The “Home Alone” House for Sale in Winnetka, Illinois

The Real Home Alone movie house Winnetka Illinois

The 1990 John Hughes movie Home Alone made both Macaulay Culkin and the red-brick colonial Georgian house his character Kevin lived in famous. It remains one of the most popular and beloved movie houses ever, and–luckily for fans like us–it just went on the market in Winnetka, Illinois, for $2.4 million.

I was excited to see how the house looks now compared to when it appeared in the movie over 20 years ago. Here’s how the foyer looked in the movie as Kevin prepared to sled down the stairs:

Home Alone house entry and staircase

And here’s how it looks today:

A couple of years ago I posted photos of the house that were taken in 2004, when the runner on these stairs was still red like it was in the movie. (You can see those photos here: Inside the Real Home Alone House.)

Despite the close resemblance between the actual rooms and the ones in the films, only a few of the interior scenes were shot inside the real house. Director Christopher Columbus talks in the DVD commentary about carefully recreating the interiors on a sound stage in a high school gymnasium, which made it easier for them to perform all those crazy stunts without, you know, burning the house down or anything.

(More info here.) These French doors in the movie led to the home office:

Home Alone movie house piano

There’s still a piano outside the home office today:

It’s amazing how different it looks without the red and green and the patterned wallpapers it used to have. The gray makes it look understated and elegant, and the great bones of the house are what stand out now. It no longer looks like a warm and cozy “Christmas house.”

The kitchen may be the the room that looks the most different. Here’s how it looked in Home Alone, with green tile countertops, dark wood cabinets, and wallpaper on the walls:

Home Alone movie house green tile counter kitchen

Even though the decorating in the movie looks dated now, there’s something warm and appealing about it anyway. I still think, “What a great house!” every time I watch it.

Home Alone movie house kitchen

The kitchen is almost unrecognizable as the same one after being updated and modernized, and it has a totally different vibe than the movie version did:

The kitchen eating area in the movie was one of my favorite rooms of the house, chiefly because of that wonderful back staircase:

Home Alone movie house kitchen back staircase

But according to the floor plan provided in the listing, it looks like there’s only a staircase behind a door off the kitchen going down to the basement. Bummer. Here’s how the eating area looks, with doors that lead to a screened porch:

The house has 3 stories and 5 bedrooms. Kevin’s parents had a big master bedroom in the movie with a four-poster bed and a fireplace:

Kevin in his parents' bedroom Home Alone

The real master bedroom has a four-poster bed and red accents, too, but there’s no sign of the fireplace (but it may just be out of view):

Looking from the foyer into the dining room in the movie, you can see all the different wallpaper patterns that were used for the sets:

Home Alone movie house looking into dining room

The dining room is much lighter and brighter in the real house, but still very traditional, with walls hand-painted by artist Sydney Barton:

The listing agent, Marissa Hopkins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, says, “The $2.4 million isn’t just because of its cinematic history. It really is a residential masterpiece.” More photos: Inside the Real Home Alone House. (UPDATE: It has since sold.)

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Comments

  1. says

    Seems kind of cold and sterile now. And boy, in hindsight, I bet those parents wish they had kept their daughter away from Macaulay Culkin!

  2. Kim says

    What a gorgeous house! I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money. I’m glad all of that wallpaper isn’t in the actual house it’s self. It would be a pain to remove.

    I like the kitchen in the movie much better than the one in the actual house. It’s warm and inviting.

  3. says

    Julia I really love the light and bright version! I don’t see it as cold or steril although I would love to see more art on the walls.

    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

  4. says

    It’s a nice house, but I agree with your first commenter that it seems cold and sterile now. The movie house looks dated today, but it is cozy.

  5. Maria says

    I’m in the cold and sterile group. Kinda sad to see the warmth gone from the place, but mostly easy to fix except for the kitchen: hardware, backsplash, counters need to change and cabinet color needs to be cream (and not gloss like here) to go with the warmth/tone of the floor, but I’d sure take it. It’s a beautiful house – great bones. :)

    (Doesn’t look like it has back stairs — I think these go down to a basement not shown. Too bad – loved those in the film too.

    • hookedonhouses says

      You’re right! Thanks for pointing that out.

  6. says

    Hello Julia!!
    Home alone house is one of my favourite… I loved it before, but I have to tell they did GRATE… I love this stile, colour.. everything…
    Beautiful!
    Kisses
    Etta

  7. says

    The company I work for makes stair rods (Zoroufy) just trying to tell on the staircase if those are ours! (good chance they are-always exciting for me)

  8. says

    Oh! How cool is this, eh?

