Charming and nostalgic, retro homes breathe fresh life into a frame as compared to the modern, typical, drab homes. Not only do retro homes look spectacular on the camera, they also have unique characteristics which make them very film friendly. Whether you’re looking for grandma’s house, or that of a rich industrialist from the past, we’ve picked out the best retro homes to rent for film and photo in NY.

8. Old Fashioned Retro Home

The cliched "grandma's house", walking into this old-fashioned property feels like stepping back in time. A style that looks like it could be anywhere from the 50’s to the 70’s, this cozy space adds a charming effect to your footage. The interior has a very natural color scheme with floral overtones. Even the fixtures seem period correct which adds a whole different level of authenticity to this space. A house that looks like it could be located anywhere in the USA, this compact home is the perfect retro home for small shoots.

Available on Giggster, starting at $250/hr.

7. Pre-WW2 Retro Apartment

A space which truly looks like it belongs in a different space and time, this pre-WW2 multi-room apartment is ornately decorated with style influences from the Art Deco era. There’s plenty of features here that’ll greatly increase the aesthetics of your shot. These include a beautiful tiled floor, exposed brick, artistically painted walls, and even a ceiling fresco. This one-of-a-kind residential loft has many different looks and feels, which really help in getting the most value for your buck.

Available on Giggster, starting at $225/hr.

6. Retro Americana Home with Modern Interiors

Spread over a landscaped green hillock, this house looks calm to the eyes. A picturesque setting around, the white fits looks spectacular against the green foliage and trees. Before you head in you’re bound to encounter the short driveway and a small pond. The interiors are kept minimal — with the walls and the furniture not drawing too much attention. There’s also an open floor plan which’ll allow you to use bigger cameras and rigs without difficulty.

Available on Giggster, starting at $400/hr.

5. Retro Tudor Style Home

A style which you won’t find today, this Tudor home has the perfect dualtone exterior for a camera. The side-porch really helps transform the home from an average one to a spectacular one. White and brown on the outside with multiple outdoor seating areas, the entire outdoors have an air of calmness and sophistication. Inside you’re treated to some stunning architecture consisting of French Doors, a fireplace with a mantle and more. All in all, a perfect space worth every cent.

Available on Giggster, starting at $41/hr.

4. Retro Bohemian Loft & Roof Deck

A mesmerizing loft setup with 1920’s chic decor, exposed bricks and high ceilings, this listing has all the works. The loft visually immerses you in nostalgia with its vintage furniture and classic speakeasy vibe. A visually rich space, there’s no spot that looks dull or boring. The vibrant color tones and decor language go really well with the carpets, fixtures and other installations. There’s also a roof deck which provides stunning views of the NYC skyline, and can host up to 25 people.

Available on Giggster, starting at $200/hr.

3. Retro 2-Story House

A property that dates back to the 1900s, this Americana retro home is located in an extremely picturesque setting, adjacent to a tree line. The large grounds and front yard with a stone walkway really boost the exterior look, especially in front of a camera. Inside the home is very cosily decorated with dashes of color peppered throughout. With a walk-out basement and an attic, there’s really all kinds of rooms and places for you to get the shots you’re looking for.

Available on Giggster, starting at $41/hr.

2. Retro Hilltop Mansion

A historic mansion with over 20 rooms, this stunning property sits atop a lush and expansive hill which offers breathtaking views of the scenic Hudson Valley. The interiors have many different walls textures and looks, with a diverse color palate which lends itself beautifully to all kinds of photo and film projects. Styled with an eclectic mix of vintage kitsch, country charm and quirky patterns, most rooms have vintage style wallpapers and cottage furnishings. There’s also ornate, rustic decorations, photo walls and plenty of artwork to keep your camera occupied. The gazebo in the front yard is from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, where it was used as a concession stand. An incredible mix of history, sophistication & class, you’re bound to have a great time filming here.

Available on Giggster, starting at $260/hr.

1. Retro Designer Home with Hudson Valley Views

An affluent space with plenty of designer traits, this 60’s home is a mid-century retro delight. Built in 1960, this house sits atop a small hillock. The added height gives jaw dropping panoramic views of the Hudson Valley below and really add a surreal feel to the multiple sitting decks and the pool outside the home. The layout of the home is built around a central courtyard with a koi point, and there’s plenty of natural light coming in to all nooks and crannies of the home. Stylish furniture and high-end designer fixtures and artworks really spruce up the location into something truly unique.

Available on Giggster, starting at $200/hr.

These spaces look incredible on camera, and each adds it own unique flavour to the project you have in mind. Do be mindful of compact spaces and windows if you’re thinking of lining up your frames by looking at these pictures.  And if you’re interested in renting any of them, or taking a look at more pictures, or getting an entire list of features, please follow the links provided. Happy clicking!

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