Not every movie or TV show is shot on a sound stage; some of those exteriors and interiors are real.
At any given time, the real estate market has properties that, when given a closer look, are recognizable as more than just private homes (or in some cases private homes designed by famous architects). For examples of such famous homes, Realtor.comprovided a list of memorable properties currently and recently featured on their website.
The following houses and mansions are all recently sold or still on the market… and on TV and movie screens across America.
By Colleen Kane
Posted 9 Nov 2010
Address: 4637 Farmer’s Road, Honolulu HI
Selling Price: $3,550,000
This 5-bedroom, 6-bath mansion was featured in Season 3 of "LOST" as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes’ nouveau riche digs in the episode “Tricia Tanaka is Dead.”
Although it was set in Los Angeles, the actual location of the home is in the Kahala neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii, where Lost was shot. The house of another main character, Kate, was in the same Honolulu neighborhood, as was the "LOST" headquarters.
So what’s this place like? Dude. Hurley’s new home was a long way from Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack, at almost 7500 square feet with a gourmet kitchen, numerous balconies, a sound system, a pool, a whirlpool, and a dolphin fountain.
It sold in August for nearly $400,000 less than the former asking price of 3.9 million. The selling price worked out to about 3% of Hurley’s $114 million lottery winnings.
Address: 2175 Southridge Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Asking Price: $13,890,000
Although you may have seen this dazzling and distinctive midcentury modern dwelling before, you may not remember it so much as the beautiful women it housed. The 5-bedroom, 6-bath Palm Springs home has been the setting for the James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever", as well as numerous Playboy shoots.
Architect John Lautner, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright as a young man, and created the once-maligned Googie style of the 1950s and '60s, built the distinctive Elrod House in 1968.
In addition to the singular look, the design pedigree, and the pop-cultural cachet, the Elrod House is set on between 5-10 acres in a gated community, and it has a rooftop deck with panoramic views, a pool, and a four-car carport.
How much does all that cost? To break it down, the monthly payment on this would be about $55,840. Let’s hope the buyer has enough diamonds.
Address: 5266 Amestoy Avenue, Encino, CA
Asking Price: $5,493,600
This 7-bedroom, 10-bath single-level Tuscan style villa is only two years old, but it’s already famous for playing the role of Vincent Chase’s house during Season 7 of the HBO series "Entourage".
And rightly so: The 9,000 square-foot Amestoy Estates residence offers features that seem tailor-made for movie stars (and those who aspire to the Hollywood lifestyle, hopefully sans the coke binges featured this season on Entourage).
It features a media room for screening dailies (or Netflix), 20-foot ceilings, three covered patios, an Italian-tiled pool with waterfall, several fountains, a four-car garage, and an attached casita with fireplace for that special entourage member (or in-law) requiring private quarters.
Address: 1845 Niodrara Drive, Glendale, CA
Selling Price: $1,995,000
The esteemed Modernist architect R.M. Schindler, who developed “Space Architecture”, built this pre-WWII home for writer/composer Jose Rodriguez in 1941.
But the kids today might recognize Schindler’s creation due to a different type of space architecture: the Seth Rogen/James Franco stoner comedy "Pineapple Express". In it, the Rodriguez House was used for the home of the drug lord Ted Jones.
The structure is made from wood, stucco, and stone, with exposed beams, large clerestory windows, two modernist fireplaces, a balcony, two screened-in patios, as well as built-in furniture separating the living room from the dining room, and in most other rooms.
It's surprising that it listed last year at $2,475,000 but sold for much less and is now valued at $918,046, one million-plus below its sale price last December. This unique standout property is on the Glendale registry of historic places and is considered one of the best-preserved examples of Schindler’s work.
Address: 24826 Malibu Road, Malibu, CA
Remember in the first "Sex and the City" movie when one of the sexers was no longer living in the city? This premium Malibu beach house is where Samantha Jones and Smith Jerrod made their home.
This furnished beachfront rental has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths and features four decks, an enormous glass wall facing the ocean for breathtaking ocean views, stone flooring, a bar, a pool table, closed circuit TV, as well as fireplaces in the library, living room, and master bedroom. The film location website Iamnotastalker.comnotes that it appears the same furniture provided in the rental was used in the movie.
The same website reports that when the movie filmed in 2008 the house was on the market for $17 million, which later dropped to $14.5 million. It’s now renting for $55,000, down from $75,000 in 2009. No word on whether the swarthy showering hunk Dante from next door is included in the package.
Address: 2607 Glendower Avenue, Los Feliz, L.A., CA
Asking Price: $7,495,000
This dramatic Mayan-inspired residence embodies architectural and celluloid history. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the hilltop home known as Ennis House in 1924, and it features Wright hallmarks like prairie-style leaded mitered glass. Another distinguishing factor is its glass mosaic fireplace—one of only four of its kind, and the best-preserved example.
