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

By Juliann Garey
February 07, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

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.