Last weekend I saw Just Like Heaven on DVD. The following adjectives came to mind: stunning; gorgeous; spine-tingling; breathtaking. But I'm not talking about the film, which was okay. I'm talking about Reese Witherspoon's apartment.
It's furnished classically, with dark wood and solid colors, plus a bright kitchen and huge bedroom. Then you can go upstairs for exclusive access to a giant rooftop, with a remarkable view of San Francisco. I know that apartments in the movies are supposed to be impossibly spacious, but this one has to make some sort of Unreal Estate Hall of Fame. So let's start one.
While watching the movie I thought of two other great fictional apartments, both in New York City: the elegant apartment with arboretum in Green Card (Andie MacDowell has a marriage of convenience with Gerard Depardieu so she can live there) and the circular bachelor penthouse in Three Men and a Baby (Tom Selleck is an architect who designed the building).
I'm also fond of Jack Nicholson's apartment in As Good As It Gets, because the guest room was so large, and the living room could fit a piano. Plus, it suited Verdell. As for TV shows, there are many nice fictional apartments, but the Seattle high-rise pad on Frasier deserves an honorable mention.
Dear readers, you watch your share of movies. So consider: what apartments have struck you as similarly deserving additions to the Unreal Estate Hall of Fame? The best entries will be recognized in a future post. (Unless you can think of a place on TV better than Frasier Crane's, stick with apartments and condos seen in movies. No houses or hotel rooms, please.)