The Notebook: Noah’s House with the Blue Shutters

by hookedonhouses on August 30, 2009

"The Notebook" movie houses |

After posting photos from the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker novel-turned-movie Nights in Rodanthe, requests came pouring in for The Notebook.  I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of featuring this movie before, because it has three great old houses to look at: Allie’s, Noah’s, and the old plantation house that served as the nursing home. Let’s take a look!

Allie’s Family’s Summer Home:

Boone Hall Plantation served as Allie’s family’s summer home. The antebellum mansion is located in South Carolina near Charleston and has the distinction of being one of America’s oldest working plantations, growing and producing crops for over 320 years. The house itself dates to the early 20th century.

We don’t see them in the movie, but there are 9 original slave cabins still standing on the property, dating back to the 1700s (photo via the DVD special features):

The plantation is open to tourists who can see what life was like for its residents in the 1800s. According to their website:

In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead.

Inspiration for Twelve Oaks Drive in The Notebook

Rumor has it that a photo was taken of the nearly mile-long “Avenue of Oaks,” as it is known, by film location scouts back in the 1930s and used as inspiration for Twelve Oaks in Gone With the Wind. (You can see how it looked in the movie here.)

Photos of the house taken during production (via DVD special features):

Interior photographs of the house aren’t allowed, but based on this postcard I found, the real rooms look nothing like the interiors in the movie:

The interiors were shot at Calhoun Manor in Charleston.

In case you missed this movie–Noah (Ryan Gosling) is a poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and Allie (Rachael McAdams) has parents who, according to one of the characters,  are “richer than God.” The parents aren’t thrilled with the new relationship and determine to keep them apart. (We all know how well that works!)

Allie’s mother, played to icy perfection by Joan Allen, informs her daughter that they are leaving early to return to their home in the city. She will not see Noah again.

The Nursing Home (Black River Plantation):

Noah and Allie are living here in the present-day, at a nursing home. It was filmed at Black River Plantation in Georgetown County, South Carolina. James Garner and Gena Rowlands play Noah and Allie “all grown up.”

Black River Plantation as nursing home in The Notebook

According to the DVD special features, the grand old home was a Sears kit house known as “The Magnolia” (read more about kit houses here):

The Magnolia Sears Kit Plan

9/10 UPDATE: Readers have informed me that even though it was long believed to have been a Sears Kit house, research showed it wasn’t after all. The dimensions are a bit larger and the floor plan is different. Special thanks to Kelly of Old House Dreams for tracking down the facts for me here (page 9 of the PDF).

Here’s the solarium that Noah meets Allie in. He spends the day reading to her the story of Noah and Allie from “the notebook” and hoping it’ll trigger some memories for her:


A shot of the living spaces from the DVD special features:


If I ever need a nursing home, sign me up for this one, please. I think I could be happy in one like this!


Noah’s White House with the Blue Shutters:

Noah’s house isn’t white and doesn’t have any blue shutters when we first see it. He takes Allie inside, telling her he plans to buy it and fix it up someday.

Years later, after Noah and Allie have long been separated and Noah has been to war and back, his dad helps him buy the old house and fix it up (his dad, played by Sam Shepard, dies soon after they buy it, though, which seems kind of cruel–loved his character):

*7/12 UPDATE: A reader named Natalie tells me that her great-great grandfather, Francis Winfield Towles, lived here, and she sent me some amazing old photos of the house. Here’s one from the early 1900s:

Love that there’s a dog in the pic.

Looks like there was a whole upper porch that has since been eliminated. And part of it was apparently screened in–at least that’s how it looks in the photo below:

She writes that Francis’s father, Daniel Freeman Towles, had the house built, “but he died mining phosphate in Charleston around 1880 and his body was never recovered from the mine. He didn’t live in the house but for a few years before he died. Francis Winfield Towles lived it it from 1880 until his death in 1927, so most people know it as his home.”

She sent me this wonderful photo from 1956, too:

The Notebook-Noah's house in 1956

By then the upper porch was already gone and it looked a lot like it does today.

