The “Father of the Bride” House Is For Sale…Sorta

Father of the Bride house for sale in Alhambra

Imagine my excitement when I saw a real estate listing declaring, “The Father of the Bride house is for sale!” I love that house and have written about it several times over the years. But then I saw this photo of the exterior and something didn’t seem right. I found one of the house from the movie to compare the two.

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The “Father of the Bride” House Onscreen:

Father of the Bride movie house picket fence

They are similar, but there are key differences from the door to the windows to the addition on the left.

Then I remembered hearing that they had used two houses for the movie, filming along the side and back of a different house for those outdoor scenes when Steve Martin plays basketball with his daughter Annie, etc. (Source: Iamnotastalker tells all about it!)

father-of-the-bride-house-basketball hoop night

The other house that was used for the movie is located in Pasadena on El Molino Avenue. You can see that the front of it looks just like it did in the movie right down to the white picket fence when you check the streetview on Google Maps.

The “Father of the Bride” House Today:

The house that’s for sale was also used in the movie Guess Who with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. On the IMDb website, it lists this address (500 North Almansor Street, Alhambra, California) under Filming Locations.

The “Father of the Bride” House in the “Guess Who” Movie:

The siding was painted a darker shade for the movie, and some landscaping was done:

Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher in the driveway:

The Front of the “Guess Who” House in the Listing Today:

Yep, that’s it, all right! Mystery solved. I’m a regular Veronica Mars of Real Estate. 😉

So. Bottom line is that it would be more accurate to say that the side and back of the house from Father of the Bride and the front of the house from Guess Who is for sale. (Are you still with me?)

Now let’s take a look at what the real interiors of the house look like. As far as I can tell, neither movie filmed inside the house, but it’s a good excuse to take a look back at the FOTB sets that so many of us loved!

Inside the Real House Where “Guess Who” and “FOTB” Were Filmed:

The entry hall and staircase in the house are much bigger than they were in FOTB:

Kimberly Williams as Annie Banks Father of the Bride

The dining room in the listing:

The dining room in “FOTB:”

Father of the Bride dining room

The dining room in “Guess Who:”

The house was built in 1925 in a Traditional Colonial style.

The FOTB living room had built-ins on either side of the fireplace instead of French doors. Note how similar the mantels are, though, and how both fireplace walls have a “bump-out:”

Father of the Bride house-living rm

The kitchen is kind of tragic if you’re expecting it to be anything like the ones in either of the movies:

Get a set designer in this place, STAT, who can make it look more like the FOTB version…

Father of the Bride kitchen-Diane Keaton

The study in the real house has a fireplace, paneled walls, and built-in bookshelves:

There are 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The master bedroom was a lot smaller in FOTB:

Father of the Bride II house-master bedroom

The Master Bedroom in “Guess Who:”

Zoe Saldana’s bedroom:

The real house has a second-floor sunroom:

The sunroom off the master bedroom in “Guess Who:”

Outdoor scenes were filmed for both movies in this backyard:

The back of the house in “Guess Who:”

The listing says that this arbor was built for “Father of the Bride:”

Sure enough, I tracked down this photo of the bride and groom dancing under it:

Father of the Bride backyard-bride groom arbor

Not only that, but you can see it in Guess Who, too, when they renewed their vows at the end of the movie:

The asking price for the Father of the Bride-slash-Guess Who house is $1.35m. You can see more photos of how it looked onscreen in my posts about Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II.

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  1. says

    Wow! This is so interesting, Julia! incredible!

    Are you enjoying “Father’s Day”? I hope you and your family can make beautiful memories today.


    Luciane at

  2. says

    I was so bummed when I saw the real interior of the house. I LOVED Father of the Bride’s house, and would LOVE to have the same home! I’m not liking the real thing at all. You were right about the kitchen. Yuck.

    • Deb in Oz says

      I agree. The FotB house is my favourite of all houses and loved the decor in the movies. The real interior is such a let-down.

  3. says

    You keep influencing my movie choices! Now I’m just going to have to get out my Father of the Bride DVDs and watch them this afternoon! Pretty house but I’m with you on the kitchen – not much style there!

  4. Margaret says

    Too bad about the kitchen AND that fountain in the sunroom!!!

  5. says

    Thank you for this post. I so enjoyed it. I’ve watched FOTBover and over mainly because I love the feel of the home so much. It is a great movie. I’ve added you to my blogroll and hope you will stop by for a visit at joyofnesting.blogspot! Shiree’

  6. says

    Are those fake books on the bookshelves in the study? The shelves seem too narrow for real books. How disappointing for a book lover like myself that they would do this!

    I hope someone with some imagination buys this house. It needs some soul.

