Oakville, Ont. mansion used in Daniel Craig flick up for sale
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig in Universal Pictures’ 2011 thriller, ‘Dream House’.
Published Friday, August 10, 2012 3:07PM EDT
Since Daniel Craig signed on in 2005 to play James Bond, the franchise has earned more than US$1.1 billion in revenue.
But can Craig help sell a house?
One couple and their real estate agent in Oakville, Ont. hope so, as the trio use this Hollywood connection to try and find a buyer.
The mansion nestled in Oakville’s beautiful Gairloch Gardens waterfront enclave was used to film the 2011 thriller, “Dream House,” which starred the 44-year-old British actor and his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz, 42.
After sitting idle on the market for a year, however, the home’s owners decided to use the alluring Hollywood connection to boost their chances for a sale.
The luxury, four-bedroom home was initially listed for just under $5 million. The price has since been dropped to C$3.788 million.
“Actually, the price is quite competitive,” luxury realtor Christopher Invidiata told CTV News Channel on Friday.
The property is also available for lease, if you can afford $9,998 a month to call the mansion and its dream-like grounds your own.
“The house is special,” said Invidiata.
Built in the 1920s, the English-style cottage features spacious, modernized rooms. The home is also a close walk to the shores of Lake Ontario.
Even so, dream homes like these are becoming more difficult to sell in today’s tough economy, said Invidiata.
“The upper end of the market has its own perils,” said Invidiata.
“When the economy gets questionable, the upper end comes down in price,” he said.
Craig “loved” Oakville dream house
Production for “Dream House” began in February of 2010, and immediately drew locals to Gairlochh Gardens in hopes of catching a glimpse of Craig.
The actor reportedly signed autographs on one occasion, after midnight, dressed in a Canada Goose jacket. He was even speaking to fans in the American accent he used for the film.
Invidiata has said in previous interviews that Craig “loved the home” as well as the town of Oakville itself.
Hollywood productions have long been shooting in stately residences in the Greater Toronto Area, substituting in films set in New York, Chicago and other metropolitan centres.
Some of those films include 2002’s Oscar-winning musical “Chicago,” Ron Howard’s 2005 drama “Cinderella Man,” the 2000 action flick, “X-Men,” which used Casa Loma, among other locations in Toronto, for interior shots.
However, that hunt for locations has been trickling down in recent years to other Ontario communities, such as Oakville.