How Much 14 Famous Movie Homes Would Cost in Real Life
These gorgeous film houses were as big stars as the actors themselves—but did you know you could actually live in them? Using recent sale prices, Zillow estimates, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, and local interest rates, here’s how much you’d shell out to own them. Just be ready for gawking movie fans!
Location: 671 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, Illinois
Estimated price: $1.98 million
20 percent down payment: $396,000
Monthly mortgage: $7,600
You have to wonder how the McCallisters were able to afford to raise their family of five kids in this 4,243-square foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house. But leaving 8-year-old Kevin home when they left for vacation was a lucky twist of fate, as he was able to protect the jaw-dropping property from bungling burglars. Last sold in 2012 for nearly $1.6 million, the red-brick Georgian colonial has been updated from its ’90s Christmas-themed decor. The cheeky listing also noted it has “an attic perfect for sending a small child after having acted like a jerk,” “a grand kitchen perfect for hosting large family pizza parties,” and “master bedroom [with] a beautiful king-sized bed, suited for jumping.” Additional considerations when purchasing this house: You’ll have a “jumbo” loan, a large heating bill due to cold Chicago-area winters, over $38,000 a year in taxes—and you’ll probably want to pay for a home security system. Find out the 22 secrets your real estate agent isn’t telling you.
Father of the Bride
Location: 500 N Almansor St., Alhambra, California
Estimated price: $2.9 million
20 percent down payment: $580,000
Monthly mortgage: $11,413
Get ready for some father-daughter basketball one-on-ones in the backyard court of this stunning 4,397-square foot, five-bedroom, four-bath home. This is the house where they shot the basketball scenes (yes, the hoop is still there) and backyard wedding. The 1925 colonial would be perfect for hosting your child’s future wedding, and, unusual for southern California, features a full basement. It last sold in 2016 for nearly $2 million. Although the front bears a resemblance, the actual exterior used in the film is a different house, located at 843 S El Molino Ave. in nearby Pasadena, which didn’t have a large enough yard for the basketball scenes. That home, last sold in 1999 for $950,000, is worth around $3 million today, and still features the white picket fence seen in the movie. As the titular father, played by Steve Martin, notes in the film: “This house is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and looks spectacular with Christmas lights.” But as with any large house, be prepared for big mortgages and high taxes on both of these properties. You have to see these 28 ridiculous real estate listing photos.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Location: 370 Beech St., Highland Park, Illinois
Estimated price: $1.16 million
20 percent down payment: $232,000
Monthly mortgage: $4,471
The 1986 John Hughes classic didn’t do any favors for this real-life mid-century modern glass-and-steel architectural marvel where Ferris’s friend Cameron lived. Ferris describes the house like this: “If I had to live in that house, I’d probably pray for a disease, too. The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything. Can you appreciate what it must’ve been like for Cameron to be in that joint as a baby?” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, which may be why the house languished on the market for five years while real estate agents asked, “Anyone? Anyone?” The four-bedroom, four-bath, 4,300-square foot property finally sold for just over $1 million in 2014 and has recently been under renovation to fix heating and cooling, among other issues. (The red Ferrari that Cameron put through the garage window was not included in the sale.) The renovations will affect the value; future buyers still have to consider the home’s wooded location during snowy Illinois winters—although the isolation is probably better for privacy when you’re living in a glass box.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Location: 169 E 71st St., New York City
Estimated price: $8.48 million
20 percent down payment: $1.7 million
Monthly mortgage: $47,406
If you’ve got a bunch of Tiffany diamonds on hand, you might be able to pawn them for the dough to buy this iconic brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper East side used for exterior shots of Holly Golightly’s apartment in the 1961 classic film. Standing on the stoop in front of the famous green door, you’d expect Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard to come strolling by at any moment. Inside, the 3,600-square foot, four-bedroom, five-bath townhouse was previously split into two apartments, so the owner could make back a small portion of their monthly mortgage in rent for the garden flat (likely around $3,000 a month). Last sold in 2015 for $7.4 million, the home also features a greenhouse that opens onto a backyard/patio—rare in tight-squeezed Manhattan. But remember: as an owner, you’ll be responsible for salting your stoop during snowstorms, taking out the garbage, and other tasks that apartment dwellers don’t have to worry about. Check out the 13 things you can expect to pay for before buying a house.
