Houses in film and TV are not normal. Sure, you could argue that some of them are real locations, but they rarely depict everyday homes that everyday people actually live in. Rarely. But that’s not a bad thing. See, if they are to be memorable and entertaining pieces to the whole production package then they can’t be normal. Normal is boring. So it should come as no surprise that houses in films and TV productions tend to be a bit larger than life. Even small dwellings like apartments tend to have a certain air of superiority. Take Dexter’s apartment for example. You can tell it was a small apartment, but it was a really nice small apartment…in Miami. Not everybody can afford something like that. On this list, we take a look at 25 most iconic houses in film and TV history. Houses like the one on Elm Street, Gone with the Wind, Forrest Gump, and others.
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The Desperate Housewives House(s)
Wisteria Lane is the name of a fictional street at the center of the drama Desperate Housewives. The show’s story lines primarily center around the street’s residents. The set for Wisteria Lane is located inside Universal Studios Hollywood, and is actually named Colonial Street, an area that has been used for many motion pictures and TV shows. Other film and television productions in which Colonial Street has featured include Leave It to Beaver, Gremlins, The ’Burbs, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Friends Apartment
Tourists from all over the world trek to Greenwich Village, New York, in search of the Friends apartment building at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets. This is a regular stop on the Free Tours by Foot Greenwich Village Tour—and sometimes on the Greenwich Village Food Tour, mostly because it is sought after, but also because it spurs a conversation about NYC apartment living. However, if you are eager to locate more TV and movie locations throughout the Big Apple, then consider taking the “On Location New York’s TV and Movie Sights Tour.”
The Amityville Horror House
Built in the 1920s, this iconic scary movie home in New Jersey is visited annually by fans during Halloween, even though the owners insist it is not haunted. For that matter, the previous owners sold it with a dropped asking price of $955,000, insisting it was because they were getting divorced and not because it is haunted.
The Ironman House
Overlooking the sea, this luxurious house blurs the borders between the busy life in the city and the breathtaking views of the ocean. Who would say no to this kind of perfect view from their own house? Well, in case you ever wondered, Tony Stark’s superb house really exists and is located in La Jolla Cliffs, California.
The Dexter Apartment
Even though most of the show’s locales were in sunny California, Dexter’s Palm Terrace apartment, seen in almost every episode of the first season, is one of the few residences in the show that actually exists in Southern Florida (where the action of the series is set). In real life, the apartment is one of the Bay Harbor Club condos in Miami Beach.