On Location: The Royal Tenenbaums house




The first of my New York City travel posts is conveniently of the film location closest to where I’m staying. On the corner of 144th St and Convent Avenue in the Hamilton Heights area is the residence used for the exteriors of the house in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), directed by Wes Anderson.

With its beautiful red bricks, strange shapes, and prominent spire feature, it is certainly a very special building indeed. You can see why Wes Anderson might want a place like this for his very special fictional family to live.

All photos for these posts will be taken with my iPhone 5, and I apologise for awkward angles as I’m trying not to look like a tourist. Pretty awkward in such a photographable city, but what can you do! The weather is also fairly rainy, so please cross your fingers for some nice blue skies for us.

Hint for tomorrow’s photo: the location of a very spooky favourite film.


  1. not the biggest fan of TRT movie, but it’s always cool to see places where movies were filmed or take place.

    Thanks for sharing Anna and keep enjoying ur trip!

    1. Thanks Rob, I will! Been having so much fun finding lots of interesting film sites and exploring these amazing streets. Train system is great too. Good times!!

      1. Dont enjoy too much cause u might not want to go back home 😀

        1. Haha! I already never want to leave!

  2. The angle of your photo emphasises the imposing spire and the rain makes it all the more atmospheric. I found that film so engaging although it’s a while since I watched it. It deals with the father’s unfulfilled ambitions, doesn’t it, for himself as well for his children? I’ll need to watch it again.

    1. Thanks Josephine! 🙂 That’s correct – the trials and tribulations of having three geniuses for kids! Love the film and it was so nice to see this house.

  3. I have some similar pictures from a similar visit to the area 🙂 It certainly is a wonderful building.

    1. It sure is! I also love the patterning of the red and grey bricks. Such a nice place, imagine living there!

  4. So cool!! It’s a pretty iconic building, come to think of it. I’ve been seeing so many of your “movie locations” posts pop up in my inbox — New York must be an awesome place for a movie aficionado considering SO MANY movies are filmed there. Glad you’re enjoying yourself! 🙂

    1. Thanks Alina! 🙂 I’m really loving it! It’s a lot of fun hunting down these places too.

  5. Very cool that you found this. I would love to see it. Go Anna!

    1. Another building I would really like to live in! Finding these locations has been so much fun, I could never do something like this in Melbourne.

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