Location: 320 Jefferson St., Natchitoches, Louisiana
Estimated price: $715,000
20 percent down payment: $143,000
Monthly mortgage: $2,868
This pre-Civil War colonial was the home of the Eatentons in Steel Magnolias, the ’80s weeper starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and a host of other famed actors. Who can forget Roberts’ Shelby getting ready for her wedding at the home, and later running down the front steps in a shower of flower petals and rice? Last sold at auction in 2013, the 5,700-square foot, six-bedroom, six-bath house is currently set up as a bed and breakfast—which means you don’t actually have to own it to sleep there. “Mostly ladies get together and come over here with their daughters,” owner Dan Dyess told Today about the B&B’s guests. “You won’t believe the number of women who I have met who have named their daughter Shelby.” Historic homes, though, are notorious for needing frequent updating—and finding problems you didn’t even know existed hidden in the walls. So if you have dreams of following in Dyess’ footsteps, remember it might be more work than you anticipate. Find out the costliest home-buying mistakes.
Location: 184 N 6th St., Saint Helens, Oregon
Estimated price: $363,000
20 percent down payment: $72,600
Monthly mortgage: $1,450
If some of the houses on this list are giving you sticker shock, check out the more affordable home of Bella Swan and her dad from the Twilight flicks. “This place is the one spot that a movie fan can directly connect with an actual physical part of the movie,” the previous owner, Dean Koenig, told People. Located about 45 minutes from Portland, the 1935 house, which has four bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a little over 2,000 square feet, just sold in September for $363,000. The upper floor has a gorgeous view of the Columbia River. The interior of the home was styled for the film and Koenig kept their designs—but beware, this “vintage” look might not suit all tastes, and some updating may be in order. Still, it might be worth it to snuggle down in the bedroom where vampire Edward Cullen snuck in to watch Bella sleep. Here are some home improvements that provide the most bang for the buck.
Location: 3022 Payne St., Evanston, Illinois
Estimated price: $1.14 million
20 percent down payment: $228,000
Monthly mortgage: $4,394
You’ll recognize another Chicago-area house as Samantha’s (Molly Ringwald) home from this 1984 teen classic. Built in 1931, the six-bedroom, six-bath, 3,25-square foot colonial sits on a lovely tree-lined street—exactly the type of neighborhood in which you’d hope your kids would grow up (with nary a forgotten birthday in sight). The home has gorgeous period details including fireplaces, wainscoting, and a grand staircase, but has also been updated with a modern kitchen, central air, and other conveniences. The large backyard features an outdoor kitchen and fireplace—but the huge expanse of lawn is going to require professional landscaping care. The home just sold in July for $1.14 million, with the sellers taking a loss from their 2006 pre-bubble purchase price of $1.25 million. Learn the 26 real estate terms you need to know before buying a house.
Sleepless in Seattle
Location: 2460 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle
Estimated price: $3.14 million
20 percent down payment: $628,000
Monthly mortgage: $12,358
It’s one of the most unique houses in movie history. But Tom Hanks’ buoyant abode in the romantic comedy classic Sleepless in Seattle is not a houseboat—although isn’t actually built on land, the “floating house” is permanently hooked up to sewer, water, and electrical, and not meant to be moved. This 2,200-square foot, four-bedroom home was sold off-market in 2014, reportedly for over $2 million, which, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s house price calculator for Seattle, would make it worth over $3 million today. But what’s it like to live over water? In general, you probably won’t feel the home move. But big storms can mean the house may shift, not to mention the damage weather can inflict upon a floating home that’s not properly battened down. Before purchase, you want to have a diver inspect the bottom, too. Check out 12 of the craziest things ever found during home inspections.
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Location: 4267 Roxbury St., Simi Valley, California
Estimated price: $750,215
20 percent down payment: $150,043
Monthly mortgage: $2,909
Although the original 1982 Poltergeist may be a criticism of modern real estate development, this property is actually in a lovely neighborhood, and—as far as we know—not actually built over a cemetery. At 2,373 square feet with four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, the home was built in 1979, just in time for director Steven Spielberg to pick out the property as the exterior of the home in his horror film. “Steven liked that house because it was the end of the road,” production designer Jim Spencer told Yahoo! Movies. “It was a two-story Valley-type mock Tudor and it just fit everything. The neighborhood [was what] we call ‘Spielbergia,’ where E.T. and a couple of his other films were shot. He always wanted to be in normal residential areas.” Although there is a real pool in the backyard, don’t worry: The scenes where skeletons pop out of the mud-filled pit were actually filmed on a sound stage. You have to see these 100 super scary home inspector nightmare photos.
