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I Wish I Lived Here: Colin Firth's House in A Single Man

Each year as the Oscars approach, I try to see as many of the nominated films as possible. This weekend, I finally caught Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man. While I was impressed with the fashion designer's first turn as a movie director -- he clearly has a brilliant eye and knows how to tell a great story through imagery and music, I spent the majority of the film coveting the midcentury modern house in which Colin Firth's character, George Falconer, lived.

The house, which was designed by legendary architect John Lautner in 1949 and was originally called the Schaffer Residence, is located in Glendale, California, at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains. In the film, Firth's and Julianne Moore's characters speak about what it means to "live in a glass house," which added to the house's allure (and, yes, I get that they were also speaking metaphorically). Although its exterior is mostly glass, the Schaffer Residence is tucked away in a secluded neighborhood, giving George and Jim, its residents in the film, some necessary privacy. Tom Ford even went straight to the experts in midcentury modern design, also known as the production and set masterminds from Mad Men, to outfit the inside of the house with authentic 1960s furnishings. The results were stunning and meticulous, just like the film.

Love the house as much as I do? It's actually for sale, if you have over $1 million. A girl can dream, right?

-- Lauren Le Vine

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