In our new reality series Mansion Hunters, Paul Kim and his team of Image Locations associates scour Los Angeles to find beautiful and exotic homes and mansions to serve as locations for movie shoots and weddings or simply as get-away pads for the rich and famous. It can't be easy for Kim and company, dealing with extremely demanding clients with very particular tastes, but the hardest part of their job has to be finding just the right location for a major movie. After all, what's a good scene without an equally compelling setting? The best locations in movies are often remembered as vividly as the actors who appeared in them, transcending beyond simple structures to become characters unto themselves. Mark your calendar or set an alert for July 9th to watch the premiere of Mansion Hunters and then check out our list of the Hollywood Movie Mansion we love the most.
Jackie Treehorn's Porn Palace
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Sheats-Goldstein Residence
Designed by architect John Lautner, whose striking America Organic Architecture structures are frequently used in movies, the Sheats-Goldstein mansion was built into the hillside and evokes a cave. It famously featured as Jackie Treehorn's (Ben Gazzara) beach palace-that-porn-built in the classic comedy The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges as "the Dude." It has also appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Bandits, among other movies.
Blade Runner (1982)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis House
Built in 1924, the Ennis House is designer Frank Lloyd Wright’s fourth and largest textile block design home, constructed using interlocking concrete blocks inspired by symmetrical reliefs seen in ancient Mayan buildings in Uxmal. The Mayan Revival-style Ennis House first appeared on screen in 1959 in the original House on Haunted Hill and has been featured in dozens of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos, but it’s most widely recognized from an exterior shot in Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. The interior structure and unique block designs were also recreated on a sound stage for principle scenes featuring Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard.
The Lovell House
One of the most important structures in modern architectural history, the Lovell House was designed and built by Richard Neutra in the International Style in 1927 for physician Philip Lovell. It is notable as the first steel frame house in the United States and for the use of gunite (spray-on concrete) in its construction. It appeared on film in the Oscar-winning movie L.A. Confidential as the home of Pierce Morehouse Patchett (David Strathairn), whose escort company Fleur-de-Lis provides “whatever you desire.” It was also the residence of Oliver Fields (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) in the 2010 comedy Beginners.
Fox Force Five FortPulp Fiction (1994)
Summitridge Beverly Hills
This secluded 3-bedroom home north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills is home to one of the most iconic crime movie characters of our generation, Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction, yet there was apparently no mention made of this fact when the home was sold in 2010. Though the actual entryway is apparently not the one depicted in the movie, the interior scenes — Mia dancing to "Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon" and then accidentally overdosing on heroin, while Vincent Vega (John Travolta) talks to himself in the mirror — were actually filmed inside the home.
La Primera Casa del Brangelina
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Though not as flashy or as exotic as other homes on our list, this Colonial Revival house in Pasadena is notable as the place where one of Hollywood’s all-time power couples — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — met on the set of the 2005 action-comedy remake of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Both the interior and exterior of the house were featured prominently in the movie, which saw Jolie and Pitt playing a married pair of assassins hired to kill each other. The house is often confused for the one depicted in Father of the Bride (1991), which is also a Colonial Revival located a short distance away in Pasadena.
The Tony Stark Estate
The home, laboratory, gym, foundry, armor factory and refuge of eccentric billionaire superhero Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) would be at the very top of nearly every list about homes, mansions and estates…if only it were real. Unfortunately, all of the interior shots of Stark’s super-casa are sets and the exterior shots are all CGI. Partially inspired by the "Razor Residence" in La Jolla designed by San Diego-based architect Wallace E. Cunningham, which is also made of glass, steel and white polished concrete, the real estate site Movoto estimates that Stark’s estate would list for over $117 million if it was really on the market.