    I think it would amazing to live in this house not only for the “history” of it, but can you see how beautiful it looks now?

    I’m loving this post!

    Have a Blessed Week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  9. says

    It’s a beautiful house, I think I liked it better in movie, it looks a little cold and sterile now. Of course I always had a bit of “thing” for the kitchen, it looked SO inviting, it made my want to start whipping up a hearty stew !
    Mary

  10. says

    A friend of mine works around the corner from this house and we were all half-joking about how many of us it would take to buy it. LOL

  11. says

    Wow! What a beautiful house. I really love how it is now, even though I loved it in the movie too. The house I grew up in had a navy blue tiled counter in the kitchen so I always think of home when I see the old kitchen. The new one is nice, too :)

    Happy Monday Julia!

  12. says

    Well it’s been 21 years! Looking to the old pictures, the house was a little busy for me now but when I saw the movie, I remember thinking that the house was fantastic! Now it looks clean and pretty but it lost its character. I think it is a little cold and unpersonal now. The right person, or the right designer (don’t forget me!!) can make it beautiful again.

  13. says

    I love the redo! So much cleaner and uncluttered looking. Before it looked like the walls were closing in on you. When I look at the old photos I kind of think ‘mold’. LOL!

    I would also guess the reason it looks so sterile is because the home has been staged so people can see the house and it’s structure instead of all the ‘stuff’ inside.

  14. ShabbyChick says

    Oh, Julia…you are a girl after my own heart! I ADORED this house and the movie, I watch H.A. 1 and 2 every Christmas as well as many times throughout the year. I would absolutely buy this for $2 mill, this is a house that’s WORTH the asking price. What a fabulous, timeless exterior…I would stick a little bronze statue out there and order Little Nero’s Pizza (do they exist?;) ) just to see them knock it over…lol! I loved the wallpapers, they add a depth and warmth that paint can’t match in such a grande dame of a house. The french doors and wide mouldings….amazing, but while the choice of paint color is nice, the house just looks cold and stark now. I find the new kitchen to be absolutely dreadful, it looks completely out of place in a house of this magnitude (I know, don’t hold back, Shabby, tell us how you REALLY feel…lol!). The furnishings were so much nicer in the movie, too. Overall, I’m disappointed in that the house as it is now, doesn’t live up to the movie….but the potential is there to make it a wonderful, cozy home. Wouldn’t you love to be able to say “Go to the 3rd floor and don’t come down until you can behave!” Personally, I’d have sent uncle Frank up there……. 😉

    • Deb says

      Your sentiments mirror mine. My realization (mentioned in a previous posting) that the kitchen stairs were fake, along with many other aspects, is quite shocking.
      The wallpaper and furnishings used in the movie are timeless. If I had the means to purchase the house, I’d make it look as it did in the movie.
      As far as Uncle Frank goes, I can’t imagine talking to a child as he did to Kevin. The fact that parents Kate and Peter did nothing to deter it still baffles me! I wonder what was going on in the head~space of the screenwriter on that day.

  15. says

    I have always loved this house since seeing it in Home Alone. The style of the outside is gorgeous. I’m not loving the interior decorating but it has great bones and the possibilities are endless. If I had a few million, I would buy it in a heartbeat. The neighborhood that it is in is absolutely beautiful with so much character. Some streets are still brick. It’s one of my favorite places to wander around, looking at all the beautiful homes and well manicured yards.

  16. maureen says

    I grew up down the street from this house.
    My parents live just across the bridge from it and my sister lives down the street from it.
    It is a nice house as are a number of houses in Winnetka.

  17. says

    Wow, I really like today’s version. I still love the cozy feeling of the Home Alone decor too. It is simply a great house. Sadly, I don’t have 2.4 million in the bank. Oh well?

  18. Heatherly says

    I do not like the new color scheme or gray-scheme as it seems. Do you think it is staged? It is so sparsely decorated. I do not like the new kitchen. I love white but the cabinets look cheap.

  19. kathy says

    Is it just me -but I think the house now looks very cold and sterile. I was fond of grey years before it was in fashion. Now it’s just become very ho hum …one more grey room imagine that. It seems when something is nice it gets over done and then I get sick of it.

