Test Your Knowledge of Famous Homes

It’s pretty easy for most of us to remember our favorite quote from a popular film or TV program, but how many of us can recall the home that was prominently featured throughout the show? That can be more challenging then you might imagine. Below are pictures and descriptions of five famous homes from movies and television. Read through and see if you can remember where you saw each home.  Don’t worry – if you can’t figure them out, the answers are at the bottom of this page.

Home #1: House of your dreams?

While one homeowner recently made this house their dream home, it has been seen in the nightmares of movie goers since 1984. Although it’s now a residential home, it continues to be featured on Hollywood home tours. This famous Dutch Colonial was purchased as an investment in 2008 for $1.15 million, and after some major renovations, it was sold in 2013 for $2.1 million. This house was featured in a 1984 film that has spawned seven sequels and grossed a whopping $457 million dollars at the box office worldwide. 

Home #2: It’s good to be bad.

The previous home was part of a franchise that has grossed an impressive $457 million, but this famous, elegant-looking home is part of a movie franchise that has grossed a whopping $1.9 billion. It was designed by John Lautner, an apprentice of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps this home’s most stunning feature is its massive concrete domed roof which shades an indoor/outdoor swimming pool from the Palm Springs desert sun.

Home #3: Vandelay Industries Corporate Headquarters.

The highest-grossing American sitcom provided us with nine years of entertainment, and countless laughs. Most of these unforgettable moments took place at the show’s fictional address – 129 West 81st Street, Apartment 5A on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but the real building in the picture above is located at 757 South New Hampshire Avenue in Los Angeles. The five-story building, built in 1928, housed the apartment of the show’s main character and, as the “epicenter of nothing, “was the headquarters of the fictional Vandelay Industries.

Home #4: Alone in this world.

This red brick colonial Georgian house is the main setting for a classic American family movie. Located at 671 Lincoln Ave in Winnetka, Illinois, this home went on the market for $2.4 million in 2011 and sold for $1.6 million in 2012, and the film’s pesky blonde-haired boy was not included. Built in 1921, this famous home features four beds and four baths, a detached parking garage, and an attic perfect for hiding out in. 

Home #5: It’s a long, long, long way home.

The home featured in this classic comedy film reminded us all that there’s no place like home. Recently sold for $1.6 million in Kenilworth, Illinois, this home was the final destination for family man Neal and Del, his salesman companion. 

Answers.   

Home #1: House of your dreams? If you didn’t recognize the blood red door of this home, then you probably have repressed your memories of this horror flick. This home was featured in the original 1984 movie, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and where the main targets encountered future horror movie icon Freddy Krueger. Good luck finding homeowners insurance that covers damage inflicted in this house of horrors! 

Home #2: It’s good to be bad. This beautifully constructed home served as the lair of James Bond antagonist Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the hit movie, ”Diamonds are Forever.” It’s the quintessential super villain house, and the location of one the greatest fight scenes in movie history.

Home #3: Vandelay Industries Corporate Headquarters. The meeting place of Elaine, George, Kramer, and Jerry, home number three is none other than Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment building in the iconic television show ”Seinfeld.” Although the “show about nothing” was filmed on a built set, scenes that featured the apartment’s exterior were shot at an actual Los Angles apartment building.

Home #4: Alone in this world. The massive red brick house was home of Kevin, the brave and mischievous boy would foiled the plans of would-be thieves in the 1990 hit comedy, “Home Alone.” 

Home #5: It’s a long, long, long way home. While this home was only featured in a small part of the movie Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, it was part of a classic scene. After a long journey , Neal and Del (Steve Martin and John Candy) finally reach Neal’s house. We won’t spoil the ending of the movie, but we all can relate to someone finally arriving home following a long trip.

What is your favorite home featured in a movie or television show?