The Barbie Penthouse     Where the Real Barbie & Ken   Grew Up Hits the Market for   $10 Million

A one-of-a-kind penthouse with a playful backstory is now up for grabs.

The iconic Barbie Penthouse was once owned by Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler and later heavily customized to match its moniker.

who inherited it from her  toy-making parents. 

Current owner Nicole Sassaman, a well-known real-estate flipper, designer, and TV host, bought the condo directly from Barbara (Barbie) Segal,

The Handlers, who created one of the most popular  toys of all time,

named their dolls after their two children, both of which grew up in this apartment: Barbara / Barbie and Kenneth / Ken.

and even published a book entitled Barbie Penthouse, detailing her extensive remodel of the luxurious residence.

Paying tribute to the condo’s famous past owners, Sassaman turned it into her own dollhouse

The lavish apartment is  set in the Century Towers,

a luxury condo building on the  Avenue of Stars in Los Angeles that bears the signature of legendary architect I.M. Pei.

Spanning 3,200 square feet, the  Barbie Penthouse has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a home office with a loft bed which can serve as an extra sleeping quarters when needed.

The kitchen is one of  the most photographed kitchens in print

The kitchen was terribly expensive. Anyone in their right mind wouldn’t have spent that, but it’s the hub of the house.

Nicole Sassaman

There’s also an expansive balcony whose telescoping stainless doors  open up to a nice outdoor living space, blurring the lines between indoor/outdoor living.

This is the first time the Barbie Penthouse is publicly listed for sale, as Sassaman purchased it in an off-market deal directly from the daughter of the Handlers.

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Story: FancyPantsHomes.com  Credit for images: Nils Timm/Douglas Elliman