Homes from ‘Rocky’ and other big-league sports movies

 Many sports movie scenes take place on a field, in a dugout, post game in a locker room or coach’s office. But in between great plays and dramatic scores, many of the films feature shots of houses as well.

From the gritty house featured in “The Fighter” to the classic 1950s rambler in “The Sandlot,” here’s a real estate tour through sports films.

“Rocky”

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A scene from Rocky.


Usually near the top of any list of greatest sports films, “Rocky” garnered a devoted following, three Oscars and five sequels. Rocky Balboa’s apartment in an urban Philadelphia building was an iconic part of the first film.

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Rocky’s apartment still stands in Philly.

Located at 1818 E Tusculum St., Philadelphia, seen above, the brick building showcased iconic scenes between the boxer and his girlfriend, Adrian, as well as his manager, Mickey. Built in 1920, the residence today is listed as a three-bedroom, one-bath condo measuring 754 square feet.

“The Sandlot”

Scotty Smalls, in the movie runs toward the house.


The classic children’s film “The Sandlot” documents the summertime antics of a neighborhood’s ragtag baseball team. Set in the 1960s, most of the 1993 film takes place in the empty lot where the boys play baseball, but one character’s classic rambler home is briefly spotted.

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The home featured in “The Sandlot” looks much like it did in the ’60s.

Built in 1956, the home at 1556 S 2000 E, Salt Lake City, pictured above, was last sold in 2009 in near original condition. Complete with green shag carpet, leaded-glass diamond-pane windows, beamed ceiling and brass light fixtures, the home looks just as it did 1960. The four-bedroom, three-bath Salt Lake City home sits on a quarter-acre lot and has 1,632 square feet of living space.

“A League of Their Own”

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Tom Hanks stands in front of the home in the movie “A League of Their Own.”

Starring film heavyweights like Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, and featuring Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, “A League of Their Own” showcased the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was established to keep baseball in the public’s eye while men were overseas during World War II.

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The enormous Kentucky home served as a boarding house in the film “A League of Their Own.”

Much of the film takes place on the field, but a large, Victorian-era home, above, gets its fair share of screen time toward the end of the movie as the setting for the boarding house. The Henderson, Ky., home was recently listed for sale in 2011 for $799,000. The listing was removed in May 2012. With nine fireplaces, three stories, full basement and five bedrooms, the house at 612 N Main St, Henderson was more than roomy enough to host the movie’s baseball team.

“The Fighter”

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Christian Bale, playing Dicky Eklund, walks toward the green home in the movie “The Fighter.”

Like “Rocky,” “The Fighter” was an Oscar-winning film that showcased an underdog boxer. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, the docudrama told the story of real-life boxer Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund.

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The home feature in “The Fighter” is still a bright shade of green.

Once a boxing contender himself, Eklund lives in the house shown above in Lowell, Mass. The home stands at 28 Smith St, Lowell and is painted same green shade as it was in the film. The three-bedroom, one-bath home was built in 1900.

“Field of Dreams

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A scene from “Field of Dreams.”

The white, clapboard farmhouse and baseball field used in the much-loved 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” continues to attract upward of 60,000 visitors each year. So it comes as no surprise that new buyers of the “Field of Dreams” site are reportedly going to develop a portion of the 193-acre farm into “All-Star Ballpark Heaven,” a 24-field baseball and softball tournament facility.

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The clapboard farmhouse featured heavily in the film “Field of Dreams.”

 

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