Top 10 Most Memorable MOVIE HOUSES
We’ve seen the insides of them so many times that we often feel like we grew up in them. These ten most memorable movie houses are unique Hollywood abodes that we simply cannot forget, not that we’d want to! While some of them are fantastical reproductions courtesy of a sound stage, we’ll be sure you know which of these great dwellings you can still visit today!
Keep the change, ya filthy animal! We can think of no other Hollywood home that deserves the number one spot as much as the McCallister mansion of the 1990 holiday classic, Home Alone. McCaulay Culkin’s fun-loving Kevin makes use of every inch of the massive house, even the haunting boiler room in the dark basement. The booby-trapped house is gorgeous and massive from the outside and even more-so in the very-90’s interior. The large master bedroom, attic bedroom, and multiple living spaces play host to our favorite scenes from this slapstick holiday favorite. Located at 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois, the home may have an entirely redecorated interior but the exterior is pretty much just as we remember it.
While the iconic stretch of motel rooms stole the show of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror thriller Psycho with one chocolate-syrup filled scene, the looming Victorian completes and amplifies the uneasy personality of Norman Bates, portrayed by Anthony Perkins. The memorable mansion, which sits on Universal Studios Hollywood’s backlot, is clearly sending a message to the viewer, that there’s something definitely wrong with the Bates’ family even before Marion Crane’s untimely departure. From Perkins’ voice echoing from the top floor screaming about blood, to a mother that we assume is real, to the film’s big reveal, the Psycho house adds the perfect backdrop to Hitchcock’s masterpiece.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Many homes wind up taking the center stage of holiday-themed movies, such as the humble Parker home of A Christmas Story, but the Griswold home of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is about as memorable as they come. From the squirrel chase to the climactic Christmas close, we get a full tour of the Griswald household and get to soak in every bit of the 80’s that decorates the studio-built interior. That’s right, to relive the best moments of the Griswald holiday and recapture the beauty of this suburban abode, you’ll be traveling to the Warner Bros. Ranch backlot in Burbank, California.
The 1941 classic Citizen Kane follows the legacy of Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy newspaper publisher with an affinity for his childhood sled and a home that some would immediately think belongs to Count Dracula. The large home, built on a private mountain in the deserts of the Gulf Coast in Florida, calls back to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, especially as Kane parallels the real life publisher William Randolph Hearst. The gloomy Kane estate, Xanadu, serves as the opening shot of the film and gives immediate insight into the movie’s namesake character and the state of his life. The shadow of Xanadu looms in the distance and serves as the setting for the opening and closing scenes of the film. To visit the castle that served as Xanadu’s exterior, Kane-fanatics will need to trek to Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.
Father of the Bride (1991)
We loved watching Steve Martin learning to grow as a father of his cherished daughter, but the large abode that played host to the Banks family was equally as memorable. Though George Banks’ connection to the home doesn’t really play a central role until the follow-up, Father of the Bride II, it’s the first, more successful movie that first let us into the beautiful colonial where George watched his daughter, Annie, grow. The grand building, which tops out at around 4,400-square-feet or 408-square-meters, was a great setting for the hectic wedding. The real home at 500 N. Almansor St. in Pasadena, CA was listed in 2016 for $1.998 million and is still standing. Just don’t trample the pansies!
The Amityville Horror
It all began with 6 gunshots and the murders of the entire DeFeo family at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. Ronald DeFeo had murdered his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters before walking down to Henry’s Bar to confess to his crimes. The house became a focal point of the murders, especially after the Lutz family claimed to have witnessed extreme supernatural events that led to the 1977 book by Jay Anson and subsequent Stuart Rosenberg film. The two-story Long Island home became synonymous with evil thanks to the 1979 movie, drawing in gawkers that still seek out the home. Multiple renovations have long since removed much of the home’s creepier features, such as the menacing top floor windows and older-styled exterior facing.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
The 1999 remake of the Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill may have largely taken place in an old asylum, but the original stayed true to the name and unfolded entirely in a haunted house on a hill. Or, rather, a house on a haunted hill. Either way, the location of the Mayan-inspired Ennis-Brown House proved to be the perfect site for William Castle’s spook-tastic horror romp of 1959 and remains a horror icon today. The house still stands at 2607 Glendower Avenue in Los Angeles, California, though has since achieved landmark status. You can still observe it from afar and remember iconic scenes from inside the house such as the old, gray-haired spook that threw early scream-queen Carolyn Craig into a screeching fit.
Iconic music, an unforgettable masked killer, the screaming talents of Jamie Lee Curtis – the original Halloween had it all, including three set pieces that horror fans are sure to remember inside-and-out. It’s arguable which of three homes lingers in viewers’ minds longer, but we have to go with the home that started it all – the blood soaked Myer house. Our introduction to the 1890’s abode, originally located at 707 Meridian Avenue in South Pasadena, California, was through the eyes of the youthful killer, slinking around darkened rooms before confronting his bare-chested sister with a kitchen knife. The Myer house became a haunted legend in Haddonfield and one of Hollywood’s most memorable homes. Unfortunately, the actual structure has since been moved and turned into a chiropractor’s office.
The Addams Family
Whether you’re a fan of the television show or the movies, the Addams Family mansion at 001 Cemetery Lane has always been an imposing house with an unexpected, creepy attractiveness to it. The striking structure was not your average single-family home, having multiple levels of unkempt madness that sported up to 30 different rooms, including a laboratory, a dungeon complete with torture devices, a bottomless pit, a vault, and a plethora of secret passages and underground tunnels. The original televised home once stood at 21 Chester Place in Los Angeles, California, but has since been replaced by a track and field.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
You may be thinking “Ferris Bueller’s house wasn’t really that memorable, but the suburban home of the Bueller family is not our focus. Instead, we’re talking about the glass house that Cameron Frye and his unforgiving father lived in. Known in real life as the Ben Rose house, the glass structure is a forest retreat in Highland Park, Illinois that came with a multi-million-dollar price tag, recently selling in 2014 for just over $1 million despite being listed at $2.3 million. While much of the money was spent outside of the abode, it was home to one of the film’s most memorable scenes, where Ferris hypothesizes that the mileage they put on Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder can be taken off by running the car in reverse, having disastrous results.