Francis Towles made the South Carolina history books. One said he is “rightfully called the father of the truck growing industry in the South, for it was he who first demonstrated the feasibility and profit in growing and shipping vegetables to outside markets.” (Thanks, Natalie!)

The Notebook movie house front door

The Notebook movie house front porch

Noah poses for a newspaper reporter who is writing about his renovated house:

Ryan Gosling as Noah in "The Notebook" |

Allie, who is planning a wedding to another man, sees the article in the paper. She realizes that Noah has actually made good on his long-ago promise to restore the house. It’s even white with blue shutters, as she requested. She drives over there to see it–and him. (Her fiance, played by James Marsden, doesn’t stand a chance.)

The Notebook movie house side porch

The Notebook movie house front hall

She agrees to stay for dinner, and they reminisce about the last time they were in this room together:

The Notebook movie house Noah's bedroom

When Allie wakes up the next morning, Noah has a surprise for her–an art studio he has created just for her in the house:

The Notebook movie house art studio

The Notebook movie house staircase

The actual home they used is Martin’s Point Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, built in 1772 (via the DVD special features). They decided to make this house look old for the beginning of the film, rather than take a rundown house and fix it up.

Martin's Point Plantation used for The Notebook movie

Of these three houses, do you have a favorite? I would opt for the white house with the blue shutters, myself. I love the view of the water from the porches. How about you?

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Sarah {Note to Self} August 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This just made my day, thank you for picking this movie! The plantation house is beautiful, and the idea of a kit house is really interesting to me (akin to the floor plans in Southern Living, I guess?) My dad always talks about the kit car he had worked on as a teenager, but a house is another venture entirely. I think I remember the little girl in Miracle on 31st Street wishing for such a home for Christmas. Anyway, I share your favorite: Noah & Allie’s house. You just can’t beat a view of the water, a big porch, and a glass of lemonade! So beautiful, thanks again. :)
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Alyshia August 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for this post! I LOVE this movie! I am with you, I love Noah’s fixer-upper :)
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Derek August 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I always liked the Boone plantaion, ever since I first saw it in the TV mini series. North and South. It always bothered me that it didn’t follow the typical style rules for a southern colonial. In that it has six windows (seven counting the random round window) on one side of the portico and only 4 on the other. ( what is the round window for anyway? always wondered) I do like the ivy covered first floor with white shutters and the second floor with the dark shutters.
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Deanna August 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Enjoyed your post today.
Really liked the movie.
Fantastic houses.
God bless,
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Jamie August 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Yes, the white house with the blue shutters is the best! And that porch swing takes my breath away! Beautiful.
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Jane August 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Thank you for the beautiful pictorial of these homes. The Notebook is one of my favorite movies. It was interesting to learn more about the Boone Plantation. As a young child, I visited this place. But all I remember about it was the slave cabins and the long drive through the oak trees. So beautiful!

Jane (Artfully Graced)
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Merrie August 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Nicholas Sparks, who wrote The Notebook, is one of my favorite authors. A co-worker just finished reading “The Lucky One” Friday and passed it along to me. The movie was wonderful too- thanks for posting a movie that was made by one of my favorite authors.

Donna August 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm

OMG I love this post, and this house, the white with the blue shutters, the art studio, the swing the side porch…I just love it all. Thanks for a great post!!
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Janelle August 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I think I always assumed that the white-house-with-the-blue-shutters was eventually renovated to be the nursing home, since we can kind-of gather that Noah owns the nursing home. I don’t think I ever realized they were different houses. Thanks for doing this one — I love the period and the region.

It’s awfully ambitious, but you could do it in a series sometime — how about the Harry Potter movies? There’s the Dursley’s, the Burrow, Gimmauld Place, Hogwarts, Hagrid’s hut…

Amanda @ Serenity Now August 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I’d have to choose between The Magnolia and the white house with blue shutters. I do love an old house made over. :)

I can’t watch that movie without bawling. My husband walked in when I watching it once and was like, “What’s the matter?! What happened?” All I could do was sob and point at the TV…he just rolled his eyes and walked away muttering.
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Pam @ This Humble House August 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I really like the Magnolia kit house! I am so curious about how exactly people were able to buy a kit and make a house! I would never imagine they would buy a kit and make a big house like this one!

