Remember Driving Miss Daisy? It was a poignant movie about an elderly woman and her driver who became unlikely friends. Miss Daisy’s house in Atlanta is on the market for almost $2 million, and here’s how it looks now:
I miss the awnings and shutters that were on the house in the movie. The window boxes are still there, though. And look how tall that bush in the front of it got!
At the end of the film when Miss Daisy is no longer well enough to live at home, this is how it looks with the For Sale sign in the yard, which had become fairly overgrown:
The movie had such a small budget that they couldn’t afford to create sets for it on a soundstage, so they rented this house in Atlanta, Georgia, and filmed entirely on location.
Here’s how it looked in the movie:
The house was built in 1922. The movie takes place over several decades, starting in the late ’40s and going through the early ’70s.
Driving Miss Daisy was originally a play written by Alfred Uhry, and he based the story of Daisy and Hoke on his own grandmother and her chauffeur. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988.
The house has 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. This was Miss Daisy’s bedroom in the movie:
Morgan Freeman first played the role of Hoke off Broadway. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
The movie won Best Picture in 1990, and Jessica Tandy nabbed the Oscar for Best Actress. She got another Oscar nom in ’91 for Fried Green Tomatoes.
My favorite room in the movie–the kitchen:
Production Designer Bruno Rubeo said it was difficult to find a house that was right for the movie because the kitchens had been modernized in all of the ones they looked at: “Every kitchen, no matter how period the rest of the house was, was changed and modernized. This one was, too, but it was the least modernized.”
Rubeo added that they had to “gut the kitchen” and recreate a more vintage version for the movie.
I just have to add this pic of her son Boolie’s 1950s kitchen with the yellow and turquoise–so fun:
Miss Daisy’s kitchen is much more traditional and didn’t really change over the decades:
Dan Akroyd, who played Daisy’s son Boolie, talks to her in the pantry:
Here’s how the house looks today in the listing:
I was happy to see that the entry hall still has the same black and white checkerboard floor.
The listing says: “All the charm of the old, but with updated and remodeled kitchen and baths! This home has the distinction of having been the filming location for the movie Driving Miss Daisy!”
“Third floor has been beautifully expanded with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Guest house with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and living room w/kitchen. Large lot perfect for playground and garden. The woodwork in this home is just beautiful.”
The updated kitchen is almost unrecognizable from the one in the movie:
The listing is held by Coldwell Banker. (Update: it sold!)
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