Following the success of the best-selling Jenny Han book-turned-film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, on Nexflix in August 2018, the streaming service has delivered a sequel, just in time for Valentine’s Day. And we're in love...with one of the buildings in it (of course). The second film in the franchise, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, features Casa Mia, a Spanish Revival mansion built in 1932 and located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The mansion was also featured in Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker as the Grey family’s residence. In 2011, the 20,000+ square foot former residence sold for $10.5 million. Since 2017, Casa Mia has operated as a senior care home, which is also how it’s used in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.
Casa Mia features nine fireplaces, eight bedrooms, a four-car garage, and, as part of the basement, a ballroom with a sprung dance floor and a stage, which is used for the Star Ball at the end of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. Lara Jean and John Ambrose—portrayed by Lana Condor and Jordan Fisher—are not the only ones who partied at Casa Mia: The original owner’s son, George Reifel Jr., hosted house parties at Casa Mia in the 1940s, with guests including some of the most prominent jazz musicians, like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie.
The mansion’s original owner enjoyed a party or two in his day, too—let's assume it runs in the Reifel family. Casa Mia was built for George Reifel Sr., a liquor magnate during the Prohibition era. George, along with his father, Henry Reifel, the president of Brewers and Distillers Ltd., were accused of smuggling $10 million worth of liquor to the Pacific Coast. Subsequently, the U.S. Government filed a civil suit against George and Henry Reifel for $17.25 million, which included the aforementioned smuggling costs, as well as $7.25 million for “unpaid taxes and import duties.” The Reifels each paid their $100k bonds and returned to Vancouver. Spanish Revival mansions must have run in the family because George’s brother, Harry Reifel, had one of his own nearby, too, called Rio Vista.
In To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Casa Mia is the perfect backdrop for Lara Jean's second love story. For proof, look no further than the scene of her waltzing down that wrought-iron staircase in her green tulle ballgown. And though it's not original to Casa Mia, we can't help but eye that teal, seashell headboard in Stormy’s (played by Holland Taylor) bedroom. Whether you’re Team Peter or Team John Ambrose, I think we can all agree that Casa Mia makes for an eye-catching film location, inside and out.
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