~ Pam
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Pam Kersting August 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

What fun these are to read! Thanks so much!
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Connie August 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Thank you so much for posting all of these pictures. The Notebook is my all time favorite movie and it was so fun to see where the movie was actually filmed. Hopefully some day I will be able to see these magnificant houses myself.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Susan August 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Amazing houses…I’m still stuck on the guy building his house BACKWARDS! I would have been hysterical once I realized that big mistake! :-) Enjoyed this post, Julia…you always take us the best places! :-)
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Jessica August 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love all of the houses. I live in SC and Boone Hall is gorgeous especially the oaks. I have to agree that I love the white house with blue shutters. Those two story porches are beautiful. Thanks for this post!
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A.Men March 15, 2011 at 10:25 am

Boone House is so much more beautiful in person. Much, much, more magnificent! Better than the movie!

The Mrs. August 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

So fun to see! I love that movie!
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Sherrie August 30, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Thank you for sharing all the houses. So inspiring

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Renae Moore August 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I love that old house….and the movie too!
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Kathy :) August 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Great movie just loved it….my daughter and I saw it at the theatre….after the movie we used the ladies room, we could tell by all the red noses who had come from seeing The Notebook….

Kathy :)

Claudia@DipityRoad August 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm

My father past 3 years ago from Alzheimers. I always loved this movie; it pulls me in so many directions.

This is a precious movie– thanks for sharing.

Love living so close to the pulse of the seasons
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Tracy August 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I’ll take the white house with blue shutters too, thanks..although I have to admit I didn’t notice the house much when I watched the movie because I was so focused on the beautiful, tragic people on the inside of it!!
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Angela @ Imaginecozy August 30, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I really did enjoy this movie. The explanation about all the houses was great, thanks.
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Robin August 30, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I like the simplicity of the white house with blue shutters best, especially with the porches the film crew added. IMO this is a case of the movie being better than the book was.

Thanks for posting these Julia, they must be a ton of work (I love movies, but if I had to write these posts I would never remember to take all the photos like you do, I’d be too engrossed in the movie!)
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Things That Inspire August 31, 2009 at 5:49 am

Great post – I loved this movie and it was great to learn more about the houses!
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susan August 31, 2009 at 6:09 am

Julia–I look forward to this every Monday! I’d like Noah and Allie’s house–of course, I’ll be painting the shutters a dark green and replacing the adirondack chairs with rocking chairs :) Thanks for another great post!
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Greet August 31, 2009 at 7:25 am

Beautiful images that you give us! I can look at them over and over again!

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Cheri Peoples August 31, 2009 at 8:07 am

Love it. I will have to see this movie and I know I will cry too.

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Paula August 31, 2009 at 8:30 am

I have been to Boone Plantation. The allee of Live Oaks on the approach to the house is very impressive. That staircase in the picture looks very familiar. It is similar to the layout of the stairs in Strangers on a Train, but the balusters are more Gothic. I’m sure it has be something on the studio back lot.
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lynne@lynnesgiftsfromtheheart August 31, 2009 at 8:31 am

What a beautiful post to go with a beautiful movie. I recently watched this on t.v. The transformation was amazing. I would love to tour the grounds, if only those trees could talk. The things we would hear might be amazing. I too cried when she didn’t remember her grandchildren. Living with a husband with alzheimers this is one of my greatest fears. Thanks for sharing..hugs ~lynne~
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bungalowbliss August 31, 2009 at 8:35 am

A million thanks for this post! One of my very favorite movies, filled to the rim with architectural eye candy. I loved the extra tidbits of information, too. Personally, I like the Magnolia (nursing home) facing the river. Backwards totally works there!

