Property: 7 starry homes with movie connections
With the Oscars just around the corner, the spotlight is once again on the world’s movie elite. To mark the occasion, scroll through this selection of sumptuous properties for sale with links to films and Hollywood stars. All are either locations or lavish houses where A-list actors have lived or stayed, and you’ll require a blockbuster-sized budget to afford them. Lights, camera, action ….
1. Bloomsbury, London WC1, £2.35m
This Grade II listed, bow-fronted Georgian townhouse lies on a cobbled street that has barely changed in 200 years – which explains why it’s so in demand as a film set. Duke's Street, designed by master builder Thomas Cubitt, was a backdrop for The Aeronauts with Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Christopher Robin, and Living, starring Bill Nighy who’s up for the leading actor award at this year’s Oscars. The five storey house house was once a shop and the ground floor – now a self-contained one-bedroom flat – was the location for Rosco’s dog grooming salon in the 2021 film Cruella, starring Emma Stone. There are four further bedrooms and lots of period features such as sash windows, wooden shutters and the original staircase. It's available through Knight Frank.
2. Côte d'Azur, France, €3.6m (approx £3.206m)
Now’s your chance to grab a piece of movie history, as this villa was picked by Alfred Hitchcock as the setting for his 1955 film To Catch a Thief, featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Many of the scenes were shot here, and the film received an Oscar for best cinematography and was nominated in the best set category. Updated by the current owners, the house sits high up on the hills above Nice and has seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, lush grounds and enjoys panoramic views of the city and sea. It’s also very convenient for the Cannes Film Festival, taking place in May. Via Côte d'Azur Sotheby’s International Realty.
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3. The OWO Residences, London, from £3.95m
James Bond was conceived by Ian Fleming while he was working in naval intelligence in Whitehall’s former Old War Office building, and several Bond movies have been shot here. Nowadays the focus is on high living rather than high drama, as this Edwardian baroque building has been transformed into London’s first 5*star Raffles Hotel – opening later this year - alongside 85 ultra-luxurious one to four-bedroom Raffles-branded apartments. Residents will have 24/7 access to hotel amenities – among them three bars, where they’ll be able to order their martinis shaken, not stirred. Contact Savills.
4. East Hampton, The Hamptons, Long Island USA, $11.5m (approx £9,718m)
Located in the heart of the Hamptons – where Robert de Niro, Robert Downey Jr and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick all own homes – this majestic late 19th century house is just half a mile from the ocean. Over the years it’s hosted politicians, artists and celebrities including Barbara Streisand, and is geared up for large-scale entertaining. A grand hall, a vast sitting room, an elegant formal dining room, a billiards room, a kitchen/breakfast room and adjoining butler’s pantry are all on the ground level, and 12 bedrooms are spread over the two upper floors. Find out more from Brown Harris Stevens.
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5. Santa Monica, California, USA, $15.3m (approx. £12,93m)
Academy award-winner Gwyneth Paltrow grew up in this idyllic mansion which was bought by her parents, actress Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow, a film director, in 1976 when she was four. It sits behind electronic gates in a lush tropical garden and has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a cinema room, a Balinese-inspired outdoor pool and spa and a guest house containing a gym and sauna. Through Compass via Top Ten Real Estate Deals.
6. Beveley Hills, California, $28.5m (approx £24.084m)
Fans of Entourage are bound to recognise this super-sized home, as it featured in the series. What they might not be aware of is that it once belonged to multi-talented Mark Wahlberg, who began his career as a rapper and was the highest paid US actor in 2017. The main house includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, smart automation and a cinema with a whopping 136 inch screen, and there’s a standalone gym with a boxing ring, a guest house, a pool with waterfalls and a grotto, a putting green and several outdoor sports courts and entertainment areas. Through Compass and Premier Realty Services via Top Ten Real Estate Deals.
7. Villa Solitaire, Mallorca, €65m (approx £57.887m)
When Nicole Kidman was in Mallorca filming her latest TV series, Lioness, she stayed in this huge state-of-the-art villa as a guest of the developer. Designed to resemble sails floating above the ground, it’s at the top of a hill overlooking Son Vida – known as the Beverley Hills of the island – and Palma. Includes seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, two swimming pools, an open-air cinema and jacuzzi, a zen garden, a gym, sauna and Turkish bath and a glass lift. Get in touch with Engel & Volkers.
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