While sitting back on your comfortable leather sofa, and enjoying a relaxing movie-night, have you ever found yourself distracted by the extravagance and uniqueness of a character’s house? If so, this is the list for you. Beautiful houses, practically worth more than a bundle of cash. Let’s face it, they truly are the real stars of Hollywood, and for the right price, you could own one! (Key phrase – the RIGHT price…).
8. Ben Rose House: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This beauty was designed in 1953, by A. James Speyer and David Haid. It is famous for its role as Cameron’s father’s house, in the 1980s classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The film features the famous scene in which the Ferrari is destroyed when it crashes through the Ben Rose garage. But have no fear, the house is now in perfect condition. After being on the market at $1.65 million for four years, it finally sold this summer for $1 million.
7. The Sculptured House: Sleeper
Because of its famous role in Woody Allen’s 1973 sci-fi, Sleeper, this house is often referred to simply as “The Sleeper House.” It was built in 1963, by the architect Charles Deaton and sits atop Genesee Mountain in Colorado. The interior was only completed in 2003, by Deaton’s daughter, Charlee. This brilliantly sculpted house was sold at an auction in 2010, to it’s most recent owner for 1.5 million dollars.
6. Bramasole House: Under The Tuscan Sun
In Under The Tuscan Sun, the main character buys this villa on a whim and although it’s in a seemingly rough shape, she makes a project out of cleaning up the gem. In actuality, the restoration of the breath-taking villa began in 2006 (4 years after the movie was shot). It now looks as pictured above. Like it? Well, you can actually rent it when visiting Italy for a mere $3000 dollars a night…
5. Hoke House: Twilight
In the young-adult supernatural movie franchise, Twilight, the Cullen House is perhaps the most attention-grabbing thing about the Vamp family. But in reality, the home is occupied by Nike Footwear Director, John Hoke. The design was a collaboration between Jeff Kovel and Lucy Metcalf, in 2006. The house was completed in 2007, just in time for Twilight to take it over. It is valued at nearly $3 million.
4. Elrod House: Diamonds Are Forever
Known primarily as the ultimate bachelor pad (courtesy of James Bond), Elrod house was designed by John Lautner. Its irregular style is both practical and philosophical. The roof, for example, was designed as such to shield the occupant from the hot Palm Springs sun. Although, Lautner was looking to build poetry. The style is said to be in-keeping with his “go-for-broke” mind-frame. The director of the Hammer Museum, Ann Philbin, writes that his “fascination with new shapes and structures had nothing to do with Space Age futurism, or movieland glamour, or virtuoso engineering, but came from his determination to humanize the spaces of the built world and create an endlessly varied organic poetry.” It is valued at $13.9 million.
3. Ennis House: Blade Runner, House on Haunted Hill and The Day of the Locust
This historical 1924 structure was interestingly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and based on ancient Mayan temples. Today, it is seen as a designated National landmark, and is home to billionaire Ronald Burkle. After a long history of restoration efforts, 2006 saw it issued a construction loan of $4.5 million. Now completed, it is reported to be worth $15 million.
2. Hearst Castle: Spartacus
If you haven’t seen the 1960 Stanley Kubrick epic, Spartacus, you still might be familiar with this house. The only other commercial use of it that has been granted was for Lady Gaga’s music video, “G.U.Y.” It was designed by Julia, between 1919-1947 for the newspaper mogul, William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. During its heydey in the 1920s and 1930s, it was often visited by many Hollywood names, but has since been donated to the state of California by the family. However, they still maintain the right to use it whenever they wish. It is valued at $165 million.
1. Villa Leopolda: To Catch a Thief, The Red Shoes
Located on the French Riviera, this stunner was once owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, and later by his nephew, King Albert I. It has since been redesigned by a number of architects throughout time. In 2008, Russian billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov began the process of purchasing the home for a reported $370 million, making it the most expensive home in the world. However, he eventually backed out of the purchase and went to court over the reimbursement of his $39 million down-payment. He lost the lawsuit and was ordered to pay an extra $1.5 million in interest.