Oh, my gosh, you guys. Did you watch the new Charmed reboot on The CW? I was curious about the kind of house the witches would live in since I loved the original Halliwell Manor. But when it came onscreen, I couldn’t believe it. I recognized it! Did you?
They’re using the same house from Lifetime’s Witches of East End. I loved that one and featured it here back in 2014. I was so sad when it was canceled after two seasons. But now the house is back, at least!
The House on the Charmed Reboot
A reader who lives near the house wrote to tell me about this house. It’s an historic home known as the James & Elizabeth Phillips Residence in New Westminster, British Columbia (Canada).
She lives in the area and wrote, “It is a private residence, but a lot of the houses in the neighborhood allow filming to be done inside and outside. It’s an old neighborhood full of beautiful Victorians.”
The James and Elizabeth Phillips House via Google Street View:
It sits on a corner lot. Here’s the side of the house:
The Historic Places website says it’s in the historic Queen’s Park neighborhood:
Built in 1892, it’s a 1 1/2-story wood-frame Queen Anne Revival-style house with multi-pitched rooflines, wraparound verandah, tall corbelled brick chimney, and stained glass windows.
Its design has been attributed to prolific local architect George William Grant (1852-1925), as he designed the adjacent houses in the previous year. The clients were James Edward Phillips (born 1860) and his wife Elizabeth Mowat Phillips (née Wilson, 1871-1962).
The original series was set in San Francisco.
The reboot is set in Hilltowne, Michigan, which one character says is often called “Helltown.”
It follows Mel Vera (Melonie Diaz), Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery) and Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Mantock), who discover they are witches after their mother dies.
I grabbed some screenshots of the house while watching the pilot.
Loved the entry hall:
The staircase was pretty great, too:
There’s a fireplace tucked under the staircase:
The Living Room:
The kitchen was okay, but kind of a disappointment compared to the fabulous one in Witches of East End.
And of course the house had to have a (huge) attic for scenes like this:
You can see more photos and all the fabulous sets from “Witches of East End” in my post about it:
And you can see photos of Halliwell Manor in my post about the original “Charmed”:
If you missed the first episode of the reboot, you can watch it on The CW website.
Did you give the “Charmed” reboot a chance? Were you as excited to see the “Witches” house revived for this show as I was? They sometimes make changes to the houses and sets after a pilot episode of a new series, so I’ll be curious to see if anything’s different next week! 🙂