7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy

By Carrie Kirby on 30 December 2016 0 comments

It could be the ultimate in fandom: You've seen the movie, you've had the poster autographed by the star — now move into the set.

When a real home is used for a film or television show, chances are that it will eventually go up for sale. That's when you, the fan, gets the chance to pore over photos in the real estate listing, tour the place, or even purchase it.

Hope you've been saving up: With only one exception, the famous houses I found on the market are all asking over a million bucks. On the upside for shoppers, being a movie or TV star doesn't seem to confer a premium to these homes. Some have been on the market a long time and seem reasonably priced for their neighborhoods and features.

1. Twilight

Featured as the Cullen family house in the movie Twilight: New Moon, this 5,000-square-foot contemporary mansion is located in West Vancouver. As of 2010, the asking price was $2.7 million, and it sat on the market for years. Perhaps home shoppers feel a little unease at sleeping in bedrooms once occupied by fictional vampires?

2. Sixteen Candles

Who could forget Molly Ringwald pouting on the staircase while her family ignored her 16th birthday? Those John Hughes movie families always had some nice homes in the northern Chicago suburbs, and the one in which that scene played out is no exception: six bedrooms, five bathrooms, gorgeous (not 1980s original, thank goodness) kitchen. With an asking price of $1.4 million, it likely stands out in its Evanston neighborhood, where the average property value is under $400,000.

3. Boy Meets World

Located not in Philadelphia, where this teen comedy show was set, but in Studio City, California. This 2,500-square-foot Cape Cod is on the block for $1.5 million — after a $100,000 price cut.

4. Miracle on 34th Street

Another Hughes mansion, the yellow house featured in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street has been on and off the market for more than a year. Its most recent asking price was $2.8 million, and Zillow says it's worth $500,000 more. Located in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, the five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot palace has seven and a half bathrooms. If you buy this one, better ask about a full-time cleaning crew.

5. The Bodyguard and City of Angels

Lake Tahoe is known more as a getaway for San Francisco techies than a movie filming location, but this $6 million, five-bedroom "cabin" has starred in two. Even some of the furniture seen in both movies appears in the listing photos.

6. In the Heat of the Night

If you are old enough to remember Carroll O'Connor playing a police chief on this drama series, you might recognize this 1886 five-bedroom home, which O'Connor's character purchased and lived in during the course of the show. Because of its location in a small Georgia town, the seller is asking only $437,000, a price reduction of more than $60,000.

7. The Godfather

Don Corleone thought this mansion was a good enough location for his daughter's wedding, so this Staten Island "mini-mansion" should be good enough for you to lounge in its "man cave" or alongside the backyard pool. The five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot home has gone through multiple price reductions and was last listed at $2.3 million before being taken off the market. Since no sale has been recorded, it's safe to assume the house could still be purchased if you make the right offer. I think you know the kind of offer I'm talking about.

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