What house lover could forget the 1980s comedy The Money Pit about a young couple and their fixer-upper? The real Long Island mansion where it was filmed is in much better shape than the movie version was and is on the market for $12.5 million. Here’s how it looks today:
I kind of miss the window boxes they added for the movie. Here’s a shot from the wedding that took place in the front yard:
The way they filmed the exteriors for the movie, cropping the sides out of the frame for most shots, kept it from looking as big as it really is (about 8,400 square feet). For instance, here’s how it looked during the demo scenes at the beginning of the movie:
They used miniature models of the house for a lot of the outdoor stunts and the interiors were all shot on a soundstage, so no houses were actually harmed during the filming of the movie…
In the real house, the staircase isn’t quite as grand and the ceilings aren’t as tall. They do have arched doorways leading to the other rooms on either side, however, and a fireplace that Tom Hanks and Shelley Long didn’t have in their entry hall:
The listing for the house, known as Northway, says, “A breathtaking home set on 5.4 manicured North Shore acres. This restored 1898, 8-bedroom Colonial was used to film The Money Pit. “
My biggest beef with the movie is that we never got to see how the rest of the house turned out. So getting a peek inside the real house gives us an idea of what it might have looked like.
The dining room seats 28, according to an article about the house at SF Gate.
There are 8 fireplaces throughout the house.
The kitchen doesn’t look anything like it did in the movie:
Remember this scene in which a simple flick of the light switch ended up destroying much of the room?
Here’s how the kitchen looks in the listing, and I’m assuming its electrical system is in much better shape:
Listing agent Shawn Elliot says the house was owned by publisher and Olympic gold medalist Eric Ridder at the time that the movie was filmed here, but it later fell into disrepair.
The current owners say the house was in bad shape when they bought it in 2002. They told the NYT, “We didn’t realize how bad it was. The house was falling apart when you went from room to room. We definitely could have done a Money Pit sequel.”
You’d never know it to look at it now. The property also comes with a saltwater pool, a pool house, and a 6-car garage.
Here’s how the back of the house looked in the movie:
Quite a few windows have been added since then:
For more photos and information, check the listing with Shawn Elliott and an article with a slideshow at the New York Times.
If you could live in a house that starred in a movie, which one would it be? Right now I’m thinking it would be swell to have a beach house like Cameron Diaz’s in Head Above Water to spend the summer in! A girl can dream…
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