Growing up one of my all-time favorite movies was The Ghostbusters (1984). It is an instant classic, and starring some of our favorite comedy stars- Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis; and also starring Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.
I couldn’t get enough of the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters; although I could never figure out why they all had different hair colors than in the film. Seriously, Egon had some big curly blond hair, and bright red glasses, now Harold Ramis did have some big hair in the movie but I don’t exactly remember his hair being bleach blonde. Well, putting aside the weird hair styles I just loved everything about Ghostbusters.
The Ghostbusters movie is known for its classic moments as well as its iconic settings. We were all introduced to proton packs, a PKE Meter (ghost detector), an old ambulance turned into Ecto 1, a ghost containment unit, and of course an old Firehouse turned into The Ghostbusters headquarters.
One of the more notable settings in the movie has to be The Firehouse. The Ghostbusters took full advantage of all this building has to offer them as their headquarters; they had a lot fun like- sounding the alarm, and sliding down the pole when called to bust a ghost. The Firehouse is an important part of the film; it is a place where they sleep, it holds their ghost containment unit, their entire ghost fighting equipment, and it is their primary point of contact.
This brings about an interesting question, what is The Ghostbusters Firehouse worth? Well the good people at the real estate website Movoto sought out an answer to this question by creating an interesting and informative info-graphic of what The Ghostbusters Firehouse would really cost in today’s real estate market. Please see info-graphic below:
It is a very interesting infographic. The Ghostbusters Firehouse is a fictional place but in order to evaluate the value Movoto took into account what rooms were available in the building. The Firehouse has three levels, the Ecto 1 garage area, the reception area, Dr. Peter Venkman’s back office, a basement and a sub-basement where the ghost containment unit is held.
Also, there is a kitchen, dining area, a room for Egon’s experiments, bathroom and showers, and a room for sleeping. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) gave us the square footage in the movie at 9,642.55 square feet. Movoto evaluated the price per square footage in New York to be $1,630 per square foot. The final calculation as shown in the info-graphic for The Ghostbuster’s Firehouse Headquarters is $15,717,356.50.
Ray Stanz (Dan Aykroyd) had to mortgage his house in order to buy The Firehouse. Business in Ghost-busting should be good in order to pay off a building this expensive. However, this was 30 years ago; maybe we can take some value off for inflation, and for being an empty run down facility; and besides, how many people are clamoring to buy an old Firehouse any way.
If The Ghostbusters had been real, they can take comfort in the fact that the value of the headquarters had risen by a significant amount; if they kept the building in good condition maybe they could sell it back to the city for a profit if they ever needed to get rid of the building.