    Great post Julia. The movie photos are very inspiring!

  7. says

    Julia you ARE a super sleuth when it comes to these movie homes for sale!! This is a great example of a classic American home! Love all the light annd the room sizes! Adore the sun porch!

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  8. says

    That kitchen is tragic! In such a rectilinear house, I’d be interested in seeing the floorplan so I could understand just how that trapezoidal space fits in! I have always loved the Father of the Bride house!

  9. Lisa says

    Wow! I love your article! Very interesting! I love to see movie locations which are really there (in “real life”) and not just built in the stuidos!!

  10. says

    Great work, Nancy Drew! I think the home for sale has some great bones…just needs some updating, especially in the kitchen. Not a fan of the fountain/water feature in the upstairs…seems like a water accident waiting to happen!

  11. Lizzy says

    That kitchen is HORRIBLE!!! Wisky Tango Foxtrot were they thinking? I have ADORED the FOTB kitchen since the first time I saw the movie and am STILL trying to get that feel.

    You ARE such a great movie super-sluth!!!

  12. says

    The kitchen is pretty weh, but I love that sunroom, and the backyard of course that arbor. It’s funny, we were watching Father of the Bride the other day and I came here just to look at the house again. If I were in a movie, I would totally want Diane Keaton as a mom and Steve Martin as a dad, even if he was a little nutty. 😉

  13. nanne says

    well, i really liked the study (not the furniture so much)……

    on a side note, i LOVED veronica mars!! i can’t believe it had such a short run.

    nanne cutler in columbus, indiana

  14. Nathan says

    I really love the staircase but that’s about it. That kitchen is horrendous!!

  15. Kim says

    What a great post. That house is gorgeous! The interior and property are nice except for the kitchen. I too hope that someone will restore it someday. I hope that the actual house will be forsale someday.

  16. says

    i love all the research that goes into your posts. thanks for doing that julia. it has to take you forever to track all that down. it always makes for an interesting read and makes yours one i rarely miss. hope you have a great weekend.

  17. says

    You aren’t kidding when you compare yourself to Veronica Mars!!! Dang, Julia! That’s a lot to keep straight for one real estate listing with movie ties…..

    I love this post because I loved the house in Father of the Bride. That is the cutest movie, and Kimberly Williams was adorable in it. Thanks for all the hard work that went into this post!

    Ricki Jill

  18. says

    Good job on keeping those stories straight! I like these movie posts, and FotB was one of my favorite “house movies.”

  19. Nita says

    I just watched the original Father of the Bride with Liz Taylor and Spencer Tracy, and it’s amazing how much that house mirrors the Steve Martin movie. It is laid out exactly the same although the kitchen mirrors that time. I just lOVE the priscilla curtains used in the dining room in that movie. I love those curtains sooooo much better than the straight hanging cheaper ones today.

    • John Stickles says

      Nita, saw your comments on the “priscilla” curtains on this site and am wondering why do you like them so much and if you know a good source of them? My wife and I have been looking for priscilla curtains with the drawstring instead of tiebacks for our home that has 2 floor to ceiling bay windows in the front. We think they would be awesome but we have been looking for five years and can’t even find a used set of them! Please if you have any ideas please HELP!!! Thank you Celeste and John

      • Kim says

        John – See if you have a Curtain Exchange in your town. It’ll be an investment purchase I must tell you but one you won’t regret. I.e., years of enjoyment….. perfect workmanship…… they won’t quit until you’re completely satisfied, etc. Good Luck

  20. says

    This is my real dream home .. I remeber watching this movie trying to get every particular of the house… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU :-*

  21. Debbie says

    The real kitchen looks similar to Julia Child’s kitchen.

  22. Molly says

    Love Hooked On Houses! I was looking for film locations of “Its Complicated” when I found this site and it is tailor made for me (and the rest of you too!).

    I have another film suggestion: “A Good Year” It isn’t a bad movie (a weirdly romantic Russell Crow) but the house, complete with vineyard, enormous sycamore tree and lovely village in France, is SPEC-TAC-U-LAR. It’s even more fun if you drink some wine while you watch it.

  23. says

    I’ll take all the houses, so beautiful. I was watching this on tv last night and thought of you. It’s about a history Oklahoma home. The aunt of the woman in the clip help her with the design of the old house. Despite having alzheimers the aunt was able to draw a map of the home.
    Have a great day.

    • hookedonhouses says

      What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing that clip. I love that it has a secret underground tunnel!

  24. wendy says

    love, love the FOTB movies, love the house “in the movie” not so much in it’s current state, the kitchen is so sad…but the house has great “bones” just needs someone with good taste to do some terrific interiors :)
    great share, thank you!

