“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” — The Godfather
Someone’s living like a Corleone this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film classic The Godfather. Airbnb opened the booking on July 27th for a one-time, month-long August stay for up to five guests in the USD$2.4 million five-bed, seven-bath English Tudor mansion. At the fitting anniversary rate of USD$50 per night, it’s an offer no one can refuse.
Built in 1930, the 6,248-square-foot mansion was used as the exterior of the Corleone family home for memorable scenes such as Connie Corleone’s wedding reception. Actors Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and the late James Caan all filmed significant scenes at the house. In The Godfather: Part II, the estate becomes the home base for caporegimes Peter Clemenza and Frankie Pentangeli. Legend has it that Giani Russo, who played Carlo Rizzi in the film, grew up on Staten Island and recommended the house to the production team. You won’t find the high stone wall and gate surrounding the property, as it was built from plastic during filming, giving the estate the appearance of a fortified compound. It’s also not located on Long Island as the film suggests. The historic house sits at 110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island.
The remodelled backyard garden now boasts a saltwater pool and though interior scenes were shot at Filmways Studios in Harlem, there’s still an impressive desk in the mansion’s study primed for signing contracts, presumably with Jacob & Co.s’ $14,000 Godfather pen. Enjoy cannolis in the expansive kitchen and toast ‘Cent’ anni’ in the basement pub. There’s also a game room, gym, and outdoor fire pit complete with pizza oven. Airbnb continues to surprise with truly unique stays. Back in 2020, it was offering five nights at the original mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and last year another Al Pacino filming location showed up for rent—House of Gucci’s opulent Villa Balbiano.