Inside the Real “Home Alone” House

by hookedonhouses on November 30, 2009

The Real Home Alone movie house Winnetka IllinoisThe Home Alone house was one of the first movie posts I wrote, and it continues to be one of the most popular ones in my Movie Monday series. Since then I have learned a lot more about the house and found some photos of the real interiors as they look today. What better way to kick off a month of Christmas-movie posts?

Home Alone movie house entry hall staircase

Let’s take a look at the entry first. The above photo is how it looked in Home Alone 2. Below is a snapshot I took in the original movie. Notice the changes they made, like how there are fewer family photos on the wall going up the stairs?

Home Alone house entry and staircase

Julio Macat, the Director of Photography, said Home Alone was his favorite of all the movies he’s photographed.

Home Alone movie house front hall

Here’s how the living room with the piano looked in the movie:

Home Alone movie house piano

Here’s a photo of the same rooms taken in the actual house:

View in real house into piano room

The family gathered in this room in Home Alone 2:

The Home Alone movie house family

Many thanks to Eric, who generously allowed me to share his photos of the real home with you. He writes:

These are rare photographs of the gorgeous Winnetka, Illinois, house that was used in the movie Home Alone. The pictures of the inside of the house were taken by me sometime in 2004. I have to thank the wonderful owners of the house, for being kind enough to invite me in to their private home and allow me to snap a few quick shots.

Home Alone movie house looking into dining room

Director Christopher Columbus says he was striving to make a film that looked timeless. “We intended the film to feel like Christmas, so we filled the house with greens and reds. I wanted the house to feel like a warm place.”

Home Alone movie house Christmas fireplace and stockings

A photo Eric took of the real room in the house in 2004:

real fireplace

Macaulay Culkin points out in the DVD commentary that in real life he would have crashed into the wall if he really attempted to sled down the stairs and out the front door.

sledding down the stairs

A photo taken in the real house looking down the stairs:

looking down the stairs-real

Home Alone movie house in the snow

They actually used potato flakes to simulate the snow. It looks so pretty you’d never know the difference, would you?

back of house exterior

In this shot you can see the backyard with the tire swing and tree house:

tree house in backyardMacaulay Culkin says the homeowners were excited about having the film shot there. They would greet the crew with coffee and hot chocolate.

Home Alone movie house kitchen

The kitchen, like the rest of the house, was decorated in shades of red and green.

Home Alone movie house green tile counter kitchen

kitchen 2

The attic:

attic 1

Did you notice we see almost every room of the house except Kevin’s?

Buzz's bedroom

Buzz’s bedroom–before all the shelves come crashing down:

Buzz's bedroom shelves

Kevin in his parents’ bedroom:

Kevin in his parents' bedroom Home Alone

This shot of the parents’ bathroom is from a deleted scene:

parents' bath-deleted scenes

The parents’ bath as seen in the movie:

parents' bath 2

The upstairs hallway:

Home-Alone-house-upstairs-landing

Kevin's house in Home Alone upstairs hallway

Despite the resemblance between the actual rooms and the ones in the films, few of the interior scenes were shot inside the real house. Director Christopher Columbus talks in the DVD commentary about recreating the interiors on a sound stage in a high school gymnasium, and a source tells me that they used the nearby New Trier High School, which was vacant at the time.

In these production shots taken during filming you can see that they’re just sets (not real rooms in a house):

filming Home Alone 1

Ceilings appear to be 8 ft high in the actual house but are taller in the movie.  The foyer is reportedly wider in the movie, too.

filming Home Alone 2

The Home Alone house sits on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois. Here are some stats that Eric tracked down about it:

  • 5 beds
  • 3.5 bath
  • 4,243 sqft
  • Lot 23,278 square feet
  • Built in 1920

The house was recently assessed at $1,810,500. Eric also shared these floor plans that he worked out himself.

First-floor floor plan:

Home Alone house floor plan-first floor 2

Second floor:

Home Alone house floor plan-upstairs

Kevin drew his own floor plan when formulating his “Battle Plan.” Macaulay Culkin says that he remembers being given some Crayons to color some of it in and make it look “authentic.”

Kevin's floorplans

You can see my original post about the house here with more photos, including how it looks today.

Home Alone movie house Christmas lights

* UPDATE: It went on the market after I wrote this post and you can see many more interior photos and read more information about the real house in Winnetka, Illinois, here. *

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A Christmas Story movie houseThe House Used in A Christmas Story

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The Stylish House November 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

Julia,
This is a lovely and grand home, prefect for holiday parties!
Cathy
.-= The Stylish House´s last blog ..Christmas Mantle Swag Tutorial =-.

