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The Real Values of 15 Movie Homes

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It’s hard to imagine Steve Martin grappling with his daughter’s extravagant wedding in a ranch house, the Tenenbaum family coping with their stressed relationships in a free-standing beach house, or Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak falling in love in a modern high rise. For many films, the homes in which they’re set become as beloved to audiences as any member of the cast. And (just like actors) many of these homes remain standing long after the cameras stop rolling. Here are 15 movie houses you could call your own—or at least visit.

1. The Curtis Brothers’ House // The Outsiders (1983)

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731 N Saint Louis Avenue, Tulsa, OK
4 beds/ 1 bath/ 1395 square feet
Estimated Value: $51,818

Based on S.E. Hinton’s middle school classic novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s poetic saga is best known for its cast of young heartthrobs, including Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, and Matt Dillon. The house used for the Curtis boys’ (played by Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and C. Thomas Howell) “other side of the tracks” house was built in 1940 and last sold in 2008 for $6000. Its current value is estimated at over $51,000.

2. Mikey and Brand Walsh’s House // The Goonies (1985)

368 38th Street, Astoria, OR
4 beds/ 2 baths
Estimated Value: $215,931

In Richard Donner’s 1985 film (conceptualized by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus), a group of young misfits—dubbed the Goonies—try to save their homes in the Goon Dock section of Oregon from being demolished to make room for an expanding country club. As such, finding the right houses was key to the film’s success. The film’s production crew found the perfect location for the Walsh family’s home at 368 38th Street in Astoria, Oregon—and Data could have very possibly zip-lined his way to Mikey’s from his home just down the block at 304 38th Street.

3. Max and Dani Dennison’s House // Hocus Pocus (1993)

4 Ocean Avenue, Salem, MA
3 beds/ 1 bath/ 1305 square feet
Estimated Value: $341,941

The Halloween classic (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) used the town of Salem, Massachusetts, for most of its exterior shots, including those of Max and Dani’s home and Allison’s extravagant house. However, almost every interior shot was done in Los Angeles. According to Boston.com, Max’s house and Allison’s house were only 1.5 miles apart, meaning their trick-or-treat route could have easily been made in real life.

4. Nick and Amy Dunne’s Suburban Palace // Gone Girl (2014)

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3014 Keystone Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO
5 beds/ 6 baths/ 4,413 square feet
Estimated Value: $559,528

In the David Fincher film based on Gillian Flynn’s smash-hit novel, Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) move back to Nick’s Missouri hometown to help care for Nick’s ailing mother. To make the Dunnes’ new neighborhood appear riddled with financial crisis foreclosures, the real life neighbors of the Gone Girl house—a private home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri—were asked to stop mowing their lawns during filming.

5.Lance’s House // Pulp Fiction (1994)

3519 La Clede Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
2 beds/ 1 bath/ 1490 square feet
Estimated Value: $700,318

Lance’s house is probably best remembered as the site of doped-out Mia’s (Uma Thurman) life-saving adrenaline shot to the chest. Last sold in November 2003 for $540,000, the tiny two-bedroom house that served as the exterior of Lance’s drug den is now valued at over $700,000—that’s over $460 per square foot! Lance must have been doing alright for himself.

6. Aurora Greenway’s House // Terms of Endearment (1983)

3060 Locke Lane, Houston, TX
4 beds/ 2.5 baths/ 3608 square feet
Estimated Value: $1,167,319

The house that served as the exterior of Aurora’s (Shirley MacLaine in an Oscar-winning performance) posh Houston home, built in 1940, stands today exactly as it did in the 1983 film. If the close mother and daughter actually lived in the houses used for filming, Emma (Debra Winger) would be a short five-mile drive from her mom Aurora.

7. Kevin McCallister’s House // Home Alone (1990)

671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL
4 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,243 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,068,645

John and Cynthia Abendshien, the owners of the house used for the McCallister family’s homestead—where Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) traps, tricks, and bamboozles the Wet Bandits—insisted on living in their home during production, despite the studio’s offer to put them up in a nearby apartment. While filming took place, they became very close with Culkin and Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s mom. The Abendsheins were only upset with a minor incident during the experience: finding one of their property’s fir trees cut in half. But all’s well that ends well—they laughed while watching Kevin cut down the top of the fir for his Christmas tree in the final movie.

8. The Banks Family's House // Father of the Bride (1991)

843 S El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA
8 beds/ 5 baths/ 4,339 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,661,483

The white colonial at 24 Maple Drive is the heart and soul of Father of the Bride. Not only is it where George Banks (played by Steve Martin) watched his little girl grow up, but it’s where he gives her away. The house used in the film is actually located at 843 El Molino Avenue and is home to Sarah Bradley, Darrell Spence, and their two children. According to HGTV, Bradley and Spence, who purchased the house in 1999, told their broker they were looking for a home similar to the one in Father of the Bride—and boy did they get their wish!

