The What We Do in the Shadows House: Where is the vampiric series filmed?

Vampires roaming Staten Island
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What We Do in the Shadows is not a location show, but it features our favourite vampire housemates, living in terrific crumbling old manor. The series is set in Staten Island, NY (where the bloodsuckers managed to conquer their street and part of Ashley Street). This is the same place where they are still living after the boat that came from the Old World dropped them off over a hundred years ago.

For this spin-off of the 2014 New Zealand indie movie of the same name, the series creators Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement had very clear that the characters would have to follow the classic vampiric rules (bursting into flame in sunlight, fear of crucifixes, etc). The producers also decided to keep the mock-documentary format, so if there is something that a documentary crew can't record, it doesn't appear in the show.

What We Do in the Shadows was filmed in Toronto. The Gothic mansion exteriors were shot at three different locations, while the beautiful interior rooms were shot in a sound stage.

Where is What We Do in the Shadows filmed?

What We Do in the Shadows House
In season 1, the Vampire Residence exteriors were a house located at 450 Pape Ave near Withrow Park in Riverdale area. This 1902 mansion called the Cranfield House is a historical landmark, but also the filming location of the It movie and many more productions like Orphan Black, The Strain or Designated Survivor. Because of too many film shoots, the neighbours complained multiple times, at the point that the property was sold in 2019 to host a new women's shelter.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of FX Networks and Nadiatalent - Map


The mansion exterior set
After the filmmakers lost the original exterior set, they couldn't find a house to match the original vampiric household. For the second season the crew built a section of the facade and the garden of the mansion in a parking lot next to the studio. The set was located in the heart of Toronto's film district at 581 Eastern Ave.
Image courtesy of FX - Map


The Vampire Residence
We've been also looking for the large stately home looking like a fortified castle, used almost in every episode as establishing shots of the What We Do in the Shadows house. The mansion pictured is the Jared S. Torrance House, originally called Rose Hedge, at 929 Buena Vista St in South Pasadena (California). This 1902 English Tudor style manor was also featured in CSI: Las Vegas and The Mentalist series. The property boasts 8 bedrooms and 5 baths in approximately 13,000 square meters of living space. Some more locations include Humber's College Lakeshore Campus (Jenna's dorm) and the old Unilever building (the werewolves fight). Image courtesy of FX - Map


Cast and cameos
The show stars Harvey Guillén as Guillermo, the servant (familiar) to Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Natasia Demetriou as Nadja, a Romani vampire married to Laszlo Cravensworth (played by Matt Berry), an English nobleman. Completing the main cast is Mark Proksch as Colin Robinson, the energy vampire who can suck your energy boring you to death. The large list of cameos includes Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood, Westworld), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Wesley Snipes (Blade), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, The Last Man on Earth), Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete), Paul Reubens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express, The Office) and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange).

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