Let's say you want to find the house from Home Alone. This is an easy one, a simple google search will lead you to 671 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka, Illinois. See:
There are times when the internet has no clues for you. Maybe you can find photos of the place but no address. This was the problem I was faced with years ago when I was looking for Rushmore locations. In this situation your best bet is paying attention to address numbers, street signs, and landmarks. I found the Barber Shop from Rushmore and the Pawn Shop from Pulp Fiction based on the washateria across the street (Rushmore) and the address numbers (Pulp Fiction). Google street siew is also an amazing tool to make sure the address from the internet is correct, or to see if the location still exist (In the case of Pulp Fiction, most are gone). Finding Chief Brodys' house was by far the most challenging location I have ever tried to find.
Since Jaws is such a famous film, I assumed that it would be a piece of cake to find the film locations. There are a bunch of sites devoted to the film, pictures and videos of the locations, but no addresses. I was on Google street view so much when I was looking for Brody's walk through town that when I was on the street I knew where everything was.
The best clue I had for finding his house was this description:
Out of Oak Bluffs, I trekked north on Commercial Ave.,
then along the coast on Highland Rd. About 15 minutes later,
I rounded a corner on the northwest point of East Chop,
and there it was Chief Brody's house.
Using Google maps, I narrowed it down to this area:
I drove this area in street view for longer than I'd like to admit looking for the house.
Let me remind you how it looked in the film:
Would you believe me if I told you this was it?
Don't believe me? Here is the proof. Chief Brody leaving.
Look at the houses he is driving towards. Here they are now.
Yup, some genius remodeled the house. Which is why all of these are street view pictures, I didn't waste my time seeking it out when I realized it was unrecognizable.
This is one thing I don't understand, wasn't the fact that this house was used in the movie Jaws a selling point? There's no way these people bought the house not knowing this, I'm sure they had to pay extra because of it. The Full House is being sold for 3 million more dollars than the houses around it, because it's "The" Full House.
Walt Disney's Carolwood home, Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace, Rudolph Valentino's home, why buy a famous piece or real estate only to tear it down? I'll never understand it.