Rent This TV-Set House and Live Like a “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”
For almost all of their 12 seasons, ABC’s reality TV shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” were primarily filmed at a Spanish-style estate called “Villa de la Vina.”
Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, this stucco-walled estate was the base of operations for the women and men vying to win the hearts of ABC’s telegenic bachelor or bachelorette.
According to property details, “The Bachelor” home, pictured directly above, last sold in 2010 for $1.7 million. Built in 2005, the home has 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 8,000 square feet of living space and a living area perfect for the rose ceremony.
This season, the bachelorettes only spent one night in the Agoura Hills property before they were flown to Sonoma County, hometown of the season’s star bachelor, Ben Flajnik.
But the bachelorettes didn’t miss out on another reality TV-worthy set. They stayed in a home equally luxurious as the Villa de la Vina in a house that is called “Vineyard Knoll.”
Vineyard Knoll (pictured in the slide show at very top) is a vacation home held by the company BeautifulPlaces, Inc. and it’s located in the small town of Glen Ellen. And while it might not have the same name cache as Napa, Glen Ellen real estate doesn’t come cheap: Median Glen Ellen home values are over half a million and rising 14.1 percent year-over-year.
That posh ZIP code reflects in the rental rates applied to the temporary “Bachelorette” abode featured in the recent episodes. The Sonoma County estate can be rented for $2,100 per night, $13,225 for a week and $35,225 for a month.
The 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath Vineyard Knoll Estate is a ranch-style home located just two miles outside Glen Ellen with views of the valley and surrounding vineyards. The main house and guest house surround a large central courtyard featuring manicured grounds and pool and hot tub.
With 4,800 square feet of living space, the home sleeps 12 comfortably and includes a formal living room with baby grand piano, family room and kitchen that each open out onto the courtyard, as well as a library and dining room.
The show producers picked the home after touring several properties with BeautifulPlaces, said spokeswoman Arlene Winnick.
“Ben is from Sonoma and they wanted to do a show in Sonoma,” Winnick explained. “So they went on our site and called us and said, ‘This is what we’re looking for.’ We narrowed it down to six properties and took them around to them.”
The producers chose Vineyard Knoll, Winnick said, because it had the amenities they needed: Several bedrooms, views of the winery, and, of course, a fabulous pool and spa.
“What’s great about the property is that anyone can rent it,” said Winnick.
Fans of shows should note that it’s currently available on Valentine’s Day.
“But,” Winnick said, “Ben is not included.”
Vineyard Knoll photos courtesy of BeautifulPlaces, Inc.