Did you ever see the movie, The Big Chill? I had not until recently. When I’ve posted movie house tours here at BNOTP in the past, The Big Chill was one y’all recommended I check out.
Well, HELLO! Would you just look at this house! Oh. My. Gosh! The movie started off a bit slow and then THIS came into view on the screen. After I picked myself up off the floor, I thought, no wonder you guys suggested this movie for a movie house tour! Wowza! That’s one heck of a house! The property is just stunning with huge live oaks dripping in Spanish moss.
This beautiful home built in 1853, is located at 1 Hancock Street in Beaufort, South Carolina. It was the filming location for almost the entire (The Big Chill) movie. No sound stage was used–love that! If the home looks familiar, it may be because it was also used in the filming of The Great Santini.
To make things even more interesting, this amazing home is available for purchase right now. You’ll find the real estate listing at Sotheby’s linked at the end of this post. Per the listing, this Italianate style home was built by Edgar Fripp as a place to get away from the summer heat of his sea island cotton plantation. The home has a rich history and served as a hospital during the civil war.
The home sits on private peninsula in the historic “Point” neighborhood in Beaufort. As you can tell, it has some amazing views.
Of course, you know I was completely smitten by the front porch! Notice the ceiling–such great detail.
In this scene from the movie, you can see the view from the upper porch. I love the look and feel of a house with a two-story porch.
When you’re on an upper porch, it often feels like your hidden away in your own little nest in the trees. In the movie they didn’t appear to have any furniture on the second story porch, but I bet they do in real life.
I wasn’t too thrilled with how the house was furnished for the movie. It was a little disappointing, especially after seeing that magnificent facade. The Big Chill was made back in 1983 so that may explain some of the furnishings. The good news is, since the home is now available for purchase we get to see how it’s furnished now. I think you’re going to love it!
Here’s a view of the back of the home from the movie. There’s even a two-story porch on the back! Love this house!
Imagine having this view to enjoy every day!
A view of the entry as seen in the movie–have you ever seen baseboard molding that deep? Wow!
Here’s the other side, the view if you were standing in the front door. I guess that’s a sunroom we see through the doorway.
And here’s how the entry looks today. So pretty! Notice the built-in bookshelves; you’ll see those in several places throughout the home.
Here’s how they furnished the living room in the movie. Yuck. Was pink furniture really in style back in the early 80’s?
A view of the fireplace in the living room and more pink furniture.
Here’s the room today. The molding in this house is unbelievable! I would love to tour it in person.
A lot of scenes in the movie take place in the kitchen. I love having a farm house table in a kitchen. We see islands more often than tables now, don’t we? Islands are great, too but it’s kind of nice to be able to sit right down in the kitchen to eat–truly the heart of the home.
The kitchen has amazing views, too. Remember the butcher block counters of the 80’s?
Copper molds were also big back then. I had a bunch of them and had them all hanging on one wall in my kitchen. I still have those molds somewhere. I just googled copper molds and they are available in lots of places. Have they made a big comeback and I missed it? 🙂
Lots of copper cookware, too! This was during the heyday of copper, when Martha Stewart was buying all of her copper. Remember her big kitchen with the copper pots hanging above? I’m not a big cook so all you cooks out there, is copper cookware still popular today?
The dining room in the movie didn’t appeal to me at all. It was so dark and dreary.
Like it sooo much more in real life! Looks like someone painted the molding over the years. I know that’s probably a no-no for historic homes but I sure do like it. Beautiful chandelier and look at that amazing crown molding!
Another view of the dining room today as seen in the real estate listing.
These doors are at the top of the staircase and they lead out to the upstairs porch. They are so pretty with an arched design.
We never get a great view of this room in the movie but from what we can see, it’s a mix of traditional and modern pieces.
The lamps are traditional and the sofa looks a bit more modern.
It appears the room is a library in real life. I like how they left the wood natural and unpainted in this room. Libraries always feel cozy with stained wood.
You know how upholstered headboards are so popular now? Well, apparently they were back in the early 80’s, too! This would fit in any home today.
One of the guest rooms had adorable twin, iron beds.
This guest room was cute too, again furnished with twin beds. They went with a more traditional feel in the upstairs bedrooms in the movie.
This was obviously one of the children’s old bedrooms in the movie. Have you ever seen an airplane bed?
Every historic home needs a fun quirky attic room, right?
This house has one!
And it has bats! This was a fun part in the movie. They cracked the window you see in the ceiling to try and get a stray bat to fly out, and a bunch more flew in, instead!
We get a few street scenes in the movie. Anyone reading this from Beaufort? Was this really the town of Beaufort back in 1983?
Another view of the neighborhood. What a beautiful place to live!
Hope you enjoyed this tour of Tidalholm, the antebellum home in the movie, The Big Chill. Wonder who will end up purchasing this beautiful historic home? It definitely deserves to be preserved and loved for many years to come.
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The recent photos in this post are from Sotheby’s International Realty where you’ll find additional photos of this beautiful home.