Ever wondered who actually gets to live in the house used to film your favorite TV show or movie? Well, with a little luck, that could be you! If you can afford it, that is. But how much do these houses actually cost in real life? To find out how much you’d need to shell out to live in the iconic homes of your favorite characters, read on!
1. Home Alone – $1.6 Million
Many would argue the Home Alone is the best Christmas movie out there. And what a home to be alone in, excuse the pun! Located in Winnetka, Illinois, the 4,243 square-foot house is equipped with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. According to real estate brokerage Redfin, if the house were to go on sale, it would cost an estimated $1,611,069.
Since Home Alone, the red-brick Georgian home has been refurbished from its ‘90s Christmas-themed decor. In an uncommonly funny listing on real estate database Zillow, the house is said to have ‘many large rooms perfect for filling with Christmas decorations and booby traps,’ which is sure to appeal to any potential buyer. Should anyone decide to purchase this famous home, be sure to double-check that nobody is left behind before going on a family vacation.
2. Father of the Bride – $2.3 Million
This beautiful, 4,397 square foot home was used to shoot the memorable basketball scenes and backyard wedding in the 1991 film Father of the Bride. The movie, starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, tells the story of a father unwilling to accept the fact that his little girl is not so little anymore as they prepare for her at-home wedding.
Located in Alhambra, CA, the home comes equipped with a wet bar, barbecue area, and the original basketball hoop used in the film. As it turns out, the exterior of the house used for filming in Father of the Bride is from a totally different location in Pasadena, the reason being that the yard wasn’t spacious enough for the basketball scenes. While the two story house is currently off the market, real estate database Zillow estimates it at a cool $2,334,684.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – $7.4 Million
This Upper East Side brownstone was used for exterior shots in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which famously starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. According to its listing on Redfin, the 2,880 square foot New York City apartment last sold for $7,400,000 in 2015. Originally built in 1910, this three story house sits on a 1,632 square feet lot.
Unfortunately for fans seeking prime real-estate, the famous home where Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly lived is currently not for sale. Since the film was made, it has undergone two major renovations, one in the mid-’80s and again in the late-’90s. To this day, the exterior, including the signature olive green doors remains largely untouched.
4. Twilight – $363,000
This house in Saint Helens, Oregon was used for a number of scenes in the first Twilight film, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Kristern Stewart’s character, Bella Swan, famously shared this house with her dad and the occasional visiting vampire. Built in 1935, this 2,086 Sq. Ft. house offers a stunning view of the Columbia river.
Most recently, the house sold in 2018 for $363,000, according to real estate database Zillow. However, fans still interested in spending the night at the Swan residence still have a shot at making their teen-romance dream a reality, as it was recently listed on Airbnb. Starting at $330 a night, fans of the film can connect to their inner sparkly vampire as they relax and unwind in one of the house’s five bedrooms.
5. Mrs. Doubtfire – $4.15 Million
This San Francisco, CA Victorian house served as the setting for funnyman Robin Williams’ hilarious antics in the 1993 comedy-drama, in which he played a recently divorced actor-turned-nanny trying to have some much needed quality time with his kids. A popular tourist attraction, fans still visit the house to pay tribute to the late Williams, who passed away in 2014.
This Steiner Street location sold for an impressive $4,150,000 in 2016. Overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area and close to other residential attractions such as San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies, this single family, four bedrooms and four baths home offers many original finishes, such as leaded glass windows and quaint turrets.
6. Breaking Bad – $230,300
Fans of AMC’s intense drama, Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have been known to come by for a peek at the famous home of their favorite high school chemistry teacher Walter White. According to Realtor.com, this Albuquerque, NM home is valued at approximately $230,300.
In the past, the house has been frequented by almost 200 visitors a day according to the owner, Frances Padilla. Because of this, Padilla’s family ended up building a six-foot-high fence around the house to stop Breaking Bad fans from reenacting the famous season 3 scene, in which Walter White, played by Brian Cranston, throws a pizza on his roof. Imagine having to deal with hot, steamy pizzas catapulted at your rooftop every day!
7. Sixteen Candles – $1.135 Million
The cinematic home of Molly Ringwald’s character, Samantha from the 1984 teen classic, Sixteen Candles is definitely pleasing to the eye. According to real estate database Zillow, this Evanston, IL single family home offers six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and was recently sold for $1,135,000 in 2018.
