Home sweet home. No matter how small or dysfunctional your house is, the memories you’ve accumulated make it a special place that no other can beat—unless we’re talking about one of the awesome houses on this list, which far outweigh in coolness anything any of us will ever do in life.
Of course, these famous fictional homes aren’t real, so even Carlos Slim couldn’t get into the likes of Wayne Manor and company if he wanted to. But if they did exist, what kind of cash would it take to get your hands on the keys to the front door?
To answer that question, we’ve put together this list of the most renowned homes in pop culture with an analysis of how much they would likely cost.
Tony Stark’s House
Ever since RDJ stormed into our lives in 2008 with the epic release of Iron Man, the public has been enamored with the cinematic portrayal of genius billionaire Tony Stark and his opulent lifestyle. Everyone wants to be like Stark: rich, super smart, seductive, and with a quip ready at a moment’s notice.
But you can’t complete the image without the centerpiece that is Stark’s mansion. Located on the beautiful Malibu coast, Tony Stark’s place boasts 25,000 square feet and a great view. Eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, extended parking space for guests, and a huge lab area that serves as tinkering space for a mad scientist.
The price tag for the luxurious estate comes out to about $120,000,000—and that’s not even taking into account the high-tech JARVIS AI butler system!
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
The story of Willy Wonka and his magic world of eccentric sweets is a cherished part of many-a-childhood. Considering that Wonka’s factory is the greatest wonder of the modern world (an English woman is willing to let kidnappers keep her husband to avoid giving up the box of Wonka bars that provide a possibility of entering the factory by means of a golden ticket), the place has got to be worth some serious cash. But how much?
We don’t know about the specifics of the factory, but we do know it is massive. Not only do Wonka and his faithful Oompa Loompas live there. It houses over 50 “rooms,” each of which is pretty much a laboratory used to develop a product. Wonka himself describes the factory as being 50 times bigger than any other. If the average factory is 600,000 square feet, the Wonka plant is around 30 million square feet. Given values for commercial installation, the Wonka’s facilities are may be in the vicinity of $300 million. If Mr. Wonka were to include the chocolate river in a sale, that price would soar.
The infamous castle boarding school where every parent in the wizarding world sends his children despite the constant danger of trolls, giant spiders, giant snakes, and murderous sorcerers. I wonder if no one in the wizard government ever considered adopting a public school system?
Since Hogwarts houses every magic-sensitive boy and girl age 11-17 in Britain, it must be pretty big. What does the total value come out to?
The fine people at Movoto Realty performed a laudable calculation based on classroom space and the per square foot value of property in the surrounding area (Scotland). They came up with $204 million. However, they don’t take into consideration the extensive estate, the sleeping quarters, dining halls, or various underground levels. All these details add considerably to Howarts’ value.
The true value of this property is closer to double the above figure–$400 million. Or the equivalent in gold galleons.
The Tony Montana (Scarface) Mansion
Scarface—Brian dePalma’s cautionary tale about hubris and corruption that every wanabe gangster mistakes for crime glorification.
Tony Montana has a lot of flaws we can point to (including his atrocious Cuban accent), but one thing is for sure: he knows how to pick a house!
Complete with two garages, a huge dining room, library, gardens, card room, and a majestic indoor bath/sauna, Montana’s home truly is the best Colombian cocaine can buy.
Because this property is more grounded in reality than the above entries, calculating its value is a bit easier than with the above entries.
In fact, the Scarface mansion is a real place in Santa Barbara, California. It was recently sold for $35 million. That makes sense for Montana’s place as well, although it would probably lose some of its value after being the site of drug dealing, money laundering, and a shoot-out involving multiple deaths—including that of the owner.
Maybe Tony should have foregone the security cam system in favor of the safe room from the original Scarface.
Charles Montgomery Burns is swimming in the dough. As the owner of the Springfield power plant, Mr. Burns boasts a net worth of $1.3 billion.
Burns’ mansion, which houses himself, his aide Mr. Smithers, and a pack of rapid hounds, spans three floors, plus a basement and attic.
Some of the most noteworthy items in Burns manor include a bottomless pit, the sword Excalibur, and the head of a T-rex.
Estimated value: $70 million.
The home-base of the Caped Crusader. To put the mansion on the market, we’d probably first have to seal up and hide the extensive underground caverns housing laboratories, armories, high-tech cars, and aircraft.
The house itself likely has around 10 bedrooms. There are large dining rooms, a library, and rooms for working out. Although Gotham isn’t a real place, we can look at properties in similar cities like Chicago and come up with a figure of about $25 million.
Spongebob Squarepants’ Home
For a guy who works as a fry cook in a burger joiny, Spongebob sure has a nice pad. His three story home includes a garage, a spacious living room with a fireplace, a library, and a backyard.
Although I suppose he didn’t actually have to work for it. As is seen in the show, the Pineapple home is literally a fruit that fell of a boat into the ocean. Spongebob found it and is basically squatting.
So the value of Mr. Squarepants’ home is a little less than the price of a pineapple: $2.00.
It’s great thinking about how our favorite characters live. It gives us a bit more impetus to work hard and create a stellar place of our own.