    Kathy

  20. says

    I’ve always adored that house! You’re right…even though it looks dated to us now, it still looks like a “cozy Christmas home” every time I watch the movie (it is my guilty Christmas movie viewing pleasure each year). 😉 I like the new gray walls, but it doesn’t really feel homey to me anymore. But I am assuming that’s because it’s been staged to sell…no personal effects.

  21. says

    That truly is a spectacular home and a cinematic piece of history. I have zero desire to live in Illinois, but with a house that beautiful I could definitely be persuaded. It looks so dramatically different from the movie (kitchen especially), but I like the more contemporary color palette and upgrades.

    I still quote Home Alone-often. “Buzz your girlfriend, woof!”

  22. Nathan says

    Where to start? I love the updated decor! It is beautiful. I especially love that sliding door that leads from the eating/breakfast room to the porch. While I’m not a huge fan of the red items in the master bedroom, I love the rest. The carpet and the wallpaper are so beautiful. The only room I don’t actually like is the dining room. I’m not a huge fan of the wallpaper or any of the furniture in that room. The kitchen is one other room that I’m not the biggest fan of, but it’s still beautiful. I just don’t really like white cabinetry as much and I’d have used a different tile on the backsplash. The best thing about the house though, in my opinion? Okay, the best two things? The floors – they are AMAZING – and the staircase. I love the staircase but I’m surprised they don’t have any sort of furniture at the landing. And is it just something with the camera, or is the staircase in the movie (soundstage/gym) actually built wider than the staircase in the actual house?

    • Deb says

      I think most, if not all, of the shots used in the foyer were done on a set.

      That is not the houses’ actual staircase that is used throughout the film. The stairs in the movie are most definitely wider. Note how wide the upstairs hallway is in the movie still when compared with the real estate photos. Other features that don’t add up are the much higher pitch of the ceiling (hall floor) above the kitchen door and (this is key…something I’ve always been aware of) the portion of banister on the landing in front of the window (real estate photo) is curved and much shorter than the banister shown in the movie.
      Ya, I’ve watched this movie A LOT! ;-D

  23. says

    Love the new look although I might have chosen warmer colors…still neutral, but warmer. I think the old decor is pretty, too, and it did suit the house at the time. I lived in the far west suburbs of Chicago for several years. It’s an awesome city and I loved the whole experience.

  24. says

    Great house, but since there is no back staircase (which I love!) then I’ll pass so you can make an offer!
    xo Cathy

  25. says

    I love the exterior of the house. I think my heart would sing everytime I pulled up to it! I remember the first time I saw that wreath thing hanging over the bed in the master bedroom, I went right out to get a duplicate! I love the re-do, but the kitchen is not my taste, but what fun it would be to buy it and redo it!

  26. says

    Hi Julia,
    This still has to be my fave movie house. I know the interior in the movie was dated but I sure did love the “feel” of the home in the movie. So cozy and just felt like a family home.

  27. says

    Julia,
    What a great house. You can’t beat the Christmas version, tho. It would be so fun to have the house and recreated it again!

  28. says

    I loved the old and new house theme because the house is really elegant and inviting. The old is warm and inviting while the new look exudes class and formality. Anyway, if I have the money, I will buy it because it is really beautiful.

  29. Julianne says

    OK, my favorites:
    1. The floorplan (thank you for including it! It’s great…but I agree, where’s the awesome staircase like in the movie??).
    2. The colors are better in the old house (I agree again…the movie is dated by certain elements like the wallpaper and the green tile in the kitchen, etc., but it is SUCH a warm and cozy house!). The colors of the old (movie) house are so warm and happy.
    3. The commenter ShabbyChick, above. She sounds like she’s watched the show as much as I have…which is at least 2-3x/year since it came out! I have that whole thing memorized! Now I watch it, partly for the funny dialogue and mostly for the lovely house!

  30. says

    i love the house its very pretty im a fan of home alone i got the movie of home alone

  31. Bonnie says

    I liked it the way it was before, down to the wallpaper and the tile in the kitchen. It seemed more like a home. Sad!

  32. Marisa says

    I don’t like it now. It seems cold and barren. I much prefer the warm reds and greens from the movie… ;(

  33. Franz says

    The interior from the movie is just a film setting. You can see it when you consider the staircaise. The staircase from the film setting is a little bit larger than the original one. I guess, that the original house never had such wallpapers.