If I had to pick a fave…I suppose it would be the white house with blue shutters because I love a good restoration, and the romance associated with the house pushes it to the top of the list. I mean, who didn’t fall in love with Noah when he made Allie’s dream house a reality?
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Kelly in Memphis August 31, 2009 at 8:36 am

This is my favorite movie home post you’ve done, thank you! The house with the blue shutters is my favorite. I had forgotten he put an art studio in the house for her. Swoon…

Sandy August 31, 2009 at 9:05 am

Yay, Julia!!!!!!!! What a way to start my Monday! :) :) :) :)
And THANK YOU for finally blogging on this fantastic movie! A beautiful story featuring beautiful homes will always win me over. What girl wouldn’t kill for a man who would dedicate a home he painstakingly restored with his own two hands, keeping her wishes and dreams in mind and not even knowing if he’d ever see her again? A true labor of love!
The pictures are amazing, per usual, and the revelation that the Magnolia was a kit home is quite interesting to me.
Now, I’m left to wonder why on earth can’t Sears still manufacture these homes today? I’m sure there’s a market for them, wouldn’t you agree?
With technology today, you’d think that it would be even easier to produce these kits for the masses than it was 100 years ago!
It just doesn’t seem fair!

Until I find my own Noah (don’t tell my hubby!)….

Gail Gray of A Fresh Start Professional Organizing August 31, 2009 at 9:13 am

My all time favorite movie. I sobbed so hard when I watched it. I love the white house with blue shutters and the significance of a promise filled!
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beth August 31, 2009 at 9:17 am

I LOVE white houses with blue shutters, so I would have to choose that one. So beautiful!
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Thena August 31, 2009 at 9:44 am

Absolutely one of my favorite movies. Love Nicholas Sparks, just wish his books, and movies didn’t always make me cry.
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Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds August 31, 2009 at 9:53 am

Noah’s home is so gorgeous. I loved it when he took Allie to the lake that was filled with swans. That was so incredibly beautiful. Wonderful movie and homes!

meme August 31, 2009 at 10:17 am

Please feature the Doris Day movie “Don’t Eat the Daisies.” There is an apartment and an old house that has a before and after!

Morning T August 31, 2009 at 10:25 am

Lovely post Julia! I finally just saw The Notebook a few months ago and totally loved it. I would opt for the white house with blue shutters without any hesitation. That drawing room and large porches…amazing.
Happy Monday!
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Sarah August 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

Beautiful! Boone Hall was also used as Mont Royal, home of the Main Family, for the North and South Miniseries starring Patrick Swayze and Lesley-Anne Down.
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Autumn August 31, 2009 at 10:50 am

I’m so glad you picked this movie! I looooove the style of these houses–it makes me want to convince my husband to move eastward, but I can’t give up California weather. I just wish we could get ourselves some of those houses and some of that land here! My dream lifestyle, for sure. If only I could uproot our family and friends and convince them all to relocate…
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Rick August 31, 2009 at 11:02 am

Boone Hall was also used in Alex Hailey’s Queen. The address is, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464-9020 in case you want to do a Bing map search. You can do a birdseye view and see the out-buildings and how they relate to the house.
Julia I can’t wait till your next movie house.


black eyed susans kitchen August 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

This is one of those rare movies that did justice to the book. Just lovely! Thank you for the pictures and the chance to revisit those beautiful houses.
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bungalowbliss August 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

Thanks for the link, Rick. Very cool!
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bungalowbliss August 31, 2009 at 11:25 am

er, the information, not the link. :-)
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Stephanie B August 31, 2009 at 11:38 am

I have a suggestion. You Me and Dupree. I was for some reason dreaming of that house las tnight!
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Suzy August 31, 2009 at 11:42 am

Great post! Thanks for all the research you put into these Movie Mondays!
Each Monday it makes me go down to the library and get that movie out and watch it again….even if I’ve seen it a hundred times. Just taking another look from somebody else’s eyes is great!

Thanks again!
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Dawn August 31, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Ooh, I loved that movie!!! Yes, I cried too!

I even downloaded the beautiful scene on the lake with the swans from YouTube and that scene alone gets to me!

