The “Driving Miss Daisy” House For Sale in Atlanta

by hookedonhouses on February 25, 2013

Driving Miss Daisy house for sale Atlanta GARemember 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:

Driving Miss Daisy House 822 Lullwater Rd Atlanta

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!

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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:

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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:

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The house was built in 1922. The movie takes place over several decades, starting in the late ’40s and going through the early ’70s.

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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.

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The house has 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. This was Miss Daisy’s bedroom in the movie:

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Morgan Freeman first played the role of Hoke off Broadway. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

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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.

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My favorite room in the movie–the kitchen:

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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.”

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Rubeo added that they had to “gut the kitchen” and recreate a more vintage version for the movie.

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I just have to add this pic of her son Boolie’s 1950s kitchen with the yellow and turquoise–so fun:

1953 kitchen in Driving Miss Daisy

Miss Daisy’s kitchen is much more traditional and didn’t really change over the decades:

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Dan Akroyd, who played Daisy’s son Boolie, talks to her in the pantry:

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Here’s how the house looks today in the listing:

Driving Miss Daisy House 822 Lullwater Rd Atlanta

I was happy to see that the entry hall still has the same black and white checkerboard floor.

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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!”

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“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.”

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The updated kitchen is almost unrecognizable from the one in the movie:

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For more photos and information, check the listing by Coldwell Banker.

Driving Miss Daisy backyard

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ShabbyChick February 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

LOVELY!!! I have never watched this movie, but now I need to! I am loving that kitchen. Such a lovely house, I wish they still built them like this today. ;)

laney February 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

..oh my!…has this wonderful ever home been updated!…my mother and i toured this home on beautiful lullwater drive shortly after the movie came out…at that time it looked very much as the movie portrayed it…the lovely elderly owner was there…a miss daisy herself…it is interesting to see the interiors now as compared to then…the most interesting room was upstairs…it was empty…but it was the room where miss daisy tells hoke he really was her best friend…i believe i still love the way it looked when i was there…you could feel the house…and the people who had lived within its walls…blessings laney

hookedonhouses February 25, 2013 at 8:25 am

Did you really? That’s so cool, Laney! I’d love to see it in person.

Alie B February 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

Beautiful movie and a lovely old home. I miss the white wicker in the sun room though. :(

House Crazy Sarah February 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

wow! Amazing to see the movie scenes an how it looks today. The kitchen is really quite phenomenal – they did a bang-on job with the set design for the period movie! Of course it would not go untouched and unmodernized at present day, but whoever did the real-life remodel did a tasteful job as well. Great post!

Shirley Corwin February 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

A beautiful home both then and now. I loved the old kitchen though. I wonder what happened to that big old kitchen sink!

Leanna Comer February 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I agree that the old kitchen was wonderful and I, too, wondered about the sink!

elle February 27, 2013 at 1:19 am

I agree! For all the bells and whistles in the new kitchen, I’d prefer the old kitchen. This new kitchen doesn’t have the heart of the old one!

Katie February 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I do like that new kitchen. It’s modernized but still classically styled, so it fits the house’s character well!

Sil February 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Nice home, but really, almost $2 million?! I didn’t realize real estate was high in Atlanta!

Kelly - Talk of the House February 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Oh my goodness yes! And it is in a great area near Emory University..older homes and larger lots. I actually thought the price was low for a house that size in that area (not that I could afford it!)

Candice February 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Love the movie, loved the house! That beautiful old kitchen inspired the black and white checkerboard floor in my little kitchen. Wonderful set decoration, just takes you back in time! Thanks for the great post!

Kerry Rossow February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I loved this movie and fell in love with the house! I think I liked the before picts better!
Thanks for the update!

Beth A February 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

wouldn’t it be fun to be a set decorator for movie houses? I’m amazed at the way they can gut a kitchen, and manage to place it in an entirely different decade. Probably helps the actors immensely, when the sets are correct.

KMP Modern February 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I love these photos of the movie set with the updated house. It’s so interesting to see how the set designers created the whole look. I actually prefer the country cozy look of the film rather than the renovated home. Some parts of the house today, like the kitchen, look too generic, though its probably more practical. The film house had more character. Thank you for sharing!

Alyssa February 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I loved the house in the movie and i have to say LOVE it now :) sometimes they redo things and update houses to much i think. But this one still feels athentic to the time period. This is one of my fav movies made i have the DVD . SOOO happy they didn’t ruin the house .

Susan February 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

When I lived in Atlanta, Druid Hills was one of my “dream” neighborhoods, really lovely old homes. However, I’m surprised by the real eastate listing photos – oh my! this house could use some staging! I can’t imagine putting my house on the market at almost 2M with these photos!

Kelly - Talk of the House February 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I agree with Susan that the Druid Hills area is a super nice section of Atlanta. I loved all the wicker on that porch in the movie, and the old movie kitchen was charming…but I do like the range in the new kitchen. Thank you for bringing back memories of a great movie!

