A “Father of the Bride” Kind of House

by hookedonhouses on August 4, 2008

Areader named Jillian posted a link to this house for sale in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and said that it reminded her of the Father of the Bride house. I think she’s right — it does have a similar vibe. But it’s also beautiful in its own way.

The house has 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. I think it’s safe to say there would never be a line for the shower at this place (unless you had 7 kids). It has 6,400 square feet, sits on half an acre, and is on the market for $2.875 million.

I’m crazy about porches, and this place has more indoor-outdoor types of spaces than you can shake a stick at (not that you’d want to shake a stick at a porch). I don’t even need the rest of the house–I’d be happy to just live on this screened porch. Maybe I can work out some sort of arrangement with the owners.

Want it? For more information, check the MLS listing.

Click Here to Compare it to the Father of the Bride House:

Father of the Bride house

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please sir August 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm

You are right – very Father of the Bride – I love it!

Aubrey August 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Can that house be any awesomer? Looks like they forgot to decorate the kitchen, or, hello major minimalism.

lucinda August 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Wow! Very pretty.

Tori August 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I absolutely love it! I love how so many rooms make you
feel like your outside even though you are inside.

Christine August 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm

It’s so beautiful! I love the kitchen!

sfitzg August 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Love, love, love it!!! Too bad it is in NC (oh yeah, and it is WAY out of my price range :)

Dianne August 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

I live in N.C. about an hour from Chapel Hill. This is what most of our houses look like…very southern and very gracious. All are not this large, of course. Homes in our subdivisions are custom and not planned by a builder. Thank goodness that trend hasn’t caught on over here.All homes enjoy wood mouldings and yards full of azaleas. Thanks for the delightful tour today. Can’t wait for the rest!!!

Bella August 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm

That sink with the bird faucet is amazing! The whole house is, you certainly kicked off the tour with a wonderful home!!! :)


Fifi Flowers August 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Julia… you’re email to me “here” link is not working… by the way… Lime in the Coconut blog already put a house on the tour today… you might want to pop over and take a look.
Off to get my friends’ mini Heart Castle posted… yea! Will email it to you.

Debby August 4, 2008 at 4:37 pm

RE: changes you made for the button—–I noticed the red door and and red lawn chaise with what I think might be a pet of some sort??? My aging eyes are not as sharp as they once were. LOL The house is supendous and a marvelous way to start off the tour. Thanks for hosting this.

maya August 4, 2008 at 4:38 pm

i LOVE this house.

it’s gorgeous.

can’t wait for tomorrow! so excited!

hookedonhouses August 4, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Thanks, Fifi! I rely on you guys to tell me these things because I didn’t know the link was broken. It’s been fixed, so you guys can e-mail me now! -J :-)

Cris, Artist in Oregon August 4, 2008 at 5:23 pm

OMGosh. This is Beautiful.
I too love all the Sun rooms in this place. or sun porches. That Bathroom was wonderful too. I loved that bird faucet too.
I have more to go check out. I shall be back.

Laura @ the shorehouse. August 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I love that ceiling medallion so much I’d scrape it off with a butter knife if I had to (to take it with me when the house sold).


Amy August 4, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Wow! I love this house and the stuff I don’t love (crazy sink in the master and fowl faucet-yuck) I’d live with. This is totally my dream house…until I find my next dream house.

Marie August 4, 2008 at 5:44 pm

That house is gorgeous!!!! I loved everything!

Okay. I have NO idea how to make your house tour button link back to your site. I’m an idiot. But I almost have my post done. Whew.

Pat August 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

O my gosh Julia, you could not have posted this house at a better time! We’re getting ready for a dining room makeover and that dining room has my colors, right down to the tee….I will be taking a look at that photo many times in the next few weeks.

I’m posting my “design challenge” Wednesday afternoon. Our room isn’t as big as the one you posted, but I plan to use elements of that room.


Billy August 4, 2008 at 6:20 pm

If its 3,000k in Chapel Hill, how much in River Oaks TX, Grosse Point MI, Main Line PA, Larchmont NY, or the flats of Beverly Hills CA?

As for The Secret, I think it help you own a media empire. So your on your way with the blog.

Linda B August 4, 2008 at 6:31 pm

ooooh…Ahhhhhh….I love it.

I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be like watching fireworks!


Ceekay August 4, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Hi, my post is up and ready whenever you are!

Brandee August 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

It’s beyond gorgeous! I love the hallways that follow the outer side of the house with windows.

Caren August 4, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Gorgeous! I’ll take it…that is if I had 2.9 million to spare and lived in NC! Oh well, I guess I’ll have to be happy where I am.

Susie August 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

I could see myself in this house… It’s a home! Not too stuffy just right… Oh if I had a few buck to spare! Susie H

sandra/tx August 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I love that house. Love. It. Can’t wait for the whole tour!

Alana @ Gray Matters August 4, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Oh My Heavens!

Ms.Tee August 4, 2008 at 8:35 pm

It’s beautiful! I love the long sun room – it’s so cheerful. Just begging for me to come sit and read a book.

julie August 4, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I love, love, love, love, love it. Every bit of it. Except for that hideous swan sink fixture.

Robin August 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I’ll take it! I love everything about this house (I’m a little iffy on the gold swan faucet, although I love the greek key sink). What a great find!

Karla & Karrie August 4, 2008 at 10:20 pm

We’re with you – the porches are the BEST! The last one – the big one – wow! We’d live just in that room – no need to go anywhere else!!
Got the post on – we’re ready!!
Can’t wait to take the tour tomorrow!!
Karla & Karrie

Chris August 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Oh my gosh. I am not joking when I say this is my dream house. I actually based my exterior of my house on the Father of the Bride house. I showed my architect a picture of it! I love every detail. THANK YOU for showing it!! It’s SO worthy.

courtney @ nesting instincts August 4, 2008 at 11:04 pm

hey Julia…couldn’t get my act together in time, so I don’t have a post I can participate with…but…I’ll send people your way for the part-ay!

allforblue August 5, 2008 at 2:22 am

Wonderful house, nice area

Elizabeth August 5, 2008 at 4:57 am

My tour is all ready, I don’t know where to send the link!


sarah @ abeachcottage August 5, 2008 at 6:55 am

sorry I just couldn’t find anything that I thought was wowza enough, I did get some photos I like on my walk this morning of beach houses I would love to see inside, but of course I wasn’t able to walk on up and ask to see inside…so I won’t be posting, but I will surely be participating as a spectator, can’t wait to see them all

Jessica August 5, 2008 at 7:37 am

Ah, that house is perfectly beautiful. Love the Tiffany blue dining room, the porch-like areas, the exterior. So homey AND elegant. The yard is very North Carolina – where I live. Love it.

I do like the red front door the artist added.

abbreviated August 5, 2008 at 8:21 am

THAT is ALOT of house !

rhoda August 5, 2008 at 8:36 am

WOW!!! That’s all I can say…this house is SO my taste! I love, love, love it.


Trixi August 5, 2008 at 8:44 am

I love this house. I love that robin’s egg blue in that dining room. Thank you for sharing, yet again, another great house.

desiree August 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

Thanks so much for hosting this home tour. I have enjoyed looking at homes from all over. All the different styles. It’s amazing. I’m imaging myself walking from home to home putting on the little booties and taking it all in! THANK YOU!

Dolly August 5, 2008 at 11:34 am

I have always wanted a sun room…..
I am drooling at this have haveing so many!
Its beautiful…simply beautiful!

Hugz, Dolly

Nell August 5, 2008 at 1:04 pm

That is honestly my dream house. Or one of many. I’m kind of schizophrenic when it comes to house style. But this one is on top of my classic house list. Though It would have to come furnished! :)

janet August 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm

That house is about as close to perfection as any you have shown us. So gracious but homey. I would lighten up the kitchen, hire the maids/cleaning people and sit back with a nice glass of Cabernet.


rivergardenstudio August 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Hi Julia, I just emailed you but just in case…I’m ready for the tour! Roxanne

Jan August 5, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I LOVE the stencil on the ceiling…and the sunroom with the wicker!!

Thanks for sharing…


Neutral Dwelling August 5, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Great Post!!! Love all the tours!

Rita August 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm

The house tour has been so much fun. Thanks for thinking of this great way to find like-minded people and new places to gleen inspiration.

