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Homes that film and television have made famous

Cinema and television has brought us experiences rich with iconography over the years, but one of the most iconic – and yet least explored – fixtures of the filmmaking process is the finding of an actual house for the fictional heroes to call home. Do these homes really exist? Are they owned by real people? And if so, where are they? Read on for more.

Breaking Bad

The home used for Walter White in Breaking Bad borders on being an American landmark these days. It’s a testament to the show’s popularity that, in the lead-up to the final ever episode of the AMC show, thousands of fans flocked to Albuquerque in New Mexico to see the famous house in person.

Guess what? It’s a real home, owned by Fran and Louie Padilla. They’ve lived quiet lives in the house since 1973, but in the last five years, they’ve gotten used to seeing Breaking Bad fans stopping their cars outside to have a closer look at the ‘White House’.

Fran Padilla is grateful for the exposure, though, because it’s enabled her to meet interesting people from all over the world. Still, she might just be relieved the show has wrapped now.

Did you know?

Vince Gilligan originally wanted the Padilla pool in the backyard to be covered up. The production team refused and the poolside scenes were written in to the script.

Modern Family

This popular Emmy-award winning sitcom is all about the family, which makes the family home of Phil Dunphy and co. an important aspect of the story.

The real-life house is situated in L.A. and recently went up for sale. Asking price? Only $2.3 million. It’s over 2, 500 square feet and has 4 bedrooms and 5 baths. Best of all, you’re getting a prime spot that, on television at least, the Dunphys call home.

Did you know?

Should the new owners refuse to have their home filmed for the show, the Dunphy family will be forced to move.

Fight Club

Not every home on set is a real house, and in Fight Club the production crew actually built an entire house on an empty lot in California to capture some of the movie’s most iconic scenes. If you’ve seen David Fincher’s masterpiece, you’ll recognise this degraded home which is the abode in which Brad Pitt and Edward Norton’s characters take up residence.

Did you know?

The house looked pristine when it was first built. Over the next few days, the crew actively degraded it to give it its signature weathered look.

The Godfather

As Godfather and leader of a powerful New York crime syndicate, the novel about the fictional Vito Corleone depicts a man living the life of luxury. So when it came time to direct the film incarnation, a suitably grand abode needed to be chosen as Vito’s base.

The real home is situated in Los Angeles and is 50, 000 square feet, with 20 bedrooms and 40 bathrooms. It also sports a home theatre and a nightclub. Not bad at all, and it can be yours to rent, providing you’re prepared to part with $600,000a month. Alternatively, you can buy the home for nigh-on $100 million.

Did you know?

JFK and his wife once stayed at the home on holiday.

Batman Begins

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When Chris Nolan decided to reboot the Batman franchise, he needed a suitably grand estate the Caped Crusader could call home. After location scouting, it was decided Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire would do the trick, a 19th century mansion styled in the image of Jacobean and Elizabethan homes. The house is listed as a Grade I home in its native England, meaning it is “of exceptional interest”, and should be preserved at all costs.

Did you know?

The previous owner of Mentmore, Simon Halabi, was declared the 14th richest person in Britain in 2007, with a net worth of $4.3 billion. Three years later he went bankrupt.

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