9 Famous Homes You've Seen on the Big Screen
At one time these homes were humble estates just like any other; now they're stars in their own right. Take a look into some of these recognizable homes made famous by TV shows and movies.
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The American Horror Story House
The chill-inducing Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles was built in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim and even served as his personal residence for years. The 14,000-square-foot home has quite an extensive resume, too. It has been the eerie filming location for several TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone and FX's American Horror Story.
The American Horror Story House: Foyer
The home's entrance features unique Tiffany stained-glass windows and natural wood paneling. Its century-long presence may feel unsettling to the masses, particularly those who have watched American Horror Story, but the well-preserved fixtures and stunning details are a wonder to design enthusiasts.
The American Horror Story House: Master Bedroom
Fans of American Horror Story will certainly recognize the master bedroom from some of the series' more memorable and cringe-worthy scenes. One of the home's six bedrooms, it features a bay window, an original fireplace and elegant fixtures that fit in with the home's Victorian and Craftsman architecture.
The American Horror Story House: Violet's Bedroom
The home's current owner chose bold, unexpected hues throughout, like this shade of aqua in a spacious third-floor bedroom. You probably recognize this prominent, attic-style space as daughter Violet's bedroom in American Horror Story.
The Downton Abbey Castle
Who hasn't dreamed of living in a castle? British period drama Downton Abbey made the desire even more appealing with their aristocratic lifestyle and Yorkshire country estate. Highclere Castle, the Victorian-era manor that serves as the setting for the series, is considered one of England's most stately homes.
The Downton Abbey Castle: Saloon
With 30,000 square feet of living space, approximately 200 rooms, 6,000 acres of farmland and a staff of 70, this working estate is currently home to modern-day members of British aristocracy.
The Downton Abbey Castle: Lady Mary's Bedroom
Highclere Castle has between 50 and 80 bedrooms. This cream and feminine bedroom with 19th-century decor serves as the bedroom for Lady Mary in Downton Abbey. SPOILER ALERT: Remember the shocking death of Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in season one? This was the scene of the crime.
The Scarface House
"Say hello to my little friend." You've heard or said that at least once in your life. This 10-acre property in Santa Barbara, Calif., was made famous in 1983 as the home of Cuban drug cartel kingpin Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) in Scarface. Although the movie is set in Miami, exterior shots were filmed right here in sunny Montecito.
The Scarface House: Walkway
The lush estate was built in 1890 by J. Waldron Gillespie, the head of a wealthy New York banking family. To this day the property features a Persian-inspired garden, tiered terraces, crystal-clear pools, more than 125 varieties of palm trees and 9,000 square feet to boot.
The Home Alone House
This 1921 Colonial Georgian home is difficult to miss, even in the off-season. The Winnetka, Ill., house became an instant tourist attraction after being featured in the 1990 holiday comedy Home Alone and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
The Nashville Home
ABC's musical drama series Nashville lets none other than Music City, USA, serve as its filming locale. One of the most prominent properties featured on the show is the stately home of country music superstar Rayna Jaymes (played by Connie Britton). The 20,533-square-foot home, owned by Sylvia Roberts, sits on six acres of land with a swimming pool, poolhouse, pond and barn.
The Nashville Home: Kitchen
Unique wood detailing surrounds the spacious kitchen, making it rustic and party-ready. After three episodes of filming Nashville, ABC committed to a full season and rooms of Sylvia's house, like the kitchen, were re-created on a nearby soundstage.
The Nashville Home: Pool
The set designers didn't, however, re-create Rayna Jaymes' envy-worthy swimming pool, so all shots are filmed right in Sylvia's backyard.
The Argo Home
As if 96-year-old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's Los Angeles home wasn't popular enough, it can now be seen in the historical thriller film Argo.
The Argo Home: Foyer
Throughout Argo you will recognize the mansion's stunning exterior, Old World circular foyer and spacious terraces. This Hollywood Regency-style home is spread over 6,393 square feet on more than one acre and features all the elegance and glam of Zsa Zsa herself.
The Argo Home: Terrace
The Hungarian-born American socialite and actress has an outdoor space primed for celebrity-worthy parties. Expansive terraces overlook the Pacific Ocean, downtown L.A. and Catalina Island.
The Amityville Horror House
If you think the American Horror Story home was scary, you haven't seen anything yet. In a quiet suburban neighborhood in Long Island, N.Y., sits a large Dutch Colonial home with an unsettling past. The house on 112 Ocean Avenue was the basis for the book The Amityville Horror: A True Story and approximately 10 film adaptations.
The Amityville Horror House: Boathouse
After the tragic DeFeo murders in 1974, a family of five moved in a year later and reported strange paranormal activity. The Amityville Horror shows homeowner George Lutz waking at 3:30 each morning and inexplicably going toward the boathouse.
The Revenge House
The ABC drama Revenge has likely left you on the edge of your seat as you've watched Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp) seek vengeance on those who sent her father to prison. You've also probably been daydreaming about the lofty waterfront estate in which she resides. The series takes place in the Hamptons, but the pilot was actually filmed on the coast of Southport, N.C.
The Revenge House: Porch
In Revenge, Emily has several flashbacks with her father that take place on the home's weathered country porch. Here there's less plotting and more moments of nostalgia.
The Marley & Me House
The producers of the tear-jerking film Marley & Me were looking for the perfect home as the backdrop. When they found this 19th-century cottage stone house in Chadds Ford, Pa., they knew it was the one. With 5.8 acres and rural surroundings, yellow lab Marley was free to roam.
The Marley & Me House: Kitchen
The film was shot over a two-month period in the cottage. You'll recognize most of the homeowners' original country-style decor from the film, like their quilts, artwork, pots and furniture.