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Although it can be easier to film on a soundstage, Los Angeles has a rich tradition of movies filmed on location.

“There’s something to be said about putting the actors into an environment that helps them convey who their character is,” La La Land Production Designer David Wasco told Architectural Digest.

Let’s look at the apartments of some classic Los Angeles films.

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Mulholland Drive

Betty’s apartment has an on-screen address of 1612 Havenhurst Drive in West Hollywood. However, the filming location was Il Borghese Apartments at 450 N. Sycamore Ave. in Hancock Park.

The 746-square-foot Mediterranean-style apartment would rent for $2,700. A 1-bedroom, 1-bath, it boasts French windows, period tile, crown moldings, hardwood floors and hallway arches. Amenities include controlled access and parking. The rental last sold for $550,000.

Built in 1929, the complex is comprised of 23 units. The courtyard is centered around an olive tree that’s more than 100 years old. Landscaping includes climbing wisteria, an outdoor fireplace, a rooftop terrace and a koi pond.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Diane’s apartment: Sierra Bonita Apartments, 2900 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles
Adam Kesher’s house: 3760 Eureka Drive, Studio City
Winkie’s restaurant: 1016 W. El Segundo Blvd., Gardena
Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles

 

La La Land

Mia’s apartment is located at 1728 E. 3rd St. #2 in Long Beach. A 2-bedroom at Rose Towers shared with three other roommates, the apartment has old-world charm with arched doorways and original hardwood. Set designers took inspiration from jazz photography. A 4-bedroom, 2-bath apartment would rent for $1,600, and it last sold for $305,000

The apartment building is a Spanish Colonial-style pink stucco. The 20-unit complex was built in 1928 and has a central courtyard within walking distance of the beach.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Sebastian’s apartment: A courtyard apartment in the Valley
Lighthouse Cafe: 30 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
Griffith Observatory: 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles

 

The Big Lebowski

The Dude’s apartment is located at 606 Venezia Ave. in Venice. The 1-bedroom, 1-bath bungalow rents for $2,650 per month. With 600 square feet, garage parking and a landscaped courtyard, the unfurnished apartment includes a rug that “really tied the room together.”

The complex of six single-bedroom cottages was recently listed at $2.3 million and sold for $1.6 million. Built in the 1920s on a 10,628-square-foot lot, it’s just blocks from the beach. The owners have renovated the bungalows, so it’s not as run-down as it was in the film.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Mr. Lebowski’s mansion (exterior): 10231 Charing Cross Road, Los Angeles
Maude’s loft: 630 Broadway, Los Angeles
Jackie Treehorn’s mansion: 10104 Angelo View Drive, Beverly Hills
Bowling alley: 5227 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
Grocery shopping at Ralph’s: 1745 N. Garfield Road, Alhambra

 

Pulp Fiction

Jimmie’s house is located at 4149 Kraft Ave. in Studio City. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch that rents for $7,000. Built in 1936, the spacious 1,702-square-foot home features an open-concept kitchen, carport and landscaped yard. It last sold for $942,000 in 2015.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Butch’s apartment: 11813 Runnymede St., North Hollywood
Lance and Joy’s house: 3519 La Clede Ave., Los Angeles
Mia’s house: 1541 Summitridge Drive, Los Angeles
Brett’s apartment: Van Ness and Harold Way, Hollywood

 

Crash

District Attorney Cabot’s house is located at 342 10th St. in Santa Monica. Some have called this luxury house a “mini-mansion” with its 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and many upscale details like built-in bookcases and skylights. The two-story home has 5,690 square feet. The property also includes a dining terrace and expansive gardens. In 2012, it sold for $5.2 million, and in today’s market, it would rent for $32,000. The director of “Crash,” Paul Haggis, lived there when he was making the movie, and they used his house as a location to save money.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Cameron’s house: 5177 Costello Ave., Sherman Oaks
Daniel’s house: 6317 Elgin St., Eagle Rock

 

Boogie Nights

Jack Horner’s house is located at 19515 E. Cameron Ave. in West Covina. It’s a 4-bedroom, 6-bath with 4,000 square feet of living space on a spacious 1.35-acre lot. There’s a large vaulted living room with a fireplace, an inground pool and a three-car garage. In 2016, it was listed for sale at $1.5 million, and the property rents for $5,800 per month.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Drug dealer Rahad’s house: 16801 Encino Hills Drive, Encino
Dirk’s new home: 4214 Lobos Road, Woodland Hills
Dirk’s parents’ house: 3503 187th St., Torrance

 

Terminator

Sarah Connor’s apartment is located at 420 La Fayette Park Place. Built in 1970, this three-story building has 95 units. There are studio to 4-bedroom floor plans available, and some units have balconies. Sarah’s 2-bedroom, 1-bath rents for $2,900.

Additional locations from the movie include:
The house of the wrong Sarah Connor: 14239 Gilmore St., Van Nuys
Tiki Motel: 7301 Santa Fe Ave., Huntington Park
The gas station: 37202 90th St. E., Littlerock
John Connor’s home (Terminator 2): 19828 Valerio St., Winnetka

 

Drive

Driver’s apartment is located at 607 S. Park View St. near downtown Los Angeles. It’s a 1-bedroom, 1-bath that rents for $1,900. But outside of the movie, it’s not an actual apartment building but rather a venue called The MacArthur. For the film, the apartments and central hallway were all built from scratch. The location was chosen for its view of MacArthur Park and downtown LA. Since 1925, the building has been an Elk’s Lodge, a 169-room luxury hotel, a YMCA, a retirement hotel and an event space. And it was not Gosling’s first time filming there; the 2013 movie “Gangster Squad” had some scenes shot there as well.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Irene’s apartment just down the hall: 607 S. Park View St., Los Angeles
Big 6 Market: 550 S. Rampart Blvd., Los Angeles
Pink Motel: 9457 San Fernando Road, Sun Valley
Saugus Speedway: 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus

 

Boyz in the Hood

Tre Styles’ house is located at 5918 Cimarron St. in the Chesterfield Square neighborhood of Los Angeles. Writer/Director John Singleton said he was recreating the neighborhood where he lived with his father (near the intersection of Vermont and Century). In 1990, the year before the film was released, the house was purchased for $117,000. It still has the same owners and is now valued at more than $400,000. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath house would rent for $2,100.

Additional locations from the movie include:
Baker family home: 5911 Cimarron St., Los Angeles
Brandi’s house: 5906 Cimarron St., Los Angeles
Furious Styles’ office: 2424 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
House of Tre’s lady: 5330 Chelsey Ave., Los Angeles

 

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