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If you've watched the classic 1990 movie " House Party," and admired the hardwood floor featured in the living room dance-off, we have great news. The Los Angeles property featured in the Kid 'n Play comedy about high school kids throwing a raucous rager might still be available for $739,000.
Although the listing is now pending sale, Realtor Christhian Ramos noted that the buyer could still back out pending the outcome of the home inspection report, which calls for electrical and chimney updates. So you have a chance of landing the pad behind the party if you act now.
It was no accident that this house made it on to the big screen. "That area is very hot for film directors," Ramos says. "They really like the houses in Harvard Heights. They're old Craftsman homes. You don't really get the community feel anywhere else."
The community feel was a long time coming -- the area is filled with stately, two-story houses built in the early 1900s. A "land covenant" decreed that homes built in the area must cost at least $2,500 -- a princely sum back then.
That resulted in the 1905 four-bedroom home from "House Party," with its grand foyer, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, and updated kitchen. There's even a music room, if you feel the need to lay down a few beats of your own.
Not featured in the film, the outdoor deck and hot tub are backyard additions completed after "House Party" wrapped. Thanks to the money they made for leasing out their home during the three-month shoot, the owners were able to make some upgrades. They moved to a hotel during the filming, Ramos says. "They got paid very well."
But the neighborhood's story hasn't always been Hollywood glamour. "What Harvard Heights is now is a testament to what it had to go through," Ramos says.
The Central Los Angeles neighborhood hit hard times in the '80s and '90s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many residents fled and moved to safer places. But by 2000, the tide began to turn. Homeowners formed a tight neighborhood association; gang and drug activity are now gone; and there's even a Facebook page, a podcast, and a cleanup crew.
The area also received Historic Preservation Overlay Status: "The owners are very limited as to what they could improve," notes Ramos. But that's the point. "There are very few homes that are Craftsman from the 1900s aside from Harvard Heights."
And there's only one that starred in "House Party."
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