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How Much Would These Netflix Houses Cost IRL?

Molly Grace7-Minute Read
April 15, 2020

How much did your favorite fictional character pay for their home? We took a look at the houses in some of your favorite Netflix series and tried to determine how much they might cost in real life.

We did this by looking at comparable homes in the areas that these shows take place in, and taking into consideration factors within the shows’ universes that could affect a home’s price. Could proximity to Hawkins National Laboratory drag down the “Stranger Things” characters’ home values? Read on to find out!

These estimates are for entertainment purposes only. There are many factors that go into pricing real-life real estate listings, and the price estimates listed here are based on a combination of real and fictional factors.

‘Stranger Things’

This wildly popular sci-fi series takes place in the sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the early ’80s. Though Hawkins is a fictional town and viewers aren’t given an exact idea of where in Indiana it’s meant to exist, we can still draw some conclusions about how much you might expect a house in Hawkins to cost you.

In 2017, the median home sales price in the state of Indiana was just about $147,000, according to the Indiana Business Research Center.

Of course, “Stranger Things” begins in 1983, when home values were lower. The U.S. Census tells us that median home values in Indiana in 1980 were $37,200. When adjusted for inflation to 2000 dollars (the year the dataset was created), home values were at $73,600. For comparison, median home values in Indiana were $94,300 in 2000. So keep in mind that although our price estimates are based on current home values, the “Stranger Things” characters likely paid much less for their homes, even when adjusted for inflation.

Another factor to keep in mind is the Hawkins National Laboratory. Local features can positively or negatively affect an area’s home values, and having a dangerous government research facility nearby could potentially drag down Hawkins’s home values.

The Byers House

  • Our Price Estimate: $80,000

The Byers family – Will, Joyce and Jonathan – live in a small, three-bedroom, single story home. As a single working mom with two boys, Joyce acknowledges that the home isn’t in the best condition in the first episode.

While the more remote location surrounded by trees may be attractive to home buyers looking for privacy, the home would likely need some sprucing up before being put on the market. But hey, your home would probably fall a little bit into disarray, too, if your child had suddenly disappeared into the Upside Down.

Chief Hopper’s Cabin

  • Our Price Estimate: $50,000

Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper’s cabin in the woods would likely be hard to sell, seeing as the likeliest buyers would be recluses looking for a primary residence that doesn’t require them to make nice with neighbors and outdoorsy types looking for a weekend getaway spot. The longer a home stays on the market, the more likely a seller will have to lower the asking price to interest buyers, so Hopper may not see too much of a profit if he were to sell.

‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’

One of the biggest factors in pricing property is, as real estate agents will always say, location, location, location. So, where is the spooky Spellman Mortuary where Sabrina Spellman lives with her aunts Hilda and Zelda?

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” takes place in the fictional town of Greendale. To figure out where, exactly, Greendale is supposed to be located, we turned to another town in the Archie Comics universe: Riverdale. Riverdale is where Archie Andrews and all his friends live and go to school, and is the setting for the CW show of the same name. “Sabrina” was originally intended to be a companion series to “Riverdale” before “Sabrina” found a home at Netflix, and it turns out that Greendale is right across the river from Riverdale. Though the location of Riverdale is left similarly ambiguous, we know that the town is in Rockland County, which happens to be a real county in New York state.

The current median sold price for homes in Rockland County is $439,980.

The Spellman House

  • Our Price Estimate: $575,000

The Spellman home is a big, beautiful old home, and would likely attract many buyers looking for a historic home with lots of character, though more superstitious buyers may be put off some of the witchy, unique decor – or the embalming room in the basement.

And while you might think that having a graveyard on the property would turn off shoppers, many buyers actually like the idea of having the deceased as neighbors, and may even pay more for a house that’s located close to a cemetery.

Though some of its quirks may make it more difficult for the Spellmans to find the right buyer, this house still has a lot of great features that could help it snag a selling price in line with the rest of the Rockland County market.

‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’

If you felt house envy over the place where Lara Jean and her family live, you’re not alone. The beautiful gray home with the open floor plan and the light-filled interior – not to mention Lara Jean’s fun turquoise bedroom – was a star of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” in its own right. And, it turns out, this home isn’t just the result of a sound stage and some movie magic; it’s a real home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

However, the story of “To All The Boys” takes place in the U.S., in Portland, Oregon. According to the U.S. Census, the estimated median home value in Portland is $383,600.

The Covey House

  • Our Price Estimate: $550,000

Lara Jean’s house is in great shape and appears to be located in a thriving, quiet neighborhood. In our opinion, this house could successfully sell for significantly more than Portland’s median home price.

‘You’

Season two of this romance-turned-thriller series takes place in famously pricey Los Angeles. What could we expect to pay to get into one of the homes featured in “You”?

When Joe arrives in LA, using the pseudonym Will, one of the first things he does (aside from kidnapping someone, which is pretty typical of him at this point) is rent an apartment. The apartment is small and plain, but because it’s LA, it likely isn’t cheap.

In fact, the median gross rent price in LA is $1,376, according to U.S. Census data.

By the end of the season, however, Joe has (spoiler) moved in with his equally demented love, Love, in a picturesque suburb that’s the epitome of the American dream: families walking around, neighbors mowing the lawn, a big, beautiful backyard with a pool and a spot for him to sit and read and – as the finale hinted – pick out his next victim.

The median list price for homes in LA is $795,745.

Joe’s Apartment

  • Our Price Estimate: $400,000

In the show, Joe rented his place, but if you wanted to buy a condo in the city, you might be able to get a better price at this place than other condos in the area, considering that the home itself doesn’t feature too many upgrades and the complex he’s at is fairly no-frills.

Joe And Love’s House

  • Our Price Estimate: $1,200,000

There’s no doubt about it: Joe and Love paid a small fortune to get into this gorgeous, sprawling ranch. The home also appears to be located in a bustling, friendly neighborhood, which would likely give it a significant boost in value.

‘Grace And Frankie’

There are few places better to go through a shocking and difficult divorce than a beautiful, beachfront home in sunny California. When Grace and Frankie’s lives are upended by their husbands’ announcement that they’re leaving them for each other, they find refuge together in the beach house their families share. But how much did this show’s titular characters have to pay to score such a prime property?

The series hints that they’re in the San Diego area, possibly the seaside community of La Jolla, where the median sold price for homes is $1,399,000.

Grace And Frankie Beach House

  • Our Price Estimate: $3,100,000

Based on comparable properties in the area – namely, those that are located right on the beachfront – we’d say that this home would probably sell somewhere in the $3 million – $4 million range.

Oceanfront property, particularly in California, is often listed at multimillion-dollar prices, though if Grace and Frankie were to try to sell their beachy getaway, they might not get quite as much as they’d like. The average home in La Jolla spends 69 days on the market, and when it’s finally sold it typically sells below asking price. It’s currently a buyer’s market in La Jolla, so they should be open to negotiating with potential buyers.

‘The Politician’

Ryan Murphy’s newest Netflix dramedy “The Politician” centers around a group of uber-wealthy, high-achieving teens who are running campaigns for student body president. Naturally, said uber-wealthy teens live in lavish mansions in upscale Santa Barbara, California, with crystal chandeliers in their bedrooms and dining rooms better fit for a Gothic castle.

In Santa Barbara, the median list price is $1,508,000.

The Hobart Mansion

  • Our Price Estimate: $6,500,000

Payton Hobart, the series’ protagonist, lives with his parents in their magnificent, over-the-top Santa Barbara home. Payton’s bedroom set design was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s Sister Parish-designed bedroom and includes a canopy bed, a chess board and a baby grand piano. Suffice it to say, the Hobart’s home is on the upper end of the Santa Barbara housing market.

‘Marriage Story’

To present a stronger case in his divorce and custody proceedings, Charlie Barber moves to L.A. to be closer to his estranged wife Nicole and their son, Henry. He rents a simple apartment in the city, which will later be the location of Nicole and Charlie’s infamous big fight.

As we’ve already mentioned, the median list price for homes in LA is $795,745.

Charlie’s Apartment

  • Our Price Estimate: $400,000

Charlie was probably in a similar boat to Joe from “You,” paying somewhere around the median LA rent of $1,376 for a just-OK, small, plain apartment. If he were to purchase the place, he could expect to pay at least a few hundred thousand dollars for it.

‘Santa Clarita Diet’

The Hammonds are your typical suburban family whose mom, Sheila, just happens to be a zombie that can only have her hunger satiated by eating people.

Sheila, Joel and their daughter Abby live in the family-friendly LA suburb of Santa Clarita, California. The median list price for homes in Santa Clarita is $550,000.

The Hammond House

  • Our Price Estimate: $725,000

As real estate agents, Sheila and Joel should have no problem pricing their own home to sell. They may, however, have a bit of a hard time attracting interested buyers; the average listing age for homes in Santa Clarita is 197 days, which means the Hammonds could be in for a long wait if they try to sell.

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    Molly Grace

    Molly Grace is a staff writer focusing on mortgages, personal finance and homeownership. She has a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University. You can follow her on Twitter @themollygrace.