As fans of the John Hughes film probably remember, it was this house where Samantha’s birthday was forgotten by her family, setting off a chain of angst-ridden events. With its spacious 0.3 acre lot, perfectly manicured lawn, and outdoor kitchen, this house could make for excellent location for a sweet sixteen party, don’t you agree?
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street – $2.1 Million
Horror fans may recognize this Los Angeles, CA home as the exterior of Nancy Thompson’s house in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unfortunately for fans, the house isn’t actually located on Elm Street, but on Genesee Ave. Also, instead of having a blue door like in the 1984 horror classic, the house now has a blood-red door after being renovated.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the house sold for an impressive $2.1 million back in 2013. It features three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and comes equipped with a guest house and a pool. It sure sounds accommodating. That is, if you’re not scared that Freddy Krueger will come to haunt you during the night!
9. Nights in Rodanthe – $875,000
Who could forget the beach house where Richard Gere and Diane Lane fell in love in the 2008 film Nights in Rodanthe? Located in the village of Rodanthe, North Carolina, the 2,933 square-foot famous home sold in 2018 for $875,000. With six bedrooms and four bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for the whole family looking for the ultimate vacation.
In 2009, the house’s previous owners, Ben and Debbie Huss, had to move it from its ocean front location as it became dangerously close to the crashing waves of the Atlantic. The house isn’t currently on the market, but it is a fully functioning inn, for those wanting to reenact their favorite scenes from the romantic drama.
10. Steel Magnolias – $535,700
Situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana, this property was famously featured in the 1989 film Steel Magnolias, starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, and Dylan McDermott, to name a few. Built in the 1840s, this historical, single family home currently facilitates as a B&B. It boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms and bucket loads of Southern charm.
Currently estimated by Realtor.com at $535,700, visitors can expect high end furnishings, antiques and plenty of Steel Magnolias memorabilia. In fact, in an interview with Today, owner Dan Dyess said that most guests are ladies and their daughters, coming to the historic home for a taste of their favorite movie.
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – $991,450
Who can forget Sarah Michelle Gellar as the badass Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The house where Summers lived with her mom and sister is currently valued at an estimated $991,450 on Redfin. It also happens to be a few blocks away from Torrance High School, where some exterior shots of the high school Buffy attends, Sunnydale High School, were filmed.
The house was built back in 1914 and is 2,296 square-feet, consisting of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It was in this house where Buffy fell in love with Angel, tragically lost her mom, got bitten by Dracula, and of course, tried to save the world from all those pesky creatures of the underworld.
12. Six Feet Under – $1.49 Million
Believe it or not, it’s been a whopping 18 years since the HBO series Six Feet Under first hit our televisions (and our poor, poor hearts) back in 2001. Circling around the Fisher family, this West Adams, Los Angeles, CA home was used as the exterior of the Fishers’ family business, Fisher & Sons Funeral Home.
The 6,324 square-foot Victorian property is worth about $1,492,000, according to RealtyTrac online marketplace, and was built back in 1905. Nowadays, the five Bedrooms, two baths house of the dysfunctional yet well-meaning Fisher family is used by the founder of the Filipino Federation of America.
13. American Horror Story: Murder House – $3.2 Million
It may be known as ‘Murder House’ on the television series American Horror Story, but in reality, it’s a 10,000 square-foot Mansion in Los Angeles, CA, built by Architect Alfred Rosenheim in 1908. After being on the market for a few years, the Tudor-style mansion sold in 2015 for $3.2 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
For those who haven’t seen American Horror Story, this estate may still look familiar. Any guesses where else it’s been featured? Actually, this impressive, historic home, with its high ceilings, stained glass windows, and six fireplaces, was used for shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Californication, The Mentalist and more.
14. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – $8.8 Million
For those who want to live out their ‘90s fantasies and pretend to be a modern-day Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the good news is that it is possible! The bad news is, the house, estimated to cost around $8,801,400 on Realtor.com, is currently not for sale. What’s more, fans will surely be appalled to learn that the real-life house is not actually in Bel Air, but located in the neighboring Brentwood community in LA.
