home just can’t offer. Also, just like with Kid Rock, the Airstream more than met McConaughey’s needs. If he wanted to go to a crazy Hollywood party he’d probably let someone else deal with the mess and property damage.
Source: Architectural Digest
TV Superstar and Number 4 – NIA PEEPLES
Nia Peeples, best known for her role in Pretty Little Liars, lives in a double-wide mobile home. You absolutely need to watch the video your of Nia’s home in Malibu. Not only does her home rock, it will hopefully give you ideas and show you what can be done in your mobile home. What if you don’t know anything about mobile homes? Well, this is one! This isn’t even anything fancy, the layout and structure are exactly the same as what you’ll find in any park. Nia gives a perfect glimpse into the ideal mobile home lifestyle and what we can all achieve with a little creativity and dedication.
Source: The attached video! Watch it and you won’t regret it.
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5 – Tom Shadyac
Tom Shadyac is a well established director with pictures under his belt including Patch Adams, The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Bruce Almighty. He made it big in the industry and for a number of years he lived like it. Tom had a big, multimillion dollar mansion and everything else one gets when the cash comes flowing in.
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You see, back in 2007 Tom had a bike accident the left him in excruciating pain for months. He found himself standing in his giant mansion in pain and no happier than he was before he was rich. Living life as a stereotypical celebrity was leaving Tom feeling empty. To him, all the normal measures of success were just cultural constructs that have no real value. A mansion is just a big, empty void that sucks the life out of you.
A decade ago Tom had an existential awakening that made him realize what he wanted out of life. Instead of living in a community of closed-off mansions where everyone is standoffish and competitive, he wanted to be part of a community. He said that the culture of measuring our self worth from what material things we have is awful.
“We have a term for something in the body when it takes more than its share,” “We call it cancer.”From the documentary I Am
This director of multiple critically-acclaimed movies decided his best life was in a mobile home. Tom Shadyac believes that being a celebrity should be about celebrating talent. According to him, the problem is when people are put on a pedestal they get in the way of their “authentic selves.” To save his integrity and mental state a mobile home was the only option. Tom also rides to work on a bike and spends his days pursuing his passions and not cultural status symbols.
Source: Oprah Interview
Celebrity 6 – David Arquette
David is an established and the former husband of Friends star Courtney Cox. From around 2012 to 2017 he was also a mobile home resident, living (as with many of the people on this list) in a Malibu mobile home park. David’s home is a doublewide with an open layout, industrial style exterior, and a 1.8 million dollar price tag.
So many celebrities choose to live in a mobile home because they meet their needs perfectly. Celebrities share a lot with retired people due to constant activities, having a fluid schedule, and often only needing to live with their partner or nobody else at all. A mobile home is also small enough that it feels like a home but still offers the freedom not afforded by an apartment. You can turn a mobile home into a personalized haven in a way that would be impractical and excessive with anything else.
Source: Architectural Digest
Famous Billionaire and Number 7 – Elon Musk
Elon Musk, love him or hate him you have to admit he has a peculiar way of doing things. Elon’s futurism is sometimes misguided but we think he hit the nail on the head with his house. The tech billionaire and rocket magnate lives in a $50k tiny, prefabricated home in Texas.
The home he now reportedly lives in is a 375 square foot prefabricated home made by Las Vegas startup Boxabl. Their homes boast high 9’6″ ceilings, full-sized kitchen with all appliances included, large bathroom amenities, a washer and dryer, climate control included, and full LED lighting. These homes are definitely plug-and-play because you literally only need the land and water/power hookup. More impressively, these homes are designed with industry-leading insulation and other power saving features. There’s also a two-storey model!
If you want to live like a billionaire it’s only $250 per month. You can exceed Elon’s lifestyle because you have the opportunity to move into a resort lifestyle community. Imagine the chic lifestyle of a billionaire and the amenities of a resort. This author knows what they’re doing when they retire!
Source: Business Insider
Celebrity 8 – Minnie Driver
You might know Minnie Driver from Grosse Pointe Blank or Good Will Hunting but did you know this singer and actress lives in a mobile home? Minnie is yet another celebrity on this list that lives in Malibu on the more humble side of things. She bought her home by the beach over twenty years ago. After years of living in a normal mobile home Minnie decided to upgrade her house. She went to interior designer One Kings Lane for help and it really paid off!
This London-born academy award nominee chooses to spend her free time in a home not too far off from what you can have, even after the New York designer’s overhaul. This article from One Kings Lane documents the remodeled state of Minnie’s home and offers some inspiration.
We don’t want to say the New York decorator didn’t do an impressive job – they did – but we will say you can attain this look on a tight budget. Open floorplans seem to be here to stay; aside from the removal of maybe a wall or two all you need is light colored paint and some finds from a local thrift shop. You can achieve that Malibu look on a retirement budget and afford to life like you’re in Malibu too! After all, the sunshine is free in Florida.
Source: One Kings Lane
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