The Money Pit Movie Set Home in Long Island (Listed for $5.9 Million)

This is a look at the front of the mansion from the vantage of the driveway. You can see here the bright exteriors of the house adorned with multiple windows. Image courtesy of

The Money Pit was a much-loved 1986 movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long about a couple trying to renovate an old mansion. This newly renovated and updated mansion is now on the market priced at $5.9 million.

The mansion is measured at 14,000 square feet with elaborate moldings, ebony wood floors, formal gardens, and fountains. The house has 23 rooms with seven large ensuite bedrooms plus a four-room primary bedroom, an eat-in kitchen, eight fireplaces including one in the grand foyer, large formal rooms, study, a brick terrace, pool, and pool house.

The Money Pit movie set mansion, Northway, which is now newly renovated and updated is listed by Lois Kirschenbaum and Margaret Trautmann of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Locust Valley, New York.

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One of the most infamous homes in movie history is for sale. The Money Pit home on Long Island is for sale. Not the movie version as seen in the 1986 movie with Tom Hanks and Shelley Long but the real-life version, more a candidate for House Beautiful than Disaster Survival Magazine.

More popular than ever before is the trend of flipping an investment house or buying an aging one stuck in another decade with the idea of turning it into your dream home. Anyone who is mesmerized by the idea of restoring an old house should first watch The Money Pit. Though exaggerated as filmdom will do to hold an audience’s attention – not so quick.

Take another look. Tom and Shelley (as Walter and Anna in the movie) might have fallen through floors and set the house on fire due to worn-out wiring while we howled with mirth, but many do-it-yourselfers are falling through boards and igniting wiring every day, but their howling comes from anguish.

It was easy to see why Walter and Anna fell in love with The Money Pit home’s potential. The house, that in real life was owned by Olympic gold medalist Eric Ridder, was grand at 14,000 square feet and wonderfully located in a preferred enclave on Long Island, close to Manhattan. It had a show-stopping entry with a grand staircase and large formal rooms opening to the left and the right.

It had all the attributes of the Gilded Age lady it was, even if the “lady” were more “bag” than gilded. They were able to grab it for only $200,000 and felt they had managed to steal the bargain of the century. Life was good. At first. Throughout the film, we vicariously lived the redo process with them laughing at their inexperience and foibles. Fortunately, the destructive mess made out of the house by the contractors was filmed on studio sound stages and not in the actual mansion.

When the couple managed to get through the film’s restoration that lasted over four months instead of the two weeks they were promised, it had almost destroyed their relationship as it does so many in real life. But they bounced back and ended up getting married standing in front of their dream house.

After the film crew finally left, the house still needed massive repairs. Fortunately, a real-life couple came along and bought the 1898 mansion named Northway, and though it is doubtful they paid anywhere as low as the $200,000 film version for the 5.5-acre estate, they immediately got to work on the house the right way. It took four years of hard work by the best designers, decorators, and contractors to turn it into a jewel box that scriptwriters and set designers for The Money Pit could never have imagined.

Now for sale as its best possible self, every detail has been addressed from its elaborate moldings to its gleaming ebony wood floors to the formal gardens and the soft sound of fountains. The 23-room home has seven large ensuite bedrooms plus a four-room master suite, an eat-in kitchen, eight fireplaces including one in the grand foyer, large formal rooms, study, pool, and pool house. The mansion’s brick terrace overlooking the gardens and woods is a perfect place to sit and ponder your next home improvement task.

No longer a fixer-upper as portrayed in the 1986 film The Money Pit, Long Island’s Northway estate is priced at $5.9 million. The listing agents are Lois Kirschenbaum and Margaret Trautmann of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Locust Valley, New York.



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This is a view of the back of the house from the vantage of the pool. You can see here the warm glow of the house from the outdoor lights paired with the glass windows and doors. Image courtesy of

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