Built in 1924, this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 6000 square-foot temple-like home is situated atop a hill in a gated community in Los Feliz. It features cavernous ceilings with exposed beams, marble floors, a guest house, a pool framed by a window-lined loggia, and unhindered views of the ocean, canyon, and city lights.
Classic film buffs will recognize it as the home where Vincent Price’s character offered $10,000 to anyone who could last the night there in the 1959 thriller, the original "House on Haunted Hill". It also served as the home to Angel the vampire in seasons 2 and 3 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", and made appearances in "Blade Runner", the TV series "Twin Peaks", and too many others to list. Visit the home’s website for more of its history.
Address: 23360 Malibu Colony Road
Selling Price: $14,950, 000
This early-’90s era 4-bedroom, 4-bath mansion in the exclusive gated community Malibu Colony once belonged to Lawrence and Linda Elins, victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, who lost the home to foreclosure. To add insult to injury, Wells Fargo bank senior VP Cheronda Guyton, who worked with foreclosed properties, was then caught hosting lavish parties there in September of 2009. Guyton’s jig was up when neighbors noticed her taking long weekends at the home and decided to investigate.
At one point the home was listed for $18 million, but it sold in August for $3 million less. What’s included with a price tag like that? An airy floor plan opening out to the Pacific Ocean, chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances, master bath with steam shower and spa tub, walk-in closet, neighbors like Tom Hanks, and hopefully no more partying squatters.
Address: 5731 Valley Oak Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Selling Price: $2,325,000
This 4-bedroom, 4-bath midcentury home in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood is known from seasons 2, 3 and the recently concluded Season 4 of Bravo’s real estate reality show "Flippin’ Out". It’s actually the second house on Valley Oak Drive that was lived in and revamped by host Jeff Lewis and his entourage of humans and pets on the house-flipping program.
The previous owner of the house refused to leave the property, even after demolition had begun. Fortunately this makes for good reality TV, but not wanting to leave is understandable. With open terraces offering city, mountain, and ocean views, and a pool with whirlpool, this home is an inspiration for California dreaming.
Lewis bought the house in 2007 for just over $1,700,000 million. After he and his crew worked their magic, his original asking price in 2008 was $3,195,000, which went down to $2,595,000. It sold in October for $2,325,000.
Address: 370 Beach Street, Highland Park, IL
Asking Price: $1,650,000
To children of the ’80s and other John Hughes aficionados, 370 Beach Street will always be Cameron’s house from "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off". It was from this distinctive midcentury modern home’s glass-walled garage that the rascally Ferris and the reluctant Cameron liberated Mr. Freye’s 1961 Ferrari, and the ravine this home is perched over is where the classic car later met its demise.
“The Ferrari that went through the window was of course a mock-up of the real car,” says the property’s realtor, Meladee Hughes (no relation to John). “They could not have an explosion in the ravine so smoke bombs were put in the shattered car for effect. The window was Hollywood glass and the original window was replaced after the shoot.”
Followers of modern architecture know the home for a different reason. Acclaimed architect James Speyer, who was Mies Van Der Rohe’s first graduate student and protege, designed this 4- bedroom, 4-bath in 1953.
The former owners since the house was built were the famous textile designer Ben Rose and his wife. “Later in their lives [they] were European race car drivers and traveled the world collecting objects of art,” notes Meladee. The Beach Street address is also known as Ben Rose Auto Museum. In addition, “His work and the architectural works of James Speyer are at the Art Institute in Chicago.”
Meladee is currently negotiating with a buyer who is intrigued by the movie background but even more so by the architectural significance, and who is also interested in the art contents of the home and the European sports car collections.
Address: 3500 The Strand, Hermosa Beach, CA
Asking Price: $10.5 million
This charming 3-story Cape Cod built in 1915 boasts 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, hardwood floors, a wrap-around patio, and decks on the top two floors.
But what really makes this home special is its past role as the college apartment for some of the characters on "Beverly Hills, 90210" during seasons 3 and 4. This site was the stage for many a dramatic plot twist from our shared cultural heritage: the time Kelly Taylor’s stalker went all Single White Female on her, and that other time that Donna Martin was assaulted by a different stalker before David Silver saved her… Ah, memories.
Bonus pop culture points: This beauty of a property also makes a cameo in the background of a beach scene in the 1989 Jeff Goldblum/ Geena Davis movie Earth Girls Are Easy.
Oh—there's also the slight matter of the house being directly on Hermosa Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. That could also account for the $10.5 million price tag.