Just Like Heaven

I’ve never been much of a big city girl but after seeing the movie, Just Like Heaven, I’m wondering if I should reconsider. Oh my goodness…cutest apartment EVER! Okay, it still has some serious competition from Bronte’s apartment in the movie, Greencard, but the rooftop garden and view is a close competitor for the to-die-for greenhouse in Greencard.

It’s been a while since I watched Just Like Heaven starring Reese Witherspoon as Elizabeth, a workaholic doctor and Mark Ruffalo as David, a lonely, depressed Landscape Architect. I had completely forgotten just how wonderful Elizabeth’s apartment is in this romantic comedy, part-fantasy movie based on the novel, If Only It Were True written by French author, Marc Levy.

In the movie, Elizabeth is so obsessed with her work as a doctor, she has put everything else in life on hold, including relationships with freinds and family. David is completely lost with no direction in his life having just been through the death of his wife. Their worlds collide in the most unusual of ways and it makes for an adorable story with a happy ending, my favorite kind! 🙂

Just Like Heaven Starring Reese Witherspoon & Mark Ruffalo

 

Just Like Heaven is set in a darling Victorian apartment located in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. San Francisco turned out to be a great place for the setting of this movie due to the many ties those involved in making the movie have with that area. Mark Waters, the director, lived in San Francisco for five years when he was pursing his career in theater and Leslie Dixon, one of the co-authors of the movie was shocked to discover the apartment building chosen by location scouts was the exact apartment building she had once lived in!

In this scene we get our first view of Elizabeth’s apartment when David sees it for the first time.

Apartment in Movie, Just Like Heaven, Reese Witherspoon_wm

 

In case you are wondering where the apartment in the movie Just Like Heaven is, it’s located at the corner of Mason Street and Green Street in the heart of San Francisco. The actual address is 1688 Mason Street. Could it be any cuter?! Okay, maybe I could do without the fire escape but in some ways that adds to its quaintness as it harkens back to another time.

Reese Witherspoon's Apartment in Just Like Heaven

 

Here’s a more current view of the area from Google Map’s street view.

Russian Hill Neighborhood Where Movie Just Like Heaven Was Filmed

 

I liked the exterior paint scheme a whole lot more in the movie. It had so much more personality, didn’t it? I wonder if they temporarily painted it for the movie and then had to paint it back to these neutral colors afterwards or if it really was pink when the movie was made.

Let’s go inside!

Victorian Apartment In Exterior Scenes of Just Like Heaven

 

We get a very brief view of one of the hallways/staircases in the building in this scene. Notice the turned railings, gorgeous handrail and beautiful shell niche. I bet the whole staircase was a stained finish in its early days.

Just Like Heaven Victorian Apartment in San Francisco

 

As David enters the apartment for the first time with his daffy Realtor following behind, we get our first glimpses of this cozy place. The apartment is currently available for rent month-to-month. The owner is away for awhile but David and his Realtor don’t know any specifics about where she is and when or if she’ll be returning.

The interior scenes for Just Like Heaven were filmed on a sound stage and you know what’s funny, I just realized as I was looking at this scene again, they goofed. If you look closely, you can actually see where the wall ends on the set. Oops! That needs to go into that movie bloopers or movie mistakes website I found once, forgotten the name of it.

Just Like Heaven Movie Apartment Living Room

 

Many of the scenes are shot in dim lighting which adds to the cozy “nest” feel of this adorable apartment. No overhead lighting, just lots of warm, cozy lamp lighting.

Just Like Heaven Apartment Living Room

 

Many scenes take place in this large bay window. I love it when they shoot scenes from outside looking in like this. Sooo romantic and it just pulls you in, giving you the feeling that you have a special power to observe what others can’t see, even if just for a little while.

Elizabeth's San Francisco Apartment in Movie Just Like Heaven

 

The views from the apartment in Just Like Heaven are breathtaking. You almost forget to listen to the dialogue with that wonderful view stealing all the scenes. When researching online for more information about the apartment, I learned this amazing view of the San Francisco bay was actually filmed from the deck of an apartment located a block away on Russian Hill at Taylor and Green. Though the apartment we saw earlier in this post was used in the exterior scenes, it’s only  a few stories high, so they captured the San Francisco bay area views from the other apartment nearby.

