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.
The “Father of the Bride” House Onscreen:
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 “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:
The dining room in the listing:
The dining room in “FOTB:”
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:”
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…
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:
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:
Not only that, but you can see it in Guess Who, too, when they renewed their vows at the end of the movie: