The Old Stone Farmhouse in “Marley & Me”

by hookedonhouses on July 28, 2009

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Welcome to Day 2 of “Marley & Me.” 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. When the Grogan family pulls up to the house for the first time, it’s Fall. Cue the soaring music. I may have been getting just a teensy bit bored with the movie at that point, but now it had my full attention!

Here is the house in winter, covered in snow. It looks like the perfect “Christmas House” to me:

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I read that this farmhouse impressed the real John and Jenny Grogan so much that the couple purchased a similar home for themselves.

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Someone close to the production contacted me when the movie came out and shared some photos they took of the crew faking that snowy day. They asked to remain anonymous, but I have to say thank you for these. I love seeing how the movie magic is made!

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Here are some behind-the-scenes photos taken inside the house during production, in the dining room:

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The real John Grogan’s new puppy was on the set. So cute!

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Back to the movie–Owen Wilson (as John Grogan) coming in the front door after work:

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This room is beautiful. I love the details, like the line of books on the windowsill in the background:

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Their son watches old videos of Marley:

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Jennifer Aniston in a cozy windowseat:

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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.

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 are a couple of photos taken of the kitchen during filming with all of the equipment and “work mess” in view:

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Here’s a photo of Jennifer Aniston standing in the kitchen in the film:

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According to an article in Fused Focus, 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):

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If you missed my first post, about the Grogans’ starter home in Florida, click here to see it.

*4/11 UPDATE: The farmhouse is for sale. Click here to see the photos and information!*

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Visit my TV/Movie Houses page for links to all the others I’ve featured so far, from Father of the Bride to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.


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SoBella Creations July 28, 2009 at 8:07 am

What a great house!
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Emily@remodelingthislife July 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

I love it!

Michelle Smiles July 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

I have that movie coming from Netflix tomorrow – but the house is drool worthy! Wow! And I love seeing how they did the snow – how neat is that?
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rue July 28, 2009 at 9:01 am

Hi Julia :)

I can’t bring myself to watch the movie, so thank you for sharing the homes here. I love this one, but I think the starter home is my favorite. I’m so odd LOL

rue
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Beth July 28, 2009 at 9:42 am

OH! I love it! Now, there’s competion for which is my favorite house, this one or Iris’s house in The Holiday. Decisions, decisions.

Erin July 28, 2009 at 9:58 am

This is such a lovely home, I’m glad you decided to feature it, since I will probably never get around to watching this movie. Windowseats are so cozy. Thanks for the amazing pictures.
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Amy July 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

Very, very cool. How neat for you to have “connections” like that. The house is fantastic.
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Stephanie@Geezees July 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

wow!!! that house is stunning!!!!!!
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Struggler July 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

Wonderful house; I heart windowseats!
Your photos of the snow-in-progress are a real scoop too. Thanks for all these.
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Michelle July 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

Awesome feature! I think this may rank as my favorite so far! Such a beautiful house!
~Michelle
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Susanna July 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing…

Morning T July 28, 2009 at 10:50 am

Fabulous post- I just LOVE that house!
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Natalia at FLHomeBlog July 28, 2009 at 10:55 am

Oh, what a house…just…perfection. Love it!
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Keyona July 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

Kinda in love with this house. Stone is now my NEW favorite.
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Becky @ Farmgirl Paints July 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

Great post!! I loved that house. It is just picture perfect. Thanks for putting so much into it with the behind the scenes stuff. Very interesting:)
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Melissa July 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Ok, you are really making me want to see this movie although I am sure I will be traumatiz!! I love this house! It’s making me ready for Fall. Oh no was that out loud? No…still loving summer. Just loving this house! Great post!
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Jenny July 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I never saw this movie, but it’s fun to see the sets. Especially the fake snow stuff.
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Jane July 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Love the house and the Colonial furnishings even though they are out of favor lately. Which is good for me because I’ve picked up some great buys on Windsor chairs, samplers, etc. at estate sales!
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Carmen July 28, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I fell in love with this house when I watched this movie.
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Pamela July 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Hi Julia,
Another blogger recommended your site to me and I am so very glad she did! What a treat! How is it possible that I am just now finding you?! I know I shall return here often and shall add you to my blog roll posthaste!! All the best!,
Pamela
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Pat July 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Hi Julia
Wonderful to see all the “behind the movie” scenes!
I’ve visited Chester, PA and there are many similar beautiful old stone homes in that area. Call me old fashioned, but I’m still a fan of colonial furnishings and accessories. They are so warm and homey.

