Hollywood's always been in the business of selling dreams – and it's conjured up some dream homes in its time.
From grandiose clifftop mansions to 23rd-century apartments packed with the tech of the future, we've picked out the most desirable residences from the silver screen.
Xanadu (Citizen Kane)
Built in the Gothic style, this Florida estate belonging to press magnate Charles Foster Kane is designed for the man who has everything – and wants to get away from it all. Golf course, private zoo, Venetian canals – it’s basically a Vegas casino for one man. No wonder he never leaves it.
Korben Dallas’ apartment (The Fifth Element)
Space is at a premium in 23rd century New York – and while this apartment is compact, it can accommodate a surprising number of people. And despite being made up of only one room, it has all the mod-cons – reconstituting cooker, slide-away bed and a hidden shower unit.
Kevin Flynn’s Grid safehouse (Tron Legacy)
This minimalist structure looks more like the chillout lounge in a Parisian nightclub than a home, with its black walls, underlit floor panels and Perspex rococo tables. But then, practicalities don’t matter when you’re making a house out of computer code – and the debug really ties the room together.
Bill Murray's Mansion (Zombieland)
When faced with the zombie apocalypse, who wouldn’t want to shack up in a celebrity’s pad? Bill Murray’s palatial Hollywood digs feature a ludicrously opulent kitchen, a home cinema and shamelessly gaudy dining room, complete with Ghostbusters-reference chandelier. Disappointingly, it’s not really Bill Murray’s – it belongs to a real estate developer.
Wayne Manor (Batman Begins/The Dark Knight Rises)
Situated in Gotham City’s exclusive Palisades district, stately Wayne Manor is an extremely desirable residence in the “Jacobethan” style. Owned by the Wayne family since the Civil War era, the house boasts an impressive array of reception rooms, bedrooms and ballrooms, as well as ample basement space. The foundations in the south-east corner need some work, though.
Wayne Manor was actually represented by two different stately homes in Christopher Nolan's Batman films – in Batman Begins, Mentmore Towers was used for exterior shots of the building (which makes it very obvious that Gotham's Palisades is apparently located in Buckinghamshire). When the Manor's rebuilt in The Dark Knight Rises, Wollaton Hall – a near-exact duplicate of Mentmore Towers – fills in for Wayne's pad.
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The Budwing residence (Zathura)
This Craftsman-style house gets put through the wringer when it’s whisked into outer space, battered by meteors and blasted by Zorgons. But fortunately, the abuse was only heaped onto a miniature by director Jon Favreau – the real house used for the exteriors is still intact, and sitting in South Pasadena.
Patrick Bateman’s apartment (American Psycho)
Located in the prestigious American Gardens Building on Manhattan’s West 81st Street, this 11th-floor apartment is a vision of restrained 80s good taste – if a little cold and clinical, with its white-and-stainless-steel finish and abundance of brand-name home furnishings. Just don’t go rummaging in the back of the fridge. Or starting conversations about music.
10880 Malibu Point, 90265 (Iron Man 3)
Only billionaire Tony Stark – aka Iron Man – could afford to build his cliffside home in the National Park of Point Dume. The main house features design flourishes including a cantilevered concrete staircase and a glass waterfall – but it’s all a bit impersonal. Venture downstairs to the massive garage and workshop, and you’ll see the owner’s true personality on display – all of them.
Of course, even if you're the greatest superhero in the world, it's not a great idea to go inviting international terrorists to visit your home address – they might attempt to redecorate. With extreme prejudice.
The Vandamm residence (North By Northwest)
The villain’s lair in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller is a gorgeous Modernist salute to Frank Lloyd Wright, an angular mass jutting out from Mount Rushmore. Sadly, because the area’s a national park, the house is entirely fictional – and it was concocted by Hitchcock’s set designers, since Wright proved too expensive for Hollywood.
The Lake House (The Lake House)
Designed by British architect Nathan Crowley, this glass-and-steel concoction is hardly practical – think of how much it costs to heat! – but more than makes up for it with its stunning views of Lake Michigan. Sadly, the Regency-style glass house - which used some 35 tons of steel in its construction – was demolished after the film was completed.
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