Twelve years after the romantic comedy The Holiday hit theaters, and nearly a decade since I first wrote about it, the houses from that movie continue to be one of the most popular searches on my blog. Cameron Diaz played Amanda, a woman who lived in this fabulous Mediterranean mansion in L.A.
The interiors for this house in The Holiday were built on a separate soundstage. The real rooms are much more traditional, with most of the original details intact.
It’s on the market for $11.8 million, and you know what that means. Well, that most of us probably can’t afford it. But also that we can learn more about the house!
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The Mediterranean Mansion from “The Holiday” For Sale
The house was designed by noted architect Wallace Neff as his own residence in the late 1920s.
It has that distinctive, Mediterranean-influenced “California Style” that he became known for.
This is how the front of the house looks today (below):
The front gates looked different in the movie.
The entry hall in the listing has tile floors and wood paneled ceilings that you can see here.
The interiors were much more contemporary onscreen:
The sets for this house cost a cool million to construct — without exterior walls, plumbing, or electricity!
The movie came out in 2006 and showcased some design trends that would were about to take off.
For example, Amanda’s house had white slipcovered furniture, seagrass rugs, and lantern-style light fixtures.
Amanda had a fairly modern — and masculine — living room:
Nancy Meyers, the queen of “house movies,” wrote and directed The Holiday.
She says they always tried to provide a glimpse of the outdoors in these scenes to give you a sense of place.
There was plenty of sunshine streaming through these windows, but we saw snow outside Iris’s English cottage.
Amanda had a media room filled with DVDs, which makes me think…
A few things that have changed since The Holiday was made in 2006:
1) A contemporary house would probably not be decorated with as much brown as Amanda’s. If they did it today, I’m guessing it would be a lot more gray.
2) A wall of DVDs looks kind of outdated now that we stream everything.
3) The scene that took place in a Blockbuster Video store wouldn’t even be possible!
Iris watched “His Girl Friday” (Amazon affiliate link) in this media room, which I loved. The Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell comedy is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, we celebrated my birthday this year with a private screening of the classic in a local movie theater, and we all agreed it was even better on a big screen!
Here’s a pic I shot during the opening credits from my seat (you can watch it here):
The real kitchen has patterned tile countertops and a large hood over the island that you can see here.
Amanda’s Kitchen in The Holiday features a large range hood, too, but in a very different style:
The kitchen was never really used much before Iris (Kate Winslet) moved in.
She brought food, music, and people into the house. She made it feel like a home.
Even the lighting is warmer in the scenes when she’s living here.
The house they used for Arthur’s belonged to Phyllis Diller in real life.
Rufus Sewell played Jasper, the man who kept breaking Iris’s heart.
The staircase in the movie was designed with a rounded shape at the base like the real one has.
The sets also mimicked the tiered half-walls going up one side, and the wrought-iron rail on the other:
There are 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, but the listing doesn’t show them.
The Production Designer was Jon Hutman, who famously designed the Something’s Gotta Give house we all love, too.
There’s a loveseat facing the bed on the opposite wall:
The bathroom was never shown in the movie (those scenes were edited out), but here’s how it looked on set:
The house sits on nearly an acre in San Marino, California.
The listing says:
This residence exemplifies the finest in architectural design, craftsmanship and materials. Private & fully gated, the large motor court with center fountain and gardens provides a tranquil and impressive first impression. This area was featured in the motion picture ”The Holiday” in 2006. Rear yard consists of side courtyard with fountain, pool and spa, paddle tennis court, rose garden & guest area with separate staircase.
If you’re in the mood to see the movie again, it’s pretty cheap on Amazon (affiliate link):
You can see how they built Rosehill Cottage for the movie here:
I also wrote about Graham’s Mill House from the movie with the fabulous “indoor tent” that you can see here:
For photos and information about the real house,
check the listing held by Brent Chang of Compass Real Estate.
Production photos via Columbia Pictures.