John Hughes produced an updated version of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street in 1994 starring Mara Wilson as Susan Walker, a little girl who wants this yellow house for Christmas. The real house they used for the movie is on the market in Lake Forest, Illinois, so let’s take a look!
The Picture Susan Showed Santa of the House:
The House Decorated for Christmas in the Movie:
Unlike the house in the original movie, which was empty…
…the house in the remake was furnished and lavishly decorated.
The “Miracle on 34th Street” House Today:
Every time I’ve seen this movie, I’ve wished we could see more of the house. I wrote about it back in 2011 but, although I knew it was in Lake Forest, Illinois, somewhere, I had never been able to track it down.
So when a reader who says she grew up here contacted me with the address and told me it was on the market, I was doing a happy dance. 🙂
The Living Room:
It looks like this might be the room where the scene with the Christmas tree was shot for the movie — it has a fireplace with a white mantel and trim and windows that look the same — but it’s hard to tell for sure.
The Dining Room:
The dining room bay window looks like this one in the movie:
The house has 5 bedrooms:
The listing says:
Coveted East Lake Forest Location. Designed by Russell S. Wolcott in the Normandy farmhouse style and updated by Traditional Concepts. New pool and pool house are welcome additions, as is the 3rd floor “Man Cave.”
“Man Cave” with Dormer Windows and Vaulted Ceiling:
The park-like grounds with gardens and a pool:
I was surprised to learn the house was built in 1924 because it looks newer than that. They’ve clearly done a lot of work on it over the years.
The House on Google Streetview:
In this aerial view you can see it’s bigger than it looks from the front, with about 6,000 square feet.
Thanks to Maura for telling me about it! It’s on the market for $3.4 million, so you may want to ask Santa for a little help. For more info check the listing (photo credit: J.S. Eckert). If you’re a fan of this Christmas classic, check out my original post about the movie, too. 🙂