How three contrasting houses in 2020’s Oscar-winning movies would be described by an estate agent.
Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite has made history by being the first foreign language film to win Best Picture in the 92nd Academy Awards. Beating the hotly tipped 1917, it also picked up Oscars for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, and features one of the most talked about houses of recent movie history (Production Design by Ha-Jun Lee, Set Decoration by Won-Woo Cho). Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood won the Oscar for the category we keep a beady eye on most – Production Design (by Barbara Ling, Set Decoration by Nancy Haigh), as well as Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt). A World War II film like no other, JoJo Rabbit won Best Adapted Screenplay (Production Design by Ra Vincent, Set Decoration by Nora Sopkova). All three of these films featured contrasting houses with distinctive architecture, layout, atmosphere and furniture, and we’d have no problem moving in to each and every one! So if these Oscar-winning houses were real , how would they be described by an estate agent?
The Park’s House in Parasite.
A minimal, modernist architecturally-designed detached house of spectacular proportions.
An elevated position in this sought-after area in Seoul, South Korea.
Formally owned by:
The wealthy Park family.
This stunning, minimalist house is accessed via steps up to the discreet street-front door, behind which lies the delightful front garden with paved path through the lawned area to the main front door to the house, leading to accommodation comprising:
• The first floor, open-plan, highly-photogenic kitchen/dining/living space: Large kitchen with statement back-lit floor-to-ceiling display cabinet and dining area, which cascades across the entrance hall down a few steps to the living area.
• The living area features commanding cinematic windows (the main window being a carefully considered window wall of the dimensions 2.35:1), built with the direction of sunlight in mind allowing for an abundance of natural light and which affords splendid views of the garden and front lawn from the sofa area.
• The property benefits from high-end custom-designed finishings throughout including polished stone floors, sleek concrete and dark wood. These finishes are currently tastefully complemented with grey muted furniture such as the expansive statement sofa. Custom-designed furniture and fittings created by the modernist carpenter Bahk Kong Sun such as the eye catching coffee table made from four cherry wood boards of different levels (the height of a person lying down) which cost ¢19,800 to create, is included in the purchase price.
• The dining table and chairs which are also custom-designed for this rare and desirable property are available to purchase with the home, as are two artworks: A piece depicting a forest made of stainless-steel mesh entitled Maya 2078 by SeungMo Park (value $120,000) another of cats (priced at $50,000).
• The large kitchen island with integral sink is available with a state of the art German made trash/rubbish bin ($2,300 as an additional extra).
• The grey stone staircase divides the main living space and leads to bedrooms (some with balconies) and bathrooms on the upper floor.
• Garage with ample space for car parking below.
• Basement: Access was not possible at the time of inspection but the current owners reliably inform us there is a sizeable basement.
Ready for immediate occupation.
Price on application.
The Betzler’s house in JoJo Rabbit.
A beautiful Baroque-era terraced stone cottage renovated in the 1930s Art Deco style.
Germany via Úštěk, Czech Republic.
Formerly owned by:
The Betzler family (A stylish mother, her delightful son and his imaginary friend)
A cheerful house with plenty of pops of colour and notable patterned wallpaper throughout.
Front door leading to elegant, long entrance hall with dark wood-panelled walls and Parquet d’Arenberg-style wooded floors leading to the ground floor living accommodation comprising:
• Living room with fireplace and wooden Parquet floors, windows to front.
• Separate modest dining room with serving hatch to kitchen.
• Kitchen with feature purple, red and blue floor floor tiles, freestanding kitchen units, white ceramic sink with teal tile surround and serving hatch to dining room.
• Child’s bedroom with window to rear.
• Hallway stairs with curved decorative wooden balustrade leading to the upstairs bedrooms – one with distinctive slanting roof and currently decorated in an earlier, more Victorian style with noteable locally sourced antiques. Large bed with green upholstered bedhead and delightful pistachio green walls with hand-painted details.
• This delightful house benefits from an very intriguing attic – excellent for storage or hiding.
Price on application.
Rick Dalton’s House in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Authentic Midcentury Modern Hollywood detached home, in need of some updating.
Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Formerly owned by:
Cowboy movie star, Rick Dalton.
This delightful midcentury home is entered via the street up 6 external stairs to front door leading to the internal accommodation comprising:
• Open plan, spacious living/dining/kitchen layout with wooden decorative room divide to immediate right.
• Living/dining area currently decorated in a brown-mustard colour palette with leather furnishings (and various accessories and movie posters from Westerns from the current owner) available for purchase on negotiation.
• Kitchen with built-in wooden units and windows to back and side.
• Spanish Western-style bar area featuring German and Spanish drinking tankards.
• External patio overlooking a heated swimming pool.
In need of updating as previous bachelor owner has not redecorated in some time.
Notable former neighbours:
Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, music producer Terry Melcher (son of actress Doris Day) and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails have all lived next door to this property at different times. Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon also reportedly spent part of their honeymoon next door in 1965.
Places of interest nearby:
Musso and Frank Grill on Hollywood Boulevard, the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, the Van Nuys Drive-In, the Cinerama Dome, Super A Foods (Northeast LA branch), Downtown’s elegant Cicada Restaurant, The Regency Bruin Theatre and the El Coyote Mexican restaurant are just a few of the notable haunts near this property.
The Cameron Nature Preserve at Puerco Canyon (where Rick Dalton filmed ABC series The F.B.I.) known for its numerous hiking trails and ocean views is also within driving distance.
Of note: Midcentury Houses in the popular Cielo Drive rarely come on the market so this property really is to die for.
Early viewing for all the above properties are highly recommended.
Which one of these Oscar-winning houses would you like to move into?