Those children are monsters. I open my home and all they do is complain. "The bathroom is filthy. The rat is noisy. The bed is cramped." I think living in a mansion has spoiled them.
— Count Olaf in the TV series

Count Olaf's house is Olaf's and is situated in the city and first appears in The Bad Beginning. It is located across from Justice Strauss' house.


It is the first house that the Baudelaires live in after the Baudelaire fire and serves as the main setting for the first book. The children leave after it is revealed that Count Olaf is after their fortune.

Later, in The Vile Village, Duncan and Isadora Quagmire tell the Baudelaires they were kept here for a while after they were kidnapped.

Years after the unfortunate events of the Baudelaires, Lemony Snicket states that access to Count Olaf's house is impossible, though the exact circumstance as to why is unknown.


The house is described as a dilapidated mess. The bricks are stained with soot and grime, the front door needs repainting (and contains a carving of an eye), and the entire building sags to one side.

In the book The Bad Beginning, it is mentioned that the foyer was the dirtiest room the Baudelaires have ever seen in their lives and that the floor is so gross that mud from outside would not make much difference.

Rising above the house is a tall and dirty tower which Count Olaf has forbidden the Baudelaires access to. In the book, Olaf claims it is thirty-feet tall.

There are paintings and photos of eyes everywhere in the house, making the Baudelaires feel they are always being watched. In The Bad Beginning: Rare Edition, Lemony notes that his sister Kit has proposed that some of the eyes in Olaf's house contain secret peepholes, cameras, or microscopic lenses. It is possible Olaf and his associates were watching the Baudelaires during their stay.

The Baudelares' room is described as being filthy, only having one small bed, a pile of rocks, and a cardboard box for clothes.

In the TV series, his house has a ballroom. Count Olaf tells the Baudelaires that he hasn't used the ballroom in awhile, so they will have to re-do the floors.



Count Olaf's house in the TV series.

  • In each new adaptation, Count Olaf's house seems to become increasingly darker, more repulsive and twisted. In the book illustrations, the house is depicted as unkempt, but livable. In the film, the dirtiness of the house increases. In the TV series, it's an absolute horrific mess.
  • In the video game, there are portraits of Count Olaf everywhere, showing his narcissism.





Video game

TV series

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