In 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree, Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson play newlyweds who return home from their wedding in Hawaii to their charming blue Craftsman bungalow . . . and an unwanted house guest.
Owen Wilson plays Dillon’s wacky childhood friend Dupree who needs a place to crash.
One of the best things about the movie was the house, which I’ve gotten a lot of requests to feature.
Let’s take a look!
The Bungalow from “You, Me and Dupree”
Lindsay tracked down the real house on Gramercy Park in the West Adams District of L.A.
You can see how it looks today via Streetview.
It doesn’t have the upper levels the movie version did (added digitally, I assume).
Here’s how the front porch looked in the movie
(note that they didn’t change the address over the door):
According to IMDb, “The interior shots of Molly and Carl’s house were filmed on the set of Hope and Michael Steadman’s house from thirtysomething (1987).”
The interior layout looks very different to me than the house on “thirtysomething,” but since they were sets on a soundstage, I suppose they could have been reworked for You, Me and Dupree.
When Carl and Molly arrive home from their honeymoon, there are piles of gifts in their living room:
“We tried to make Carl and Molly’s world sort of warm and accessible and you’ll see that in the choice of their house,” say Directors Joe and Anthony Russo. “It’s an older home, modest in scale, and the neighborhood feels like it’s been there awhile.”
That moose head that Dupree brings with him when he moves in was actually a deer head “repurposed” to look like a moose.
A moose head would have been too big for him to carry around. You can see it propped in the corner below the stairs:
The front of the house has two “living rooms” with fireplaces that face each other from opposite walls:
And here’s the fireplace to the right of the front door:
Love those windows, and the tile on the fireplace:
In the commentary, the filmmakers mention that they shot this view of the street from inside the real house because they wanted to capture the look you can only get through old glass:
The actual house had a totally different floor plan than the set’s version, however.
After Dupree sets the living room on fire, we get a look at it while it’s empty:
After they get new furniture, it looks like this:
They wanted Carl and Molly’s house to look believable as a first home for a young couple, but it also had to reflect the fact that Molly had grown up wealthy and was used to living a life of luxury where everything was well decorated and put together.
The movie featured actors Seth Rogen and Bill Hader in small roles as two of Carl’s buddies.
I had forgotten they were in this. In 2006 they were both still fairly unknown.
The Dining Room Window Seat:
The Kitchen has a swinging door dividing it from the Dining Room:
Owen Wilson says he based the character of Dupree on a dog he used to have.
That explains a lot, doesn’t it? 😉
In this shot you can see the checkerboard floor:
Their Blue Bedroom:
I’m not sure about the odd window treatment over the bed:
In one of the deleted scenes on the DVD we get a look at the upstairs landing that isn’t seen in the movie:
A reader named Heather tells me:
The “You, Me and Dupree” house is definitely located in West Adams. I walked my dogs by there every day while they were filming.
The house they filmed in is actually a one-story house! They must have added the exterior shot of the top story during post production.
The house you see through their living room window, especially when the kids are playing in the street, is our realtor’s house. We parked in front of the “You, Me and Dupree” house every weekend while our realtor took us out looking for our own bungalow!
I Am Not a Stalker has more photos and information about the house today.
According to Zillow, the bungalow was built in 1923 and has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
It last sold for $78,500 in 1983, but its estimated worth is closer to $800,000 today.
Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see the others I’ve featured!