“Revenge:” Emily Thorne’s Beach House in the Hamptons

by hookedonhouses on October 22, 2012

Are you hooked on the soapy TV drama Revenge? I wrote a couple of posts last fall after it premiered, telling you about the real houses where the pilot was filmed. Since then I’ve learned more about them. So today we’re going to take a closer look at both Emily’s beach house in the Hamptons (both the real one and the TV version) and Nolan’s place. Then next week I’ll give you a tour of Grayson Manor and that fabulous pool house!

In some overhead shots of Emily’s beach house it looks like that (above). And in others, there’s a second staircase down to the beach that people seem to use more often than they do the front door. Can you spot all the changes from the real house above and the altered version below?

The screened porch we saw in the pilot (filmed on location in North Carolina–not the Hamptons) is gone, and there’s a bump-out that makes it impossible for characters to walk all the way around the porch now.

They show the porch so often, and so much of the action happens on it, that they built part of it on a soundstage in California, surrounded by a blue screen. Here’s how it looked when they shot that scene (above) of Emily walking down the steps to the beach:

How wild is that? They shoot the scenes on the porch and then fill it in with the surroundings and backgrounds to make it look like the characters are really on location:

Emily and Daniel stand on the (pretend) beach in front of her house:

The front door leads directly to the kitchen:

Most of the characters tend to use the back doors off the beach, though. It’s hilarious to me how they always seem to be open, and people are always walking right in on her without knocking.

In the video tour I’m going to show you at the end of the post, you’ll see that most of the time there isn’t even glass in those doors (the only exception is winter scenes, when they make it look like there’s frost on them).

Emily spends a lot of time on this sofa, going through her father’s things and working on her laptop. The furniture in this room seems to move around a lot and change periodically.

I love her kitchen with the wood countertops, beadboard, and glass-front cabinets:

I watched every episode in the first season twice on Netflix to get these screenshots. That’s how obsessed I am!

I know I’m not the only one who loves the sets, though, because the other posts I wrote about the show have been two of the most popular ones on my blog for the past year.

She has a great wood fireplace in the living room:

Her bedroom is just as feminine as the rest of the house. In the video tour we’re told that the soft and beachy decor is used “as another kind of disguise for Emily.” It looks so innocuous, you’d never guess what her real intentions for being there are.

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman, who plays Daniel Grayson, are reportedly dating in real life. (Did you know he’s British?)

In the second season that premiered a few weeks ago we saw Emily’s guest bedroom for the first time when Nolan moved into it:

The real house that they use for the exterior shots is in Southport, North Carolina, and it’s on the market for about $1.5 million. Here’s how it looks in the listing:

The real house has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a pool (that Emily’s version doesn’t have).

You can see a lot of similarities in the real house, like the layout of the first floor and the placement of the staircase (although the one on TV isn’t painted white).

The real house also has the beamed ceilings that we see in Emily’s.

When we see the house on TV, it has these double doors:

Scenes from inside, however, show a single, solid-wood door that doesn’t match the exterior:

Here’s an overhead view of the real house where you can see the pool that it has–as well as a community pool next door where the Grayson property should be (for all the photos and info, check the listing):

Now, while we’re at it, let’s take a quick look at where her trusty sidekick Nolan Ross (played by Gabriel Mann) lived during the first season:

Nolan sold this house between seasons one and two, but we saw a lot of it last year. He said he moved out because of all the “bad juju.”

Looks to me like it was shot on location in a real house but I’m not sure where.

UPDATE: Readers told me that they’d seen this house in Season 3 of Brothers & Sisters. Sure enough, this website of filming locations confirms it. It’s in Malibu. Thanks, guys!

In his lower-level study, Nolan has a window looking out into the pool:

Amanda and Jack by the Infinity pool:

The back of the house at night:

Check out this really fun video tour of the sets hosted by Ashley Madekwe. It gives you a better idea of how they make it all work (if it doesn’t come up for you here, you can watch it on YouTube):

If you’re hooked on Revenge, get more details about the sets from my other posts…

Behind the Scenes at Grayson Manor (and That Fabulous Pool House):

My Search for Victoria’s Chair:

The Mansion Where the Pilot Episode was Filmed:

P.S. Looking for houses from other favorite TV shows? Visit Houses Onscreen.

