After the tree is up, the festive sweaters are on and all that’s left are the gifts to be wrapped, getting cosy with a mug of mulled wine to watch a Christmas film is the best way to appreciate the most wonderful time of the year – especially this festive season, where staying in doors is even more important.
As a result, we’ve put together a list of the iconic homes playing a lead role in this season’s favourite films and how they have performed price wise since their release date.
Detached House in West Sussex
Latest House Price: £858,500
Increase Since Release Date: 1020%
Topping the list is the animated classic set in West Sussex that tells the story of a snowman taking a young boy to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
A four-bedroom detached home with a large garden where the snowman is built would have seen an impressive 1020% growth rate since the release date, putting the latest property price to £858,500.
Die Hard (1989)
Los Angeles Penthouse
Latest House Price: £3,924,103
Increase Since Release Date: 363%
In this action-packed Christmas film, Bruce Willis’ luxury penthouse flat in Nakatomi Plaza has enjoyed the second highest increase in property value of all the Christmas houses on this list.
Los Angeles experienced a 363% surge in property values since the film’s release in February 1989, and could have cost £847,284 and could now go for around £3,924,103.
About a Boy (2002)
Flats in Kentish Town & EC1 London
Latest House Price: £962,000 & £2,006,292
Increase Since Release Date: 170% & 161%
This heartwarming film has two addresses in the capital – the first is Marcus and his mother’s modest two-bedroom flat in Kentish Town, which has enjoyed an increase of 170%, jumping to £962,000. The other is Will’s EC1 flat in Clerkenwell.
The central London pad has experienced a similar increase of 161%, up to £2,006,292, which is not surprising for a prime postcode in the capital.
Love Actually (2003)
Terraced House in Wandsworth, London
Latest House Price: £1,122,000
Increase Since Release Date: 160%
Although Natalie’s Wandsworth terraced house is in reality located in Herne Hill, the “dodgy” end of Wandsworth is where the Prime Minister goes to profess his love to his former assistant.
The price of terraced houses has enjoyed a 160% increase in property values since 2003, jumping from £432,026 to £1,122,000.
The Holiday (2006)
Detached Cottage in Shere, Surrey
Latest House Price: £768,500
Increase Since Release Date: 63%
Love, romance and the type of snow you never see on Christmas day are in the air at Kate Winslet’s charming cottage in the village of Shere in Surrey.
It is the ideal cosy home to spend the holidays, and has a £768,500 price tag, up 63% from £472,697 when the film was released.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Mountain Condo, Whoville
Current House Price: £1,248,000
Increase Since Release Date: 211%
Things are looking up for Whoville homeowners, where property values have jumped 211% in the Grinch’s mountainous cave with a view looking over the city.
Property values could have risen from £401,286 to £1,248,000, likely because of privacy and good walking trails outside the door.
Number One, North Pole
The Claus farm in the North Pole is unlikely to hit the market anytime soon, as it has remained in the family since the first father Christmas built it generations ago.
Some of the property’s best features include eight fireplaces, 12 bedrooms, two kitchens, an on-site workshop and a barn.