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The home featured in The Godfather

The home featured in The Godfather

Godfather house

Godfather house

This house featured in the 1980's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Out

This house featured in the 1980's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Out

The cottage featured in Withnail & I

The cottage featured in Withnail & I

The Amityville Horror Home

The Amityville Horror Home

Kevin McAllistair's house in Home Alone was sold in 2012

Kevin McAllistair's house in Home Alone was sold in 2012

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The home featured in The Godfather

It's the perfect hideaway for the millionaire movie fan. Or the wannabe Mafia boss with a sense of tradition.

The real-life 'Godfather House' - the New York home made famous by the 1972 Hollywood classic - has just gone on the market.

And before you ask, yes, the real estate agents have already had their fill of "I'll make them an offer they can't refuse" cracks. Enough to last a lifetime.

However, even the man charged with selling the house, estate agent Joseph R Profaci, couldn't resist a little joke, saying the gourmet kitchen "is to die for".

The five-bedroom, mock-Tudor home on New York's Staten Island was used for the exterior shots of many of the most iconic scenes from the 1972 mob movie classic.

The home's garden (and part of the grounds of the property next-door) were the setting for the famous opening scenes of Godfather I, when Mafia boss Don Vito Corleone's daughter Connie (played by actress Talia Shire) gets married.

The side entrance is where Al Pacino's character Michael encounters Luca Brasi, the hitman who has to practice his speech: "Don Corleone, I am honoured and grateful that you have invited me to your home on this, the wedding day of your daughter."

The last owner remodelled a number of the rooms to match the interiors seen in the Godfather movies, including the Don's office.

The five-bedroom home is on the market with an asking price of $2.9m (€2.3m). And it is expected to go to a movie fan, who might also appreciate its fully-fitted home cinema room.

The Godfather house is one of the most iconic properties in movie history. And while famous movie locations do not come on to the market that often, there have been some recent examples:

 

The Withnail & I ­cottage

 

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The cottage featured in Withnail & I

The cottage featured in Withnail & I

The cottage featured in Withnail & I

"We've gone on holiday by mistake!" - one of the many lines from the 1987 cult classic that any fan will be able to quote verbatim.

The setting was Uncle Monty's country retreat - 'Crow Crag' in the movie, 'Sleddale Hall' in real life - a very isolated, run-down farmhouse in the wilds of Cumbria, England.

The movie made the 18th-century farmhouse famous. But also almost destroyed it. Increasing numbers of movie fans were making the pilgrimage to Cumbria to spend boozy nights in the semi-derelict cottage, recreating the fun.

And in 2009, the owners, a local water utility company, put it up for sale, after a campaign was launched to save the iconic house.

The farmhouse was eventually bought at auction by a London-based architect for around €300,000, almost double the guide price. And the new owner has since acted to preserve the property, even running small Withnail & I screenings and wine-tasting evenings for die-hard fans. Uncle Monty would approve.

 

The Home Alone. . . er, home:

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Kevin McAllistair's house in Home Alone was sold in 2012

Kevin McAllistair's house in Home Alone was sold in 2012

Kevin McAllistair's house in Home Alone was sold in 2012

In mid-2012, the Chicago house defended by young Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone was sold for €1.26m. John and Cynthia Abendshien had owned the red-brick colonial-style building since the 1980s, and had been looking for more than $2.4m (€1.9m) for the property. However, they were forced to sell for much less, despite the home's iconic status.

 

The Scarface mansion, California:

"Say hello to my little mock-hacienda!" - as Tony Montana almost but didn't quite say in the early 1980s reboot of the classic gangster tale.

The scene of the final shoot-out between Tony and his former drug-running buddies, the Scarface mansion - really, a property called 'El Fureidis' in California, not Florida - went on the market in 2010 for €27m, before a Russian banker bought it for less than half that price.

 

The Ferris Bueller house/ferrari garage

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This house featured in the 1980's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Out

This house featured in the 1980's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Out

This house featured in the 1980's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Out

No 370 Beech Street, Highland Park, Illinois, USA. The futuristic home to Cameron, best mates with a young man called Ferris Bueller. The glass and wood box was the backdrop for one of the most iconic scenes in the classic tale of 1980s schoolkids who just wanted a day off. The house went on the market for €1m in 2013 and sold to a couple, who loved it for its modernist style rather than the film-connection.

 

The other Godfather home, 'Beverly House':

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The other Godfather Home 'Beverly House'.

The other Godfather Home 'Beverly House'.

The other Godfather Home 'Beverly House'.

It's the Beverly Hills mansion that welcomed John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy for their honeymoon and starred in both The Godfather and The Bodyguard. And it is currently up for sale for €107m.

The four-acre Beverly House mansion - the setting for The Godfather scene which ended with a horse's head found in the bed - was once available for rent at €550,000 a month. It has 28 bedrooms, 36 bathrooms and a huge pool.

 

The Amityville Horror home:

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The Amityville Horror Home

The Amityville Horror Home

The Amityville Horror Home

The real-life house from the 1979 horror classic is in Tom's River, New Jersey, and went on sale in 2013 for €700,000. It did not find a buyer.

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