14 Most Stunning Movie Homes
Movies have a way of capturing the best parts of human imagination. But as it turns out, these famous homes and locations actually exist. Some of the entertainment’s most iconic locations have been even on the realty market or are serving as residences. Enjoy some of the most stunning movie homes.
1. The Ennis House
Made famous from the 1980s cult favorite, Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford, the Ennis House can be found in Los Feliz Hills in Los Angeles, California. The building was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924 for Charles and Mabel Ennis. Such geometric block designs were inspired by Mayan structures in Uxmal, Mexico. Though the house has switched owners throughout the years, a billionaire is rumored to have purchased the land with hopes of refurbishing the building.
2. Oakley Court
If you know the name Dr. Frank N.Furter, you will have no trouble recognizing this place. Oakley Court of Windsor, UK is the setting for some great horror films like The House in Nightmare Park, The Brides of Dracula, and Plague of the Zombies. Originally constructed in 1859, Oakley Court was left in ruins for many years until the neighboring Hammer Film’s Bray Studio saw a wonderful opportunity. The gorgeous Victorian manor might not look like a haunted house in daylight, but over 200 films have actually been filmed here.
3. The Biltmore Estate
Remember the movie Ritchie Rich and that fairy-tale-worthy manor where the main character lived? That would be the phenomenal Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Also known as “America’s Largest Home”, the estate has gardens, vineyards and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains that cannot be topped. You can visit the Biltmore Estate for wine or stay overnight.
4. The Knebworth House
Located in Hertfordshire, UK, this was the setting of the 1989’s Batman. You might be surprised to learn that the Knebworth is also renowned for its history as the home of Edward Bulwer-Lytton and an ongoing stage to rock concerts. The place has its own park, gardens, a playground for children and a “Dinosaur Trail.” If you want to have a wedding in a storybook setting, the Knebworth House Barns are also open for reservation.
5. Hatley Castle
Turns out that the edifice of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-men films is not the work of CGI magic but a real place. The stunning outside of Hatley Castle is spellbinding. If you ever plan on visiting British Columbia, Canada, you can take a side trip to this location and maybe visit one of the most stunning movie homes.
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6. Royal Victorian Manor
The place where Bill Murray stayed in Groundhog Day was not actually from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania but the Royal Victorian Manor from Woodstock, Illinois. The inn sits on the very real 344 Fermont Street. Guess what? It’s open for business.
7. The Scarface Mansion
Ever dreamt of checking out Tony Montana’s mansion? You can! The building can be found in Santa Barbara, California. It is around 10,000 square foot in size and was actually built in 1906 by the architect Bertram Goodhue. At one time you could even rent the mansion for $30,000 a month.
8. The Hoke House
Remember that awesome abode from the Twilight films? Okay, maybe not. But the Cullen’s did have a nice house. No, it’s not in Forks, Washington but in Portland, Oregon. The building was designed and built by Jeff Kovel. Though it was used in the Twilight movies, it was originally something a prototype for various elements. When the house went on the market, it was immediately purchased by the Nike footwear designer John Hoke.
9. The Elrod House
The James Bond film Diamonds are Forever took place at this iconic setting, as have many Playboy magazine shoots. The mansion is located in Palm Springs, California. At 8901 square feet, the structure is considered an architectural marvel. Natural rock formations were incorporated into the overall design, and this element draws art lovers and students from all over for the occasional tour. This is definitely one of the most astonishing movie homes.
10. The Amityville Horror House
There are actually two identical houses in existence. The one used to film the movie is found in Toms River, New Jersey. The true location of the murders still stands at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York. Either place is open for tours pertaining to the history behind the film.
11. The Tenenbaum House
Another house located in New York state. The storybook appeal of this building was what attracted Wes Anderson, director of The Royal Tenenbaums, to use it as the setting. While the address in the movie is false, most of the interior and exterior shots of the house during the movie are not, except for the kitchen. The abode can be found at the corner of 114th Street and 339 Convent Avenue in Harlem, NYC. Just don’t expect to be able to enter, because it is now a private residence.
12. The Odd Life of Timoty Green Victorian Home
This house is so quaint and charming. Despite not being a castle, it is magical. Located in Newnan, Georgia, the building is 5500 square feet in size, has a 3-bedroom guest house, a pool, gazebo, and pond. It was originally built in 1842. Details have been restored and maintained since then, including the trim and stained glass windows.
13. The Sheats Goldstein House
Another fantastic example of architectural prowess. You can find this mansion in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California. Constructed between 1961 and 1963 by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it certainly upholds the man’s vision. John Lautner, the architect, took that vision and applied it by melding organic sandstone into the building. You can see this location in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski and 2003’s Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle.
14. The Tjoloholm Castle
Seen in the 2011 movie Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, this castle can be found in Halland, Sweden. From 1894 to 1904, it was slowly and methodically constructed by the architect Lars Israel Wahlman. Surprisingly, though the outside is quite traditional, the interior was extremely advanced for the early 1900s. The castle featured everything from central heating, electrically-run appliances, and even a horse-drawn vacuum cleaner.
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These are some of the most impressive movie homes that are worth visiting. Even if you can’t enter them, you can at least look at them. Have you ever visited one of these movie homes?