Have you ever watched Home Alone and wondered what in the world Kevin’s dad must do for a living to be able to afford that gorgeous home and a Christmas vacation to Paris for the entire family? It’s the type of thought which likely only occurs to you as you get older and face the stark reality of figuring out how to pay rent or a mortgage, quickly lamenting the false hopes Friends gave you about the type of apartment you could expect to move into in New York. But as you grow to better understand just how well off many of our fictional characters must be to afford their quality of living you also develop an appetite for real estate porn, i.e., those movies or TV shows where the plot and characters are still the primary draw but a secondary pull is the endless parade of gorgeous houses they inhabit. We’re talking your average Nancy Meyers movie or every single episode of Big Little Lies.
However, real estate porn can often be very misleading. Most of the time, those gorgeous homes we see on film are actually a combination of exterior shots of a real home a location manager found somewhere and interior scenes shot on a Los Angeles soundstage. Sometimes the house just exists on a Hollywood backlot and is re-used over and over again, such as the Murtaugh home from the Lethal Weapon films being part of the WB backlot in Burbank meaning it’s been featured in countless other movies (e.g., Christmas Vacation) and TV shows (e.g., Gidget). So, how do you we know if what we’re watching is real or not?
The following infographic offers a partial answer by looking at 6 iconic movie houses, and exploring whether they were real or not: