The neighborhood in Tim Burton’s 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands” was originally considered to film in Burbank, California, where Burton grew up. However, the director felt the neighborhoods had changed too much from his childhood and began scouting other locations, ultimately settling on the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
Early in the film, the neighborhood is introduced as Peg, played by Dianne Wiest, goes door to door selling make-up products. The neighborhood in question known as Carpenter’s Run in Lutz, Florida. The production took the unusual step of painting all of the houses in faded pastel colors. The homes were newly built at the time and the production painted them back to their original colors at the completion of filming.
One house Peg skips while making her house calls is that of Esmerelda, an eccentric religious woman.
LOCATION: 1816 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559
After an unsuccessful loop through the neighborhood, Pam decides out of desperation to visit the castle of Edward, played by Johnny Depp. This was a composite of two locations. The castle is seen in a matte painting at the top of a rocky peak at the end of this cul-de-sac on Tinsmith Circle. The castle exterior itself was a real set, however, built by the production over in an empty plot of land only accessible via a dirt road just outside of Dade City, Florida. It was then composited into the shot on Tinsmith Circle, with castle set torn down at the completion of filming.
LOCATION: End of Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559 (nearest address is 1800 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559)
Here’s a reverse view from the cul-de-sac, also seen in the film.
The Boggs family house where Kim, played by Winona Ryder, lives is in the same neighborhood, just across the street from Esmerelda’s house. As of 2021, the interior of the house as opened up to visitors as a free museum and the exterior has been painted to appear similar to how it did in the film. We encourage you to give it a visit if you’re in the area and take advantage of the homeowners’ hospitality.
LOCATION: 1774 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559
The back yard of the house is seen in many scenes in the film, such as when the family throws a party and when Edward sculpts ice, making the shavings appear as snow.
Edward is brought to a hair salon at the Southgate Shopping Center in Lakeland.
LOCATION: 2515 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33803
He sees Kim and her boyfriend embracing here.
Behind the main sign is where the hair salon could be found.
The salon location itself remained vacant for many years until 2019. Unfortunately, it has since been remodeled and incorporated into a larger shopping space, with a wall replacing the outside windows. We managed to visit and photograph it before that happened, however. This is what it looked like inside prior to the remodel, with the doorway matching up to the film.
Kim’s boyfriend Jim, played by Anthony Michael Hall, lives in this house, also located in Tinsmith Circle, near the other houses from the film.
LOCATION: 1844 Tinsmith Cir, Lutz, FL 33559