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The License to Drive School

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This weekend, thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, I got to stalk the high school used in fave 80s movie License to Drive.  When I found out that Mike had found this filming location long ago, I completely freaked out and of course immediately dragged my boyfriend, and my good friend Nat who was visiting from San Francisco, out to stalk it.  It turns out, though, that the License to Drive high school is not really a high school at all, but rather a middle school named Walter Reed.   And, let me tell you, for a middle school the place is absolutely HUGE.  I couldn’t get over it!  I think my entire junior high could have fit on Walter Reed’s front lawn.  LOL 

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Walter Reed Middle School shows up several times in License to Drive, most often as the location where Mercedes Lane waits on an outdoor bench for her Ferrari-driving boyfriend to pick her up after school.  It was that bench that I was most excited to see in person as I absolutely worshiped Mercedes growing up!  I am happy to report that Mercedes’ bench is still there twenty years later and looks pretty much exactly the same as it did when filming took place.  I can’t tell you how excited I was to be sitting in the exact spot my idol Mercedes Lane had sat all those years ago.  🙂  Too bad I didn’t have my denim skirt and white ankle boots on for the picture.  LOL

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Walter Reed’s unique pick-up/drop-off area located in front of the school is the reason I believe producers chose to use the school for filming.  That area worked perfectly for the many pick-up/drop-off scenes featured in the movie.

Besides License to Drive, Walter Reed also appeared in 7th Heaven (as Simon Camden’s elementary school), 2006’s The Shaggy Dog  remake, Role Models, Accepted, The West Wing, CSI, and Malcom in the Middle.  The exterior of the school is very picturesque and has a very Middle America feel to it, so it is easy to see why it is used so often for filming.  I was also excited to find out that quite a few celebs attended Walter Reed during their tween years, including Mayim Bialik (aka TV’s Blossom), Brian Austin Green, Adam Carolla, Teri Garr, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alyson Hannigan, Christina Milian, and, ironically, Khrystyne Haje who played Simone on Head of the Class.  I say ironically because the storyline of Head of the Class, the show Khrystyne would later star in, was actually loosely based on the Walter Reed Middle School honor program. 🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Walter Reed Middle School is located at 4525 Irvine Avenue in North Hollywood.

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License to Stalk!

When I was about ten years old, my favorite movie in the world was License to Drive  starring the two Coreys.  I bought the movie on VHS and literally watched it every single Friday and Saturday night.  I was absolutely obsessed with Mercedes Lane in the movie, a character played by Heather Graham.  I wanted nothing more than to have her spectacular long, curly hair, her cute boyfriend Les Anderson, and, especially, her white VW Cabriolet convertible.  Six years later, I was still obsessed with Mercedes and I actually did end up getting a white Cabriolet when I turned 16 and I could not have been happier!  I didn’t have the long gorgeous hair or the cute boyfriend, but hey, you can’t win ’em all.  😉  Anyway, I’ve always wanted to stalk the houses used in the movie, especially Les Anderson’s (Corey Haim’s) house and for the past few weeks Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I have made it our mission to find the filming locations from the 80s flick.  So I almost fell over on Friday when I received a text message from Mike telling me that he had located Les’ house in the movie!  YAY!

I must say that Mike is a true stalking genius and my hat is off to him, yet again!  After a few weeks with no luck in locating the Anderson house, Mike noticed that an address for Les and his twin sister is shown quite clearly in the scene when they both receive their driver’s licenses.  So Mike Googled the address, and while the one shown on the licenses doesn’t exist in real life, there is in fact a “Dalehurst Drive” in Los Angeles and sure enough, there was the Anderson home, just a few numbers off from the fake address.  🙂  I am starting to realize that, more often than not, producers will show the actual addresses of homes used in productions rather than making up fake ones.  All the hours we spent looking for the Anderson house and there it was right under our noses the whole time!  LOL

So this weekend, I dragged my boyfriend and my best friend out to do some License to Drive  stalking.  🙂  Except for a few minor differences, the house looks pretty much exactly the same today as it did 20 years ago when the movie was filmed.  Missing, though, are the front bushes Les drives his Grandfather’s Cadillac through when he sneaks out to go on his date with Mercedes.  LOL

I also had to snap some pics of the distinct shaped house located across the street from the Anderson home, just to be sure I was stalking the right place.  The neighbor’s house also looks pretty much the same, except for what looks like a small ad-on that must have been done after License to Drive  was filmed.   

I must say it was VERY COOL to be standing there in front of the Anderson house after countless times of seeing it immortalized on my television screen.  I highly recommend stalking the home if you are at all a fan of License to Drive.  If you have yet to see the movie, RENT IT!  It is a definite 80s classic!! 🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Les Anderson’s house in the movie is located at 536 Dalehurst Avenue in Los Angeles, near the UCLA campus. 

