Have you ever wanted to visit the house or apartment from your favorite movie or TV show? Want to swing by The Brady Bunch abode, rent out The Sleepless in Seattlehouseboat, or have tea at the Downton Abbey castle? Well, it’s not only possible, it’s as easy as putting the the addresses of these famous movie houses into your GPS!
Granted, some of those homes aren’t real (sorry to break it to you, but Tara from Gone with the Wind doesn’t actually exist) and others have been destroyed, but this list highlights some of the most iconic locations in cinematic and television history.
Sometimes a film or TV house becomes a character unto itself, such as the estate in Poltergeist or the home in Home Alone. And other times, the famous houses from films and TV are just so beautiful (or quirky) that they leaves a lasting imprint on your memory. These are those famous homes!
The “Home Alone” House
This red-brick Georgian home located in Winnetka, a suburb of Chicago, IL, sold for $1.85 million this year, despite the threat of those Wet Bandits. To see the McAllisters’ home for your own eyes, head to 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka.
The “Full House” House
“Everywhere you look” in Alamo Square in San Francisco, you can see the famous Full House intro shots. These houses are called “The Painted Ladies” and were used to establish the show, but none of them were the actual house where the Tanners “lived.”
If you’re REALLY interested in checking out the actual house, it’s located at 1709 Broderick Street about a one mile walk from the Painted Ladies. Bob Saget returned to the house in 2013 and said the experience was “creepy.”
The “Fresh Prince” House
From 1990 to 1996, guests saw the Bel Air house that represented a new (and rich) life for Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Ironically, the house isn’t even in Bel Air, but located in the posh area of Brentwood instead. 251 N. Bristol Avenue, to be exact. You can swing by and check out the house whenever you’re in the neighborhood, but don’t expect Geoffrey to answer the door.
The “Psycho” House
Perhaps the most iconic house in cinema history, the Bates Mansion was the creepy house on the hill where Norman Bates “kept” his mother in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. Now it’s featured on the show Bates Motel (a duplicate facade) but the original still stands on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, where guests can view it on studio tours. Check out Universal Studios to sign up for a tour.
The “Brady Bunch” House
Want to see the actual Brady Bunch house? It’s located at 11222 Dilling Street in North Hollywood, California! Producers picked the Studio City home because it looked relatable and middle-class. Though after the show’s filming, the then owner of the house had to put up a fence because so many fans were walking all over the property. In July 2018, the house was put up for sale for $1.885 million.
The “Forrest Gump” House
That big Southern house that Forrest Gump grew up in (then eventually returned to) just seemed like the most comforting, relaxing house ever, didn’t it? Bad news… it’s fake! Yes, the house was built in South Carolina for the film (though it was supposed to be in Alabama), and since it was not built to code, it was immediately torn down after the film’s production.
The “Downton Abbey” Castle
Highclere Castle is where the hit BBC show Downton Abbey is filmed. The castle is open to the public during the summer for tours where you can have tea like an Earl or a Countess.
Owned by the Carnarvon family, the castle is located in Newbury, West Berkshire, United Kingdom. Fun fact – Julian Fellowes wrote the show with this castle specifically in mind!
The “Amityville Horror” House
The authorities in Amityville actually denied permission to film the classic horror tale in Amityville, so the filmmakers actually shot the movie Toms River, New Jersey. Located at 18 Brooks Drive, this house proved to be a character in itself throughout the film.
And though those creepy eye-like bay windows helped personify the evil that may have been lurking in the house. Today, the new owners actually have taken them out and painted the entire home a light blue. Check out Moviefone for some new pics!
The “Ferris Bueller” House
Perhaps one of the coolest cribs ever, Cameron’s house in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which housed the famous red convertible) is indeed a real place! And it sold in 2014 for $1.06 million. The property is in Highland Park, Illinois and features adjustable walls and separate units, but it still had trouble reaching the $2.3 million asking price.
The home was designed by A. James Speyer in 1953 in the style of Ludwidg Mies van der Rohe. You can also visit Ferris Bueller’s own house at 4160 Country Club Drive in Long Beach, California.
