By Kate Ward, Hollywood.com Staff
For many movie-goers, 2012's film slate hit close to home. Especially if they sat in theaters admiring cinema's best real estate of the year. Skyfall, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises many of the year's biggest blockbusters also boasted sprawling mansions that movie-goers would spend hours drooling over in their theater seats. But which films brought us the most and least coveted homes and properties of the year? Go ahead make yourself at home and scroll down to find out!
Movie: The Hobbit
Property: Bag End
Location: Hobbiton, Middle Earth
Description: Nestled in the side of a Hobbiton hill, this cozy three-bedroom Hobbit hole is the perfect bachelor pad for lads preparing for their next unexpected journey.
Amenities: A fireplace fit for a pipe, a wine cellar, and a pantry big enough to feed 13 dwarves.
Price: The Baggins family wouldn't be quick to give it up perhaps for an Arkenstone?
Property: The Bond Family's Skyfall Estate
Location: Scottish Highlands
Description: The perfect retreat for when you literally need to retreat from a deranged former colleague who's trying to kill you and your boss.
Amenities: Long vacant its owners were killed in a climbing accident this is a fixer-upper to be sure. But it comes with substantial acreage, a car park for your Aston Martin, propane tanks for heating and the construction of makeshift bombs, a wall-length mirror, Reformation Era subterranean tunnels for a clandestine exit, a vintage hunting-rifle armory, and the services of a crusty old gamekeeper.
Price: By our calculations, a steal at £1.5 million
Movie: Beauty and the Beast 3D
Property: The Beast's Castle
Description: This sprawling, private kingdom built with Europe's finest golden materials boasts a history as rich as the food served in the castle's fully staffed kitchen.
Amenities: Indoor landscaping (in the form of a mysterious, single rose), a large library to charm visitors, a 3D-friendly vast ballroom with high ceilings, and a roomy dungeon to host your future father-in-law.
Price: $47 million otherwise known as Beauty and the Beast 3D's total box office cume.
Movie: The Dark Knight
Property: Wayne Manor
Location: Gotham City
Description: Escape Gotham's violent underground with this beautiful mansion, once home to billionaire Bruce Wayne and many exorbitant parties gone very, very wrong.
Amenities: A fully manicured lawn, a friendly butler who knows more about you than you know yourself, a subterranean cave for an undercover vigilante filled with technologically advanced weaponry a basement that leads nowhere.
Price: By our calculations, $46 million.
Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Property: The Marigold Hotel
Description: This charming hotel is happy to host retirees both enthusiastic about travel and extremely racist. Don't be distracted by its cracks this property is perfect for anyone looking to invest in a fixer-upper!
Amenities: A thriving social scene for the elderly, local cuisine that will give your taste buds a bit too much of a kick.
Price: Whatever takes it off Sonny's hands!
Movie: The Hunger Games
Property: The Capitol's Training Center
Location: The Capitol
Description: Right in the heart of Panem's Capitol, the Hunger Games' training center bristles with excitement. Be one of the first to scope out the Games' talent first-hand, and stay for a drink if a tribute doesn't shoot it out of your hand first.
Amenities: On-location stylists and mentors, an underground gymnasium, an adjoining apartment complex filled with windows to longingly peer out of.
Price: Whatever it costs to overthrow President Snow. Courage?
Movie: The Queen of Versailles
Property: The mansion built by billionaires Jackie and David Siegel, also known as Versailles
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Description: This real-life 90,000-square foot mansion the largest in the U.S. is strictly for the 1 percent, offering more luxury than practicality. But that's okay, because you're rich! (Until, of course, you're not.)
Amenities: Two movie theaters, a bowling alley, nine kitchens, three swimming pools, a baseball diamond, a health spa, 30 bathrooms, and other luxury items that, yes, actually do exist in a real home.
Price: Considering its windows cost $4 million, you don't even want to know.
Property: Elysium Bed and Breakfast
Description: The perfect rest stop for your long journey, Elysium offers peace and next to free love lodging for those who love Mother Earth.
Amenities: A breathtaking view of Jennifer Aniston's breasts.
Price: That's not the green stuff we care about, man.
Movie: Project X
Property: The Kub Home
Location: Pasadena, Calif.
Description: This comfortable family home is the optimal place to raise children who will one day take advantage of your trust and throw a raging party on the spacious lawn.
Amenities: A pool large enough to fit your car, a roof secure enough for dancing, rooms that can be converted into beer troughs, and a lawn gnome.
Price: Pales in comparison to what you'll pay in fire insurance.
Property: The Oswalt Home
Description: In need of inspiration? Move into this home, perfect for those hoping for privacy to hunker down and work on their next project.
Amenities: A home entertainment center in the attic, a garage with a full set of sharp tools, unique wall art.
Price: Your life.
Movie: Paranormal Activity 4
Property: The Nelson Home
Location: Suburbia, USA
Description: Get to know the creepy neighbors in this delightful home filled with plenty of dark corners.
Amenities: Fully equipped wireless cameras, laptops, and other specter-revealing technology, a nearby tree house so inviting, even evil ghosts can't resist.
Price: Your life.
Movie: Cabin in the Woods
Property: A woodland cabin
Description: Looking for an isolated weekend getaway where no one can hear you scream for your four college friends? You're in luck! This cabin located in the middle of the woods is the perfect location for nights in with a case of beer and a family of zombies.
Amenities: A cellar full of charming, ancient trinkets. Look, but don't read.
Price: Your life.
Additional Reporting by Christian Blauvelt
[Image Credit: Warner Bros (2); Lauren Greenfield/Magnolia Pictures; Walt Disney; Lionsgate]
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