And the Oscar for Best House goes to...Friday, February 24, 2012. Ivan Radford @themovechannel
This weekend, all eyes will be on the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles as the film industry dishes out its highest awards: The Oscars. But while cinemagoers debate who will take home the big prize, TheMoveChannel.com is more concerned about whose house comes out on top. Here are the top real estate stars from this year's Academy Award nominees...
This weekend, all eyes will be on the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles as the film industry dishes out its highest awards: The Oscars. But while cinemagoers debate who will take home the big prize, TheMoveChannel.com is more concerned about whose house comes out on top.
Here are the top real estate stars from this year's Academy Award nominees...
Best House - George Clooney
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The only thing as famous as George Clooney himself is his villa on Lake Como. The glamorous home, located in picturesque Laglio, was once rumoured to be up for sale by the Oscar-nominated star, but Clooney can still be found relaxing in his mansion amid some of Italy's most stunning scenery. Italy's hoping that others will start seeing star investments in its low-priced property, with Liz Rowlinson, editor of A Place in the Sun, commenting that "micro-markets, such as Sicily and Sardinia, are slowly establishing themselves to compete with the more well-known Italian regions".
Best Investor - Brad Pitt
It may be the column inches regularly devoted to Angelina Jolie and her partner, but Brad Pitt appears to be one of the most active real estate A-Listers, popping up in Scotland, France and America's property markets. Last year, the Tree of Life star sold the Malibu beach house he purchased after breaking up with Jennifer Aniston for $12m. Where is that money going? To Croatia, according to the newspaper Jutamji List. Pitt has reportedly partnered with businessman Danko Koncar to build a new luxury resort on the Adriatic coast - only a few months after Angelina finished filming her own project in the region. With hotels, villas and a golf course promised by the development, Brad may not be this year's Best Actor, but he's certainly one of Hollywood's best property investors.
Best Property Market - War Horse
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Steven Spielberg's sad Oscar contender may leave children in tears, but homeowners in Nethercott have never been happier. The Devon-set film has sent several house hunters to the area, with particular interest paid to both property connected to the movie's inspirational true story and the real estate featured on-screen. For example, WWI fighter Captain Budgett's home, now converted into an inn, has seen an influx in visitors. Local agents are sceptical that the South West village will recover from the UK housing slump, but report that "since the end of last year sales have picked up significantly with 56 per cent of sales to people from outside the area". It's hard to imagine any other Oscar nominees with such a strong potential for improving an area's tourism and property prospects.
Best Location -The Descendants
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One market with a profile that needs no boosting is Hawaii. The dream destination for many, Hawaii was voted the most popular state among Americans this week. 54 per cent of people told Public Policy Polling that they saw the state positively, reports the Guardian, with just 10 per cent unimpressed by the island paradise. George Clooney's Oscar-nominated performance in The Descendants saw him as a rich landowner planning a major real estate transaction. Hawaii's market may be sluggish at the start of the year, but with the state still ranked in the Top 10 by Point2, you can bet your golden statue that buyers will be saying aloha to the island's housing all through 2012.
Best Swimming Pool - Jonah Hill
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Jonah Hill surprised the world with an Oscar nomination for Moneyball, but the funny man's home of California has never been more disliked. In the same poll that saw Hawaii soar, the Golden State hit rock bottom, with 44 per cent of 3,000 US voters "disapproving of the state". At least Hill's $2.175m home, which he purchased late last year amid drooping prices, has an impressive swimming pool to keep him happy.
Best Household Pet - Uggie the Dog
Photo credit: LA Weekly / Omar Von Muller
Uggie the Dog has taken the world by storm in recent months as people far and wide fell in love with the talented dog. A permanent resident in Panorama City, according to LA Weekly, he lives in a ranch with his trainer Omar Von Mullet, several dogs, a handful of cats and many domesticated birds. Only one of them, however, can tap dance. And with the happy news that pending home sales in California climbed in January compared to the previous month, Uggie will be tap dancing for many months to come.
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