Edward Scissorhands Lived in My Backyard…

Edward Scissorhands house in Lutz

The house as it looked during filming

Sort of. Figuratively speaking of course. I can’t remember exactly how I discovered that the next town over from where I lived was where the Tim Burton classic Edward Scissorhands was filmed, but it was very soon after we moved here in 2005. Google told me that a tiny subdivision in Lutz (pronounced lootz), FL was where the infamous cookie-cutter neighbor hood still existed today. The neighboring town of Land O’ Lakes was also used to gather the plants needed for filming. You can read more at this St. Petersburg Times article.

I decided to do some research and was able to drive through the Carpenter’s Run subdivision and attempt to find Edward’s house. Or Winona Ryder’s, really. Edward’s house, the gothic mansion at the end of the street on a hill (pretty unusual here in Florida on all counts), was actually just a facade built in a separate location.

Edward's Castle

The mansion facade

More exterior shots, in the shopping center, were filmed in nearby Lakeland, FL and most of those locations are still intact today. In addition, the famous cast stayed at the Saddlebrook Resort, a golf and tennis compound which also features condos, townhomes and houses to vacation in or own. Saddlebrook is actually in my town and just a few miles down the road from me.

Southgate Shopping Center

Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland, FL, today

When I drove through the Carpenter’s Run neighborhood, I couldn’t really tell at all which houses were used in the filming. Tim Burton had had them all painted pastel like Easter eggs, sometimes boarding up windows or architectural details for uniformity. When filming was complete, all of the houses were returned to their ‘normal’ state. Of course now 21 years have passed and I’m sure many neighbors have come and gone and made their own changes to the homes there. I was able to find out that the family home was actually on the corner of Tinsmith Circle, but again, I never would’ve recognized it without knowing.

Edward Scissorhand House today

The Edward Scissorhand House today...you'd never know

 

I thought since I am moving away, I should finally get around to this blog post I’d wanted to do about our famous one-time neighbors. I like little back-stories and behind-the-scenes facts like this. I’m not really the kind of person that gets starstruck, but even I have to admit it would be pretty cool to know that Johnny Depp hung out in your house and your backyard. Of course, once we move to Celebration, I’ll have some pretty cool neighbors too.

I thought I’d head out and take some photos to share here, but in my research I found a few YouTube videos that I figured would do a better job of explaining the locations and such. Even if the second video narrator can’t pronounce Lutz correctly. Really, why *would* you pronounce Lutz like loootz? Anyway, enjoy!

Has anything been filmed in your “back yard”?

  • Jud

    The man who did the topes for Edward is the same man who did the carvings at Wilderness Lodge! He also developed the techniques and methods which are used for all the topiaries at WDW this day!

    • http://zannaland.com Zanna

      Wow, that’s a great little fact, Jud!! Thanks for sharing that!!! :D

    • http://zannaland.com Zanna

      Wow, that’s a great little fact, Jud!! Thanks for sharing that!!! :D

  • http://magicalmemoriesbycasey.com Caseyluvsdisney

    Wow, that is cool!

  • Jud

    William Robertson, now retired, living in Orlando, is the man. About 82 now. He saw the logs being brought in for the lodge and said, hey wait a minute! Well, I am sure (beinga  woodcarver myself) that it was more than a minute, but he had them taken back out to the parking lot- which at the time was in effect a huge lumber yard (82 flatbed trucks from the Northwest loaded with gigantic logs) and set up and carved the tops (and occasionally sides) of each post. That was not in the original design. He also, as you might well have guessed, did the Mickey Totem outside the store. The true Totems that are on each side of the lobby were not done by him, but were done in four sections each in the Northwest and assembled on site. But later, moved a bit… 

  • http://twitter.com/rimbaud1poet Amity Gallaher

    Okay, something totally crazy–I was a Freshmen almost Sophomore at Land O’ Lakes High School when the film crew for Edward Scissorhands descended on our small town.  LOLHS was the only school in that part of Pasco County, so it’s reach was wide–it went from Highway 52 and Shady Hills Road all the way to 52 and Ehren Cutoff–all the way over into what is now Wesley Chapel proper and then all the way back up to 54 and about to where the Suncoast is now.  Carpenter’s Run was a brand new subdivision then; I heard it was built for the film, but residents were allowed to buy the houses and I had a couple of friends whose families lived there.
    Yes, Johnny Depp did drop by dear ol’ Land O Lakes High on a school day, but was kept away from students.  He was allowed to observe because “he wanted to know what high school kids were like in town.”  It wasn’t until I was a freshman at Saint Leo when I heard that the school scenes were filmed in one of the classrooms there on Saint Leo’s campus.  

  • http://twitter.com/rimbaud1poet Amity Gallaher

    Okay, something totally crazy–I was a Freshmen almost Sophomore at Land O’ Lakes High School when the film crew for Edward Scissorhands descended on our small town.  LOLHS was the only school in that part of Pasco County, so it’s reach was wide–it went from Highway 52 and Shady Hills Road all the way to 52 and Ehren Cutoff–all the way over into what is now Wesley Chapel proper and then all the way back up to 54 and about to where the Suncoast is now.  Carpenter’s Run was a brand new subdivision then; I heard it was built for the film, but residents were allowed to buy the houses and I had a couple of friends whose families lived there.
    Yes, Johnny Depp did drop by dear ol’ Land O Lakes High on a school day, but was kept away from students.  He was allowed to observe because “he wanted to know what high school kids were like in town.”  It wasn’t until I was a freshman at Saint Leo when I heard that the school scenes were filmed in one of the classrooms there on Saint Leo’s campus.  