Emily B November 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

I watched this movie over the weekend and remembered you previous Home Alone house post, so I was surprised to see another post today. Love your blog.
.-= Emily B´s last blog ..new goals =-.

Cynthia S November 30, 2009 at 9:26 am

WOW, what fun! I have always loved the “Home Alone” house…thanks for the really informative trip through it (and the sets they used for the interior scenes). I think the set design was stunning. What does it say about me that I absolutely love red and green, and the Christmas decorations make me innately happy…yet I’m Jewish? LOL!!
.-= Cynthia S´s last blog ..Finally we’re HAPPY to see water! =-.

Bonnie November 30, 2009 at 10:06 am

Julia, I love your blog re-design. It is lovely — just like you!
.-= Bonnie´s last blog ..More Flowers =-.

Janet November 30, 2009 at 10:33 am

I love the wall paper in the entry and stair well.
.-= Janet´s last blog ..Recycled Homes =-.

Stephanie November 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

Thanks for posting these pics! My Aunt and Uncle actually lived a couple streets behind this house and I’m pretty sure walking around Winnetka at Thanksgiving is what started my love affair with houses. Thanks for the walk down memory lane :)
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..The Christmas Card That Wasn’t =-.

Celebrity Digs HQ November 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

We will always love this house!
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Celebrity Digs HQ November 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

P.S. Love the new look of your blog!
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Jackie W. November 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

That’s ALOT of potatoe flakes !

Maria Hanson November 30, 2009 at 11:08 am

You just made my day. I loved the Home Alone house from the moment the movie came out (I was in high school). Thank you for the inside scoop!!!
.-= Maria Hanson´s last blog ..It always tastes better in a tea cup =-.

Kaethe November 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

Wonderful. Many thanks.

I have a suggestion for another movie house I’d love to learn more about: the house from Beetlejuice.

Shannon November 30, 2009 at 11:18 am

That house is beautiful! I never really payed much attention to it before, but wow! Talk about curb appeal!
.-= Shannon´s last blog ..Reindeer Burlap Holiday Pillow =-.

MissCaron November 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

So cool! Thanks for sharing!
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..HAPPY THANKSGIVING! =-.

Bailey November 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks! I am definitely going to head up north and check it out one of these days, probably after the first snow so it looks all festive and cozy!

Carmen November 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

Well, Siskel and Ebert were wrong, huh? That’s one of the best movies of all time (the first one)! And I always *loved* the house. Thanks for sharing the info! Very interesting.

P.S. I don’t think Elvis is alive. ;)
.-= Carmen´s last blog ..My attempt at a Thanksgiving centerpiece =-.

rue November 30, 2009 at 11:52 am

I just watched 1 & 2 this past week with my family on Thanksgiving. I’m so glad you shared the house, because it’s one of my favorites. Strangely I love the movie interior better even with all the wallpaper.

Have you done the Christmas Vacation house yet?

rue
.-= rue´s last blog ..My mom’s Thanksgiving tablescape =-.

Jocelyn Stott November 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

This post ROCKS! This film is just a classic and that house is so beautiful.
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Quick Recap =-.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger November 30, 2009 at 12:20 pm

It’s a lovely home, but it looks like the ceilings are super low! I wonder if I’d feel like a giant in that house. : )
.-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You =-.

Maureen November 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I grew up just about 4 blocks from there. My parents still live not too far and my sister is now moving into a house that was built on the property that my parents house was located. I am still not too far from there but more than the 4 blocks from where I grew up. It is a beautiful house as are a lot of the houses in Winnetka.

Lou Cinda November 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I have already watched Home Alone this year!! I got an early start! Loved this post! Love that house!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda
.-= Lou Cinda´s last blog ..It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas! =-.

Nathan November 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

This will always be one of my favourite movie houses. And I absolutely love the look of the house with NO wallpaper, haha. And is it just the lighting, or are the floors darker in the entrance area of home? Comparing the two pictures, the floors in the movie are a lot nicer.

Amanda @ Serenity Now November 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm

First of all, I LOVE your new look!!! :) I’ve been out of town and didn’t have a chance to catch up while we were away. It looks fab!

