Famous movie locations
If you prefer to live with friendlier Hollywood ghosts, don’t despair. Iowa’s “Field of Dreams,” where Kevin Costner romped with the ghosts of “Shoeless Joe Jackson,” “Moonlight” Graham and other dead-and-gone major leaguers is for sale $5.4 million. That buys you the legendary baseball diamond and surrounding cornfield, plus a two-bedroom house and various outbuildings, plus the right to continue to operate the 193-acre site as a tourist attraction.
All of this got us to thinking. There have to be other famous movie sites out there worth buying. So, here, in no particular order, are the 5 Hollywood locations we’d most like to call home.
1. The Corleone mansion from “The Godfather.”
110 Longfellow Avenue, Staten Island, New York. This privately owned estate doubled as the home of Don Vito Corleone. It’s where Connie got married, where Luca Brasi paid his respects and where Don Corleone keeled over with his orange peel in the backyard tomato patch. Wonder if we can make the current owners’ an offer they can’t refuse?
2. ”Caddyshack’s” Bushwood Country Club.
3201 West Rolling Hills Circle, Ft. Lauderdale-Davie,Fla. It was called Rolling Hills Golf Club when “Caddyshack” was filmed there in 1980. Now it’s the members-only Grand Oaks Golf Club. It’s not for sale, but you can buy a six-month membership for just $2,100. A small price to pay to play the same links where Carl Spackler hunted gophers! And there’s plenty of “Caddyshack” merchandise for sale in the pro shop.
3. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
370 Beech Street, Highland Park, Illinois. This is the cantilevered, glass house where Ferris’ pal Cameron Frye lived with his family and his pop’s doomed Ferrari. It’s the place where the Ferrari goes through the window when Cameron goes into full freak out as he and Ferris try to roll back the miles from their adventure through the streets of Chicago. And it was recently for sale, two steel and glass buildings, with “incredible vistas of the surrounding woods.”
If you want to see more, check out this story about the house from the Fox affiliate in Chicago.
4. Woody’s Allen’s “Sleeper” house.
On Genesee Mountain just outside Denver in Colorado. Featured in Allen’s 1973 sci-fi comedy classic. This is the futuristic house where jazz-loving, health-food nut Miles Monroe is awakened from his 200-year slumber to reluctantly lead an underground revolution against The Leader and his disembodied nose. The house, designed by architect Charles Deaton, is a 7,500-square-foot private residence. Deaton said he designed it as a sculpture first and drew up the floor plan later. He nicknmaed it "Sculptured House".
The house recently sold for over $5.5 million.
5. “A Christmas Story House.”
3159 West 11th St., Cleveland. The Tremont residence that doubled as the Parker homestead in the 1983 holiday classic is now open as a museum and gift shop. Only the exterior of the house was featured in the movie, but the interior has been renovated so that fans can relive their favorite moments from the flick. There’s a leg lamp in the front window, of course. But our favorite stop is in the kitchen, where you can hide out under the sink like Randy, worried that Ralphie is gonna be killed by the Old Man.