The 17 Again HouseSep 23rd, 2009 | By Lindsay | Category: Movie Locations
As I’ve mentioned numerous times in the past, I am a total sucker for any sort of teeny-bopper movie. So, a couple of weeks ago when my fiancé surprised me with a copy of 17 Again, I just about died! And while I have to admit that I’ve never been a big Zac Efron fan– I mean, have you seen High School Musical??? – and didn’t have very high hopes for this movie, I ended up absolutely LOVING it!! Surprisingly enough, it’s actually a really cute, really funny flick. And Zac Efron is absolutely fabulous in it!!!! Before watching 17 Again, I had never thought of him as any sort of great actor, but he was absolutely hilarious in it and really pulled off playing a 37-year-old dad who wakes up one morning in a 17-year-old body. So, of course, immediately after watching the movie, I called up fellow stalkers Mike, from MovieShotsLA, Owen, and Chas, and asked for their help in locating the house belonging to Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann in the flick. And, sure enough, Mike found it almost immediately. YAY!
While watching 17 Again, Mike thought he recognized the neighborhood where filming took place. He was fairly certain that Matthew Perry’s house in the movie was located somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, and since he used to play in a softball league in that area, thought he may have driven by it on a regular basis while going to and from his games. So, using Google Maps Street View, he retraced the various routes he used to take and found the house almost immediately!! Talk about observant! The fact that Mike remembered pretty much the exact location of a house he used to drive by several years ago that was NOT even a filming location at the time absolutely boggles my mind! I’m lucky if I can even find my way home most days. LOL
As it turns out, this location was actually an amazingly lucky find for us, because as you’ll notice in the above screen capture and photograph, producers changed the address number on the house for the filming! In the movie, Matthew Perry’s address number is 5005, but in real life the house is actually numbered 6610! Honestly, had Mike not recognized the neighborhood, I’m certain this is one location that would have had us stumped for a very long time! Please tell me that changing house numbers like this is not the way of the future! UGH!
Besides the change in address numbers, I am happy to report that the 17 Again house looks EXACTLY the same in person as it did in the movie – except for one major difference. It appears that 17 Again was shot sometime in the late fall or early winter, because as you can see in the above screen capture, the trees in the front yard were quite barren at the time of the filming. Today those trees have filled in quite considerably, blocking much of the view of the house from the street. Other than the trees, though, the house is very recognizable from the movie. The 17 Again house is absolutely GINORMOUS in person (3,409 square feet according to Zillow) – so big, in fact, that I had a hard time fitting the whole thing in my camera lens.
According to the movie’s production notes, producers remodeled the real life backyard of the 17 Again house for the scene in which landscape architect Leslie Mann shows Zac Efron and Sterling Knight the magical garden she has created. And, as you can see on the MovieShotsLA website, the real interior of the house was also used in the filming. The 17 Again house is actually an oft-used filming location. Besides being featured in countless commercials, it has also been seen in the television series Day Break, In Justice, and Turn Up the Heat with G. Garvin, and the movies Happy Endings and Something New.
Big THANK YOU to Mike for finding this location!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: The 17 Again house is located at 6610 Allott Avenue in Van Nuys.