What’s better than kicking back and watching a great movie? Looking at the houses in those movies, duh! There are so many great film homes out there that are iconic. But, in some cases, they’re not just iconic…they’re privately owned! Often, movie homes are just sets built on studio backlots. However, there are some really cool houses from some of your favorite movies that you could own. Let’s spotlight some awesome homes in Iconic Real Estate: 4 Famous Movie Houses.
Halloween might be over, but the legacy of John Carpenter’s Halloween never ends. The movie has millions of dedicated fans, spawned numerous sequels, and led to one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. The horror classic has legions of rabid fans who go to horror conventions and travel to Pasadena to check out the filming locations. As far as famous movie houses go, this is the scariest. The spooky house that the entire town of Haddonfield fears is one of the most famous movie houses of all time. It is a creepy, dilapidated, and likely soon to be condemned by the city if anyone could pluck up the courage to go inside. The house has quite the interesting history since the filming of Halloween. The house was originally located on 709 Meridian Ave. S. Pasadena, Ca. 91030. Yeah, not in Illinois. Sorry to ruin the magic. Then, the house was literally picked up and moved a few blocks over to 1000 Mission St. S. Pasadena, Ca. 91030. The home now functions as a business office, and it looks completely different from the rundown and terrifying Myers home.
Home Alone (1990)
Who doesn’t love Christmas? Good vibes, presents, and setting Micro Machine traps for burglars. Home Alone, at one point the highest grossing movie of all time, is a perennial Christmas favorite that has been beloved for 25 years now. Outside of Kevin McCallister, the Home Alone house is the best character in the movie. It is easy to see why the Wet Bandits considered it to be the crown jewel of their thieving careers. The house is huge, clocking in at 4,243 square feet. It’s so big that the family who owned the home was able to live in another wing of the house while filming took place. The home one of the most famous movie houses, is located at 671 Lincoln Ave in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago, sold for $875,000 back in 1988. Then, in 2012, it sold again for a whopping 1.58 million. My new life goal is to make enough money to own this house and make myself feel awesome and superior. Then, I can go down the stairs in a toboggan out the front door. Unfortunately, the house has lost a lot of its old school red aesthetic and it looks more “modern” now. Check out the pictures and the home tour from its 2012 listing!
A Christmas Story (1983)
I know it’s only November 4th, but I’m fully pumped for Christmas and I have to stick with this Christmas theme for right now. A Christmas Story is THE Christmas movie. With 24 hour marathons, leg lamp replicas, and a lot of Italians saying “Frah-gee-lay,” this movie will live on for centuries. But it’s not just the movie that will live on for decades. The iconic home from the film has been converted into a fully functional museum. The home, located on 3159 W 11th Street in Cleveland, OH, last sold in 2005 for just $150,000. The landmark was restored to its appearance in the movie and that investment has surely paid off by now, especially with its $10 cover charge. The house looks incredible inside, and I highly recommend checking out all the pictures if you can’t make it there in person.
Back to the Future (1985)
Who doesn’t love Back to the Future? It has it all. Time travel? Check. A crazy scientist? Check. Huey Lewis and the News? Double check. Now, unlike the other movies, the house really isn’t something important to fans of the film. The DeLorean is obviously the centerpiece of the movie. But think about it, so many important things happen in that house. You see very early how broken Marty McFly’s family is, which prompts the huge payoff with all the positive changes at the end of the movie. Plus, we might Biff and say goodbye to Biff at the house. That’s some pretty heavy stuff. The house, 9303 Roslyndale Ave in Arleta, CA, still looks almost the same. It is a private residence, which I’m sure can be frustrating with all the crazed Back to the Future looky loos. But, don’t go bother them. Just look at this picture and save yourself the trouble.
So there you have it. Four of the coolest movie houses of all time. It was a little bit holiday centric, but holidays are awesome. We’ll be continuing this series of Iconic Real Estate with other topics and more movies. Hopefully you enjoyed this Famous Real Estate: Movie Edition. If you have any famous movie houses you want to see on a future list, be sure to let us know and we’ll get you that info! See, now isn’t real estate more exciting than you thought?