Inside The Real “Money Pit” Movie Mansion For Sale In New York

The 1986 movie The Money Pit was a comedy of house errors, showing just about everything that could possibly go wrong with a fixer upper. Tom Hanks and Shelley Long played a young couple that bought a house that seemed too good to be true but — spoiler alert! — it wasn’t.
They filmed the exterior shots at a Long Island mansion known as Northway, which imitated life by falling into a serious state of disrepair itself for a while after the movie was made. In The Money Pit, Walter and Anna bought this place for $200,000, but it’s for sale again and priced a bit higher than that, ha. At least it’s already been fixed up for you — take a look!

Real Money Pit House Northway Mansion 199 Feeks

It’s a big place, with a whopping 14,000 square feet.

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

They used miniature models of the house for some of the stunts…

Real Money Pit House Northway Mansion 199 Feeks

Money Pit-staircase collapsing

Yikes!

One of my pet peeves was they didn’t show us how all the rooms turned out in the end.

The Money Pit movie house staircase entry AFTER

Money Pit entry hall after

And we got a glimpse of the rooms on either side of it, but they weren’t furnished or decorated.

Money Pit movie screenshot

This is what the real entry hall and staircase look like:

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

Love that it has a fireplace in it, and I prefer the wood floors it has.

fireplace in entry hall Northway mansion

The house was built in 1898.

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The listing says:

“A quarter-mile gated drive introduces Northway, a grand estate lovingly and meticulously restored, featuring elaborate moldings and ebony wood floors.”

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The dining room seats 28, according to this article. Plenty of space for entertaining, as they’d say on “House Hunters.” ????

Money Pit mansion for sale 199 Feeks Lane Locust Valley NY (9)

It has 8 bedrooms + 10 baths.

Money Pit mansion for sale 199 Feeks Lane Locust Valley NY (17)

This is what the master bath looked like in the movie:

Money Pit movie bathroom

Moments later, the tub crashed through the floor and landed here:

Money Pit movie screenshot

Fortunately, the real master bath looks like it’s in much better shape!

Money Pit mansion for sale 199 Feeks Lane Locust Valley NY

Money Pit mansion for sale 199 Feeks Lane Locust Valley NY (10)

There are 8 fireplaces throughout the house, including one in the “opulent 4-room master suite.”

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

Hard to imagine what a young couple like Walter and Anna in The Money Pit would do with such a big, formal house. You could lose each other in a place like this!

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

In the movie, the kitchen was a dangerous room to spend time in:

Money Pit kitchen 1

Remember this scene, in which a simple flick of the light switch ended up destroying much of the room?

Money Pit screenshot

This is the real kitchen, and its electrical system is presumably more reliable:

Money Pit mansion for sale 199 Feeks Lane Locust Valley NY (13)

The house was owned by Olympic gold medalist Eric Ridder when the movie was filmed here, but it later fell into disrepair.

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The Pool House:

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The current owners say art imitated life for them when they bought the house in 2002, telling the NYT, “We didn’t realize how bad it was. The house was falling apart when you went from room to room.”

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

“We definitely could have done a Money Pit sequel.”

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

“A crew of 30 spent a year and a half gutting the house, taking down ceilings, ripping out the cast-iron radiators, redoing the plumbing, heating and electrical systems, installing a cedar roof that cures to gray, not brown, and restoring the home to the splendor of Long Island’s Gilded Age.”

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The property also comes with a saltwater pool and a 6-car garage.

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

Here’s how the back of the house looked in the movie (a miniature model was used for some scenes):

The Money Pit movie house back exterior

New doors and windows have been added since then:

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

It sits on 5.5 acres.

Northway brick terrace

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

The Money Pit was loosely based on the classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House:

Mr Blandings

You can see how the Blandings movie house looks today here. (One of my faves!)

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

For the wedding scene, they dressed up the exterior of the house a bit with garland and flowers:

The Money Pit movie Tom Hanks-Shelley Long wedding

The Money Pit movie Tom Hanks-Shelley Long wedding

Northway today:

Northway Money Pit Movie House 199 Feeks NY

Want it? They’re asking $5.9m, which seems like a good deal considering it was on the market in 2014 for $12.5. You may recall I told you about it a few years ago when it was first listed. From what I can tell, they took it off the market for a while and are now trying again with a different agent.

Northway mansion Long Island aerial view

For more information, check the Sotheby’s listing

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