Argo living room You could rent out your basement and chase tenants for their monthly payments.

Or you could let Hollywood use your home as a film set, collect $50,000 and meet Ben Affleck.

Grace Verzosa Ambat’s home in Los Angeles had the dubious honour of looking enough like 1970s Tehran that location scouts singled it out as a set for the Oscar award-winner Argo.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris Baugh and Lori Balton spent weeks traversing Los Angeles neighborhoods trying to find the right house before leaving a letter with Ambat.

After giving her blessing, the cast slept on site day and night and a crew of about 100 descended on the family house for a week. Ambat received a tidy sum for the disruption (the $50,000 is going to her son’s education at a music institute) plus bragging rights. She met the film’s famous director and her home had a starring role as the Canadian embassy in this year’s Best Picture Oscar-winner.

But not every story works out for homeowners who have their properties work as part-time film sets. A long-form piece in GQ magazine broke down what it’s like to have your house appear in recurring role on a teen soap.

By letting the crew of One Tree Hill periodically take over his family’s brick neo-Colonial home in Wilmington, North Carolina, John Jeremiah Sullivan made some serious cash. But he also had to contend with hysterical teenage tour groups making pilgrimages to his house and the steady encroachment of the crew into parts of the house that were initially off-limits.

Looks like turning your home into a film set isn’t all about schmoozing with celebs and Oscar nominations.

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