Yesterday I featured the charming starter home that John and Jenny Grogan (played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston) lived in. Today we’re looking at the beautiful old Pennsylvania farmhouse that they moved into later in the film.
Someone close to the production contacted me when the movie came out and shared some photos they took behind the scenes. They asked to remain anonymous, but I have to say thank you for these. I love seeing how the movie magic is made!
When it’s the middle of summer and you need a winter scene, you make it snow!
You can see a piece of the (fake) snowman leaning against the tree:
Here’s how it looked onscreen, with Owen Wilson and the kids:
Behind the scenes that day it looked a lot warmer:
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos taken inside the house during production, too:
I read that this farmhouse impressed the real John and Jenny Grogan so much that the couple purchased a similar home for themselves. John and his new puppy were hanging out on the set:
Back to the movie–Owen Wilson (as John Grogan) coming in the front door after work:
This room is beautiful. I love the details, like the line of books on the windowsill in the background:
Jennifer Aniston in a cozy windowseat:
The 1837 stone farmhouse in Chester County, Pennsylvania, sits on 16 acres.
The house was in such bad shape when the current owners moved in that there were bats nesting upstairs, floorboards were falling into the basement, and all of the plumbing and wiring had to be replaced.
Here are a couple of photos taken of the kitchen during filming with all of the equipment and “work mess” in view:
The kitchen is new, created from what was a mudroom, but they designed it to look original to the house with hefty ceiling beams and wide plank floorboards.
Here’s a photo of Jennifer Aniston standing in the kitchen in the film:
The film’s producers wanted the Grogans’ Pennsylvania home to reflect the family’s maturity and growth: “It needed to have a warm, solid, and inviting feel.”
One more behind-the-scenes shot, of the cast and crew in front of the house (you can see Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the second row):
This is such a great house, and it’s fun to get a peek inside. Thanks to Anon for taking these production photos and sharing them with us!
*UPDATE: The farmhouse is for sale!*