This painted Victorian is instantly recognizable to most of us as Halliwell Manor from the popular TV series Charmed. The show was set in San Francisco, but in real life it’s known as the Innes House in Los Angeles.
The “Charmed” Victorian
I’ve probably gotten more requests over the years to feature this house than just about any other. The problem was that I had never seen a single episode of the show and didn’t know anything about it. It takes awhile to catch up on 8 seasons and gather photos and screenshots. I think I’ve been working on this post off and on for at least 3 years. Maybe 4!
But better late than never, right?
Only the exterior of the real house was used for filming. The interiors were all sets created on a separate soundstage.
I found the floorplans for Halliwell Manor on a Charmed fansite without attribution, so I’m not sure who drew them up, but it gives an idea of how the first floor is laid out:
Entry Hall and Staircase:
If you’re like I was and never happened to catch this popular show when it was on TV, here’s the official description: “Three sisters discover their destiny — to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones.”
(NOTE: If you haven’t seen all of the seasons yet, you might find spoilers in this post!)
I love the staircase. In this screenshot from the show you can see the ceilings are beamed and wallpapered:
This looks like a professional photo of the staircase, but I couldn’t track down the source:
Looking down into the sitting room from the top of the stairs:
At the beginning of the series, Shannen Doherty played Prue, the oldest Halliwell sister, but she was killed off in the third season finale. Rumor has it that she left because she didn’t get along with Alyssa Milano, who played her younger sister Phoebe.
The drama came up again last year in an interview with Milano, who hinted that they didn’t always get along.
In any case, when the series returned for a 4th season, Prue was dead, and they discovered they had a new (half) sister they’d never heard of before — Rose McGowan’s Paige.
The decorating in the house looked kind of old fashioned considering three young women lived there. They were probably too busy fighting evil to do a lot of redecorating. 😉
A behind-the-scenes photo of the set:
Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory, was on Charmed for one season as Billie Jenkins. (In real life she just got married and bought Khloe Kardashian’s house.)
BEDROOMS & BATHS:
One of the bathroom sets, behind the scenes:
A reader named Kellie sent me lots of information about the show and the house. She told me, “Halliwell Manor is built on top of what is called a Spiritual Nexus. A Spiritual Nexus is a point that is equidistant from the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. When connected, the lines make a pentagram, which is supposed to be a Wiccan sign.
“Halliwell Manor is built in the center of a pentagram. A place located here can be used as an extreme force of good or evil; depending on how it is being used.”
“The Halliwell family moved into the house in the early 1900s to protect the Nexus and use it for good. Each generation of Halliwells have lived in this house since that time. Many of the battles that the sisters have fought have taken place in the manor. The manor is the safest place for them to be, even though a lot of bad stuff still happens there.”
“The Book of Shadows is kept in the attic, which, until the sisters received their powers, was always locked. You’ll notice that much of the show takes place in the attic and in other rooms downstairs in the house.” (Thanks, Kellie!)
One of my favorite sets on the show is the kitchen. I’m always trying to get a better look at it when scenes take place there. So I was excited to find what look like set photos posted on various fansites and message boards:
The (fake) exterior of the solarium:
Paige had her wedding here:
I found a couple of old photos of the house floating around the Internet without any attribution or dates or other helpful information. It’s fun to see the horse and carriage parked in front of it, though:
The Innes House was reportedly built in 1887 for one of Los Angeles’s first City Councilmen, Daniel Innes. In 1971 it was designated as a historical landmark. It’s located at 1329 Carroll Avenue near Echo Park in Angelino Heights, one of the oldest neighborhoods in L.A.
Here’s another black and white photo I came across (if anyone knows the source or further information, fill us in!):
It’s considered an Eastlake Victorian. Here’s how it looks on Zillow today, which reports that the house was built in 1903 (other sources say 1887), and that it has 5 bedrooms, 1 bath, and 2,900 square feet:
It was on the market in 2008 for about $700,000 but the listing was removed later that year.
A reader named Ash tells me, “The Innes House at least used to be owned by the LA Conservancy & the ground floor was available for tours. I don’t know if that’s still the case. Someone on Flickr posted a few photos of the interior though.” Looks gorgeous. You can see those photos here.
The area has so many beautiful old houses that it’s often used for filming movies and TV shows. When I saw the Barbra Streisand-Seth Rogen movie The Guilt Trip, I kind of squealed when I saw them drive down this street and then walk up to the house next door (the one Adam Scott’s character lived in).
I also came across a photo of the house that faces it across the street, which is shown in several episodes of the show. The sisters even attend a party in this house during the first season:
Some of the best photos I found of the house (and the street) were on the Midnight in the Garden of Evil blog. Visit that page to see more photos and learn more about the history of the neighborhood, including how Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was filmed nearby.
I took some of these screenshots while watching the show but also found photos on the Charmed Wiki page, a Charmed Angel Fire page, and the Midnight in the Garden of Evil blog. Thanks also to Kellie, who not only gave me information about the house but sent quite a few pictures of it, too.
Did you watch the first season of Lifetime’s new series Witches of East End? I totally flipped over that house and posted pics of it here. Witches always seem to live in the most beautiful Victorians!