Inside Real-Life Love Affair Inspired by 'Sleepless in Seattle' Home


"What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?" That's the idea behind -- and tagline to -- 1993's romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle," which found huge financial and cultural success in improbably uniting characters portrayed by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who at the film's start live on opposite coasts.

Who knows how many real-life romances "Sleepless in Seattle" inspired? But according to a report from KING-TV in Seattle, it provided a real-life happy ending for property values in the neighborhood where Hanks' character resides. And the houseboat used as its location "still attracts tourists looking to see where Tom Hanks' character lived."

The movie also inspired a real-life bi-coastal love affair -- between a man, a woman and a piece of real estate -- that ended with a New Jersey couple buying and renovating the floating home. The KING video above describes their story and offers a rare, up-close glimpse inside the unassuming houseboat that's become a tourist landmark.

But Seattle's romantic locales don't stop there: On the wilder side, the city in the Northwest is also the location of Escala, the luxury condominium building that's a setting for the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey." But to get a glimpse inside that exclusive residence, where apartments have been selling for $400,000 on up, you might need to get pre-qualified.