Will Smith and Airbnb have teamed as much as supply followers a keep in the home made well-known on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Here’s an inside tour.
Remember “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the hit NBC present from the Nineties starring Will Smith as a streetwise teen from Philadelphia despatched to dwell along with his wealthy family in a stunning mansion in Bel-Air, CA? That iconic home has now returned to the limelight as an Airbnb rental.
Starting on Sept. 29, Los Angeles County residents could have an opportunity to e-book one of 5 October stays within the Fresh Prince’s wing of the mansion. And it may all be yours for the astonishingly low value of simply $30 per night time—a fan-friendly fee set to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the house’s TV debut.
Guests will revel within the residence’s ’90s decor and facilities in addition to get pleasure from unique Airbnb expertise perks, together with donning a brand new pair of Air Jordans to shoot hoops within the bed room, eating on literal silver platters (all meals are included), and enjoying the house’s vinyl assortment on a turntable just like the one owned by present co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff.
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Given the world we dwell in right this moment, all native COVID-19 pointers shall be strictly enforced. (The residence shall be scrubbed between company, following each CDC and Airbnb enhanced cleansing protocols.) In reality, company (two max per keep) should present proof of L.A. County residency and dwell in the identical family to reduce potential well being dangers.
And to assist have fun neighborhood and assist youth throughout this thirtieth yr milestone, Airbnb is making a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which occurs to even be Smith’s hometown. Isn’t that candy?
The actuality behind the Fresh Prince mansion
Of course it is a made-for-TV story, so not all the pieces is strictly true to life, together with the placement of the famed property. For one, it is not in Bel-Air—it is truly situated in close by Brentwood. But “The Fresh Prince of Brentwood” does not sound fairly so lofty, does it?
Granted, in actuality, the distinction between these two tony enclaves is refined. Bel-Air, simply minutes from West Hollywood, is a smaller space with winding streets and masses of privateness. Meanwhile, Brentwood appears like a extra conventional neighborhood, albeit with pretty lush yards plus easy accessibility to top-notch colleges and world-class purchasing, eating, and nightlife.
And if it is celeb residents you search, each neighborhoods sport multimillion-dollar mansions and may level to many well-known celebs as present and previous residents.
“Bel-Air commands prestige: Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, and Frank Sinatra all lived here, as have business and tech moguls like Elon Musk,” says Cara Ameer, an actual property agent with Coldwell Banker in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Brentwood’s residential bragging rights embody Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Harrison Ford.
Another factor these two areas have in widespread are sky-high residence costs.
“The two areas have evolved tremendously since ‘The Fresh Prince’ first aired, and real estate values have soared by several million dollars over the past 30 years,” Ameer provides.
So even when your Bel-Air Airbnb keep will not be in Bel-Air, that is no purpose to let that cease you.
“There are many L.A. shows filmed with exterior shots of famous homes, while the interiors are done on a sound stage offsite,” says Tyler Drew, CEO of Anubis Properties in Los Angeles. “But at $30 a night, I think a stay here is well worth the price for a little historical inaccuracy.”
How a lot is the ‘Fresh Prince’ mansion value right this moment?
This explicit property in Brentwood was apparently chosen for a starring function within the present as a result of it has a conventional American model, albeit one caught in a ’90s design rut. It’s at the moment valued at round $6.4 million, however some brokers suppose it might be value extra to the appropriate purchaser.
“The home, which is probably worth around $7.5 million depending on condition, is really a snapshot in time of that decade’s pop culture, which includes other shows like ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,'” says Ameer.
However, most consumers would not be prone to embrace the property’s boxy formal model and old-school, chopped-up residing and eating areas, eschewing them for extra trendy open-plan rooms.
“Given that the home is from 1937, someone buying it now may eye the property for a substantial remodel or teardown,” Ameer provides.
Nonetheless, Airbnb followers in all probability aren’t desperate to personal the place as a lot as simply soak it in for an evening.
“Staying here for a night is all part of the throwback experience,” Ameer says.
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