The lavish Brentwood mansion that Will Smith moved into with his auntie and uncle consists of five bedrooms and five bathrooms. And with 6,438 square-feet of living space, no doubt there was plenty of room for some wild Carlton dancing.
15. Full House – $4 Million
This classic Victorian home in San Francisco, CA, which famously hosted the Tanner clan, was built way back in the late 1800s. After being painted dark purple by the former owners to try and avert flocks of Full House fans from visiting the house, it was eventually sold for around $4 million in 2016. But wait, the story gets better.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Full House creator and former executive producer, Jeff Franklin was the lucky buyer for this four bedroom, four bathroom famous house. Franklin restored it to look exactly as it did in the series, including the red front door, gray paint and white rim. However, much to Full House fans’ surprise, the actual house wasn’t used for filming of the Netflix sequel, Fuller House.
16. Modern Family – $2.15 Million
The home of everybody’s favorite real estate agent and TV dad Phil Dunphy, played by actor Ty Burrell, last sold back in 2014 for around $2.15 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two-story home’s features include an exquisite dining room, gourmet kitchen and family room that opens onto a garden with mature trees.
On a side note, the ABC camera crew for Modern Family only make use of the exterior of the 2,792 square-foot house, located on Dunleer Drive, Los Angeles, CA. All the interior scenes are actually shot on a sound stage with a similar layout and design. We bet you couldn’t tell the difference!
17. Sleepless in Seattle – About $2 Million
The floating house used in the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle comes equipped with gorgeous views of Seattle’s Lake Union and a total interior of about 2,200 square-feet. The original owners, Jim and Loretta Healy, actually owned the floating house for about 21 year prior to selling it back in 2014 for around $2 million, according to Country Living Magazine.
The romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan was filmed here in 1993, but it wasn’t the only major film making use of the Seattle scenery. 1989’s Say Anything, 1992’s classic Singles and even two out of the three Fifty Shades films were also filmed in the Emerald City.
18. Poltergeist – $786,570
The 2,373 square-foot home was built back in 1979, in time for director Steven Spielberg’s 1982 horror flick, Poltergeist. The plot famously revolves around a family’s home that gets haunted by demonic ghosts. Apparently, Spielberg liked the house because of its location at the end of the road and how it sat among ‘normal residential areas,’ according to a Yahoo Movies interview with production designer Jim Spencer.
The famous house is located in Simi Valley, California, and was most recently estimated at $786,570 by real estate brokerage Redfin. It’s got four bedrooms, three bathrooms and we hope, zero ghosts. According to Jordan Zakarin of Yahoo! Entertainment, the house still attracts a couple of tourists now and again. Hey, A few Poltergeist fans paying a visit is a whole lot better than an actual poltergeist, right?
19. The Big Chill – $1.76 Million
This historical 5,397 square-foot property in Beaufort, South Carolina was famously used in the 1983 film The Big Chill. It follows the story of former college friends who get together for a reunion after receiving news that their friend, Alex passed away. According to Today, the 1853 plantation house was last sold for $1.76 million in 2017.
Imagine living in the same house where the epic kitchen scene, in which members of the film’s star-studded cast all join in to sing The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” was filmed. Honestly, just being in a house Jeff Goldblum spent time in gives us the chills.
20. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – $1.06 Million
One of the most recognizable homes in movie history, the famous home in Highland Park, Illinois was used in the classic 1986 film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the movie, Ferris Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, describes the house to be like a museum: ‘very beautiful and cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything’. According to Business Insider, the house last sold in 2014 for about $1.06 million.
Over the years, visitors have come by the famed setting to see where exactly Cameron, played by Alan Ruck, smashed his father’s cherished Ferrari through one of the windows. As of 2017, the house underwent a major restoration, and this time, thankfully, it wasn’t because of any Ferrari-related accidents.
21. The Money Pit – $4.5 Million
The 1986 film The Money Pit tells the story of a young couple, played by Tom Hanks and Shelley Long, attempting to renovate their recently purchased house. The house ends up needing much more work than they initially thought, as it quickly begins to fall apart after they move in.
Currently on sale for $4.5 million according to Zillow, the house is located in Locust Valley, New York. It includes eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a six-car garage and 5.5 acres. The single-family property was built in 1898, and was lavishly renovated a few years ago. Buyers willing to look past the house’s cinematic associations are sure in for a treat.