I must have missed this post the first time around. I feel like such a dunce for not noticing the underlying red and green theme in the house…guess why that’s why I always thought it felt so homey. It came out when I was a kid, and I remember just loving the house. The staircase/foyer is awesome. :)
.-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Tennessee Playhouse Cottage =-.

Nita Hiltner November 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I love this movie and the house. I read that they paid the people something like $100K to use the house, and then they came in and did all the wallpaper we see in the movie because the owners didn’t have wallpaper. Then after the movie, they came in again and took it all down. Maybe they put it up again for the next movie?

Victoria @ DesignTies November 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I loved seeing the real interior shots, Julia… what a difference from how they decorated the set!! In fact, for such a beautiful house (exterior), it was interesting to see plain white walls. Too bad, really!!

Fun post! Brought back memories of my son (now 22) doing the Kevin scream – hands on his cheeks and hollering at the top of his lungs!

Victoria @ DesignTies
.-= Victoria @ DesignTies´s last blog ..Visions of Sugar-Plums… (or “The Best Way to Avoid Your Homework”) =-.

Lauren Liess November 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

loved reading all these behind-the-scenes secrets! i love how they used red & green decor to give the right vibe for a Christmas movie. gerat post & the new header is awesome!!!
xoxo,
lauren
.-= Lauren Liess´s last blog ..Forcing Paperwhites/ Narcissus Bulbs =-.

Karen November 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I’ve always loved that movie house! I don’t think that guy looks like Elvis though, not at all.

Kim November 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

This is one of my all time favorite movie houses. Thanks for posting this! I can’t believe how similar the actual home is to the the sets. I would love to live in a house like that.

These are the best Home Alone movies ever made. The other Home Alone movies aren’t that great.

Jen @ After The Alter November 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I LOVE the home alone house! I wish I could decorate like that! I think that is my favorite movie house…the 2nd is the father of the bride house! Thanks for sharing!
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..Stuffed and Satisfied! =-.

boysmum2 November 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Beautiful house, looks so pretty in the different seasons outside
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Norma November 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hi Julia, I just love this home,and all the rooms inside. I was just wondering if there is a house plan out there somewhere on this house, so far I haven’t seen one that is close to it yet. I’ve looked at soo many plans now, they’re all staring to look alike to me. I think I need a break from looking at the plans.

Jacki November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Great post, Julia! I do love this house; think it’s one of my all time favorites!
.-= Jacki´s last blog ..Garage Sale Treasure and Tagged =-.

Beth at Aunties November 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm

This is so cool and I too Vote on this being right up there among with the favorites of movie homes. ~?
.-= Beth at Aunties´s last blog ..My Simple Day Book Post =-.

Stephanie December 1, 2009 at 8:00 am

What a cool blog post! I watched this movie so much…love the house!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Destination Canvas…. Where have you been? =-.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions December 1, 2009 at 9:03 am

I loved this movie! Seeing the floor plans really shows you just how big this house is, and it is beautiful! Funny how I notice now just how much wallpaper was used in the house/set.

Angela December 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

My favorite Christmas movie ever, and yes, it has lots to do with the house!! LOVE this movie! I can’t imagine how it ever got two thumbs down. I think it should come back to the theater! I never saw it on the big screen!

~angela @ peonypatch

ps – I want this house!
.-= Angela´s last blog ..Anniversary =-.

Kristen December 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm

It’s so funny that you put this up! I had read your post about suggesting some holiday movie homes, and this one came to mind! So fun. Love your site, keep up the great work!

susan December 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Julia-I am late getting here, but would never miss a Monday! I missed this the first time around and so enjoyed it. This house is just a classic . I remember loving the master bedroom and the kitchen when I saw the movie the first time. As for the Elvis sighting…doesn’t look a thing like him…saw him in Mempis today :)
.-= susan´s last blog ..Christmas Under Glass…A Holiday Cloche Party =-.

Russell Piner December 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Thank you, thank you, than you!!!

At last, a plan of the house!

I absolutely love the film and this house. Home Alone comes out every Christmas to get me in the festive spirit and for the last three years I’ve ended up pouring over bits of paper trying to draw out the house plan. I could never quite work out the upstairs but my downstairs attempts seem pretty close.

Merry Christmas!

Cynthia December 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I love your page. I am looking for gold angel candles just like the ones on the dining room table.
Would anyone know where I can find them? Thank you. Happy holidays.

RJ December 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

I would like to know where to purchase those candles as well, I have admired them for a long time.

