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A single man home for sale

Tom Ford’s award-winning movie A Single Man was aesthetically stunning. I was in awe with the decor, light, set dressing, design; everything. It helped that two of the most beautiful people in the world starred in it. I really loved Julianne Moore’s house, but was also quite partial to Colin Firth’s glass mid Century gem of a home.

Scene from the movie. Image by Hookedonhouses.net

The home, designed by renowned architect John Lautner, was built in 1949. It’s currently on the market for $1,495,000. The house has been recently restored to its original natural redwood and glass beauty. A classic that Frank Gehry and Frank Escher both count among their absolute favorite homes. It boasts so many glass walls it feels transparent at times.

John Lautner's Schaffer Residence

Want to know more about John Lautner? The Homevoyeurs.com webshop sells many books about this influential 20th Century architect. For instance this coffee table book Lautner, 1911-1994: disappearing Space, by Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange. It’s on sale for $9.99.

Lautner, 1911-1994: Disappearing Space

Marilyn Monroe’s old House For Sale

I picked up this story on Hooked on Houses.

Marilyn Monroe would be in her 80’s today. The uber star died at the tender age of 36 nearly 5 decades ago. She was found dead in the bedroom of her modest Brentwood Los Angeles bungalow. The house is still considered a shrine for fans because it was the last house she lived in. The current owners have put it on the market which is big news in Hollywood.

Marilyn in the window in the den of her Brentwood home. Now for sale

The house was previously often sold through the grapevine only so it’s been a while since we were allowed a glimpse inside.

Marilyn Monroe's old home

Marilyn Monroe's old home

The Spanish Revival home was built in 1929.  It’s not too big, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and about 2,600 square feet, and has a very modest feel to it. This was exactly what appealed to Mrs Monroe when she bought it shortly before she died for $90,000. It looks like from a picture book and oozes charm and comfort.I love it as it reminds me of a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Palm Springs we once stayed in

Living room

The house is currently on the market for $3,595,000. That is quite steep but the area is very exclusive and neighbours are Hollywood stars like Roseanne, Jim Carrey, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Gardner and Cindy Crawford.

Another sitting room. Looks like this could be the window the black and white portrait above was taken in.

Loving the movie-lie kitchen

The realtors website is very hush-hush about it, but surely gets quite a few extra clicks.

Check the article on Hooked on Houses here

What we ALL want! The homes of production designer Jon Hutman

Production designer Jon Hutman is the master mind behind some of the most amazing homes in contemporary cinema. Did you like Helen Hunt’s pad in What Women Want? Or were you, and you should be, jealous of Cameron Diaz’s quintessential L.A home in The Holiday? Or how about Diane Keaton’s Long Island hideaway in Something’s Gotta Give? That house had home-owner across the globe going out on rampant hunts for the same brass handles, the same stools, pots, jars and everything. And most recently, Meryl Streep’s Santa Barbara’s cottage in It’s Complicated. All these were the work of Mr Hutman. In most cases, set decorator Beth Rubino assisted him.

Set design for 'It's Complicated'

Set design for 'Something's gotta give'

Set design for 'The Holiday'

Set design for 'Something's gotta give'

Set design for ‘It’s Complicated’

 Jon Hutman is known for his casual typical American designs. They look as if they grew organically and hardly any planning went into them.

To get inspired, check out some of the books about American interiors in the Homevoyeurs webshop.

For instance, American Farmhouses: Country Style and Design, By Leah Rosch

'American Farmhouses: Country Style and Design', by Leah Rosch

About the Author
Leah Rosch, formerly the executive editor of American Homestyle & Gardening magazine, has written for The New York Times as well as This Old House and Metropolitan Home magazines. Keith Scott Morton, the principal photographer for Country Living magazine, has been a leading photographer of country homes and interiors for fifteen years.

Spot that TV and/or movie home again!

Yes my loyal fans; it’s time for yet another pop culture moment. This time the theme is homes with columns. I guess they call it colonial.

I will drop a hint or two along the way, and as always, the winner gets my ever lasting respect! The name of the movie or TV show suffices. But, extra brownie points for those naming at least one character.

The first house is a true classic. The columns date all the way back to 1972! The lovely lass living here in a 1995 movie was supposedly inspired on Jane Austen’s Emma. I thinks she was just a bit naive yet meant well.

The columns date back all the way to 1972!

The columns date back all the way to 1972!

The next house is supposedly located in a posh area of Los Angeles. Not Beverly Hills, but the other one. The lead character moved here after his mum was tired with his chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool and shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school. She got scared after he got in one little fight. Oh well, he lived happily ever after.

