Luxury Living Homes with links to the silver screen

Luxury Living: Homes with links to the silver screen

If the approaching 90th Academy Awards are making you wistful for a sprinkle of celluloid glamour in your home life, look no farther — Christie’s International Real Estate presents five luxury properties with premium entertainment provenance

This 15-acre estate on Kauai’s exclusive north shore — where the classic musical South Pacific (1958) was filmed — enjoys panoramic vistas of the coastline including nearby historic Kilauea Lighthouse, an inspiration for Disney animators in the creation of backgrounds for 2002’s Lilo & Stitch. The property (also pictured at the top of this page) includes a main house of some 10,000 square feet, two guest pavilions, a caretaker’s residence and an active farm with exotic palms, citrus and coconut trees. World-class golf at Princeville and the town of Hanalei are close.

Hollywood history was made at this French Regency-style residence, built by 1930s stars Joan Blondell and Dick Powell. For many decades Heather House belonged to superagent Ed Limato — famous for his lavish Oscar parties at the storied mansion, which has welcomed everyone from Doris Day to Zsa Zsa Gabor to Richard Gere. Now masterfully remodelled as one of L.A.’s finest estates, including a newly built Neo-Georgian guesthouse, the 10-bedroom home also includes an original 16-seat Art Deco screening room.

Located on a vast parcel of land encompassing some 66 acres in desirable Rancho Santa Fe, California, this magnificent estate appears in an extended scene in the James Belushi comedy K-9 (1989), in which a party unfolds in the estate’s impressive standalone indoor pool and spa area. Noted architect Fred Briggs designed the prominent home, which is distinguished by soaring, vaulted ceilings, with walls and beams of redwood that was milled on the property. The interiors were created by celebrated designer Arthur Elrod.

This charming three-story residence on expansive grounds is the setting for a new British romantic comedy, Finding Your Feet, starring Imelda Staunton, and due in US cinemas in March. Built in 1908, the five-bedroom property also features an adjacent self-contained two-bedroom cottage. In addition to the impeccable landscaped gardens are a hard tennis court and fish ponds, and the home offers idyllic views of surrounding fields and farmland from all aspects.

This upscale loft is just around the block from Bleecker and Bowery in the heart of NoHo, a key location in Martin Scorsese’s 1973 breakthrough film, Mean Streets, starring Robert De Niro. Built in 1874 in the Second Empire style, this outstanding fourth-floor loft boasts 12-foot-high ceilings, Belgian oak floors, 14 large mahogany windows, and a dramatic corner exposure.