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What 11 Ordinary People Paid to Live in Your Favorite Movie Homes

Ever wished you could live in the home of Harry Potter, Royal Tenenbaum, or Kevin McCallister? For 11 buyers, movie magic became a reality when they scooped up the real-world residences of these and other iconic silver screen characters. Read on to catch a glimpse of the homes that inspired Hollywood—along with their surprising price tags.

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Sixteen Candles

Zillow Digs home in Evanston, IL

The former residence of teen queen Samantha Baker, this dreamy dwelling in Evanston, Illinois boasts two spacious stories behind its luxurious brick exterior. Unfortunately for lovers of the John Hughes’ comedy, the iconic property, last purchased in 2006 for $1.25 million, is now off the market with a valuation of $1.45 million.

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Rosemary's Baby

Known as The Dakota, this Gothic-style apartment building with a private courtyard and stunning views of Central Parks is a New York treasure despite the fictional frights filmed within its walls. But the price of Rosemary Woodhouse’s residence is almost as otherworldly as Rosemary’s baby, with apartments listed from $1.7 to $39 million.

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Want to experience a day in the life of the Cullens? Look no further than this 56-year-old Vancouver property, also known as the fictional digs of Edward Cullen’s immortal brood in the second “Twilight” movie. The five-bedroom abode, which sits on sprawling half-acre lot, can be yours for the paranormal price of $2.7 million!

Mrs. Doubtfire

This San Francisco home starred alongside Robin Williams in the ‘93 classic “Mrs. Doubtfire,” but these days it has a star power all its own. No doubt thanks in part to its celebrity status, as well as its character and nearby attractions, its recent listing price rung up at a whopping $4.45 million—a leap from its ‘97 sale price of $1.395 million. The three-story Victorian, close to the affluent Gold Coast corridor and prestigious private schools, is a draw for home buyers and film buffs alike.

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Harry Potter

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley discouraged magic at their humble home on 4 Privet Drive, but the real-world address in Berkshire, England hosts an estate that’s nothing short of enchanting. The Bracknell home, last sold in 2003 for 249,000 pounds, boasts three bedrooms and a rear garden on a quaint cul-de-sac. With Harry’s home up for grabs again at 450,000 pounds, modern-day muggles are sure to swoop in to relive the movie magic.

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The Godfather / The Bodyguard

This Beverly Hills mansion played host to not one—but two—cinematic masterpieces: “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.” Connoisseurs of film can re-trace the footsteps of the Corleone crime family or music sensation Rachel Marron in one of the home’s 19 bedrooms and two pools. But the price you will pay for a piece of Hollywood history is steep: Its listing price is upwards of $175 million!

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Mommie Dearest

If the pool and pavilion of this Colonial-style estate in Los Angeles look familiar, it’s because they feature in memorable scenes in the famed biopic of actress Joan Crawford. The intrigue of the mother-daughter drama, coupled with the mansion’s sprawling 1.6-acre lot in the star-studded Holmby Hills, make it worthy of its recent asking price of $26.5 million.

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Home Alone

You couldn’t pick a better place to be home alone than in this Georgian red-brick in Winnetka, Illinois. The fictional residence of Kevin McCallister boasts real-life amenities like a modern kitchen, spacious foyer, and majestic staircase for playful mischief. But if you want to relive the Christmas classic, you might have to wait: One lucky buyer snagged the iconic home for $1.585 million in 2012.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

A day off in this ranch-style residence in Highland Park, Illinois would be time well spent. The crib of Ferris Bueller’s wing-man Cameron sold for $1.06 million in 2014. Though the glass-enclosed garage famously took a hit from a Ferrari in the film, the four-bedroom estate in the woods is well-preserved in the real world—and in movie history.

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Sleepless in Seattle

Situated on Lake Union, the fictional home of Sam Baldwin in “Sleepless in Seattle” is as charming as the film’s stars, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. If you’re sleepless in your current digs, the 2,200-square-foot houseboat with four bedrooms and a boat marina to the south is listed again for $2.5 million after having been sold in 2014 for more than $2 million.

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The Royal Tenenbaums

While Wes Anderson’s film depicts a flawed Tenenbaum family, the residence where it was shot is a picture of architectural perfection. The estate in Hamilton Heights, New York boasts a roomy 3,920 square feet and four stories behind its red-brick exterior. In keeping with the family spirit, the deed on the stately property is rumored to have been transferred in 2010 to the former owner’s family member for, get this: $0.

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