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Amanda @ Serenity Now October 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

I LOVE Emily’s house. That is such a fun guilty pleasure show. :) Did you watch last night? I would love to just freeze the DVR and look at all her pretty decor!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints October 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

love that show. it’s shameful… the house is gorgeous. thanks for going to so much trouble for us;) only thing i would change is that it needs more light. i hate a dark house.

Sherry October 22, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks for this – I’m really hooked on this series, largely because of the beach house. Funny that it appeals to me so much more than the mansions, I wonder what that says about me? 😉

Yvey October 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

Nolans house is used in TV shows a lot. Kevin & Scotty used it as a vacation house in Brothers & Sisters that the whole family turned up to and Naomi lived in it in 90210. (If it’s not the same house it’s really similar) You usually only see the stairs with the big glass wall and the pool area outside.

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

Interesting! I used to watch “Brothers & Sisters” but I either missed that episode or forgot it. Thanks, Yvey!

Marta October 24, 2012 at 6:32 am

Yes, it was in the first episode in season 3. The address is 27326 Winding Way, Malibu CA :)

hookedonhouses October 24, 2012 at 6:57 am

Just updated the post with this info. Thanks, Marta!!

Catarina October 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hey, lovely post! Quick question, doesn’t anyone remember Nolan’s house from an episode of Brothers& Sisters? Looks very much like one the whole family got together in over a weekend, wonder if it had anything to do with Rob Lowe’s character….?

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

Right before you mentioned it, Yvey left a comment saying that it was used in “Brothers & Sisters.” So you’re right!

Brooke October 22, 2012 at 9:56 am

I love the show too. Everytime we watch it, I tell my husband how perfect her house is. LOVE it!!!

Kimberly October 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

Wonderful post! Is there any way you would consider an upcoming post on the hampton house in the recent Castle episode that was Castle’s Hampton’s home? It was quite fabulous!

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

I saw that episode and it was fabulous! Looks like they used a real house for it. Does anyone have any info on it?

RJ October 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

I was watching reruns of the “My Big Redneck Vacation- Hamptons” or whatever it’s called, the other day. The episode is called ‘Come on Irene’ it shows a quick shot of Grayson Manor’s, model house on Further Lane ( the house that was stretched to become Grayson Manor )

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Oh, really? Thanks, RJ!

Becky October 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

After seeing your posts on this show..I was interested! Watched Season 1 on my phone (Netflix) now I am HOOKED!! I get so caught up in it, I’m like “talking” to my tv screen. So thanks Juia, I am HOOKED on Revenge & Houses…. 😉

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I love it when I suck someone else into an obsession like this. Ha. Glad you’re hooked, too, Becky! :-)

Colleen October 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love Emily’s house, the show has lost my interest, but season 1 was pretty awesome. Thank goodness we have you to obsess over the show and take these pics! I drool over every detail! :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal October 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’ve been watching as well… and have to catch up on last night’s episode. Great to learn more about the house and the filming!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal October 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

By chance… do you know what the wall sign says in Emily Thorne’s beach house? “Coastal life is better” perhaps?? I have not watched last nights episode yet…, have to look out for the sign…

Alie B October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Unbelievably, I haven’t seen this show yet! You have definitely spurred me into action. I will check it out for sure now, if for no other reason than to see more of these beautiful beach houses! :) I loved Emily VanCamp in Brothers and Sisters.

hookedonhouses October 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

She was great in “Everwood,” too, another one of my favorites!

Whitney Alexander October 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Nolan’s house is the same house they used in Season 3 of Brothers and Sisters when Kevin and the Walkers go to his boss’ beach house for the weekend. Cool coincidence considering Emily VanCamp has filmed in the same house/set for two different shows!

