Sitting down to a great film designed with care, it’s not difficult to fall into the world that’s been created by the film crew. In particular the houses in which some of our favorite characters reside on screen can be wonderful sources of decor inspiration. But, would you ever want to live where one of your most-watched movies was shot? For some people that answer is a resounding “yes”. If The Royal Tenebaums happens to be one of your favorites then you might be interested to know the New York mansion where the Tenenbaums lived is now up for rent in all it’s Victorian glory.
Situated on Convent Avenue in Hamilton Heights near Harlem in New York City, the 1899 Flemish Revival house is made from brick and stone. The unique home features a turret tower and a stepped facades on parts of the roof.
The house is on a corner lot and has that sideways entrance made so well-known from the movie. Very little has changed on the outside over the years, but the inside is a different story. While some aspects of the home bear some resemblance to the scenes from the film, most do not.
Wes Anderson rented the house for 6 months to shoot The Royal Tenenbaums and used both the interior and exterior for scenes. The configuration of the staircase is the same as in the film, but the woodwork, railing, and wall color is totally different now. The bedrooms of the characters Chas, Margot, and Richie all are situated in the turret spaces so the windows in these rooms will be quite familiar to fans of the film.
However, the house has been renovated with a very modern main kitchen on the lowest floor and another smaller butler’s kitchen on the floor above.
Inside the 6,000-square-foot house you’ll find much of the original woodwork, as well as parquet flooring and gas fireplaces. There’s a total of 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms over 5 levels.
There’s also an elevator in the home, as well as a garden terrace.
The house isn’t for sale at the moment, but it is for rent. So, how much will a storied Victorian house in the Upper Manhattan cost to live in? The answer is a cool 20K per month, which is actually the going rate for rental houses of this size in this area.
That’s a bit too rich for my wallet, but I love being able to see inside this famous house where the whimsical story of The Royal Tenenbaums was set. But, hey, if you’ve got the cash there’s nothing stopping you from moving right in.SKM: below-content placeholder