House Design

Inside the 'Barbie penthouse' – the ultra-glamorous home once owned by the woman who inspired the doll

The apartment boasts some of the best views in LA

open plan kitchen with views over LA
(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

You’d be forgiven for thinking the ‘Barbie penthouse’ might be a garishly decorated property splashed in every shade of pink. However, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

In fact, the Barbie penthouse is on sale for $9,999,888 and is the last word in glamor, boasting sumptuous finishes and statement art.

The home has picked up its moniker as it was once owned by Barbara 'Barbie' Segal, the inspiration for the original Barbie doll, whose parents were Ruth and Elliot Handler, founders of Mattel Toys. Interior designer Nicole Sassaman purchased the home from Barbie back in 2012.

modern lounge in Barbie penthouse

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

The home is located on the top floor of a full-service I.M. Pei architectural masterpiece and boasts 3200 square feet of living space. Finishes are luxurious, with inviting shaggy rugs, velvet armchairs and oversized contemporary art.

piano room in the Barbie penthouse

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

The open plan lounge room boasts a 12-foot height and floor-to-ceiling windows to drink in those stunning views over the LA skyline.

modern lounge with views over LA skyline at night

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

modern lounge with views over LA skyline at night

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

An elegant piano and wine rack wall are elevated living room ideas that are perfect for consummate entertainers.

Meanwhile, the plush kitchen ideas are beautiful, with vintage modern glamor-style starburst pendants, an apothecary-style cabinet, and a full marble wall.

modern kitchen with marble wall

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

The posh pad is home to three bedrooms and bathrooms, all of which have received the glamor treatment. The four-poster bed in the master suite is the perfect spot to soak up your morning coffee along with the exclusive vista. 

And, if you've got space, an integrated office area is a great bedroom idea, especially if the scene outside is this level of outstanding.

modern master bedroom with views over LA

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

And, when it's time for a relaxing soak, there are three bathrooms to choose from, with the master bathroom offering a sleek yet cozy retreat, where contemporary vanity units meet luxurious soft furnishings.

modern bathroom in the barbie penthouse

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

modern bathroom with freestanding bath

(Image credit: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman)

The Barbie penthouse is listed with Douglas Elliman for $9,999,888

Ruth Doherty

Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.