It’s Friday, and thank god for that, so let’s take a lighthearted look at the best movies that center around real estate and houses.

The Money Pit

Walter Fielding and Anna Crowley need a new house, but they really don’t have much money. Their fortunes change, though when they meet an old con artist who is kind enough to sell them a beautiful mansion at a very low price—sounds too good to be true. Well, it is, and the second they move into the house it falls apart, the stairway collapses, then the bathtub falls through the floor, and eventually the chimney comes down. This is an enjoyable slapstick comedy starring a very young Tom Hanks.

Duplex

In this film, again we meet a young couple on the lookout for their dream home. When they finally land their perfect Brooklyn brownstone, a duplex that ticks all the boxes, they are made up. Then they meet Mrs. Connelly…

American Beauty

Kevin Spacey is at his best playing the deflated advertising executive Lester Burnham. Hard to forget the roses scene or Lester’s wife Carolyn, an ambitious realtor who feels that she is underachieving in life.

Life as a House

In this film a guy with terminal cancer lives alone with his pet dog, in a rundown shack that his father passed down to him. He has worked at the same architecture firm for 20 years, doing a job that he hates, building scale models. After the diagnosis, he decides to build a house and he asks his son Sam to live with him for the summer.

Poltergeist

Poltergeist is an American horror film starring the Freeling family, who are stalked by a group of ghosts in their California housing development: Cuesta Verda. The Poltergeist curse is a rumor that surrounds the trilogy owing to the fact that five cast members died in the six years between the release of the first and third films.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

This is a golden oldie starring the Blandings, who live in a tiny New York apartment. They decide to move to the countryside and buy a big house without much research. The house ends up being a lot more trouble than they bargained for.

Open House

A couple on the brink of divorce attempt to sell their home, in order to move on with their lives. But after a successful open house, they discover that a potential buyer never left the house. While Alice was playing host in the basement the uninvited guest moves in upstairs.

Pacific Heights

In this psychological thriller, an unmarried couple purchase an expensive 19th-century house in the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood. They rent one of the building’s first-floor apartments to a kind Japanese couple. Then Hayes arrives, played by Michael Keaton. He promises to wire cash to pay for the other vacant apartment and drives a Porsche, which gives Drake the confidence to waive any credit checks. Next thing Hayes is hammering and drilling at all hours, and there is no sign of the wire transfer payment.

The Amityville Horror

In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into an elegant Long Island house. What they didn’t realize is that the house was the site of a horrific mass murder, just one year before. What follows is 28 days of sheer horror. Based on a ‘true’ story of George and Kathy Lutz.

Neighbors

Kelly and Mac are settling down in a quaint suburban neighborhood with their firstborn child. When the frat brothers move in next door, the family begin a long feud with the brothers, ending in one fantastic prank. Robert De Niro, Seth Rogen, and Dave Franco add a comedic edge to this one.

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