Iconic Houses in Movies that Really Exist

What do you recall about the hit HBO series Game of Thrones? The King’s Landing, the turrets of Iron Islands or the fort of Winterfell? We remember each noble house of Westeros and recall them perfectly because of their distinctive and eerie aestheticism. 

Realism in movies

Realism is an ideology of portraying facts as they exist in real life through the variegated medium of arts such as paintings, music, sculptures, movies, etc. It defies from the imaginative Romanticism and Classicism exaggerating it beyond the truth.  

The human mind interprets whatever is fed to it through the eyes. Our mind interprets a static object as moving if we see 20 images per second in a succession. Therefore, The Hobbit was released with 48 frames per second as filmmakers considered it more realistic to the human eye. Now, even online gaming sites such as https://www.kalamanthana.com/ have games with high-end graphics for a real experience. 

A similar approach is adopted by video games that come at as high as 60 fps. Online casinos such as are offering virtual table rooms that look realistic.

But directors often come in conflict with production to increase the budget of movies and TV series to shoot at real-life locations rather than on a flimsy set or Chroma Keying.

For Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola stood firm and made production increase its budget from $1.5 million to $6.5 million. Similarly, in Alejandro Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning movie The Revenant’s, starring Di Caprio, production costs skyrocketed when the entire crew had to shift to Argentina from Canada because the snow started to melt early in Canada because of climate change in 2015.

Reel Life Houses that Exist in Real Life

Some of the houses and locations were made known to the world through movies. We have collated a list of some of the most iconic houses that you will love.

1. House of Vito Corleone

Mario Puzo earned the ire of Paramount for shooting at New York adding a few more millions on costs, but it paid out well later when the movie swept the Academy Awards. Everyone remembers the lavish party hosted by the Godfather, played by Marlon Brando, for his daughter’s wedding. It was shot on the grounds of Edward and Mary Norton in Todt Hill Neighbourhood of Staten Island. 

The location was suggested by Gianni Russo who played Carlos Rizzi in the movie. He grew up around there. Initially, the Norton couple thought of it as a prank only after Mary Norton chased the representatives of Paramount and the deal was finalised in return for a new slate roof for the house. 

2. The Castle of House of Dorne

The House of Dorne was famous for its water gardens in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. The Alcazar of Seville is the seat for House Martell of Sunspear. It is a royal palace situated in the heart of the city and a landmark tourist attraction. Oberyn Martell, brother of Prince of Dorne is played by Pedro Pascal of The Mandalorian and Narcos fame. Alluded as The Red Viper in R. R. Martin’s book, he was killed in a duel by Gregor. The production got permission to shut half of the palace to shoot important scenes.

3. The House of Cullen’s

The Hoke House situated in Portland, Oregon served as the modern, glass-fitted, sleek house for the vampire Cullen clan in the Twilight Saga. The house is named after John Hoke. However, the production named it the Nike House because Hoke’s profession, i.e., a Nike executive. He hired Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture for the construction of the splendid house sitting in the secluded woods of Oregon. The interiors were materialised by Lucy Metcalf making it an exceptional epitome of contemporary design.

4. Harry Potter’s Home

The 14th-century marvel of Suffolk, United Kingdom is the most photographed building. The famous house appears in Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The whole neighbourhood of Lavenham, Suffolk is depicted as the magical town of Godric’s Hollow. It was the birthplace of Harry and his parents were killed by Lord Voldemort in the same place. The house belongs to the aristocratic De Vere family, who lived here till the 17th century and locally known by De Vere House. The house appears in a dilapidated condition in the movie, but really, it is airy and light-filled.

5. The Home Alone House

Almost every child wants to visit the house of Kevin McCallister who has watched Home Alone. Kevin used his prowess of knowing every location to his advantage and defending the property against The Wet Bandits. Several movie buffs visit the house in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka to cherish their childhood memories from the movie. It was built in 1921 and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms even though it is depicted as housing a small army of McCallister children. However, the house doesn’t have any evil furnace featured in the movie.