Sideways (2004)

The 2004 Alexander Payne film “Sideways” is set against the backdrop of California’s wine country, with most of the production likewise taking place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The film has had a lasting impact on the region, as more than one location has since altered their namesakes after the film. One such example is the apartment where Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, resides. Supposedly located in San Diego, the real building can actually be found a couple hundred miles north in the town of Goleta.

LOCATION: 120 Magnolia Ave, Goleta, CA 93117

The property has since been renamed the “Sideways House.”

A few scenes were filmed in Southern California. As Miles heads to Los Angeles to meet up with Jack, played by Thomas Haden Church, he passes the famous Hotel Angeleno, which was also seen in the film “Heat.”

LOCATION: 170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (as seen from Sunset Blvd)

Miles makes his way to this house, located in the L.A. neighborhood of Brentwood. The route depicted driving down Sunset Blvd to reach the home is geographically accurate.

LOCATION: 355 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049

As Jack and Miles begin their trip, Miles insists he stop and visit his mother, who supposedly lives in Oxnard. The property is actually located in Santa Maria.

LOCATION: 1619 Carmel Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93454

Miles and Jack arrive into Solvang driving down Alisal Rd.

LOCATION: 485 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

These scenes really were filmed in Solvang, as stated in the film.

LOCATION: 467 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

They stay at this hotel, located in Buellton.

LOCATION: 114 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

The hotel is another location which has renamed itself in honor of the film.

After walking in on Jack having sex with Stephanie, played by Sandra Oh, Miles heads over to the hotel lounge, which has likewise been renamed the “Sideways Lounge.”

Here is the restaurant where Maya, played by Virginia Madsen, works.

LOCATION: 406 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

The next morning, this building is seen as one of the establishing shots before cutting to Jack and Miles having breakfast.

LOCATION: 1576 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Miles goes bowling with Jack and Stephanie. The bowling alley was formerly located at 1420 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436, but has since been demolished.

Miles and Jack are briefly seen picking up Maya and Stephanie in front of this building in Los Olivos.

LOCATION: 2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Maya’s place can be found in Santa Barbara. The back entrance is seen in the film, which is easily visible from the sidewalk.

LOCATION: 916 E Carrillo Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (back entrance facing Spring St)

Miles learns a publisher has passed on his novel at this winery in Los Olivos, where he becomes upset and proceeds to make a scene.

LOCATION: 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441

Miles sulks with Jack at the beach near Goleta Pier.

LOCATION: Near Goleta Pier, Sandspit Rd, Goleta, CA 93117

After Stephanie discovers Jack is getting married to another woman, she assaults him. Jack gets treatment at this hospital in Solvang, which has been remodeled a bit.

LOCATION: 2050 Viborg Rd, Solvang, CA 93463

Miles and Jack visit this restaurant, where Jack gets himself into more trouble after sleeping with the waitress.

LOCATION: 350 E Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427

In one of the more memorable scenes in the film, Miles sneaks into this house in Lompoc, to retrieve Jack’s wallet from the waitress and her husband. The completely nude husband, played by M.C. Gainey, chases Miles out onto the street. To achieve this scene, police blocked off the entire street and neighbors were paid to stay inside their homes during the filming.

LOCATION: 400 E Lemon Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436

Jack asks Miles to drive the car, not revealing his intentions. They proceed to this intersection in Buellton.

LOCATION: Jonata Park Rd / Central Ave, Buellton, CA 93427

Jack then swerves the car and drives into this tree, in an attempt to create a cover story to his fiancee for his injuries. In the film, the area is seen as barren and undeveloped. A storage facility has since been built on the land, but somewhat surprisingly, the developers left the tree in tact. It remains standing today.

LOCATION: 711 Jonata Park Rd, Buellton, CA 93427

Near the end of the film, Jack’s wedding takes place at this church, located back south in Montebello. After the ceremony, Miles runs into his ex-wife in the parking lot.

LOCATION: 900 W Lincoln Ave, Montebello, CA 90640

Related articles: The Descendants (2011)

The Descendants (2011)

Most of Alexander Payne’s 2011 film, The Descendants, was shot around the island of Oahu, Hawaii, although some filming did take place on Kauai and the Big Island.

Matt King, played by George Clooney, lives at this house, tucked away in the Nu’uanu neighborhood of Honolulu.  The house is not fully visible from the street.  You’ll need to walk down a little, unmarked road (connected with Gartley Place) that leads to a few houses, in order to get a clear view.  The Descendants house is the first on the left and the one closest to Old Pali Road.  Just across the street of Old Pali Road is the Clarence H. Cooke Residence, seen in the film “Triple Frontier.”

descendants1

LOCATION: 3849 Old Pali Road, Honolulu, HI, 96817

Located just down the street from the above house is the corner where George Clooney frantically runs in his sandals over to his friends’ house, The Mitchells, after hearing of some distressing news.

descendants2

LOCATION: The fork in the road of Old Pali Road / Nu’uanu Pali Dr., Honolulu, HI, 96817

The Mitchell’s house.  The view, again, is slightly obstructed from the road, due to the many trees and plants on the property.

descendants3

LOCATION: 155 Dowsett Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817

The goat seen in the film, Poppy, is a real goat that actually lives at the location.  It is still alive and well today.

descendants4

Brian Speer’s house.

descendants5

LOCATION: 4328 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI, 96816

Late in the film, Matt and Alex go to Brian Speer’s vacation home to confront him.  This was filmed on the island of Kaia’i.  It really is a vacation property and can be seen from Waioli Beach Park, albeit by looking between the shrubs.  It’s worth mentioning that Waioli Beach Park is an excellent beach and well worth going out of your way to visit.

thedescendants6

LOCATION: 5032 Weke Rd, Hanalei, HI 96714

The islands of O’ahu and Kaua’i are beautiful, with many amazing sights to see.  Most of these film locations are tucked away from the more touristy areas.  One upside, due to the islands being so small, is that all of these locations are pretty close to one another and can be visited in a short span of time, as not to distract you too much from the other amazing sights the islands have to offer.

Related articles: Sideways (2004)