Now’s your chance to be the new kid in Forks, meet a handsome vampire, and live happily ever after!
The house that Bella Swan called home in the Twilight franchise just hit the market — and could be yours for a cool $349,000. Not only will you get four bedrooms and two bathrooms, but you’ll also get to claim a pretty big part of pop culture history!
Though the fictional Bella lives in the very real town of Forks, WA, the real house that served as the set for the leading lady and her father is actually located in St. Helens, OR, where much of the movie was shot.
According to the current owners — who have lived there for 16 years — there was something special about the house long before the Swans moved in. Homeowner Dean Koenig remarked that he felt like he walked on to a movie set the first time he laid eyes on his abode all the way back in 2002.
And it turns out, he and his wife were onto something; their feelings that the home looked like something right out of a movie came true in 2007, when a man knocked on the door. “The man at the door said he was a location scout for a movie company,” Dean, the current owner, explained. “He said the director really liked the house and was wondering if he could shoot some photos of it. After that, I had many visits from the production staff.”
Since the home was to serve as “Bella’s House” for both exterior and interior shots, a set designer worked with the director and the Koenigs to give the inside a bit of a makeover — which they’ve kept to this day.
“I’ve kept the house as it was from the movie. The choices the filmmakers [made] really made the house shine,” he gushed. “Production was done and the film was about to be released. I sat down to watch the television and a trailer for Twilight came on the screen. To see a picture of the very house you’re sitting in, followed by an image of the very room you’re in, is a sensation that very few will ever know.”
He continued, “When we first saw the movie, we watched it in the Columbia Theater in St. Helens. The town was used as a stand-in for the town of Port Angeles. There is a close-up shot of Bella standing in the kitchen right in front of a small square cabinet left of the fridge. My wife leaned over and said, ‘Hey! I know what’s in the cupboard!’ I, myself, always think of the scene where Charlie meets Edward for the first time. He’s cleaning a gun at my dining room table, in my dining room, sitting on one of my chairs. That is a really crazy thing to see on a big screen.”
While the house may not come with all the furniture, it does come with plenty of memories.
“If you’re a fan, this place is the one spot that a movie fan can directly connect with an actual, physical part of the movie,” Dean told People. “Actors age. They change. They take on different roles. This house will always be as you saw it in the movie.”
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