Have you ever seen a movie and wished that you could live in that house that the story takes you too? I have seen several movies and I have often dreamed of doing something like that. Taking the time to find one of these places takes some time though. You have got to find out if the place is real or if it’s a set; and if it is a set you have to find out if that specific set is based upon a specific residence. What a task that is and it could possibly take a lot of your time.
One of the first places I’d like to live in is the place where Luke Skywalker grew up. It’s on Tatooine, a fictional planet. Luke’s aunt and uncle, played by Phil Brown and Shelagh Fraser, are moisture farmers and the house is a hand me down from Owen Lars father. It is below ground, I think to combat the suns harmful heat and intense UV, it isn’t a real place and only a set; it’s on another planet you know, so I am guessing, and just guessing, it’s totally made up. But, the simple fact that it is under ground, with a nice courtyard and several rooms to accommodate a family is something that caught my imagination when I was a kid seeing this movie for the first time. Although I was seven when the movie came out.
Another great place to live, I think anyway, is the apartment that Patrick Bateman lived in. It is in the movie ‘American Psycho’, based on the book by Brent Easton Ellis. It is in a highrise in NYC, there isn’t anything special about this apartment that caught my fancy really, but it’s ability to remain stain free I liked. With all of the people that Bateman killed in this movie, to be specific, the ones that he killed in his apartment you would think that there would be many stains through out that place. But, for some odd reason, there was never a mess or stain. The only messes he incurred during his escapades ended up on his shirt laundry. I wouldn’t actually do the same things that Bateman did, but I certainly wouldn’t worry about spills of any kind. Just think about it, you could spill your coffee or juices or whatever and there would never be a stain. That would be awesome, because I am tired of looking at the stains of coffee that I eventually have to cover it up with furniture.
In the first Bourne film, The Bourne Identity, when Bourne and Maria, (played by Matt Damon and Franka Potente), make it to Paris they arrive at his apartment. The address is 104 rue du Jardin in the movie, but, in actuality it is 104 Avenue Kleber at rue de Longchamp. It is just north of the Trocadero in Paris. It is a real apartment and it is nice. I have always wanted to live in Paris and this apartment is directly in the middle of it all there. Imagine being able to wake in the morning and walk to a nice area of Paris and have a great cup of coffee before you start your day. Wouldn’t that be great? I’d love it.
Number four on my list is the mansion if Batman Begins. I don’t know how many mansions have been used for this franchise of movies and the television series from 60’s. But the mansion in this movie is spectacular. Wayne Manor, to be precise about it’s name, in Batman Begins a splendid place to live. Bruce Wayne, played by Christian Bale, lives a bachelors life in this awesome place. Along with his butler and staff, this is the best of the many mansions he has. It is a real place but no longer open to the public. It is in Buckinghamshire in the UK and is called Mentmore Towers in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire. You can also see this beautiful building in movies such as Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and seen as a restaurant in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. It is a Neo-Renaissance English country house and takes it name from the village in which it is located.
Another great place to live would have to be the hotel in The Shinning, the original movie. There are many rumors about to which of the many places this hotel is and they all aren’t true, but have some merit. First off, the majority of this movie was filmed on a set in Hertfordshire in the UK. The made for TV adaptation was filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which is interesting, when I was a kid it was rumored that part of the scenes were filmed there. And, although this is were King was when he was inspired to write this book. The exterior of this hotel, ‘The Overlook Hotel’, was actually the Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Or. And there isn’t a maze in the bakyard.
The Apartment Keanu Reaves and Charlize Theron shared in the movie ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ is the world famous Carnegie Hill, Fifth Avenue and 94th st. It’s a prestigious address and you need the money and right connections to live in that area.
The Apartment Bruce Willis lives in in ‘The Sixth Sense’ is in Philidelphia and is easy to find. I have always wanted to live in this town and think that this would be the perfect place to learn the city. In one of it’s most popular areas. It is a real house and the scenes were shot there, on the streets and gardens in the area.
For a nostalgic feel I think the house in ‘The Exorcist’ would be awesome. It is in the Georgetown area of Washington DC. It is a real location, the house was real and still is there. The scenes were shot entirely on set, spinning rooms and refrigeration added. There wasn’t any computer animation then and the director used real frigid air for some of the main scenes. The window in the ad for the doesn’t exist, it was built for the movie and was a false front for the movie. The stairs that Father Karras plunges down are real though.
The Mansion of Dr. Bill Barford in ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ had many places to name. Many. But I like the scene when he is tending to one of his guests that OD’s on a speedball. It is Luton Hoo, Hotel, Golf and Spa near Luton in Bedforshire in the UK. I have been to a few spas, and I truly do love the feeling of being pampered and, I think, this would be the best one to get that treatment. I love to be pampered.
In the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ the apartment scene where Vince and Jules, John Travlota and Samuel L Jackson, intimidate the kids that crossed Marsellus, Ving Rhames. You know the scene where they try the Big Kahuna burgers is located on Van Ness Avenue just north of Hollywood Blvd. I think the only reason that I’d want to live at this place is because of the proximity. It right there in Hollywood, just off of the strip and easy to get around in that area of LA.