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The Other Corey’s House

Took a little stalking trip to Encino last week to stalk Corey Feldman’s house from the reality show The Two Coreys.  I had found Corey’s address on fave website Virtual Globetrotting  and even though I am so not a fan of the guy, I had to stalk it because like climber George Mallory said about Mt. Everest – “It’s there.”  🙂

Sadly, there’s not a whole lot of Corey’s house to see from the street as the home is located behind a gate, down a long, curving driveway and his property is lined with huge view-blocking trees.   Even with the minimal view, though, the house is definitely recognizable from the Corey’s reality show.  According to Zillow (which also has a good bird’s eye view of the home), Corey’s McMansion measures 4,400 square feet, is nestled on a 27,000 square foot lot, and has the following amenities: BBQ area, gated entrance, fireplace, garden, pool, spa and jetted tubs. 

Also according to Zillow, the home was last purchased in 2005, which leads me to believe that it truly is owned by Corey Feldman and was not just rented for the filming of the show.  While I was there, two guys were working on Corey’s front gate and I asked them if Corey did in fact live there.  They told me they “weren’t allowed to talk about it” which pretty much answered my question.  🙂  LOL

One thing that you actually can see from the street is Corey’s mailbox.  I honestly don’t know what it is with celebrities and their mailboxes, but it seems like every movie star house I stalk has a seriously hideous mailbox.  LOL  Maybe it’s a celeb thing and someday when I am rich and famous I’ll understand, but for now I just don’t get it.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Corey Feldman’s house is located at 16221 Elisa Place in Encino.  As always, excercise caution when “stalking” and do not disturb the residents in any way.

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Corey Haim’s House

I returned home from Hawaii earlier this week and was absolutely floored to find three episodes of The Two Coreys  waiting for me on my TiVo.  🙂   The Two Coreys  is so my new favorite show.   While I find Corey Feldman to be a complete and total douchebag – the Valentine’s Day song, anyone??? – I absolutely LOVE Corey Haim.  I feel so bad for the guy and it breaks my heart everytime he falters on the show.  Growing up my favorite movie of all time was License to Drive and I wanted nothing more than to be Mercedes Lane driving around in her white Cabriolet Convertible with Corey Haim for a boyfriend.  🙂  So Mr. Haim will always hold a special place in my heart.

So when I found the address of Corey Haim’s house from the show on fave website Virtual Globetrotting , I just had to run right out and stalk it.  I am sad to say that my mom and dad both refused to go out stalking with me on this one – I think they have had just about enough stalking for both of their lifetimes – and since my boyfriend was at work, for Corey’s house I had to go it alone.  😦

Before arriving at Corey’s house, I was convinced that like in most reality shows (ie. Scott Baio is 46 . . and Pregnant), his home was rented solely for filming purposes and was not the “Haimster’s” actual residence.  When I got to the house, though, the current (and super nice) owner was standing outside and gave me the scoop.  She told me that while Corey does not live in the house anymore, that he actually did live there during the filming of the show.  She even got to meet him a few times and said he was very nice.  I knew it!  🙂  

I am actually surprised they used the house for filming, though, as it is located waaaaaay up in the West Hollywood hills on a very narrow street.  I have no idea how they had the room to film anything out in front of the house.  I couldn’t even get a very good photo of the house, as the street was so narrow I could not back up far enough to get the whole house in the camera lens.  I had to walk halfway down the block to get a pic.  The house is a very cool place, though, and is located in a gorgeous neighborhood!  I couldn’t believe the size of some of the houses I drove by en route to Corey’s.  I highly recommend stalking it if you are a fan of the show. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Corey Haim’s house can be found at 1657 Viewsite Drive in West Hollywood.  Keep your eyes peeled for all of the gorgeous houses on the up way to Corey’s.

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The Smoke House

I am a little embarrassed to admit that my latest guilty pleasure is the reality show The Two Coreys  on A&E.  I love it!  So when Corey Haim met with Scott Carlson, the other Corey’s manager, at the Smoke House restaurant in Burbank in one of the first episodes of the season, I of course had to go stalk the place!  So I dragged my boyfriend out there last week for a little Smoke House lunch!  🙂  The Smoke House, which was established in 1946, has long been a celebrity magnet.  Its close proximity to Warner Bros. Studio – it’s pretty much right across the street – has made it a frequent stomping ground of the stars who often stop in during breaks from filming.

Throughout the sixty years the Smoke House has been in business countless famous names have popped in for a meal, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia and Frank Sinatra, who even has a steak named after him.  The entire cast of Friends  used to drop in on a weekly basis to hang out after filming (sigh!).  A Tonight Show  episode hosted by Jack Parr was filmed at the restaurant.  And George Clooney became such a fan of the place during the filming of ER  that he even named his production company, Smoke House Productions, after the restaurant.  According to our waitress, besides The Two Coreys, a few episodes of Desperate Housewives  were also filmed at the restaurant, but I am not sure which episodes.

The Smoke House serves up some GREAT food in a very cool, Old Hollywood environment.  While there, I could almost picture Frank Sinatra walking through the doors to sit in one of the shiny red booths.  I definitely recommend stalking the restaurant if you find yourself in the area.  I hear that the best time to stop in is around noon – the time when many stars working on the WB lot take their lunch breaks and head across the street for a bite to eat.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The Smoke House is located at 4420 W. Lakeside Drive in Burbank.  Be sure to order up some of their famous garlic bread – it is amazing!!

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