One of my favorite romantic comedies of all time is A Lot Like Love starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher – and while I was watching it I absolutely fell in love with the building used as Amanda Peet’s apartment. But as hard as I tried, I couldn’t seem to find this location by searching Google or any of my go-to filming location sites.
For this location, I turned to the director’s commentary on the DVD. Many times, during a DVD commentary, a director will mention in what part of town a scene was filmed, which helps to narrow locations down. In this case, the director mentioned the exact street where her apartment was located- Vine St. in Hollywood- and from there I was on my way!
My boyfriend and I drove south down Vine Street until we found the red brick apartment building near the corner of Fountain and Vine. While it definitely looks better on the big screen, the building is pretty incredible in person. The front doors happened to be open, so we ventured inside. It is amazing how quiet and peaceful the interior courtyard is, being that it is located only a few blocks from the busy corner of Hollywood and Vine. The courtyard is full of flowers and plants of all sizes and wrought iron benches and looks like an amazing place to spend a summer afternoon. The courtyard is where Ashton sang his heart out to Amanda Peet towards the end of the film. Her front door was the first door on the right hand side when you enter the courtyard.
Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂
Stalk It: Amanda Peet’s character lived in the Villa Elaine Apartment building, located at 1245 Vine Street in Hollywood. Frank Sinatra, Orson Wells, May Ray, and Remy Zero have all called the building home at one time or another. You can park in the Payless Shoe Source parking lot across the street and walk to the building. If the front doors aren’t open, you can peek inside them to see the amazing center courtyard.