For the ultimate dream house inspo, look no further than the silver screen. Thanks to a little something called movie magic, it’s basically a non-negotiable requirement that characters have to live in a fabulous home. From Jay Gatsby’s mega mansion to Nick Parker’s dreamy Napa Valley vineyard, I’m rounding up my all-time favorite movie homes for your viewing pleasure. Just add popcorn.
Call Me By Your Name
As coming-of-age tales of first love and self discovery go, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is pretty close to perfect, not least because of that dreamy 17th century Italian villa the Perlman family get to call home.
Said villa is Villa Albergoni and, much like Oliver and Elio’s relationship, it has a hauntingly beautiful and nostalgic aesthetic tinged with just the slightest hint of sadness. Arched ceilings, vintage furnishings and a haphazard smattering of clashing prints and rich textures come together to make the villa feel alive with warmth and affection. Its rough-around-the-edges finishes, however, portends the quiet melancholy to come.
What’s a list of movie homes without a shout out to the historic plantation home? Other notable contenders in this category include Allie and Noah’s blue shuttered abode in The Notebook, and the iconic Tara plantation from Gone with the Wind. But my favorite has to be the Madewood Plantation Guesthouse, featured in Sofia Coppola’s remake of the atmospheric thriller, The Beguiled.
With this particular house, what really draws me in is the stunning Greek Revival facade; those pillars, bringing a taste of the Parthenon to the Deep South, are simply divine! As if that wasn’t enough, it’s even approved by the Queen B herself (parts of Beyonce’s Lemonade were filmed here).
The Great Gatsby
A colossal affair by any standard indeed. Jay Gatsby’s West Egg mega mansion was most recently brought to life in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation, and boy it did not disappoint.
Filled with monogrammed floors, a Wurlitzer pipe organ and gates ‘originally belonging to a castle in Normandy’, the Gatsby mansion is everything a fantastical movie home should be and more. I especially love the nod to Art Deco, which captures all the glamour and excesses of the 1920s to a tee.
The Lake House
The Lake House is the tale of two time-crossed lovers linked by – you guessed it – a lake house. Given that it’s central to the plot line, it’s little wonder that the lake house in question is a stunner.
With an actual real-life maple tree growing through its center and mesmerizing 360 views of the lakeside, I think I’m more jealous of the house than Sandra and Keanu’s love story. Before you think about searching it up on Airbnb for your next romantic getaway though, prepare for disappointment. The house was constructed especially for the film which means it no longer exists today. I think of it as the one that got away.
A Single Man
Any movie goer with even a passing interest in fashion and popular culture will know that a Tom Ford directed film is guaranteed to be visually captivating – and A Single Man is no exception. With a starry cast headed by Colin Firth, and an impeccably tailored wardrobe which draws on 60s chic, Ford’s directorial debut is aesthetically sumptuous and alluring, despite the heavy subject matter. What’s more, the locations – George’s sleek mid-century modern home, I’m looking at you – provide the perfect modernist backdrop for the story to play out.
The house in question is the Schaffer Residence designed by famed American architect, John Lautner. Hidden away in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains in LA, its location perfectly encapsulates the isolation and profound loneliness of the film’s protagonist. I especially love how the heavy use of wood and profusion of glass windows make the home feel like a grown up tree house.
The Parent Trap
Sure, Annie and her mom’s house is pretty great if that whole grand townhouse look floats your boat, but what really sets my heart aflutter is the Napa Valley vineyard which Hallie shares with her dad.
The choice of a Spanish-influenced ranch is a sweet nod to the original 1961 version of the film, except this time around, dad’s abode comes complete with a swimming pool and vineyard. A striking ivy-clad facade makes my house envy official – so much so that I can almost empathize with Meredith’s wicked plans, all for the love of good design!