Rich Mansion, “Ri¢hie Ri¢h” (1994): Like your fourth-grade North Carolina history teacher, I am going to enlighten you with some North Carolina geography trivia. The house and grounds scenes from Richie Rich were filmed at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The 250-room Biltmore House is impressive in real life and was made even more so for the movie. Perfect for an immeasurably rich only child who must save his parents.
Hogwarts, Harry Potter Series: Harry, and presumably Tom Riddle, considered Hogwarts their first real home, like some students consider Chapel Hill. The castle-turned-school is replete with ghosts, a poltergeist and basilisk but also offers a first-rate education in wizardry and enough adventure to fill seven books. The castle is surrounded by beautiful grounds, a lake and a forest. Perfect for magically-gifted, troubled young wizards.
Bag End, The Lord of the Rings series: Men, elves and wizards will be in discomfort when visiting Bag End, since it was built with only hobbits in mind. Sort of like the basement floors of residence halls. The hobbit-hole more than makes up for its lack of height, though, with its fully-stocked larder and well-furnished rooms. Perfect for an adventurous hobbit.
Teletubbies’ Home, “Teletubbies” (1997-2001): In a world where a baby’s head is the sun, a colorful being must do what it can to survive. The Teletubbies’ subterranean headquarters remains an architectural mainstay in blending technology and simplicity. Perfect for anthropomorphic beings whose life goals are to entertain babies.