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

In anticipation of Greta Gerwig's Barbie film – we take a look around this (surprisingly neutral) Los Angeles apartment

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 (listed for sale in 2021 for $9.9 million) is the last word in glamor, boasting sumptuous finishes and statement art.

The apartment (one of the world's best homes) 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.

Ahead of Greta Gerwig's Barbie (starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling) this summer (trailer below), we look around the home that started it all. 

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 living space boasts a 12-foot height and floor-to-ceiling windows to drink in those stunning views over the iconic Los Angeles skyline. 

modern lounge in Barbie penthouse

(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)

While this Barbie home may be neutral, you can get behind the Barbiecore movement (and celebrate the new film) by experimenting with the exact pink used in the official Barbie Dreamhouse (yes, really) below.   

Barbie Dreamhouse Pink – from $49 on Backdrop

Barbie Dreamhouse Pink – from $49 on Backdrop

If you think this pink looks familiar, you're probably right. Paint company Backdrop paired up with Barbie to bring the identical color of the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse to life.

The Barbie penthouse was listed with Douglas Elliman in 2021 for $9,999,888.

Contributing Editor

Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.