The Silence of The Lambs has permeated the memories of many film lovers as one of the most unsettling movies of all time. Who could forget the concept of putting lotion in a basket and lowering it into a well? Gag. Even though the home from Silence of the Lambs where that action takes place is beautiful, that's a hard image to get out of one's head. Almost harder to destroy than the idea of a wine pairing with body parts. Yuck.
You'd think that, despite this association, the actual house that plays the role of serial killer and lotion enthuiast Buffalo Bill wouldn't have a very tough time finding a new loving family considering its film history. Well, it's for sale — but, as NBC News reports, the $249,900-priced home is proving to be a "tough sell." It's not because of the fact that it belonged to Buffalo Bill in the movie, though: Instead, according to NBC News, it's because of the location.
"When it first went on the market, I got calls from across the country," Dianne Wilk of RE/MAX Select Realty told NBC News. "But how many people are going to relocate to Layton because of a home?
"The thing is, it's a lovely, lovely home. And you know how people say George Washington slept in their home? Well, not many people can say they had a movie filmed in their house."
This Silence of the Lambs house isn't the only famous piece of real estate that's gone on the market after being featured in a television series or movie. Sure, some of the houses seen in shows and movies are just set pieces located in studio lots, but many are actual homes where people apply lotion to their skin in the privacy of their own bathrooms. Here are just a few from recent Hollywood history:
1. The Halliwell House From Charmed
The Power of Three lived in this house all together, fighting over drawer space in the bathroom throughout the series. Though the show was set in San Francisco, the house actually sits in a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in Los Angeles and is known as the Innes House. The house went on the market in 2008 for $800,000 but was soon taken off, probably because WHY WOULD YOU EVER SELL THE HOUSE THE CHARMED ONES LIVED IN.
2. The Playboy Mansion From... A Lot Of Stuff
The Playboy Mansion has been featured in many a television show and movie: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The House Bunny to name a few. For only $200 million dollars, the 29-room home with game house, home theater, wine cellar, gym, tennis court, swimming pool, four-bedroom guest house, and infamous grotto could be yours. The house also comes with Hugh Hefner.
3. The "Murder House" From American Horror Story
This house in Los Angeles has had many lives: From a residence hall to an administration building for a convent, to a set for American Horror Story, it has truly lived. This bad boy sold for $3.2 million in 2015, and it is unclear if the new owners are going to live there.
4. The Greystone Mansion From There Will Be Blood
Who can forget the bowling alley milkshake madness that went down at the end of There Will Be Blood? I certainly cannot. Since 1965, the city of Beverly Hills has owned Greystone Mansion, so you can't buy it if you win the Powerball — but it is a place you can tour on your Los Angeles-area vacation. The mansion was originally built and owned by Ned Doheny, an oil tycoon who met a mysterious end alongside his secretary and boyhood bud, Hugh Plunkett.
5. Furious And Tre's House From Boyz N the Hood
Boyz N the Hood takes place in Inglewood, an area of southwestern Los Angeles — and in 1990, this house from the movie sold for $117,000. This entire movie came from practical locations, so no sets were built, which gives it a very realistic feel. It also means you can find all of the locations IRL, which is pretty neat if you ask me.
6. Frank Lloyd Wright's "Ennis House" From... A Lot Of Stuff
The Ennis House was originally designed in 1924 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Charles Ennis, a lover of Mayan architecture and apparently also really spooky castles. Since then, the Los Feliz home appeared as a spooky spot in several movies and television shows including The House on Haunted Hill, Blade Runner, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It sold in 2011 to Ron Burkle for about $4.5 million dollars.
Would you buy a house that was used as a set? I could be persuaded if it was less than a million. Maybe. It would also have to depend on what it was used for... I understand people's lack of love for scary movie houses. But, like, The Fresh Prince house? Sign me up.
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