Not Beverly Hills but that other posh LA hood

Not Beverly Hills but that other posh LA hood

Then, in true colonial spirit, a proper plantation house in the deep and sweltering South. That’s all the hints you’re getting for this one by the way.




Then, a movie that is responsible for so many quotes it might be one of the most important movies of all time. The guy responsible was the motor behind pretty much all 80’s box office toppers. This particular movie was featured in another one of my quizes, yet that time it was a different house. The hint? How about this quote:

In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. “Voodoo” economics.”

"Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw <......> pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious"

"Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw <......> pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious"

And finally, another gem of a colonial porch on a house. Don’t let the Chinese looking kid on the porch fool you. He’s a tourist. In the town this show was set in, there was no room for foreigners. Bar the one French hotel employee, this town was all American pure bred all the way…. Or was it… come to think of it. There was a Chinese or Korean friend of one of the girls living in this house. And that friend had a mother who wouldn’t let her kid do anything.  And I think the French guy might have been gay…Throw in a black kid and it’s politically correct!

It was funny though. Except for the fact that the dialogues were too ridiculous to be true.

Love the porch

Love the porch

That’s it for now. Another quiz coming up, but I need to find a few more homes to fit in with the ‘Teenage angst’ theme I am hoping to go for.

In general, any suggestions, always welcome!

Spot more movies

As you all loved the Spot that TV show feature so much, I thought I’d give you pop culture savvy readers another go.

Spot that movie this time. And unlike my first article with that subject, there is more than one movie to guess this time. If you know the names of all of them, let me know. An added bonus if you know the name of the person involved in all of these movies.

First one up, this house:

Movie House #1

Movie House #1

All of you born before 1980 will cherish fond memories of this movie which was released in 1985. In the movie, the house was to be torn down to make room for a golf course. If only they could find a way to get enough money to stop this from happening……Marta Plimpton and Corey Feldman also star.

 Hint: The older brother of the main character is, in real live, the stepson of a famous female singer. In the movie his character shares a name with a character living in house number two in the Spot that TV show article elsewhere on this site. This movie marked the very beginning of, at least according to IMDB, his career.

Then mystery movie house number 2:

Movie House #2

Movie House #2

I still get the shivers when the snow on my TV set appears to be sending messages from another dimension. This house does not survive the entire movie as it is sucked into The Other Side towards the end of it. That’s what you get for building on an ancient burial ground.

The special effects used for this bit were almost amateurish, the sound used is that of a vacuum cleaner. However; it was mind blowingly realistic.

Hint: Sadly, quite a few of the cast members died under perculiar circumstances in years following the production. With this adding to the mystery surrounding this movie.

House number 3; it actually resembles house number 2 a little. It was likely built in the same time.

Movie House #3. In the movie, there were no trees in front of it

Movie House #3

It is located in an earthquake prone suburb of Los Angeles, but that is just mere trivia and has nothing to do with the movie it starred in.

It was literally sealed in plastic for the climax of one of the most popular movies of all time. The big tree in front of it was not there yet as the movie crew were actually the first occupants of the house. When they were filming, some houses in the same neighbourhood had yet to be built.

There were corn fields right behind it though. At least, in the movie there were.

Hint; This movie marked the beginning of a successful career for one of the youngest cast members. She had to go through a stint in rehab or two, three, four well before she grew boobs, but managed to draw the spotlight back on herself and has starred in many popular movies since.

In a later movie she starred in, her character actually revisits the house, nude, clutching a large inflatable flower.

Mysterious Movie location number 4:

Movie House #4

Movie House #4

This house  is the home of a Einstein-esque professor able to do wonders with a DeLorean sports car in a popular trilogy from the 80’s and very early 90’s.

As I think that description was hint enough I am not giving you anymore. Maybe just the fact that the next movie location was featured in the first two of this trilogy.

Movie location number 5:

Movie Location #5

Movie Location #5

This tunnel can be seen in many many movies and TV shows. It was where Mischa Barton crashed her car in The O.C for example. In the movie I am referring to here, it starred as the entrance to a very animated town.  The main character in this movie is framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

Hint: The director of this movie, also directed the trilogy of Movie Location #4.

There you go; five movies to guess.

A combined hint: they were all released in the 80’s except part three of the trilogy in movie #4. But production for that was still very much an 80’s affair.

Spot that movie, filming locations

OK, a small game just minutes before Obama gets inaugurated.

This house was featured in an 80’s movie classic.

The person living in the house is seen lying in bed, sick, chanting “When <insert character’s name> was in Egypts Land…. Let my <insert character’s name> go….”

spot that movie

spot that movie

Another famous line of that character, in pretty much the same scene is “He’ll keep calling me… he’ll keep calling me until I come over. He’ll make me feel guilty…”

What movie was this house in? Anyone? anyone?