You can own a piece of Twilight history, because the actual house used as Bella Swan's home in the first Twilight movie is for sale. But the St. Helens, Oregon, residence isn't just a source of nostalgia for Kristen Stewart fans. It's a real home, with a real set of history that comes with it.
The real-life owner, who purchased the home in 2002, told .com he has a lot of memories from the house, including what it was like to have his place used as the setting for a major Hollywood film.
In 2007, owner Dean Koenig said he was first approached about filming while eating a bowl of chicken soup in his dining room. "There was a knock on the door. The man said he was a location scout for a movie company [and] that the director really liked the house and was wondering if he could shoot some photos of it," Koenig said. "He said that he loved the fact that the house had its original windows and doors and that it hadn’t had all of its character remodeled out of it."
Koenig agreed to let them film there, and although the scout liked the home's authentic aesthetic, some of the original paint was eventually changed for the film. "They painted most of the inside of the house and told me after they finished filming that they would restore it to my colors or paint it any color I’d like," Koenig said. "[But] the designer said if I kept their colors, I could stand in one corner of any spot of the house, and the room might be blue, the hallway would be yellow and the next room would be green. All three room colors would compliment each other."
After the movie wrapped, Koenig said he decided to keep house with the same paint scheme used in the film. "The choices the filmmakers really made the house shine," he said. "If you ever have the chance to have your room colors picked by a production designer, you won’t be sorry."
When Koenig first saw his home in the trailer for Twilight, he said he felt "a sensation that very few will know." He watched the movie at the Columbia Theater in Saint Helens, and when the camera captured a square cabinet near the fridge, his wife leaned over and said, "Hey! I know what's in the cupboard."
Since the film debuted in 2008, Twilight fans have flocked to Oregon to get a sneak peek of the home. On YouTube, several videos are featured of TwiHards taking pictures outside of the property.
Ten years after the film's release, Koenig is finally ready to part ways with his home. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property is listed for $349,900 through .
"Live in a movie house!" broker Andrew Ferranti writes in his listing. "You're going to love all of the charming details, including the leaded glass, dining room, china cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout this wonderful home!"