  34. says

    What a great neighborhood north of Chicago, great schools, near the lake, a dream location and great house! Janell

  35. says

    Hi!
    So glad I found your site while lusting over “Somethings Gotta Give -“Kitchen”‘ Then I found all my favorite movie houses, AND NOW IM HOOKED!lol, I was just asking my husband “how come in California they don’t make builder-track- homes with garages in the back of the house or on the side in the back like all the beautiful movie houses?” /Of course my home has a garage in the front { sooo ugly}! /
    This Home Alone house is one of my top ten houses , even as a child I loved this house, I sometimes paused it just to admire the decor. Now Im 30 and decorate to my liking and, Im in between Father of the Bride and H.A. house! ha, If that is even possible!
    Happy house hunting!
    Love this site!
    jess

  36. sarah says

    Im so glad I came upon this website! I am very very familiar with the famous “home alone” house because My Aunt and Uncle have owned it. They were approached about having the movie filmed there and declined at first, but changed their minds when asked again. I hear a lot of you ask about the stairs in the kitchen as well as thoughts that the foyer in the movie isnt the actual one in the home… well it is! The foyer does look a bit smaller now in present day then in the movie. That is because of a number of reasons. The first being that my Aunt has had the stair rug changed twice since the movie was filmed. The width of it now is much shorter then the original version. Giving it a shorter look all together. The second is that it has a lot to do with the angle they held the camera for scenes. But believe me, that same staircase was used by all of the cast, the same wallpaper in each room, for years!! It has just recently been painted within the last couple years. I have to agree, I miss the old way, because not only did I love the movie, but it reminded me of my childhood. Family Christmases and Thanksgiving were always held there. Now, the secret to the kitchen stairs. They exist, but not going up. They actually go down, to a basement. They covered the opening going downstairs and made flooring for the film, and put a fake staircase going up. If you notice in the first movie, shots looking towards the staircase in the foyer, you can see to the right in the back, the opening to the kitchen, as well as the “fake” staircase. BUT in the second movie, looking in that same direction, up the foyer staircase, towards the back to the right, you clearly see a door with hinges that lead into the kitchen. With no visible staircase. My uncle did not want another floor put over his basement opening for the 2nd filming. They didnt push for it because not much was going to be filmed there anyways. There is also no entry way to the basement from outside. The production dug that and put it in for filming only, then buried and covered it back up afterward. You have to remember, the kitchen has been remodeled. But unlike a lot of people, Ive been in the home millions of times and can still make out where everything used to be. Looking towards the oven, that would be the wall where the original refrigerator was,right in front of the famous (fake stairs)
    the wall to the right of that, would be the length of the long counter, where you can see the bar stools in the movie. The famous door with doggy door, would be up against the glass windows and doors. It is true, a lot of filming took place on a soundstage, but that is ONLY for the upstairs scenes. All scenes that took place on the bottom floor, were most certainly filmed in the actual home. I can guarantee. The whole crew actually stayed in the house for months with my Aunt Uncle & cousin. Even Mac stayed there. It was an amazing experience. The photos that were taken recently, have been staged because the house is now for sale. My Uncle just moved out so I can no longer go to take photos, but I can dig through some holiday photos and show you what the house looked like with a real family there for the holidays if you would like? You can email me sann19900@yahoo.com :)

    • says

      I am beyond thrilled to hear from you, Sarah, and get some answers to our burning questions. And I’d love to see any family photos you have of the house. Thanks so much!! -Julia

      • sarah says

        no problem! Its so funny that so many people are in love with this home, I cant name a day where people are not parked across the street taking photos. Its truly iconic. Im sad to see it leave the family, but it is a very large place for just two people to live. I have heard the rumors of a Home Alone 5 staring Mac as an adult with his son being left behind. I have no idea how true these rumors are, Ive read about it a few times online. I joked with my uncle about how maybe he should keep the home just a little longer in hopes that they might bring the 5th movie back to the home. He chuckled, but I dont think he is ready to deal with that amount of energy around again. It was very hectic, yet fun. Im in college now, I wont be back home until the Holidays. I will look through my Mom’s albums and get back to you next month :)

  37. Brianna says

    I absolutely love this house, but I have to say, it looked so much more warm and cozy before the renovations. I probably wouldn’t say that about any house, but this one will always remind me of my childhood, so thats probably why I feel this way. Great pics! thanks for the article !

  38. natalya says

    Tell what price? Where exactly you are, the matter is that I live in Belarus, nearby to Russia. and How many years to the house?

