Iconic cinemas that are real places – from Downton Abbey to Harry Potter


It’s arguably the most famous house in movie history… and today fans of the iconic festive film Home Alone have the chance to stay there for just one night.

The movie franchise’s £ 1.2million real home, starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, is located at 671 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois

Now the six-bedroom mansion has been booked on Airbnb and guests will even have the chance to set traps, reminiscent of the plot of the 1990 film.

But this is not the only property on the big screen that is a real place as revealed by James Moore …

Harry potter

Harry Potter Home is a £ 435,000 three-bedroom property in Berkshire

In 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the orphan wizard played by Daniel Radcliffe lives at No4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, with his uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia.

In fact, the £ 435,000 three-bedroom property is located at 12 Picket Post Close in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Fighting spirit

The 1982 Steven Spielberg horror film is set in Cuesta Verde, California, in a house built on an old cemetery.

The real one is at 4267 Roxbury Street, Simi Valley. The film would have been cursed after the death of several of its stars.

Downton abbey

Highclere Castle
The property of Downton Abbey is actually Highclere Castle in Hampshire

Star of the 2019 TV series and film, Lord and Lady Grantham’s home at Downton Abbey is believed to be in Yorkshire. It is actually the 300 bedroom Highclere Castle in Hampshire.

Dating back to 1679, the 5,000-acre estate is home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon.


The scary film stars Nicole Kidman as a woman who is convinced that her gothic mansion in Jersey is haunted.

In fact, the house used was the Palacio de Los Hornillos in Cantabria, Spain. It was designed by a British architect.

Amityville Horror

Exterior of the house known as "Amityville Horror"
The house known as “Amityville Horror”

After Ronald “Butch” DeFeo killed six members of his family at 112 Ocean Ave, Amityville, in 1974, the Lutz family moved in. They fled after 28 days, claiming he was haunted.

The 1979 film used 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, which was recently damaged by fire.

Diamonds are forever

Remember the scene from the 1971 Bond movie where Sean Connery’s 007 fights Bambi and Thumper in villainous Willard Whyte’s mansion?

It is a real futuristic house, embedded, embedded in a cliff and with a superb swimming pool.

The £ 6million house at 175 Southridge Drive in Palm Springs, California was built for designer Arthur Elrod in 1968.

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