15 Most Iconic Movie and TV Houses of All Time
The Tanner townhouse isn’t the only home made famous by a well-known, fictional family. Turns out, there are plenty of picture-perfect, as-seen-on-screen homes of which you can get a real-life close-up.
You see, most of these instantly-recognizable abodes don’t actually sit on a studio lot. So tell us, how many of these 15 iconic movie and TV homes would you be able to spot if you passed them on the street?
1. Father of the Bride
According to George Banks, Steve Martin’s character in Father of the Bride, “This house is warm in the winter, cool in the summer and looks spectacular with Christmas lights. It’s a great house and I never want to move.” And we would agree, along with just about anyone who’s caught even one scene of the flick. You may, however, be surprised to hear that more than one house was used in the making of the film.
The movie’s backyard scenes, including the famous father-daughter basketball scene, were shot at a house in Alhambra, California, which sold for just under $2 million in 2016. The stunning exterior shots of the house, though, were filmed in Pasadena, California.
Next: This show features not one, not two, but three real-life homes.
2. Modern Family
From Jay and Gloria’s modern mansion to Phil and Claire’s comfortable family home, to Mitchell and Cam’s stunning apartment building, Modern Family features some impressive homesteads. And while most scenes take place inside a studio, the exterior shots of those three familiar homes are, in fact, very real homes belonging to very real people.
The Dunphy residence is located in Los Angeles near Century City, about two miles from where the show is taped. And Mitchell and Cam’s place? Well, that’s even closer. Their duplex is located in Century City, just down the street from where the show is taped.
Furthermore, the real-life home used to depict Gloria and Jay’s mansion doesn’t look too shabby, either. According to Architectural Digest, “While the majority of the filming is done on a soundstage, the exterior of the Pritchett house is a two-story contemporary home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.”
Next: The home exterior featured in this sitcom was on the other side of the country.
Sure, the “show about nothing” took place in the Big Apple, but the well-known exterior of the apartment building in which Jerry and Kramer lived was actually in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles Magazine, the building is known as the Shelley in real life. “Said to be at 129 W. 81st Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the site actually stands about 2,500 miles west at 757 S. New Hampshire Avenue in Koreatown,” the publication writes.
Next: With the wrong address, it’d be difficult to actually “be there for you.”
Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Rachel lived in a building located at 495 Grove Street. That address, however, is actually in Brooklyn, not Greenwich Village. The building exterior we saw in every episode is located between Grove Street and Bedford Street.
And for anyone who just can’t let go of their Friends obsession, they can visit the place.
Next: This character sure did love his basement.
5. Wayne’s World
While most folks would only recognize the basement — the place where Wayne spent the majority of his time — die hard fans of this cult classic will recognize even the exterior of this home. Although the movie was set in Aurora, Illinois, Wayne’s home base was actually a house in Van Nuys, California.
And his best bud, Garth? Well, his house was right across the street, although it’s been remodeled since.
Next: The backyard pool scene may be more memorable than the front of the house.
6. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Any true fan of this coming-of-age tale would instantly recognize Brad and Stacey’s house. If you don’t, then perhaps the image of the backyard — with the infamous Phoebe Cates pool scene — will jog your memory.
Oh, now you remember? We thought so. The scene was, in fact, a major highlight in most teenage boys’ lives when they first saw it.
Next: We wonder if the home is as clean in real life as it had to be on TV.
7. Full House
The Tanner house is undoubtedly the most famous abode on the San Francisco block. Tourists and locals alike flock to the popular locale in hopes of getting a little dose of childhood nostalgia. And nostalgia they will get, because the home’s address is quite easy to find.
Next: This teenage classic had no shortage of expensive properties.
8. Beverly Hills, 90210
Perhaps we have Beverly Hills, 90210 to thank for the birth of the soap-drama-for-teens genre. Or perhaps the show is to blame for every teen across the country begging their parents to pick up and head to the Gold Coast so they, too, could live out the California dream of high schoolers driving Jaguars.
Whatever the case, that’s neither here nor there. What is memorable about the ’90s hit is the stunning Walsh abode said to be located in (duh) Beverly Hills. However, the actual house is located in Altadena, in the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Next: The producers of this hit sitcom found a home that was appropriate for the show’s time period.
9. The Wonder Years
Set in the late ’60s and early ’70s, The Wonder Years instantly gained a loyal fan base. And naturally, the setting of the show didn’t hurt, either. Over the course of the show’s six-season run, viewers were rooting for Kevin Arnold as he experienced day-to-day life as a kid growing up in suburbia.
Although we never knew which neck of the woods, in particular, the Arnolds called home, we do know where their house was in real life — in Burbank, California.
Next: The home in the first episode doesn’t match the home seen in the rest of the series.
10. Mad Men
Mad Men is considered to be one of the greatest shows of all time. But regardless of the amount of praise the show received for its historical accuracy and fascinating story lines, there’s one thing the show’s producers didn’t get right. And that was the exterior shot of Don Draper’s home following the pilot episode.
Although the home was said to have been in Ossining, New York, the Draper residence — before Don and Betty split — is actually in Pasadena, California. But the house featured in the pilot episode? Well, that was a Colonial in New Rochelle, NY.
Next: Everyone knows this family-friendly classic.
11. The Brady Bunch
You don’t have to have been born before 1969 — when the show first aired –to know what The Brady Bunch is. In fact, the show, which is regarded as an American cultural icon, saw most of its success only after it went into syndication.
Whether you watched it during its original run or have since caught rerun episodes, one thing’s for sure: The Brady home clearly fit the bill of what producers were going for. According to List25, “The producers of the show picked the Studio City home because it looked relatable and middle-class.”
Next: A familiar story line takes to TGIF programming in the 90s.
12. Step by Step
While Step by Step may not have had the same kind of following as Seinfeld, the show’s audience is certainly the same as that of Full House. Because nobody loved Friday nights more than ’90s kids living in the heyday of ABC’s TGIF programming.
The show’s famous exterior was home to the modern day, less polite version of a Brady Bunch style blended family. And although the Foster-Lambert brood was supposed to live in Wisconsin, the home we saw was in South Pasadena, California.
Next: Moving to California was the right choice.
13. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
If The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air taught us anything, it’s that we chose the wrong extended family. Will Smith, however, chose just right.
Born and raised on the rough streets of Philadelphia, Smith’s character on the show was sent to live with his aunt and uncle in California. And his digs? Well, they were something to talk about. Furthermore, the mansion featured on the show’s opening credits is located in Brentwood, not Bel-Air.
Next: This once scary home is a nightmare no more.
14. A Nightmare on Elm Street
This ’80s slasher movie is not for the faint of heart. In fact, most find it downright terrifying. So, would you believe the house featured in the film is, in fact, a real-life family home? Imagine that.
The once-creepy red-door home isn’t so creepy anymore, though. Surprisingly enough, the Los Angeles abode sold for $2.1 million in 2013 after a major renovation.
Next: This home needs no introduction.
15. Home Alone
Everyone knows this stunning home — it’s where the McCallister clan shoved their faces full of pizza the night before they left for Paris. Most notably, it was the scene of the crime when little Kevin McCallister schooled a couple of knuckle head burglars. And that home sure is a beauty.
The house is located just outside of Chicago in Winnetka, Illinois. According to Realtor.com, the property was last sold in 2012 for just over $1.5 million, and is currently valued at $1.945 million. Although the house has gone through some changes since the movie was filmed, we just hope those damn jockeys are still there for the pizza delivery guy to knock over.
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