Our All-Time Favorite Movie Homes + 5 More You May Have Missed
Did your favorite house make the list?
Movie homes tell us a lot about our favorite characters: where they live, whether they're messy or neat, if they prefer to be alone or enjoy having company. They're basically a direct look into someone else's life, and we love peeking inside.
Let's just say that movie homes help transport us to other worlds. Here are our all-time favorites, as well as five more you'll want to visit in the near future.
1: Father of the Bride
There's no question that writer and director Nancy Meyers is the queen of creating beautiful homes on the big screen. While we love each one, we're especially fond of the Colonial Revival where George Banks' little girl exchanged "I Do's" with her sweetheart.
Stepmom was a tear-jerker, it's true, but a lot of warm and memorable moments took place in Jackie Harrison's grand Victorian. Who wouldn't want to slide down those bannisters or sing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" under this roof?
3: Practical Magic
Our jaws hit the floor when we first saw Practical Magic — not because Sally and Gillian Owens are witches, but because they live in this dreamy Victorian in New England. With an incredible tower, wrap-around porch and private garden, this home casts some serious love spells all by itself.
4: The Holiday
Swapping homes with a total stranger is a bold move, but the reward far outweighed the risk for Los Angeles workaholic Amanda Woods in The Holiday. (Directed by Nancy Meyers, of course.) We'd love to follow Amanda to England and spend Christmas inside this fairytale cottage.
5: You've Got Mail
Before Joe Fox and his big, bad mega-bookstore came along, Kathleen Kelly basically had it all: the independent bookshop around the corner and a beautiful brownstone with a shabby-chic interior we all wanted.
5 More That Deserve a Second Look
The Truman Show
The unsuspecting star of his own reality TV show, Truman Burbank seems to have a picture-perfect life: the steady career, the doting wife and this charming home with a white picket fence that's the essence of suburban living.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
One movie home that's almost always overlooked? The beach house from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where Joel and Clem met for the first time. We love the storm-gray exterior and white trim almost as much as we love the offbeat film.
While it's hard to compete with the natural beauty of Hawaii, Matt King's all-white bungalow in The Descendants gives the lush landscape a run for its money.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Much like Nancy Meyers, director Wes Anderson is known for choosing truly beautiful backdrops for his films. This terracotta townhouse, located in Harlem and featured in The Royal Tenenbaums, doesn't disappoint.
For a billionaire with a big secret, the best home is definitely one tucked away in the Alaskan wilderness. Though the exterior of this house (which is actually a Norwegian hotel) is unassuming with its modern wood and glass facade, the interior boasts breathtaking views of the frozen tundra.