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The best Christmas films (and the houses)

Home for the Holidays!?

It’s simply just not Christmas until you’ve snuggled down on the sofa with some Baileys and a big bag of cheesy snacks to watch your favourite festive movie.

And, if you’re hooked on houses, better still if your favourite Christmas film features a gorgeous property you wish Santa would deliver!


Take a look at our favourite properties featured in some of the best Christmas films:


Love Actually

The house where Hugh Grant as Prime Minister tracks down his Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) in the supposedly ‘dodgy’ part of Wandsworth was in fact shot in Herne Hill, Lambeth and is likely to now be worth around £835,000. The pretty mews house where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) declares his love to Juliet (Keira Knightley) is in St Lukes Mews, Notting Hill is likely to fetch around £1.6million.

https://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/article/the-properties-of-love-actually


The Holiday

The supposedly ‘Cotswold house’ belonging to Iris (Kate Winslet) where Cameron Diaz (Amanda) falls in love with Jude Law (Graham) was based on Honeysuckle Cottage in Surrey. It went on the market in November 2018 for £650,000, and although the film wasn’t actually shot there it’s packed with very familiar cosy charm.

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/property/a25332565/the-holiday-movie-cottage-for-sale/

 

Home Alone

Can you believe Home Alone was made back in 1990?! Kevin’s impressive house (actually near Lake Michigan) was sold in 2011 for $1.58m looking a lot less Christmassy than it did in the ‘movie’; although some rooms and the hall are still easily recognisable – and presumably the new owners made sure they had plenty of security installed!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/film/home-alone-house-location-christmas-11734588

 

Miracle on 34th Street

The stunning 6,000 square foot 1920’s home in Lake Forest, Illinois used in the 1994 remake of ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ was given to Susan (Mara Wilson) after she put it at the top of her Christmas wish list. It’s previously been on the market i at $3.4million - if it gets us a gift like that, Santa, ‘we believe’!

https://hookedonhouses.net/2015/10/22/miracle-on-34th-street-susans-yellow-house-for-sale-in-illinois/

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

Finally, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ (it’s the law, we think you’ll find…) Sadly, George and Mary Bailey’s beloved ‘draughty old house’ in Bedford Falls was only as real as Rudolph and was in fact part of a huge 4 acre set that was demolished in the 1950’s. Even the snow came courtesy of special effects (it had to withstand a Californian heatwave during shooting) and was the only thing in the film to win an Oscar!

https://hookedonhouses.net/2011/12/19/its-a-wonderful-life-george-and-mary-baileys-drafty-old-house-in-bedford-falls/

Don’t be downhearted, though. The town of Seneca Falls, on which Bedford Falls was supposedly based, holds an ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ festival every year to celebrate it.

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

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