Eight Real-Life Movie Homes You Could Have Owned



2017-08-23 10:59:09

Some collectors go for autographs, others for props or costumes - but what could be cooler for a movie fan than to own an actual location from their favourite film?

Here are eight real-life homes which made famous on-screen appearances in classic movies - and they could have been yours! If you had a few million to spare, that is...

The Ferris Bueller's Day Off mansion

Chances are, if you grew up in the 1980s, you wanted to either be Ferris Bueller, or date him.

John Hughes' high school senior (played by Matthew Broderick) was the epitome of cool, bunking off school to spend a day in downtown Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron Frye.

In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Bueller visits Cameron's parents' house, before accidentally crashing Cameron's dad's Ferrari through one of the windows.

The actual mansion is based in Highland Park, Illinois, and has four bedrooms, four baths and a tempting all-glass garage (we'd love to recreate the Ferrari-smashing scene). It sold for $1.3m in January 2014.

The Nightmare on Elm Street house

This beautiful Los Angeles house, located just a few blocks off Sunset Boulevard, is many people's idea of a dream home.

But back in 1984 it was literally the stuff of nightmares.

The house was the setting for Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, in which the sharp-fingered Freddy Kreuger kills teenagers in their dreams

The house featured heavily throughout the film series, initially as the home of heroine Nancy Thompson, then as Freddy's own house – a boarded-up ruin which haunts the nightmares of local children.

In reality, the 1428 North Genesee Avenue was also left in a state of disrepair for years, until it was purchased and renovated in 2008 by property developer Angie Hill

"It was horrible," said Hill "It was the only house on the street that looked beaten up....It had the weirdest vibe. You could feel the weird energy. There was a really oppressive odor."

Having completely gutted the house, Hill then reconfigured it to a 2,700-square-foot home with three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a beautiful swimming pool – before selling it in 2013 for $2.1 million.

Horror fans will recognize, however, that the exterior remains almost identical to how it appeared in the film – with the notable addition of a blood red door.

The Home Alone house

Thankfully, Macauley Caulkin's epic system of booby traps has long been removed from the Home Alone house, which is situated in the highly desirable village of Winnetka, Illinois.

Home to one of the most hectic screen families in movie history, the house is where Caulkin famously combated burglars after he was abandoned just before Christmas.

Compared with other houses in the area, the mansion was a steal, listed at $2.4m.

The Scarface mansion

Any Scarface fan will recognise this scene

Tony Montana sits in front of a huge pile of cocaine, knowing that Sosa's men are coming for him.

It's one of the most famous scenes in movie history, captured in the iconic poster that hashung in thousands of teenage bedrooms ever since the movie's 1983 release.

And now those with a penchant for the gangster lifestyle can relive Montana's legendary demise - for the small price of $35m.

Based in California, rather than Florida as the movie suggests, Scarface's mansion is actually known as El Fureidis, or "Tropical Paradise". Created in 1906, it covers 10 acres in some of the most desirable territory on the west coast.

Featuring a "barreled ceiling painted in 24k gold leaf and depicting a scene of Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis by Henry Wadsworth Moore", the home is far from discreet, but the ultimate status symbol for the billionaire badboy.

The Withnail and I cottage

"We've gone on holiday by mistake."

The farmhouse that stars in the cult classic Withnail and I, better known as 'Uncle Monty's Cottage', doesn't seem like the ideal purchase.

Painted in the film as a dreary isolated building surrounded by oddball country folk, it's actually a rather lovely farmhouse in the Cumbrian countryside.

It sold at auction for 265,000 ($447,500) back in 2009, with the new owner planning to transform it into self-catering accommodation for the ultimate Withnail and I experience.

However, the sale fell through and it was later bought by an architect who wants to create a private home for die-hard Withnail fans.

The Godfather house

"You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder - for money."

No one disrespects the Godfather in his own house, the imposing Corleone complex set in Long Island. However, the house in which Connie Corleone's wedding reception was held is actually based in Staten Island.

It's also a lot less imposing than it appears in the film, with the walls and gate just props that were later removed after filming.

Valued at $2.9m, it boasts eight bedrooms, three bathrooms and no horse's heads in the bed.

The Sleeper House

This remarkable building, known as the Structured House, famously appeared on-screen in the classic 1973 Woody Allen comedy Sleeper

In the film, Allen stars as Miles Monroe, a jazz musician who is cryogenically frozen by mistake and wakes up 200 years in the future – only to find himself an unwilling participant in a political revolution against the state.

The home was originally built in 1963 by pioneering architect Charles Deaton, who said "On Genesee Mountain, I found a high point of land where I could stand and feel the great reaches of the Earth. I wanted the shape of [the building] to sing an unencumbered song."

However, he ran out of money before the project could be completed, and it stood empty and unloved , until the movie turned it into an unlikely tourist attraction known to locals as the Sleeper House.

Although the house found fame on the silver screen, it remained derelict until 1999, when Denver developer John Huggins purchased it for $1.3 million.

"There was nobody living in it except for a fox" said Huggins, "and the windows were all broken out."

He then worked closely with Deaton's daughter Charlee, herself an interior designer, to restore the home to her late father's original vision.

The Breakfast at Tiffany's apartment

The four-storey townhouse on the exclusive Upper East Side is perfect for budding New York socialites.

The building appears in the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, as the apartment building of Audrey Hepburn's iconic character Holly Golightly.

Although all the film's interiors were filmed on the Paramount Studios lot, the exterior shots were filmed exclusively on location in New York – and today the brownstone looks almost identical, more than 50 years on.

The house is located at 169 East 71st Street, just three blocks from Central Park.

Inside, the 3,800-square-foot home includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a greenhouse, and a duplex apartment in the garden with its own entrance.

It was once owned by Peter Bacanovic, a stock broker jailed for insider trading in 2004 along with his famous client Martha Stewart.

The famous home later sold in 2015 for $7.4 million, and we're sure the new owners can probably afford a little more than just window shopping at Tiffany's.

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