A Look Back At Barbie's Dreamhouse Through The Years

No matter the decade, Barbie has always had a trendsetting home.

The average person might only live in one or two homes in her adult life, but Barbie has a penchant for real estate and interior decorating: She upgrades her living space every few years.

Through the decades, she's embraced mod style, gone super glam, and has tried out the latest in household technologies (though one thing is constant: Barbie always has a beachfront pad in Malibu). Take a tour of her many homes, from smart studio to posh pink mansion:

1. 1962

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Can you believe the first iteration of today's pink Barbie palace was made completely out of cardboard? The original design relied on Mad Men-esque style, including minimalist furniture and colors inspired by nature.

2. 1974

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By the 70s, Barbie was movin' on up: This three-story home even had an elevator! The decor showcased tons of bright colors and patterns that were decidedly fun and girlie.

3. 1979

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Courtesy of Mattel

This A-frame house looked realistic with working doors and windows, and had cute planters for polish. The lifelike design was so popular that Mattel continued to make it for almost a decade.

4. 1983

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This dreamhouse doubled-down on creating a realistic world for Barbie by using flat photographs to decorate each room (a somewhat eerie effect that hasn't been repeated). But, of course, the dolls still got their elevator.

5. 1990

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Barbie's world reached peak pink-ification with this "magical mansion." It featured a ringing telephone, a working doorbell, and a fireplace that lit up.

6. 1998

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The architectural details of this dreamhouse are some our favorites: It has stained glass, bay windows, pink arches, and even a balcony.

7. 2014

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Stop everything: Barbie's has two elevators. And one is just for her clothes (so they can travel seamlessly from her wardrobe to the bathroom, of course). We're moving in.

TELL US: Which dreamhouse is your favorite?

Photos: Courtesy of Mattel

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