Buying movie houses -- What it would cost to own the homes featured in ''JFK,'' ''The Prince of Tides,'' and more

Another big box office season has passed and with it goes another slew of great movie houses. With the real estate market in a nationwide slump, there’s no better time to sit back and fantasize about owning one of these idyllic abodes:

The Prince of Tides
The Wingos’ beach house (Nick Nolte and Blythe Danner).
Location: Fripp Island in Beaufort, S.C.
Alterations: Added stairs from balcony to beach, new carpeting, furniture, and paint.
Cost to buy: $300,000-$500,000.

Cape Fear
The Bowdens’ house (Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange).
Location: Near the Fort. Lauderdale airport, just off Griffin Road.
Alterations: Relandscaped, changed all the windows (to make the house seem less secure), and moved walls. Added shutters, new carpet, paint, all furniture and art, and a Georgian stair railing. Also added the outdoor wall on which Max Cady sits and hung loads of moss.
Cost to buy: Approximately $300,000.

The Garrisons’ house (Kevin Costner and Sissy Spacek).
Location: New Orleans’ Garden District.
Alterations: The house was completely gutted, recarpeted, wallpapered, and painted. Period kitchen, furniture, and television sets were added.
Cost to buy: $200,000-$300,000.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
The Bartels’ house (Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy).
Location: Yakima Street, Tacoma, Wash.
Alterations: Built a greenhouse, (which the real owners bought), landscaped, added new furniture, repainted, lightened wood inside, gutted and replaced the kitchen.
Cost to buy: $400,000-$650,000.

Cape Fear
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