If, like us, you came of age in the golden era of teenage rom-coms, you’ll probably recognise the house in the picture above as the home of the Stratford sisters in the 1999 hit 10 Things I Hate About You. Great news for Heath Ledger fans: it’s now on sale for a cool $1.6 million.
Set in Seattle, the modern remake of Shakespeare’s classic The Taming of the Shrew stars Larisa Oleynik and Julia Styles as Bianca and Kat Stratford respectively (side bar: it has taken us until now to realise that the Stratford sisters surname is a clever nod to the Bard’s birthday place, d’oh!).
When their strict father bans Bianca from dating until her socially-awkward elder sister Kat does, Bianca hatches a plan to get her a date – recruiting Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character Cameron to help her. Oh, and the date bait in question? Only Heath Ledger, the late teenage heartthrob.
Plenty of scenes in the film take place at the Stratford home, including most memorably one of Bianca’s father making her wear a pregnancy suit before going to the Prom. Another of our favourites is when Bianca and Cameron root around Kat's bedroom looking for clues about the kind of guy she likes, and they raid her underwear drawer ('Black underwear! That means she wants to have sex one day...')
The five-bedroom property is 5,760 sq ft and was built in 1907. The last time it was on the housing market was 30 years ago, before the film was made, so this is quite the opportunity. With stained glass windows, carved wood stair railings, original woodwork and other Victorian details, not to mention a renovated party basement, it is an elegant home perfect for any overbearing single father of two teenage daughters.
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