Movie/TV characters' great apartments

The best of them all is Harry Bosch in the Amazon TV series. It’s this cantilevered, glassy, stunning apartmentwith a spectacular view of Los Angeles. Don’t know how a cop affords that. Maybe it’s explained in the books.

The other great one was Frasier Crane’s apartmentin Seattle.

I also loved Gregory Peck’s tiny apartmentin Roman Holiday. That’s Audrey Hepburn wrapped in a towel.

Patrick Swayze had a fabulous house in Road House, but I couldn’t find a picture of it. A big ol’ barn of a place with a roof deck.

Here is an overhead view of Frasiers apartment.

Maybe it’s just a common style for the time/(general) area, but at first I thought you had the wrong movie or apartment. It looks very similar to the apartment from Irma La Douce.

And while it’s not an apartment, the Bosch picture you posted is reminiscent of the house from North By Northwest.

Sandler’s place in Big Daddy was awesome. Inner city, open floor plan, brick and iron would be the pick for alternate timeline Sitnam.

Remember the 1970s television series The Odd Couple? I thought Oscar Madison’s apartment was really nice for a sportswriter who was paying alimony, even given the lower cost of living at the time.

That’s nothing. Check Oscar’s apartment in the movie from the sixties if you want to start chewing your knuckles off.

Actually, I saw the 1968 movie the other day. (I recorded it off TCM a couple of weeks ago.) And yes, the movie apartment was really nice. Oscar described it as an eight-room apartment. As a rental today, I’d expect it to go for more than $10,000 per month, and if it were sold, it would cost millions.

Bosch’s location

The first image that popped in to my head was Uncle Bill’s New York apartment in “Family Affair”.

In my experience, apartments (and hotel rooms) are contained within a rectangle. So I’m confused by apartments that don’t do that. Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment in his sitcom clearly didn’t do that. The bathroom and bedroom were on the same wall as the door to the apartment (so the apartment must have been L-shaped?). But the few views we saw of the hallway didn’t seem to leave room for the bedroom and bathroom.

Is there ANY apartment which wouldn’t be improved if it came with Audrey Hepburn wrapped in a towel?

I know for sure in the books, they explain that he made a lot of money when (in extremely meta fashion) Hollywood bought the rights to the story of one of his cases and made it into a movie starting Clint Eastwood. He may have had the house before that though; I can’t recall for sure.

EDIT: Wait, I may be wrong. That book is in fact by Michael Connelly, but it’s not a Bosch book. But I am positive it’s mentioned in the Bosch books that a movie about one of his cases was made starring Eastwood, and he made a lot of money from it.

I think Leonard and Sheldon have a pretty cool apartment in TBBT. As did Monica in Friends. Of course, in both cases, one wall remains/remained unseen.

Ernest Lehman’s script for North by Northwest called for the House to specifically be like a Frank Lloyd Wright design. (The house never actually existed – it was the creation of a few sets and a couple of really nice glass painting by the legendary Albert Whitlock.


Virtually all characters in TV shows or movies have apartments well beyond their means. One of the more notable ones not fitting this description is Gene Kelly’s from An American in Paris, used to excellent effect in his opening dance number.

I always found it strange that their front door leads directly to the living room. Here in Finland even apartments have a foyer of some kind. I guess Californians don’t need to worry about sleet or snow. Come think about it, Monica’s apartment doesn’t have a foyer either and she lives in New York where snow can happen.

Bob and Emily’s apartment from The Bob Newhart Show was always pretty cool – very open floorplan, and the main living area (the space between the front door and the kitchen) seemed to measure about 6,000 sq. ft.

Yes, but in Monica’s apartment, she’s not going from the outside directly into the apartment; she enters the building lobby, takes the elevator upstairs and goes down the hallway to the apartment.

In Big Bang Theory they don’t come in directly from the outside, either – They come into the foyer, then walk up three flights around the perpetually broken elevator (that Leonard is responsible for), then into the rooms from the hallway.

I’ve seen LOTS of apartments like that. Heck, I’ve lived in lots of them.

Most NYC apartments are entered from an interior building hallway, which you reach via elevator or stairs from a lobby that acts as a foyer for the entire building.

A lot of courtyard apartment buildings in Chicago are the same way.

So… you don’t need a foyer because the environment just outside the door of your home is an interior one, not an exterior.

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It was “a big 'ol barn” because it WAS a barn. He rented the loft cheap. I presume it came with all the bells and smells a barn has. He didn’t expect to stay long. It’s also why he bought the cheap 'ol beater of a car, he knew he’d be making enemies and it would get trashed.