I was amused to see a story in the Seattle PI that the home used as a setting for the Laura Palmer character in the fictional “Twin Peaks” show has come up for sale in Everett. (See: Live like Laura Palmer from ‘Twin Peaks’)
Twin Peaks was a fascinating TV show and film from the brilliant mind of director David Lynch, and it aired back in the early 1990s. My friends and I used to watch it back then – for a while, it was probably the trendiest show on TV, perhaps because of its kooky characters and beautiful settings that were meant to evoke the look and feel of Washington State — they often seemed to choose very rustic looking buildings constructed like log cabins, with the bark or barely-finished wood surfaces, heavier/primitive log furniture, and deer or elk antler light fixtures.
The Laura Palmer – Twin Peaks home in Everett, WA.
Looking back, this was the same time period when “Northern Exposure” TV series also first started and became even more popular than Twin Peaks. Northern Exposure also highlighted a similar design aesthetic — perhaps this was just the time when the elements unique to the American Northwest had their “15 minutes” of fame.
I’m more focused upon commercial real estate, but sometimes properties used in films and TV can be a little crossover between residential and commercial real estate. Homes that are rented out for photo or video shoots for TV and film can develop a degree of fame, just as though the real estate itself is a character in the shows. A good example of this would be Southfork Ranch, located in Parker, Texas, around 25 miles north of Dallas. Southfork is the famous and iconic home of the Ewings family in the popular television series, Dallas, that first aired in 1978. The house was featured very prominently in the opening credits, although it was only rarely used as a set during filming of the show’s episodes. Having appeared upon the popular show likely changed the future of Southfork Ranch, which was otherwise a fairly unremarkable property in Texas — having become famous, the house is no longer a residential property, but became a fully commercial property — it’s now an event and conference center (and there’s a museum dedicated to the TV shows on the property, too).
When a home appears in a popular TV show or film, the association can enhance its value, as in the case of Southfork.
However, in the case of the “Laura Palmer” Twin Peaks home in Everett, Continue reading