Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse Review – The Perfect Barbie Dollhouse


The Barbie Dreamhouse is the ultimate dollhouse for Barbie fans, and the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse is the best-of-the-best. With three floors, a working elevator and plenty of furniture, kids will enjoy endless hours of fun in this gigantic dollhouse.

Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse
Barbie Dreamhouse Features

  • 3 Story dollhouse
  • 40+ pieces
  • Elevator included
  • Day to Night window
  • Foldable
  • 180-degrees of play
  • Fully furnished
  • Accommodates full size Barbie and fashion dolls up to 11.5” tall

Review of the Barbie 3 Story Dreamhouse

The Malibu Dreamhouse comes with 40+ pieces and everything your kids need to start playing right away. While this house isn’t perfect (more on that soon), it offers plenty of play space and accessories to kick-start your child’s imagination.

Six Rooms and Three Floors

The Barbie 3 story Dreamhouse has six rooms on three floors. The third floor (the roof) features a sun deck and telescope for whale watching. An Adirondack chair is included, too, so Barbie can relax outside. There’s also a patio in the back, so Barbie can work on her tan or invite friends over for a barbeque.

Malibu dreamhouse top floor

On the first floor, you’ll find a kitchen to the right. The kitchen is fully stocked, and even features a recycling bin. The refrigerator, oven and recycling bin doors are all fully functional to make playtime even more fun.

Just beyond the main entryway, behind the elevator, is a living room. A couch, TV set that transforms from a TV into an aquarium and a ceiling fan are included. A Barbie-sized bowl of popcorn and TV remote are also included.

On the left side of the first floor is the dining room, which features a table and chair set and a chandelier. Tiny cupcakes, mugs, silverware and plates make playtime even more fun.

From the first floor, Barbie can hop on the elevator and ride up to the second story in style.

Just outside of the elevator on the second floor is the bedroom. A daybed (complete with linens), laptop, and fluffy pillows await. A large window changes from day to night, so Barbie can relax and unwind when the day is through.
To the right is Barbie’s beauty room. A vanity, mirror and a few tiny accessories are included.

To the left is the bathroom, which features a stand-up shower, toilet and sink.

Glamour Colors and Wall Coverings

Purple, bright pink and aqua blue are the prominent colors used throughout this Barbie dollhouse. The included wall covers are bright and cheery, and add a few extra details to each room.

The only small complaint about the wall coverings is that they’re made of cardboard. Some buyers have found that the walls warp easily or can be flimsy. Only a few users had this problem, and during our review, we thought the walls were sturdy and durable. If you want something made of wood you should consider one of the KidKraft dollhouses like the Majestic Mansion.

You can read our review of the Majestic Mansion dollhouse here.

Fun stickers are included, too, so your child can decorate the home however he or she wants.

Large Size and Doll Capacity

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Dreamhouse if it weren’t big and glamorous. Much bigger than the Glam Vacation Home, The Malibu Dreamhouse stands 34” tall, extends 34” wide and is 12” deep. At nearly 3 feet tall, this dollhouse will grow with your child and offer plenty of space to play.

Naturally, the house can accommodate Barbie dolls and other fashion dolls that are 11.5” tall. There’s no need to buy any additional dolls or accessories as everything you need is already included.

Easy Assembly

So many dollhouses are complicated and difficult to put together, but the Malibu Dreamhouse was surprisingly easy to assemble. Instructions are included, and it shouldn’t take any longer than an hour to assemble.

Folds Up for Easy Clean-Up

One of the great features of this dollhouse is that it folds up for easy clean-up and storage. When the kids are done playing, just make sure all of the accessories are inside of the house, fold up, and walk away.

Working Elevator

No home in Malibu would be complete without an elevator, right? Stairs are too old fashioned for Barbie. The home’s working elevator allows Barbie to move from one floor to the next in style. The elevator simply slides up for easy use.

40+ Pieces Included

There are plenty of dollhouses on the market today, and a lot of them are pretty disappointing in the accessories department. You might get a few furniture sets, but that’s it. Some come with just the house and nothing more.

The Malibu Dreamhouse comes with 40+ pieces, and furniture for every room of the house. You won’t have to spend more buying extra accessories and furniture pieces to fill up the rooms. As soon as the house is assembled, kids can start playing right away. All you need are a few Barbies – or whatever dolls you want.

180 Degrees of Play

Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse at play

With the Malibu house, kids can enjoy 180 degrees of play. The house folds open, and most of the rooms feature large windows that allow kids to play from both either side. The back patio also opens up in the back of the house for additional play space.

The Malibu Dreamhouse is everything a kid could want and more in a dollhouse. With six different rooms to play in, three floors and a large footprint, multiple kids can play at one time. This makes the dollhouse a great choice for siblings, play dates and parties. Bright, glamorous colors bring the house to life in a way that only Barbie could. The working elevator is a nice added touch that lets Barbie move from one floor to the next effortlessly.

We love that all of the little accessories that are included. From a small bowl of popcorn to drinks out on the patio, kids will have everything they need to bring their pretend world to life. It’s the little details that bring this house together. Small flowerboxes hang from the first floor for a welcoming feel, and linens can be found up on the bed. Every last detail was thought of when designing this house, and it shows in the end product. We recommend the Malibu Dreamhouse to anyone looking for a glamorous dollhouse that comes with all of the extra accessories.

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