This is your chance to own the beach house where Emily Thorne (aka Amanda Clarke) lived on the soapy nighttime drama “Revenge.” It’s not really in the Hamptons like it was on TV, though — the real deal is in Southport, North Carolina. And they made a few other changes to the house for television, as you’ll see!
The Real Beach House from “Revenge”
Here’s how the exterior of the beach house looked during the opening credits of “Revenge” (below):
The listing says:
It is the water that greets you when entering the statement double doors of this custom waterfront home. Featuring an open floor plan with beautiful heart of pine floors and windows that offer spectacular views of the Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island, Oak Island lighthouse out to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Fans of the TV series Revenge will remember this house was featured as Emily’s Beach house.
They created a fake front porch for filming (via a video tour of the set):
The (Real) Front Porch:
The Entry Hall and Staircase:
The rooms were recreated on a soundstage. The entry on TV had a single solid wood door:
Here’s another screenshot I took from the video tour of the set:
The beach house has 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 3,600 square feet.
“Upstairs the entire second floor is a master suite with private balcony to sit and enjoy life on the water.”
This private upstairs deck is connected to the Master Bedroom:
Emily’s Bedroom on TV:
The real thing is bigger and less “shabby chic:”
“Ensuite bath includes soaking tub with stunning views, double vanities , amazing his and her walk in closets.”
The listing says:
Spacious foyer area leads to the gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, Viking gas appliances, vent hood, a grand island and a walk-in butler’s pantry — all of this makes this kitchen and dining area perfect for entertaining.
In the pilot we see the real estate agent giving Emily the tour:
A lot of the woodwork in the real house is painted white:
The Real Kitchen:
Emily’s version of the kitchen had butcher block countertops and beadboard:
The Kitchen in the Listing Today:
When it was on the market in 2012 the kitchen island was painted red:
Today it’s blue and has a new light fixture overhead:
Daniel (Josh Bowman) in the Kitchen:
The Dining Room:
Nolan and Emily at the Dining Room Table:
This part of the living room is fairly empty in the listing:
Emily sitting in the same room on the set:
This house is all about the fabulous porches and decks — and views!
The Family Room with Fireplace:
Emily’s fireplace had similar windows, cabinets, and shelves flanking it:
The real room has a flat-screen TV over the fireplace and sits in a different corner than hers did, though:
The listing says:
“Gracious living area with coffered ceilings, built-ins and fireplace exits to a charming Southern wrap-around porch that includes spacious screen porch to enjoy the wonderful SW breezes and gorgeous sunsets that Southport is known for. “
An overhead view of the porch from Victoria Grayson’s vantage point next door:
Speaking of Victoria Grayson’s tower…
The sprawling exterior of Grayson Manor was created via CGI and doesn’t really sit next to Emily’s beach house:
According to I Am Not a Stalker, the exterior was based on a real house in East Hampton.
I tracked it down via Google Streetview on Further Lane:
A reader named Jim tells me: “They just stretched it, moved the pool and added a few extras for TV.” He directed me to this image of what the real exterior looks like (below), and it does match the one I found on Streetview (above):
Victoria’s tower was one of the things they added on:
They created some fake exteriors of the manor on the soundstage for closeups, too:
For the pilot episode, they filmed inside a real house in Wilmington, NC, and the Grayson Manor set was later based on it:
When they were shooting outdoor scenes by the pool, they used a house in Malibu on Winding Way:
Back to Emily’s Beach House — here’s the (fake) porch they recreated on set, surrounded by blue screen:
You can see how it looked on TV in this shot of Emily Van Camp and Josh Bowman beside it:
The real porch is much higher off the ground:
Emily walking around the porch:
An aerial view of the house in the show’s credits:
Emily’s house didn’t have a pool, but the real one does:
The beach house was built in 2003.
“Revenge” is streaming on Hulu now if you want to revisit it.
I loved this show, but they lost me when they burned down Grayson Manor! Boo.
It would be pretty cool to live in Emily’s house, wouldn’t it? First thing I’d do is carve the “infinity” symbol into the porch rail like hers, ha. For more information, visit the Sotheby’s listing held by Renee Yost. To see how much the current owners changed it, check out the photos from when it was on the market in 2012.
P.S. Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see more, including Grace & Frankie’s Beach House:
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