Anitra October 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wow! I have some serious house envy.

diana October 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

The whole family loves Revenge… the twists and turns of Season 1 made it our favorite show last year…. and then there are the houses… what a wonderful escape! Thank you for this post.

Linda @ My Crafty Home Life October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm

My favorite show and house.

Andrea Worley October 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

love, love this show! loved the video too, hadn’t seen it. i’m always so intrigued by how they shoot things like this in movie land! :)

Lisa T. October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I would love to vacation in Nolan’s house, but live in Emily’s (aka: Amanda’s). :-)

romy October 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

I watched a synopsis of the full 1st season at Sonny and I went mad about those houses! It’s on my list of shows pending to be watched … but the list is getting very loooong!

Suss October 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I am obsessed too! Fun to see the photos!

Miss Charming October 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Absolutely LOVE the Revenge show houses! (Thanks for all the new info.) I became “hooked” on the series after your first post of the lovely sets. (Now, I’m slightly obsessed…)

mishelle October 24, 2012 at 3:38 am

I love this show! And Emilys house is exactly what i would want inside and out if i owned a beach house. Loved the tour , thanks!

Kathrin - Coastal homes US October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

This beach house is really great!! I love it

Kim October 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

In Nolans modern mansion is also in the 1st of 2nd season of the new 90210.

Designer Dad October 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love the houses on this show as well! Great settings… Madeline Stowe’s house is a favorite of mine. Great posting!

Kristina Gulino October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I can’t believe I just found this post – I’m in love with this show, and it’s mainly for the scenery and these amazing homes! Might have to share this one on my blog :) Thanks!!!

Nook & Sea

Felice October 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

The Malibu home was also used in 90210 and in an episode of Numb3rs. I’m pretty sure I’ve also seen it in other shows too!

James October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I am in love with the paintings inside Nolan’s house. Do you know who did them? Is there somewhere I can purchase prints? I have googled different ways but have come up empty handed on any information.

hookedonhouses October 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I haven’t seen anything about the paintings, either. Sorry!

James October 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thank you for answering back so quickly! I shall continue my search! I’ll let you know If I find anything of substance!

hookedonhouses October 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Please do. Thanks!

JimmyMackey November 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

One of the best reasons to watch Revenge is because of all of the great sets and costumes. I had never thought about the difference between sets and on location shoots to be honest. I loved all of the details about the original house, but I have to say, I like the set version better! This is my wife’s pick for a show to watch together, but I got hooked. I was so glad when I learned from my DISH coworker that my new Hopper DVR from DISH has thousands of hours of HD recording time because now I score brownie points with my wife by recording and saving all of the episodes.

Cheryl November 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

Isn’t the contemporary home that was once Nolan’s, also featured in Weekend at Bernies?

Aida November 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Where can I get the kitchen stools in Emily’s house on 11/11 episode of Revenge?

Alice November 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thank you Thank you SOOOO much for this! You are so awesome! I absolutely love this show and all of the sets….especially Emily’s house and Charlotte’s bedroom! I also LOVE Jack’s place too! PLEASE PLEASE post pictures of his bar and home upstairs of the bar???????? Also, if anyone’s interested, I noticed that alot of Emily’s furniture and decor are from Pier 1 Imports that they sold last year, so not sure if they are still available. Great show. Can’t wait to see what happens next. :)

jamie December 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

i am obsessed with charlotte’s room – and want to paint my daughter’s room the same color. any chance you know the paint color??

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse December 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

I have never seen the show, but now that I toured the beach house thanks to you, guess what I’m going to start watching tonight? I’m pretty sure the kitchen is the main character, isn’t it?

susan frano January 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm

does anyone know where to get the blue and white dishes with the lids on top on last night’s show. Victoria and E were sitting at a table talking and they were on the table looks like it could be a cream soup bowel with a kid

Gillian January 23, 2013 at 7:04 am


Any pictures of Emily’s house (particularly her kitchen) from season 2? It looks like there is a wine rack at the side of the island … just what I would like ….

