Homes in Rancho Park don't just have curb appeal, they have star power. That is the word from Stevie Nelson, a location scout for the show House, who showed up on my doorstep recently looking for an "East Coast" style home in the area to use for a scene for the hit Fox show. Talk about opportunity knocking! Alas, the show's producers eventually decided to use a soundstage instead. But as Nelson clicked photos of my home to show to the prodcution team she explained that Rancho Park and Cheviot Hills are choice locations for filming because of their proximity to studios and the wide varieties of architectural styles in the neighborhoods.
"Many Rancho Park and Cheviot Hills homes can be anywhere homes," said Nelson. "We can stay close to the lot but pretend we are anywhere in the country. That is what makes this area so great for filming."
The productions pay homeowners a location use fee and get clearances from neighbors and the city. To those who argue that filming is a neighborhood nuisance, Nelson asks them to consider how many people the tv and film production industry employs and the cost to neighborhoods and the city as a whole if production shifted elsewhere. Already many shows choose to film outside of California in places like New Mexico, Detroit and Canada.