The Durselys House from “Harry Potter”
As of September 2016, 4 Privet Drive (actually Picket Post Close, which is just as quaint and English, truth be told), is for sale. If you’ve got £475,000 (about $617,000) lying around, the Dursleys home from the Harry Potter film franchise could be yours. The house sits in the village of Martins Heron, a suburb 25 miles west of London.
The company selling the property, Chancellors, arranged a launch on September 24, due to extremely high demand for the house. Viewings are by appointment only. The Ministry of Magic, meanwhile, has issued a stern warning against the use of magic to manipulate muggles into selling wizards or witches this historic home for less than its worth, or at an unfair advantage to other would be buyers.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, there is a cupboard under the stairs.
The “Goonies” House
Located at in Astoria, OR, the house from The Goonies was a popular tourist attraction, before the current owner got fed up with people tramping all over her property and letting their dogs do their business in her yard.
The “Golden Girls” House
It felt like visiting your grandmother (or four grandmothers) each week when you saw the cozy Miami house from The Golden Girls, right? Well, it wasn’t in Miami. In fact, it’s located at 245 N. Saltair Avenue in Brentwood, California, according to LA Magazine!
It’s true that a replica of the house was built for people to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Residential Street for many years, but that was torn down in 2003.
The “Nightmare on Elm Street” House
That eerie red door made this Los Angeles home perfect for the film A Nightmare on Elm Street! Though it looked a bit dilapidated in the films, it was renovated and sold for over $2 million in 2013! 1428 N. Genessee Avenue is where the famed slasher flick was filmed for Heather Langenkamp’s house (which was supposed to be in Ohio), and it is now a tourist favorite stop.
The “Twilight” House
Located in Portland, Oregon, the Cullen family house is owned by John Hoke, a director of footwear design at Nike. The house was built in 2006 and was completed in 2007, just in time for the first Twilight movie. Wanna check it out? Head to 3462 NW Quimby Street. If you want to see pics of the inside of the house, click here.
The “Munsters” House
One of the most well-known addresses in television history, 1313 Mockingbird Lane is an iconic location. Built on the Universal backlot, the house was originally used for the film So Goes My Love, but was renovated and made Munster mansion for a million dollar price tag.
The house is a highlight in the studio tour, though the second floor was demolished and rebuilt, then used on the hit show Desperate Housewives.
The “Beetlejuice” House
This quirky and creepy house in the middle of nowhere set the tone for 1995’s Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder. Filmed in East Corinth, Vermont, the house was merely a facade built for the movie and torn down immediately after filming. All the interior sets were shot in Culver City, California.
The “Poltergeist” House
Located in Simi Valley, California, the Poltergeist house was handpicked by producer Steven Spielberg because it fit the suburban look he was going for. They even named the area the house was located in “Spielbergia”.
Because the house itself became an evil character, the juxtaposition between “normal” and possessed became a key plot point in the film. The house is located at 4264 Roxbury Street in Simi Valley, CA.
The “Roseanne” House
Representing working class America, the house where the Connors lived on Roseanne was practically the only place we ever saw them. Located at 619 S. Runnymeade Avenue in Evansville, IN, the house is still standing and was on the market in 2013.
The “Seinfeld” Apartment Building
Seinfeld was a quintessential New York show, but ironically the facade used to represent Jerry’s apartment was actually located in Los Angeles! You can see the exterior at 757 New Hampshire Boulevard in Los Angeles (even though it’s supposed to be 129 West 81st Street).
Jerry Seinfeld himself used to live on 81st street, which explains the address, but apparently, they just liked the look of the LA building better. Check out NY Tix for other locations from the show and tour info.
The “Wonder Years” House
Kevin Arnold’s house from The Wonder Years is located at 516 University Avenue in Burbank, California. You couldn’t help but feel nostalgic every time you saw that house, which perfectly represented old school middle America. Amazingly, the residence was last sold in 1987, which means that the same family who owned it during The Wonder Years years still owns it today!
The “Christmas Vacation” House
Clark Griswold once said: “All my life I’ve wanted to have a big family Christmas.” And so it happened in 1989’s National Lampoon Christmas Vacation, where the entire family came over for the holiday, and Clark lit up the home so you could see it from space.
