Thursday, July 15, 2010
Bridget Fonda Wouldn't Want to Live There Anymore
The other reasons were the films SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and director Cameron Crowe's brilliant Valentine's Day card to his native city, SINGLES. This 1992 film shot on location in Seattle starred Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott, and Kyra Sedgwick and centered around life in an apartment building where all the tenants knew each other and were desperately searching for love.
Well, the apartment building featured in the film is located at 1820 East Thomas Street in Seattle in the Capitol Hill area of the city. I decided to visit the location after recently seeing the film again (for about the tenth time!) and report what I found.
Bridget Fonda would no longer want to live there.
The building is far smaller than the film's lens makes it appear. You get an almost claustrophobic feeling spending time in the small courtyard which, by the way, never had a fountain like the film portrays. It was added just for the movie.
Understand what kind of neighborhood this was back when SINGLES was filmed?
I spoke to a tenant at the property, a young girl who was four years old when the movie was released. She did not know the film or the building's place in movie history but she was excited to learn the facts about her apartment. The opportunity to market these apartments through the film have been completely lost by the owners.
on my Picasa website here. You can see for yourself what the building looked like then by watching the movie (available on Netflix and everywhere) and what it looks like now.
After analyzing thousands of rental properties over the last thirty years I can tell you this without any doubt.
This property needs a good resident manager. None lives on site. There is no sign even telling prospective tenants who manages the building or how to contact the owners in the event of trouble. The tree growing on the street on the right side of the building blocks the iconic view most people remember from the film and needs to be pruned. There is rust, peeling paint, and tall weeds everywhere all can be.
Unfortunately the Seattle of the film is long gone, not better, but different, and my visit to 1820 East Thomas Street on Capitol Hill yesterday proves it.
Robert J. Abalos, Esq.