Passion For Rugs August 6, 2008 at 12:56 am

Ooh a house filled with rugs! 😉

This is my kind of house. Love the front entry best. Jane

mishelle cushman August 6, 2008 at 2:13 am

Well this was fun. i loved touring everyones. thanks. mishelle

rue August 6, 2008 at 8:04 am

If you could shrink the house to about 2500 sq feet I would move right in! The only complaint I have is the swan faucet… ugh. My aunt has those in her house and even though I know they cost a fortune I wouldn’t want them. I’ve always loved The Father of the Bride house :)

coffeegopher August 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm

As a misplaced Southerner living in Connecticut, this house makes me hurt for home! It takes me back to my mom’s kitchen. I love it. So homey.


Sue August 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Oh Julia! This home is gorgeous! from the porches to the wicker kitty bed! I loved it all. Visitng you is so amazing…


Norma August 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

Julia, What a beautiful picture of this house. I loved watching The Father of the Bride 1 and 2 Here’s a picture of the house that was in the movie. Thankyou for the tour. http://iamnotastalker.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/fatherofbride.jpeg

hookedonhouses August 7, 2008 at 7:41 am

Thanks, Norma! I actually did a post on the “Father of the Bride” house with that photo. Here it is:


I love that house! -J :-)

Angie August 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm

I am totally a screened in porch girl too. Our first house had one with french doors and a brick floor. Man I miss that space. There is only one thing that would make this house better – come on say it with me – CRYSTAL DOOR KNOBS!

Thanks for doing this Julia. What an incredible amount of work for you and a ton of fun for us.

Cathy August 7, 2008 at 8:21 pm

OK that is just beautiful! WOW is all I can say! Thanks for the tour!

Sue August 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Hi Julia! I have one for you to look at…it is for sale and at:


I just saw it on the Coldwell Banker site….The outside could not be more like FOTB if it WAS FOTB!! And the inside is soooo English that it has MY name all over it. Of course, my name does not have THAT kind of mine but hey…*laugh*

Thought you might want to take a look at it for fun!


This is the info…
Listing Brokerage: Prudential One REALTORS® 937-436-9494
Listing Agent: Campbell, Colin 937-436-9494

Offered at $749,900

13 Total Rooms, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Lavatories

Subdivision: OAKWOOD
City: Oakwood
County: Montgomery
Home Type: Three-Story
Lot Size: 105 X 135
Year Built: 1925
Semi-Annual Taxes: 5136
Yearly Assessments: NO
MLS Number: 412842
Home Owners’ Association Fee: 0
School District: Oakwood City SD

hookedonhouses August 9, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Thanks, Sue! It does look like the Father of the Bride house. Beautiful! Here’s the link to the real estate site I found if the rest of you want to see it:


-Julia :-)

Things that Inspire August 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

Just found your site this morning…this is exactly the kind of stuff I love.

ida February 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

that house is perfect and i was in agreement. i just want the porch and that bathroom…omg. beautiful. no red and black with mirrors in the master but who cares. wow. nice.
now about the secret. it works to a degree. but, it really isnt a secret. i’ll tell you my quick tale and you can do or say what you please. i believe that asking God for exactley what you want will get it. as long as you keep working along trying to achive it. ok here goes.
1. when i was a young girl i wanted a dark haired pretty healthy fat baby girl. took me several years but my daughter will be 16 soon. shes chubby but she is very nice and perfect in my eyes.
2. i wanted a job to support my kid making at least 30,000 a year. last year i brought home about 65,000. the year before almost 70,000. this year perhaps 55,000. and my job is for the most part pretty secure.
3. i wanted a cheep home in a certain school district. i got it and the schools were ok. not perfect but its what i wanted now wasnt it. lol
4. i wanted a car that had no more the 30,000 miles on it but less then 5,000 dollars. wanted it large like a caddy and wanted to be painfree when driving it. well i won a car on dec 30 a 2009 chevy malibu with less then 300 miles on it and i paid in taxes 1,500 dollar or there abouts.
5. i prayed for someone to love me and i used his name. he is my best friend and he does love and care for me alot. i dont know what hold for us in the future but, i am with him threw good and bad and i have told him that too.
6. i am currently praying to win a large sum of cash. like over 500,000 dollars. (my house is worth like 40,000 i paid like 55,000 for it so i will be set if this happens) at first i wanted like muti million of dollars becouse i wanted to give half to God and pay the taxes and do whatever. but, currently i was on the hoosier lottary web site and some woman won 500,000 dollars. i dont know what she will be doing with it. not my thing to worry about but, i felt a question in the back of my head. and it said what if you only won 500,000 would you still give me half. and i thought about it and said yes, God, yes i still would. i would still be set. still have to work but perhaps that is what God wants me to do. still go to work. who knows.
7. my job. currently they are trying to get rid of days. and i felt the calling to go to an afternoon shift where i would earn more money in a higher level job and earn night money and weekend premium. knowing that the big ax was going to be coming down around 14feb09. well they put a news bullition out to some of the supervisiors that i was not ment to see but saw it anyways. and everything is coming to pass as i saw it back in late october of 2008.
GOD IS THE SECRET. you can have all the dream boards you want but, you still need to pray and spread the word of God. on my car that was givin to me from God i have a God is awesome designer plate , the fish on the back, and the indiana in God we trust plate on it. my plate numbers have my daughters initals on it and i didnt “pick out “my plate or order it. and i won the car the day after her 16th birthday. also the numbers are my moms birthday on it and my best friends birthday with his year of birth. also has the birthday for my daughter in the numbers. God is the man. that is the secret.