9. The MacNeil House // The Exorcist (1973)

3600 Prospect Street NW, Washington, DC
3 beds/ 5 baths/ 2,808 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,694,202

In real life, just like in the 1973 film, you can find a perilous outdoor staircase (the one Father Karras falls down at the end of the movie) next to the house used for the exterior shots of the MacNeils’ home. However, Regan’s infamous window cannot be seen next to the flight: It was a façade created at the behest of director William Friedkin. If Father Karras fell down the stairs in 2015, he would roll into a gas station now located at the bottom.

10. The Corleone House //The Godfather (1972)

110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island, NY
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 6248 square feet
List Price: $2,895,000

The Corleones’ Staten Island home can be yours, if your pockets are deep enough. The five-bedroom home that served for the exterior shots (including the backyard and nearby gardens that provided the setting for Vito Corleone’s daughter’s wedding) in Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster classic is currently on the market for just shy of $3 million. In 2012, the current owners redesigned the house’s rooms to look like the ones in the film.

11. Jane and Blanche Hudson’s House // Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

172 S. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA
5 beds/ 4 baths/ 4,346 square feet
Estimated Value: $2,995,873

Because the film’s stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, were seen as has-beens and box office poison in the 1960s, Warner Bros. Studios shooed production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? off the studio lots to make way for the huge production of Gypsy. This forced the production to shoot at the neglected Producers Studio and on real locations, like the S. McCadden Place mansion that served as the Hudson sisters’ decrepit sinkhole.

12. The Tenenbaum House // The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

339 Convent Avenue, New York, NY
4728 square feet
Estimated Value: $3,295,345

Wes Anderson and his location scout scoured Brooklyn for a brownstone in which to set The Royal Tenenbaums. After two days, their search was fruitless, so they made their way to Harlem. Upon stepping foot inside, Anderson began to build the story of the Tenenbaum family—he immediately envisioned how each kid would occupy his or her own level of the house. Anderson rented the home for six months in order to shoot his film.

13. Harold and Sarah Cooper’s House // The Big Chill (1983) 

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1 Laurens Street, Beaufort, SC
7 beds/ 9 baths/ 5868 square feet
List Price: $2,900,000

Beaufort, South Carolina, the town in which Tidalholm mansion—which is featured in The Big Cill—stands, had a magnetic appeal to star Tom Berenger, who played Sam Weber. Berenger moved to Beaufort after production and wed his former wife on Tidalholm’s front lawn. According to Zillow.com, Tidalholm is currently on the market, and could be yours for just under $3 million.

14. Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak’s Apartment Building // Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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169 E 71st Street, New York, NY
4 beds/ 5 baths/ 3600 square feet
List Price: $8,000,000

According to The Daily Mail, the stunning Upper East Side townhouse featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was put up for sale by former Merrill Lynch broker Peter Bacanovic in October 2014 for $8 million. The home was only used for the exterior shots (excluding the fire escape scenes), as all interior scenes were shot in a Hollywood studio.

15. Cher Horowitz’s House // Clueless (1995)

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5148 Louise Avenue, Encino, CA
7 beds/ 10 baths/ 9,441 square feet
Estimated Value: $5,304,521

Many of the interior shots of Cher Horowitz’s home were actually filmed inside the Encino mansion, meaning that grand staircase where Cher and Josh share their first kiss actually exists! The interior of the home has also served for scenes in Beverly Hills, 90210, and the exterior of the house can be seen in an episode of Desperate Housewives.

*All estimated values are as listed by Zillow.com at the time of publication.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Ella Fitzgerald
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Today marks what would have been the 101st birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, the pioneering jazz singer who helped revolutionize the genre. But the iconic songstress’s foray into the music industry was almost accidental, as she had planned to show off her dancing skills when she made her stage debut. Celebrate the birthday of the artist known as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, or just plain ol’ Lady Ella with these fascinating facts.

1. SHE WAS A JAZZ FAN FROM A YOUNG AGE.

Though she attempted to launch her career as a dancer (more on that in a moment), Ella Fitzgerald was a jazz enthusiast from a very young age. She was a fan of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby, and truly idolized Connee Boswell of the Boswell Sisters. “She was tops at the time,” Fitzgerald said in 1988. “I was attracted to her immediately. My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it. I tried so hard to sound just like her.”

2. SHE DABBLED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AS A TEENAGER.

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Fitzgerald’s childhood wasn’t an easy one. Her stepfather was reportedly abusive to her, and that abuse continued following the death of Fitzgerald’s mother in 1932. Eventually, to escape the violence, she moved to Harlem to live with her aunt. While she had been a great student when she was younger, it was following that move that her dedication to education faltered. Her grades dropped and she often skipped school. But she found other ways to fill her days, not all of them legal: According to The New York Times, she worked for a mafia numbers runner and served as a police lookout at a local brothel. Her illicit activities eventually landed her in an orphanage, followed by a state reformatory.

