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:
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!)
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 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.
Here’s how the house looked in Guess Who:
The siding was painted a darker shade for the movie, and some landscaping was done:
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!
The entry hall and staircase in the house are much bigger than they were in FOTB:
The dining room in the listing:
I haven’t been able to find many photos the sets of Guess Who, but here’s the dining room, with a glimpse of the foyer and staircase behind it:
The FOTB version 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:”
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…
Or how it looked in Guess Who:
The Master Bedroom in Guess Who:
This photo of the back of the house shows where they filmed the outdoor scenes:
Not only that, but you can see it in Guess Who, too, when they renewed their vows at the end of the movie: