Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lilly » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:58 am

The Chatsworth Estate


Known as Chatsworth or the Fox Residence, the house used for Coraline’s home has quite a rich history. It was designed by renowned architect William Pereira, whose credits include the Transamerica pyramid in San Francisco as well as a myriad of other buildings, and his partner, Charles Luckman. It was completed in 1949 (or 1951 depending on the source). Notably, Chatsworth has been owned by Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball, and was allegedly the location of Marilyn Monroe’s last photo shoot.


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The Chatsworth, CA home has been used as a location in a number of Hollywood productions.

Most recently, in July of this year, it was used to house the contestants for HGTV’s Design Star. As part of the competition, the designers were challenged with re-decorating several rooms of the house. : Link



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(Photos from HGTV website)


The first episode, which includes some nice shots of the interior, can be viewed here: Link

A word of warning, however – viewing what these would-be designers did to this magnificent house is not for the faint of heart.


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Television:

2011: Californication, Season 4

2009: HGTV’s Design Star, Season 4: Hollywood

2008: Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 11: The Jet Set

2007: Moonlight, Episode 7: The Ringer and Episode 9: Fleur de Lis

2001: Six Feet Under, Season 1, Episode 5: An Open Book


Movies:

2006: Dreamgirls

2001: Swordfish



There are probably dozens of other appearances -- they will be added here as they come to our attention.


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Mad Men, Season 2, Episode 11: The Jet Set.

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Gabriel’s house in the movie Swordfish:

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Interior

Front door:

ML – 1952:

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ML – 2008:

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Living room:

ML – 1952:

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ML- 2008:
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There was not enough information in the way of visual cues to construct a floor plan from what we saw in "The Ringer" and "Fleur de Lis," but I'm hoping that these other shows will help provide some of the missing detail.



If anyone has screencaps from other productions featuring the estate, we'd be delighted to have you post them.
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby darkstarrising » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:05 am

Wow, Lilly! Thanks for pulling this together....I never had a true appreciation for how the house was situated as it is...what a tremendous view! I could live in that pool :cloud9:
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby allegrita » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:16 am

Lilly, this is just awesome. Thank you so much for all your research! What an amazing house.
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lilly » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:32 am

I would so love to see this house in person. I'm just fascinated by the design and by its rich history.

It's still my goal to come up with a floor plan, but to be honest, it took me all this time just to figure out where Mick threw the chair through the window. :roll:
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby helloeeze » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:03 am

Very interesting.
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby redwinter101 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:57 am

:happysigh: :happysigh: :happysigh: :happysigh: :happysigh:

Thank you SO much, Lilly. I love this house - totally adore it and for me, it was a character in the show.

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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby francis » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:04 am

Totally fascinating, Lilly. Thank you so much!

I wonder if they got permission to throw the chair through the window and repair it later, or if they rebuilt that glass wall in the studio, or what else they did. Because, frankly, I wouldn't dare to even ask to destroy part of such a historic site.
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lullani » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:38 pm

Lilly, that was fascinating. Such a beautiful house.
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lilly » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:52 pm

I'm so glad you all enjoyed the look around.

francis wrote:Totally fascinating, Lilly. Thank you so much!

I wonder if they got permission to throw the chair through the window and repair it later, or if they rebuilt that glass wall in the studio, or what else they did. Because, frankly, I wouldn't dare to even ask to destroy part of such a historic site.

francis, it's just a guess, but I think they would have removed the existing glass and replaced it with "movie" glass for the shoot. :chin:
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby allegrita » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:59 pm

I will always love the image of Mick standing at that door with his drunken breath fogging the glass. (And I loved that Coraline's breath didn't... 'cos she's a vampire, see...) :laugh:
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lucy » Tue May 25, 2010 1:52 pm

So now it's used as a set, people don't live there?

I'd love to know the address or road it is on....

I found an area in LA called "Chatsworth", if I combed the Google map would it show up there?
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lilly » Tue May 25, 2010 1:55 pm

Lucy, I put the address in the Episode 7 location thread, but I guess I forgot to include it here:

3. Coraline’s house – Chatsworth/Fox Residence, Farralone Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Re: Chatsworth - Coraline's house

Postby Lucy » Tue May 25, 2010 1:59 pm

Lilly wrote:Lucy, I put the address in the Episode 7 location thread, but I guess I forgot to include it here:

3. Coraline’s house – Chatsworth/Fox Residence, Farralone Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311



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