Come in, come in. Sit down and let’s talk business … and then make the owners of this home an offer they can’t refuse.
[Cue Godfather theme song].
Owned by the Norton family since 1951, Ed Norton III describes how their Staten Island, NY house was turned into a celebrity in its own right. Evidently, there was a knock on the door in 1970 by someone from Paramount Pictures who was scouting locales for filming The Godfather. Norton’s dad answered the door and quickly dismissed the inquiry as one would a solicitor. When Norton’s mother heard who it was, she ran outside and pulled the Paramount folks back to “talk it over” and the rest is history. The Norton family home was used for filming for a year and a half and members of the family got to know actors Marlon Brando, James Caan, Al Pacino, and others.
Fans of The Godfather movie will immediately recognize this English Tudor home that was used as the Corleone family home. Although it appeared like a fortress in the movie with massively high stone walls, an enormous iron front gate and a guard shack, they were merely built on site as part of the set and no longer exist. The agreement for the home’s use was that it be returned “back to normal” and except for the grass being trampled and torn up, the huge walls, gate and guard shack were all dismantled, with a few pieces kept by the Nortons for souvenirs.
According to Moviefone, here are notable scenes at the home:
Not only was the Corleone mansion the site of ‘The Godfather’s’ beginning — Connie’s wedding — but it was also the site of The Godfather’s end. From hosting Connie’s wedding, where Mama Corleone sang, Frank Sinatra-ish heartthrob Johnny Fontane (Al Martino) made a special appearance and sang to the bride, and hothead brother Sonny Corleone (James Caan) threw a hissy fit about the government agents who were staking out that place; to serving as the Corleone “family” meeting place when the mobsters were planning to go to the mattresses to the death of Don Vito, it all happened at the Corleone estate.
By the way, remember the final tomato patch scene where Don Corleone suffered a fatal heart attack while chasing his grandson? That is now the site of the Norton family inground pool — one of the perks the Norton family received to allow filming.
The 6,248 sq ft home has 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, a pub basement, 4-car garage and yes, an inground pool. See more photos of the home.
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