Hugs, Pat
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Britt July 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

This is one of my favorite movie houses. Love the stone and the old house character!
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bungalowbliss July 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

The ‘snow’ pics are crazy! It always amazes me how real the movie crew makes it appear!

How I love this house. There’s something about these old stone houses that just pulls me in. Thanks for the tour (wonderful, as always) and all the inside information, too!

Renae Moore July 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I loved this home. This movie came out when we had to put our “Marley” who was named Kenai to sleep. This home and the state Marley was in at the time spoke to my heart and what we had just gone through. The stone on the outside and the warmth of the inside is fabulous!

Nancy July 28, 2009 at 5:17 pm

What a wonderful house! I’ve always wanted a stone “cottage” but with all of my kids the “cottage” would have to be large like this one!

Wonderful post… I’ve read the book but haven’t seen the movie.
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Suzy July 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Love, Love, Love this house! Thanks so much for the post….I actually thought it was a house in Western MA . But, I could really see Chester, PA.
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Amanda @ Serenity Now July 28, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Beautiful exterior (I love that shot with the collie!). The window seat is so cool. Very neat to see how they *make* snow happen for a movie. :)
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Jo July 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm

What a great house for the Fall and Winter, but the starter house is definitely for the Spring and Summer!
We went to see The Proposal this evening. Can hardly wait for you to feature the Paxton’s Sitka, AK house. Hope you can get some pic’s of the kitchen.

Susie Harris July 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Hi Julia! I love that you have some friends in cool places…smiles..and you share with all of us! Neat pictures~
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Nancy July 28, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Thnak you so much for the peek inside this house! Sometimes, when an awesome house like this is on screen, I totally miss a big chunck of film! Oh, so what! Thats what dvd’s are for!
~Nancy
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Suzann July 29, 2009 at 6:23 am

Watched this movie yesterday because I was dying to see it all – I love both houses – I can see a great deal of positives in them both. Of course, the movie made me sob like a baby. Yes, I’m pathetic and sappy.

Amy July 29, 2009 at 8:12 am

Thanks for sharing these pictures! I loved that house!! All of the movie home posts are great because in the movie, you may not be able to take in all of the details like you can when you pour over a still photo. Thanks!
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MissCaron July 29, 2009 at 9:38 am

Oh wow. Reminds me of some of the old homes in Central Virginia. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing! :)
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foobella July 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Now THAT’s my kinda house. Thanks for the post!
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christy July 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I haven’t seen the movie – but I plan to one day. On dvd. What an absolutely gorgeous house! I don’t think I would have taken on a project like that – bravo to them!
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JoAnn July 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I live near this house, but even if I did not…no way could a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer have afforded such a place. That was one flaw in the movie.

Chester County PA is semi-rural, wealthy, rolling hills, horses, etc. The house as shown above is located near Unionville, PA which was called, I think, Chester Springs in the movie.

CHESTER PA is a slum and is on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
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Nita July 30, 2009 at 2:18 am

I think this house may be on a road in Chester County that I made my Philly hubby drive me down all the time. For miles and miles are old early 18th century homes on acreage, and not one thing has changed on that road since the early 1700s. It is beautiful.

Jaime @ A Place Out West August 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I love your movie features! But now I can’t watch a movie without paying more attention to the decor than the plot… :)
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hookedonhouses August 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm

JoAnn–you’re so right. It’s hard to imagine a newspaper columnist being able to afford this house–at least not until he wrote a bestselling book and sold the movie rights. :-)

Jaime–I can’t, either. I mentally take pictures of rooms in TV shows and movies all the time now. Can’t tell you how many times I have to rewind scenes because I wasn’t paying attention to the actors and have no idea what happened! -Julia :-)

Kasey August 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Thank you soooo much for posting information on this house! I am in LOVE with it!

Maria Vulovic August 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

The house is just to beautiful. I have always been in love with these type of homes.
Then to see this one, Wow.. Nothing can compare too these old homes.
The new homes and decor is so cold, and uninviting. There is no classic value to their decorating, and purchases. Too bad..

Mary August 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

I noticed that the charming curtains on the window seat were the same ones from the Florida starter house, as if the family packed them along and hung them again. Nice attention to detail on the part of the set designers!

This house is truly a dream house – thanks for posting!

Jodi from New Jersey September 5, 2009 at 9:40 am

I am totally in love with this farmhouse. The movie was cute, I always enjoy a good cry.Both me and my 12 year old daughter went looking for our shih tzu Ginger to hug up after watching it , sniffling with tears. I love movie magic. I look at that house and think every dream could come true in there . Movies are my escape from life’s “difficulties”. Thanks for sharing the joy and magic, Julia! Enjoy yourLabor Day Weekend…………………………… Jodi

Maureen October 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

Thank you for this great post… I watched the movie this weekend and found myself distracted by the house and not following the story.

