Remember the beautiful Antebellum house where a group of old college friends gathered in the 1983 classic The Big Chill? It’s on the market in Beaufort, South Carolina, for $4.5 million. Gotta love those wraparound porches! Let’s compare how it looked in the movie to how it looks today…
Kevin Kline and Glenn Close play Harold and Sarah who own the house where everyone gathers after a fellow college friend named Alex kills himself.
Kasdan actually wrote the role of Alex for his actor friend Kevin Costner, but all of his scenes were eventually cut.
According to this post, “The characters were based on people Lawrence Kasdan lived with in the Eugene V. Debs co-op in Ann Arbor, MI, while attending the University of Michigan. Co-ops are co-ed housing in which the residents share household duties like cooking. This explains why the characters are so comfortable sharing the house, cooking and are so attached to the Michigan football game.”
Gotta love those mod pink leather chairs! So very ’80s.
Jeff Goldblum’s character Michael writes for People magazine. In this scene he talks to his editor upstairs on the landing, postponing his interview with a blind baton twirler so he can stay at Harold and Sarah’s for the weekend: “I mean, it’s not like she’s going to regain her sight over the weekend.”
He had to sleep in a boat bed that looks a little short for him!
The master bedroom had an upholstered headboard that looks very current:
One of the most memorable rooms in the house had to be the kitchen, where they famously danced while cleaning up after dinner to The Temptations song “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” (You can watch the scene here.)
Remember when kitchen backsplash tiles were typically square and often had little decals on them like these? Today we’d probably see subway tile here:
The butcher block countertops and white cabinets are still in style, though. It wouldn’t take much to update this kitchen 30 years later.
Joni at Cote de Texas wrote a great post about this house that includes this photo of the kitchen in “real life” (below) and how it looked in The Great Santini before it underwent the remodel to look like this here.
Tom Berenger played Sam Weber, the star of a Magnum, P.I.-type of TV show called J.T. Lancer. This window he was standing in front of (with JoBeth Williams) has a great view of the water:
The house sits on about 1.5 acres of land, and there’s a private dock with access to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Here it is in the listing photo:
The historic home has 3 stories with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, and 7,381 square feet.
This is how it looks today in the listing photos.
The porches with those views are making me swoon. I’d buy the house for them alone!
The house is known as Tidalholm. It was built in 1853 by Edgar Fripp on the banks of the Beaufort River and served as a Union hospital during the Civil War.
The agent says: “The home features original flooring, millwork and plaster moldings. Grand and welcoming, a wide center hall is flanked by stately dining and living rooms. The sweeping original staircase leads to the upper level offering a sitting area, four bedrooms, and four baths.”
Unfortunately, the listing fails to show us any of the bedrooms or baths. And the biggest disappointment of all–no photos of the kitchen! I’d love to see how it looks today.
Celia Dunn, Sotheby’s International Realty and Lowcountry Real Estate, has the listing.
It’s been 30 years since The Big Chill was filmed here with Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Meg Tilly, William Hurt, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Jeff Goldblum, and JoBeth Williams. They were thirtysomething Baby Boomers in the movie, trying to figure out what happened to all their idealistic hopes and dreams from college.
It would be interesting to see where all the characters are today as sixtysomethings, wouldn’t it? I’d like to see how the whole “have a baby with my husband” storyline turned out! 😉
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