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, and it’s currently on the market.
According to the listing, the “Cheaper by the Dozen” house has 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The third floor has a stage with original footlights and a bar. There’s also a “Magnificent French Ballroom” (because, why not?), a “Hidden Bar with Hand-Carved Walls and Secret Door,” and a Carriage House Apartment above the Garage with an additional 2 bedrooms.
The “Cheaper by the Dozen” House
As you can see in these exterior shots of the house, it hasn’t changed much since the movie was filmed here.
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!
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:
The Living Room in “Cheaper by the Dozen”
The “Cheaper by the Dozen” Kitchen That Steve Martin Cooked In:
The Real Kitchen with an Old Photo of the House on the Wall:
The Cheaper by the Dozen house sold for $6.5 million in 2016.
Here’s how the house looks now:
It made me do a double-take when I looked it up and saw that it’s red now. I wonder if that’s its original color? Based on the old photo shown in the kitchen, we can tell it was definitely darker than it was in the movie.
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! 🙂
I featured the house from the original “Cheaper by the Dozen,” too!