I love the house with the blue shutters the best too. It’s so romantic that he fixed up that house and delivered on his long-ago promise to her. And what a beautiful house.

Pat August 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm

What a beautiful post, Julia!

My grandmother didn’t recognize me, the last time I saw her. I gave her a hand crocheted shawl and talked with her awhile. When the nurse came for her, Granny said, look what this nice girl brought me. So I know.
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Rick August 31, 2009 at 1:06 pm

It’s lunch time at work and I googled Boone house and came up with more information. The large brick house with asymetrical front is relatively new c. 1936-37. Many southern homes were symetrical or mostly but I have stayed overnight at Nottaway Plantation outside White Castle LA and it is very asymetrical.
web site below has application for historic registry and South Carolina Plantation website.


Julianna August 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I’d like the backwards Sears house. Houses almost always have a more interesting front (curb appeal). How nice to enjoy it in the privacy of your ginormous backyard!

SC Film Commission August 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm

This was a great post! It offered something most movie reviews don’t: a focus on the locations. As the team that showed off those great locations to recruit this movie to SC, we are very pleased with the response it has received. Our office gets more emails about this film (and those incredible houses) than any other, even “Forrest Gump” and ‘The Patriot”.

Julia, you’ve got a keen eye. The interiors for the house that Allie’s parents owned were shot in a private residence in downtown Charleston, about 15 minutes from Boone Hall called Calhoun Mansion ( . Calhoun Mansion was also used in “North & South”, as (I think – it was before my time) the house where Lesley-Anne Down’s character lived.

Other places of interest for “Notebook” fans that are open to the public: Cypress Gardens (the boat scene with the swans, etc. ); King St. (where Allie & Noah walk down the street at night and dance); Francis Marion Hotel (NY exterior & club scene interior); and the town of Mt. Pleasant (called Seabrook in the film).

Jane August 31, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Great post! Noah’s house is definitely my favorite.


hookedonhouses August 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Many thanks to both Rick and the SC Film Commission for providing more details about the locations! -Julia

Our Creative Life August 31, 2009 at 2:28 pm

We recently toured the Calhoun Mansion which was used for the interior shots of the parents home in the Notebook. It is in Charleston South Carolina. I have some of the photos if you would like to see them.
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Sarah August 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Now I want to see this movie!
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bj August 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm

This is so amazing….now,I have to watch the movie again!!

kristen August 31, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Great piece! I live in Falls Village, CT home to many Sears Homes the most notable is at Music Mountain which houses four cape style homes along with “Gordon Hall”. Music Mountain is said to be America’s oldest continuously operated chamber music hall. About 20 years ago it was used as a showhouse tour.

Sarah August 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm

What a great post on great movie! I am in love with the white house with the blue shutters because of the storyline behind it in the movie. When I found out that there is a special room for Allie to paint I melted. It’s such a sweet movie! For some reason, through all the many times I have watched The Notebook, I have always thought the nursing home was the white house with the blue shutters. I figured Noah turned it into a nursing home so he and Allie could spend the rest of their lives there together. I guess I wasn’t looking very closely!

MissCaron August 31, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Have I told you lately that I love you!?! Your site is so fatastically wonderful. Thanks so much! That movie is one of my favorites … I SOB EVERY TIME!!!
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DesignTies August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

All three houses are fantastic, but I have to pick the Black River Plantation as my favourite. The fact that it was built backwards is the clincher for me!! I think that makes it so quirky and charming and special :-) It’s also cool that it was built from a kit!!

Thanks for your comment on my back to school post :-) You’re right, an English degree does come in handy for blogging. Too bad I don’t get paid to blog, though!! 😉

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Marlene September 1, 2009 at 2:07 am

Have you ever feathured the house from “Practical magic”?? I think that is a fabulous
The white house with blue shutteres would be my pick from the ones you feathured..
its casual, great outdoor spaces and water nearby! love it!
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hookedonhouses September 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

Yes, as a matter of fact, I just finished writing a post about “Practical Magic.” I’m planning to publish it in October (Halloween month!). Love that house. -Julia

Rick September 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

As I was reading the SC film commission post it occurred ot me that the location shot in Mt Pleasant is called Seabrook. the name is also the name of the undertakers cottages at The Boone Plantation.
From the link—-
“The Seabrook cottages were built in 1935 by Thomas Stone. The Seabrooks worked for the Stones and lived on the property as caretakers. The cottages are still on the property. One is used as an office and the other has been modified into a larger residence for the current owner.”—-
This post got me reading about more of South Carolina than I thought I would.