Terry February 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Everything about the film moved me. The house is still lovely (could do without the red paint though). The remodeled kitchen is well done but lacks the warmth of the the film set kitchen. Perhaps I’m simply homesick for the kitchens of my grandmothers. Somehow a table and chairs invites relaxing and chatting more than an island. Maybe I’m just getting old.

Jeff Minnich February 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thanks for showing us. I loved the house just the way it was in the movie, and would change very little short of modernizing appliances and systems. Just love that house.

Linne February 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I loved reading about this special house. Even though the house has changed, there is still an “essence” of the old home. Also there is still a special way the light comes into the house, isn’t there? This is a family home…with lots of space. I hope a big family buys it. It just looks like a home…and a place where children grow up and have memories. Ahhh…if walls could talk.

Destiny February 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Location, location, location — and Druid Hills is a lovely location.

Whenever I’ve driven by this house, I’ve been prompted to tears by the memories of the movie, which is right up there with Fried Green Tomatoes for me, (also filmed in the area.) and I have to remind myself that, (while it was based on real people) Miss Daisy doesn’t actually live there…

I hope that whoever buys it will update/maintain it just enough to keep the original beauty that remains.

stef February 25, 2013 at 9:11 pm

The movie well deserved the Oscar for best picture. I was floored when Morgan Freeman did not win the Oscar for best actor. It was unbelieveable.
My favorite room in the movie was the lovely wicker room where Miss Daisy sits and embroiders while listening to the Russian opera.
In it’s current state, I like the yellow sun room (?) with all the tall windows and that long table.
Thank you, Julie. I hope many of your readers will watch this unique love story.

stef February 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Excuse me, I meant “JULIA”.

hookedonhouses February 26, 2013 at 7:16 am

Just don’t make that mistake again, Stef. Ha. Actually, I answer to Julie, too. No problem! :)

ShabbyChick February 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Oh, Julie……you so funny! ;)

Dean February 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I drive by this house almost every day (I live in North Druid Hills) and the street it is located is beautiful. I’m with you on the kitchen in the movie. I’d love to have an old-fashion retro kitchen like that one.

Cristan February 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I love the Harry Norman real estate sign in the movie pic! i used to work there and that was our office number! (Now with (404) area code first, though)!

hookedonhouses February 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

Oh, really? That’s fun!

Kim February 26, 2013 at 2:44 am

What a beautiful home. I love the way it looks now, but the white kitchen in the movie is better than the updated one.

nanne February 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

i love that glassed in porch! miss daisy’s kitchen looks just like my grandmother’s did.

laney February 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

…it is so interesting how much we all love this house…it is almost an extra charcter in the movie…but..in the play there are no sets…the actors give us a visual image simply sitting in chairs…and speaking the wonderful lines of each character…much like the play our town…blessings laney

Ash February 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

Oh I love that movie and that house!! Hopefully the next owner will appreciate it’s historical value and not rip out all the character. I am local and knew the general area where the house was but now I may have to go see it in person. It’s such a beautiful area.

The Country Girl February 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

Have always loved that house and used to pass it daily when I was a student at Emory and lived in a guesthouse behind one of those lovely older homes. Much prefer the black, white and green vintage kitchen to the faux English monstrosity there now.

The movie was not filmed entirely in Atlanta, btw. The driving scenes were filmed in my town, which looked (and still looks) like the 1940s.

Jena February 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

You did it! You did it just like I asked! I love this movie, and you’ve totally made my day. Thank you so much for not only taking my request into consideration, but for so beautifully showcasing that home I love so much.

You rock!

joey February 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Best movie kitchen ever! The rest of the house is great, too! In real life, it’s all kind of meh, though.

Carolyn February 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Love the movie. Love this house! It reminds me of my grandmother’s house in Atlanta (really old memories; she died about 50 years ago – shows my age, though I was but a child). The sets are decorated in such pure southern classic style. I’ve inherited pieces like these from both my southern grandmothers. I love that the house hasn’t totally been re-done, though I would have to change some wall colors. Especially glad all the stained woodwork hasn’t been painted, which nearly always happens. And the original chandelier is still in the dining room! I love the movie kitchen – so vintage! I notice, though, that the window trim in the kitchen is stained like the rest of the downstairs, but in the movie version it’s painted. Did they paint it, then strip and refinish it back to the way it was originally??? Thanks for the tour and the memories, Julia.

hookedonhouses February 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Good question about the windows! I hadn’t noticed that.

Helen Stroud February 28, 2013 at 1:08 am

One of my high school friends from Shreveport, La, Liz McBride, was the costume designer for that movie, as well as Thelma and Louise, Shawshank,Michael,and others. She was brilliant, and died of cancer in her early 40′s.

hookedonhouses February 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

Wow, that’s sad that she died so young! She did an amazing job with the costume design on this movie.

dan May 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Tasteless, horrible redo. That “updated” kitchen is wrong and will cost alot to be restored properly. The enrance needs attention too. Shame.

Brenda July 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hi Julia!
Of course I fell in love with the house all over again since the movie. I went to the listing and it has already been sold. Do you remember what the asking price was?
Thx
Brenda

hookedonhouses July 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

It was about $2 million. I’m not surprised it sold already. I’d love to see what the new owners do with it. :)

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