Gather up Rudolph and all the other reindeer and sleigh down the winter wonderland lane of memories with these holiday homes.
It’s Christmas time and you are probably listening to some jolly tunes and watching some of your fave ol’ Christmas movies. If you’re a movie buff, then you might also be interested in the homes that were used as locations of your favorite holiday films. Take a look at how the homes changed (if they even did) over the years.
1. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version)
Written and produced by John Hughes, the updated version of the 1947 film, Miracle on 34th Street, features a lovely Normandy farm-style home that was built in 1924. It was portrayed as the dream house of Susan Walker, the character played by young actress and Matilda star, Mara Wilson. Susan amazingly learns that it’s her new home after earlier showing a picture of it to Kris Kringle, played by the late Sir Richard Attenborough.
Hooked on Houses reported that this five-bedroom house in Lake Forest, Illinois, is now on the market for $3.4 million (around Php150 million).
2. Home Alone
Who doesn’t know about the red-bricked Georgian house of the mischievous 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (portrayed by Macaulay Culkin) and his family in the 1991 movie Home Alone? Located in Winnetka, Illinois, this 4,250-square-foot home has five bedrooms, which includes Kevin’s attic bedroom.
It was reportedly put up for sale last 2011 and was sold for $1.58 million (approximately Php71 million). Do you think the Wet Bandits might be interested?
3. The Family Stone
In the romantic comedy film The Family Stone starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton, the story starts when the favorite Stone son brings his girlfriend to his family’s Christmas celebration annually held at their 1860 Colonial home.
In real life, this house is actually a great place for events because its total floor area is 3,554 square meters and sits on a 1.4-acre land. A buyer reportedly paid $4 million (Php180 million) in 2008 for this 10-room house in Connecticut.
4. The Holiday
The 2006 movie written and directed by Nancy Meyers starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet featured three homes, although Kate Winslet’s cozy and beautiful cottage was only built for the film by the production crew a few weeks before the movie.
The Mill House owned by Graham (Law) became a memorable part of the movie because of his daughter’s fantasy-like bedroom that also has a fairy-like tent for a bed. This house still stands in Wonersh, Surrey.
5. A Christmas Story
The house that was featured in the 1983 Christmas film is a four-bedroom duplex located in Cleveland, Ohio. It was put up for sale on eBay by its owner and was bought by its current owner in 2004, who renovated it and fixed it to look exactly like how it did in the movie.
He then opened it up to the fans of the movie who want to take a tour and put up a nearby museum dedicated to the movie. Recently, a raffle contest was held for lucky fans to have a chance to spend this year’s holidays at the Christmas Story House for four days and four nights.
6. The Santa Clause
The Disney Christmas family film about an ordinary man named Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen), who was forced to take Santa Claus’s place after an accident rendered the original St. Nick incapable, featured a home that was truly Christmas-ready, complete with string lights. The property was used as Scott’s wife’s home, which was one of the main settings in the movie.
After the movie, it remained as a private residence in Oakville, Ontario, although the color of the façade changed after more than 20 years.
7. Bad Santa
The titular character played by Billy Bob Thornton is a less-than-jolly Santa named Willie Stokes who robs malls after shopping hours. Santa Stokes befriended a kid that resided in this West Hills, California, estate.
This 4,100-square-foot house was built in 1997 and has five bedrooms, an infinity pool, and panoramic city views. This was put up on the market and was sold for $950,000. The house still stands today, and only the color of the front doors and the garage have been changed.
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