Movie Just Like Heaven Bay Window Overlooking San Francisco

 

Another wonderful view of the bay window during the daytime. Can you just imagine all the light coming into the real life apartments in San Francisco with those great bay windows! They really give you a panoramic view of the city!

Just Like Heaven Movie Apartment

 

At nighttime, the views become even more magical!

San Francisco Apartment in Just Like Heaven Movie_wm

 

You really get a sense of the layout of the apartment in this scene. We are standing in the living room looking across the large dining room into the kitchen.

Just Like Heaven Movie Apartment Dining Room

 

This is the scene where Elizabeth finally has to come to grips with the fact something isn’t quite right as she looks down and discovers she is standing IN her dining room table. Cue woo-woo music here.

 

Dining Room Drapes in Just Like Heaven Movie

The kitchen is wonderful with the same amazing views. Dish-washing would be a lot more fun at that sink!

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I wish we had a daytime scene of the light coming through all the glass bottles along the shelf.

Just Like Heaven Movie Kitchen

 

Another view of the kitchen showing the soft-yellow color of the tile. I love a yellow kitchen with white cabinetry.

Kitchen in Just Like Heaven Movie

Even the hallway inside Elizabeth’s apartment is beautiful with all this gorgeous woodwork!

Just Like Heaven Movie Apartment Hallway_wm

 

I guess with limited wall space, the only place for the bed in her bedroom was to tuck it down inside the bay window. It would be kind of nice to go to sleep looking up at the stars and awake watching the clouds float by in a blue sky, wouldn’t it? I think I like this bed in the bay window idea!

Elizabeth's Bedroom in Just Like Heaven Movie

 

The bathroom is really spacious for an apartment.

Just Like Heaven Movie Apartment Bathroom_wm

 

In the movie, Elizabeth’s’ apartment has exclusive access to the rooftop. Can you just imagine the dinner parties up here! So much potential but sadly Elizabeth has done nothing with it because all she does is work!

Since the building used in the exterior scenes didn’t have a rooftop, the roof was recreated in a sound studio. The roof view was added digitally. Amazing what they can do with computers, isn’t it!

Just Like Heaven Movie Rooftop Before Garden

 

In an interview I read in San Francisco Chronical, the director Mark Waters said, “From this place, you could see the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Transamerica — you kind of get your highlight reel of San Francisco from that rooftop. So we picked those locations as Reese’s apartment and built everything from there.”

 

We are treated to the most amazing transformation when David landscapes Elizabeth’s rooftop into the garden she always dreamed of having in this space.

Just Like Heaven Rooftop Garden

 

Elizabeth has just returned from her 3+ months stay in the hospital and is seeing the garden for the first time. She is completely amazed, as you might expect. I won’t tell  you the ending in case you would like to see it, but I will share it’s a happy one! Yay!

Just Like Heaven Movie Rooftop Garden

 

Are you familiar with San Francisco? You may recognize this little cafe called Caffe Trieste. I just loved how it looked in the movie, I think it may look like this in real life. Anyone know? Seeing it makes me want to have lunch there with a friend.

Caffe Trieste in Just Like Heaven Movie

 

Another location used in the movie, Just Like Heaven is a bar called, The Saloon at 1232 Grant Avenue.  A hilarious bar scene takes place there. There’s also a brief scene in Mission Delores Park located at 566 Delores St. in San Francisco.

One of the funniest scenes is earlier in the movie when David is trying to figure out what to do about this persistent spirit visiting his home and he ends up in Abandoned Planet, a real bookstore at 518 Valencia Street in San Francisco.

Abandoned Planet Bookstore In Movie Just Like Heaven

 

Such a cute movie with a great movie house! Watch it if you get the chance!

Apartment in Just Like Heaven Movie with Reese Witherspoon_wm

 

Love seeing the details of all your favorite movie houses? You’ll find all your favorite here: Movie House Tours

The apartment in the movie Green Card with Andie MacDowell and GĂ©rard Depardieu is another beautiful apartment in an historic building that captured many hearts. Take a tour of Bronte’s darling apartment here: Tour The Apartment and Greenhouse In The Movie, Green Card

Greenhouse in Movie, Green Card 2

 

Tour Kathleen’s adorable brownstone apartment in You’ve Got Mail here: Tour the Manhattan Brownstone Apartment In, You’ve Got Mail

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Comments

  1. We watch a LOT of movies, but nothing above prompts any memory of our watching this one. Adding “Just Like Heaven” to our Netflix list.
    Thank you for investigating & sharing all of your House Tours!