Rick S.

Mom in High Heels September 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I did not know that Black River Plantation was a Sears Kit house. I love Sears kit houses. I adore the fact that they built it backwards. I’ve been to Boone’s Hall Plantation several times (my dad was stationed in Charleston twice when I was growing up) and you are correct, the interiors look nothing like they do in the movie. They’re very “period.” I like all 3 houses, but knowing that the BRP was a Sears kit clinches it for me. That’s my house.
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Robin September 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Hi Julia,

I just wanted to tell you that the Magnolia in the movie was not the only one built in the south from the Sears kit. A friend of our family and the Mayor of Greenwood, South Carolina lives in one that was built by his grandfather. It is a beautiful home that he has restored and it looks just like the picture. Just thought you might want to know. I love your blog because I too am “hooked on houses”!!!

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hookedonhouses September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

That’s interesting! Thanks for telling us about that. Maybe I misunderstood what the guy on the DVD special features said (or maybe he didn’t know about the Mayor of Greenwood’s kit house!). -Julia :-)

Suzy September 1, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I love this film, thanks for posting!
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rue September 2, 2009 at 8:38 am

That is “our” movie, so I loved this post. Both sides of my family have Alzheimers, so it really touched home.


Stephanie@Geezees September 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

thank you thank you! This is my FAVORITE book ever, and I loved the movie.
What a great post :)
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Nikki September 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

Excellent post! Great research. I cannot watch this movie without having a complete crying jag…
So ironic, I was just sifting through the Sears plans the other day, and saved the Magnolia in my files! I thought it did look “familiar”… but didn’t think any more of it. Too funny. But that is the house I would choose. I love the solarium.
I’ve heard reference to the avenue of oaks too, and cannot remember where. I have a gazillion gwtw books and it was not in the one I thought it would be… perhaps I’ll find it later! I thought I had remembered seeing the actual pic they took.
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DebK September 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm

I visited Boone Hall Plantation a few years ago on a trip to the South…. it was in the process of being restored then, so we didn’t get to see many of the rooms. But I did recognize it in the film! It was also used back in the 70’s for the mini series ‘North and South’ with Patrick Swayze.

AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage September 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Ok – I’ll be watching this movie again this weekend. LOVE it. Such an interesting post too. It amazes me how you’re able to uncover all of this information.

I hope you’re having a good weekend!
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Chris September 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Great post! Just an added note, Allie’s summer home was filmed at Boone Hall, but only outside of the house. All the inside shots of their summer home were filmed at the Calhoun Mansion in downtown Charleston.

robin b October 31, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I also love Noah and Ali’s house, does anyone know where it is so that I can look on Google Earth as I live in England so can’t visit the area.
Read all your comments, very informative.
Has anyone watched Somethings gotta give, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton,
which also is a beautiful house, allthough it is a Hamptons beach house.
Very funny.
Anybody seen Sense and Sensebility, which was filmed near me,
Montacute House in Somerset, [National Trust property]
have a look, I will find Web address and post on this site.

hookedonhouses November 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Robin B–
I did a post about Something’s Gotta Give that you can see here:

I’ve written a post about Sense & Sensibility, too, that I’ll be posting soon. Thanks! -Julia :-)

Travis November 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm

The interior views of the Large home where he is in the Parlor, she comings down the stairs and The mother sits at the dining table are all “The Calhoun Mansion” at 16 meeting street, charleston, SC (I use to live in the house) It is now open for tours, and The long dining table is still in the house with the chairs. It is now used as the center hall table (all of the leafs were taken out) The table was built for the house in the 1800’s.

