Before a movie goes into production, film crews scour the country for the perfect movie settings. Although interior scenes are usually shot on sound stages, the exterior shots of homes are real houses out there that you can see in person.
Movie buffs rejoice! Here is a list of some of the most iconic houses featured in movies, that you’ll want to see with your own eyes. Just remember that most of these are private residences owned by folks that happen to own a piece of Hollywood history, so you’ll have to see those from the street. Unless, of course, one of these Hollywood dream houses hit the market. Then you’d be looking at a potentially amazing real estate investment!
A Christmas Story
3159 W. 11th St. – Cleveland, Ohio
Unlike most other homes on this list, this famous house welcomes tourists inside. So step on in and take a photo with the iconic leg lamp and take a tour. Across the street, you’ll find a museum with movie memorabilia and a gift shop where you can pick up your very own bunny suit.
671 Lincoln Ave. – Winnetka, Illinois
A lot of times, movies will use a real home for the outside shots, and then film the interior shots on a sound stage. That wasn’t the case with Kevin McAllister’s sprawling home. Kevin torturing the “Wet Bandits” was really filmed in this real house.
You won’t be able to go inside, but real estate photos show that it has changed dramatically since the movie was released in 1990.
Silence of the Lambs
8 Circle St. – Layton, Pennsylvania
Psychotic killer Buffalo Bill’s home is situated in rural Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh. There were some scenes filmed inside the three-story Victorian home, but the creepy basement dungeon isn’t actually a part of the real home. Those scenes were shot on a sound stage.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
4160 Country Club Dr. – Long Beach, California
This movie was set in Chicago, but the home that Ferris Bueller lives in actually sits in Long Beach. Ferris’ best friend, Cameron, lived in a cool, contemporary house, and that one is in Highland Park, Illinois, not too far from the Home Alone house.
344 Freemont St. – Woodstock, Illinois
Illinois must be a popular state for movie homes. This Victorian home that Bill Murray’s character wakes up in is northwest of Chicago, even though the movie is set in Pennsylvania. If you visit this home, you’re in luck: it’s actually a bed and breakfast called the Cherry Tree Inn, so not only can you go inside, you can spend the night!
Nightmare on Elm Street
1428 N. Genesee Ave. – Hollywood, California
The image of this home is burned into my brain after seeing this slasher film. During the movie, Freddy Krueger terrorizes the Thompson family in Springwood, Ohio (not a real place, by the way), but this home sits in West Hollywood. It underwent a huge renovation and then sold for over $2 million in 2013.
2640 Steiner St. – San Francisco, California
Remember when Robin Williams cross-dressed as a nanny to spend more time with his kids? This home stands on a busy San Francisco corner, and recently sold for over $4 million. You can see the interior in real estate photos, but the interior scenes in the movie weren’t filmed in the home, but rather on a sound stage.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1010 King Ct. – Kingsland, Texas
This 1900s Victorian home was featured as the home of Leatherface and his cannibalistic family, but these days, it’s a fine dining restaurant on the grounds of The Antlers Hotel.
Talk about a glow up! It originally sat in Round Rock, where it sat vacant and deteriorating after the filming. In 1998, the home was cut into six pieces and reassembled and restored in Kingsland.