ST. HELENS, OR – The Pacific Northwest has seen its fair share of media exposure over the past few years, as affordable production costs and ethereal environments have provided backdrops and sets that help bring scripts to life. From the original television series Portlandia, to a laundry list of cinema classics such as Animal House, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Goonies and Stand by Me, and more recently the movie Wild, starring Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon, Oregon has often been featured in the starring role, due to its diverse landscapes, and most importantly its proximity to Hollywood.
Enter Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, who have just listed the charming home prominently featured in the Twilight movies and affectionately known by fans as “Bella’s House.” The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author, Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts. The first installment, Twilight, was released on November 21, 2008. The second installment, New Moon, followed on November 20, 2009, breaking box office records as the biggest midnight screening and opening day in history, grossing an estimated $72.7 million. The third installment, Eclipse, was released on June 30, 2010, and was the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX.
The series was in development since 2004 at Paramount Pictures, during which time a screen adaptation of Twilight that differed significantly from the novel was written. Three years later, Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. After Twilight grossed $35.7 million on its opening day, Summit Entertainment announced they would begin production on New Moon; they had acquired the rights to the remaining novels earlier that same month. A two-part adaptation of Breaking Dawn began shooting in November 2010 with release dates of November 18, 2011, and November 16, 2012, respectively.
The current owners of “Bella’s House” share some of their memories of what it was like to play a “role” in the Twilight Saga.
2002 – “I got a call from a friend telling me about this house in St. Helens that was about to be listed. I drove out and made the corner onto 6th street. Going up the small hill past the no outlet sign the house rose up majestically and I said out loud ‘Wow! This place could be used in a movie.’ ”
2007 – “While sitting down with a bowl of chicken soup for dinner there was a knock on the door. The man at the door said he was a location scout for a movie company. He said the director really liked the house and was wondering if he could shoot some photos of it. After that I had many visits from the production staff.”
“As the film was to shoot both inside and outside of the house, I met the production designer before filming. He said that he loved the fact that the house had its original windows and doors and that it hadn’t had all of its character remodeled out of it. They painted most of the inside of the house and told me after they finished filming, they would restore it to my colors or they’d paint it any color I’d like or I could keep their paint job. The designer said if I kept their colors, I could stand in one corner of any spot of the house the room might be blue, the hallway would be yellow and the next room would be green, and all three room colors would compliment each other. The yellow would be the color at the center of the house that would tie it all together. It’s really amazing how beautiful the paint colors are in the house. If you ever have the chance to have your room colors picked by a production designer, you won’t be sorry. They had every door in the house dipped to remove 80 years of enamel paint and did a hand rubbed oil finish on them.”
“I’ve kept the house as it was from the movie. The choices the filmmakers really made the house shine. Production was done and the film was about to be released. I sat down to watch the television and a trailer for Twilight came on the screen. To see a picture of the very house you’re sitting, in followed by an image of the very room you’re in, is a sensation that very few will ever know.”
“When we first saw the movie, we watched it in the Columbia Theater in St. Helens. The town was used as a stand-in for the town of Port Angeles. There is a close-up shot of Bella standing in the kitchen right in front of a small square cabinet left of the fridge. My wife leaned over and said, ‘Hey! I know what’s in the cupboard.’ I myself, always think of the scene where Charlie meets Edward for the first time. He’s cleaning a gun at my dining room table, in my dining room, sitting on one of my chairs. That is really a crazy thing to see on a big screen.”
Want to live in a movie house in St. Helens, Oregon? You’re going to love all of the charming details including the leaded glass dining room china cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout this wonderful home. Contact Principal Broker, Andrew Ferranti for a tour. View the full listing.