Top 25 Most Famous Houses From Films You’ll Wanna Visit

Have you ever wondered if the houses we see in Hollywood movies exist in the real world? Well, you’d be surprised to know that many of those properties have existed long before and long after they first appeared on-screen. So here’s a list of the 25 most famous houses from films that you can visit, rent… or, who knows, maybe even buy! Make sure you don’t miss #14, #4, and #2!

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#25. The Dursleys’ Home

Who would imagine that this small and even modest English suburban house would be put on the market for the approximate sum of $ 620,000? Well, it wasn’t magic! This emblematic residence was owned by the annoying Vernon and Petunia Dursley, Harry Potter’s uncles.

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Renamed by J.K Rowling as 4 Privet Drive, the building is located at Picket Post Close 12, in Berkshire County, South East England. Since its first appearance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the young wizard and one of the city’s main tourist attractions as well.

#24. The Cullen Family Home

This impressive property located on the edge of the Portland Forest Park was built in 2006. Does it ring a bell? Of course it does, because only one year after its completion, it was used as the Cullen family house in the Twilight films.

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Owned by Nike’s shoe design director, John Hoke, the building is located at 3462 NW Quimby Street. The house is truly beautiful, especially due to the contrast between the building’s modern interiors and its wild exterior. For those Twihards who want to appreciate its beautiful design, you know where to go!

#23. The Baker House

If you were born in the 70s or 80s, you will remember Molly Ringwald, who played Samantha in John Hughes’s romantic comedy Sixteen Candles. Even though the film is full of clichés, we all wanted to be like Samantha when we were young: we wanted to wear her dresses, to have a boyfriend as handsome as hers, and of course, to live in a house like hers too!

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One of the most famous scenes of the movie takes place in this suburban house when Long Duk Dong is discovered unconscious in the front garden of the Baker family. You should know you can actually visit the property, which is located in the city of Evanston, Illinois.

#22. Noah’s Fixer-Upper

Have you ever watched The Notebook? If you have (and I hope you did!), then you probably remember the house that Noah (Ryan Gosling) restores for his love Allie (Rachel McAdams). Located at Martin’s Point Plantation on the island of Wadmalaw, South Carolina, this imposing residence was built in 1772.

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Now, you can imagine that the building was in perfect condition in real life. Was it the magic of cinema that allowed us to see the property almost in ruins? Well, maybe, but we should also bear in mind that the production crew resorted to some study tricks to make it look wrecked. If Noah had been a real character, he would’ve possibly been the best architect of his time!

#21. Peg Boggs’ House

Who doesn’t love Johnny Depp in the role of the strange young Scissorhands? Clearly, the dark fantasy film Edward Scissorhands is one of the most original and moving stories in Hollywood, and that’s why fans love it. Furthermore, there is no doubt that Tim Burton is famous for its signature visual universe. For this occasion, he hired and painted no less than 50 houses in the Lutz community in Florida to get the exact look he wanted from the neighborhood.

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To represent the aspiration of life in the suburbs, the houses were painted in pastel color ranges. Some of them were modified by adding small windows on the facade to increase the feeling of paranoia, and one of these included Dianne Wiest’s Peg Boggs house. A round of applause for the production crew, please! Painting those houses must have taken just as much time as putting all that makeup on Depp’s face!

#20. The Kill House

Are you ready for some gore? The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the bloodiest and most gruesome films ever made, as it tells the story of a family of cannibals who mutilate a group of young adults in a Texas town. The violence unleashed in this town is such that Sally is the sole survivor.

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Believe it or not, the scenario that once had real skeletons is now used for much more palatable purposes. In 1998 the building was transported from the Texas city of Round Rock to Kingsland and became a café. They previously exhibited a leather-faced doll, until they realized it was way too creepy for families and kids, so they took it away.

#19. The McCallisters’ Home

An ingenious eight-year-old boy home alone in an impressive Georgian red brick house is the best setting for a fun Christmas comedy. In this iconic film, we see how the McCallister family accidentally forgets their youngest son in their luxurious home located on the outskirts of Chicago.

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We don’t know who its current owner is, but it used to belong to John and Cynthia Abendshien, and they had been living there for just a few months when the production approached them and asked if they could transform their house into the movie’s filming set. We’re glad they agreed!

#18. Rocky Balboa’s Block

Unsurprisingly, many of the locations from the Rocky franchise have become very popular tourist attractions. Do you remember the scene in which the character played by Sylvester Stallone ran up some stairs as part of his training? Well, most people who approach the Philadelphia Museum of Art are not interested in crossing the door, since all they want is a picture of those famous steps.

