Who could forget the Spanish hacienda-style ranch that Meryl Streep owned in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated with the tile roof, the wide veranda, the beamed and vaulted ceilings in the living room, or the sumptuous kitchen? Not me!
So I was excited to hear that the real house where the movie was filmed is on the market for $12 million.
Let’s compare the sets to the real rooms in the house today.
Meryl Streep’s House in “It’s Complicated”
It was posing as a house in Santa Barbara in the movie, but the property is actually about an hour south of there,
on an equestrian ranch with over 56 acres in Hidden Valley.
Here’s how the house looks in the listing today:
Iamnotastalker tracked the property down and reports:
“Throughout the movie, Jane’s house is shown to be surrounded by a long, white wooden fence. That type of fence pops up quite often in film and television productions and when it does, it is pretty much a dead giveaway that filming took place somewhere on Potrero Road.
“So, I decided to begin my search there. And sure enough, about ten minutes into the hunt, I located Jane’s house! As it turns out, it is situated less than half a mile east of JMJ Ranch, which was featured in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and the more recent Back-Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez.”
The interior sets like this living room were shot on a soundstage in Brooklyn:
The real living room has a similar vibe with beamed ceilings and a window seat:
Unlike the movie house, the real house has a separate dining room:
This was Meryl’s bedroom in the movie:
The master bedroom in the real house:
The bathroom in the movie looked like this:
No freestanding tub in the real master, though:
There are 5 bedrooms in the listing:
The kitchen Meryl Streep cooked in was warm and cozy:
Here’s how it looks in the listing:
The house was built in the early 1900s and has belonged to celebrities like W.C. Fields.
In the movie we see a hallway lined with windows that overlook the courtyard:
The real house has a similar sunroom space:
The listing for 714 W. Potrero Road in Thousand Oaks says:
Situated in the historic and pastoral community of Hidden Valley. One of the most exclusive ranch areas in the United States. This privately gated Thousand Oaks Equestrian Ranch property with protected stately Oak trees is graced by dazzling open space views. Truly an enchanting one of a kind picturesque prized property with a special history of its own.
Most recently featured in the movie IT’S COMPLICATED and formerly celebrity owned. The charming Santa Barbara style home offers a main house with 5 bedrooms & 5.5 bathrooms, pool & pool house, separate guest house, 6 stall barn, hot walker and several turnouts areas.
The property is surrounded by mountains laced with riding trails and touched by Pacific Ocean breezes. Located less than an hour from Los Angeles & Santa Barbara and minutes from Westlake Village and Sherwood Country Club. This unique estate affords the discriminating purchaser a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The real house is larger than the movie version looks with over 6,000 square feet.
Something we didn’t see in the movie: the front gates that guard the long private drive to the house:
For more photos and information, check the listing by Nicki & Karen.
To see more photos of how the house looked in the movie, visit my original post about the sets,
including Streep’s to-die-for bakery:
Nancy Meyers has built a reputation for movies that feature houses we’d love to live in.
Head to my Houses Onscreen page to see more of them, including Father of the Bride:
Do you have a favorite Nancy Meyers movie house? I don’t think I could choose. I’ll just take one for every day of the week, if that’s okay… 😉