Nightmare on Elm Street

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.

House in Movie, Nightmare on Elm Street


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!

Nightmare on Elm Street Movie House


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!

Nightmare on Elm Street in need of Renovation


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!

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Here we see the staircase leading to the upstairs bedrooms.

Nightmare on Elm Street House Living Room Before Renovation


The kitchen must have been last renovated in the 70’s. Doesn’t it have that 70’s look with all the orange wallpaper?

Nightmare on Elm Street Kitchen Before Renovation


Another view of the kitchen before its renovation.

Nightmare on Elm Street Kitchen Before Being Renovated


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!

1960's Kitchen Wallpaper in Orange and Yellow Flowers


Here’s how the back of the house from the movie, Nightmare on Elm Street looked prior to its major renovation.

Back of House in Nightmare on Elm Street Before Renovation


The pool must not have been used in a long time because it was murky green.

Nightmare on Elm Street House Before Renovation


In the interview I read, the new owner said she gutted the interior. The whole renovation took a year to complete.

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You can really see how extensive the makeover was in these pictures.

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House in Movie Nightmare on Elm Street Gets a Full Renovation


So, let’s get to the “After” views!

Nightmare on Elm Street House in Hollywood, CA


Here’s the living room after the renovation.

Nightmare on Elm Street House Renovated


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.

House in Nightmare on Elm Street Living Room after Renovation


I like the wall with the built in shelving.

Living Room in Nightmare on Elm Street House


The interior was decorated with a fun, modern feel.

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Modern style isn’t really my taste, but I enjoy seeing it done well.

New Kitchen in Nightmare on Elm Street House


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.

House in Nightmare on Elm Street Home Office After Renovation


Here’s how the back of the home looked after the makeover.

Back of Home in movie, Nightmare on Elm Street


I like the porch and the walkway down the side of the house.

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Gone is the green murky-looking pool. So much better!

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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.

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  1. Now it looks like the Brady Bunch kitchen. 🙂

    • lol I just googled that and the counter is the same orange. That would be a fun house tour…a tour of The Brady Bunch house. 🙂

  2. Actually – I liked the before pictures better:) I would have removed the wallpaper and painted, cleaned up everything else. I really don’t like the after . . .

  3. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Wow, she really did go for a retro feel with that orange and avocado green. Ahh, memories. Lol.

    I never saw the movie, either. I don’t even like to see posters or any references to it! Icky! But wow, what a transformation and it looks like she did a lot more than gut the inside. In fact, I wonder why she even went as far as to go down to the studs. Must have been a reason, but it sure must have been costly to do. The rear exterior especially looks like a different house. Hard to imagine it selling for over 1 million in it’s former condition. But hey, that’s supply and demand for you. 🙂

    • I know, I don’t like those posters either…give me the hebbie jebbies. Yep, prices in CA are so very different from where I live.

  4. Oh my gosh, I was thinking “Brady Bunch”, too! I guess a lot of us have clear memories of that kitchen, haha. I don’t watch scary movies either, Susan 😉

  5. …..and here I thought I was the only one alive who never saw that movie or ones like it!
    So glad someone brought some deep well needed grace to the house.
    Tho it’s done in different deco than I would have choosen….I so admire the thought and funds in which went into the whole remodeling job!
    Wow! It truly looks great!!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Cyndi Raines says

    Don’t do scary movies either — too much in real life to scare anyone, just listen to the nightly news! ha.
    Love the exterior and the pool, but don’t care for the modern look. I appreciate the great lengths she took to restore it and glad she made such a profit.
    Laughed at your comment about the red door! Interesting decorating with the stuffed animals, like the Bengal Tiger, ~ you may be seeing some real ones real soon! 🙂

  7. Wes Craven (the creator of “Nightmare…”) was my professor in college.

  8. I’m more of a traditionalist and couldn’t help feeling like those “good, classic house bones” got kicked to the side for the modern upgrade. I can appreciate all of the work that went into this but, I’m also wondering why she decided to go to such lengths to change it.

    • I was wondering that too. Another reader left a comment saying that whole area is done that way, so I guess that’s the current trend in that neighborhood/area.

  9. I’m not a fan of the modern approach either but in that neighborhood, people are all over it so she made a wise choice for the area.

    I love those movies (even the cheesy sequels) and am glad to see she kept the outside the same so movie buffs could (hopefully respectfully) still get pics from the sidewalk.

  10. I’m a huge fan of scary movies and when I saw the living room pictures, it looked so familiar. It reminded me of a deleted scene from the 1978 movie, Halloween.
    I looked up the scene and it is the same house! It’s a short 3 minute scene (not scary) that I’ve always liked, because the house was just so 70’s looking.
    They had the same curtains, the same horse sculpture.
    I’m not a fan of the new renovations either, but the kitchen sure needed it.
    I noticed the sidelights of the front door look like they open for air. I love that!

    • Oh my gosh, you’re right! You can even see the horse in that scene! Wow, you’re good Lisa to remember that! That is definitely the same house. Jamie Lee Curtis was sooo young in that movie!

    • Oh, just saw what you meant about the window…love that! Only an older home would have such an awesome feature…that’s why I love them so much!

    • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

      Wow! It’s amazing that you caught that! But I’m confused. I always thought that when they used a real house for exterior shots, they built the interior on a sound stage. This looks as though they used the actual house. And then one must wonder, why does it still have the same curtains and that odd horse, nearly 40 years later??

      But good catch also on the side windows. I love that they open! How quaint. And I suppose you could say there are ‘three front doors.’ Haha. Thanks for sharing both of those, Lisa.

      • For Halloween they didn’t use the exterior of that house, just that one shot for the inside. I think they even shot that scene after the movie was released so that it would fit into a TV time slot since they’d be cutting some original parts of the movie. Probably why Jamie Lee had a towel on her hair. She’d cut it to her signature, short style after Halloween.

        I would love to have front doors like those, where you have the security of the door closed but the air flowing in. My dog would love it too!

  11. So, I can still see the good bones of the house despite the “improvements”! Yikes! I am dating my self, I am sure, but I liked the before better in more areas than not!! That before kitchen with the metal edged kitchen counters almost looked more 50’s!! Still better than that ‘new’ orange! Wowza!

  12. Yay for the Brady Bunch kitchen! 🙂

    Given this is a horror movie house, I immediately noticed in the first “after” picture of the living room the rather freaky cardboard cutout of a girl by the fireplace. In the next “after” picture of the living room it isn’t there anymore! Granted there are other differences such as the curtains and coffee table, so they obviously tweaked things, but it does remind me of a ghost! I wonder where she is now… 🙂

    I love horror movies, but I don’t think I could live in a house that was so prominently featured in one!

  13. If the kitchen was “renovated” in the 60’s, it was only the wallpaper. The kitchen cabinets and metal rimmed countertops are from the 50’s (or maybe before . My childhood home had them (house built in ’53). By the time that wallpaper came out in the 60’s, it was all Formica, baby! Those plastic bubble chairs may be retro, but they are hot….as in you get no air circulation in them. The wicker ones were better. The only thing I like about the renovation is the exterior.