  25. says

    Awesome work Veronica Mars/Nancy Drew! I never knew the FOTB house was the same as the one in Guess Who. Well, sort of the same house. Very confusing, but a lovely house nevertheless! I agree, that kitchen needs a lot of work. I loved the kitchen in FOTB. I just love that house in general, so I was very excited to read the title of your post. Fantastic pictures as per usual. I’ll have to fwd this onto my mom, who is also a huge fan of the FOTB house.

  26. says

    ewww, that kitchen in the real house!!

    wait, that movie Guess Who!! Yes, I saw that movie and I knew that house looked familiar!! Loved the “house” (set?) in that movie, too. I’d love a 2nd floor sunroom…!

  27. says

    i’ve never watched “guess who.” gonna have to find some screencaps of it for that bedroom alone – great color scheme.

    i’d like a house something like this. the kind that were featured in ’80s movies. lots of light and space inside. but i’d also like a front porch.

  28. Jodi from New Jersey says

    Hi. I’m so excited, I love the movie “Guess Who.” I assume you realize it’s a play on “Guess who’s coming to Dinner”, one of my other faves. I love the decor inside in Guess Who. The master bedroom has a sunroom off of it, it’s in one of the scenes towards the end, awesome….. I also thought the exterior was more of a sand color house, not white. I would love to see more about it. I love Bernie Mac, Ashton and Zoe, and the actress who played the Mom was beautiful, real classy. Such a cute movie! Thanks….

  29. says

    Why, oh why do you do this to me Julia???? Now I must buy 3 movie houses.
    1.) ‘Sleeping With the Enemy’ cottage in Abbeville SC for a quick summer vacay
    2.) Christmas in Home Alone house in Illinois
    And now……
    3.) As much time possible at the Father of the Bride house in Cali.

    You are costing me a lot of money, girl! But $1.3 mill is nothing for that house! 😉

  30. Jacqueline says

    Julia, I adored your previous posts about the FOTB homes because I grew up watching it and was enamored with the homes.

    I was beyond thrilled when I found out that the Pasadena and Alhambra homes were less than a10 minute drive away from my fiance’s home. I was even more excited when you wrote the post about the Alhambra home being the same one in Guess Who. [Oh, aaaaand super happy with the post about the Brothers & Sisters home in Pasadena (beeeaautiful!) because that was like a 2 minute drive from the FOTB Pasadena home!]

    My fiance and I visited both FOTB homes and he happily took pictures of my giddy self in front of them (stealth mode, of course). I’m happy to say that both homes are in neighboring cities and are so close-by, making it all too easy not to drive by. Both homes are GORGEOUS in person. The interior of the Alhambra home definitely needs upgrading, though! The kitchen is a nightmare.

    Love your posts, Julia!

  31. John says

    This is an amazing post. I always loved the house from Father of the Bride and it is a great example of an American house. The house you found is so similar and beautiful in its on way but it certainly is no FOTB house. I actually found my lake norman luxury home using this website and it has a very similar interior to the FOTB house. I’m sure you would absolutely love the home. Keep up the good blogging!

  32. says

    You piece was really awesome. I love the entire architectural design of this house, even the color combination it was great. I was amazed with the fire place and kitchen area, they are all fabulous. Thank you for sharing this cool post.

    Charles A

  33. Jackie T says

    Thank you for being a House Fanatic (like me) … This was Awesome.

  34. amy says

    I just bought said house, and if you were to look closely you will see that a lot of the interior of the house was used in the movies, esp. Look Who. They framed in doorways to make a solid wall where necessary, but all of the molding etc is the same. The one piece of the house not used in any of the movies is the very outdated, and in need of refurbishing…kitchen.

  35. cm says

    FOTB was much warmer/better decorated. Its amazing how current it still looks. Classic never goes out of style

  36. Stephanie says

    I came across your site while searching for a picture of the Father of the Bride hosue to show my 10 year old. Loved all your comments about the house. :) I coud be wrong, but the picture of the kitchen looks a lot like the kitchen in Adventures in Babysitting!

  37. Ashley says

    So I guess the “house” in FOTB is just sets mainly (interior)? It struck me odd that the living room in the movie has three windows which is not possible because there are only two windows from a front view of the house.

  38. Screendoorgirl 3 says

    Ooh , thanks , Julia ! I loved “Guess Who”, the movie and the house. I’ll never forget that sun room off the bedroom–Wow! Bernie Mac could always crack me up, also. Just a thought… have you ever posted anything from the original Meet the Parents movie? I love that house, especially the kitchen floor. It was stencilled and sort of worn, really pretty. I may have asked you this before, forgive me, but I know you like a good treasure hunt 😉