2015 MCFLY TOWNHOUSE
Marty’s House Filming Location from Back to the Future part II
This location is in a GATED COMMUNITY. No Tresspassing Signs are Posted. ENTER THIS AREA AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Here it is! The future home of the McFly family! Of course, rewriting this now in 2013, it’s not as “future” as it used to be! In 2000, the locations from the first movie were widely available online. Part II and III were conspicuously absent. After trolling dozens of forums looking for information, I got a random email from a guy named Pat Evans who clued me in on this location!
For those of you who haven’t explored this location yet, The McFly house is located rather randomly in El Monte, California. One can only speculate as to why they chose this for the location, especially given that they used a different location to show “Hilldale” at the end of Part III, in 1985.
El Monte is, for the most part, not that nice of a town. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true. It’s more than a little sketchy in places, and so when I first rolled up to explore this place I was a little nervous. Imagine my surprise when I showed up and found this pristine gated community in the middle of all that suburban decay.
Obviously all the set dressing is long gone from this condo, and it blends in well with it’s neighbors, so make sure you confirm the address before you snap your photos. I once went to Amityville and took a picture of the wrong “horror house” because I had heard it was remodeled and was trying to get in and out quickly. I was pretty bummed out with the results when I compared my photos with the ones on the internet. A little research goes a long way!
Well, we’re only two years away from 2015 now, and I’m sorry to report that the McFlys have yet to move in to the property. Instead, I found the same friendly-but-suspicious Asian family living here that I did back in 2000. The house hasn’t undergone any dramatic changes, however, and still makes for a great stop for the devoted Back to the Future fan.
Of course, having said that, I should say that this isn’t exactly a very memorable location to the eye, since the on-screen time of this particular unit was very slight, but we felt it warrants a separate page and a certain amount of attention because, come on, this is Marty Mc-Frickin-Fly’s house in 2015!!!!
As to my former rhetorical question about why they chose this location for the shoot, I think I figured it out. In 2001, Michael J Burmeister, a location scout who worked on both sequels, helped me to confirm a number of locations, and then kindly sent me some ancient document-turned-PDFs from the filming. In reading down the list of Paradox locations again, I realized the home or property owners are named in every instance except in the case of Hilldale 2015 and “Ext McFly Townhouse.”A homeowners association is listed, but no resident.
This leads me to speculate (wildly) that this development was probably brand new and mostly empty at the time. Which makes a lot of sense, given that no one would get super pissed that Doc and Marty are running up and down their street at 4am with huge floodlights, loud cameras, a time-machine-lifting crane, and probably some cliché megaphones.
Anyway, go see it for yourself, snap some photos, and give me a shout! We’re adding a brand new feature to the site to (finally!) display pictures all of you guys have shared with us over the years. We geek out when you geek out!
ADDRESS: 3793 OAKHURST STREET, EL MONTE, CA
GPS COORDINATES: 34.068616,-118.005379
Filming Location from “Back to the Future” part II
Located in El Monte, California
Editor’s Note: this text is from the old version of BTTF tour – we’re going to be revising these articles in the coming days. The photos and screenshots from these articles will all be down below for the time being, instead of thumbnails within the text. Thanks for your patience, and visit us again when everything’s tidied up!
This location is in a GATED COMMUNITY. No Trespassing Signs are Posted. ENTER THIS AREA AT YOUR OWN RISK AND DO NOT DISTURB OCCUPANTS!
The Future Home of Mr. & Mrs. Marty McFly. (Note: We feature a separate page here for the McFly townhouse, which is in this neighborhood.)
Interestingly, though both the Locations used for Hilldale 1985 and Hilldale 2015 were relatively new at the time of the films being made, they are not the same neighborhood. In fact, they are 80 miles apart. Located in a private, gated community, this is possibly one of the hardest southern california locations to see.
This part of El Monte is actually pretty run-down. (Wait – what part isn’t?) Smaller cities in Los Angeles county and the San Gabriel valley in particular are often underfunded and have a lot of problems. This place is literally an island unto itself, a little quiet asian nieghborhood tucked into an obscure corner of a heavily latino city, but the surrounding neighborhood has a high crime rate and is pretty worn out, thus there are security gates for entry and multiple NO TRESSPASSING signs abound. So let me stress at this point that this entire neighborhood is private property and this website, it’s creators and authors, assumeNO responsibility for any reader’s actions!
Since learning of the location of Hilldale 2015, I have given the location to various other people who have not managed to get in. But, as fate would have it, every time we approach this location some good citizen lets us inside the gate. There are some really nice families in this neighborhood and no one we talked to minds that we walked around and took a few photos. Their main concern is keeping crime out of their neighborhood, not friendly (and quick) visitors, although I don’t think if they had known what we were there for it would have been very appreciated. That said, when visiting this location on a weekday you will pretty much have run of the corner where Biff steals the DeLorean and all the action goes down. You gain a real appreciation for how much work the Location Manager and the set designer/decorators had to do to make these shots possible.
All in all though, very little has changed and if granted access through the impenetrable security gates (with mounted cameras, I may add) you will easily recognize the right spots. It is still one of my favorite locations to visit. Just make sure not to be too loud or make your visit too long. Security is tight enough…
Special thanks to Pat Evans, who first clued us in on it’s location back in 2000, and BTTF II&III location scout Michael J. Burmeister for giving us all the details from production!
ADDRESS: SOMERSET ST AT OAKHURST ST, EL MONTE, CA
GPS COORDINATES: 34.068058,-118.005253