The House: A rambling near-castle called the Parkwood Estate, located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Movie: Bryan Singer’s first X film, and the one that kicked off the current trend in turning comic books into movies. Singer’s sequel, released three years later, brilliantly upped the stakes.
If We Lived There: We’d be sorely disappointed if we didn’t find Cerebro there.
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
The House: A floating home, which sounds all kinds of magical, doesn’t it? This one’s on Lake Union near the University of Washington.
The Movie: Nora Ephron romcom following Tom Hanks’ miserable widower, who becomes the object of Meg Ryan’s affection when she overhears him pouring his heart out over the radio.
If We Lived There: Fishing every day!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The House: The residence belonging to, in the movie, Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace.
The Movie: Crazy-violent thriller from Quentin Tarantino. It’s most famous for the dancing restaurant scene involving Uma Thurman and John Travolta – as well as the subsequent adrenaline-shot-to-the-heart scene.
If We Lived There: We’d give those bushes a good trimming.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
The House : Can be found at Steiner Street, San Francisco in the movie. In real life, it’s in Pacific Heights.
The Movie: Stars Robin Williams as an out of work actor who is booted out of the house by his weary wife. Denied custody of his kids, he dresses up as a woman and acts as the family’s house keeper to be closer to them.
If We Lived There: We’d have fun bolting down the hill on a skateboard. Multiple injuries likely.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
The House: Head of operations for SPECTRE villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The Movie: The seventh James Bond film and the last to star Sean Connery. It’s based on the book of the same name, and has Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler. Jill St. John provides cleavage.
If We Lived There: We’d pretend it was a docking bay replete with a spaceship because, well, just look at it.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The House: The elegant home of pimp Pierce Patchett, known in the real world as Lovell Health House, which can be found in Los Feliz, LA.
The Movie: Based on James Ellroy’s classic crime thriller, following the LAPD in the 1950s, whose force is riddled with corruption.
If We Lived There: We’d invite Banksy over and let him let rip on those clean white walls.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The House: Known as the Sheats/Goldstein residence, designed by American architect John Lautner and situated in Benedict Canyon.
The Movie: Product of sibling moviemakers Joel and Ethan Coen, starring a never-better Jeff Bridges as The Dude, who attempts to track down the kidnapped wife of his rich namesake.
If We Lived There: We’d smack our lips and say “This is the life” every 10 minutes.
The House: The mansion of Tony Montana.
The Movie: A remake of Howard Hawks’ 1932 original, starring Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who becomes the key player in a drug cartel.
If We Lived There: No guns would be allowed in the house.
A Single Man (2009)
The House: The Schaffer Residence, built by architect John Lautner in 1949 for the mother of one of his employees. Located in the Montrose area of Glendale, it sold recently for roughly $1.4m.
The Movie: Beautifully-crafted directorial debut of fashion icon Tom Ford, starring Colin Firth as a gay man in the ‘60s whose partner tragically dies, leaving him with nothing to live for.
If We Lived There: We’d want the interior furnished to a ‘60s taste. Just for fun.
Home Alone (1990)
The House: Sold recently for $2.4m in Winnetka, Illinois.
The Movie: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is left behind when his entire family take a trip to Paris for the Christmas holidays. To make matters worse, the McCallister house has been targeted by a duo of scrooge-like robbers.
If We Lived There: We’d booby trap the entire place, just to keep it safe.