Colin December 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I’ve always admired that house. Home Alone is my all time favorite movie. I’m fairly sure that house was used in Planes Trains and Automobiles as well. It was Steve Martin’s house. They showed the foyer in the final scene & it was totally different from the Home Alone decor.

Rad December 21, 2009 at 7:13 am

Colin speaks the truth.

Audrey December 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Thank you, I was looking for this house plan since a long time. I loved the film and i’d like to build this house for my sims.
Sorry if my english isn’t perfect, i’m french.
Happy holidays

Jamie December 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I followed a link over from Nester and I am LOVING this post. Home Alone was one of my favorite movies growing up.
.-= Jamie´s last blog ..Goodbye Aughts =-.

Stephanie January 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

This is my favorite movie of all time – because of the house. :) And I have to say, I think the interiors today are just the teensiest bit vanilla compared to the vibrant wallpapers and upholstery used in the film. I realize the film interiors would be considered dated today, but I think some of the papers on the wall are truly timeless. In fact, if I could snap my fingers and make it my own, I’d take the house decorated exactly like it was in the movie! ;-)

dr.nikhil January 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

hello julia,
i am a very big fan of home alone house.its so cosy n loving. i congratulate u on ur effort to draw up a floor plan for the house.i seen the movie many many times.i realise two rooms are not shown in the film the sun room in the 1st floor and anothe room in second floor.but how to get to this room in second floor.uve shown a door from buzzes room to tht place.but from the scene where buzz intros tht wierd guy in 1st movie,there is only dorr to closet in buzz room.also in the plan uve drawn there are no atteched baths exept in masterbed,but in second movie when kevin goes to get his tie,it shows a room with attached bath,ive tried many time to lacalize this n failed.can u pls help me.i know ur busy,i wud appreciate it tremendously if u mail me.thank you

Johnathan December 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

The bathroom is off Jeff and Kevin’s room (bedroom with the bunk beds). The bathroom also has a door to the hallway. The walls match in the first movie where we see Jeff and Kevin standing near the sink and then in the second movie Kevin walks through his room to get his tie and Uncle Frank is in the shower.

I assume when you get up the main staircase the bathroom door is straight ahead. If you turn left Kevin and Jeff’s room is on the right side of the hall. On the left side of the hall is the door to the back stairway and then the laundry chute and the parents bedroom is straight ahead.

We never get to see Megan and Lenny’s room which is to the right before you get to the attic stairway door. I would assume the room we never get to see upstairs is the 5th bedroom in the real house which possibly might have a bath in it like the parents room does. The real house has 3.5 baths according to this site.

Eric January 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

dr nikhil…that is my attempted floor plan. Your absolutely right about all your points. The french doors in the dining room, I assume, lead to the “sunroom” however it is never shown in the movie. Also, there are many discrepancies with the upstairs and this is where it becomes obvious that it is only a set (which is true, read above^). The third floor staircase blocks any hall access to the “mystery room” on the far upper end of the house. I placed doorways leading to it from buzz’s room and the back bedroom assuming its a play room of some sort? What it really is is a mystery since the interiors dont perfectly correlate with the exteriors. And yes, I dont understand where the bathroom from the sequel comes in. Its definitely buzz’s room if I remember correctly but in the first movie the hall bath is directly accross from the staircase in the center.

Susie January 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

This is one of my families favorite movies. Thank you for sharing the interior photos. I have always wondered what the interior looked like for the actual homeowners.

When my boys were little, as a last resort sometimes I would take them in the car to get them to fall asleep. I would drive through the neighborhoods of Winnetka. It was perfect, they would fall asleep and I could wonder down the brick roads, looking at all the beautiful homes. Not only were the houses amazing, the yards were beautiful also. I always came home with so many ideas.
.-= Susie´s last blog ..Preppy Finds =-.

kelly@TearingUpHouses January 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’ve always loved that house! So interesting to see the differences in the movie versus real life version…

Kelly

Home January 28, 2010 at 3:11 am

I loved Home Alone! And the blueprint is really cool! :-)

Home Alone April 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm

That’s a fabulous house, I wonder how much it costs *grins*. I really wish they kept the original cast and stuff throughout all of the movies. I don’t like the rest after number 2! Definitely classics though. Thanks for the great photos and info.

Kate@Florida country clubs April 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

Oh, what a lovely photos :) I always love this movie and it’s so great that i have opportunity to see real interior of the house . Thanks a lot!!!
.-= Kate@Florida country clubs´s last blog ..An Oceanfront Gem on the Florida Atlantic Coast =-.