22. The Brady Bunch – $3.5 Million
The famous home in The Brady Bunch will surely transport you right back to the ‘70s. The 2,477 square-foot LA home has three bedrooms, three baths and was recently sold for a hefty $3.5 million. Fun Fact: According to selling agent Ernie Carswell’s site, the legendary residence happens to be the second most photographed home in the U.S. after the White House!
The house was purchased by HGTV in 2018, going for $1.6 million over the initial asking price. The reason behind it? The making of the upcoming makeover show, A Very Brady Renovation, in which the house gets a massive overhaul by HGTV’s leading stars, including The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott.
23. Happy Days – $2.6 Million
Although the fictional Cunningham residence from Happy Days is set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the real house used for exterior shots stands in Los Angeles, CA, at Cahuenga Blvd, just a few blocks from the Paramount lot on Melrose Avenue. The famous home features six bedrooms, two bathrooms and 3,904 square feet of living space. As the Fonz would say, “Whoa!”
According to realor.com, the house was last sold in 1995 for just $422,000. However, it’s current estimated price is an impressive $2,962,900. Now, the porch swing or Fonzie’s motorcycle are no longer there. But perhaps Chuck, the older brother of Richie and Joanie Cunningham, who mysteriously vanished back in season two, is hiding in one of the rooms! Or maybe not, we’re not sure.
24. The Golden Girls – $3.2 Million
The critically acclaimed sitcom, The Golden Girls is centered around four older women who share a house in Richmond Street, Miami. We hate to be the bearer of sad news, but the four-bedroom, four-bathroom ranch actually happens to be in Brentwood, LA. As of August 2019, property listing website Trulia values the house at $3,206,596, though it is currently not for sale.
Those who can’t afford the hefty price tag of The Golden Girls house can still get their Golden Girls fix. A Golden Girls themed cruise has reportedly been confirmed, and sets sail in February 2020. On-board the ship, guests will have a chance to take part in a bunch of activities inspired by the show including ‘Dorothy’s Bingo’ and a cheesecake party! If you live for The Golden Girls, then this may just be the dream vacation.
25. Roseanne – $127,800
The Evansville, Indiana home of the popular ‘90s show, Roseanne was is currently listed on Realtor for an estimated $127,800, though it is not for sale as of August 2019. Consisting of four bedrooms, two bathrooms and around 1,912 square feet of living space, this makes for the perfect family home. Fans will be quick to recognize the exterior of this private home as the establishing shots used for the show’s opening sequence.
Among its features, the house includes an updated kitchen, together with new windows and decking on the front porch. Despite the spacious interior, Rosanne spin-off, The Conners, was not filmed anywhere near this famous house, but in the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.
26. The Big Lebowski – $1.59 Million
“The Dude” may be after the simple things in life, like a good White Russian and a little bowling, but his bungalow in The Big Lebowski isn’t actually such a simple abode. Despite appearances, the bungalow is actually part of a Venice, California compound featuring six one-bedroom cottages, each with its own side yard and all centered by a cute little courtyard.
The 10,600-square-foot property was put on the market back in 2011 at an initial asking price of $2.295 million, before finally selling for $1.59 million in 2012. We’re sure the rug from that famous first scene was replaced prior to purchase.
27. Boy Meets World – $1.299 Million
Any child of the 90s (and their parents probably) will remember the relatable life of Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World. He went to school, hung out with friends, and lived in an average family home. Turns out it was actually located only a hop-skip from the CBS studios where the show was shot.
A little smaller than it seemed on TV (the interior was a soundstage), the real-life house, is located in Studio City, California. The 2,108-square-foot, two bedroom house hit the market in 2016, and ultimately sold in February 2017 for $1.299 million. Sadly, friendly school principal Mr. Feeny doesn’t actually live next door either.
28. Charmed – $1.187 Million
Although Charmed was supposedly set in San Francisco, ‘Halliwell Manor’, the Victorian home sisters and witches Piper, Phoebe and Prue (and later Paige) share is actually located in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Oh, and making it even more magical than it was on Charmed, the house is an Historical Cultural Monument, also known as the Innes House.
