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A real Barbie house in Derby City

It’s okay to wear your rose-colored glasses for this one.

Pink mansion on a sunny day.

The Pink Palace has purple and green trim, and sits at the top of St. James Court.

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Come on Barbie, let’s go party — at the Pink Palace.

The highly-stylized “Barbie” movie releases in theaters tomorrow, July 20. So, we thought we’d get into the pink spirit — it is Wednesday after all — and take a tour of the real-life Barbie Dreamhouse in Derby City.

The sparkling specs

Dubbed the Pink Palace for obvious reasons, the 5,560-sqft Victorian mansion is located at the top of St. James Court. It was last for sale in 2017 and was originally listed for $735,000. It sold in December 2019 to its current owners for $525,000.

The house has:

  • Five bedrooms
  • Three sitting rooms
  • Two full baths + one half-bath
  • Three floors
  • A lower-level apartment
  • Two-and-half car garage
  • Two parking spaces

Dreamy features

You can’t wake up and see the sparkle without elaborate decorative glass, a towering turret, and a tiger oak grand staircase. Here are a few other impressive (and more pink) points of interest:

  • A private backyard with a pool + flower gardens
  • Pink and white flooring in the kitchen
  • Front porch views of St. James Court
  • Chandeliers

Before it was pink

The mansion wasn’t always a single-family home — or pink, for that matter. It was originally built in 1891 as the Gentlemen’s Club and Casino, which had red brick at the time. Then, in 1910, The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union bought the building and painted it pink in an effort to rid it of its checkered past.

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