Pompano Beach, FL, April 04, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com includes a look at the Tidalholm Mansion, more commonly known to film fans as "The Big Chill" movie house. Historically known as the Edgar Fripp House, this is the iconic South Carolina southern mansion, and the pick of Columbia Pictures as the set of their 1983 film, "The Big Chill," and also the 1979 Bing Crosby production of "The Great Santini." Jutting out into the Beaufort River, the mansion is practically surrounded by water the same way the house itself is surrounded by first and second story verandas, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and the brilliant blooms of azaleas. The house was originally built in 1853 by plantation owner Edgar Fripp as a summer house which the invading Union soldiers later turned into a hospital during the Civil War.
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Enjoy the same luxury as a former president, without the commitment to ownership. The Colorado ski and golf vacation house that Betty and Gerald Ford built after his reign as commander-in-chief is available for rent. For the Fords, winter days in Beaver Creek Resort were spent on the slopes while summer days were usually on the golf course. Evenings were often spent entertaining guests such as Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger. The 10,000-square-foot home has an actual presidential office, a billiard/poker room built in the former secret service quarters, and the president’s lap pool - the only indoor private pool in the area. President Ford still enjoyed the home’s lap pool at age 93, while Betty rode her stationary bicycle nearby.
The house of bad dreams in the 1984 horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street," not only sold, but sold in seven days. And for the full asking price. In 2006, Annie Hill drove down picturesque North Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles and noticed a shambled house in the midst of a neighborhood of nice, well kept homes. It turned out to be Freddy Krueger's old place that the previous owners had let completely run down. Ms. Hill snapped it up for $1.15 million and began a yearlong renovation. Kicking Freddy Krueger to the curb, Ms. Hill sold it for $2.1 million faster than a person can say, "Wake up and run for your life!"
Mel Gibson is another celebrity who collects real estate. A few of Mel's home purchases include Lavender Hill Farm in Malibu, a Costa Rica jungle farm on the ocean, Beartooth Ranch in Montana and the Fijian island of Mago. Mel bought Old Mill Farm in Connecticut in 1994 for $9.3 million when he was married to his now ex-wife Robyn, and sold it in 2010 for $24 million. It is now bank on the market at $33 million.
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