The Big Chill
Location: One Hancock St., Beaufort, South Carolina
Estimated price: $1.99 million
20 percent down payment: $398,000
Monthly mortgage: $7,623
You can dance around to The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” while doing the dishes in the kitchen or cuddle up with an old friend on the wide front porch to re-live scenes from 1983’s The Big Chill at this historic property. In the film, old college buddies gather at Glenn Close and Kevin Kline’s Southern mansion after the death of one of their friends. Called Tidalholm, the 1853 plantation house features incredible plasterwork and other period details. Initially listed on the market for $4.5 million in 2013, it finally sold for $1.76 million in 2017. Not surprisingly, a real estate developer bought the manse, which he said was in need of extensive repairs. “As a real estate guy, I immediately fell in love with the home, its story, and its spectacular natural setting on the Beaufort River,” owner John Tashjian told Today. “We toured the home that day and it stuck with me over time. I stayed in touch with the broker and, a little over a year later, finally negotiated a deal to purchase the home.” As Tashjian no doubt prepared for, buyers would need to assess the cost of home repairs before purchasing a fixer-upper; the post-reno value, though, may make it worth the investment. Also of consideration for this house: the cost of maintaining the vast outdoor space and dock, and flood insurance due to its riverside location. Read about the 10 things people regret overlooking when buying a home.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Location: 1428 N Genesee Ave., Los Angeles
Estimated price: $2.3 million
20 percent down payment: $460,000
Monthly mortgage: $8,774
It may be located on Genesee Ave instead of Elm Street, but this house has the same number: 1428. Recognizable among horror fans as the exterior of Nancy’s house, the 1919 home now sports a blood-red door (the original 1984 film featured a blue door), after undergoing a massive interior renovation. It last sold for its listing price, $2.1 million, in 2013. With 2,700 square feet, three bedrooms, and four baths, it’s a comfortable size but not as huge as some of the other properties on our list for the price. The house does have additional living space—a guest house out back next to the pool—which requires upkeep as well, but could be perfect for families who live with a grandparent or nanny. As long as you’re not worried Freddie Krueger will haunt you in your sleep! Find out the 30 home inspector myths you need to stop believing.
Nights in Rodanthe
Location: 23289 E Beacon Rd., Rodanthe, North Carolina
Estimated price: $888,386
20 percent down payment: $177,677
Monthly mortgage: $3,424
The rambling blue-shuttered beach house where Richard Gere and Diane Lane fell in love in the 2008 romance based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel offers rest and relaxation in the sleepy Outer Banks town of Rodanthe. With six bedrooms, four baths, and 2,933 square feet, it’s the perfect retreat for an extended family—and was actually recently a vacation rental, reportedly bringing in $125,000 a year. Last March, the house went on the market for $1.25 million before selling in August for $875,000. If the home looked in the movie as if it was going to be swallowed up by the sea, don’t worry: In 2010 it was moved to a safer location, but still beachfront—you can even watch it being moved. The owners decorated the home to match the film (interiors were shot on a sound stage), but if shabby chic isn’t your style, updating may be required. Don’t do these things if you want to sell your house.
Location: 2640 Steiner St., San Francisco
Estimated price: $5 million
20 percent down payment: $1 million
Monthly mortgage: $26,874
This large, airy 1893 Victorian holds a special place in fans’ hearts after the death of beloved comic and Mrs. Doubtfire star Robin Williams, who played a divorced man disguising himself as a housekeeper to be closer to his children. Their gorgeous 3,300-square foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home on a corner lot in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood has stately rooms with lovely details such as moldings, leaded glass windows, and turrets. It also boasts a modern kitchen, garage, back terrace, and even views of the bay. The property last sold for $4.15 million in 2016. San Francisco’s notoriously high home prices, though, make it generally a “renters’ city“—and one recent report found the San Francisco area to be the least affordable in the country. So, it’s not surprising that this tony home is out of range for most buyers. On the other hand, these are the 15 best places to move to in the United States (before they get too crowded). Find out if it’s better to rent or buy in your state.
The Money Pit
Location: 199 Feeks Lane, Locust Valley, New York
Estimated price: $4.37 million
20 percent down payment: $874,000
Monthly mortgage: $23,487
This 1986 comedy was the ultimate cautionary tale for home buyers—if the price is too good to be true it probably is, and old mansions can hide decades of neglect within their walls. The 1898 Gilded-Age house used for exterior scenes—such as when Tom Hanks climbs over piles of rubble in front of the mid-reno house—turned out to be an actual money pit for the real-life owners, who bought it for $2.125 million in 2002. “We didn’t realize how bad it was,” owner Rich Makowsky told the New York Times in 2014 when he listed the house for sale at $12.5 million. “The house was falling apart when you went from room to room. We definitely could have done the sequel.” After a major renovation, the manse on Long Island’s North Shore is now in pristine condition, befitting its Gold Coast location. But it’s massive: Eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, eight fireplaces, a six-car garage, pool and pool house, and 5.4 acres. The cost of maintaining such a huge country estate is prohibitive, even if buyers can afford the sale price. That could be why the house didn’t sell; it was re-listed at $5.9 million in January 2018 but is no longer on the market. Check out 15 tricks to help sell your home faster—and for more money.