Movie Real Estate: Yes Virginia, There Really Is a Gull Cottage
I get a lot of email about a cottage from a prior post: Gull Cottage. The house, and the story, inspired me to start commenting on set design.
The cottage resides in Montecito, California, shouldered between condominiums, and minus the lion statues on the porch, the ship’s wheel on the balcony, and the widow’s walk on the roof. Many of the interior scenes in the television series were shot in the house, and the rest were filmed at Twentieth Century Fox. On-location filming for the 1947 film took place in Monterey County, however this was limited to exterior shots:
Exterior scenes by the house were filmed in Big Sur. A six minute segment was filmed in and around Stillwater Cove in Pebble Beach. These include scenes on the beach, on the bluff overlooking the beach, and on the golf course (shown in the film as a horse pasture). There is also a very brief shot of the shoreline near Cypress Point and a few additional brief shots of waves crashing on rocks.
Information compiled from: the Monterey County Herald, Monterey County Film Commission, Leonard Maltin’s Movie and Video Guide, the Internet Movie Database, and other sources.
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