Memorable lines and quirky characters aren’t the only things that film fanatics love about their favorite flicks. Sometimes, a movie’s setting is just as beloved! For instance, most people would immediately recognize the McAllister residence from Home Alone or Cameron’s glass-walled garage from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Believe it or not, many of your favorite movie houses aren’t on a set—they’re real places that you can actually visit. Some of them are even for sale! Here are some little-known facts about the most famous houses in movie history…
1. Home Alone: The massive, Colonial-style home where Macaulay Culkin outsmarted the burglars in this Christmas favorite is located in Illinois. In 2012, the brick beauty sold for a little over $1.5 million.
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Anyone who’s seen this 1980s John Hughes classic remembers when Cameron caused his dad’s Ferrari to nosedive out the window of the glass garage. But did you know that this Highland Park, Illinois, home actually sold for $1.2 million in 2014?
3. Forrest Gump: This Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field takes place in Georgia, but Forrest’s country home is actually located in South Carolina. With the Spanish moss hanging from those trees, it’s easy to recognize!
4. The Lord of the Rings: This epic series was filmed throughout New Zealand, and the North Island was completely reconstructed for the fictional Hobbit community. If you’re ever visiting this gorgeous country, you can explore the movie set!
5. Edward Scissorhands: This beloved Tim Burton film takes place in a neighborhood that feels so cookie-cutter, you’d never guess it’s a real community located five miles outside of Tampa, Florida!
6. Twilight: If you’re a Millennial, then you know all about the Twilight craze that took over the world when the movies came out. Edward Cullen’s home in the film actually belongs to John Hoke, the director of Nike footwear design.
7. The Holiday: This 2006 comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet featured a cozy little cottage that people fell in love with. However, the structure was actually designed solely for the movie by the production crew.
8. A Christmas Story: Fans of this holiday staple often make the pilgrimage to Ralphie’s house to relive some of the film’s most iconic moments. Visitors can snap a photo with the famous leg lamp, and right across the street is a museum full of movie memorabilia!
9. The Notebook: If you’re ever visiting South Carolina, make your way to the Martin Point Plantation to see the actual house that Ryan Gosling’s character renovates in this tear-jerking romance film.
10. Nights of Rodanthe: This film, which stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane, centers around an inn that’s located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You can even rent a room of you visit!
11. Up: Although it’s an animated film, the house that floats away due to the balloons is actually based on the real-life home of a woman named Edith Macefield who turned down a million dollar offer from a potential buyer.
12. Harry Potter: Author J.K. Rowling wanted to use this particular home in Berkshire, England, as the location of the Dursley house on 4 Privet Drive because it reminder her of her childhood home in Winterbourne, England.
13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The townhouse from this classic Audrey Hepburn movie is located on East 71st Street in Manhattan, New York, and it eventually sold for $7.4 million! Today, you can still picture Holly Golightly walking up its steps.
14. Iron Man: Tony Stark’s home in these superhero movies is nothing short of a modern marvel. This 11,000-square-foot home is located near San Diego, California; it was listed in 2014 for a whopping $117.2 million!
15. The Lake House: The lake home from the romantic film starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, unfortunately, doesn’t exist. It was built for the film and taken down after shooting was finished.
16. The Last Song: In this romance, Miley Cyrus spent some time at Liam Hemsworth’s home, which was a plantation-style structure surrounded by lush landscaping. His “home” was actually the Wormsloe Historic Site located in Georgia.
17. The Big Lebowski: James Goldstein is a billionaire and self-appointed NBA “superfan” who owned the extravagant home that belonged to character Jackie Treehorn in this cult classic. He eventually donated it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
18. The Great Gatsby: You’ll be happy to know that perhaps the most iconic home in all of film does exist! The Great Gatsby‘s 87-year-old stone mansion is located in an old-money community in King’s Point, Long Island.
19. The Godfather: This legendary Beverly Hills palace has housed the likes of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst and John and Jackie Kennedy. In 2016, it was on the market for $115 million, but don’t worry; it comes without the severed horse head.
20. Sleepless in Seattle: This adorable home sits on Lake Union in Seattle, and fans of the movie love paying a visit. If you have the money and you’re ready to spend it, the house can be all yours for $2.5. million.
It’s so cool to know that you can visit some of the actual homes that were featured in the movies you love. The others will always exist on the silver screen.
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