The houses and filming locations of Big Little Lies in Monterey

Big Little Lies Locations
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The life of three mothers of first-graders living in a small oceanside town seem to be perfect. However, little by little they get involved in issues like infidelity, domestic violence, bullying and even murder.

This is a story based on the novel of the same title by Liane Moriarty. The starring trio is played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. Meryl Streep is a major addition to the cast for the second season, that also includes Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz.

Big Little Lies was filmed basically in Monterey, California. The book is set in Australia, but HBO selected this great location as it provides gorgeous scenery and sites that you don't see often in movies and TV. The American version of the fictional Pirriwee Peninsula near Sydney is the seaside setting of Monterey. For the first series, the production spent 20 days shooting there.

Where is Big Little Lies filmed?

Bridge in Big Little Lies
The spectacular Bixby Creek Bridge, on California's Pacific Coast Highway is featured in the opening credits and in several driving scenes. Image by courtesy of HBO




Big Little Lies filmed in Monterey
Filming locations in Monterey include the area around the colorful historic buildings of Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey City Hall (pictured below), the Bay Aquarium, Del Monte Beach, the airport and the Cypress Community Hospital. Images courtesy of HBO


The houses of Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies House
The women's houses play an important role defining the characters, as they match their socioeconomic status. Thanks to this article of the New York Post with Greg Alpert (the series location manager), we got to know that only Celeste and Perry's mansion (Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård) is actually located in the area, in Carmel Highlands (40 Yankee Point Drive). Image by courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Big Little Lies Madeline house
The splendid house by the beach of Madeline and Ed Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon and Adam Scottare) is located on Broad Beach Road in Malibú. Image by courtesy of HBO - Map


Big Little Lies Renata house
One of the most luxurious homes of the series is Renata and Gordon’s house (Laura Dern and Jeffrey Nordling), standing on Winding Way also in Malibú. Image by courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Big Little Lies Filming Locations
Jane’s modest bungalow (Shailene Woodley) is located in Pasadena. The interiors of Celeste and Jane’s houses were recreated on soundstages in LA. Image by Google Maps

Big Little Lies Shooting locations
The school is the Kenter Canyon Elementary School at 645 N Kenter Ave in Los Angeles.
Image courtesy of HBO and Google Maps


Barnsdall Art Park
Some scenes of the theatre and the infamous stairs were filmed in Barnsdall Art Park at 4800 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles. Image courtesy of HBO - Map


Where does Big Little Lies take place
The yoga studio is the Wanderlust Hollywood at 1357 Highland Ave, Los Angeles.
Image courtesy of HBO


HBO series film
Back to Monterey Peninsula, some scenes were filmed at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove.
Image courtesy of HBO

Can you help to find the missing filming locations of Big Little Lies? To complete this report, any feedback, suggestions or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

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If you enjoyed the show, we highly recommend the brilliant and smart book by Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies that inspires the series (just check out the great reviews it has been getting following this link).

For further information about the beautiful area where Big Little Lies is set, there is available an excellent guide from Moon Handbooks Monterey & Carmel including Santa Cruz and Big Sur.

If you liked the soundtrack as much as we did, here you can find the music from the series. Finally, here is a link to watch all the episodes online as they are released in Amazon:

  

24 comments

  1. Could you please try to locate the house in which Celeste (Nicole Kidman)lives? It looks gorgeous.

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  2. Where is the Side Door restaurant with fireworks is located?

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    1. Looks like cannery row brewing company

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    2. I don’t believe cannery row brewing company has that many fire pits.

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  3. Where is the kids school real location?

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    1. It look's like Open Charter Magnet School in Los Angeles.

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    2. It's kenter canyon Brentwood

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    3. Yes, indeed it is, thanks a lot!

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  4. Is the outdoor restaurant where they have drinks at night, Nepenthe?

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  5. The hotel where the rape scene is filmed is in Seaside - the name is the Monterey Tides. I stayed there last June with my grandchildren. Seaside state beach is right next door. It's a beautiful place to stay!!

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  6. it last picture with the bench looks like Pacific Grove or Asilomar

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  7. The elementary school looks like Juan Cabrillo Elementary in Malibu and the yoga studio where Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon get in trouble for talking is Wanderlust Hollywood

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    1. Thanks a lot, it is the yoga studio! But we are not sure about the school, although there's an area of the building that looks like it.

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  8. Where was the outdoor fire pits location? (Having drinks/Renata fight)

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  9. Where is the coffee shop located?

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    1. Walk onto Fishermans wharf in Monterey. Take a right and go to the end. I've eaten there a few times. You can see it on Google maps.

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  10. I live in Pacific Grove and drive for Uber. I have gone looking for many of the locations, although several scenes were shot on the corner of the street I live on, at Lover's Point. The house that Nicole Kidman (Celeste) lived in is on Yankee Point Road in Carmel Highlands. All the other seaside homes of the characters are not actually in the Monterey area.

    The stretch of coastline in Pacific Grove from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to just past Lover's Point is Ocean View Boulevard is the setting for many scenes shot in the series, especially with Jane and her son, Ziggy. Lover's Point Beach, Lover's Point park, where Jane talked to Celeste and told her that her son was the bully. You can see the Lover's Point Inn in the that shot, which is on the street where I live (Mermaid Ave, at the corner of Ocean View Blvd.)

    I do believe that some shots were done at Nepenthe in Big Sur, where Jane speaks with Ziggy's teacher.

    Also at Lover's Point is a scene on Ocean View Blvd, taken on the Recreational Trail and looking up Fountain Ave, where you can see the world famous, Seven Gables Inn,

    The apartment that Nicole Kidman finds towards the end of the series is indeed in Monterey on Surf Ave. (just off Casa Verde) . Someone said it was at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, but no, it is in Monterey.

    Although you see them on the BIxby Bridge, commuting to Monterey, it is actually several miles south of Carmel Highlands, and wouldn't, in reality be part of their commute, it still works in the context of the show - you know artistic license and all.

    Several shots were done at the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf, including the car accident, Blue Blues, the coffee shop where they hang, and the sidewalk where you see Nicole, Jane, and Madeline jogging.

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    1. Nicole’s Apartment is really a condo at Ocean Harbor House # 1 Surf Way Monterey on Del Monte Beach the unit is above one of my units that was used it is beach front such beautiful views of the beach. It is also the beach where the jog .

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  11. Where is the gorgeous house surrounded by trees with lots of glass windows and wood beams that Bonnie lives in?

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