  39. brianna says

    ok I think I have it figured out! The screen porch off of the kitchen is actually what was used as the kitchen in the movie. The Kitchen was never actually used. In an interview with the owners they said that their screen porch was covered with fake brick walls for the shots of the back of the house. They also said a fake basement stairway was dug underneath the screen porch for the basement stair scenes. The basement scenes were all filmed on a soundstage in a gymnasium. I know this because I watched the extras on the dvd. It shows Macaulay Culkin next to the furnace in a huge gymnasium set. I have taken screenshots two photos. One was from a video showing the house on a reality website. Its shows the screen porch. The other is a screen shot from the movie which clearly shows that the “kitchen door” in the movie was actually built in their screen house. There is also a paved little sidewalk up to the screen door which is scene in the movie going up to the “kitchen door” The same step can be seen as in the movie where he drops the pizza off. If you look at the windows and stuff in the pictures, they add up evenly. In the interview the couple also states that all of the insides were redone for the movie. Although they did have wallpaper at the time, it is not the wallpaper you see in the movie. They wanted the movie to be very Christmas themed so the film crew covered their walls in a styrofoam board and then wallpapered on top of that. This is how they were able to have the exact same wallpaper used for the scenes filmed in the gymnasium. Also stated is that while filming home alone 2 they came back and wallpapered again for that 2nd movie to make sure everything matched up. Noticed in Home alone 2 there is no 2nd stairway in the kitchen. That is because the real kitchen was filmed on a soundstage. I read Sarah’s comment saying everything filmed on sounstage were only the upstairs scenes. Not true. On the dvd special edition there is a thing called “mac cam” where macaulay culkin was handed a small camera to walk around set with. You can clearly see some of the downstairs stuff built right onto that gymnasium. The owners say that the only scenes filmed in the house were 1. The dining room scene 2. the fireplace livingroom scene 3. the stairway scene where mac is yelling over that he will live alone when he grows up and 4. the sled scene (somewhat) They layed a flat surface for macaulay culkin to slide down (slowly) and then edited it and had a stunt double on soundstage do the rest. Sarah have you found any family photos we could check out?

    Here are the photos I took…

    screen porch
    http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx200/briannalovesaustin/Screenshot2012-05-04at111323AM.png

    Screen Porch covered with brick acting as the “kitchen”
    http://i755.photobucket.com/albums/xx200/briannalovesaustin/Screenshot2012-05-04at112155AM.png

    Also note that in the movie the floor of the kitchen was tile.

    • says

      Wow! I love your attention to detail and dogged determination in figuring this out. Thanks for the photos, Brianna. This is great!

  40. franky says

    This is so beautiful……there is such a big difference when it comes to design from 90’s to now….a wonderful change I’d say!

  41. Daphne23 says

    I really love the look of the original; warm, cozy and full of character. So pleasing to the eye and the soul. Guess I am old fashioned, maybe need to update with the times, but given the choice between the two the original would win hands down. I came across this site when trying to look for a site that would give me ideas on how to make my home look like the home alone house! I wish the originally owners happiness in their new home and I wish the new owners that too; even though I’m rather green round the gills ;0) xxx

  42. says

    One of my favorite things about the house was the kitchen. So sad to see that it is completely different. And, as dated as the interior is in the film…I still prefer it over what it has become. I miss the warm, cozy house in the film!!

  43. chris w says

    I have been “in love” with this house since the movie came out! The new renovations are nice, but I prefer the way the house looked in the movies. Even though it is outdated and cluttered, I love every bit of clutter and out dated decor in the house! I love the wrapping paper in the master bedroom, all the little chiatchkes on the shelves, the gingerbread house in the kitchen, all the games in the family room, the 80s decor in the master bathroom, all the wallpaper–especially the kind in the entryway/ stairwell and master bedroom! Do you know where I can get that same wallpaper? ^_^ Thank you for showing us this beautiful house!

  44. Vanessa says

    Well this one is definitely in my top 10..Probably #1.. I absolutely LOVE the kitchen ( the listing one). It’s perfect from the flooring go the backsplash.. Just beautiful. I’m not a fan of carpet but the carpeting in the master bedroom is GREAT.. And I love the bedding and curtains.. Maybe not with the red accents but it’s very pretty, and that wallpaper!! It’s gorgeous. Obsessing over the dining room, although I could kind of do without the mural or whatever it is.. Maybe just on one wall or something but I’d take the entire house as is.