The house was built in 1887, and boasts five bedrooms, two bathrooms, and has all the original Victorian wood and chandeliers. Initially listed for sale in 2008 with an asking price of $709,000, the Innes house didn’t sell. Since then the house is estimated to have nearly doubled in value, bringing it around to $1.187 million.
29. 7th Heaven – $875,000
Reverend Eric Camden and his wife Annie needed a pretty sizable home to house their five children (hence the show’s title 7th Heaven), and this Santa Monica, California house seemed to be just right for the family for all ten seasons. Built in 1914, the house is an expansive 3,795-square-feet.
While we’re not sure whether that garage apartment Lucy moves into after she gets married is real, the actual house has three bedrooms and four bathrooms. It was last listed on the market in August 2015, selling for $875,000, although real estate experts estimate the house’s value will have gone up well into the millions since then.
30. Sex And The City – $9.85 Million
Whether or not someone like Carrie Bradshaw could have afforded such an amazing Manhattan apartment on a writer’s salary aside, there’s no denying it’s iconic. So, it might surprise loyal Sex and the City watchers to know that Carrie’s building isn’t actually located on the Upper East Side, in reality its address is 64 Perry St. in the West Village.
The brownstone in which Carrie’s apartment was supposedly located was listed in 2012 for a whopping $9.65 million, but because New York City real estate is always an adventure, it sold for $200,000 above the asking price. We have to wonder…are the new owners looking out that very same window Carrie used to wonder out of?
31. Friends – $3,495/Month
So no one told you life was gonna be this way…or that New York City rents would be so high. Monica and Rachel were lucky to live in a $200 a month rent controlled apartment, but the reality is that the rent in the building the friends on Friends lived in would be a whole lot higher.
The interior shots of the apartment were obviously a soundstage, but the exterior shots are easy to spot if you’re in the West Village. Located at 90 Bedford Street, the apartment building features 22 one-bedroom units, each at an average rent of $3,500 a month, give or take a few hundred dollars.
32. The Notebook – $1.277 Million
Is there anything more romantic than building a house for the woman you love (even though you’re not together and she might be marrying another man)? That’s what Noah does for his true love Allie, in the tear-jerker The Notebook, and for hopeless romantics everywhere – you can actually visit the South Carolina home.
One of many homes on Martins Point Plantation, a 900-acre property located on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, the house built by Ryan Gosling (we know he didn’t actually, but it’s fun to pretend) has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and spans a spacious 4,255-square-feet. According to real estate experts, the home would cost roughly $1.227 million.
33. A Christmas Story – $150,000
For a house as iconic as Ralphie’s childhood home in A Christmas Story, whoever purchased the Ohio house got it for a song. The house had been listed on eBay back in 2005 with an opening bid of $99,000, before being bought by Brian Jones for $150,000. Since then, Jones has turned the house into a tourist hotspot and open for guests.
Up to 6 A Christmas Story fanatics can stay in the Cleveland house with bookings beginning at $395 a night and changing with the season (we’d imagine rates rise around Christmastime). You can even rent the room with Ralphie and Randy’s twin beds — just don’t shoot your eye out!
34. Groundhog’s Day – $645,000
Anyone who has seen Groundhog Day has seen this Victorian mansion over, and over, and over again, thanks to the time loop lead character Phil (played perfectly by Bill Murray) is stuck in. The bed-and-breakfast the fictional Phil stays in is actually a nonfictional bed-and-breakfast in real life — you can stay there too!
The historic manor was built in 1895, and operates as a quaint little inn in Woodstock, Illinois. Whether you’re looking to become the owner of the bed-and-breakfast, or make it into a fabulous family home, potential buyers would have to pony up a pretty penny to purchase — the house was most recently listed at $645,000.
35. Amityville Horror – $850,000
Do you believe in ghosts? If so, then this next house might not be for you, but surely someone out there isn’t afraid of the tainted history behind the Amityville Horror house. Located in Amityville, on Long Island, New York, the supposedly haunted house has hit the market as recently as 2016.
Ghost stories aside, the Amityville house has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a boathouse, and covers a vast 5,000-square-feet. And if that isn’t enticing enough for potential buyers, previous owners replaced those eerily glowing windows. So who’s ready to shell out $850,000 for the probably-not-haunted-but-who-knows house?
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