The Real Values of 15 Movie Homes
It’s hard to imagine Steve Martin grappling with his daughter’s extravagant wedding in a ranch house, the Tenenbaum family coping with their stressed relationships in a free-standing beach house, or Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak falling in love in a modern high rise. For many films, the homes in which they’re set become as beloved to audiences as any member of the cast. And (just like actors) many of these homes remain standing long after the cameras stop rolling. Here are 15 movie houses you could call your own—or at least visit.
1. THE CURTIS BROTHERS’ HOUSE // THE OUTSIDERS (1983)
731 N Saint Louis Avenue, Tulsa, OK
4 beds/ 1 bath/ 1395 square feet
Estimated Value: $51,818
Based on S.E. Hinton’s middle school classic novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s poetic saga is best known for its cast of young heartthrobs, including Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, and Matt Dillon. The house used for the Curtis boys’ (played by Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and C. Thomas Howell) “other side of the tracks” house was built in 1940 and last sold in 2008 for $6000. Its current value is estimated at over $51,000.
2. MIKEY AND BRAND WALSH’S HOUSE // THE GOONIES (1985)
368 38th Street, Astoria, OR
4 beds/ 2 baths
Estimated Value: $215,931
In Richard Donner’s 1985 film (conceptualized by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus), a group of young misfits—dubbed the Goonies—try to save their homes in the Goon Dock section of Oregon from being demolished to make room for an expanding country club. As such, finding the right houses was key to the film’s success. The film’s production crew found the perfect location for the Walsh family’s home at 368 38th Street in Astoria, Oregon—and Data could have very possibly zip-lined his way to Mikey’s from his home just down the block at 304 38th Street.
3. MAX AND DANI DENNISON’S HOUSE // HOCUS POCUS (1993)
4 Ocean Avenue, Salem, MA
3 beds/ 1 bath/ 1305 square feet
Estimated Value: $341,941
The Halloween classic (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) used the town of Salem, Massachusetts, for most of its exterior shots, including those of Max and Dani’s home and Allison’s extravagant house. However, almost every interior shot was done in Los Angeles. According to Boston.com, Max’s house and Allison’s house were only 1.5 miles apart, meaning their trick-or-treat route could have easily been made in real life.
4. NICK AND AMY DUNNE’S SUBURBAN PALACE // GONE GIRL (2014)
Courtesy Alexandrea Morrow
3014 Keystone Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO
5 beds/ 6 baths/ 4,413 square feet
Estimated Value: $559,528
In the David Fincher film based on Gillian Flynn’s smash-hit novel, Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) move back to Nick’s Missouri hometown to help care for Nick’s ailing mother. To make the Dunnes’ new neighborhood appear riddled with financial crisis foreclosures, the real life neighbors of the Gone Girl house—a private home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri—were asked to stop mowing their lawns during filming.
5.LANCE’S HOUSE // PULP FICTION (1994)
3519 La Clede Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2 beds/ 1 bath/ 1490 square feet
Estimated Value: $700,318
Lance’s house is probably best remembered as the site of doped-out Mia’s (Uma Thurman) life-saving adrenaline shot to the chest. Last sold in November 2003 for $540,000, the tiny two-bedroom house that served as the exterior of Lance’s drug den is now valued at over $700,000—that’s over $460 per square foot! Lance must have been doing alright for himself.
6. AURORA GREENWAY’S HOUSE // TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
The Texas Road Runners
3060 Locke Lane, Houston, TX
4 beds/ 2.5 baths/ 3608 square feet
Estimated Value: $1,167,319
The house that served as the exterior of Aurora’s (Shirley MacLaine in an Oscar-winning performance) posh Houston home, built in 1940, stands today exactly as it did in the 1983 film. If the close mother and daughter actually lived in the houses used for filming, Emma (Debra Winger) would be a short five-mile drive from her mom Aurora.
7. KEVIN MCCALLISTER’S HOUSE // HOME ALONE (1990)
671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL
4 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,243 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,068,645
John and Cynthia Abendshien, the owners of the house used for the McCallister family’s homestead—where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) traps, tricks, and bamboozles the Wet Bandits—insisted on living in their home during production, despite the studio’s offer to put them up in a nearby apartment. While filming took place, they became very close with Culkin and Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mom. The Abendsheins were only upset with a minor incident during the experience: finding one of their property’s fir trees cut in half. But all’s well that ends well—they laughed while watching Kevin cut down the top of the fir for his Christmas tree in the final movie.
