Here's How Much It'd Cost To Live In These 7 Romantic Comedies

No. 4 will set you back a pretty penny.

If you've ever wanted to star in your own romantic comedy (or even tried IRL), you know how important it is to be in the right place at the right time. After all, Harry and Sally never would've met if both weren't moving to the same city at the same time. 


When it comes to finding love, location can play a key supporting role — in the movies anyway. That's why where our favorite rom-com characters call "home" is an important, but often overlooked, part of their story. A person's home, whether it's an apartment, hotel, or house, reflects who they are, fictional leading ladies and men included. 

Many directors take extra care in choosing a character's home that seems both authentic to their lifestyle and relatable to the viewer. But can the average person really afford to live in the magical world of romantic comedies? To figure this out, compiled a list detailing the cost of seven classic rom-com's most beloved homes: 

1. "When Harry Met Sally"

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This quintessentially New York rom-com wouldn't be the same without its characters' Manhattan apartments. If you wanted to live in Harry's Greenwich Village apartment at 57 E. 11th St. today, it'd set you bakc $3,800 a month, $700 more than the average one bedroom in New York City. Back then, however, the average NYC rent was $1,700, and many Lower Manhattan rentals were going for only $300.

2. "Maid In Manhattan"

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Jennifer Lopez's Maid in Manhattan character, Marisa Ventura, was from the Bronx. Her fictional two-bedroom apartment at East 175th Street, between the Grand Concourse and Jerome Avenue, would rent for $1,300 in today's market. That's a good price for a single mom and her son, considering the Bronx is one of the NYC neighborhoods with rent on the rise. Highbridge, the neighborhood next to Ventura's, likely Mt. Eden, experienced a dramatic 22 percent rent increase from 2017 to 2018, the highest percentage increase in the whole city. The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom in Highbridge was $1,525. 

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Meanwhile, Ventura's love interest, Christopher Marshall, lived in a hotel suite that would cost a cool $12,000 per month. The senate candidate stayed in the fictional Beresford Hotel, but the Roosevelt Hotel and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel were actually used in filming. 

3. "Pretty Woman"

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Julia Roberts' character Vivian Ward had the most cost-effective living situation with her shared apartment in the Las Palmas Hotel. Located at 1738 N. Las Palmas Ave. in Hollywood, the room only costs $185 per week. Because Ward shared the (tiny) space with her roommate, she was only set back $92.50, or $370 a month. 

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Comparatively, Edward Lewis's penthouse suite at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel costs $38,500 per week. Located at 9500 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, the two-bedroom, three-bath suite covers 4,000 square feet. Most of the interior filming, however, was actually done at the Ambassador Hotel. Despite that, the Regent Beverly Wilshire offers rom-com lovers a Pretty Woman Presidential Suite you can stay in for $5,500 per night.

4. "The Notebook"

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The iconic waterfront house Noah bought for Allie would rent for $12,000 per month today. Located at 204 Martins Point Road on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston was originally built around 1772. The four-bedroom home has a grand staircase, several fireplaces, and blue shutters, of course. (Fun fact: To work with the fixer-upper storyline, the film crew started with a nice house, then distressed it for the earlier shots.) 

5. "Sleepless in Seattle"

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Houseboats don't come cheap, as proven by Sam's Seattle-based floating home. Today, it would cost $9,500 per month to rent the 2,200-square-foot houseboat with four bedrooms, two baths, and a lakeside dock. In 2014, the houseboat actually sold for $2 million, a big jump from the $50,000 its previous owners paid in 1993. 

6. "While You Were Sleeping

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Sandra Bullock's character Lucy lived in a cramped second-floor apartment located at #201, 3017 W. Logan Blvd in Chicago. Despite the lack of space, the monthly rental would still cost $1,195 per month.

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Out in suburbia, the Callaghan family's house was located at 203 8th Ave. in La Grange, IL. Originally built in 1904, it boasts seven bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms over 4,000 square feet. For all that space, it may come as a surprise that the house rents for only $5,000 a month.

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Peter's high-rise apartment in Lake Point Tower at 505 North Lake Shore Drive costs a little more than half of his parents' house at $2,800 per month. For that price, he had access to a whole host of amenities, including valet parking, indoor and outdoor pools, and a health club.

7. "Sex And The City"

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The main character of TV's most famous romantic comedy, Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw lived in an Upper East Side rent-stabilized apartment that only cost her $700 a month. Now, however, the rent would set you back $3,000 for the one-bedroom brownstone with a walk-in closet. 

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When Carrie moves in with Mr. Big in the first Sex and the City movie, she gets a big real estate upgrade with a new penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park at 1010 5th Ave. at East 82nd Street. Unsurprisingly, the coveted view doesn't come cheap. The high-ceilinged, pre-war penthouse costs $190,000 to rent per month, and the purchase price is anywhere from $40 to $50 million. But to Carrie, having enough space for a walk-in closet in New York is, well, priceless.

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