Ready to take your pop culture obsession to the next level? Turns out, you can rent some of the houses and apartments featured in classic movies and television shows. Head to Airbnb and you’ll find a plethora of famous real estate staples, from the house on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Harry Potter’s childhood home (which, thankfully, is Voldemort-free).
We pulled together some of the coolest cinematic spots to spend your next vacation.
5 famous houses from movies you can stay in
1. Stay in the house from Twilight.
Still dreaming about life with Edward Cullen? Take your fantasy to the next level by renting Bella Swan's house from Twilight. Both the interiors and exteriors were used for filming, so you can spend the night in the actual room where Bella slept and eat at Charlie’s real-life dining room table.
Location: St. Helen’s, Oregon
FYI: The owners have stored Bella’s on-screen bedding for fans to take a closer look at.
It’s been over 20 years since Spice World premiered, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t still spice up your life. Stay in the actual double decker bus from the film, with interiors inspired by the girl group. You’ll find a groovy pink hangout area, disco balls and leopard carpeting.
Location: Isle of Wight, England
FYI: There’s no Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities or running water on the bus. Head to shops nearby for your needs.
It’s not quite Godric’s Hollow but close enough. You can stay in the home where Harry Potter lived with his parents before their death. Located in a medieval village, this quaint 16th-century house features a sitting room with a log fire and a courtyard garden.
Location: Lavenham, England
FYI: Enjoy a full English breakfast in the morning.
Remember that colorful, ridiculously cool apartment Shoshanna lived in when she worked in Japan? Yup, you can actually rent it. This avant garde design is filled with bright bursts of yellow, red and green, a hammock, a sitting pod and a climbing wall.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
FYI: The apartment was designed by noted artists Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins.
2. Take a vacation in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air apartment.
Dust off your Carlton dance. In honor of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s 30th anniversary, Will Smith is renting out the massive Banks home featured throughout the series. This is a limited-time offer, with booking opening at 11 a.m. PT on September 29th, for the dates of October 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 14th.
Location: Los Angeles, California
FYI: According to Smith, Airbnb will be making a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.
Great news for everybody who drooled over Marianne’s Italian vacation house in Normal People. You can rent it out yourself and enjoy picturesque countryside views and a pool overlooking the mountains. There are two large bedrooms, a dining room, kitchenette and bathroom.
Location: Sant’Oreste, Lazio, Italy
FYI: While you’re on your trip, head to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, where Marianne and Connell eat ice cream together.
This one won’t be for everyone, but you can stay in the windmill that Hannah Brown and Pilot Pete, um, really got to know each other in on TheBachelorette. You’ll have one bedroom and the whole windmill to yourself, which includes a lovely mountain view.
Featured in season five, episode three “Hazard Pay,” this house was the location where Jesse and Walt set up their meth lab. It’s an expansive 3,600 sq. ft, with a gas fire pit outside. You can even get the Breaking Bad package which includes hazmat suits, Vamanos Pest uniforms and a guide to local Breaking Bad spots.
Airbnbs are generally safe to stay in during the coronavirus pandemic, as long as you’re following CDC guidelines. For extra precaution, look for rentals that offer self check-in, so you can avoid physical interaction with the host.
In response to COVID-19, Airbnb has provided its community of hosts with an expert-backed cleaning protocol with step-by-step directions for sanitizing their property. Hosts can take a quiz confirming their understanding of this protocol. If they pass, their listing will get an Enhanced Clean indicator — offering further peace of mind that the property has undergone rigorous cleaning prior to your arrival.
Thea Glassman is a shopping writer at Finder, helping readers find the best deals. Her bylines have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, VICE and The Hollywood Reporter. She's a graduate of University of Kansas, a native New Yorker and only somewhat ashamed that her all-time favorite movie is Mamma Mia 2.
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