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The Sheats Goldstein House, John Lautner, 1963. From The Big Lebowski, 1998
The Sheats Goldstein House, John Lautner, 1963. From The Big Lebowski, 1998

The latest edition of AnOther Magazine is threaded with the concept of home, whether it is talking to Michelle Williams about the places she has felt safest over the years, exploring the extraordinary jungle retreat of eccentric...

The latest edition of AnOther Magazine is threaded with the concept of home, whether it is talking to Michelle Williams about the places she has felt safest over the years, exploring the extraordinary jungle retreat of eccentric art collector Edward James, taking a tour round sky-surfing tree houses or revealing the grandiose inventory created for the sale of Yves Saint Laurent's household ephemera. Here we delve into our fantasies, asking the AnOther team to name the houses – first glimpsed on the cinema screen – that they dream of owning in reality.

Nancy Waters, editor of AnOther Magazine: The Schaffer Residence by John Lautner which was used as George Faulkner's house in A Single Man. It's all redwood and glass, beautiful clean lines, a classic modernist home. The interior design for the film was typically Tom Ford-perfect, from the furniture to the kitchen utensils.The house is for sale, so you could actually live here if you have a spare couple of million floating around.

Ben Cobb, editor of Another Man: The "Tanz Akademie" in Dario Argento's baroque horror masterpiece Suspiria. I love the psychedelic colour schemes, fantasy wallpaper and murals, and art nouveau flourishes... but could do without the barbed wire pit, mutant staff and coven of zombie witches.

Bryan McMahon, senior fashion editor: I’ve been in Marie Antoinette’s bedroom in Versailles, and it felt like home already, so I’d like to live in Versailles. But not because of the film – the film was terrible.

Sofia de Romarte, senior fashion editor: Mine would be the luxurious Malibu beach home of pornographer Jackie Treehorn in the Big Lebowski: Sheats Goldstein House, Benedict Canyon Los Angeles. The house is an incredible maze of concrete, glass and leather, designed initially in 1963 by John Lautner and now the current home to no other than our favourite real life party dude James Goldstein! He bought the house in 1972 and began work on a major renovation with Lautner in 1980.

"I love the Tanz Akademie's psychedelic colour schemes, fantasy wallpaper and murals, and art nouveau flourishes... but could do without the barbed wire pit, mutant staff and coven of zombie witches" — Ben Cobb

Zoe Maughan, photographic director: I have chosen Aunt Josephine's house in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. I love the film for its imaginative set design, but this one is especially funny as the house is perched on the edge of a cliff, and yet Josephine has numerous irrational fears such as being crushed by a falling fridge. I also particularly like the design of the inside, and the amazing window at the back overlooking the water.

Laura Bradley, commissioning editor of AnOthermag.com: I love Grey Gardens and am quite obsessed by the 10-bedroom house, particularly the decay (and the corpses of cats and racoons) and its subsequent restoration. Two years after Big Edie died in 1979, Little Edie sold the house to Sally Quinn and Benjamin C. Bradlee. Quinn fell in love with the house as soon as she entered it.

Laura Allsop, deputy editor of AnOther Magazine: I love the house in Days of Heaven, apparently based on paintings by Wyeth and Hopper. It's Gothic and rickety and surrounded by this ridiculously golden wheat that looks like fire that winds up actually catching fire. Otherwise the house in Home Alone!

Thea Charlesworth, photographic producer: I would like to submit Mrs Havisham's house in the Great Expectations 1998 adaptation with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. Perhaps because it reminds me of my own home (and my personal Mrs Havisham – my Mum!) but also the soundtrack and beauty has always stuck. I also love the Tenebaums residence in 'the Royal Tenebaums' on Archer Avenue in Harlem. I adore the gothic turret, the Victorian redbrick and how Wes Anderson themes the rooms and scenes around a single colour.

"The house in Days of Heaven is Gothic and rickety and surrounded by this ridiculously golden wheat that looks like fire" — Laura Allsop

Tish Wrigley, editorial assistant: The house in Brideshead Revisited, played with sprawling aplomb by Castle Howard in Yorkshire, is as much a character in the book and TV series as dashing Charles Ryder and tortured Sebastian Flyte. I spent many a happy day there as a child, and over exposure means that my list of requirements for my future abode now run to a lake, a folly, a couple of pyramids and an adventure playground complete with zipwire.

Ellie Grace Cummings, fashion assistant: Mine is the gothic mansion, Manderley from Hitchcock's Rebecca in 1940. The house itself is the entire focus, a legend that is both epic and intimidating but entirely beautiful and haunting. It is one of my favourite books and when i saw the film adaptation the house was everything I had imagined.

Mhairi Graham, fashion co-ordinator: The clubhouse from 'The Little Rascals', my all-time favourite childhood film (I think I know every word). The 'He-Man Woman Hater's Club' treehouse, with its innocence, ambition, childlike DIY beauty and comic value, will always be my favourite house. I remember being seven years old and desperate to hang out there with Buckweat, Spanky and the gang.

Daisy Woodward, editorial assistant: The home I most covet at present is Suzy's house in Moonrise Kingdom. This coincides with my current obsession with the 60s, which my mum assures me can't last forever, but for now I am all for clashing florals and stripes – especially when they're so brilliantly contrasted with imposing mahogany panelling. The outside of the house is amazing too, with its deep red clapboarding and white detailing, and rocky seascape view.

The latest issue of AnOther Magazine is out now.

Tish Wrigley is the AnOther assistant editor.

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