High-end luxury isn’t exactly what comes to mind when most people think of mobile homes. But if you think trailer homes are low cost and low on style, there are some exclusive mobile home communities that will melt any preconceived notions of this humblest of home options. These are the million-dollar mobile homes you can never buy – unless you’ll win the lottery.

From trailer homes to modern mobile houses

Mobile homes (or manufactured as they are known in the industry) are prefabricated structures built in a factory and then transported to their permanent location. Although they share the same historic origins as travel trailers, there are huge differences in size and furnishings between them.

They originated in the 1950’s as a form of inexpensive housing and have long been cast aside as a housing choice of last resort. But as the time went on, trailer houses became better built, larger and more inviting. Today’s manufactured homes bear little resemblance to the tiny trailer homes of history. They’re spacious and come equipped with top-of-the-line amenities and features.

In cities across the world, the modern mobile homes put a whole new spin on the trailer park term. The myths about the trailer parks move further from the truth as the ugly ducklings are transformed into swans.

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Luxury mobile homes you can never buy

Forget practicality and real life for a moment and think about your dream home. Can’t quite picture it in a trailer park? Well, let’s take a spin through our selection of stunning luxury mobile homes from around the world. They will overthrow your expectations of the traditional trope.

1. Forest Lodge / PAD studio

This contemporary trailer home is located in New Forest, Hampshire, England and is effectively genre-defying. The pre-fabricated home was built off site and craned into position in two pieces in order to comply with planning regulations that limited what could be built in an English forest.  This means it can also be removed in the same way at a later date.

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“The whole building is based around a steel frame, which provides us with the stability to be able to top-lift it easily,” explains designer Ricky Evans.
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The timber-clad cabin technically qualifies as a caravan.
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PAD Studio project’s adds a luxurious twist to the trailer homes trend
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…the interior has a restrained color and material pallet of pale oak, limestone and white panelling. This is intended to put emphasis on the views.
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… probably this isn’t what you imagined when you thought about a mobile home’s kitchen
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…check out the beautiful bedroom – this isn’t your average trailer life situation for sure!

2. Retreat in Finca Aguy / MAPA

This mobile home was prefab-born in a factory near Montevideo and transported 200km by lorry to its destination – a picturesque olive grove surrounded by rolling hills. The house is made up of two identical modules, each approximately 12.5 metres long.

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…the firm has previously designed several prefabricated properties but for this house, MAPA wanted to do something a bit more special.  So they designed the property to sit over a series of stone walls.
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…the result is a building that appears more permanent than many other small prefabricated structures.
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…properties like this will challenge your assumptions about mobile homes
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Timber covers the walls, floors and ceilings, and also fronts the kitchen units. Today’s manufactured homes can satisfy the most sophisticated customers.

3. The Cocoon Cabin

480 square feet may not sound like much, but with smart storage options and floor-to-ceiling windows, the home feels larger than it is. The dwelling is described as  a “plug-and-play house with the sophisticated features of a custom home or luxe resort”. It uses a mix of bamboo, wood, matte laquer, and bronze finishes.

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…accordingly to its manufacturer, this prefabricated home was designed to meet demand for “efficiency and luxury”
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….the pre-manufactured house represents the smallest of Cocoon9’s designs, but it doesn’t skimp on style.
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…mobile houses aren’t just for minimalist couples looking to downsize — they’re for rich Hamptonites, too.
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…the fold away bed not only makes extra space when neatly tucked into the wall, but also swivels into a desk

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…huge floor to ceiling windows allow plenty of light to spill in and invite the surroundings inside. This tiny manufactured house is fit for the Hamptons.

4. Vipp Shelter 

Danish retailer Vipp has created a factory-made, metal-and-glass micro dwelling  called the Shelter. This prefabricated, 55 square meter structure is designed to be placed in the natural setting of your choice with minimal effort on your part. So much so that the dwelling even comes filled with the company’s line of homeware products.

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…the Vipp cabin consists of a metal-and-glass rectangular box that is elevated off the ground by pilotis.
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…two chambers protrude from the roof – one of which contains a light chimney, while the other houses a compact sleeping loft.
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…floor-to-ceiling glass provides views of the terrain, while also serving as a barrier between inside and out.

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…each cabin has a kitchen, dining area, bathroom and room with a daybed on the ground floor, and a small sleeping area upstairs.
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…prefabricated just north of Copenhagen, each steel-framed cabin takes six months to produce and three to five days to install. With manufactured homes like these, no wonder the popularity of mobile homes is on the rise.

5. Escape Mobile Cabin

It might be called “mobile”, but this isn’t some shack on wheels. Technically classified as a Park Model RV, this is 400-square-foot cabin-on-wheels. Although the little home takes its cues from the standard park model recreational vehicle (RV), it doesn’t suffer from the standard claustrophobic interiors. The one bedroom cabin comes complete with fireplace, full kitchen, glass wall, walk-in shower and a screened porch to admire your surroundings.

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…not only is this tiny cabin gorgeous, it’s also mobile, making it the ultimate small space escape.
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…ESCAPE is only a ‘Recreational Vehicle’ in the legal sense of the word. While that might vary depending on the state you live in, the idea behind calling it an RV is to ensure that you will not have to pay all those hefty house taxes and get a multitude of permissions!

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….the vaulted ceilings and large window in the living room help to extend the space
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…big things do come in small packages!

Whether you’ve seriously considered trailer homes or you want just to entertain the fantasy, we hope our collection with 5 of the most beautiful mobile homes has changed your opinion about these iconic houses.