The architecture featured in a film is just as important as the actors on screen.
Most of the time, films are made in studios because things are easier to control or because what the director wants just doesn't exist. Houses like the ones in "Jumanji,""The Wizard of Oz," and "Beetlejuice" are awesome works of art, but when the projects wrap, they are usually destroyed.
While making our Real-World Locations of Iconic TV Homes list, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the iconic movie homes that existed before the films were made and remained standing long after the credits rolled.
This list is by no means definitive, but we tried to pick films from various genres and decades so that there is something for everyone.
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The Overlook Hotel from "The Shining" is in Oregon.
Location: Mount Hood, Ore.
Movie: "The Shining"
Stephen King was inspired to write "The Shining" while staying at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, but for the hotel's exterior shots in the 1980 film, Stanley Kubrick used the Timberline Hotel in all it's snow-covered glory. The lodge building is a national landmark, but there are also luxury condos on the property that are not as creepy. There is no hedge maze, unfortunately, but we wouldn't want to get stuck in that thing anyway.
Luna Schlosser's House in "Sleeper" can be found in Denver.
Location: Denver, CO.
Built by Charles Deaton in 1963, the “Structured House” became known as the “Sleeper House” when Woody Allen's sci-fi comedy released 10 years later. The concrete clamshell house was used for the film because it looks like it belongs 200 years in the future. It sold at a foreclosure auction in 2010 for only $1.5 million, four years after someone paid $3.4 million for it.
The 4-bedroom McCallister house in "Home Alone" is in Illinois.
Location: Winnetka, Ill.
Movie: "Home Alone"
If you're going to make your family disappear so that you can be home alone, there are worst places to do it. The 4,250-square-foot Georgian style home was bought in 1988 for $875,000 and sold in 2012 for $1.6 million. Even though it houses a small army in the film, the house only has four bedrooms, and the master suite takes up most of the west side of the house. "Home Alone" director Chris Columbus used rooms inside the house for the film as well, but there is no mention of an evil furnace in the basement.
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