Vinnie Chase and his entourage have moved on, and the house that was used to film the seventh season of the hit HBO show "Entourage"
is back on the market at $5.75 million
You've heard the old saw that the three most important things in real estate
are location, location, location. That gets skewed some when it comes to scouting a place to film a TV show or movie. Location is important, but so is having sufficient parking for the crew, cooperative neighbors who won't complain about early morning noise, and rooms large enough to fit everyone inside who needs to be there. It also has to be conveniently located for the key actors and players, and close enough to the studio for the many trips back and forth that are made each day. (See "Rent to the Movies: Is Your House a Star?"
This house had it all.
Several homes were looked at before the selection was made. The home figured prominently in Season 7, and had to speak wealth, since lead character Vincent Chase (played by Adrian Grenier) was making a comeback. The script also called for large parties to be held here, so the house needed to have good room flow and accommodate a large crowd. A pool was necessary.
The scout had an Old Hollywood-style house in mind, but most of those homes are located in Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood -- where uber-rich neighbors are likely to object to the early morning noise of crews setting up and the traffic
simply cripples the idea of fast trips over to the studio.
That left the San Fernando Valley, where the 101 Freeway connects to the 134 and is close to Burbank Studios. The location scout rejected homes in Hidden Hills
because that community was too far north of the studio. The same was true of Malibu, which would require traversing canyon roads to get to the coastal community each day and then back inland to the studio.
For shoots that just take a few days, location scouts don't mind occupied homes or homes that are listed for sale (as long as the listing agent and owner agree that no showings will be held during the time the film crew is there). But for TV shows or movies
where the home is to be used for months, they want empty houses that they can lease for the duration. (See "Make Your House a Movie Star."
It certainly wouldn't do to have the landlord jack up the price of "Vinnie's house" mid-season, so scouts lock in on a place for several months beyond what they anticipate their need to be. Agreements are signed that the home will be restored to its original condition and the overwhelming majority of homeowners who have rented their homes as filming locations are shocked at how well the cleanup and restoration goes. And for the record, leasing your home out to a film crew pays pretty well. Some Malibu homes that have been used for luxury commercials have leased for up to $10,000 a day.
Now that the "Entourage" crew has left the scene, the 9,000-square-foot Tuscan villa in Encino is back in active listings. It was built in 2008, designed by Colbourn Currer Noll Architecture, a San Diego-based company. The one-story home has double-height ceilings in most rooms and has lots of rustic finishing elements, such as covered loggias, trussed beams, polished marble and Venetian plaster. The home has state-of-the-art features, including an entertainer's kitchen and media room with surround sound and built-in iPod decks.
Fans will most likely recognize the home's exterior pebbled motor court that has a stone fountain in the center and double garage doors in either side. The home's exterior is plaster and Mexican Cantera stone. The central hallway has arched columns and there is a mahogany ceiling with built-in shelves and wainscoting in the library. But the real piece de resistance
is the open living and dining rooms, where the vaulted ceilings are 24 feet high and there is a series of steel-trussed scissor beams. The living room has a masonry fireplace with marble mantel and base.
There's a pretty impressive kitchen as well -- where Johnny Drama, played by Kevin Dillon
, could whip up his special omelets. It has mahogany cabinetry, two granite-topped islands, and Rohl Shaws farmhouse sinks. The two center islands allowed the
"Entourage" boys to sit at one while Johnny faced them, cooking at the other.
Builder-owner Adam Zane told The Los Angeles Times
that the house was actually designed as a family residence, despite its use as the ultimate bachelor pad on the TV show.
Marilyn Mandel of White House Properties and Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Co. have co-listed the property.
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