Luxe living on wheels…

Last week on a $2-fish-taco-night-at-Quality-Seafood-outing with some friends, the subject of trailer homes came up and we went around the table sheepishly admitting who’d ever lived in one. Aren’t new trailers kind of like modular homes anyway? They’ve really come a long way, baby… and the majority of the 10-person group admitted they had. Gadora yearns to someday turn a few shipping containers into a suitable dwelling, in the meantime trailers are already equipped with plumbing. Hmmm. Gadora’s own parents roll around in a MC—short for Motor Coach—(NO ONE is allowed to call it an RV), and it is mighty fancy.

That said, there is just something undeniably luring about the shimmer of an Airstream. Thanks ShelterPop for their Airstream Penthouse round-up, at The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town. “On the roof of this mild-looking gray and white hotel, is a collection of seven vintage Airstream trailers — and you can spend the night!” Infinitely more interesting than living in one, is renting one. ON. A. ROOF. Your own little Wizard of Oz fantasy come true! Are you with me?

The Ballad of John & Yoko by Tamsin Relly, Cara Rosa and Chloe Townsend

As touted on TGDH’s site, “Each of the trailers was handed over to some incredibly creative Capetonian soul to find new life through playful, eccentric and dazzling décor interpretations of how life in an Airstream can be.”

Earthcote moontides Airstream by Susan Woodley and Brigitte Dewberry

With Austin’s own trailer-culture—albeit in the form of food—fully embraced, let’s move a little closer to home. Thought I once read Mathew McConaughey parked his Airstream, pet name Canoe, off Barton Creek in Austin… but that is still yet to be confirmed even with the occasional drivings-by. Regardless, his is a lovely reno.

Pic by Jim McHugh for Architectural Digest

Seaside motif not flashy enough? Check out the psychedelic Airstream captured by Hickster5000. That tufted fuchsia banquette is to-die-for.

Airstream Interior from Hickster5000

Worth mentioning is Airstream’s 2010 fleet, with a special nod to Victorinox for their limited-edition (only 125 originally made) interior. I’m guessing it’s filled with gadgets galore.

Victorinox for Airstream, 2010

Saving the best for last. Been a HUGE fan of Liz Lambert, ever since Gadora discovered her now-iconic Hotel San Jose in Austin’s SOCO district. El Cosmico, her latest project in Marfa, Texas  (officially opened in fall of ’09) is, “part vintage trailer, yurt and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre – a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange.” Always ahead of the curve, her spirit and ingenuity are reflected in each of the renovated trailers-for-rent. Love.

Interior 1956 Imperial Mansion, El Cosmico
Exterior 1956 Imperial Mansion, El Cosmico

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Sites worth noting…

The Airstream Blog ~ celebrate living the Airstream life.

Healthy-Homes ~ a leading authority in converting new and antique Airstreams into upscale healthy living, travel and work environments.

Vintage Trailering ~ specializing in vintage aluminum trailers.

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