All of the interior shoots in the movie were filmed at this house.

In case you did not know,

Kim December 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Noah and Ali’s house get my vote as well. Regarding the “Avenue of the Oaks”, we have a number of homes here in South Louisiana with beautiful oak canopies. One of my favorite can be seen at Oak Alley Plantation here:
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Unusual Spiral Columns =-.

Chris March 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

What a great site!!! It answers a lot of questions …. Can somebody please provide me with building/floor plans of noah’s house? I really want to replicate this house.

Blessings to you all,


Filipe May 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

i´d like to have one but i´ll just visit the last house dat is when Noah n Alie lived !!!
what do u think?? is possible to take pictures inside the house or not?

Leighann June 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

The inside of Allie’s Family’s Summer Home was filmed at the Calhoun Mansion in Charleston, SC. I was there last year. Its beautiful inside!!!

Abdul Rauf July 14, 2010 at 3:18 am

The best movie ….I dont have words to desribe the film director thinking……& his hardworking..

Butler V Adams September 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Another bit of trivia, Boone Hall Plantation was used for the the exterior of Mont Royal, the plantation of the the Main family for the mini-series North & South while the Calhoun Mansion was also used in North & South. It portrayed Belvidere, the home of the Hazzard family.

Rosemary Thornton September 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm

The house featured in The Notebook is NOT a Sears Magnolia. Of that, I am sure. Please look at the details and do a thorough comparison of the two houses. They are radically different. I’m 100% certain of this. The house shown above (in the movie and photo) is NOT a Sears Magnolia.

Rose Thornton
author, The Sears Homes of Illinois
author, The Houses That Sears Built
author, Finding the Houses That Sears Built
co-author, California’s Kit Homes
.-= Rosemary Thornton´s last blog ..Sears Homes in Alabama =-.

hookedonhouses September 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

Really? In the movie’s DVD special features they talked about how the nursing home (not Noah’s house, but the house shown at the beginning and end of the movie when they’re older) was a Sears Magnolia, and that it had been built backwards by accident. This may be the back of it that we’re seeing in the movie, too. Not sure. -Julia

hookedonhouses September 11, 2010 at 11:55 am

Okay, Kelly (below) just emailed me the information I was looking for. I updated the post with it. Thanks! -Julia

Kelly September 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

Here is the otherside of the housr. I think the DVD commentator was wrong. :(
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..1930 Bungalow- Tate- GA =-.

hookedonhouses September 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thanks for helping me solve this mystery today. I updated the post with the correct information! -Julia

Rosemary Thornton September 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

And Bob Vila did a 30-minute segment on his show, “Home Again” featuring a “Sears Crescent” that turned out to be Pacific Ready Cut Home #367. Oops, Bob! Mistakes happen, even in Hollywood. :)

Again, I can state with 100% confidence, the house featured in this movie (The Notebook) is not a Sears Magnolia. For 10 years, I have traveled to 25 states and given more than 200 lectures on Sears Homes and I’ve written about Sears Homes and researched Sears Homes. I’ve been on PBS History Detectives and A&E’s Biography and CBS News and MSNBC and BBC Radio. This is what I do. Sears Homes are my full-time work and also my passion. And based on 10 years in this unique line of work, I can tell you – the house pictured above is NOT a Sears Magnolia.

Rosemary Thornton

Nate Tibbetts October 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

My wife loves this movie and you sure do know how to do your homework. I was amazed at how much information you knew and found. My comment more like a question is. Where would you find plans to build “Noahs House”! If I could find these so called replicated plans, I would build this house for my wife after I retire from the military. Any info would be nice, Thanks.

