For the first time ever, fans have been invited into
Todd and Janelle Voight’s T2 home. But the current
owners, Bill and Erica, of John Connor’s foster parent’s
home say they don’t invite just anyone in but they would
make an exception for the staff of TheArnoldFans.
Locating the house was tough. After arriving at our
printed out destination listed for the house and
realizing the online address was incorrect, Brandon Krum
and I searched for the house for nearly twenty minutes
driving up and down the residential streets. I knew we
were close, as many of the neighborhood homes closely
resembled the architectural models from Terminator 2.
I brought Brandon to this location as a surprise for him
coming out to California for his first time. Although I
have been to several other Terminator filming locations,
this would also be my first time visiting the T2 house
so I came prepared with my tourist gear of a recorder,
camera and a printout sheet of all the angles of the
house as they were shown on film.
Brandon knocked on the door and we were prepared to be
rudely dismissed but on the contrary, two wonderful
owners greeted us: Bill and Erica. Within a few seconds
explaining who we were, TheArnoldFans was invited inside
for a full tour. Our visit was completely unannounced
but we were lucky that the couple was fully dressed and
their house was spotless as if they were expecting
company all along. Not only did they show us every great
interior location filmed in T2, they also served us all
some TANG and even let us hold some milk to be used as a
prop for our photo op! John Connor might have said
humanity isn’t going to make it, but he wouldn’t have
said that after meeting these gracious homeowners.
Did you know you’re living in the Terminator 2 house?
Bill: Yeah, they
told us about it, our house in the movie. Our
neighbor, he was here for it (the filming). He was
the guy watering the lawn. His mother still
lives there and he still comes by periodically. It’s
changed a little. There was a hedge right there.
TheArnoldFans: Do you have a dog? What’s his
name? Not Max or Wolfie?
Bill: No, but we do
have a German Sheppard. It wasn’t that we got one
because of the movie. It just turned out like that.
We have two dogs: Luke and Blue.
Great garage. Oh, you need a dirt bike in here though.
Bill: We have some.
Erica, where are they?
Erica: We sold
Ahhhh, well, you need a gold Trans-Am then in your
Have you met the previous owners and maybe they
mentioned the film?
Erica: No, I think
they were an older couple. They didn’t really care.
Do you have any Terminator merchandise of Terminator
posters or anything like this?
Erica: No. It
never really seemed like a big deal to us. Sometimes
we might joke and say 'I wonder if this might double
or triple the price of the house.'
It turned out
that the couple did not even own Terminator 2
so we insisted that we’d send them a special edition
DVD in the mail.
Look at this, James Cameron, the biggest director in
the world was all over your house and standing right
Bill: You know, now
that you put it like that. I always wondering what
kind of significance this house has. In fact, I talk
about it more than anyone else like when we have
garage sales I tell people, ‘Hey, you know this is
the Terminator house.' I say jokingly ‘For 5.00 you
can take a tour.’ But no one really seems
When you bought the house, did the realtor mention
anything or was there anything written on the listing?
Bill: I don’t
think they added anything about it. I would always
think if you put it out there and someone wants to buy
it, they should put that significance on it. I think
it’s really cool to have a history like that.
TheArnoldFans: Erica, would you mind if I have
you reenact one little scene here? Can you pick up
your newspaper like the actress does in the movie?
TheArnoldFans: Have you ever had a Terminator viewing
Bill: I thought
about it. With the first Terminator I was blown away
with such a unique concept. That was the best one.
Call me up if you ever wanted to do a T2 viewing
party. You guys might be able to make some money if we
get like 20 fans together over here and you charge
like 50.00 a pop. We could have a major viewing party
in this historical home.
Bill: If you guys
ever wanted to do something like that, you’re welcome.
How would that sound, Arnold fans? Have a big BBQ in the
Max backyard and come inside for T1 and T2 back-to-back.
Stogies in the garage (I even noticed the owner's
dumbbells ready for some use), Terminator drinks and an
Arnold cake to conclude the celebration. If we’re lucky,
maybe some more Tang. Would anyone be interested? Let us
know in our forums.
Out of respect to the family, we’re not listing the
actual house address. Erica tells us also that we have
been the first fans to ever come to the door and they
promise us that we’ll be the last. Our buddy Bill made
us feel so privileged knowing we would be the ONLY
Terminator fans allowed inside. Perhaps our free
Terminator 2 DVD we sent to the family secured our
Now the reason I’m keeping this film location piece
short and not showing too many images is because Brandon
and our director friend, Richard, filmed the whole
experience so you can all be “invited in” when this
Arnold fan film documentary comes out in the near
future. So expect some very cool footage to come your
way later. Keep in mind, this house was not just
filmed from the outside, the interior was also shot by
James Cameron as well as the garage and backyard Max vs
T-1000 scene. We're not sure about the bedroom deleted
scene. Perhaps at the viewing party we can feel the
walls like the T-1000 and find out.