Alisandra June 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

love this house!! wonder if it’s available for private weddings……

hookedonhouses June 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Not that I know of, since it’s a private home. I bet they could get a lot of business if they opened it up for events, though! -Julia

ella October 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

i love that house.the interior decorating is awesome . i wish i could decorate like that.

Luciane October 22, 2010 at 9:43 am

I watch this movie when I was around 12 years old, back in Brazil. I dreamed of moving to North America since I was a kid and this house made me want to move here even more. This is an american house at it’s best. It feels like a house for everyone of the family and even after all of these years it’s simply delightful!

I love reading your posts about “movie houses”, Julia. Thank you!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

lindajb October 22, 2010 at 10:16 am

Loved the movie, but how crazy is the person that thinks the extra looks like Elvis?!

Nita October 23, 2010 at 3:07 am

Did you do the house in Funny Farm? I thought I’d seen it here. But the house is cute, and it really is a Christmas story because of the scenes at Christmas that finishes the movie.

hookedonhouses October 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

I featured Funny Farm last year–one of my favorites. Go to the TV/Movie Houses page for the link: http://hookedonhouses.net/houses-onscreen/ -Julia

Stacie November 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm

One day i WILL buy this home, not one “like it”, THIS ONE….God is capable of helping me do such ;)

Amanda November 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I watched this movie with my family in Germany in a small one screen theater on the military base. I would have been about 11 at the time. The line to get in went around the block and it was packed inside. It has to be the most fun I have ever had watching a movie. The audience got so involved; booing and hissing at the bad guys and clapping and celebrating when Kevin got the upper hand. I remember wishing for a home like that during the holidays. It was so perfect.

hookedonhouses November 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

What a great memory to have! I love that story–thanks for sharing it with us!

Maaike Quinn December 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I loved this movie when I was younger. I dreamed about playing in such an awesome house with all those hidden spots where you could save treasures. Love seeing this, it brings me in a nice nostalgic mood :)
.-= Maaike Quinn´s last blog ..Day 8 – Get a 3 ring binder and put paper in it =-.

Johnathan December 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I always thought we never saw Kevin’s bedroom either, until I watched the movie again yesterday and realized there is a shot of Kevin and Jeff in a bedroom at the beginning with bunk beds. I’m asssuming maybe Jeff and Kevin shared a bedroom maybe? I can’t believe I’d never noticed this before as many times as I’ve watched this movie.

Great site and pictures. I always liked the house in this movie.

Johnathan December 5, 2010 at 7:56 pm

This evening watching Home Alone 2, I noticed that when Kevin goes into the bathroom to get his tie while Uncle Frank is in the shower, he walks through what I think is his room (and Jeff’s) because you can see Kevin walk by the bunk beds. Apparently their bedroom has a door to the bathroom as well as access from the hallway which would make sense according to the house layout of the upstairs.

stavross and matty December 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

we liked the house,we was wondering what its worth,so we googled and found the site,exelent,all the best i hioe the house lives long so maybe we;d get anough moneyone day to buy it ourselfs,laterz people.THE DEREHAM BOYS AND GIRLS.;;;

Carla December 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

Hi Julia! I love your site and loved this post about the Home Alone house! I had to tell you it inspired us to sled down our staircase just like Kevin did in the movie (yes I know it is crazy, but it was a blast!). We wrote a post about it on our blog http://hammersandhighheels.blogspot.com hope you get a chance to see it!
.-= Carla ´s last blog ..Were Home Alone &amp Sledding Down Our Staircase! =-.

kathy wesley March 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

What is the name and brand of wallpaper used in the hallway. Do you know if it is still sold? I have loved that wallpaper ever since I first saw the movie years ago.

Nicola April 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

I absolutely love the ‘Home Alone’ house!!!

The houses from ‘The Pacifier’ and ‘Rumor Has It’ are also fantastic houses. Please can you add these to your list. Thanks

Annie May 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Did you see that the Home Alone house is for Sale? Here’s an article with a link to photos and video: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/06/home-alone-house-for-sale-for-2-4-million/?hpt=Sbin

houses for sale Philippines August 10, 2011 at 3:19 am

This property was perfect for growing family and how I love to have this kind of property someday. I love the staircase, for me it was stunning and how I wish that Christmas is on my way. I love it. Thank you.

Charles A

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