The home, however, was just an altered abode on the Warner Brothers backlot in California. It rests on Blondie Street and has been adapted for other films including Lethal Weapon, Pleasantville and Bewitched.
The “Twilight” House
Twilight fans can find the modest home protagonist Bella Swan lived in with her father in St. Helens, Oregon. In August 2018, the house went up for sale for $349,900.
The “Sleepless in Seattle” Houseboat
In 2014, the houseboat where Tom Hanks and his son lived in 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle sold for $2 million buckeroos and is now used as a part-time vacation rental! The beautiful floating houseboat, which is located at the end of a story-book dock with a flower-lined entry off of Westlake Avenue North in Lake Union, is one of the most iconic properties in Seattle.
You can take a “ride the ducks” water tour of the area and float by the famous home.
The “Gone With the Wind” House
Even the last lines of the film reference the famous movie plantation when Scarlett proclaims, “Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all… tomorrow is another day.” Unfortunately, Tara was not a real home but a set built in Culver City, California! Gone With the Wind producer David Selznick once said, “It is almost symbolic of Hollywood.
Tara has no rooms inside. It was just a façade. So much of Hollywood is a façade.” The closest you can get to seeing Tara up-close these days would be to check out one man’s journey to recreate the home!
The “Great Outdoors” House
This 1988 classic starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd is known for its laughs… and for the awesome cabin that the families stayed in. Also featured on the show Coach, this cabin was built specifically for the The Great Outdoors but now rests on the Universal Studios backlot, right near the War of the Worlds crash site. Take the Universal Studios Hollywood tour to see it with your own eyes.
The “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” House
Who didn’t want to live in the Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure house with all the gadgets like the pancake maker or cereal spiller? Not to mention the fish tank windows! The house actually exists and is located at 1846 Oxley Street in South Pasadena, California.
Granted, the toys from 1985 are all gone and the house looks pretty drab in comparison, but it’s still there and accessible for a photo op. Check out some never-before-seen photos on Pee Wee’s own blog to celebrate the 30th anniversary!
The “North by Northwest” House
North by Northwest is one of Hitchcock’s most famous films, and the house on the hill that Cary Grant sneaks into before running amok all over Mount Rushmore is one of cinema’s most famous locations. The Vandamm House, as it was called (named after James Mason’s character), unfortunately does not exist.
It was an elaborate film set that was digitally placed on Mt. Rushmore. Hitchcock wanted the home to be not just impossibly luxurious, but also familiar– a requirement that couldn’t be met by any real-life location.
The “Dexter” Apartment
Wanna see where Dexter himself lived? Go to the apartment building at 1155 103rd Street in Miami, Florida. While in the show, Dexter’s apartment is located in fictional “Palm Terrace,” in reality, the condo community is the Bay Harbor Club. His specific apartment was #6B. Though all the interiors were mostly shot in Los Angeles, check out The Huffington Post to see what real life Miami locations were used in the show.
The “Nights in Rodanthe” House
Though the house was more memorable than the actual movie, the gorgeous, old beach home on platforms in 2008’s Nights in Rodanthe starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere left audiences pining to spend a night there. The name of the house is Serendipity and it was located on the outer edge of Pea Island Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Built it the 1980’s, the house was left dilapidated after the film until a couple purchased it and literally moved it further inland. You can even rent out the vacation home if you want to have a romantic getaway.
The “Notting Hill” Apartment
If you’re a fan of Notting Hill, then you remember the apartment Hugh Grant lived in, complete with the big blue door (which often had paparazzi outside of it searching for Julia Roberts’s character). Believe it or not, that was the real life apartment of the film’s screenwriter Richard Curtis!
The interiors were shot on a sound stage, but the actual building front is at 80 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London. After the film Curtis sold the house and earned quite a profit.
The “Desperate Housewives” House
Wysteria Lane: suburban, picturesque, and totally fake. Yup, Wisteria Lane actually exists inside Universal Studios Hollywood on the road “Colonial Street,” an area that has been used for many movies and TV shows including Leave It To Beaver, Gremlins, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you want to see Wisteria Lane up close, just take the Universal Studios backlot tour.