I linked to this today on my blog… I hope that’s okay.
Maureen

Judy from Bethlehem PA October 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

You have THE BEST BLOG AROUND! Your knowledge and love of homes is so wonderful! Your connections are great too! wink…wink!

Mitch November 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Does anyone know the exact address of this house?

kds June 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

the address of the house is Meetinghouse Road and Route 100 (corner) West Chester, Pa. My in laws live next door. Hope this helps. The house looks exactly the same as it does in the movie, and as it always has.

Debbi November 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I live right out side of the Unionville Chadds Ford area.
Can you let me know where the farm house is?

hookedonhouses November 15, 2009 at 9:42 am

Mitch and Debbi–
Sorry, but I don’t know the address of the house. -Julia

Tom Seely November 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm

This was my Great Uncles house I remember visiting upon his death. The item missing was the huge swimming pool the was spring fed. It was wonderful to see his place again!

Agi November 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

OMG, this house has been haunting me. LOVE IT, as in L.O.V.E. IT. This is my dream house I hope one day to build. This is THE inspiration. I’m so happy I’ve found this website!
Saved by google.

31everything December 30, 2009 at 10:57 am

Gorgeous! I love that home :)
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sj kimball December 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This home is beautiful, and one of my favorites. I love to watch films where the house is as much a character as any actor. I love you for creating this site. Thank you.

Do you have any pages like this on either Uncle Monty’s house (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events) or the Owens home (Practical Magic)? These are two of my three favorite movie homes (my third being Erica’s Hampton house in Something’s Gotta Give). Sometimes I will watch the films just for the houses.

If i ever have the opportunity to build my own home from scratch I would somehow incorporate themes from each one. Somehow.

hookedonhouses December 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

sj kimball–

I haven’t written about the house from “Unfortunate Events,” but I did do a post about “Practical Magic.” You can see it here:

http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/10/25/practical-magic-a-victorian-house-fit-for-a-witch/

I have a list of all the movies I’ve done if you want to search for any others:

http://hookedonhouses.net/houses-onscreen/

-Julia

Agi January 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

Hey Julia once again,
Guess what, I just got back from the movies where I watched “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. Loved the movie!! And even more I LOVED the house in it. I’m a cook, just like Meryl Streep’s character in the movie, so obviously I payed a lot of attention to that kitchen. It’s my DREAM KITCHEN. I was wondering if you have access to the stills from the set. It will go on my vision board, or something. I will manifest it this way or another. Would love to see that house again, and up close. Please, let me know where to look …!
Best,
Agi
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Megan Wood April 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

My family’s trying to sell their home and it looks really similar to this one. If anyone’s interested use this link:
http://www.4202crosslanddrive.com/
Thanks!

Drew June 7, 2010 at 3:57 am

I found the house on google earth. the GPS co-ordinates are

39°53’46.51″N 75°36’47.20″W

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com August 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

What an absolutely dreamy home. I love the daybed.
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Gina September 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I just bought a farm house that is similair and I really love the black horse above the stove in the kitchen… anyone know if its handmade or if I can buy it somewhere? Thanks! – Gina

Norma February 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I’ve always loved looking at houses when I watch films…and when I watched this one in particular I loved the house and made it one of my top dream house picks. :D I am so happy to have found that you share the same kind of passion :D

I’ve been looking for the pictures of the house forever! :)

Dru April 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

This house has a for sale sign up as of today 4/9/11 – just drove by it. Don’t see it in the listings yet though.

Nita@ModVintageLife.com April 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I guess I need to watch this movie to see the gorgeous homes. I have not watched it because I know it’s sad…so I’ve avoided it. Maybe one of these days I’ll do it.

Debra May 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

do you have any pictures of the house in the movie PARADISE starring Melonie Griffith and Don Johnson. I love the simple life she lived as a homemaker . If you do please email me .

Thanks so much

deb

Colleen King July 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

I am hooked and yes I agree with Juju’s blog, it is my new “happy place” too. I have been addicted to houses all of my life, starting with doll houses. I have been hunting photos of the houses in several old movies. Rebecca, My cousin Rachael, Practical Magic, and my favorite “Elephant Walk”. In my searches I have only found small prints from All Posters.com and movie posters that don’t show rooms or house fronts. I found this site by accident and love it! Thank YOU. old lassie

Colleen King July 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

I have avoided this movie too as I have a dog I dread loosing. But do I ever love this house. old lassie

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