For me, the most memorable thing about the 2003 “Cheaper by the Dozen” remake starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt was the big old house where the Baker family lived with their 12 kids.
It was supposedly in Evanston, Illinois, but the three-story Victorian mansion is actually in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood. I was excited to see it’s on the market now, so we can finally get a look inside.
They’re asking $8.195 million. Check it out!
The “Cheaper by the Dozen” House
I looked up the house on Google Street View and virtually “drove around the neighborhood” a bit, taking screenshots of the house from each angle.
The house was built on another property in 1890s by Isaac Newton Van Nuys and moved here by his son
J. Benton Van Nuys in 1915. I can’t imagine the job that must have been!
How the House Looked in the Movie (2003):
The house was big enough for the kids to get lost in — and into some mischief.
The listing says it’s a whopping 12,565 square feet.
Loved the turret bedroom!
Here’s How It Looks in the Listing Photos Today:
The exterior hasn’t changed much since 2003.
The Entry Hall:
Remember the Entry Hall in the Movie?
They built an enormous, two-story set on a soundstage for Cheaper by the Dozen.
Director Shawn Levy says it probably cost more than building a real house would have been.
The (Real) Entry Hall with Sitting Room:
Remember the green living room from the movie?
This is the Real Thing:
There are 11 bedrooms and 10 baths
The Third Story Rec Room:
The top floor has a stage with original footlights, bar/kitchenette, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.
There’s also a “Magnificent French Ballroom” (because, why not?)
Hidden Bar with Hand-Carved Walls and Secret Door:
The Dining Room in the Movie Looked a Little More Family Friendly:
Check out the old photo of the house hanging on the wall. How cool is that?
The movie version that Steve Martin cooked in:
I don’t remember seeing a pool in the movie, do you?
There’s a Carriage House Apartment above the Garage with Another 2 Bedrooms/1 Bath.
BTW, if you’re a fan of the original “Cheaper by the Dozen,” I featured that house, too:
(Trivia alert: they also filmed the Judy Garland classic “Meet Me in St. Louis” there.)
The Cheaper house has been featured in other movies and TV shows, too, like The Initiation of Sarah and
Murder She Wrote. You can see more photos on Movie Locations and More.
The Cheaper by the Dozen house sold for $6.5 million in 2016.
Here’s how the house looks in the most current Google Streetview photos:
It made me do a double-take when I looked it up and saw that it’s red now.
I didn’t even recognize it at first! Looks like they were still working on it when these photos were taken in 2018.
The hedges are sadly gone and a large fence has been erected in their place.
For more information, check the Coldwell Banker listing held by Lisa Hutchins and my original post about the sets designed for the movie, including the farmhouse the Baker family lived in first. Loved that house, too! 🙂