Magazine article Variety

Realtor Gives Star-Struck Fans License to Rent

Magazine article Variety

Realtor Gives Star-Struck Fans License to Rent

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Businesses have long tied in with celebrities to sell consumer products. Now even the vacation rentals biz is turning to Hollywood to increase bookings - and offer studios a new space they might want, to enter, given its growing revenue potential.

FlipKey, a division of TripAdvisor, recently added a listing of homes to rent that have appeared on TV shows like MTVs "Real World," films like Summit's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," the James Bond actioner "Quantum of Solace" and "Scarface," or homes in which Orson Welles and rock stars Jim Morrison and Iggy Pop once lived.

As the site says, "real Ufe isn't like the movies, but then again, a vacation is an escape from real life. Next time you travel ... you can skip Hollywood's celebrity homes tour in favor of actually living in a celebrity's home."

The rentals aren't cheap, though.

Twi-Hards who want to slumber in the Brazilian honeymoon beach house where Bella and Edward celebrated their nuptials in "Breaking Dawn" will have to pony up $4.000 to $9,000 a night for the six-bedroom casa. A minimum two-night stay is required.

Bond fans can stay at the four-bedroom Villa TaJamone, in Italy's Tuscany region, for $2,323 per night. But take note: 007 never stayed at the seaside retreat in the film; it was the residence of his friend, Rene Maíhis.

And for something more local, "Real World" fans can rent out the massive eight-bedroom Key West residence at a cheaper $1,500 to $2,000 a night. The oceanfront home, with a 30-car garage, still features the original colorful decor from the 2006 season of the show, including Jacuzzi. …

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