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Seven of the most iconic houses from TV and film

Posted on by Rachel Brookes

Don’t we all dream in living in Marty McFly’s humble family home, or Tony Montana’s exotic mansion? Lucky for us, these homes are real, but we can’t promise they’ll be priced within your budget. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic homes from the big and small screen, and what they’re worth.

Rick Deckard’s apartment, Blade Runner

Rick Deckard's House

Image credit: “Ennis House front view 2005” by Mike Dillon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – 

If you’re a fan of dystopian sci-fi cinema, you will almost certainly recognise this unusual home from the film Blade Runner; however, it has also starred in a number of other movies, TV shows and commercials. Despite the home being portrayed as a futuristic one in the film, Ennis House was actually constructed in 1924 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Its bizarre design means it’s not just famous due to Blade Runner, it’s also known as one of the best examples of Mayan Revival architecture.

In 2011 the Los Angeles home sold for $4.5 million (£2.9 million) to billionaire Ron Burkle. We’re not sure on protagonist Rick Deckard’s salary, but it sounds like this home is just outside of a bounty hunter’s budget.

The McFly House, Back to the Future

Mc Fly House

Image credit: “McFly House” by Pete Wade – Own work: Personal photograph taken by myself. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – 

This property in the San Fernando Valley is where Marty ‘nobody calls me chicken’ McFly called home in the Back to the Future trilogy. In reality, it’s a private residence owned by a family who rather regret letting a film crew use it for all the exterior shots. Fans dressed as Marty regularly turn up to the home and knock on the door, hoping to get a look inside or recreate some of the well-known scenes from the film.

Despite this, estate agent John Underwood estimates the home is now worth $400,000 (£265,000) – Great Scott! That’s more than double its value in the 1980s.

The Dunphy house, Modern Family

The world can’t get enough of American comedy Modern Family, and the beautiful homes used for all the exterior shots are just as popular, it seems. Located in Cheviot Hills, West Los Angeles, just minutes away from 20th Century Fox Studios, the property sold for $2.15 million (£1.43 million) in 2014.

Its new owner will be paid every time the property is used for filming the Dunphy family’s antics.

Cameron’s house, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Cameron's house

Image credit: “Cameron’s House” by Kristopher Anderson – originally posted to Flickr as Cameron’s House. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons – 

This stunning glass-front house in Highland Park, Illinois, was used as the home of Ferris Bueller’s best friend Cameron. If you’re a fan of the film, you’ll remember it for the iconic scene where Cameron gets revenge on his controlling father by destroying his beloved Ferrari. Don’t worry though – the house was not harmed.

Despite its claim to fame, the property failed to sell for five years when it went on the market for $2.3 million (£1.53 million). It was eventually snapped up in 2014 for $1.06 million (£700,000) – less than half its original asking price.

Jesse’s house, Breaking Bad

Not many people would want to live the life of meth dealer Jesse from the hit TV show Breaking Bad, but we suspect many would love to live in his home. This gorgeous property in Albuquerque is currently on the market for $1.6 million (£1.06 million), and the estate agents are making a big deal out of the fact it’s Jesse’s house.

The property is much more attractive inside than the show makes out, boasting a spacious kitchen and two reception rooms which are both more than 22 feet long. However, the estate agents do point out that – shockingly – the property doesn’t have its own meth lab.

Tony Montana’s mansion, Scarface

Scarface may be set in Miami, but the huge mansion featured in the film is actually located near Santa Barbara, California. It boasts ten acres of grounds, which include swimming pools, Persian gardens, fountains and sculptures.

The four-bedroom property went on the market in May 2015 for $17.9 million (£11.8 million) after it failed to sell for its original asking price of $35 million (£23.2 million), and it looks as if that price may be cut further.

Miranda Hillard’s house, Mrs Doubtfire

Mrs Doubtfire

Image credit: By markheybo on Flickr 

In this classic film, the late, great Robin Williams plays a father who’s lost the custody of his children and so decides to become a female housekeeper in order to spend more time with them. The home he visits is owned by his wife Miranda, which remains popular with fans – when Robin Williams died, many left flowers outside the home to mourn the loss.

Located in San Francisco, the home is worth $1.4 million (£930,000) and is owned by a plastic surgeon. The property was the victim of an arson attack in January 2015, but luckily the damages were only cosmetic.

Letting film crews use your home as a TV or movie set can seriously boost the value of your property, so it seems, but don’t get too greedy. Just because your house is iconic doesn’t mean you can charge the Earth for it, as some of these examples have shown. Focus on selling your home’s unique features instead.



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