While it is April Fools’ Day, this is no joke! About 40 miles from Atlanta, a little town called Senoia has become the spot to film some major movies such as Sweet Home Alabama and Fried Green Tomatoes, but it’s most recently famous for serving as the backdrop of the hit television series, The Walking Dead, which is on its sixth season! An article from www.curbed.com explains how zombies and the Atlanta area housing market are truly tied together!
For seven months of the year, real estate developer Scott Tigchelaar and his family are just as likely to see zombies roaming the streets of their Senoia, Georgia, neighborhood as they are to see their actual neighbors. But fear not. “When there are 200 zombies standing outside your house, and one of them is having a cigarette and the other is eating a granola bar, it does sort of take the scary factor away,” said Tigchelaar, whose family also owns a local film production company.
Big-budget productions have also drawn the big stars, leading some residents to make their stately homes available for rent for $10,000 or more, sometimes at more than double their normal rate, said Chase Mizell, an agent with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.
Tom Cruise recently rented a home in Buckhead for $50,000 a month while working on his upcoming film, Mena. Mizell said he has rented a six-bed, six-bath home with a wine cellar and movie theater in Smyrna, to actresses Jennifer Hudson and Elizabeth Banks, for $12,000 a month. Amy Adams paid $18,000 a month to rent a six-bed, eight-bath home in Tuxedo Park in 2014 while she was filming Trouble With The Curve, he said.
So you see folks, maybe monsters and zombies aren’t so bad after all!