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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.