3. SHE MADE HER STAGE DEBUT AT THE APOLLO THEATER.

In the early 1930s, Fitzgerald was able to make a little pocket change from the tips she made from passersby while singing on the streets of Harlem. In 1934, she finally got the chance to step onto a real (and very famous) stage when she took part in an Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater on November 21, 1934. It was her stage debut.

The then-17-year-old managed to wow the crowd by channeling her inner Connee Boswell and belting out her renditions of “Judy” and “The Object of My Affection.” She won, and took home a $25 prize. Here’s the interesting part: She entered the competition as a dancer. But when she saw that she had some stiff competition in that department, she opted to sing instead. It was the first big step toward a career in music.

4. A NURSERY RHYME HELPED HER GET THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION.

Not long after her successful debut at the Apollo, Fitzgerald met bandleader Chick Webb. Though he was initially reluctant to hire her because of what The New York Times described as her “gawky and unkempt” appearance, her powerful voice won him over. "I thought my singing was pretty much hollering," she later said, "but Webb didn't."

Her first hit was a unique adaptation of “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” which she helped to write based on what she described as "that old drop-the-handkerchief game I played from 6 to 7 years old on up."

5. SHE WAS PAINFULLY SHY.

Though it certainly takes a lot of courage to get up and perform in front of the world, those who knew and worked with Fitzgerald said that she was extremely shy. In Ella Fitzgerald: A Biography of the First Lady of Jazz, trumpeter Mario Bauzá—who played with Fitzgerald in Chick Webb’s orchestra—explained that “she didn't hang out much. When she got into the band, she was dedicated to her music … She was a lonely girl around New York, just kept herself to herself, for the gig."

6. SHE MADE HER FILM DEBUT IN AN ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MOVIE.

As her IMDb profile attests, Fitzgerald contributed to a number of films and television series over the years, and not just to the soundtracks. She also worked as an actress on a handful of occasions (often an actress who sings), beginning with 1942’s Ride ‘Em Cowboy, a comedy-western starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

7. SHE GOT SOME HELP FROM MARILYN MONROE.

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt,” Fitzgerald said in a 1972 interview in Ms. Magazine. “It was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him—and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status—that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard … After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman—a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

Though it has often been reported that the club’s owner did not want to book Fitzgerald because she was black, it was later explained that his reluctance wasn’t due to Fitzgerald’s race; he apparently didn’t believe that she was “glamorous” enough for the patrons to whom he catered.

8. SHE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN TO WIN A GRAMMY.

Ella Fitzgerald
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Among her many other accomplishments, in 1958 Fitzgerald became the first African American woman to win a Grammy Award. Actually, she won two awards that night: one for Best Jazz Performance, Soloist for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, and another for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook.

9. HER FINAL PERFORMANCE WAS AT CARNEGIE HALL.

On June 27, 1991, Fitzgerald—who had, at that point, recorded more than 200 albums—performed at Carnegie Hall. It was the 26th time she had performed at the venue, and it ended up being her final performance.

10. SHE LOST BOTH OF HER LEGS TO DIABETES.

In her later years, Fitzgerald suffered from a number of health problems. She was hospitalized a handful of times during the 1980s for everything from respiratory problems to exhaustion. She also suffered from diabetes, which took much of her eyesight and led to her having to have both of her legs amputated below the knee in 1993. She never fully recovered from the surgery and never performed again. She passed away at her home in Beverly Hills on June 15, 1996.

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Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in May
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While Netflix has got plenty of laughs in store for its streaming customers next month, the loss of several contemporary classic films likes Goodfellas, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Hurt Locker means that if you’re in desperate need of a British rom-com fix or badass Scorsese crime drama fix, you’d better start streaming. Here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in May.

MAY 1

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Casper
Chappie
Charlotte’s Web
Field of Dreams
Goodfellas
Ocean’s Eleven
Sahara
Silent Hill
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Hurt Locker
To Rome With Love
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

MAY 2

12 Dates of Christmas
Beauty & the Briefcase
Cadet Kelly
Camp Rock
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Cow Belles
Cyberbully
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
Frenemies
Geek Charming
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
Jump In!
Lemonade Mouth
Little Einsteins: Seasons 1 – 2
My Fake Fiancé
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1 – 4
Princess Protection Program
Princess: A Modern Fairytale
Read It and Weep
Revenge of the Bridesmaids
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1 – 2
StarStruck
Teen Spirit
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1 – 5
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

MAY 7

The Host

MAY 12

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

MAY 30

Disney’s The Jungle Book

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