Are you a scary movie fan? I definitely am not, but I was enthralled when I saw the surprising makeover the house in the horror movie, Nightmare on Elm Street, received. The home whose exterior was so prominently featured in the Nightmare on Elm Street is located at 1428 N Genesee Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
Remember when the house looked like this? Of course, that’s how it appeared in the movie. If you saw the movie, you may remember it was the home of the character, Nancy.
Here’s how it looks in real life today. Slightly different, huh? 🙂
I’m glad I never saw the movie or I may never have wanted to paint my front door, red. Apparently that red door is in a lot of scary scenes in the movie. I wonder if it’s painted Benjamin Moore, Heritage Red. It sure looks like it could be. I love that color red, for a front door!
Over the years, since the days of the movie, the home had fallen into disrepair. The new owner noticed it was the only house on the street that wasn’t in good shape and knew it had great potential. She purchased it and set to work giving it a complete makeover. The results are pretty amazing and she ended up doubling its value!
Here’s how it looked inside before its makeover. If you look past the dated interior, you can see it has good bones. I love that front door!
Here we see the staircase leading to the upstairs bedrooms.
The kitchen must have been last renovated in the 70’s. Doesn’t it have that 70’s look with all the orange wallpaper?
Another view of the kitchen before its renovation.
Actually, the kitchen may have been last renovated in 60’s. Checkout this 1968 kitchen I found at the House Beautiful website. That wallpaper is very, very close!
Here’s how the back of the house from the movie, Nightmare on Elm Street looked prior to its major renovation.
The pool must not have been used in a long time because it was murky green.
In the interview I read, the new owner said she gutted the interior. The whole renovation took a year to complete.
You can really see how extensive the makeover was in these pictures.
So, let’s get to the “After” views!
Here’s the living room after the renovation.
Have you ever sat in a hanging Bubble chair? I haven’t but they look like they would be a lot of fun. I can definitely see one in a teenager’s room.
I like the wall with the built in shelving.
The interior was decorated with a fun, modern feel.
Modern style isn’t really my taste, but I enjoy seeing it done well.
The home office…
I was just thinking, in a way the makeover doesn’t stray that far “color-wise” from the original decor using orange and green in her design. Wasn’t avocado/lime green popular back in the 70’s too? Maybe the owner was going for a retro feel. The round/circle motif is repeated a lot through the home from the bubble chair, to the shape of the doorways, to the rug here in the office.
Here’s how the back of the home looked after the makeover.
I like the porch and the walkway down the side of the house.
Gone is the green murky-looking pool. So much better!
The home was purchased originally for 1.15 million and it sold two years later for $2,100.000. I wonder how much it cost to renovate. Sounds like it was a good investment.
By the way, I read in an August 2015 article online, a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie is in the works. This girl won’t be seeing it because I’m a chicken, but just mentioning it in case you’re into scary movies.
See more of this house including the bedrooms at the listing here: Zillow. Before pictures were found HERE.