  • http://www.mainstgazette.com Ryan

    This is amazing! Way to do some digging!

    As for my backyard… The Biltmore Estate was used in, among other things, Hannibal. And quite a bit of the upcoming The Hunger Games was filmed around here. I also love that my hometown of Tampa was used all throughout The Punisher.

  • http://twitter.com/MouseJunkie68 Michelle L. Ness

    Really cool facts :)  We live in the adjoining neighborhood just a few streets from there.  Have to admit, we drive or walk by often just to see where it was filmed.  Love Disney, Tim Burton & Johnny Depp oh, and Danny Elfman too, it wouldnt be a Burton movie without his music!

  • TCB813

    I WAS THE HOUSE KEEPING MANAGER AT SADDLEBROOK IN THE EXECUTIVE SUITE WHERE WINONA AND JOHNNY, A FEW YEARS AFTER I OFTEN TOOK MY BREAKS IN THERE AND WOULD JUST LOOK AT THE BATHROOM, WHERE…JOHNNY ON A WHIM DECIDED TO DYE HIS OWN HAIR AND RUINED THE CARPET, IN THE SMALL TOILET AREA, EVEN BROUGHT MY KIDS TO SEE THE NOTORIOUS SUITE, LOL, DROVE BY CARPENTERS RUN WHEN IT WAS A PASTEL COLORED WORLD….GREAT MEMORIES

  • TCB813

    SHOULD SAY WINONA AND JOHNNY STAYED’

  • Scott

    You know I love Edward Scissorhands! One of the very few movies to actually make me cry.

    • http://zannaland.com Zanna

      One of the very many reasons I like you so much. :) 

  • Flamingoshake

    Its so great to know that someone out there is actually answering the random questions that I ask in my head. I’ve been wondering about this but funnily enough always thought it was filmed in Celebration. I wish Florida was push for even more movies to film here.

  • ufO73

    Awesome blog here guys!  Me and my wife make it over to ‘Scissorhandland’ at least once a year to visit the Tin Smith Circle location.  We love scouting old filiming locations, and being Florida natives, you dont get the oppurtunity very often to visit such an iconic movie location.  Just to think that Jonny and Winonna (both engaged to each other at the time) walked the streets in this little Florida housing development years ago is super, super cool! 

    Does anyone know if Edwards old house is currently being lived in?  It looks so “un-maintained” for lack of a better word.  I wonder if anyone has ever just rang the door bell and asked for an inside tour before, lol!

  • Ed scissor fan

    Very great article but the social media plugin is getting in the way for mobile viewing

    • http://zannaland.com Zanna

      Thank you for letting me know, I’ll look into fixing that. :)

  • Csparker

    I drove by the house today and someone does live there now. They’re not big on landscaping I guess, lol.  The house next to it is for sale, would be cool to buy it just to be a little part of history. I like how out neighborhood Publix supermarket has a bunch of sculpted animal hedges in front of it, so cool!

    • http://www.facebook.com/susan.sha.14 Susan Sha

      I go to that Publix sometimes! Lol, now I know why the hedges are there! COOL!

  • Helenrachelabba

    Please can anyone help answer a couple of queries i have….

    I design models based on houses/ sets in movies and the house in Edward Scissorhands is a real labyrinth!
    On this video you say that outside those french doors is where Edward was planting flowers… but actually in that shot in the movie there is a door inside the house behind Winona, when actually that french doors (in your video) lead to the open plan living room. 
    The amount of rooms in the movie do not seem to fit in the frame/size of the house.If anyone has any knowledge, picture, plans, or even just ideas based on this house and its possible layout please reply to my message.Thanks alot!

  • Mfarnsley

    My step son had a piece of  purple carpet he used for years in his apt. We live right across form the subdivision.

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  • Macattack

    I live close to this neighborhood. When they were filming, we had friends who lived on the other side of the loop. (Their house was not painted) and they stay in their house, so at night they would walk down and watch the filming! I went to several of the night scenes. It was pretty cool! Met the cast too! Anthony Michael Hall was very nice to us. The cast “hang out” was across the street. You can see it in the 2nd video at 2:02. It was a fun experience!

  • Cole

    I spent the first 3 years of my life in LA, California. When I returned to visit 17 years later and went to see my first house, I discovered that I was living a mere three minutes away from Elliot’s house in ET. My family never knew, even back then.

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  • dan prater

    the mansion was built on 41just past the phcc campus west of dade city at the top of the big hill down a small dirt rd about 100a yards off the pavement on the right.

  • tkflinn

    t grow up in tampa-temple terrace -thonotosassa fl from1967 thru 1984. years ago someone told me that the movie used a neborhoodin clair mel because the houses were small and mid century style i belived it because i had a friend who grow up on libby lane . and her neiborhood really looked likethe houses in the movie except the colors . never knew it was really lutz
    by the way resently visited the area and clair mel is such a slum now . very sad ………..

  • sweetpea

    Thanks for all the post I think it is very interesting learning more about the real towns and to see what they look like then and today….I haven’t had any filming done in my town but I live about a hour and 15 mints from savannah Georgia famous movie forest gump…. Always love to look up castle they use in movies that’s how i came across this thanks for doing the research and taking time to tell all of your stories….can’t wait to see more

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