• March 25, 2004

In the Movies & on TV

What are your favorite movie & TV homes?

TV & Movies

Strong family home in “Catch Me if You Can”

Ok, I admit it. Once I get excited about something it is hard for me to stop focusing on it. Some might call it an obsession, I think of it more as enthusiasm. Last night I found myself recording a scene from the movie “Catch Me if You Can” filmed in an old fashioned kitchen.

“Catch Me if You Can” is a good movie, but I became more engrossed with the kitchen than the storyline. The kitchen had built-in cupboards and a sink in the same configuration as in our house. I kept wishing the camera would pull back so I could see where the refrigerator and stove were placed instead of a close-up shot of Leonardo DiCaprio. You know your priorities have changed when you are more excited by a kitchen than a heartthrob!

I did a little research and found a list of bungalows and Craftsman homes in the movies and on TV:

All in the Family: TV series, the classic 1970’s family home of Archie and Edith Bunker.

Back to the Future: movie, filmed at the quintessential Arts and Crafts home, the Gamble house in Pasadena. It was the setting of the professor’s house and the science lab. For a lover of older homes, it doesn’t get better than this!

Beverly Hills 90210: TV series. Dylan McKay’s gorgeous California bungalow. This house was also used in the 2002 movie Clockstoppers. Read about how the house was saved from demolition and see more photos.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: TV series. Here is an exterior photo of the house Buffy lives in with her mother. The interior is full of period furnishings, has nice tile work and wainscoting, too. The town of Sunnydale is full of California style bungalows.

Grumpy Old Men: movie, starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, and Ann-Margaret has some great bungalows.

Hanging Up: movie, starring Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow. Meg Ryan’s character lives in a Spanish-style bungalow that has some interesting interiors; mostly Monterrey/Western furnishings and a great Bauer, California pottery collection in the kitchen.

LA Confidential: movie. The whole movie is filled with period homes. This is Bidwell’s house.

My Life as a House: movie, starring Kevin Kline. Tear jerker.

Monster-in-Law: movie, starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer Lopez falls in love with a doctor and moves into his house…this house. The house steals the show: gorgeous woodwork; green subway tiled bathroom; beautiful tiled fireplace complete with a wood mantel, flanked by a built-in bookcase and more. Watch this movie just for the house.

Multiplicity: movie, starring Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton creates clones of himself to help in rehabbing his family’s bungalow. Hmmmmm…that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

My Dog Skip: movie. A coming of age story starring Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.

Old School: movie, starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. Who can forget their frat house?

Radio Days: movie, Woody Allen. Set in a bungalow and the interior shots had craftsman influences.

Six Feet Under: TV series, funeral home. This house is located in my neighborhood on Arlington Ave in the West Adams area of Los Angeles.

Swing Shift: movie, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Goldie lives in a gorgeous bungalow court. This location was also used for the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.

The Man Who Wasn’t There: movie, starring Billy Bob Thornton and directed by the Coen brothers.

The Shining: movie, famously starring Jack Nicholson. The hotel interior. I spent a good part of my childhood being afraid of “red rum, red rum…”

Training Day: movie, starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke and Scott Glenn.

What Lies Beneath: movie, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. This gives you a glimpse of some of the built-ins you will see throughout the house.

Comments { 23 }
  1. jmo

    Don’t forget the drool worthy house from “Old School”…I totally lost the storyline as I devoured the beautiful Craftsman bungalow. Later on, when the “frat boys” trashed it, I kept thinking, “These are the worst previous owners of ALL TIME!”

    Was “A Christmas Story” filmed in a bungalow? I think it was but I’m not sure.

    What a great list you’ve got!

  2. Susan Carley Oliver

    Ahh, the lovely woodwork in Buffy’s house . . . that was lovingly restored by Xander each and every time it was destroyed by vampires, demons and hellgods. Talk about your never-ending projects!

