Luxurious castles and estates from Academy Award winning movies offer vacationers an exciting change of pace. Savvy travelers are living lifestyles of the rich and famous for a few days in exotic locations such as Hollywood, New York City and Austria featured in the movies "The Artist," "The Godfather" and "The Sound of Music."
2012 Best Picture “The Artist”
At the 84th Annual Academy Awards, “The Artist” won the Best Picture Oscar. The film premiered in Cannes in 2011. Earlier this year, “The Artist” also won the Golden Globe. Mostly a silent film, the innovative approach took everyone back to the glory days of Old Hollywood for awhile.
According to the Oscars website, “The Artist” depicted the end of the days of silent films. Two actors find their careers and relationship influenced by the arrival of talking pictures. Screen star George Valentin resists the transition to sound. Peppy Miller is the young embodiment of an age that is leaving Valentin behind.
Film enthusiasts can now spend time on Orson Welles' grand estate featured in “The Artist.” Orson Welles was an actor, writer, director and producer who worked in theater, film and radio. He is renowned for the most famous broadcast in the history of radio, “The War of the Worlds” in 1938. He is also remembered for his role in “Caesar” in 1937 and “Citizen Kane” in 1941.
The Orson Welles Luxury View Estate is nestled atop Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Hills with stunning views of Hollywood. Originally built in 1928, the 3,000 square foot estate sits on a 15 square foot private knoll.
The Cape Cod style home has 4 bedrooms and a pool with jacuzzi and dry sauna. The house was first built and inhabited by Sidney Toler, who played Charlie Chan in the late 1930s and 1940s. The next resident was Orson Welles. While living in the house, Welles wrote "Citizen Kane" which is frequently considered the greatest film ever made.
Rita Hayworth, once the wife of Orson Welles, also resided in this house. Famous celebrities who lived at the house include Ida Lupine, Howard Duff, Peter Lorre and Paul Williams. Songwriter Williams sold the house in 2004 and now the current owner offers it for rent to people who want a taste of its incredible history. Below is the trailer from "The Artist."
1997 Best Picture “The Godfather”
Head to the East Coast in New York City to stay in the landmark property featured in “The Godfather.” In 1997, “The Godfather” received the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. The NYC property is where Vito Corleone and family ruled the roost.
Made in 1972, “The Godfather” was an epic crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It was based on a 1969 novel by Mario Puzo and stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton and other famous stars. The story tells the life and experiences of an Italian-American family from 1945 to 1955. There were two sequels to “The Godfather,” Part II in 1974 and Part III in 1990.
The condo apartment used in “The Godfather” is located at the grand St. Regis Residence Club. The doors of the St. Regis were opened in 1904 by John Jacob Astor IV. Known for its elegance and service, now this privilege is only given to privately owned residences located on the hotel's eighth and ninth floors.
The vacation getaway has one large bedroom, kitchen and two baths in the heart of NYC on 55th Avenue at 5th. It also includes a butler and daily housekeeping to live like New York royalty for awhile. Stroll to Rockefeller Center or peruse 5th Avenue shops at your leisure. Below is the trailer from "The Godfather."
1965 Best Picture “The Sound of Music”
The Baroque castle featured in the Austrian countryside in “The Sound of Music” was where the von Trapp family sang and danced. In 1965, “The Sound of Music” won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards.
In 1965, “The Sound of Music” was made based on the 1959 Broadway production starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The story was based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The film stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, as Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after it premiered on Broadway.
The Baroque castle from “The Sound of Music” is located in Vienna and dates back to the 12th century. It is located on a magnificent estate with a pond housing ducks, waterbirds and fish. In the historical park, vacationers will see thoroughbred horses graze. The castle is near Danube valley with vineyards, castles, monasteries and old villages.
The grandiose castle is decorated in English country style and has nine spacious bedrooms. On the second floor there is a dining room, salon, library with an open fireplace and social hall. A chef and two housemaids have maintained the castle for the past decade and provide service to guests. There is also an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a rock garden. Below is the trailer from "The Sound of Music."
Owning these type of homes is out of reach for most everyday people but they are available to rent for a decadent getaway. Visit FlipKey to find out more about staying at these Academy Award-worthy homes.
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