Remember Molly Ringwald’s house from the classic John Hughes movie Sixteen Candles? She played an angst-filled teenager named Samantha Baker, whose family is so focused on her sister Ginny’s wedding that they “effing forgot” her 16th birthday.
It was filmed on location in this red-brick house in Evanston, Illinois, so let’s compare how the interiors looked then and now!
The “Sixteen Candles” House Today
The Entry Hall and Staircase Onscreen:
The Entry Hall Today:
Living Room Then & Now:
The listing says:
You will picture yourself sharing dinner parties in the amazing dining room and the elegant living room with a wood burning fireplace and gorgeous plastic cast molding.
Dining Room Then & Now:
I was happy to see the paneling is still intact!
Upstairs Landing Then & Now:
Paul Dooley played Sam’s dad Jim Baker and Justin Henry was her foul-mouthed brother Mike.
The house has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 3,250 sq ft
Sister Ginny’s Bedroom:
Samantha’s Pink Third-Story Bedroom:
Kitchen in the Movie:
I love how very ’80s it was with that wallpaper and the wood cabinets!
The Remodeled Kitchen Today:
Breakfast Nook Then & Now:
Back of the House:
The house was built in 1931.
Jake Ryan’s House in “Sixteen Candles:”
They really trashed it in the movie…
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Jen Lancaster wrote a fun novel about this house (affiliate link):
If You Were Here is about a woman who buys Jake Ryan’s house from Sixteen Candles and fixes it up.
Kind of like The Money Pit for John Hughes fans!
This is where the iconic “birthday kiss” moment takes place on his (glass!) dining room table:
BTW, anyone else wondering what happened to Michael Schoeffling, who played Jake? He hasn’t appeared in a movie since 1991. According to IMDb.com, “He and his family have been living quietly all these years in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the teen dream operates a successful business building fine hand-crafted furniture.”
Movie Locations and More got this recent pic of the house:
Street View of Sam’s “Sixteen Candles” House Today:
Despite all the updates to the interior, the exterior still looks pretty much the same:
Want it? They’re asking about $1.5 million. The listing has all the photos and information. And if you want to revisit the movie itself, check out the “Flashback Edition” of Sixteen Candles (affiliate link) with new bonus features! 🙂
P.S. Visit Houses Onscreen to see more, including the “Home Alone” house today:
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