Highlighting America’s most iconic movie homes
NORFOLK, Va. (Mar. 20, 2013) – Our homes are the backdrop to the stories of our lives. When stories are translated to the silver screen, the home plays an important role in setting the scene, with some so memorable they become part of movie legend. As part of its Top 10 series, Homes.com has compiled a list of the most iconic movie homes from the “Richie Rich” mansion in Asheville, NC to the “Field of Dreams” farmhouse in Dyersvillle, Iowa.
A leading resource for everything home and lifestyle related, Homes.com shares inspiration for consumers with these spectacular homes that stole the show in some of America’s favorite films.
Homes.com Top 10 Movie Mansions
1. “Richie Rich” – Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.
The 1994 family film, “Richie Rich,” starring Macauley Culkin as the richest boy in the world, was filmed at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Touted as the world’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate boasts 250 rooms. It was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 and is still family-owned. It is open to the public for tours year-round and is especially known for its Christmas décor.
2. “Father of the Bride” – Pasadena, Calif.
Built in 1925, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom, colonial style home is so iconic that it has played host to movie families three times. First, it was featured in “Father of the Bride” in 1991, then in “Father of the Bride II” in 1995. Most recently, it was the home in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” in 2005. Located in Pasadena, Calif., the house has a spacious backyard complete with an arbor that was built specifically for “Father of the Bride’s” wedding scene, which was also used in the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” vow renewal scene.
3. “Home Alone” – Winnetka, Ill.
Located in Winnetka, Ill., 16 miles north of Chicago, the McAllister red brick, Georgian-style home was the perfect centerpiece for the 1990 John Hughes classic, “Home Alone.” The mansion serves as the battleground for young Kevin McAllister, as he sets elaborate traps to outsmart burglars. The 4,250 square foot house includes a four-room master suite in the west wing.
4. “The Notebook” – Wadmalaw, S.C.
This classic southern, whitewashed mansion comes complete with a front porch, inviting visitors to relax and sit a while. “Notebook” novel and movie lovers alike will remember the romance of this old house that Noah fixes up to win back his sweetheart, Allie. The real home is in Martin’s Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina.
5. “Sleepless in Seattle” – Seattle, Wash.
Located on a privately owned dock on Lake Union, this iconic, shingled houseboat stands out as one of the largest homes among Seattle floating residences. Made famous by the 1993 movie starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, the 2,075-foot houseboat includes four bedrooms. The 68’ x 40’ float size and wraparound deck make it a standout.
6. “Scarface” – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Presented in “Scarface” as Tony’s Miami mansion, this property is actually located in Santa Barbara, Calif. Built in 1906, the almost 10,000 square foot, Roman-style mansion was the perfect dream home for Cuban gangster Tony Montana in the 1983 blockbuster, “Scarface.” The 10-acre property features dramatic landscaping with a gorgeous pool and fountains both inside and outside.
7. “Field of Dreams” – Dyersvillle, Iowa
The traditional North American farmhouse featured in the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” is located in Dyersvillle, Iowa. The white two-bedroom home includes a classic wraparound porch. What sets the property apart is the iconic baseball diamond Universal Studies built for the film. Each year, 65,000 people come to visit and pay homage to this nostalgic baseball film.
8. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – New York, N.Y.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the tale of would-be socialite Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn. With its solarium and five fireplaces, this New York townhouse is as elegant as the film’s fictional occupant. Located at 169 East 71st Street,the exterior is shown in several scenes of the film.
9. “The Proposal” – Manchester, Mass.
Romantic comedy fans might be surprised to learn that the gorgeous waterfront Alaskan mansion in “The Proposal” is actually located in Manchester, Mass. This natural stone and cedar home boasts nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a dock and a beautiful barn where the wedding scene was shot. To make this family home look like it should be in Sitka, Alaska, the crew covered the pool and decorated in a more rustic theme, including bringing in totem poles.
10. “Steel Magnolias” – Natchitoches, La.
The house featured in “Steel Magnolias” is a 6,000 square foot house built in the 1830s in Natchitoches, La. The six-bedroom home is now a bed and breakfast aptly named The Steel Magnolia House. Capitalizing on the popularity of the 1989 hit, many of the rooms are still decorated as they were in the film, including Shelby’s room, a pink striped room belonging to the popular character played by Julia Roberts.
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