  3. Kristen

    Great list! I’ll have to check some of those out. If I’m home in time, I sometimes turn on Still Standing on CBS Tuesday nights to check out their bungalow. The show is set in/near Chicago. Now, taking my cue from Multiplicity, I’m off to attempt to create duplicates of myself to get all these house projects done … ;-)

  4. heather

    We rented “The Story of Us” last night. The master bath in the movie was really cool. The subway tile ran vertically instead of horizontally. I haven’t seen that before but I liked the way it looked. There were also several shots of the kitchen with the old freestanding sink and a modernized version. The woodwork in the house had me drooling. Plus, this was actually a good movie so David didn’t mind watching it with me.

  5. Cheryll

    Until I got to this page…I was beginning to think I was the only “Bungalow Junky” in the world that watched old movies etc. just to gaze at the bungalows in the backgrounds. My husband thinks I am nuts! I can be watching a commercial or “Law and Order” or WHATEVER and yell out, “Lloyd look! There’s another Bungalow! Isn’t it beautiful!” I do this constantly! Have you ever noticed “Monk”s Apartment? It definately has a Bungalow style interior. Heavy “Arts and Crafts” style. I really like his kitchen cabinets. I read somewhere that the Bungalow was referred to as the PERFECT AMERICAN HOME and movie producers LOVE TO USE THEM AS SETS. It must be true, they are everywhere! Just notice sometime how many are used on the “MONK” series and in commercials. There is an episode where “Monk” thinks a snake got loose in somebody’s house and jumps up on a diningroom table. Look at the house in the background. It is a bungalow. I guess I am not going crazy after all. I feel much better now…

  6. Kristen

    I just recalled the other one I was trying to remember – mostly because it’s on TV now and it jogged my memory! Joan of Arcadia’s family lives in a great bungalow. :)

  7. robert

    The house from ‘Old School’ is located in South Pasadena. My wife and I happened to walk by it when they were filming. We had no idea what they were filming. The whole street was decorated to look like a houses just off a college campus. Is was pretty neawt to see.

    There are many beautiful bungalows along that street.

  8. adam

    A River Runs Thru It with Brad Pitt has an older house in it. Not quite a bungalow but the interior is all craftsman and just gorgeous, the movie is set in the early 1900 so everything is very period and there are many detailed shots of the rooms. The movie wasnt spectacular but I would definetly recomend renting it.

  9. anika

    That’s a wonderful list and the best part is most of the houses are near me and I get to see them on a regular basis. My favorite house with built-ins is the house that Harrison Ford and a blonde actress shared in some horror movie…I don’t remember the name of the movie (it was that bad), but I think there was a dead girl and water involved. The bookshelves on the staircase were gorgeous. I know I focused more on that, than on the movie.

  10. Jill

    Alas, I have merely a 1950′s cape cod, but I’m redoing the kitchen in a quasi-Craftsman style, so I’m on the lookout all the time for such things. There’s a terrific bungalow in of all things GARFIELD: THE MOVIE. Brenda’s house on SIX FEET UNDER has some lovely Craftsman-style trimwork at the very least. There’s a film called THE GUYS, with Anthony LaPaglia and Sigourney Weaver, part of which seems to take place in a bungalow.

  11. Cathy

    I can add another movie that I saw recently on the IFC channel. Blood and Wine starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Cain, Judy Dench, J Lo (I think). It was set in Florida and Jack Nickolson lived in a lovely old craftsman. The house was not featured a lot but I recognized all the craftsman details. Trouble is there was some fighting in the movie and I remember one of the walls got destroyed. :-(

  12. jackie

    The movie “the Green Mile” with Tom Hanks has some great craftsman interiors. Look towards the end of the movie when the the main character “Coffe” goes to the head warden’s home to heal his dying wife. The bedroom interior is straight out of the bradbury & bradbury wallpaper book. I believe it has the apple tree freize that I adore in it!

  13. Anne Marie

    Don’t forget the sitcoms “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens”.

  14. beth

    great list…I also suffer from bungalow envy(also drive my husband nuts with it). Not only the 6 feet under funeral home, but Nate and Brenda’s house is incredible as are their furnishings!