  2. I loved this movie, and did you know that kid in the Abandoned Planet is also the same actor that played Napoleon Dynamite? lol, that was a favorite of my kids’ at the time, that’s why I remembered.
    Rita

  3. This movie seems familiar but yet it doesn’t. Maybe I just saw bits and pieces of it some time. Guess I will be movie hunting this weekend!! I love a romantic comedy.

  4. Hi….i watched that movie all weekend recently..TBS i think…i love that apt..as well as the actors..have you gotten..sleeping with enemy yet..you will love..love..love her little house she moves to..i want to build a copy cat of that one…hope you have a nice weekend..i can’t believe how nice this whole summer has been..

  5. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Susan, I haven’t seen this movie in years and honestly, the only thing I could remember about it was the apartment! I too loved the apartment. The whole bed in the bay window reminds me of another movie with the same design choice. Of course, I can’t remember it at the moment, but I want to say it starred Judd Nelson and Elizabeth Perkins. Sound familiar? They had an adorable place too.

    I guess the one benefit of being ‘forgetful’ is that I can re-read books and re-watch movies and still be surprised by the ending, lol. 😀 Thanks for the tour. I might have to look this one up again soon.

  6. Just love this sweet movie! Fun apartment and fabulous rooftop garden. I do love the house in it’s original state . So much more like it belongs in San Francisco. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. Always fun and I think back to our Stanford days – over 30 years ago.

  7. I loved this movie too, and I love that apartment! I kept wishing they’d film it in the day so I could see it better. I LOVE the houses that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have in You’ve Got Mail. I love both styles and watch that movie as much for the time out as for the house decor.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. I completely forgot that was set in SF and I think I even own that one! I’ll have to watch it again. We just came back in May from a 15 day trip, half in Carmel by the Sea and the other half in San Francisco. We stayed in a painted lady similar in style to that one. Not to ruin it but if you’re staying in a duplex like that, I guarantee the neighbors heard every noise. Ours was an 1800’s home and man could you hear EVERY word the people downstairs were saying! Other than that…heavenly! (Seriously, no pun intended until I re-read it)

  9. so going to Netflix this movie. They will be going crazy wondering why everyone is wanting it. I love all the movie apartments you mentioned. Also really fell for the house in the remake of Bewitched. The movie wasn’t as good as that house was!

  10. NO WONDER they left their heart!!! franki

  11. My attention is constantly pulled from interiors to the views, and back. What a place to “work from home” but would be productive only on those infamous foggy days.

    • I had the same problem, Mia. I’ve never been one to appreciate a “city” or downtown view from windows of a home, much prefer looking out at trees and flowers, but all those lights created a fairyland. I can see why some folks love living in the city, if they are lucky enough to have a view like that!

  12. I remember liking the apartments in all three of these movies! I agree with your opinion of the exterior color of the San Francisco apartment, the warm tones were much more inviting. I noticed they removed the ivy, which also gave it charm. I prefer the peace and quiet of living in the country, but these adorable places can certainly make city life appealing!

  13. Millebourne says:

    It is interesting that they used yellow walls in a city which is very beautiful, but not often sunny. Would that work without all the bright movie lights?

  14. Kelly Ripa and her hubs just sold their roof top apt. in NY. They wanted it to be as close to an outdoor area for their 3 children as possible. Google, and I bet you can see what they did to make it spectacular. No word on why they are leaving now. I loved the movie you wrote about today too. Apt. living has always been an interesting concept to me. I think it is best suited for the young folks (Friends, Seinfeld, ect.) However, lots of wealthy baby boomers love the life too, with most having homes elsewhere, for weekend get-aways.

  15. hello! I am trying to find out what company made, and how I can buy an iron bed, just like the one in the movie “just like Heaven”. thanks to any one who can help me research this! anne

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