Great TV shows have a way of pulling viewers into the lives of characters, surrounding settings, and memorable stories portrayed throughout the seasons. And oftentimes, many people are left wanting to experience these places for themselves.
With over 500 TV shows to choose from, there may be a few TV show locations you’ve fallen for. While some of these cities are fictional, others actually exist in real life, and visiting and even moving to these places can help you relive some of the magic experienced on the screen. Below we compiled a list of 5 cities you can move to where TV shows were filmed. Keep reading to see if your favorite show made the list.
1. Outer Banks – Charleston, SC
Charleston Median Sale Price: $385,000
Charleston Walk ScoreⓇ: 40
Whether you’re a Kook or a Pogue, living in the Outer Banks is sure to be an adventure. However, you’ll be surprised to know that while the setting takes place in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the show was actually filmed in the state’s southern counterpart of Charleston, SC.
Charleston boasts diverse neighborhoods including Daniel Island, Harleston Village, and French Quarter, as well as a perfect year-round climate, plenty of beaches, and history on every corner. If you love courtyard restaurants, rooftop bars, or carriage rides through downtown, this city might just be the place for you.
If you are looking to visit some sites where the infamous pogues explored, book a tee-time at Kiawah Island Golf Resort to experience the magic of the Midsummer Night Gala, take a trip to Hunting Island Lighthouse where the crew discovered the “Redfield” clue left by John B’s father, or grab a bite to eat at Kiara’s workplace, the Wreck of Richard and Charlene.
2. Schitt’s Creek – Goodwood, ON, CAN
Toronto Median Sale Price: $787,000
Toronto Walk ScoreⓇ: 61
Having swept all 7 major comedy awards at the 72nd Primetime Emmys, you may be itching to move to Schitt’s Creek to grab a meal at Café Tropical or go shopping at Rose Apothecary. While the town of Schitt’s Creek is fictional, you can still live out your Rose family dreams by checking out Goodwood, ON, CAN. Less than an hour away from Toronto, Goodwood is a small commuter town within the larger township of Uxbridge. It is home to a number of small businesses, vast countrysides, and little town charm.
If you find yourself calling this place home, visit Hockley Valley Motel otherwise known as the Rosebud Motel where the Rose family stayed after they were evicted. If you want to go shopping at Rose Apothecary, check out Romni Goodwood, a unique yarn and art store. And if you’re wondering where Patrick popped the big question, take a scenic hike around Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area.
3. Friday Night Lights – Austin, TX
Austin Median Sale Price: $507,700
Austin Walk ScoreⓇ: 41
If you’ve ever wanted to know where Friday Night Lights was filmed, considering moving to Austin, TX. The TV show’s film locations are spread throughout the Austin Metropolitan area and adjacent cities. If you want to visit Tim Riggin’s local hangout, grab a drink at the Broken Spoke, one of Austin’s legendary honky-tonk and dance halls. Maybe Matt Saracen was your favorite character. The Alamo Freeze where he and Smash worked is just a Dairy Queen located on Manor Rd.
Whether you are imagining yourself in fictional Dillon, TX or real-life Austin, TX, you will find that Austin is the perfect place to live with over 75 neighborhoods, tons of parks and greenery, and delicious food options. Not to mention the warm weather, family-friendly suburbs, and bustling cultural scene. The city is becoming a popular place to call home as Austin gained more residents in 2020 than any year within the last decade.
4. The Office – LA County
Los Angeles Median Sale Price: $845,500
Los Angeles Walk ScoreⓇ: 68
If you’re trying to purchase some paper products from Dunder Mifflin, make your way to LA County. While the setting of the show is located in Scranton, PA, you can visit many of the famous scenes in this beloved comedy in-and-around Los Angeles and its surrounding cities.
With over 100 neighborhoods including well-known Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Downtown LA, there are many wonderful places to call home. LA is also known for its sandy beaches, delicious food, great weather, and being the entertainment capital of the world. You will never get bored with access to nearby nature and recreation such as Runyon Canyon and Big Bear Mountain Resort, as well as renowned museums such as The Getty Center and LACMA.
To visit sites where the Office was filmed, check out the Congregational Church of the Chimes to check out where Pam and Jim got married. To purchase some fresh beets at Schrute Farms check out Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, CA – note this land is currently owned by Disney and is not open to the public. However, you can check it out from a distance. If you want to grab a drink at Poor Richard’s Pub, make a pitstop at Pickwick’s Pub in Woodland Hills, a great place to meet with friends and grab a couple of pints.
5. Stranger Things – Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Median Sale Price: $338,500
Atlanta Walk ScoreⓇ: 48
If you’re looking to go to the fictional town of Hawkinson, IN the closest thing you’ll get to the Stranger Things film location is Atlanta, GA. The city is the capital of Georgia and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
With over 200 neighborhoods including Buckhead, Little Five Points, and Knight Park-Howell Station, the city is a haven of diversity filled with many large Fortune 500 companies, a great nightlife, and was even home to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Atlanta is best known for beautiful tree-lined streets, especially when the Georgia Peach Trees begin to flower, as well as a rich history serving as the terminus of the Western & Atlantic railroad line.
To get a sense of Hawkinson, pay a visit to Emory University, Briarcliff for some interesting science experiments at Hawkins National Laboratory. If you’re looking to relive the school day, check out the old Patrick Henry Highschool to visit Hawkins Middle School and Hawkins High School. Or if you want to see Joyce’s workplace go shopping at Melvald’s General Store on 2nd Street.
*Walk ScoreⓇ and median home sale prices as of March 17, 2021. Do research before visiting these sites.