Houses Featured in Sports Movies
Most sports movies take place on the field, in a dugout or postgame in the locker room or coach’s office. But in between great plays and dramatic scores, many of the films feature shots of a few houses as well.
From the gritty home featured in “The Fighter” to the classic mid-century mod in “The Sandlot,” here’s a real estate tour through sports films.
Usually near the top of the greatest sports films list, “Rocky” garnered a devoted following, three Oscars and five sequels. Rocky Balboa’s apartment in an urban Philadelphia building was an iconic part of the first film.
Located at 1818 E Tusculum St, Philadelphia, PA 19134, seen above, the brick building showcased iconic scenes between the boxer and girlfriend Adrian, as well as manager Mickey. Built in 1920, the building today is listed as a 3-bedroom, 1-bath condo measuring 754 square feet.
The classic children’s film “The Sandlot” documents the summertime antics of a neighborhood’s ragtag baseball team. Set in the 1960s, most of the 1993 film takes place in the empty lot where the boys play baseball, but one character’s classic rambler home is briefly spotted.
Built in 1956, the home at 1556 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, pictured above, was last sold in 2009 in near original condition. Complete with green shag carpet, leaded-glass diamond-pane windows, beamed ceiling and brass light fixtures, the home looks just as it did 1960. The 4-bed, 3-bath Salt Lake City home sits on a quarter-acre lot and has 1,632 square feet of living space.
‘A League of Their Own’
Starring film heavy-weights like Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, and featuring Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, “A League of Their Own” showcased the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was established to keep baseball in the public’s eye while men were overseas during World War II.
Much of the film takes place on the field, but a large, Victorian-era home, above, gets its fair share of screen time toward the end of the movie as the setting for the boarding house. The Henderson, KY home was recently listed for sale in 2011 for $799,000. The listing was removed in May 2012. With 9 fireplaces, 3 full stories, full basement and 5 bedrooms, the home at 612 N Main St, Henderson, KY 42420 was more than roomy enough to host the movie’s baseball team.
Like “Rocky,” “The Fighter” was an Oscar-winning film that showcased an underdog boxer. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, the “docudrama” told the story of real-life boxer Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund.
Once a boxing contender himself, Eklund lives in a crack house, shown above, in Lowell, MA. The home stands at 28 Smith St, Lowell, MA 01851 and is painted same green shade as it was in the film. The 3-bed, 1-bath home was built in 1900.
The story of racehorse Secretariat was showcased in a Disney film in 2010. Secretariat still holds race records for the Triple Crown and is considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time.
Starring Diane Lane as Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, the movie was filmed in a Lafayette, LA home, seen above. Although the property is not an equestrian farm, the 4-bed, 4.5-bath home had enough classic details of a Kentucky racing estate to fit the movie. Located at 157 Twin Oaks Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503, the home was last listed for sale in May 2011 for $1.15 million.
‘Field of Dreams’
The white, clapboard farmhouse (above) and baseball field used in the much-loved 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” continues to attract upward of 60,000 visitors each year. So it comes as no surprise that new buyers of the “Field of Dreams” site are reportedly going to develop a portion of the 193-acre farm into “All-Star Ballpark Heaven,” a 24-field baseball and softball tournament facility.