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The LA Times Home section takes a look at the static stars of Hollywood. No — not dead or wooden, talent-less actors, but examples from the city's vast stock of residential architecture that's seen by audiences all over the planet. After all, we do live in the world's largest back lot.

Yet despite the frequency with which we recognize "real" LA locations, it remains exciting to see places like your fave house, the coffee shop on your corner, or gym. (The documentary LA Plays Itself adeptly covers this subject.) On a day-to-day basis it can also be a total drag. Not to mention the hindered enjoyment of shows and movies that can result from impossibly high location veracity standards. Pretty silly, considering that most people won’t know the difference.

Anyway, back to a different variety of star maps. The Stahl House/Case Study House No. 22 (Pierre Koenig, 1960), the iconic masterpiece positioned high above the city, receives the most attention. In addition to the canonical Julius Shulman image, a bevy of films have taken advantage of its stunning views and austere, brilliant minimalism. Sadly, however, it's usually the villains who are partial to modern homes in the fantasy Hollywood universe. Another example is the Lovell House (Richard Neutra, 1927-28), which served as home to bad guy Pierce Patchett in LA Confidential. The Los Feliz landmark was also featured in the Times this week.

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A couple other sites in this genre that immediately come to mind include the Fisher & Diaz funeral home from "Six Feet Under", AKA the Auguste R. Marquis Residence/Filipino Federation of America at 25th Street and Arlington in West Adams. The "Charmed" ones's Eastlake style Victorian manse in San Francisco is actually on Carroll Avenue in Angeleno Heights.

Care to share any other examples of "real" domestic locations around town?