This late Victorian home in Tacoma may instantly ring a few bells for those up on their late ’90s teen movies: It’s the Stratford house from the 1999, Seattle-set classic 10 Things I Hate About You.
Both the interiors and the exteriors of Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik)’s home were filmed in this north Tacoma mansion with a big water view—and since so many details are lovingly preserved from when the home was built in 1907, much less has changed in the last 20 years.
At the home’s entry, a wraparound porch is a recognizable setting—it’s the site of a couple of serious conversations between Kat and Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger).
Inside, the home’s massive entertaining areas have two fireplaces: one in the foyer, site of the “I want you to wear the belly” scene (among others), and one in the living room, where Kat reads The Bell Jar and gets into Sarah Lawrence College.
Both spaces are majestic in their own right: the foyer with boxbeam ceilings and a handsome wooden bannister, and the living room with a large mantle and a bay window.
Other parts of the main floor don’t get as much play in the film, like a large kitchen—which looks a little more 2000s than 1900s, with updated appliances and cabinetry—an eating nook, a formal dining room, and a wedge-shaped study.
The home has a whopping five bedrooms, many of them upstairs. The master bedroom is instantly recognizable as Bianca’s room, with built-in white drawers and a door leading to a private balcony. (It’s harder to tell which one was Kat’s—it was smaller and covered in posters.)
The basement certainly didn’t make it into the film, either; it looks a little closer to the Buckaroo Tavern than anything. At some point, a full bar was installed down here, along with a cozy den.
The house’s 6,000 square feet doesn’t include the unfinished attic—tucked into the peak of the home, with a small porthole window looking out over a big view. A matching garage and carport could become a workshop space or retreat—or just a very cute place for your car.
The same owners have ushered the house through three decades—since before the film crews—but listing agent Jeff Jensen tells us they’ve embraced the home’s moderate fame, even putting up a tribute to Ledger on the front porch after the actor’s death in 2008.
It’s listed for $1.6 million; imagine how much it would go for in Seattle.
- 2715 N Junett [Jeff Jensen Homes]
h/t Derek Young