Last year I told you that Bella Swan’s house from the Twilight movies was on the market in Oregon, and it quickly sold for $363,000.
I just learned that a reader named Amber and her husband Dean bought it, and they had the smart idea to turn it into an Airbnb rental for fans. I love that!
Twilight was filmed on location inside this house in 2008. Amber tells me that fans from all over the world sent them items that appeared in the movie so they were able to recreate the look of the rooms a decade later.
The “Twilight Swan House” is now a successful vacation rental. Take a look!
The Twilight Swan House
Bella’s house was supposedly in Forks, Washington, where it was always overcast and gloomy.
The real house is in St. Helens, Oregon.
The listing for the vacation rental says:
Stay in this famous movie house! For the first time ever, you are now able to experience the inside of the home, lovingly referred to as the Twilight Swan House. This house was featured as the home of Charlie and Bella Swan in the movie Twilight.
“This charming 1930’s home is located in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Saint Helens, within walking distance to the historic riverfront. Short drive to Portland.”
The scenes that took place in Bella’s house were filmed here for the first movie.
For the sequels they recreated the rooms on a soundstage.
Here’s how the entry hall looked when they were filming a scene
(screenshot via the special features on the DVD):
The Staircase Today:
The listing says:
Take photos recreating all of your favorite Twilight scenes! Dine at Charlie’s actual dining table that was used in filming. Sleep in Bella’s bedroom! Team Edward? Sleep in the “lookout” room, overlooking the front yard, which is where Bella looks out the window to see Edward parked.
Amber told me, “As a Twilight fan myself, I remember saying ‘I know that house!’ when it popped up in my home searches. I used to drive out to the house and other filming locations with friends.”
The house has 5 bedrooms + 1.5 baths.
The listing says, “Team Jacob? Sleep in the Jacob Black Guest Room.”
And be sure to take some selfies with the life-size cutouts of the characters while you’re there! 🙂
Bella’s Green Bedroom:
Amber says that running the Twilight-themed rental
“has been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far.”
Bella’s Bedroom Today:
The Twilight Swan House has already had visitors from all over the U.S., as well many other countries, including Australia, Hong Kong, and France.
“We really enjoy sharing in the excitement with the fans who get to experience this unique piece of cinematic history.”
The Living Room Now:
Many of the original details from the movie can be seen in the house today,
including this ship above the brick fireplace:
Amber says, “It’s so cool how many Twilight fans have been following from the start as we fixed the house up. We have had people from all over the world contribute pieces of decor to Bella’s room and the rest of the house.”
Billy Burke played Bella’s father, and I know a lot of us were “Team Charlie.”
The Dining Room Today:
Amber says it’s “surreal” when you walk into the house and
can “sit where Charlie Swan sat or sleep where Bella Swan slept.”
The house was built in 1935 and was chosen for the movie
because it hadn’t been updated too much since then.
The retro green kitchen still has its vintage appeal,
and they say they have no plans to change it.
According to an article in the Oregonian:
To prepare the house for its screen debut, the production crew painted the exterior and most of the rooms inside. The owners had a choice: They could have their house repainted in the original colors, select new colors or keep the ones chosen by the production designer.
The owners kept the film’s color palette: Blue in the living room, yellow in the hallway and green in the kitchen, which are all complementary colors.
All of the doors in the house had been painted over the years. The filmmakers removed the layers of enamel paint to restore the original wood before shooting the movie here.
“It’s been so much fun restoring the home back to how it appeared on screen,” Amber says. “Everyone has been genuinely excited to now have access, in some way, to this home.”
Twilight movie screenshots via Summit Entertainment.
Thanks to Cathie Jensen for telling me about the Airbnb, and to
homeowners Amber and Dean Neufeld for providing the photos and information.
For more photos and rental information about the Twilight Swan House:
the Airbnb listing, Facebook page, Instagram, and The Oregonian article.
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