A house in Hawkins, Indiana was the former residence of Joyce, Jonathan, Will Byers, Lonnie Byers (who moved out following his divorce from Joyce), and El. The house is somewhat run down and in worse-for-wear condition.
Compared to the houses of Will's friends, the Byers house was a lot smaller. It had only one floor with three bedrooms, a shed and a dog house.
- Living room
- Kitchen/Dining room
- Will's bedroom
- Jonathan's bedroom
- Joyce's bedroom
- Porch (leading to garden)
- Dog house
Joyce and Lonnie bought (or inherited) the house some time prior to 1982. The couple ultimately divorced, with Lonnie moving out to Indianapolis.
Will cycled home following a game of Dungeons & Dragons at Mike's house. A monster suddenly appeared on the road; Will panicked, ditching his bicycle by the side of the road before running to the house. No-one was home except the Byers pet dog. Will tried calling his family on the landline, but he was distracted by the Monster, which continued to pursue him. He ran to his shed and tried to hide, loading an old rifle in self-defense. However, the Monster appeared behind him, pulling him into the Upside Down.Will's family, Joyce and Jonathan, began to search for him. Joyce became convinced that his disappearance had a supernatural cause after various strange events began to occur in the house. She filled the house with fairy lights, painting the alphabet letters in an attempt to communicate with Will. She achieved some success, though she was threatened by the Monster, bursting through the living room wall. Joyce later found a shrinking portal in that same wall, a wound in space-time left from the Monster's breakthrough. Through the portal, Joyce briefly talked to her son before the portal completed healing. Joyce broke through the wall with an axe, but could not get through to the Upside Down. Later on, Hopper arrived at her house and acknowledged that Will was really alive and that the agents of Hawkins Lab tried to cover up the incident to prevent revealing the events of the Upside Down.
The house was later used as a meeting point between Will's family and friends as they formed their plan to rescue Will. Jonathan and Nancy set up a trap at the house, injuring the Monster with the aid of Steve.
When Will was brought by Joyce to their house after being overwhelmed by the shadow monster, he confessed that he still felt the shadow monster inside him. Will's condition deteriorated as he's body temperature started becoming lower and didn't agree to taking a bath because of the monster liking it cold. He later admitted to Joyce and Hopper that some part of himself knew things he never did know. Unable to explain verbally, he started drawing those events that he called "now-memories". As those drawings were compiled all over the floors of the house, Hopper realized that the drawings were actually vines spreading beneath Hawkins and left for the pumpkin field.
Meanwhile, Mike arrived to the Byers house to help Will. Although, Joyce initially tried to send him away, when Mike mentioned the shadow monster, she became surprised and let him stay. As Joyce attached Will's drawings over the wall of their house to form a complete picture, Mike tried to calm a distressed Will, who felt more connected to the shadow monster, and promised him that they won't let the monster spy back on him.
After the invasion of the Demodogs at Hawkins Lab, Hopper, Will, Joyce, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Steve, Max, Jonathan and Nancy are forced to resort to the Byers house where they start forming a plan to defeat the Shadow Monster which Dustin termed as the Mind Flayer. As Mike implored the group to interrogate Will, Will is tied up at the shed and the vicinity was disguised in such a way that the monster couldn't figure out their location through him. However, during interrogation, the house phone rang giving away their location.
As the Mind Flayer sent the Demodogs to the house, the group began taking preparations. However, before the Demodogs could attack, they were surprisingly killed by someone and a dead one was also thrown at their house, breaking the windows. Then, to everyone's surprise, Eleven made a dramatic reappearance at the house, proving that she was still alive after her disappearance. Mike, relieved to see her alive, reunited with Eleven and so did the others.
After their reconciliation, they formed a plan. With Eleven's reassurance, Eleven and Hopper planned to head to Hawkins Lab and close the Gate, while Joyce, Nancy and Jonathan head to Hopper's cabin to free Will from the Mind Flayer's possession by exposing him to extreme heat. While they do that, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Max and a reluctant Steve left for the tunnels to distract the Demodogs by burning the tunnels, which would provide Eleven and Hopper enough time to close the Gate.
When things returned back to normal and Will recovered, he drew and hung a picture of Bob to honor his heroic sacrifice. Later on, Will and his mom danced together in preparation for the Snow Ball, while Jonathan filmed their scene.
Following the events of July 1985, Eleven began residing with the Byers.
In October 1985, Joyce, Jonathan, Will, and El moved out of the house and away from Hawkins to an unknown town.
The house was located in a heavily wooded area on the outskirts of town, in close proximity to Hawkins National Laboratory, Benny's Burgers and the Harrington house. Will would take the road nicknamed Mirkwood when going home from his friends. Castle Byers was located in the woods nearby.
The exact address or road the house was located on is unknown, but the house was numbered 149.
Behind the Scenes
The house used for exterior shots is located somewhere in Georgia (address withheld due to the house owners' preference), while the interior of the house was built on a stage in EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta.
An official LEGO® set of the Byers house, which included a mirrored counterpart depicted in the Upside Down, was released May 15th, 2019.