Los Angeles, CA. September 24th, 2004 – Amalfi Estates, one of Los Angeles' leading independent real estate agencies, has been working closely with leading TV production company, Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP), to find suitable houses for filming two of its top titles, "Starting Over," and "The Simple Life 2: Road Trip," starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
Amalfi Estates was initially contacted in March by a location scout for the daytime, nationally syndicated reality show, "Starting Over." The show was looking for a house to film the new series for several months. The house is central to the show, as a group of women of all ages and from all backgrounds come together to "reinvent themselves, all under one roof", in a daily, one hour, real-life drama.
Jodi Dirk for Amalfi Estates had limited lead time to come up with some suitable properties in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Malibu to show the scout. Ms Dirk found 20 or more homes for the team to consider. Following viewings with one producer, the list was reduced to three, with five producers and BMP boss Jonathan Murray visiting the final choice - a comfortable and luxurious hilltop home.
"Critical to their selection was finding a home with more of a feminine feel, a lovely pool, and a games and exercise room," explains Dirk. The house they chose also has five bedrooms, each with a balcony and tremendous views of Los Angeles. The six-women 'cast' share three bedrooms, and up to 10 production staff are on site at any one time. There is also space in the guest house for the crew.
Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates oversaw negotiations between the property's owner and the production company. The company took over the mansion in early June, prepared the house throughout the summer, and the show is currently in production . "Starting Over" premiered its second season on September 13th (syndicated, check local listings for time and channel information).
Patrick Murphy, Vice President and Executive in Charge of Production for BMP, says, "Amalfi Estates really stepped up to the plate for us when we were under pressure to secure a suitable location. Not only did they go the extra mile trying to find us the right property on very tight deadlines, they were there for us throughout the negotiation process, ensuring we came away satisfied with everything."
As this deal was nearing completion, BMP contacted Amalfi Estates again, this time to help find a house for a one-day shoot for "The Simple Life 2: Road Trip," which premiered on Fox-TV on June 16th. With only a week's notice before filming was to begin, Jodi Dirk located a home in Beverly Hills with an appropriate backyard and pool in just two days, and the deal was signed two days later.
Anthony Marguleas comments, "We have worked with TV before on lifestyle and home shows. We were delighted to help BMP. We have excellent knowledge of Los Angeles properties that are available for short and long term leases for TV and film production, which makes us a great asset for location scouting."
Anthony Marguleas is the owner of Amalfi Estates. He has sold $100 million worth of real estate and is an expert on real estate sales, contracts, negotiation, and technology. The company has been in existence since 1995 and has Los Angeles offices covering the west side and the San Fernando Valley.