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Home is where the heart is and that’s especially true in film, where some of the best homes, fictional and real, have appeared on screen and left a big impression on movie viewers’ hearts. Here are 10 unforgettable homes featured in film.

1. The Sheats/Goldstein House

Location: Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills

Films: The Big Lebowski, Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle

Built between 1961-1963 by John Lautner, this home was built right into the sandstone hillside, and was designed to mimic a cave.

2. Ennis House

Location: Los Angeles

Films: Blade Runner, House on the Haunted Hill, The Day of the Locust, and more.

This home was built in 1924 by Frank Lloyd Wright and has been featured in many films, TV shows, and commercials. It became world renowned after it was featured in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner as bounty hunter Rick Deckard’s cyberpunk apartment.

3. Hearst Castle a.k.a Xanadu

Location: San Simeon, California

Film: Citizen Kane

Hearst Castle is the inspiration for Xanadu, the fictional estate of Charles Foster Kane, in the iconic classic Citizen Kane. The house sets the mood as the film opens with a distant image of the home. Allegedly, the fact that Xanadu beared a strong resemblance to Hearst Castle was non-coincidental.

4. Charles Deaton’s 'clamshell' house

Location: Denver, Colorado

Films: Sleeper

This home played a leading role in Woody Allen’s sci-fi comedy as the setting 200 years in the future where the protagonist Miles wakes up after being cryogenically frozen. The ‘clamshell’ house is located on Genesse Mountain and was built by architect Charles Deaton in the early 1960s.

5. Norma Desmond’s mansion

Location: Beverly Hills, California

Film: Sunset Boulevard

Featured in the classic American noir film, Sunset Boulevard, this home was actually located on Wilshire Boulevard and was specially rented by Paramount from its owner J Paul Getty on the condition that the studio build a pool on the grounds.

Unfortunately the house was demolished in 1957 and a 22 story office building took its place.

6. Elrod House

Location: Los Angeles, California

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Billionaire Willard Whyte’s summer home became the main villain’s headquarters in this James Bond film. The house was also featured in numerous Playboy photoshoots. Built in 1968 by John Lautner, the Elrod House has a rooftop deck, an enormous pool, and a four-car garage.

7. Oakley Court

Location: Windsor , UK

Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The House in Nightmare Park, Brides of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, Plague of the Zombies, and more.

It’s where they did the time warp...again, and has been featured as Frankenstein and Dracula’s humble abode. Built in 1859 for a Sir Richard Hall, the house became rundown after many years of different owners in 1965, but was purchased by Hammer Films’ Bray Studios. Over 200 films have been shot on the house grounds, but it’s most recognized as the self-proclaimed “Sweet Transvestite” from Transsexual Transylvania, Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s estate. The house was renovated and now operates as a renown hotel.

8. El Fureidis

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Film: Scarface

“Tropical Paradise” may be known for it’s famous inhabitant Tony Montana on film, but its had many famous tenants and visitors like Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Charles Chaplin, and John F. Kennedy. The four bedrooms, nine bathrooms, many Persian gardens, and reflecting pools and terraces was currently for sale since last year for $35 million before dropping to $17.9 million.

9. The Home Alone House

Location: Winnetka, Ilinois

Film: Home Alone

Built in 1921, this Colonial Georgian house, featured in both Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, sold for $1.585 million.

10. Zsa Zsa Gabor’s house

Location: Los Angeles

Film: Argo

The 98 year old actress’ house was featured in the Oscar winning film Argo. She purchased it in 1970 and it was originally built by Howard Hughes. Even Elvis Presley once owned it.

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