Who could forget the Spanish hacienda-style ranch that Meryl Streep owned in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated with the tile roof, the wide veranda, the beamed and vaulted ceilings in the living room, or the sumptuous kitchen? Not me! So I was excited to hear that the real house where the movie was filmed is on the market for $12 million.
The Nancy Meyers film co-starred Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as the men competing for Meryl Streep’s heart. Here’s a shot of her standing in front of the house in the movie:
It was posing as a house in Santa Barbara in the movie, but the property is actually about an hour south of there, on an equestrian ranch with over 56 acres in Hidden Valley.
Here’s how the front of the house looks in the listing today:
Iamnotastalker tracked the property down in person:
“Throughout the movie, Jane’s house is shown to be surrounded by a long, white wooden fence. That type of fence pops up quite often in film and television productions and when it does, it is pretty much a dead giveaway that filming took place somewhere on Potrero Road.
“So, I decided to begin my search there. And sure enough, about ten minutes into the hunt, I located Jane’s house! As it turns out, it is situated less than half a mile east of JMJ Ranch, which was featured in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and the more recent Back-Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez.”
The interior scenes were shot on a soundstage in Brooklyn. Here’s how the movie version of the living room looked (via Elle Decor):
The real one has a similar vibe with beamed ceilings and a window seat:
The real house is larger than the movie version appears to be. It has over 6,000 square feet. Unlike the movie house, which just has an open area between the kitchen and living room with a dining table in it…
…the real house has a proper dining room down the hall:
Meryl’s bedroom in the movie was a bit smaller than the real thing, too:
The real deal:
No freestanding tub in the real master like there was in the movie:
Another one of the 5 bedrooms in the listing:
I kinda feel sorry for the kitchen in the real house, which is perfectly nice but couldn’t stand a chance of competing with the famous film version that Meryl Streep cooked in:
Here’s how it looks in the listing:
The house was built in early 1900s and has reportedly belonged to several celebrities over the years, including W.C. Fields.
In the movie we see a hallway lined with windows that overlook the courtyard:
And the real house has one, too:
I especially love this cozy little sunroom:
Not to mention the built-in dining area on the veranda, which is where I’d want to have all of my meals (cooked by Streep’s culinary character Jane, please):
The amazing cutting garden from the movie isn’t shown in the listing…
…but there is a lovely pool and poolhouse that are:
Another thing we didn’t see in the movie: the front gates that guard the long private drive to the house:
For more photos and information, check the listing by Nicki & Karen.
Want to see more photos of how the house looked in the movie? Check out my original post about the sets (including Streep’s to-die-for bakery) in It’s Complicated.
Writer and Director Nancy Meyers has built a reputation for movies that feature houses we’d love to live in. Thanks to her, we also have these other great movie houses to drool over–all of which I’ve featured and are among my personal favorites:
Do you have a favorite Nancy Meyers movie house? I don’t think I could choose. I’ll just take one for every day of the week, if that’s okay… 😉