  15. michelle Sydnor

    it’s hilarious that you mentioned the movie Catch Me if You Can. I was obsessed with the furnishings and architecture in that movie – i distracted the whole movie theater whispering to my husband about different elements that i was crazy about. also check out The Aviator – the sets are to die for!

  16. Jasmina Elmasri

    I would like to know the address of the house of the Six Feet Under funeral home please.

    Thank you,


  17. heather

    The Six Feet Under house in on Arlington Ave. 1-2 blocks north of Adams Blvd.

  18. angela

    Don’t forget Angela’s house in My So Called Life. Oh! and Zathura. Absolutely gorgous house in Zathura.

  19. Cerella

    Also the house in Monster-In-Law…..it’s an amazing bungalow!

  20. Dee

    Talking about Angela’s house in My So-Called Life, does anyone know the address of the said house?

  21. Nicole

    Does anyone know what the style of house is in some of the old 1950′s movies like with Doris Day? To name one: “Send Me No Flowers.” It’s a ranchy house with stone and lots of levels. The entryway might have stone floor and then off to the side the living room is sunken. The chubby banister rails and woodtrim are all painted white and the outside of these houses is usually stone. I realize they were duplicating some kind of a popular California architecture in the 1940′s and 50′s. I would really like to know the name of this stlye. If anyone knows, please drop me an e-mail.

  22. Nicole

    It was great to find a blog where other people are more interested in the homes in movies than the movie! While I’m here, I can’t resist playing too! Here are some of my all time favorite movie homes: You will notice these are almost all in old movies – which I think have the best homes!

    The house in MRS. MINIVER!!! (Her husband is supposed to be an architect so they made the home really special. I particularly druel over their bedroom! You step down one step and in front of their bed is this huge picture window and notice that the drapes don’t draw at the window. I thought that was different. And off to the side she has a dressing area where she steps up. It’s so neat! Why don’t they design homes like this anymore??

    SUSPICION – Check out Joan Fontaine’s bedroom. It has a fireplace and I also love the chubby banister railes in this realistic, English, lodgy style estate.

    The bedroom in “IN THE GOOD OL SUMMERTIME.” (And what a funny movie!) I realize it’s a set but they could sure design sets back then! I heard that many of the Hollywood homes were actually homes that were built specifically for the movies in actual fake neighborhoods and when MGM came to a close – all those wonderful homes and sets were demolished! That would have been so fun to have taken a tour of all that. I died when I heard that!

    MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS – Fabulous victorian house and fabulous girl’s bedroom.

    Christmas in Connecticut – It features what I believe is called a “Connecticut Farmhouse style.” I love that style!

    If you like cottages like me, check out “NATIONAL VELVET” with Elizabeth Taylor. It’s such a cozy cottage. It shows you that small houses can still be so warm and charming – UNLIKE houses they build today!! These “today” architects act like if it’s a small house they can’t give it any charm.

    And one more side note. If you watch any old movies, notice how every female’s bedroom has a gorgeous dresser with a skirt around it in front of a big window. I don’t know why always put them in front of windows. The old bedrooms in old movies are always so DREAMY!

    MIDNIGHT LACE – That’s a neat apartment and check out how her bedroom is sort of round. It’s a very suspensful movie, by the way, if you haven’t seen it’!

    The old “Father of the Bride” with Spencer Tracy is a neat house and I think that was one of MGM’s real houses. It doesn’t seem like a set.

    And for new houses – Nicole Kidman’s “Bewitched” is filmed in kind of a neat cottagy style houses. I really liked all the white painted paneling.

    If you haven’t seen any of these old movies,you’re in for a real treat! They’re great movies too!

  23. Matt

    As ANGELA suggested the “Ultimate Bungalow” house from Zathura is beautiful. It plays a leading part in the film. Although the inside is entirely a set, it’s still really nice. Great woodwork! Fun film too. It’s a favorite. Good article about the house here… http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/11/21/the-craftsman-house-featured-in-the-movie-zathura/

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