Count Olaf's House
Location information

In the city

Permanent Residents

Count Olaf

Possessed By

Count Olaf

Location Specifics


Count Olaf's House was the home of Count Olaf.



The interior of Olaf's house as the Baudelaires were cleaning it.

The Baudelaire children mentioned in The Bad Beginning that they felt many eyes were watching them, and notes of Lemony Snicket from the rare edition of The Bad Beginning, mention that Count Olaf's house had hidden secret peepholes, cameras and microscopic lenses. The Vile Village mentions that the Quagmires were hidden in the tower room for a short while before being hastily moved again. No one seems to want to even go near the house, or at least not Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, and the next door neighbour Justice Strauss.



The interior of the tower section of Olaf's house.

The house is located on the other side of town from the Poe Home.[1]It is situated about halfway down a narrow alley lined with houses made of pale brick.[2]

The exterior of the house looks very unclean. The bricks are all stained with soot and grime. The entire building sags to the side. Only two small windows are visible from the front. Above the windows, a dirty tower tilts slightly to the left. On the front door, which needs repainting, an image of an eye is carved.

The interior is similar to the exterior, in that the entire house is unkempt and filthy. The house includes a main hallway, a kitchen, a dining room, two bedrooms, and a room in the aforementioned tower. Every room that has been described in the book is dirty, dimly lit, and unpleasant to be in.

The main entryway has one bare light hanging from the ceiling, a stuffed lion's head nailed to the wall, and a bowl of apple cores on a small wooden table. The bedroom in which the three Baudelaire children stay in while living in Count Olaf's house is a small, dirty room with one bed, one cracked window, a pair of curtains, an empty refrigerator box (which the children keep their clothes in), and a small pile of rocks, for their entertainment (as Count Olaf states). The tower room has walls covered in nothing but pictures of eyes, a desk covered with various things, a few chairs, broken bottles of wine on the floor, and a few lit candles.


Behind the ScenesEdit



Count Olaf's House as it appeared in the film.

Count Olaf's House appeared in the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events through the use of computer generated imagery and hand-crafted sets.

Television seriesEdit

Additional InformationEdit

Daniel Handler revealed in an interview with 667 Dark Avenue, that if it wasn't for the passage in The Bad Beginning in which it is stated the Klaus went through all of Count Olaf's books and papers, that the Baudelaire's may have made a second visit to the house in the novel, The End to look for information that they instead found on the Island.



  1. The Bad Beginning, pg.14
  2. The Bad Beginning,pg.18