JoAndrew March 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm

The house was nicely done. I loved the porches (both with and without screen), the kitchen and the den. I like the glass windows and the effect it gives to light up the rooms specially the area with the 2 wicker chairs, it’s a good place to read a book or catch a few Zs. As for the secret, it’s no secret, you have to pray for it exactly however as the saying goes, “be careful of what you pray (wish) for as it might come true”, and when it does, it’s a no return no exchange deal.

Carol June 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Have you ever considered covering the precious cottages of Carmel-by-the-Sea? I love your website and frequent viewing it. Thank you so much for what you do. Here is a link to the Carmel fairytale homes:

Jake August 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I never thought someone would satisfy my addiction with film houses! I have spent numerous hours on the web treying to fing pictures of many film houses and yours is the best yet, if not the only eligible!
Please upload, if you can any pictures of the following:
1. The Haunting Mansion
2. Addams Family Mansion
3. Panic Room Apartment House (I know too many haunted mansions)
4. Duplex Apartment House
5. The Secret Garden English Manor
6. Mansion from the “War of the Roses”

Any pictures from the above would make very so thankful to you and very happy!

jodi from new jersey February 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

I love this house! It is way too large for me, even if I could afford it. Too much dusting!It’s fun to steal ideas, though. Like the green toile fabric in that sunroom(hallway?) with the hydrangeas in wall buckets. Like a garden inside. It’s February 10, 2010, and it is snowing like crazy outside. It is so cozy in here and I feel so blessed and safe in my “regular” home. It’s all mine and I am surrounded by my favorite fabrics, colors, and everything and everyone that is dear to me. Sounds like a perfect day……………………… Thanks Julia

Gloria April 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I’ve tried to locate the home they used in Jumanji, Sara Whittle’s house seen only briefly in the film but the wrap around porch still haunts me. I know the film had multiple locations in New Hampshire, Maine and British Columbia and wondered if there was a way to locate this particular house.

hookedonhouses April 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I haven’t done any research on that movie, so I don’t know anything about it. I would check imdb.com to see if they mention where the house was located. I’d also see if there’s any commentary on the DVD. Sometimes they’ll mention set details in the Special Features. Good luck! -Julia

Jill July 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I just came across your site, as I’m looking to move out of NJ and well I clicked on your link and I will definitely be following your blog from now on!!! This home above is simply LOVELY!! Three things that I love the most about it are: 1) The side porch (too adorable), 2) the backyard is immaculate and 3) I wanted to ask you if you knew what kind of light fixtures they have above the island in the kitchen??? (I love those too). Thanks a lot for your blog as I too love to take random photos (while driving) and snap a shot of a home if I like something about it :) Have a great day!

hookedonhouses July 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I love the side porch, too! Don’t know anything about the lights in the kitchen, I’m afraid. Thanks for stopping by, Jill! :-)

Angela August 3, 2011 at 1:36 am

It’s gorgeous!
Thankyou Julia for your site – it’s fantastic, but so addictive and I’m not getting anything else done…! I’m in Canberra Australia (our capital city) and just thinking how wonderful it is to be able to enjoy the magic of so many beautiful overseas homes from my loungeroom sofa.
I look forward to sharing whatever you come up with next. No doubt something for us all to drool over (and to pick up some wonderful decorating ideas).

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