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The Cooper House from “Forever Young”

May 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

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Today’s locale is a bit of a long time coming.  In my early March post about the bungalow where Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) lived in Forever Young, I mentioned that I had stalked a different house from the 1992 movie – the one where Claire Cooper (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her son, Nat (Elijah Wood), lived – in my early stalking days.  I found the location thanks to Scott’s L.A. Audio Tour of Pasadena CD, but because this was long before I had a blog, had failed to write down the address.  Thankfully, the pad was rather easy to re-track down, though.  In fact, the address was mentioned explicitly in a scene.

When Nat and his friend Felix (Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead’s Robery Hy Gorman) are playing around at a military facility, they discover Daniel’s cryogenically-frozen body inside of a suspended animation chamber.   Daniel immediately starts to thaw and grabs Nat’s jacket, freaking the boys out, who run away.  Daniel later looks inside the jacket and discovers Nat’s address written on the tag.  Though the city is listed as San Marcos, the rest of the address shown is the home’s real life address.  Claire and Nat’s house is located at 1724 Oxley Street in South Pasadena.  How cool is that?

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The residence was used extensively in Forever Young.

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It is where Daniel lives after waking up from being frozen for 53 years.

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In one of the movie’s more memorable scenes, Daniel fixes Claire’s roof and gives Nat some tips on women.

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Amazingly, aside from the paint color, virtually no part of the property has been changed since filming took place in 1992.

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In real life, the house, which was built in 1910, boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,115 square feet of living space and a 0.17-acre plot of land.

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The home’s real life backyard was used in the movie.  Sadly, though, Nat’s awesome tree house hangout was just a prop and is not there in real life.

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I could not find any photographs of the real life interior of the home, but am fairly certain it was also used in the filming.

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The Cooper House from Forever Young is located at 1724 Oxley Street in South Pasadena.

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  1. Ollie says:

    I was 8 years old when they filmed this a block away from my house. Craft services set home street and I saw Elijah wood and the other kid running around a lot. My mom and I went to get Mel gibsons autograph, as there were like 4 people in line getting them from him during downtime from shooting. That POS snubbed us! He turned his back on us when it was our turn. My mom had to tap him on the shoulder before he would turn around and acknowledge us. Still have the autograph!

  2. Ashley says:

    Oh my childhood! I must’ve watched this movie 100 times when I was 10-11 years old. I can’t believe I was right about the street number of the house haha. Like I said, I was Elijah obsessed! My co-obsesser and I would’ve died to see this house back then. Somehow her mom realized it was in the Pasadena area but we never even came close to tracking it down. The internet sure does make these things easier 😉 Thanks for this post! “My name’s Nat Cooper and I’m in love with your daughter”

    • Lindsay says:

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked it. :) I would love to track down the “You are my sunshine” house, too, but that’s gonna be a tough one cause they don’t show much of it. I would guess it is also in South Pasadena, though.


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