In the REELZ reality series Mansion Hunters, we get a look at some of the hottest houses in Hollywood as Paul Kim and the team from Image Locations book homes to be used in film, television, fashion shoots, and ads. As much as we love the houses featured in the show, there are some places that Image Locations just can't book. Whether a house is made from magic, exists in the far-distant future, or inhabited by living and breathing dishware, these homes are so far removed from reality that they can only really be created by movie magic. Regardless of how out-of-this-world they are, they're still places that we would love to call home. Some Places You Just Have to See to Believe
There are about a thousand reasons we love Bilbo’s Hobbit hole. We love Hobbit architecture with the round doors and windows. The antiques and knickknacks are charming. It’s chockfull of food, beer and mead, and it’s likely the coziest home we’ve ever seen either in real life or in the movies.
Cinderella’s Chateau (Cinderella)The castle where the prince lives is very nice and all, but we’d really want to live in Cinderella’s stepmom’s house. Imagine how great it would be to have anthropomorphic mice and birds singing, making clothes and helping with chores. It’s rare to find a house listing with an amenity like that, not to mention the turret, the garden, and all the character that sweetens the deal.
Mostly we just want to hang out with the Weaselys, but living in a house built with magic and full of magical things would be amazing. And aside from all that, we agree with Harry and think that the quirky style sensibility of Molly Weasely is “brilliant.” With her mismatched dining chairs, vintage light fixtures, and slightly askew everything, we can’t imagine a magical dwelling that is more homey.
Wayne Manor (Batman) There have been many incarnations of Wayne Manor and the attached Batcave, and they’re all houses we’d want to live in. That said, we'd need all those gadgets, chemistry sets, suits of armor, computers and the garage complete with a car-friendly lazy susan included with the house — not to mention the secret fireman’s pole.
Much like with Cinderella’s house, we’d love that we’d never have to cook or clean in the Beast’s castle. Instead we’d just let the mops clean the floors, the stove could make us delicious French cuisine, the candlesticks would entertain us, and with all our spare time we could peruse that huge library. The only problem we can see with the place is that we’d likely eat our own weight in that reputedly delicious gray stuff.
Ok, this one is more of a houseboat than a house, but still, it totally has all the makings for the perfect home — plenty of food and drink, a great dance floor, a whole closet full of gold bikinis (we’re guessing), and an easy commute to the Sarlacc Pit. What more could you want?
A sweet condo in the Emerald City (Wizard of Oz) As far as self-contained, walled cities go, there are none more art-deco chic than the Emerald City. From its carriage rides with multi-colored horses, to the full-service salon/ day spas, to the impatient city door man, the convenient and magical go hand in hand in this town. The Wizard’s chambers seem a little chilly and intimidating to us, but a chic condo that looks out on the central plaza would be just about perfect.
There’s nowhere better to enjoy a hot cup of earl grey tea than in Captain Picard’s quarters on the Starship Enterprise. It’s a space where everything is both lovely and functional, and it’s the perfect blend of futuristic items and mid-20th-century Swedish design.
We’re not crazy about Zion which tends to go overboard with its steampunk sensibility, but we kind of love the Merovingian’s place. A gorgeous chateau linked magically to the manager’s office of an amazing restaurant with some really, ummm... enjoyable desserts, and a hidden secret dungeon, we think we could live in the Merovingian’s house pretty much forever, even if it’s just part of the matrix and isn’t really real.
Back to the Future II showed us a brave new world of futuristic houses. From ceilings that store fruit and flush-mounted, flat-screen TVs to knob-less doors and voice-activated food hydrators, the McFly's future house is beyond anything we can imagine. A fax machine in the bathroom!? Now we’ve seen everything!
Images courtesy Warner Bros., Walt Disney Productions, Twentieth Century Fox, Buena Vista Pictures, MGM, Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures.