Are You In The Market For Hogwarts Castle? Or The Godfather’s Corleone Estate? Here’s What They Might Cost (If They Were Real)
Don’t worry if you can’t afford it. They don’t exist anyway.
Sometimes we get so caught up in a movie that it feels like we become part of it. The characters become our friends and we get to know their houses as if they were our own. But what if you could own one? If you could, would you buy the Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter? Nick and Amy Dunne’s sprawling suburban digs from Gone Girl? Maybe you’d want to make the seller an offer he couldn’t refuse and snap up the Corleone compound from The Godfather? We at team Agorafy share your dreams. So we gathered some details (some real, some kinda made up) on some of the most famous and infamous homes in Hollywood’s film cannon.
On the side of the kinda made up, The Daily Telegraph conjured some real estate magic and valued ten fictional properties from the Harry Potter films by comparing them to similar homes that actually exist. If you were in the market for a castle in Scotland, similar to Hogwarts, you need to be a tech guru, or some kind of Russian oligarch. A unique eight-story castle, with 414,000 square feet of livable space along with subterranean catacombs doesn’t come cheap. For something that’s about the size of the Royal Family’s Windsor Castle you’d probably have to fork out somewhere in the region of $204 million, according to journalist David Cross, of the Daily Telegraph.
In 2012 the house used for the outdoor wedding shots in The Godfather was renovated inside to resemble the house in the film. Clearly the intention was to enable some lucky movie buff to permanently live out their ’50’s mobster fantasy life. Last year, the 5-bedroom, 6,248 square foot property on Staten Island was on the market for just shy of $3 million.
Staying with The Godfather, the historic Beverly House, where the infamous decapitated horse head scene supposedly took place (the scene was actually shot elsewhere) was listed for a blood curdling $135 million in 2014. It was also listed for rent at $600,000 per month. However, in the wake of the Playboy Mansion’s recent sale of $100 million it has since been re-listed at $195 million. The estate, on 3.7 acres in Beverly Hills, can be purchased with a smaller section of the property for $175 million.
Far less extravagant but still with a bloody movie past is Nick and Amy Dunne’s home in Gone Girl. In the film the two protagonists move from New York back to Nick’s Missouri hometown. To make the Dunnes’ new neighborhood appear downtrodden and riddled with financial crisis foreclosures, the real life neighbors of the Gone Girl house were asked to stop mowing their lawns during filming. The house has five bedrooms and six baths with 4,413 square feet and this storied spread has an estimated value of $559,528.
While it seems possible to live out your film house fantasies, it’s definitely cheaper to watch it on Netflix.
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