“The Holiday:” The California House from the Movie Is For Sale

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The Holiday The California House from the Movie Is For Sale
The Holiday The California House from the Movie Is For Sale


Twelve years after the romantic comedy The Holiday hit theaters, and nearly a decade since I first wrote about it, the houses from that movie continue to be one of the most popular searches on my blog. Cameron Diaz played Amanda, a woman who lived in this fabulous Mediterranean mansion in L.A.

The interiors for this house in The Holiday were built on a separate soundstage. The real rooms are much more traditional, with most of the original details intact.

It’s on the market for $11.8 million, and you know what that means. Well, that most of us probably can’t afford it. But also that we can see what it looks like in real life!

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The Mediterranean Mansion from “The Holiday” For Sale

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The front of the house had different gates in the movie and no fountain, as you can see below:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house
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The house was designed by noted architect Wallace Neff as his own residence in the late 1920s.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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 It has that distinctive, Mediterranean-influenced “California Style” that he became known for.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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There was a single front door in the movie:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house - front door
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The entry hall in the listing has tile floors and wood paneled ceilings:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The interiors were much more contemporary onscreen:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house - entry hall
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The sets for this house cost a cool million to construct — without exterior walls, plumbing, or electricity!

The Holiday movie Amanda's house
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The movie came out in 2006 and showcased some design trends that would were about to take off.

The Holiday movie Amanda's house
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For example, Amanda’s house had white slipcovered furniture, seagrass rugs, and lantern-style light fixtures.

The Holiday movie Amanda's house
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The living room in the listing has coved ceilings:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The chandelier, iron wall sconces and fireplace are all original to the house:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Amanda had a more modern — and masculine — living room:

Amanda's house in The Holiday movie living room
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Amanda's house in The Holiday movie living rm
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Nancy Meyers, the queen of “house movies,” wrote and directed The Holiday.

Amanda's house in The Holiday movie living rm
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She says they always tried to provide a glimpse of the outdoors in these scenes to give you a sense of place.

Amanda's house in The Holiday movie living rm
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There was plenty of sunshine streaming through these windows, but we saw snow outside Iris’s English cottage.

Living Room Sets from The Holiday Columbia Pictures
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Carved wood double doors lead to the formal dining room in the real house:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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It overlooks the inner courtyard and opens to private side garden:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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We didn’t see a formal dining room in the movie, but Amanda did have a media room:

Amanda's house in The Holiday movie media room
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A few things that have changed since The Holiday was made in 2006:

1) A contemporary house would probably not be decorated with as much brown as Amanda’s. If they did it today, I’m guessing it would be a lot more gray.

2) A wall of DVDs looks kind of outdated now that we stream everything.

3) The scene that took place in a Blockbuster Video store wouldn’t even be possible!

Amanda's media room in The Holiday movie
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Iris watched “His Girl Friday” (Amazon affiliate link) in this media room, which I loved. The Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell comedy is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, we celebrated my birthday this year with a private screening of the classic in a local movie theater, and we all agreed it was even better on a big screen!

Here’s a pic I shot during the opening credits from my seat (you can watch it here):

The real kitchen has patterned tile countertops and a large hood over the island:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Amanda’s Kitchen in The Holiday features a large range hood, too, but in a very different style:

contemporary kitchen in The Holiday movie
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The kitchen was never really used much before Iris (Kate Winslet) moved in.

The Holiday Iris in Amanda's kitchen
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She brought food, music, and people into the house. She made it feel like a home.

The Holiday Iris in Amanda's kitchen
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Even the lighting is warmer in the scenes when she’s living here.

The Holiday Iris in Amanda's kitchen
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The house they used for Arthur’s belonged to Phyllis Diller in real life.

The Holiday Iris in Amanda's kitchen
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Rufus Sewell played Jasper, the man who kept breaking Iris’s heart.

The Holiday Iris in Amanda's kitchen
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The house has a library with a carved wood ceiling, corner fireplace, and built-in bookshelves:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Amanda’s office had similar windows but a lighter, more contemporary look in the film:

House from The Holiday Amanda's Study
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Back to the Entry Hall in the listing and the staircase:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The staircase in the movie was designed with a similar rounded shape at the base:

The Holiday movie sets living room staircase LA
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The sets also mimicked the tiered half-walls going up one side, and the wrought-iron rail on the other:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house staircase
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The upstairs landing in the listing:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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There are 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, but the listing doesn’t show them.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Amanda’s Bedroom:

House from The Holiday Amanda's Bedroom
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The Production Designer was Jon Hutmanwho famously designed the Something’s Gotta Give house we all love, too.

The Holiday Amanda's bedroom Columbia Pics
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House from The Holiday Amanda's Bedroom
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There’s a loveseat facing the bed on the opposite wall:

House from The Holiday Amanda's Bedroom
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The bathroom was never shown in the movie (those scenes were edited out), but here’s how it looked on set:

Amanda's master bath in The Holiday movie
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This is the second-floor balcony in the listing, overlooking the front door:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The house sits on nearly an acre in San Marino, California.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The Pool:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The house was built in 1928, and it doesn’t look like it has been changed much since then.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The pool in the movie, which Iris is ecstatic to see when she gets there:

Amanda's house in The Holiday movie pool
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Amanda's house in The Holiday movie pool
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The gardens in the listing:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The listing says:

This residence exemplifies the finest in architectural design, craftsmanship and materials. Private & fully gated, the large motor court with center fountain and gardens provides a tranquil and impressive first impression. This area was featured in the motion picture ”The Holiday” in 2006. Rear yard consists of side courtyard with fountain, pool and spa, paddle tennis court, rose garden & guest area with separate staircase.

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Aerial view of the house and grounds, which includes a tennis court:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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The house has over 10,000 square feet, which would be a lot of space for a single woman like Amanda!

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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If you’re in the mood to see the movie again, it’s pretty cheap on Amazon (affiliate link):

Ed Burns played Amanda’s boyfriend Ethan, who she threw out of the house in his boxers:

The Holiday movie Amanda's house
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The front of the house today:

The Holiday Movie House San Marino CA
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Want to live in Amanda’s house? For more information, check the listing held by Brent Chang of Compass Real Estate. Production photos via Columbia Pictures.

As a side note, do you know how long it takes to get through a movie when you’re pausing it every few seconds to take screenshots? I think it took me about two weeks, ha. I took pics of Iris’s cottage, too, while I was at it, and should write a new post about it, as well. As beautiful as this house is, the cottage is the one I’d love to live in! 🙂

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P.S. Visit my Movie Houses page for a list of the others I’ve featured, including SGG:

*Amazon affiliate links in post — thanks!

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