The ’10 Things I Hate About You’ house is for sale for the first time in 30 years
If you were a teenager in the ’90s, you’ll instantly recognize this stately 1907 Victorian as the home of the Stratford family in the classic 1999 rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You.
And if you’ve always dreamed of living in it yourself, you’re in luck. The house is on the market, but your ’90s nostalgia won’t come cheap. It’s listed at a cool $1.6 million.
But can you really put a price on living in the home where Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger fell in love?
In case you’ve forgotten after nearly 20 years (and who can blame you?), 10 Things I Hate About You was a modern-day version of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. It tells the story of the Stratford sisters, Bianca and Kat (played by Stiles). Bianca is the popular, sweet one who has a crush on Joey, a cute boy in school.
But their strict dad won’t let Bianca date until Kat does — since clever dad knows no one will want to date prickly, feminist Kat (And we wonder where we got these negative perspectives of feminism?)
But lo and behold, another boy who likes Bianca bribes Patrick, played by Ledger, to date Kat. The two fall madly in love, and our teen hearts swooned.
Much of the movie took place in the Stratford home so you probably recognize the iconic porch where Kat sat with a cup of tea and her journal, and the grand wooden foyer where the sisters left for prom with their dates.
The home features five bedrooms, four bathrooms and clocks in at an impressive 5,760 square feet.
It boasts the original woodwork, 400-pound pocket doors (because who doesn’t want to break a sweat opening the door?), a walk-in pantry, a hot tub and a wine cellar.
But if you’ve seen the movie, which was set in Seattle, and assume the home is in the Emerald City too, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. Most of the movie was actually set in Tacoma, a small city 30 minutes south of Seattle that’s best known for the “Tacoma aroma” (which is exactly as unpleasant as it sounds).
Although the home isn’t in Seattle, it’s perched on a hill overlooking the Tacoma waterfront so it boasts killer views.
Plus it’s in the school zone for Stadium High School, which is the same school the Stratford sisters attended in the movie. Your kids can live out their romances on the athletic field, just like the teens in the movie.
Of course, all of this can only be yours if you’ve got a $1.6 million housing budget. But can you really put a price on living in the house of your ’90s dreams?