8. THE BANKS FAMILY’S HOUSE // FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991)
843 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA
8 beds/ 5 baths/ 4,339 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,661,483
The white colonial at 24 Maple Drive is the heart and soul of Father of the Bride. Not only is it where George Banks (played by Steve Martin) watched his little girl grow up, but it’s where he gives her away. The house used in the film is actually located at 843 El Molino Avenue and is home to Sarah Bradley, Darrell Spence, and their two children. According to HGTV, Bradley and Spence, who purchased the house in 1999, told their broker they were looking for a home similar to the one in Father of the Bride—and boy did they get their wish!
9. THE MACNEIL HOUSE // THE EXORCIST (1973)
3600 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC
3 beds/ 5 baths/ 2,808 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,694,202
In real life, just like in the 1973 film, you can find a perilous outdoor staircase (the one Father Karras falls down at the end of the movie) next to the house used for the exterior shots of the MacNeils’ home. However, Regan’s infamous window cannot be seen next to the flight: It was a façade created at the behest of director William Friedkin. If Father Karras fell down the stairs in 2015, he would roll into a gas station now located at the bottom.
10. THE CORLEONE HOUSE //THE GODFATHER (1972)
110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island, NY
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 6248 square feet
List Price: $2,895,000
The Corleones’ Staten Island home can be yours, if your pockets are deep enough. The five-bedroom home that served for the exterior shots (including the backyard and nearby gardens that provided the setting for Vito Corleone’s daughter’s wedding) in Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster classic is currently on the market for just shy of $3 million. In 2012, the current owners redesigned the house’s rooms to look like the ones in the film.
11. JANE AND BLANCHE HUDSON’S HOUSE // WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)
172 S. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,346 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,995,873
Because the film’s stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, were seen as has-beens and box office poison in the 1960s, Warner Bros. Studios shooed production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? off the studio lots to make way for the huge production of Gypsy. This forced the production to shoot at the neglected Producers Studio and on real locations, like the S. McCadden Place mansion that served as the Hudson sisters’ decrepit sinkhole.
12. THE TENENBAUM HOUSE // THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)
339 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
4728 square feet
Estimated Value: $3,295,345
Wes Anderson and his location scout scoured Brooklyn for a brownstone in which to set The Royal Tenenbaums. After two days, their search was fruitless, so they made their way to Harlem. Upon stepping foot inside, Anderson began to build the story of the Tenenbaum family—he immediately envisioned how each kid would occupy his or her own level of the house. Anderson rented the home for six months in order to shoot his film.
13. HAROLD AND SARAH COOPER’S HOUSE // THE BIG CHILL (1983)
1 Laurens Street, Beaufort, SC
7 beds/ 9 baths/ 5868 square feet
List Price: $2,900,000
Beaufort, South Carolina, the town in which Tidalholm mansion—which is featured in The Big Cill—stands, had a magnetic appeal to star Tom Berenger, who played Sam Weber. Berenger moved to Beaufort after production and wed his former wife on Tidalholm’s front lawn. According to Zillow.com, Tidalholm is currently on the market, and could be yours for just under $3 million.
14. HOLLY GOLIGHTLY AND PAUL VARJAK’S APARTMENT BUILDING // BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961)
169 E 71st Street, New York, NY
4 beds/ 5 baths/ 3600 square feet
List Price: $8,000,000
According to The Daily Mail, the stunning Upper East Side townhouse featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was put up for sale by former Merrill Lynch broker Peter Bacanovic in October 2014 for $8 million. The home was only used for the exterior shots (excluding the fire escape scenes), as all interior scenes were shot in a Hollywood studio.
15. CHER HOROWITZ’S HOUSE // CLUELESS (1995)
5148 Louise Avenue, Encino, CA
7 beds/ 10 baths/ 9,441 square feet
Estimated Value: $5,304,521
Many of the interior shots of Cher Horowitz’s home were actually filmed inside the Encino mansion, meaning that grand staircase where Cher and Josh share their first kiss actually exists! The interior of the home has also served for scenes in Beverly Hills, 90210, and the exterior of the house can be seen in an episode of Desperate Housewives.
*All estimated values are as listed by Zillow.com at the time of publication.
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