Thanks in advance


Lesley January 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi there,
Can anyone help with locating the picture that is in Nolans Office. It is of bicycle wheels. I would love to get my hands on a copy :)

Arteye March 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi from South Africa. I would also love to know where to get the print ( if it is a print) if you find out please would you email me on art@arteye.co.za you can also find me on Pinterest (art eye) thanks.

Lizzieg333 June 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hi!! I am also drawn to that piece of art. I searched and search and couldn’t find it anywhere– I’m an artist, so I created my own version. It has inspired me to create more and hopefully I’ll start my ‘recycled art’ page back on etsy by the end of the summer! :) if you can wait, maybe you can find something similar on etsy soon :)

Amberlyn evelyn January 25, 2013 at 3:10 am

Just thought I’d comment that Nolan’s house was also featured on the new 90210 the blonde with the money bought it for her sister n her to live in with her inheritance or something but it’s the same house

hookedonhouses January 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks, Amberlyn!

Lauren January 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

That house is from 90210, it was Naomi’s sister’s

Steph January 29, 2013 at 2:14 am

Lesley, I too, am looking to find where I can snag that bicycle wheel art that is hanging in Nolan’s office! My husband and I are bike nuts and he would love this. Thanks,

Lesley February 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Hi Steph,
Please let us know if you do come across it. I’m on the hunt and will let you know if I come up with anything.

Joyce February 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

Changes right in the same scene! Emily sitting at her table..no runner…Victoria knocks on back door…runner on table….Victoria and Emily speak….no runner on table…Jan or Feb 2013 episode. Can’t remember which! haha

Jose Saenz February 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi! I’ve found all of this info quite interesting and very detailed. Thank you for that. I dont know if you are already aware but if not let me give another piece of the puzzle. Nolan’s modern mansion was also featured on the WB’s show 90210. It was Naomis and Jen’s house for some time.

hookedonhouses February 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Thanks, Jose!

Courtney March 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

Would love to know the names of the paint colors in Emilys house. Thanks for all the other cool info. :)

hookedonhouses March 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

Unfortunately, the paint colors for TV sets (or movie sets for that matter) are usually custom mixed to look good under the lights. Shouldn’t be hard to find colors that look similar, though!

revengeaddict March 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

love revenge, and yes nolans house has been used in a number of shows..and im pretty show they’ve shot a few porn videos there:/

Joy March 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I am not 100% certain, but I think the bed in the guest room of Emily’s house is a Paula Deen bed. I can’t remember the name exactly, but it looks very similar to one I saw in her catalog. I love Emily’s house!

Jan C. April 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I just love all of the furnishings in Emily’s house. I wish I could get a closer look at the and find where to get some of them.

Aziz April 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

What about the new modern house that Emily & the British guy are staying in?
Anyone got any pics?

Annalisa April 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

I love her place but I always wonder how her house is always spotless when there is never any staff to look after it. She can’t have staff as she has so many secrets or hidden things around. How does she fill the fruit bowl. Surely Emily doesn’t shop! lol

hookedonhouses April 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

That is such a good point! Too funny.

Carol-Ann May 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

Hi there – not sure if you are still dealing with all the “Revenge” questions or if you have moved on, however if you are stii in the game I hope you can answer my query. In series 2, Aiden Mathis has a ‘hidey house’ that Emily comes into and her and Nolan discover that Falcon is back. Can you tell me anything about that amazing house? I would love to see the plans or anything really on it. It is beautiful. Thank you for your time. Cheers from Australia.

hookedonhouses May 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

I know the house you mean but I’m afraid I have no info on it. It looked like they were filming in a real house, though, instead of a set, didn’t it? If anyone knows anything about it, fill us in!

Jonathan June 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I’m actually watching a celebrity homes show and An actress names Melissa Rycroft is showing her house that looks very similar to Aidens. I think that might be it!

Rich June 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I am hoping someone can help me.

In the foyer of the actual Revenge Set, there are two black / white pictures or paintings on either side of the entrance. I was wondering someone may be able figure out a name of the artist or artwork?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


melissa August 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

great love it <3

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