9 Amazing Beach Houses Made Famous in Movies and TV
Nights in Rodanthe
Let’s be honest: this entire list could be comprised of homes from Nicholas Sparks films. But the best of them is the meandering, asymmetric Cape Hatteras abode from Nights in Rodanthe. Despite its star turn, the home, named “Serendipity” in real life, was declared a public nuisance as its 400-hundred feet of waterfront began to give way to rising waters. In a turn of events befitting that name, a couple of the movie’s super-fans purchased the structure and had it moved to a new location further inland. With refreshed interiors that mimic the set design (they went so far as to track down the exact wallpaper used in the soundstage kitchen!) the home is now available to rent under its new moniker: Inn at Rodanthe.
Sleepless in Seattle
Located in the Lake Union neighborhood of the movie’s namesake city, this floating house still charms nearly 30 years after the release of the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan classic. With clapboard siding, handsome wood beams, and a gourmet kitchen, its recent sale price of $2 million is nothing to lose sleep over. This is one dreamy waterfront home.
In this Netflix thriller, the blue inn with double wraparound porches is known as The Rayburn House and is ground zero for a family’s many dark secrets. In real life, the Islamorada, Florida, property is a much sunnier spot. Called the Blue Charlotte House, it’s the crown jewel of the tranquil Moorings Village and Spa. Guests can rent out the entire house for $2,500 a night, or stay in one of the resort’s smaller guest cottages for a more moderate rate.
The Truman Show
The film may have been about a make-believe world, but the house Truman Burbank called home is very much real. Situated on an unassuming side street in the picturesque town of Seaside, Florida, the home still has the same impossibly cheery paint job, including the bright front door that Truman stepped through each day. Twenty-one years after the film’s release, it is still drawing tourists who love to stop outside and quote the unknowing reality star’s famed line: “Good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”
10 Things I Hate About You
In this angsty 90s take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, sisters Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) and Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) live in this Victorian in Tacoma, Washington, with their overprotective father. The home’s exterior and interiors were used in filming, and it was recently listed for sale for $1.6 million. Aside from it's silver screen allure, what's outside might be the home's biggest selling point. Those views over Puget Sound compete with the one's from the roof of Padua High School (Stadium High School in real life) that close out the movie.
Grace and Frankie
This story about odd couple divorcees, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, has a perfect match in the beach house at the center of the series. Designed by noted architect Steve Giannetti, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home has enviable Malibu waterfront (valued at $20 million by Zillow!) that would make anyone get along.
The iconic Victorian in San Francisco recently underwent an impressive renovation under the ownership of none other than the sitcom’s original creator and executive producer Jeff Franklin. His plan was to restore the home to its former Tanner family glory (red door and all), with, according to realtor.com, the potential of using it for filming the Fuller House reboot on Netflix. But when neighbors got wind and feared a cinematic circus, he opted instead for a full-blown home makeover and sale (see the amazing photos—and asking price—here). And while many Full House fans think the Tanner residence was one of the famous ‘Painted Ladies’ (featured in the opening credits) on Alamo Square Park, it’s actually many blocks north northwest toward the Presidio.
Life as a House
The 2001 Kevin Kline-Kristin Scott Thomas film about a dying architect building his dream home may have been forgettable. But the house at the center of the story has had staying power. The Craftsman-style home was built along the seaside cliffs of L.A.’s Palos Verdes Peninsula for filming and slated for demolition after production concluded. But the project’s savvy costume designer stitched together a new plan: relocating the structure to the Kenter Canyon Charter School where it now houses the library.
Big Little Lies
The book-turned-HBO hit series Big Little Lies is full of mystery, powerhouse actors, and gorgeous houses. One such dazzling residence is that of Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline Mackenzie. The beach house is in fact in Malibu, not tucked away along the craggy shores of Monterey where the women live. The seven-bedroom Cape Cod-style home is not only an HBO set (they film inside too), but also a vacation rental, available from $3,000 to $5,000 per night through Malibu Luxury Vacation Homes.