Each week in Screen Icons we take you behind the doors of the iconic homes made famous by some of our favorite TV shows and movies.
It was the house in an idyllic neighborhood where residents were terrified to fall asleep and dream.
For nearly four decades, the property at 1428 N Genesee Avenue in Spaulding Square, Los Angeles, California has been associated with the cult film, A nightmare on Elm Street†
The facade of the two-story house was featured in the 1984 horror film written and directed by the late master of gore, Wes Craven.
A nightmare on Elm Street revolves around the character Fred “Freddy” Kruger, the ghost of a former child killer who attacks his victims in their dreams, causing them to die in real life. He was known for his claw-gloved hand and misshapen face.
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It was the first of nine films in the horror film franchise, starring Heather Langenkamp and Jonny Depp. It was Depp’s feature film debut.
On film, the house was at 1428 Elm Street in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio.
The Dutch Colonial-style home was built in 1919. It was reportedly considered a natural choice due to California’s non-classical landscape. However, there is a lack of palm trees.
In the years since filming, the property has undergone a series of major renovations, although most of the facade has been preserved, as shown in the film.
“The whole neighborhood is getting the tour bus treatment. People are always tickled when they see it,” Douglas Elliman’s real estate agent Heather T Roy told the LA Times†
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“The facade is iconic, but the connection to the film ends as soon as you walk through the front door. Inside, it’s a beautiful space in traditional style with a modern twist.”
The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom property went on sale in October last year, for the first time in nine years.
The listing describes the home’s interior as “gorgeous walnut floors that weave through arches and past clear windows.”
The home has an open, retro-modern kitchen with a “grand” primary suite. All three bedrooms have their own bathroom.
French doors open onto the property’s grounds and blue pool.
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The property also has a detached guest house with its own pergola covered terrace, kitchen and additional designer bathroom.
The American director and writer Lorene Scafaria bought the house in 2013 for 2.1 million dollars (2.8 million dollars).
Scafaria is best known for the film from 2019 Hustlers and the movie from 2012 Looking for a friend from the end of the world.
The property was listed for US$3.3 million ($4.4 million) and was sold in January 2022 for a cut below the asking price of US$2.98 million ($3.9 million).