Here's How Much The Flats In Your Favourite Films Really Cost

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We know the flats in our favourite TV shows and films are just a suggestion of reality; a souped-up version of what the characters' homes would look like in real life. But sometimes we wonder: Just how unrealistically lavish are some of them?
It's been well-documented, for example, that there's no way in hell Carrie Bradshaw would have been able to afford her Upper East Side apartment by writing one column a week. But what about other beloved fictional characters, from flats like When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, and Sleepless In Seattle?
ForRent.com compiled an impressively detailed analysis of how much the houses and flats in classic films (Is Sex and the City a classic now? Maybe not, but we digress.) would actually cost today. Let's start with Carrie Bradshaw’s UES brownstone, located at 245 E. 73rd St. in NYC, but filmed in the West Village at 66 Perry St.: It would cost £2,300 a month to rent in today’s market, although Carrie only paid £540 per month for the rent-controlled place.
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Carrie and Mr. Big's pre-war penthouse flat — yes, the one with the dream closet — which is located across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1010 5th Ave., rents for £150,000 a month, and its price is £30 to £40 million.
As Carrie said, "I think I died and went to real estate heaven!" See more real real estate prices of film homes, ahead.
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New York City: Maid In Manhattan
Marisa's Bronx flat would cost £1,000 to rent today — a pretty good price for New York City. But Christopher's hotel suite, filmed at the Roosevelt and the Waldorf-Astoria hotels, would cost £9,000 per month.
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New York City: When Harry Met Sally
Harry gives the following advice on finding an flat in NYC: "Really, what’s so hard about finding an apartment? What you do is you read the obituary column. Yeah, you find out who died and go to the building, and then you tip the doorman. What they can do to make it easier is to combine the obituaries with the real estate section. Then you’d have: 'Mr. Klein died today, leaving a wife, two children, and a spacious three-bedroom apartment with a wood-burning fireplace.'"

Harry's flat, in a Greenwich Village building that used to house a sewing machine factory, would cost about £3,000 per month today (unfortunately, a pretty normal NYC price). According to ForRent.com, the average NYC rent was more like £1,300 a month in the '80s — still extremely high compared to the rest of the country.
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Los Angeles: Pretty Woman
Vivian's rundown flat in the Las Palmas Hotel in Hollywood, which she shared with a roommate, costs £140 per week, or £70 per person.

On the other hand, Edward’s penthouse suite, in the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, costs £30,000 per week. "The spacious rental is 4,000 square feet and includes his and hers walk-in closets, a marble bathroom, a living room, library, and a formal dining room for eight," according to ForRent.com. The hotel also has a Pretty Woman Presidential Suite that runs about £4,250 per night. Of course it does.
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Charleston, SC: The Notebook
Noah's "old Southern gem with stately columns," built around 1772, is at 204 Martins Point Road on Wadmalaw Island in Charleston County, SC. The waterfront four-bedroom has a grand staircase and several fireplaces. "When Noah bought it, it was a fixer-upper!" according to ForRent.com. Today, however, it would rent for £9,250 per month.
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Photo: TriStar/Photofest.
Seattle: Sleepless In Seattle
Sam's houseboat — located near Pike Place Market — would cost £7,300 a month to rent today. In 2014, it was sold for £1.5 million. The previous owners had lived there for 21 years; they bought it for £420,000.
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Chicago: While You Were Sleeping
Lucy's not-exactly-spacious flat is located at #201, 3017 W. Logan Blvd., according to ForRent.com. It would cost about £920 per month to rent.

The Callaghan family home is located at 203 8th Ave. in La Grange, IL. It was built in 1904, and has seven bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The 4,000-square-foot house rents for £3,850 per month.

Peter's high-rise apartment, in Lake Point Tower at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, rents for £2,150 per month. "The 70-floor downtown building has valet parking, indoor and outdoor pools, and a health club," according to ForRent.com.
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