29 Nov From “Home Alone” to “Scarface”: Iconic Residences Found on the Big and Small Screen
Have you ever watched a movie or a television show and fallen in love with the house or houses featured within? Some homes are brought to life by the magic of the movies, like the creepy residence of Norman Bates in “Psycho”, located on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood. Others can be found in everyday neighbourhoods across North America, having been purchased – and oftentimes preserved as local attractions – after their silver screen debuts.
From “Home Alone” to “Scarface”, these are some of the most iconic movie and TV homes you can visit (or, potentially, buy). How many do you recognize?
The McCallister House in “Home Alone”
As the holidays roll around, who can forget one of cinema’s most iconic holiday movie home? The McCallister residence, where Kevin McCallister managed to scare off the wet bandits with a slew of unforgettable booby traps, can be found, as advertised, in Winnetka, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Located at 671 Lincoln Avenue, the brick colonial house has five bedrooms and is 4,243-square-feet. In 2012, this iconic home was sold for $1.6 million.
Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian’s Mansion in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
The mansions of Bel-Air can be quite the sights to see, especially if you are a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia. Well, the elaborate home belonging to Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian is not actually in Bel-Air, but Brentwood, California on 251 N. Bristol Avenue. The Banks’ mansion was built in 1937 and has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and is 6,438-square-feet. As of 2014, this iconic home is estimated at $7 million.
Tony Montana’s House in “Scarface”
The real-life estate of Tony Montana, from the 1983 movie “Scarface”, is a 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean mansion found not in Miami (where the movie takes place), but in Montecito, California. Designed by acclaimed architect Bertram Goodhue, this four-bedroom, nine-bathroom home sits on ten acres and is (still) filled with Persian gardens, sculptures, fountains and pools. In 2017, this iconic home sold for $17.9 million.
The Painted Ladies in “Full House”
With its spinoff series, “Fuller House”, entering its fourth season, the love for the Tanner clan is still going strong. The “Full House” franchise has been a TV favorite for decades, partly because of the dreamy location of the family home – who can forget those iconic shots of beautiful San Francisco featured in the opening credits? One of the most Instagram-worthy locations in the city, the Painted Ladies refer to the colorful Victorian and Edwardian houses located throughout SF, specifically along Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner Streets. In 2014, the largest and oldest house sold for $3.1 million.
The Cullen Family House in “Twilight”
The sleek, modern house of the Cullen clan featured in the “Twilight” series is actually the real-life home of Nike executive John Hoke. Situated in the middle of a dark expanse, covered in trees, this Portland, Oregon home is located on 3333 NW Quimby Street and is three-stories tall with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. As of 2012, this iconic home is estimated to be worth $1.7 million.