Home Alone this Christmas? Perhaps you’re hoping for a Miracle on 34th Street? Hopefully you’re not The Grinch that stole Christmas…

Every year we join the families and friends of some of our favourite Christmas houses on the big screen, but which is your favourite? If you haven’t watched some of these Christmas hits, firstly, where have you been? Secondly, there may be a spoiler alert.

Home Alone

home-alonePerhaps the most famous of all the Christmas film houses, the Mccallister family home.

Each year the Mccallister family manage to lose one of their children, Kevin. But considering the size of their house, it’s not a completely ridiculous concept for a Christmas film. This red brick, colonial Georgian home covers an incredible 4,250 sqft of living space across three floors (four if you remember the basement that scares the living daylight out of Kevin, and then later on Harry and Merv).

Home Alone is fairly unique (as you’ll see below) in being filmed at a real house. The Mccallister home can be found in Winnetka, Illinois and was sold in 2011 for $1.58million… hopefully restored having being made into a human mousetrap.

 

The Holiday

rosehill-cottageRosehill Cottage: “A fairytale English cottage set in a tranquil country garden. Snuggle up by an old stone fireplace and enjoy a cup of cocoa. An enchanting oasis of tranquility in a quiet English hamlet, just 40 minutes from exciting London.”

Or at least that’s what the ad says, it almost sounds like a recent write up for one of our Hartley Wintney cottages.

Featured in The Holiday, Rosehill Cottage sums up the typical image of a country cottage at Christmas, home to Iris (Kate Winslet) and rented by Amanda (Cameron Diaz). Unfortunately, if you’ve ever watched the film and thought how perfect it would be to stay there for a holiday of your own, you’re out of luck. The house was never actually real. The crew constructed a fake cottage within just two weeks, spending another four creating the landscaping, including building a complete tree from scratch! Whilst the cottage is not real, it is said to have been inspired by Slatter’s Cottage in the Cotswolds.

 

Miracle on 34th Street

miracle-on-34th-streetIn this classic Christmas tale, Susan Walker asks Kris Kringle for a new house. Nothing like realistic expectations Susan! Ms Walker must have been on the very,very,very nice list as her wish is granted on Christmas day, must have been a thank you for all the legal assistance.

I’m sure we’d all put a house on the top of our Christmas list, but not only did Susan get a house, she got a five bedroom house complete with a pool,  man cave, butler’s space and it’s own library.

Built in 1924 this incredible home can be found in Lake Forest, Illinois and was sold recently in 2015 for a remarkable $3.4million. I think Susan has a thank you note to write…

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

wonderful-lifeGeorge and Mary’s fixer upper is, I’m sorry to say, about as real as the snow they used on set. Set in Bedford Falls, it was actually built in  California over an incredible two months.

Two months may seem a long time to spend building a set, but they effectively built a town; buildings covering three city blocks and featuring twenty full grown oak trees. Whilst the town of Bedford Falls was never a reality, it has been said that Seneca Falls in New York was the inspiration behind the picture perfect town, the residents of Seneca Falls even have an annual festival to celebrate their link every December.

Filmed during a heatwave, California most definitely did not have snow, so George and Mary’s “drafty old house” wouldn’t have been too cold. The snow was the first time “special effects” had been used, until then cornflakes would be painted white but as they created too loud a crunch, the crew on It’s a Wonderful Life opted for shaved ice and “chemical” snow.

 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

mount-crumpitEvery Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not.

The Grinch may not have been a fan of Christmas, but he was, however, a bit of a homebird. High above Whoville, the abode of the Grinch can be found at the top of Mount Crumpit; a steep and high, snowy mountain recognisable by it’s typically Dr Seuss design.

The term “man-cave” is often seen these days, but I’m fairly sure it was probably the Grinch who coined the phrase. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle, the noise and disruption, filled with his favourite items; the Grinch’s cave on Mount Crumpit is the ultimate man-cave, just large enough for the Grinch with his heart two sizes too small, and his faithful dog Max.

 

The Snowman

snowmanEveryone remembers the magical scenes of the young boy and his snowman companion, but the cosy house where the pair start their adventure was beautifully created on acetate using crayons and cocktail sticks.

If the house ever did come to life, just like the snowman, the owners would surely be “walking in the air”. A house purchased in 1978 on the south downs, just a snowman flight from the centre of Brighton would be worth a small fortune now. Especially when you consider it was the childhood home of David Bowie.

 

Love Actually

love-actually-portugal-house-1024x503As my personal favourite Christmas film, I wanted to include this British classic, however, similarly to the countless storylines, there are too many variations on the perfect British Christmas house; London mews, the dodgy end of Wandsworth and Downing Street to name a few. With that in mind, I thought I’d present a holiday home, somewhere to escape to over Christmas, or in Colin Firth’s case, the lead up to Christmas.

This French bungalow can be found just under an hour away from St Tropez on over 4.5 hectares of land. Featuring four bedrooms, two baths, a swimming pool, a terrace, a guest house in need of renovation; all overlooking the lake. The home was actually sold in 2010 for €899,999, but unfortunately did not include Mr Darcy.

 

If you’re looking for the perfect home for Christmas, or all year round, we have homes to rival the likes of the above, simply visit www.mackenziesmith.co.uk for our full collection, alternatively register your requirements with your local branch who will keep you informed of all the suitable properties coming onto the market.

 

Ash Vale – ashvale@mackenziesmith.co.uk  – 01252 353030

Farnborough – farnborough@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 375999

Fleet – fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 812121

Hook – hook@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01256 764666

Hartley Wintney – hartleywintney@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 844015

Lettings – lettings@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 514000