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Real Estate News

June 6, 2012

Lights, Camera, Curtains? Behind the Scenes of Movie Homes

Syndicated — Real estate is a lot like movies, at least in one critical respect. It's all about "location, location, location."

While Hollywood can do its best to recreate a setting in a studio, sometimes the only way to bring a scene to life is to film on location.

The big stars of the silver screen are California, Chicago and New York, with their iconic skylines and settings. However, there are occasions when a typical family home is needed to add just the right touch. From "The Fugitive" to "Marley & Me," we're going behind the scenes to see the homes that lent authenticity to some of box office hits.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's"

169 E 71st Street, New York NY

The exterior of this classic brownstone was featured prominently in the classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Although none of the interior scenes were filmed here, the home still exudes much of the charm of Audrey Hepburn's famous character, Holly Golightly. The elegant home features a glass-enclosed solarium, sweeping staircase, wood-burning fireplace and renovated kitchen. After being listed in December 2011, the home sold this April for $5.975 million.

"The Fugitive"

336 W Wisconsin St, Chicago IL

For sale: $3,699,000

The 1993 thriller "The Fugitive" opened with scenes in this modern home in the Chicago real estate market. Built in 1981, the home was significantly expanded, according to Curbed, resulting in a 6,200-square-feet home with three master suites, indoor swimming pool, sauna and rooftop deck. The home was first listed in June 2011 for $3.95 million.

"Father of the Bride" & "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

500 N Almansor St, Alhambra CA

Before you get too excited, we need to note that this is only one of the homes used for filming "Father of the Bride." This property was reserved for shots involving the backyard and side property, while interior and front shots were filmed at another house. However, this home - inside and out - was also used for the remake of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac. The classic Colonial is located in Alhambra, about 16 miles outside of Hollywood, and sold last July for $1. 275 million.

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