The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has trapdoors, dungeons, a chamber of secrets, a shrieking shack, mazes of hidden passages, and no electricity. It actually sounds kind of creepy and miserable, and it probably would be, except that it’s powered and supported by magic.
Even a heroic bat needs a place to call home. Wayne Manor, the Tudor-Gothic mansion where Bruce kicks back in Tim Burton’s Batman, is actually known as the Knebworth House in Hertforshire, England. The house is open to the public, should you ever feel the need to take a tour (or, if the mood strikes, run around inside while sporting a black cape.)
Okay, yeah, The Lake House is arguably the worst film of all time. That said, it features one of the coolest lake houses we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed after the making of the film. They shoulda kept the house and destroyed the movie.
The Friends apartment is supposedly on the corner of Grove and Bedford in Greenwich Village, but it’s a rent-controlled, two-bedroom Manhattan apartment that looks a whole lot bigger than 1,000 square feet. So it’s more likely on the corner of Unrealistic and Too-Good-to-Be-True in Fantasy Square. We love the purple walls, the iconic gold picture frame surrounding the peep hole, and, of course, that huge bay window. (For the natural light, and a nice view of the Ugly Naked Guy.)
The Jetsons lived in a high-tech home of the future, complete with automatic sliding doors, talking appliances, programmed meals, and conveyor belts that showered and dressed them. Apparently, people in the future are really, really lazy. Of course, The Jetsons was just a 1960s cartoon, but that didn’t stop some people from constructing their own futuristic, eight-sided abodes.
Your dream house probably isn’t an unstable crap-hole fraternity that looks about ready to collapse in on itself. You probably wouldn’t be too jazzed if you had to room with a bunch of messy 20-year-old guys. But maybe you miss college, and you miss your frat bros, and maybe you’re longing for the days when you and your buddies just sat around boozing. Here’s where you could live the dream.
Hugh Hefner’s $50 million Los Angeles love shack has 22 rooms, a private zoo, a waterfall, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a wishing well, a wine cellar, and busty, blonde babes. It’s 5.3 acres of awesome – if you’re into that sort of thing.
Complete with monstrously high ceilings, gigantic windows, hardwood floors, and, oh yeah, an indoor basketball hoop, Josh Baskin’s amazing Manhattan loft would make any kid or adult envious. Other perks: bunk beds, a pinball machine, and an indoor trampoline.
This Beverly Hills pad is over-the-top, even by Southern California standards. “Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.” Thanks, Cher! The coolest feature about this house has to be the mix-and-match clothing computer program, which aids our heroine in her quest to create her fashionable (and most responsible-looking) ensembles.
What’s in your backyard? A swing set? Some weeds? Richie’s got a baseball field and a rollercoaster. Kicking back in a multimillion-dollar mansion is one of the many perks of being the richest kid in the world.
It’s exactly what you wanted your tree house to be when you were a kid. Despite being shipwrecked, the Robinson family managed to pull together some pretty nice digs, complete with a retractable staircase, windows with curtains, and running water. What’s next? A flat-screen HD-TV and a La-Z-Boy?
We’re in love with the San Francisco Victorian row house where the Tanners lived for eight seasons. Maybe it’s the red door. Or Jesse’s sweet attic setup with Becky and the twins. Maybe we’re just obsessed with the family that lives inside the house. Regardless, one thing’s for certain: Danny kept the place impeccably clean.
It’s not otherworldly, but an Upper East Side pad with stabilized rent at 700 bucks a month? That’s pure fantasy. Regardless, we’d love to live in Carrie’s chic one-bedroom apartment, where the Manolo collection costs more than the studio. Did we mention it has a walk-in closet? Yeah, good luck trying to find this place in the Sunday Times’ Real Estate section.