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If you want to go to another less known site of Rocky’s mythology, I recommend you to visit his apartment, located at 1818 Tusculum Street in Kensington, north of Philadelphia. Yes, we’re talking about the place where he had a shattered sofa full of newspapers and used the bathroom door as a target to play darts.

#17. Buffalo Bill’s Home

Who would want to buy a psycho’s house? Have you heard of Buffalo Bill? Maybe you’re way too young and don’t know what I’m talking about, but let me tell you that The Silence of The Lambs is one of the greatest thrillers ever made and whoever watched it will never forget this spine-chilling character.

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After the film was released, the owners had a hard time selling this property, but they eventually managed to sell it after being in the market for over a year. Of course, they had no choice but to sell it for $100,000 less than the original price. Of course, who would ever want to buy the same house where a serial killer who skinned his victims used to live? The new buyers shouldn’t worry though, cause only the exterior of 8 Circle Street was used for filming.

#16. M’Lynn’s Home

In contrast to the house of ruthless Buffalo Bill, everyone would want to live in Marley’s house. You probably know every corner of this idyllic stone property by heart, as both its interiors and exteriors were used for the filming of the 1989 drama Steel Magnolias. The house was recently sold in the market for a whopping $1.5 million.

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All rooms are cozy and have upholstery furniture in floral motifs, accompanied by curtains in similar prints. Fans of the classic dog movie will want to see it on their own, so they should head to 1178 Meetinghouse Road in the city of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

#15. Tony Stark’s Home

Who could have a house with six bathrooms, four bedrooms and private access to Black’s Beach? You’ve guessed it: anyone who has $117.2 million in his pocket. I bet you recognize this fabulous mansion just by looking at the image, right? This happens to be the home of Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise.

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The creators of Marvel’s fan-favorite film did a great job finding a lavish mansion for the iconic superhero. This majestic 11,000-square-foot property is located in the Californian city of San Diego. Look at this picture, it seems from another world!

#14. Phil Connors’ B&B

Can you imagine getting stuck in an endless cycle of time, waking up and repeating the same day over and over again? That’s what happens to this arrogant Pittsburgh television meteorologist, played by Bill Murray, while covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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The building featured in this classic film isn’t located in that weirdly named city, but at 344 Freemont Street, in the city of Woodstock, Illinois. You’d be surprised to know that the Cherry Tree Inn is, indeed, a real-life B&B. And let me tell you that waking up there every day doesn’t sound so bad after all!

#13. The Apartment In Rosemary’s Baby

On the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West, in New York City, stands the iconic Dakota building. Since it opened in 1884, the luxurious building has been a magnet for A-list celebrities. However, you should also know that all sorts of disturbing and haunted stories revolve around this site.

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Boris Karloff, John Madden, Robert Flack, and Judy Garland were some of its residents. In 1973, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, moved to the building, but seven years later, a fan named Mark David Chapman shot him in the archway of the building’s entrance. In addition, this is where Mia Farrow gave birth to the son of the devil in Roman Polanski’s famous psychological thriller Rosemary’s Baby.

#12. The Notting Hill Apartment

In May 1999, the movie that put London’s neighborhood Notting Hill on the world map was released. This romantic comedy tells the story of William Thacker (Hugh Grant), the owner of a local bookstore, who falls for Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a mega Hollywood star.

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Fans will never forget the facade of the character’s home, especially by the blue door where the paparazzi surprise the couple. Dying to know where it is located? 80 Westbourne Park Road, a short walk from the corner of Portobello Road. A curious fact is that the department was owned by the screenwriter of the film, Richard Curtis, also known for Four Weddings and A Funeral and Love Actually.

#11. Copperhead’s Home

At first glance, this pleasant suburban house doesn’t seem to scream out Quentin Tarantino, does it? Well, you know what they say, don’t judge a book by its cover! This happened to be the scenario for one of the bloodiest martial arts movies that Hollywood has ever seen.

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This LA property is where Kill Bill Vol 1‘s opening scene takes place. Can you remember what happens? The Bride (played by Uma Thurman) engages in a knife fight with an old enemy who seems to be a housewife in search of justice and redemption.

#10. The Money Pit House

Okay, if you’ve grown up watching this 1986 comedy, then you’re at least a bit millennial. Without going into small details, the plot revolves around a house tormented not by ghosts but by dry rot, defective cables and by pipes so full of holes that they could be used to drain spaghetti.

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The dilapidated Long Island mansion that the unfortunate couple of Shelley Long and Tom Hanks try to restore belonged to an editor named Eric Ridder. In 2002, Christina and Rich Makowsky bought the property and told the New York Times that their own renovation attempts echoed the comedy.