Nate Tibbetts

hookedonhouses October 4, 2010 at 7:39 am

Not sure if there are any plans out there for his house. I haven’t seen them, anyway. Sorry! -Julia

Vivian November 7, 2010 at 6:18 am

I was looking for ideas on curb appeal for my home’s exterior door when I came across this wonderful journey about Noah and Allie’s homes! The Notebook was an incredible film that I absolutely love. This post was an unexpected and delightful tour into the real homes used in the film. I especially liked the pictures from the actual film showing it’s backdrop. Thank you so much for all you work putting it together in order for people like me to enjoy. Bravo. – Vivi@n

Alaina Nummy November 8, 2010 at 11:02 am

While summering in Charleston a few years back my father was restoring some of the beautiful staircases seen in the film in the Calhoun Mansion. I was lucky enough to be able to tour the interior or the manison and when I arrived in the gift shop laid my eyes onto one of the most beautiful sights ever, a blue chair from the dining room scene of the movie complete with the “family’s” gold monogram. The shop keeper thought I was nuts when I begged for the chair. He told me it was old and ugly….don’t you know though, he gave it to me! It made my day, my dad packed it up and brought it home. This was a dream come true since the Notebook was one of my all time favorite films. I’ve been to Boone Hall Plantation to see the house, I’ve gone boat riding in Cypress Garden swamps where the swan scene takes place, I walked down King Street the sight of the first date and laying in the road adventure. I even went to the King Street theater to see the movie when it was first released (this is the theater that Noah and Allie go on their double date). I am a HUGE HUGE fan! Now it seems even better that I have the chair! Way to go dad….I should have brought him to career day : ) Since then, I have re-located to the Charleston area. Who wouldn’t want to find their happily ever after here and I have.

Alaina Nummy- Charleston, South Carolina

Marcy December 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Just thought I would share with you that Allie’s city home is the Calhoun Mansion in downtown Charleston. You only see the front stoop area, but trust me this Charleston native knows the Calhoun Mansion. :)

FRANK FARRIS January 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm


Victor January 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Two of the houses used in this movie were also used in the 1980’s mini-series ‘North& South’.

Boon Hall Plantation was used for exterior shots of that movie and it was headed by the Main family, Patrick Swayze was head of the family. It was known as Mont Royal Plantation for the movie.

The Cslhoun Mansion was also used in ‘North & South’ as the home stead of a northern industrialist family, the Hazzard’s. The lead was played by James Reed. The home was known as Belvedere and located in Pennsylvania.

hookedonhouses January 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thanks, Victor!

Jan February 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I toured the gardens of the Blackwater Plantation in Georgetown years ago and thought I recognized the house when I was watching the movie because the steps facing the river, which are three-sided, were coverd in creeping fig except for a wide path at the center. Was glad to find out in this article that I was right. Also — regarding the comment about the house being built backwards — many old plantation homes were built facing water (this one is on a river — or maybe an inlet) because transportation was mainly by boat! At least easier by boat! Many plantation homes on the tour had the front door facing the water, but today you drive up from the other direction!

claire April 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Love this site! I’m on vacation with my family in Charleston and today we saw the Boone Plantation and the Calhoun House and the American Theatre. All are amazing and highly recommended!

Amila May 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

very good film…. this is a my favorite films..
thanks of all….
good luck

braze June 19, 2011 at 5:02 am

please email me back n let me knw…my gf wants to knw if the house Noah built and the nursing home are the same house??? is that the only Noah sold it and kept living in it with Allie??? please let me knw if this was the purpose!

Kay Wilson June 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

Where can i find the blueprint to the house that Noah rebuilt? Me and my husband want to build that EXACT house. if you have any info please write back
Thank you.

hookedonhouses June 22, 2011 at 11:31 am

Sorry, I don’t know that there are blueprints for it out there anywhere. A good architect should be able to replicate it pretty well for you, though.

Brandon August 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

Hello, I didn’t see this posted but just wanted to let you know about the interiors of the white house with the blue shutters were filmed at what is called The Admiral’s House on the old Naval base in North Charleston, SC. The scene where they show Allie painting on the upstairs porch is that house as well. It was used in a couple of other movies as well including “The In Crowd” and “O”. It of course always looks a lot nicer in movies, it is currently in pretty bad shape. Here is a link to a small flickr set on my account for pictures.

hookedonhouses August 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

I didn’t know that! Thanks, Brandon. And your photos of the house are beautiful!

aluminum bronze September 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

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