#9. Charlie Blackwood’s House

Unlike the previous film, no matter how much time has passed, everyone still remembers Charlotte Blackwood, the sexy flight instructor from Top Gun played by actress Kelly McGillis. In this 1986 action film, she falls in love with the character played Tom Cruise.

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Charlie lived in a lovely two-bedroom Victorian cabin built in 1887 in Oceanside, San Diego County, by Dr. Henry Graves. The property was declared historic in 2005. Several years later, the city approved a luxury hotel project estimated at $ 209 million that reportedly turned the house into a coffee shop.

#8. The Parker house

If you thought that the house from Home Alone would be the only Christmas home on this list, you were wrong! If you are obsessed with Christmas movies, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the provocative bandits Harry and Marv from The Christmas Story.

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If you ever visit Cleveland, then check out 3159 W. 11th Street. You will find the iconic leg lamp with its net socks, prominently placed in the front window. The Parker’s family house is open to the public, along with a museum and a gift shop that are right across the street.

#7. Buddy’s Dad’s Apartment Block

Some buildings on this list will inevitably sound familiar to you, at least from the outside. But does this one ring a bell? Located at 55 Central Park West in New York, this bulky apartment building was first seen on display in the classic mystery film Ghostbusters as Sigourney Weaver’s home.

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The final scenes of this film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver were shot on the roof of this enormous building. Two decades later, this building became the residence of Buddy’s father in the festive classic film Elf.

#6. Nora Dinsmoor’s Estate

In 1998, Alfonso Cuarón released a modernized adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous novel Great ExpectationsWhile the original novel was set in Victorian London, the film is set in the modern United States, and can you guess where most of the scenes were shot?

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This vast landscaped estate, located in the city of Sarasota, Florida, was chosen to house the solitary character of Nora Dinsmoor. This Venetian-style property was built in 1924 and was initially owned by the circus pioneer John Ringling. If money isn’t an issue, you should know that the estate can be rented for weddings or celebrations!

#5. The Martini Home

Most of the drama film It’s A Wonderful Life was filmed on the tree-lined streets of Bedford Falls. However, most of the buildings you’ll in the film belonged to a four-acre film set built at RKO Encino Ranch.

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Unfortunately, the ranch was sold to developers in the 1950s and the buildings were razed to make room for a new residential area. But guess what the good news is? The house where the Martini family lived is the only one that hasn’t been torn down. You can visit it at 4587 Viro Road in La Canada Flintridge.

#4. The Godfather Estate

Do you remember the iconic scene from The Godfather in which the film producer Jack Woltz (played by John Marley) wakes up with the head of his beloved horse in his bed, after denying Vito Corleone’s request of having his godson star in one of his movies? Well, this scene took place in this extensive Beverly Hills property, built in 1927.

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This mansion was designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann for banker Milton Getz. Years later, the mansion was bought by the publication magnate William Randolph Hearst. In 2018 it was put on the market for a whopping $135 million. For your information, John F. and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon there in 1953.

#3. Jackie Treehorn’s Home

Famous for its appearance in the Cohen Brothers’ 1998 comedy film The Big Lebowski, this extravagant house was owned by millionaire James Goldstein at the time of the filming. But the billionaire basketball and fashion enthusiast decided to donate the residence to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2006.

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According to the LA Times, Mr. Goldstein bought the house in 1972 for only $ 185,000. Today it is currently valued at $ 40 million. In addition to the property itself, the gift included its furniture and pieces from Mr. Goldstein’s personal art collection, including works by DeWineDeWain Valentine, Kenny Scharf, and Ed Ruscha.

#2. Jay Gatsby’s Mansion

The Great Gatsby scenography team should have won an Oscar after the amazing job they did during the pre-production. In fact, according to reports, they spent no less than 14 weeks building and decorating several features of this millionaire house.

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Located at 235 Middle Neck Road, 40 miles from downtown Manhattan, this happens to be one of the most iconic and significant residences on the north coast of Long Island. Believe it or not, the building in question is real. 11,955-square-foot French Normandy-style real.

#1. Susan Walker’s Dream Home

Those who know how to read between the lines must have imagined that I would close this list with another Christmas classic, available both in black and white and color versions. Built four years before the film was launched in 1947, this house is shown mostly towards the end of the film when little Susan Walker is devastated to learn that Santa Claus cannot keep his promise.

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Yes, I’m talking about the one and only Miracle on 34th Street! Can you remember what the main character’s dream was? A house with a big tree and a swing in the backyard. As you know, his dream came true, but what you probably didn’t know is that the residence has an estimated price of $ 763,000. The mansion is located in Port Washington, Long Island

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